Sustainable news and initiatives


Sales director speaking at the plastic conference during Pollutec
Sales director speaking at the plastic conference during Pollutec

From the 10th till the 12th of October the Bollegraaf Group participated in the largest French show for environmental solutions – Pollutec – which brought together the experts on waste treatment, cleaning, collection, recycling and reuse for industries, cities and construction!

During the exhibition our Global Sales Director Charles Daridon became a key speaker at the plastic conference organized by the Circular Hotspot at the Dutch pavilion. In his presentation he spoke about the importance of the French market for the innovation journey of our company and the upcoming revolution that the implementation of artificial intelligence and data solutions will cause in the recycling industry.

These are the key takeaways from the presentation:
1. The implementation of AI and data solutions will cause a complete redesign of advanced MRFs.
2. The premium quality of Bollegraaf and Lubo equipment in combination with unique engineering expertise and knowledge of artificial intelligence systems result in a one-of-a-kind synergy that is destined for success.
3. The French market with its innovative approach to recycling is key in the innovation journey of the Bollegraaf Group.


Members of the Circular Groningen association

Photograph by Niels Cornelis Meijer (

Edmund Tenfelde, CEO of the Bollegraaf Group, is one of the founders of Circular Groningen – an association for companies, educational institutions, governments and civil society organizations in Groningen that work together to accelerate and realize the transition to the circular economy. Circular Groningen was established on the 6th of April this year and we are very proud to be a part of it.

You can read an article about the foundation of this association via this link.


In 213 days humanity has spent all the resources that the Earth can generate in a year

Today, 213 days after the beginning of 2023, is Earth Overshoot Day, the day on which we used all the resources that our planet can regenerate in a year. For most Western countries, its overshoot day has long passed. For example: The Netherlands, the country in which we are headquartered, has already had its overshoot day on the 12th of April.

Only with a combined effort across the entire circular value chain, we can move the date and secure tomorrow’s resources. The challenge is enormous, but together we can create a world of difference!


Bottles ready to be sorted by the AI-driven robot.

The EU wants a circular economy in 2050. This is a great ambition, but a lot still needs to be done to convert the linear economy into a circular economy. In the near future we expect a complete redesign of advanced MRFs (Material Recovery Facility). These MRFs will maximize the performance of advanced mechanical recycling of various types of waste material.

We believe that this can be done with help of artificial intelligence. When AI meets process expertise, generating high-quality secondary raw materials from waste is no longer a dream. Together with our clients, this is our joint mission. Read more in our E-book “Envisionning the future of recycling: when AI meets process expertise.


Yet another edition of Eemsdeltavisie Congress was held on the 16th of May in Delfzijl. An initiative of Groningen Seaports, Chemport Europe, Vnci, Chemiepark Delfzijl and other companies, this congress focuses on carbon and hydrogen as well as the ways we use them.

During the event a group of students presented their vlog about 4 companies involved in a project for creating Europe’s largest and most advanced plastic waste sorting plant for the chemical recycling industry in Delfzijl, Bollegraaf being one of them. Watch the video to see what they learned by visiting our premises.


Bollegraaf had an honor to host a working visit of the delegation from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands. Exploring a company focused on the circular economy in the municipality of Eemsdelta was one of the goals of this visit which also included engagement with people of the region and getting insights into their personal experience of their living environment.

Within the Bollegraaf visit framework we managed to tell more about our company, its activities and our vision of the future of the sector and also discuss the most vital topics as development of the recycling industry towards innovative AI technologies, smart waste management and challenges of building of a truly circular economy.


Bollegraaf and INGEDE

On March 8th, Martine Assié, Product and Marketing Director, and Cornel Kuiper, R&D Engineer, will present our vision on how we can reach true circularity of paper-based material through a holistic and innovative approach at the INGEDE symposium 2023 in Munich, Germany.

The symposium be from 9:00 to 17:00 CET, and we will present between 14:55 and 16:50 CET.

This event is hybrid, meaning you can both attend in person and by watching the livestream. The presentations are translated in real-time to German and English depending on the language of the presentation.

For more information or to register, click the following link:


Scene of presentation on plastic recycling

During Vakbeurs Recycling 2022, the Dutch national trade fair for recycling technology and waste management, Rob de Ruiter, Director Innovations and Sustainability at the Bollegraaf Group, gave a presentation on the importance of quality of material and data to achieve our circularity goals. His presentation touched upon questions like: how to mitigate the dark side of plastics and how successful we are today in reaching true circularity.

At our stand, we also talked a lot about the future of plastic recycling, the synergy of mechanical sorting and chemical recycling, and the role of robotics and data in modern MRFs. All in all, it was an eventful show for our team!


Logos of companies from the press release about new plastic sorting plant

During the Prinsjesfestival in the Hague, Clariter together with Bollegraaf, BioBTX and N+P announced their initiative to develop Europe’s largest and most advanced plastic waste sorting plant for the chemical recycling industry in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. With an annual processing capacity of 350,000 tonnes, this facility will target the lowest-grade plastic waste that would otherwise be sent to incineration or landfilling. The project is expected to come online by 2025. 

Read more in the following press release.


RWM Excellence in Innovation Award for Bollegraaf

We are happy to announce that the RoBB, our fully automated sorting robot, has been shortlisted for the Excellence in Innovation Awards 2022 of RWM and Letsrecycle Live 2022!

The RoBB is fully developed in-house by Bollegraaf. By utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning, the RoBB can fulfill many different roles in the waste sorting process, e.g., on the rescue or the quality control line.


Celebrating signing a contract for developing the most advanced PET sorting plant in Swiss.

We are happy to announce to have signed a contract with AGIR AG to develop a state-of-the-art PET sorting plant in Switzerland which will feature our latest sorting technologies and a high degree of automation. 

Switzerland is one of the world leaders when it comes to PET-recycling. To meet the current and future challenges, Agir decided to further expand their PET sorting plant. Its main goal is to sort different colored PET (mostly bottles) from each other as well as to separate food and nonfood grade plastics. It is also of high importance that the PET bottles will not be damaged during the sorting process.

This installation is an amazing step toward closing the PET loop in Switzerland!


RoBB can be easily installed in pre-existing waste sorting lines
The newly patented pending robotic gripper enables unique efficient picking performance

We have launched a new video featuring our RoBB – Bollegraaf’s intelligent and fully automated sorting robot. This sustainable solution powered by artificial intelligence keeps evolving in line with specific context and challenges of our clients, thus, maximizing performance indicators such as purity of the output material.

Click the link to see why Hündgen Entsorgungs GmbH & Co KG decided to choose the RoBB to sort their lightweight plastic packaging, specifically increasing the purity of the PET bottle stream.


Eric Boxma presenting Bollegraaf sustainability vision at the Trade Mission in Dubai 2022
Circular economy goals presented at the Trade Mission

Our Director Global Reach Sales, Eric Boxma, had the pleasure to join the Dutch trade mission to the United Arab Emirates with as focus water, sustainable energy and circular economy.

During this trade mission, Eric visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi to meet and discuss with many local stakeholders who provided a good understanding of the current market situation, as well as policy and ambitions for waste management in the future.

As part of the trade mission, Holland Circular Hotspot organised the Circular Economy Day at the Dutch pavilion of DubaiExpo2022. During this day Eric Boxma presented the Bollegraaf Group’s vision on “Sorting for Quality Feedstock.”


News circular hotspot

The Bollegraaf Group is a proud member of the Holland Circular Hotspot! The Holland Circular Hotspot is a Dutch initiative that promotes the cooperation through a private-public platform.

On this platform, companies, knowledge institutes and (local) authorities collaborate to promote and support international collaboration and knowledge exchange on Dutch circular economy.



It’s been a year that has asked a lot of our partners and of ourselves. We are extremely proud of the many projects that we have been able to commission.

We wish you all the best for 2022 and are looking forward to another year to create a world of difference.



On the 30th of November and the 1st of December our sales managers, Nischant SoniJörg Hartert and Moritz Petzold, were at the international waste plastics day (Altkunststofftag), organized by the German trade organization BVSE in Cologne, Germany.
The conference has grown into the central meeting point for the international plastics industry. Where participants from all over Europe meet each other and experience top-class speakers from politics, business and science on all relevant topics relating to plastics recycling.

We were very happy to meet many of you again! Thank you for visiting us!


News Jaqueline Cramer

On the 15th of September, it was the day of the grand opening of our test center. This event was visited and watched by many key figures from the recycling, waste and processing sector.

During the opening, Jaqueline Cramer talked more about the journey towards a circular economy.


News trade organisations

We are involved in various initiatives and trade organisations!

We are a member of different trade organizations, because we think it is important to share the latest knowledge about recycling solutions. It is only together with our competitors and other partners that we can truly create a world of difference.