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European Commission proposes extensive

changes to EU waste shipment legislation

(EU) – The European Commission unveiled its proposal for revisions to the EU Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) on 17 November. These new rules will "boost the circular economy and ensure that the EU’s waste stops polluting third... more

Stricter requirements for exports to third

countries and better enforcement of WSR

(EU) – The European Commission intends to make exports of waste shipped for recovery in non-OECD countries more dependent on receiving country consent and local conditions. The institution also wants to better monitor the environmentally... more

Recyclers see existential threats in WSR revision

(EU) – International recycling trade organisations are reacting with concern to the European Commission’s proposals for revising the EU Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR). While embracing the underlying objectives of protecting human... more

BIR: "The circular economy

must remain global"

(EU) – With its proposal for the revision of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation, the European Commission is taking a decisive step back from free and fair trade in secondary raw materials, according to the Bureau of International Recycling... more

Environmental organisations

call for EU waste export ban

(EU) – The European Commission’s proposal for revising the Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) is "a welcome step forward", but it is not enough "to mitigate the consequences of EU waste exports", according to the... more

EU assesses remedies

offered by Veolia and Suez

(EU) – Last week, the French environmental groups Veolia and Suez submitted package of commitments to the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition to secure approval of their proposed merger, according to the register of... more

Biffa "restored profitability" in H1 2020/21

(UK) – British waste company Biffa reported "a really strong recovery from the pandemic" in its first financial half ended 24 September and confirmed its guidance for the full year at the release of its earnings report in... more

Prices for ordinary recovered

paper grades falling in Italy

(I) – Recovered paper has become more readily available in Italy, with prices for quite a few grades softening in November as a result. The most commonly used grades – the ordinary and deinking grades – were affected. High... more

Ordinary recovered paper grades

become cheaper in the UK in November

(UK) – As predicted in October, prices for ordinary grades and for recovered paper used in newsprint manufacturing headed lower across the board on the British market in November. Solid demand from the packaging and tissue sectors and... more

Prices for higher RCP grades hold while rising

supply erodes prices for ordinary grades in France

(F) – Even though paper producers are fighting enormous cost increases in many areas at the moment, there was some relief on the raw material front in November. Prices for the ordinary recovered paper (RCP) grades on the French market... more

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