Sustainable news and initiatives
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!
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.
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: http://pub.ingede.com/en/ingede-symposium-2023/.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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 Soni, Jörg 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!
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.
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.