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PolyCE: An E-Plastics Recycling Project

E-Scrap News reports a new initiative in Europe that will work to overcome obstacles to the closed-loop recycling of plastics from electronics and appliances. Named ‘The Post-Consumer High-Tech Recycled Polymers for a Circular Economy (PolyCE)’, the project will undertake various activities to strengthen the recovery of plastics from waste electronics and electronic equipment (WEEE). Despite…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 12/18-12/22

The following is a recap of the HOBI blog during the week 12/18-12/22. ISRI reports China is ‘not prepared’ to enforce import ban In an update to association membership, ISRI reports China is overwhelmingly ill-prepared to enact the upcoming import policy. The root of China’s issues with the import ban seems to revolve around the…

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HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 12/11-12/15

The following is a recap of the HOBI blog during the week of 12/11-12/15. U.K. students research cheaper tools for identifying plastics Team Matoha, a group composed of four undergraduate students at Imperial College London, is looking into developing low-cost instruments that will manually identify and sort plastic materials based on resin type. OEM representative…

Chinese leaders will be enforcing import restrictions “to the letter”

Top Chinese environmental official recently revealed that China will be enforcing the upcoming import restrictions “to the letter.” Environmental Minister Li Ganjie characterized the country’s materials ban and recently updated contaminant standards revision as two separate actions during a press conference held by Chinese environmental officials on Nov. 16. This confirmed the growing speculation that…

U.K. students research cheaper tools for identifying plastics

A team of four undergraduate chemistry and physics students at Imperial College London are trying to develop low-cost instruments that will manually identify and sort plastic materials based on differing types of resin. Students Martin Holicky, Han Chan, David Dai and James Kung, are working towards re-thinking how near-infrared spectrometers are designed and constructed to…

Canadian company targets growing lithium-ion battery stream

As lithium-ion batteries become more useful in the manufacturing of vehicles, the more experts predict that the batteries will regularly appear in the waste stream within the next coming years.  Despite the batteries still in the early stages of entering the waste stream, British Columbia-based company American Manganese sees this trend as a great opportunity.…