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EP elects president, begins

forming committees

(EU) – Last Wednesday the European Parliament elected its president and decided on the numerical strength of the Committees. In keeping with the "personnel package" hammered out in the Council a day earlier, the Parliament chose... more

Biffa found guilty of breaching

TFS shipment law

(UK) – Biffa has been convicted of waste export violations tied to the quality of two recovered paper shipments that it tried to send to China in 2015. The Environment Agency (EA) claimed that while declared as waste paper, the shipment... more

Indonesia to return nearly 50

containers with waste plastics

(IND) – Indonesian customs officials will order 49 containers at Batam Island back to their countries of origin, according to independent reports last week from Reuters, AFP and the Jakarta Post. Susila Brata, head of the Batam customs... more

Austria to ban plastic carrier

bags by the end of 2020

(A) – Beginning next year, it will be illegal to sell or distribute plastic carrier bags in Austria. The ban adopted yesterday be the lower house of the Austrian Parliament allows for a transition period until the end of 2020, during... more

European initiative seeks a ban

on all SUP packaging by 2027

(EU) – The European Commission will register a new citizen initiative aimed at "banning all single-use plastics in Europe" later this month. In a statement issued last Wednesday, the Commission explained that the objective of... more

WEEE inquiry opened by UK

parliamentary committee

(UK) – In response to the UK’s failure to achieve correction targets for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), the Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has launched a new inquiry on e-waste and the circular... more

6,500 tonnes of waste

plastic seized in Turin

(I) – The environmental unit of Italy’s Carabinieri police force has uncovered a stockpile of illegal waste plastic near Turin. During an inspection of premises in a business park near Cumiana, the police seized about 6,500 tonnes... more

Companies and institutions appearing in the current issue

Airbus Defense & Space 2

Alupro UK (Aluminium Packaging
Recycling UK) 3

Anhui Conch Cement Company Ltd. 4


Basel Action Network 16

Biffa 15

Bundeskartellamt 20

... more

Renewi sells Canadian assets

to a financial investor

(NL, CND) – The Anglo-Dutch waste management company Renewi has found a buyer for its Canadian activities. In late June, the firm announced that it had entered into a binding agreement to sell these operations to Convent Capital, an... more

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