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VDM warns against export restrictions:

"Fighting trade puts recycling in jeopardy"

(D) – The Association of German Metal Traders (VDM) is warning against imposing restrictions on the international trade in recycled raw materials. "Fighting trade puts recycling in jeopardy," the association said in a statement... more

European steel and NF metal associations

call for stricter rules on metal scrap exports

(EU) – The revision of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) is drawing near. The EU Commission’s provisional agenda suggests that it will publish its legislative proposal in mid-November. As is often the case at this stage of the... more

55 TB of data seized from

firms in cartel investigation

(A) – Investigations are continuing into suspected violations of cartel law in the Austrian waste management sector, a spokesman for the country’s Federal Competition Authority (BWB) told EUWID. The infomation seized from the... more

Green Tech invests €12m in

PET recycling in Slovakia

(ROU) – Romanian recycler Green Group is investing a further €12m to upgrade its PET recycling operations and increase production capacity in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. The firm Ekolumi, which was acquired in 2019 by Green... more

Veolia successfully completes €2.5bn

capital increase to finance Suez take-over

(F) – French environmental group Veolia has successfully completed a €2.5bn capital increase. The transaction was "well oversubscribed", the company announced on 6 October. At the end of the subscription period, there was... more

European beverage associations back deposit

refund systems and call for priority access

(EU) – Two umbrella associations representing Europe’s beverage industry have joined forces with the environmental NGO Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) in support of deposit return systems (DRSs) for beverage packaging. In a letter to the... more

Fost Plus rejects calls for the

introduction of deposit return systems

(B) – The Belgian packaging recovery organisation Fost Plus opposes the introduction of a deposit return system for beverage packaging. In comments made in early October, Fost Plus noted that Belgium already met the targets set out in the... more

Total Energies doubles

recycling capacity for PP

(F) – French group TotalEnergies (formerly Total) officially inaugurated the expanded recycling capacity at its subsidiary Synova in early October. On the two new lines, the company is now able to produce around 45,000 tonnes of... more

Covestro conducting research into

chemical recycling of rigid PU foam

(EU) – The plastic producer Covestro is working together with 21 partners from nine countries on chemical recycling processes for rigid polyurethane (PU) foam. The aim of the Circular Foam project, which is being coordinated by Covestro,... more

Reaching 2025 recycled plastics

uptake target will cost at least €8.4bn

(EU) – Substantial investments will have to be made in the sorting and recycling of post-consumer plastic waste and exports will have to be "significantly reduced" if the plastics value chain is going to ensure that 10 million... more

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