Bottles Recycling – The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), under the Industry Ministry, has established new standards for food-grade plastic bags used for hot storage, cold storage, and microwaving 30-05-2024

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The recycling industry is urging a ban on coloured plastic bottles, like those from L&P, due to recycling challenges

Despite the New Zealand government’s new recycling rules, many councils are forced to send these PET bottles to landfills or stockpile them. No local facilities can recycle coloured PET, and while larger councils like Auckland can export them, smaller councils struggle.

At a Richmond facility, 80 tonnes of coloured bottles await overseas buyers. Councils like Queenstown Lakes and Waikato face similar issues, with bottles often ending up in landfills due to limited market demand and high handling costs. Clear PET is easier to recycle locally, unlike coloured PET, which is less versatile and turns brown or grey when reprocessed.  Bottles Recycling

Ministry for the Environment waste manager Shaun Lewis defended the inclusion of coloured PET in recycling rules, citing uniformity and low volumes of these bottles. However, internal concerns about the lack of onshore processing facilities were raised. The Ministry admits local recycling solutions are years away.

Industry experts, like Barney Irvine, argue for producer responsibility, suggesting a government ban if companies do not voluntarily switch to clear plastics. Some companies are already transitioning to more recyclable materials.  Bottles Recycling

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Gerresheimer, through its subsidiary Gerresheimer Glas, has signed an agreement with Triton to acquire Blitz LuxCo, the holding company of Bormioli Pharma, for 800 million euros

Bormioli Pharma, part of Triton’s portfolio since 2017, specializes in plastic and glass packaging for the pharmaceutical sector. It operates nine factories in Italy, France, and Germany, employing around 1,500 people, and has a turnover of approximately 370 million euros. In 2023, the company sold over 8 billion pieces.  Bottles Recycling

Andrea Lodetti, CEO of Bormioli Pharma, remarked on Triton’s support in strengthening their position in pharmaceutical packaging and expressed optimism for future development with Gerresheimer. This acquisition will enhance Gerresheimer’s production capacity in Europe, especially southern Europe, and bolster its role as a supplier for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals, with finalization expected in the fourth quarter of the year. Gerresheimer provides containment and delivery systems for drugs and medical devices for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and cosmetics industries. It operates 35 production sites across 16 countries in Europe, America, and Asia, and employs around 12,000 people. In 2023, Gerresheimer generated nearly 2 billion euros in sales. Bottles Recycling

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The research on discriminating plastic waste pyrolysis oil feedstocks using supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC)

Plastic waste is a significant environmental challenge, with most plastic bottles ending up in landfills despite recycling efforts. Traditional recycling methods are limited to specific plastic types, such as type-1 and type-2 plastics (soda bottles, water bottles, and milk jugs). However, global plastic production continues to rise, resulting in substantial waste.

To address this issue, Kevin Schug and his team at The University of Texas at Arlington explored chemical recycling through pyrolysis.  Bottles Recycling

In pyrolysis, plastics are heated in an oxygen-free environment, breaking down into pyrolysis oils. These oils share characteristics with crude oil and can be further refined into fuels or chemical feedstocks for new plastics.

Unlike traditional recycling, pyrolysis can handle all plastic types. However, it generates complex mixtures that require careful examination. Contaminants like sulfur and nitrogen can impact downstream processing. To address this, Schug’s team developed a new supercritical fluid chromatography method. This technique allows clear differentiation between oils produced from polyethylene and polypropylene feedstocks.

The goal is to enhance plastic recycling, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and contribute to climate change mitigation.  Bottles Recycling

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Green Hydrogen: TE H2 and VERBUND’s Major Project in Tunisia

TE H2, a joint venture between TotalEnergies and EREN Groupe, alongside Austria’s leading electricity company VERBUND, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Tunisia to explore a substantial green hydrogen project, “H2 Notos.” This initiative aims to export green hydrogen to Central Europe via pipelines.

H2 Notos plans to produce green hydrogen using electrolysers powered by large onshore wind and solar projects, utilizing desalinated seawater. Bottles Recycling

Initially, the project targets an annual production of 200,000 tons of green hydrogen, with potential to scale up to one million tons per year in South Tunisia.

The hydrogen will be transported to Europe through the “SoutH2 Corridor,” a pipeline network connecting North Africa to Italy, Austria, and Germany, expected to be operational around 2030.

TE H2 and VERBUND will lead the development, financing, construction, and operation of the project, from green electricity production to hydrogen generation. VERBUND will also coordinate hydrogen transport to Central Europe. Bottles Recycling

Michael Strugl, CEO of VERBUND AG, emphasized Tunisia’s strategic importance for scalable and competitive hydrogen production, crucial for supplying the European industry. He looks forward to collaborating with Tunisian authorities and the local population to develop this GW-scale project.

Green Hydrogen: TE H2 and VERBUND's Major Project in Tunisia

Why does China PET bottle chip industry run decline continuosly in the peak season ?

Recently, PET bottle chip prices have shown a tendency towards weakness. On one hand, the support from upstream raw material costs is not strong enough. On the other hand, sea freight rates continue to rise, coupled with a shortage of shipping containers. Post the May Day holiday, some PET bottle chip factories have experienced partial hindrances in export shipments, and the pickup speed by some downstream customers has slightly decreased. Bottles Recycling

However, after prices fell below the 7000yuan/mt mark, downstream major factories have started replenishing stocks one after another. It is reported that many downstream major factories have already made purchases until August. Though current processing spread of PET bottle chip is still around 550yuan/mt, in terms of bulk deals since May, the actual processing spread is around 450yuan/mt. Will the O/R of PET bottle chip factories continue to decrease in the future?

According to CCFGroup statistics, Chongqing Wankai, Sichuan Hanjiang, and CRC Jiangyin have taken actions to reduce or halt production, involving a total capacity of 1.5 million tons. Combined with previous long term shutdown and capacity conversions of about 1 million tons, the current idle capacity totals around 2.5 million tons, affecting the operating rate by approximately 13.8%. Bottles Recycling


Why does China PET bottle chip industry run decline continuosly in the peak season ?

The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), under the Industry Ministry, has established new standards for food-grade plastic bags used for hot storage, cold storage, and microwaving

Industry Minister Pimphattra Wichaikul announced these updates on Tuesday, highlighting the TISI board’s decision on May 21 to enhance consumer safety by replacing old standards.

Minister Pimphattra emphasized the urgency of issuing an official announcement to classify these plastic bags as controlled goods to ensure consumer protection. She noted that Thai consumers frequently use plastic bags for hot foods, cold foods, and drinks, which can lead to contamination with toxic heavy metals when used improperly. Bottles Recycling

To further safeguard consumers, the minister instructed TISI to expedite the regulation of other food-contact containers, such as plastic and stainless steel lunch boxes.

Deputy Permanent Secretary Banchong Sukrita, chairing the TISI board, mentioned the approval of 97 additional standards, including those for student chairs, plastic chairs, and rubberwood products.

TISI Secretary General Wanchai Phanomchai detailed the new standards, which set contamination limits for toxic heavy metals like lead, aluminium, and mercury. Bags for hot foods must withstand up to 100°C, those for frozen foods must endure -18°C, and microwaveable bags must tolerate at least 80°C. Bottles Recycling

The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), under the Industry Ministry, has established new standards for food-grade plastic bags used for hot storage, cold storage, and microwaving

Turkish company scales up PET bottle recycling line

The company, PAAG, installed a Starlinger RecoStar bottle-to-bottle recycling line in March.

Istanbul-based PCR Ambalaj Atıkları Geri Kazanım A.Ş. (PAAG), a member of Bell Holding A.Ş., has installed a Starlinger Recycling Technology RecoStar PET (polyethylene terephthalate) 165 HC iV+ PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line with a production capacity of up to 1,800 kilograms per hour in its Gebze facility in Kocaeli, near Istanbul. The line began operating in mid-March.  Bottles Recycling

By investing in bottle-to-bottle recycling, PAAG aims to reduce the demand for virgin plastic, minimize its carbon footprint and promote a more sustainable approach to packaging.

“We entered the bottle-to-bottle recycling market with a firm commitment to advancing sustainability and making a positive impact on the environment,” PAAG Vice Chairman Bekir Öktenoğlu says. “Recognizing the urgent global issue of climate change, we saw an opportunity to contribute to a circular economy by transforming used plastic bottles into new, high-quality bottles.”  Bottles Recycling

Turkish company scales up PET bottle recycling line

PCR Plastics – Zeolyst International, a joint venture between Ecovyst and Shell Catalyst & Technologies, has launched a new laboratory reactor in Pennsylvania to enhance catalytic pyrolysis for chemical recycling of plastic waste 29-05-2024

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