There are limits to the use of olfactorily contaminated plastics for the production of fresh materials. Odorous contamination of them needs to be minimised so that they are suitable for manufacturing new plastic products. A combination of analytical and sensor technology can help to identify olfactory contaminants and to check the efficiency and effectiveness of cleaning processes.
VDMA Circular Economy Forum as central hub for Circular Economy at K 2019
Plastics products have come under fire, the image of the material suffers. This is due to plastic waste having not been properly disposed of and, therefore, causing major environmental damage worldwide. VDMA and its members, the manufacturers of plastics and rubber machinery, and many partners from the plastics industry, consider the concept of the circular economy to be a good solution. In the VDMA Circular Economy Forum at K 2019, the association wants to inform about Circular Economy with facts & figures and practical examples, but also provide a platform to discuss the numerous open questions. In the daily programme trends and challenges in product and material design, production, processability and use of recyclates, but also the range of waste management systems will be discussed.
The VDMA welcomes visitors to K 2019 in the outdoor area in front of Hall 16.
In our world, plastics are indispensable. The downside is the littering. Carelessly discarded plastics products condense to form thick carpets, not just on rivers and seas, but also on land. A complete circular economy could prevent this evil and put the focus back on the benefits of plastics. In order for this to be a success, we all need to work together: processors, raw material manufacturers, mechanical engineers and recyclers, but also brand owners, end consumers and politicians.
VDMA will shine the spotlight on circular economy at the leading K 2019 trade fair in Düsseldorf in October and show how closed loops can work effectively.
Throughout the process, stakeholders will be having their say in a series of interviews in the run-up to this international industry event.
Ideonella sakaiensis was first identified in 2016 by a team of researchers after collecting a sample of PET-contaminated sediment near a plastic bottle recycling facility in Japan. The entire microbial community was shown to mineralize 75% of the degraded PET into carbon dioxide once it had been initially degraded and assimilated by I. sakaiensis.
One of the Hot Topics to be discussed at K 2019.
No Plastic Waste in the environment
IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen (German industrial association for plastic packaging) and its French partner association ELIPSO welcome the “Alliance to End Plastic Waste“ as important step in fighting marine litter.
With the ambitious target to stop plastic waste being released into the environment and investments provided especially for Asia and Africa the committing global companies want to tackle the root of the problem and are ready to take over a leading role.
Plastics provide health, safety, sustainability and convenience benefits, especially in the developing world where plastic products have helped improve living standards, hygiene and nutrition. They have an important place in our world — but not in our environment.
Marine Litter and plastic waste on the streets are getting a lot of attention. What can and must be done against it? Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Managing Partner of the REIFENHÄUSER GmbH & Co. KG, Maschinenfabrik and Chairman of the VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association, describes approaches to solutions from the perspective of mechanical engineering.
Material with added value
Efficient recycling will become increasingly important – and will be a major issue at K 2019. The newsletter Envisioning Tomorrow deals with this pionieering topic in three detailes articles.