Mattress recycling for the circular economy

For the Mattress Alliance founded in 2021, realcycle is working on various sub-projects as part of a FOEN environmental technology funding project to increase the circularity of mattresses in Switzerland: Eco-Design sub-projectA sustainable circular economy starts with design. Only suitable design can ensure that resource consumption is minimized, longevity is ensured and an extension of the service life or [...]

Packaging: recyclable and sustainable?

The calls for less plastic in food packaging are getting louder and louder - but does that lead to sustainable packaging? Lea Schneider is getting to the bottom of this question in her bachelor thesis. The work will be practical in nature and address questions from the industry.

MAS "Net zero in companies

As of January, Melanie Haupt and Maja Wiprächtiger are part of the team of lecturers in the new Master's program (MAS) of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) "Net Zero in Companies".

Digital product passport - mattress alliance moves forward

The introduction of a digital product passport (DPP) is currently being discussed intensively in the EU. There are already precise specifications for batteries, while discussions are still underway for other products. In Switzerland, the Mattress Alliance already wants to set the first course to introduce a DPP for mattresses in Switzerland and thus promote the circular flow of mattresses.

We launch two new cycle platforms

cycle, cycle and cycle again!

cycletalk, the information networking event, is joined by two new cycle formats: cycleworks and cyclestudio. The two new formats strengthen our efforts to accelerate the implementation of sustainable circular economy in the Swiss industry and economy.
Speaking of cycletalk - the 9th cycletalk will take place on 10/31/2023. Register under Events today.

Circular Economy for Polypropylene (CE4PP)

Polypropylene (PP) is one of the most important types of plastic used today. Unfortunately, it has not yet been possible to establish a closed cycle for PP food packaging. However, the latest investigations by realcycle GmbH (formerly REDILO GmbH) and the Plastics Training and Technology Center KATZ show promising results with regard to the technical possibilities. From this, clear requirements for a future collection and recycling system can be derived. In [...]

The future of separate collections of recyclable materials in Switzerland

The aim of the study was to show how the collection of waste materials in Switzerland should be designed in the future. Is there any ecological and economic potential at all for further (separate) collections in Switzerland? If so, what specific products and packaging are involved and how should these be prioritized? Because in the sense of the principle of eco- and impact efficiency [...]

Circoplast - Circular Construction Plastics

In Switzerland, more than 1 million tons of plastics are consumed annually, 22% of which are used by the construction industry. In order to extend the lifetime of these 220,000 tons of plastics, realcycle GmbH (formerly REDILO GmbH) has launched the Circoplast project. In cooperation with stakeholders from the construction and plastics industry, recycling companies and the [...]

realCYCLE: Creating cycles for flexible packaging (films)

Focus and key issues The focus is on polyethylene (PE) or polyolefin (PO) films. Although recycling of mainly PE films continues to increase, there are still a number of challenges and hurdles that need to be overcome in order for the economy to be successful with sustainable closed-loop recycling. This is especially true for post-consumer waste, which is more difficult to recycle due to a high geographic dispersion, [...]

realCYCLE: Innovative logistics for plastics

Key questions The key question of the project is: Are innovative logistics concepts the key to a sustainable circular economy for plastic bottles? Various questions arise along this question: Aim of the pilot project A sustainable circular plastic economy requires high collection rates of the recyclable fractions. In this pilot project, innovative logistics solutions in the field of plastic recycling are therefore tested and their scalability is examined. While plastic bottles today are already [...]