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European Commission fines used

lead acid battery purchasing cartel

(EU) – The European Commission has handed down a €68m fine to the companies Campine, EcoBat Technologies and Recylex because they illegally fixed purchasing prices for scrap car batteries. A fourth company, Johnson Controls, was not... more

Recycling and waste industry criticise

changed definition of municipal waste

(EU) – The vote by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee on the EU waste package in January introduced positive and negative changes to the draft legislation, according to associations representing the recycling and waste... more

Mixed reactions to EU Commission

Communication on the role of waste to energy

(EU) – The first responses to the European Commission’s Communication on the role of waste to energy in the circular economy in late January included a mixed reaction from FEAD and both criticism and scepticism from Cewep and Eswet.... more

Stena Metall improves figures considerably

in first quarter of 2016/17 financial year

(SE) – Swedish recycling group Stena Metall reported positive development in the first quarter of its 2016/17 business year, with good demand and increased market share. The market conditions in the reporting period were... more

E-waste recyclers call for faster notification process

(EU) – Players within the recycling industry are calling for a reform of the Basel Convention on transboundary hazardous waste shipments. They say complicated notification procedures often make it difficult to use recycled materials as... more

Belgium approves fusion of

Shanks and Van Gansewinkel

(B) – Belgian competition authorities have given the green light to the planned merger of the waste management companies Shanks Group plc and Van Gansewinkel Groep (VGG). The decision was announced by both companies on 25 January.

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Peterborough joins UK councils

looking to end waste contracts

(UK) – The Peterborough City Council is working to terminate its 23-year waste collection contract with services provider Amey less then six years after the deal was signed, according to a late January statement from the authority.... more

UK fails to further cut food

waste from households

(UK) – The British Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) blames an increase in population as well as easing economic pressures for the failure to reduce the amount of household food waste in the UK in a meaningful way between 2012... more

Max Aicher to acquire

Hungarian scrap trader

(D, H) – The Max Aicher group of companies wants to expand its network for sourcing scrap metals in Hungary by acquiring all shares in Fémker Kft. The planned transaction was notified to the Austrian Federal Competition Authority... more

The recovered paper

market in Poland

(PL) – The year has started off on a calm note for Poland’s recovered paper business. Prices for ordinary mass grades have softened slightly over the past two months, as experts had anticipated. This trend has persisted since... more

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