• Mixed reaction to EU €800/tonne plastics charge

    The EU's €800/tonne plastic packaging waste charge, passed by the EU Council at the end of July and which takes effect from January 2021, shocked the market because of both its size and narrow timeframe to implementation.
  • Radioactive waste disposal

    Radioactive waste disposal demands robust materials. Dr Robert Winsley MIMMM, Materials Scientist and Senior Scientific Adviser at Radioactive Waste Management in Didcot, UK, explains how corrosion science is informing choices.
  • Covid-19 leads to bottled up frustration for PET

    One of the effects of the coronarvirus pandemic is that consumer behaviour in terms of buying and consuming goods has changed in line with restricted supplies and access to retail sites says Susan Mair, Petrochemical Analyst at ICIS.
  • Q&A with Mark Watters from The BidBase

    Idha Valeur talks to Mark Watters, Managing Director of The BidBase, about bid writing, common mistakes, how to avoid them and what makes a good bid writer.
  • Pitching for research funding

    Securing funding for research is a job in itself – it requires research. Where to go for help? How to write the application? And how do you make the most of the opportunity and avoid the pitfalls? Idha Valeur explores how best to navigate the funding jungle.
  • The five VinylPlus sustainability challenges as presented by https://vinylplus.eu/

    A lead on recycling PVC

    Dr Mark Everard, Associate Professor of Ecosystem Services at the University of the West of England, UK, discusses the need for rational, science-based and profitable steps towards a sustainable future and resolve the circular economy and clean chemistry conflict.
  • Natural R-PP pellet monthly price minus virgin PP spot price

    European recycling markets reel from coronavirus

    Concerns over the long-term impact of the coronavirus outbreak on key European recycling markets sharply escalated this week following the adoption of further containment measures across the continent.
  • Tacking on technology in construction

    Housebuilding in the UK is continuously falling short of the government’s ambitious targets, and companies are turning to new technologies and techniques to improve the situation, while maintaining standards of quality and living. From speeding up production to creating a better environment, Clay Technology takes a look at some of the ways the industry is improving construction.
  • Climate change and COP26 – what the brick has to do with it?

    COP26 is the next global conference on climate change, where 196 states will meet in Glasgow, UK, early in November 2020 to make key decisions to safeguard the planet. Cleia President, Philippe Penillard, discusses.
  • YMC Future Materials Conference

    YMC Future Materials Conference at the University of Leeds

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