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EuPC: problems remain

(EU) – The industry umbrella group European Plastic Converters EuPC has published the first results of its third online survey on the use of recycled polymers by plastic converting companies. According to the association, there was an... more

Aldi trialling refillable glass

bottles for beer in Germany

(D) – The discount grocery chain Aldi Süd is selling beer in refillable glass bottles in Germany for the first time as part of a pilot project. Beer is being sold in crates of 0.5-litre or 0.33-litre bottles in a limited number of... more

Recoup: quality of collected

plastic becomes major concern

(UK) – Collection rates for household plastic waste in the UK are still "some way off the future EU plastic packaging recycling target of 50 per cent by 2025", according to the most recent edition of Recoup’s "UK... more

Smurfit Kappa Germany wants to close material

loops with packaging waste compliance scheme

(D) – The German subsidiary of paper and packaging group Smurfit Kappa sees global fibre flows changing due to restrictions and sanctions. These will influence demand for recycled corrugated case material and with it the demand for... more

China releases third batch of

import permits for recyclables

(PRC) – In the midst of the Coronavirus health emergency, the China Solid Waste and Chemicals Management (CSWCM) issued a new batch of import licences for recovered paper and copper scrap, aluminium scrap and ferrous scrap grades. This... more

Coronavirus challenges

Chinese paper industry

(PRC) – The COVID-19 epidemic in China is affecting the country’s paper industry. Protective measures designed to limit the spread of the disease are driving up demand for some paper products, while at the same time they may make it... more

Chinese recovered paper import figures for 2019


Supply glut sends recovered paper

prices in Germany tumbling further

(D) – Recovered paper prices on the German market slumped considerably again in January. In addition to the ordinary grades, sorted graphic paper for deinking also saw a noticeable decline. The further price erosion was caused by the... more

No signs of an improvement on the horizon

(D) – The new year started off just as badly for the waste textiles sector as 2019 had ended. Industry insiders seem agreed that there are no signs of impending improvement. There is still "more than enough original collected stock... more

Primary copper recovery

lifts non-ferrous scrap prices

(D) – The copper price, which had been weighed down in recent weeks by impact of the novel Coronavirus on markets, has recovered somewhat. Last week, three-month copper prices rose above $5,700/t mark again, giving a boost to the copper... more

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