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Europen calls for clear

EU action on deposit

(EU) – The European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (Europen) has written to the European Commission, calling for infringement proceedings to be launched against Germany over its mandatory deposit on certain beverages marketed in... more

The primary bulk plastics

market in Germany

(D) – Standard primary plastics prices declined further in June on the German market. Converters continued to place orders on a short-term basis. Exports sales had reportedly improved a little. The price brackets observed on the market were... more

Ireland publishes WEEE regulations

just one month before implementation

Producer responsibility from 13 August / Review of waste permitting rules (IE) – The Irish government has transposed the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical equipment... more

Unice speaks out on planned revision

of the Waste Framework Directive

Waste characteristic should end before use in production processes (EU) – The Union of Industrial and Employer’s Confederations of Europe (Unice) has drawn up a position paper on the forthcoming revision of the EU Waste Framework Directive.... more

€47m state aid for AVR given the

go-ahead from the EU Commission

Details on planned divestment by City of Rotterdam published (EU, NL) – The Dutch hazardous waste specialist AVR has provided details of its owner the City of Rotterdam’s plans to sell the firm. In a statement issued at the start of July, the... more

NGS posts downturn

in 2004 turnover

(D) – The German hazardous waste disposal firm Niedersächsische Gesellschaft für die Endablagerung von Sonderabfall (NGS) achieved earnings from ordinary operations of €845,000 and annual profits of €537,000 last year. One year earlier,... more

Debate over impact of landfill ban on

commercial waste sector in Germany

Exports envisaged as a short-term solution in some regions (D) – The ban on the landfilling of non-treated municipal waste in force in Germany since June is currently resulting in nationwide bottlenecks for the handling of non-hazardous... more

Germany backs dropping

EU Waste Oil Directive

(D, EU) – The German government has expressed its support for the abandonment of the EU Waste Oil Directive following the EU Commission’s consultation on this issue earlier this year. The government pointed out that clear environmental... more

South-eastern Europe holds huge

waste management market potential

Study: Three countries alone require investment of €10bn to €15bn (A) – Enormous market potential following the transposition of EU law into national legislation is forecast in Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro,... more

£1.56bn spent on solid

waste in the UK in 2003

(UK) – British industry spent around £1.56bn (€2.26bn) on environmental protection measures directly related to the management of solid waste in 2003. This represented 46 per cent of the total environmental spending of £3.4bn (€4.93bn; £1... more