Municipal solid waste: how to reduce it by 2050

Sep 6, 2021
The recent publication More Growth, Less Garbage (1) updates the data of the study What a Waste 2.0: A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050 (2), developed by the World Bank, which globally aggregates municipal solid waste national data, reporting estimated generation to 2050. Global waste generation is estimated to grow from 2.24 billion tonnes in 2020 to 3.88 billion tonnes in 2050. In addition to basic waste data metrics, the reports provide information on costs, revenues and tariffs, as well as an analysis of case studies for production diversification.

LIFE Programme, the financial instrument for the environment

Jul 22, 2021
The European Union has set up the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), which is responsible for implementing several funding programmes with a budget of more than €55 billion to be used by 2027. In particular, the LIFE programme, the financial instrument for the environment, is the only EU financial instrument wholly dedicated to environmental issues.

Textile waste and circular economy: prospects for the future

Jul 8, 2021
Textile products are among the most used in the world. The fashion industry has a huge footprint in this regard, particularly in the last few years when fast fashion has become increasingly widespread, leading to a sharp increase in the quantity of clothing produced, used and then quickly discarded. This clothing is mainly made of synthetic materials (60% of the textile fibres placed on the market – polyester being the most used fabric). Only 1% of textile waste in the world is recycled as new “clothing”(1), to the extent that the European Union has included it among its priorities on which to work for a circular economy future.

Marine litter: state of play

Jul 6, 2021
Every year, millions of tonnes of waste end up in seas all over the world. It is only recently that people are becoming aware of how this phenomenon of marine litter represents an economic, environmental and human health problem. Various actions have been put in place to study and seek a solution to marine litter, but it represents a complex and multifaceted challenge.

Increasing the re-use of plastic with chemical recycling

Jun 11, 2021
Targets for the re-use of plastic from the recycling of waste are increasingly ambitious: in this regard, chemical recycling is a set of technologies now being developed by researchers that enhances the value of Plasmix but also non-packaging hard plastics. Plasmix, a mix of plastic waste from packaging recycling plant selection processes, is currently mainly converted into energy or goes to landfill.