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Poland rejects proposed cap on share

of municipal waste consigned to landfill

(EU) – It became clear during a brief public debate during last week’s meeting of the EU Environment Council that member states still have widely disparate positions on key aspects of the waste package. One delegation also... more

Trade groups: Waste to energy

BREF conclusions "ambitious"

(EU) – The emission values proposed in the first draft of the new reference document for Best Available Techniques (BREF) for Waste Incineration are "quite ambitious", according to a joint statement issued by the European... more

Biffa reports £11m loss in 2016/17 along

with new waste to energy deal with Covanta

(UK) – Biffa plc, the UK‘s second largest waste management company, has called 2016/17 "a pleasing year of organic and acquisitive growth" in which it saw net revenues climb 8 per cent to £899m (€1.02bn,... more

New president for FEAD

(EU) – Jean-Marc Boursier is the new president of FEAD, the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services. The organisation’s vice-presidents are Peter Kurth from the German association BDE and Cesare Spreafico... more

BIR calls for polluter-pays principle to be

applied for POP phase-out exemptions

(WW) – Manufacturers should only receive an exemption allowing them to market products containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs) if they have made financial provisions for the environmentally sound end-of-life management of such... more


By completing the second of two terms of office allowed under the group’s statutes, Reinhold Schmidt has ended his presidency of the paper division at the BIR (Bureau of International Recycling) Convention in Hong Kong in... more

ECHA committee recommends classification

of titanium dioxide as carcinogenic

(EU) – The Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has recommended that the chemical titanium dioxide (TiO2) be classified as "a substance suspected of causing cancer" by inhalation in humans.... more

Urbaser receives

€80m loan from EIB

(EU) – The European Investment Bank (EIB) is granting a loan of €80m to Spanish waste group Urbaser to finance research and development activities as well as the purchase of new vehicles. The agreement was signed in Madrid in early... more

Additional adjustments for EVN project in Moscow

(A) – The Austrian energy group EVN reports that its environmental division slipped into the red in its first financial half. In late May, the company announced that earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda)... more

Texaid now collecting textiles

in Austria after takeover

(A, CH) – Texaid, one of the leading textile recycling companies in Europe, is now active on the Austrian market following the takeover of Austria-Tex Textile SEVH GmbH. Formally, the deal to acquire 100 per cent of the shares in... more

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