The use of resources is increasing worldwide, especially in the industrialised countries, and it is causing ever more severe ecological and economic problems. In order to secure the well-being of future generations, today’s production and consumption patterns must become more sustainable and resources must be used more efficiently. A closed-loop economy is one way of decoupling growth from the consumption of non-renewable raw materials. Intelligent recycling processes can also make a valuable contribution towards saving resources. In Brandenburg, there are numerous institutions and companies offering suitable solutions to these issues. You can find more information under “Innovations”. Just click on “Plastics Recycling”.

Highlights

A closed-loop economy protects the climate

The Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union published a study assessing the costs of renovating waste incineration plants. Thanks to a closed-loop economy these plants can be unburdened and greenhouse gas emissions can be avoided. The advantages of a closed-loop economy with regard to climate protection were discussed at a parliamentary evening in Berlin.

Anlage zur Herstellung von Schaumstofffolien

Back to the beginning

The company Gefinex from Pritzwalk has an innovative and resource-friendly solution for the production of construction materials from plastic waste. The company has its own in-house recycling process for plastic waste, which it uses to produce new products.

Hand mit grau-silbrigem Granulat

“Hopeless” cases get a second chance

Grigorij Wagner of rub Berlin GmbH, a company that specialises in recycling, the environment and biotechnology, uses residual materials, which would otherwise drop out of the raw material cycle, for innovative products. For example, rub Berlin GmbH develops high-quality decking boards and railway sleepers made of recycled plastic.

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Background information

Bild von zu Würfeln gepressten Kunststoffresten

Innovations on the doorstep

Numerous reports on microplastics and waste exports have raised the awareness of many consumers with regard to a more mindful approach to plastic. Many are unsure as to how recycling works and whether the industry is really working tirelessly on more sustainable solutions. In our video we highlight that innovations right on our doorstep are not uncommon and that Brandenburg’s companies have actively shaped the future of our closed-loop economy for some time now.

Publikum einer Konferenz klatscht

Seeing sustainability in its entirety

At the Cluster conference of the Cluster Plastics and Chemistry of Economic Development Agency Brandenburg, representatives of businesses and research institutes met at the Aerospace Technology Centre (ATC) in Wildau for the event focussing on “Sustainability as a Guideline”.

Kunststoffabfälle sinnvoll verwerten

Utilising plastic waste in a sensible way

Plastic waste must no longer be disposed of in landfills. Owing to ecological and economic reasons plastic waste must be utilised in a sensible way. Three processes are used to do this: mechanical recycling, raw material recycling and energy generation. But what do these processes entail?

Legofiguren wie auf Zuschauertribühne

A tour through the world of plastic

Classification and properties of different plastics
The terms “plastic” or “synthetic material” commonly refer to the material out of which a wide variety of everyday objects are made—packaging films, plastic bags, toys, mobile phone covers, Tupperware containers. But what do the terms PVC and polyurethane mean? What is the difference between thermosets and elastomers? Read on for more information and an insight into the diverse world of plastics.

Plastic Statistik: Die Kunststoffverwertung in Deutschland in Zahlen

Plastics recycling in Germany in figures

In recent years, the utilisation and avoidance of plastic waste has become one of the topics that consumers are most concerned about. But in terms of the German economy, how much waste or what amount of raw materials are we actually talking about? How high is the consumption—i.e. the use and subsequent disposal—of waste? And what percentage of plastics is actually being recycled?

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