Separate collection rates for plastic packaging in Austria
According to the EU Circular Economy Package, recycling of plastic packaging waste (PPW) has to be enhanced significantly by 2025 and 2023. Dieter Schuch, together with Jakob Lederer, Johann Fellner and Christoph Scharff, published a paper about separate collection rates for plastic packaging in Austria taking collection systems and urbanization into account. The separate collection of PPW was analyzed within Austria, where a variety of collection prodecures are implemented. The highest performance was achieved in systems covering mainly rural areas where all plastic packaging waste is collected via curbside collection, whereas the lowest rate was recorded in urban areas.
For more information read the full article here: https://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0956-053X(22)00468-8
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Prof. H. Rechberger, together with C. Roithner and O. Cencic, from TU Wien, Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management, has written a paper on the topic of a novel indicator for the recyclability of products. The recyclability of a product depends on three spheres: 1) the product itself with its material composition, 2) the waste management system and 3) the national economy. All three spheres must be considered for a product as a whole in order to be assessed as recyclable.
For the transition to a circular economy, products should be designed in a way that allows extensive material recovery and easy disassembly.
ISIE SEM 2022 – Congratulations!
At the 14th Socio-economic Metabolism (SEM) conference of the International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE) on “Transfering socio-economic metabolism in times of multiples crisis” the focus lied on the sustainable handling of plastics and plastic packaging. This year the conference was held at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), bringing together industrial ecologists from all over the world.
We were delighted that CEC4Europe was able to donate a poster prize to the winner, Ms. Han Gao, from China. The objective of her study was on the consumption pattern of iron and steel in order to explore the disparities of recycling pattern of steel scraps in major economics.
Congratulations once again!
We are already looking forward to the next conference.
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