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Thursday, October 07 2021 - 18:00
TOMRA's Circular Economy Conference: Collaboration to "Close the Loop on Plastics"
MUHLHEIM-KARLICH, Germany, Oct. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

High-quality recycling starts with targeted collection 

According to calculations by the World Bank, approximately two-thirds of 
household waste is still incinerated or landfilled. In its 4th global 
conference, industry leaders joined TOMRA, the Norwegian specialist for waste 
collection and sorting, to continue to set the course for sorting and recycling 
significantly more plastic from household waste in the future. Along with 
presentations and discussions, the conference also included a tour of a 
state-of-the-art plastic waste sorting and recycling demo plant, a joint 
venture between TOMRA, Borealis and Zimmermann in Lahnstein, 

Here, conference participants witnessed how post-consumer plastic packaging  is 
sorted from household waste, thus safeguarding recyclable materials from being 
lost to incineration. The plant directly processes the plastics into 
high-quality recyclate of virgin material quality, replacing fossil fuels in 
primary production and reducing CO2 emissions. 

"It's actually quite simple: decades of experience have shown time and again 
that any pre-sorting of waste determines the recycling result," explained Tove 
Andersen, the new President and CEO of TOMRA at the two-day "Closing the Loop 
on Plastic" conference in Frankfurt on October 5 and 6. "Our goal must be to 
recycle plastic waste in a way that keeps it in circulation for as long as 
possible. The more straightforward green legislation is, the faster we will be 
able to keep this material in a closed loop worldwide." 

A recent study by London-based think tank Eunomia, commissioned by TOMRA, found 
that by significantly increasing recycling rates and improving resource 
management practices, greenhouse gas emissions worldwide could be reduced by 
2.76 billion metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year - comparable to more than 
600 million cars on the road annually. 

In collaboration with partners across the plastics industry, TOMRA has an 
ambitious plan of enabling collection of as much material for recycling as 
possible as well as increasing the amount of this material that is recycled in 
a closed loop. This would be a decisive step towards reducing CO2 emissions and 
conserving resources.  

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About TOMRA Circular Economy 
TOMRA was founded on an innovation in 1972 that began with the design, 
manufacturing and sale of reverse vending machines (RVMs) for automated 
collection of used beverage containers. Today TOMRA provides technology-led 
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 

TOMRA has ~100,000 installations in over 80 markets worldwide and had total 
revenues of ~9.9 billion NOK in 2020. The Group employs ~4,300 globally and is 
publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: TOM).  

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Source: TOMRA