Collaboration for “Close the loop on plastics”
MÃHLHEIM-KÃRLICH, Germany, Oct. 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – According to World Bank calculations, around two-thirds of household waste is still incinerated or landfilled. At its 4th global conference, industry leaders joined TOMRA, the Norwegian waste collection and sorting specialist, to continue to lead the way in sorting and recycling much more plastic from household waste at the future. In addition to presentations and discussions, the conference also included a visit to a state-of-the-art plastic waste sorting and recycling demonstration plant, a joint venture between TOMRA, Borealis and Zimmermann in Lahnstein, Rhineland-Palatinate. Here, conference attendees saw how post-consumer plastic packaging is sorted from household waste, thus protecting recyclable materials from loss through incineration. The plant directly transforms plastics into high-quality, virgin-grade recycled materials, replacing fossil fuels in primary production and reducing CO2 emissions.
âIt’s actually quite simple: decades of experience have shown time and again that any pre-sorting of waste determines the outcome of recycling,â explained Tove Andersen, TOMRA’s new president and CEO during the two âClosing daysâ the Loop on Plastic âconference in Frankfurt on October 5th and 6th. âOur goal must be to recycle plastic waste in a way that keeps it in circulation for as long as possible. a closed loop around the world. ”
A recent study by London think tank Eunomia, commissioned by TOMRA, found that by dramatically increasing recycling rates and improving resource management practices, global greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 2.76 billion metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, which is comparable to over 600 million cars on the road each year.
In collaboration with partners in the plastics industry, TOMRA has an ambitious plan to enable the collection of as much material for recycling as possible as well as to increase the amount of these materials recycled in a closed loop. This would be a decisive step towards reducing CO2 emissions and preserving resources.
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About the TOMRA circular economy
TOMRA was founded on an innovation in 1972 that began with the design, manufacture and sale of Inverted Vending Machines (RVMs) for the automated collection of used beverage containers. Today, TOMRA provides technological solutions that enable the circular economy with advanced collection and sorting systems that optimize resource recovery and minimize waste in the food, recycling and mining industries and is committed to building a more sustainable future.
TOMRA has approximately 100,000 installations in more than 80 markets worldwide and achieved total sales of approximately NOK 9.9 billion in 2020. The group employs approximately 4,300 people worldwide and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: TOM).
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