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Flanders government plans to sell

its share of Indaver NV in 2006

300,000 tonnes of waste exported annually to Germany from Flanders (B) – The Flemish government officially announced in December 2005 that it will again begin sales procedures for its share in the waste management company Indaver NV this year.... more

Company News

The Norwegian company Tomra Systems ASA is set to deliver 250 reverse vending machine systems for non-refillable beverage cartons to the German retailer Marktkauf, which belongs to the Edeka Group. According to Tomra, the order will cover most of... more

European Parliament broadly confirms

Council’s position on waste batteries

Recycling rate raised for batteries not containing heavy metals (EU) – The supporters of an extended ban on cadmium and a higher collection rate for waste batteries were not able to gain the majority of votes in the second reading of the... more

MSI forecasts slight rise in

German waste volumes

(D) – A stagnating population in Germany and increased waste prevention efforts are to keep future waste volumes at a stable level, according to a study by the British market research institute MSI Marketing. In the period from 2006 to 2010, the... more

Proposal strives for “refinement” of

the Waste Framework Directive

“Further major legislative actions are not required” (EU) – The official proposal for amendments to the Waste Framework Directive correspond largely with a preliminary draft which was presented in the Autumn for inter-service consultation... more

Over 300 ELV treatment

facilities in EMR network

(UK) – The British company European Metal Recycling Ltd (EMR) has announced the founding of a national car recycling network. The company stated at the beginning of December that a third of all authorised outlets in the UK have joined the... more

UK delays implementation

WEEE Directive once again

(UK) – The British Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has again announced the postponement of the implementation of the EU Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. “We have listened to the concerns expressed by both the... more

The primary commodity

plastics market in Germany

(D) – The prices for primary commodity plastics continued to fall on the German market during December. Market players were expecting stable or slightly falling prices for January. Converters had reduced their inventories and were not planning... more

More waste glass

collected in Switzerland

(CH) – More waste glass was collected in Switzerland in 2004. According to the company Vetro-Recycling AG, the collection volume increased by 0.8 per cent to 303,977 tonnes in comparison with 2003. The rise was attributed to the advance waste... more

China imported 1.2m tonnes

of scrap aluminium in 2004

(PRC) – Last year, China nearly doubled its aluminium scrap imports. As Frank Zhang from the Chinese Metrust Metal Consulting Centre reported at the Metal Bulletin aluminium recycling conference at the end of November, China imported nearly 1.2m... more