Recycling
When urban waste become bioplasticsWhen urban waste become bioplastics

Bacteria may be the key to produce useful bioplastics from the gasification of urban waste

March 2014
Champions of Waste ReductionChampions of Waste Reduction

14 years ago, the region of Lahti in Finland has implemented a model of integrated waste management. As a result the people of Lahti were able to increase their rate of recycling to more than 90%. 

February 2014
Bitumen roofing can be recycled… but isn’tBitumen roofing can be recycled… but isn’t

Why there are challenges in exporting a viable bitumen recycling process throughout Europe

September 2013
When recycling equates with quality raw materialsWhen recycling equates with quality raw materials

Recycled materials are often of lower quality than the materials from which they were derived. Now the cradle-to-cradle recycling concept has been applied to carpets to deliver high-quality recycled material. 

September 2013
Ralf Otterpohl: a second life for unsuspected nutrient-rich wasteRalf Otterpohl: a second life for unsuspected nutrient-rich waste

By being smarter about reusing our daily human waste, and turning it into a resource, it is now possible to reduce unsustainable fertiliser production

July 2013
Sorting plastic waste: a magnetic gameSorting plastic waste: a magnetic game

Plastic recycling is becoming ever more so sophisticated, but these technologies may not be rapidly adopted

June 2013
Can enamels’ environmental impact truly be reduced?Can enamels’ environmental impact truly be reduced?

Recycling the toxic fluoride by-products from the ceramic and enamel industry into high-quality reusable material reduces the process’ environmental impact, but their end of life disposal remains problematic.

June 2013
How soon could car seats enter the 3D comfort zone?How soon could car seats enter the 3D comfort zone?

New 3D textiles made of recyclable polyester fibres could contribute help cars be easier to recycle. But recycling technology has yet to progress in separating seat material from other car components.

May 2013
Forever recyclable novel plastic thanks to old tyresForever recyclable novel plastic thanks to old tyres

Recycling of tyres is a potentially economically sustainable enterprise providing an ingredient to make a kind of plastic for ever recyclable. But Europeans first need to overcome barriers to adoption.

April 2013
Gara Villalba: Tracking mobile phone recycling rate to improve themGara Villalba: Tracking mobile phone recycling rate to improve them

Multifunctional mobile devices like the smartphone contain small quantities of valuable materials, yet most are not recycled. Something needs to give.

April 2013
Turning tyres into gas for energy and new, valuable materialsTurning tyres into gas for energy and new, valuable materials

Tyre recycling represents an untapped opportunity, that may prove a success if processing costs do not become prohibitive

April 2013
Daniel Ribera: turning food-soiled packaging into safe compostDaniel Ribera: turning food-soiled packaging into safe compost

Composting instead of incinerating or landfilling is a promising way that has until now been hampered by the presence of chemicals in packaging. 

March 2013
Food nets vanishing without a traceFood nets vanishing without a trace

Scientists are creating compostable versions food nets to be used with compostable products to ensure that, at the end of their life, they serve the purpose of helping to grow food, thus closing their life cycle loop.

February 2013
Cleaning oil spills with paper mill sludgeCleaning oil spills with paper mill sludge

Millions of tons of paper industry waste could soon be reused into a green solution to mop up oil or chemical spills.

February 2013
José Manuel Soto: "Turning tyres into ecological rubber"José Manuel Soto: "Turning tyres into ecological rubber"

Successful research projects such a solution for recycling old tyres sometimes find it difficult to become profitable commercial products.

February 2013
Revamping nanotubesRevamping nanotubes

Recycling carbon nanotube waste into nanocomposite plastic materials for industrial purposes may not be as easy as recycling plastic.

January 2013
Waste models as green crystal ballsWaste models as green crystal balls

To improve current resources use and decrease related waste, scientists are now building material consumption models focusing down to the national level

December 2012
Metals rush in domestic wasteMetals rush in domestic waste

A pilot plant for retrieving non-ferrous metals from municipal waste using advanced sensors has proven effective

November 2012
Alessandro Marseglia: Recycling plastic into construction materialsAlessandro Marseglia: Recycling plastic into construction materials

Researchers from Italy, Spain and Montenegro have developed a technology that allows the incorporation of recycled plastic into concrete

November 2012
Plastic waste set in concretePlastic waste set in concrete

Because plastic is widely available and not biodegradable, it is a material of choice to include as a component of light concrete

November 2012