According to calculations by the World Bank, around two thirds of household waste is still burned or landfilled. At TOMRA’s 4th Global Conference, held October 5-6, 2021, which attracted nearly 300 attendees in person and online, industry leaders joined the Norwegian waste collection, sorting and recycling specialist to continue setting the course for the Sorting and recycling of significantly more plastic from household waste in the future.
In addition to presentations and discussions, the conference included a tour of a state-of-the-art demonstration facility for sorting and recycling plastic waste, a joint venture between TOMRA, Borealis and Zimmermann in Lahnstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The conference participants saw how post-consumer plastic packaging is sorted from household waste in order to protect recyclable materials from being lost through incineration. The plant processes the plastics directly into high-quality recycled material in virgin quality, replaces fossil fuels in primary production and reduces CO2 emissions.
Tove Andersen, President and CEO of TOMRA, during the two-day conference “Closing the Loop on Plastic” in Frankfurt.
“It’s actually quite simple: Decades of experience have shown time and again that the pre-sorting of waste determines the recycling result,” said Tove Andersen, the new President and CEO of TOMRA, during the two-day conference “Closing the Loop on Plastic” in Frankfurt. “Our goal must be to recycle plastic waste in such a way that it stays in circulation for as long as possible. The clearer, more practical and more ambitious the green legislation, the faster we can keep this material in a closed cycle around the world. ”
A recent study by the London think tank Eunomia, commissioned by TOMRA, found that a significant increase in recycling rates and improved resource management would reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide by 2.76 billion tonnes (3.04 tonnes) of CO2 equivalent per year could be reduced – comparable to more than 600 million cars per year.
In collaboration with partners from across the plastics industry, TOMRA has an ambitious plan to enable the collection of as much recyclable material as possible and to increase the amount of this material that is recycled in a closed loop. According to the company, this would be a decisive step in reducing CO2 emissions and conserving resources.