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China releases fourth batch

of 2020 waste import licences

(PRC) – The Chinese Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Center of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment has issued a new batch of import licences for recovered paper and selected scrap metal grades. This fourth batch for 2020... more

Primary PET prices slip

markedly in Germany

(D) – Demand for PET bottles for disinfectants has been booming due to the novel coronavirus and manufacturers were currently unable to keep up with production. Even bottles destined for other markets and products were being bought up... more

Price erosion slows significantly on German

recovered paper market in February

(D) – Recovered paper prices remained under pressure in February, although price reductions were much smaller than in previous months. The majority of EUWID sources expect prices to stay the same in March, although the spread of the novel... more

The non-ferrous scrap

metals market in Germany

(D) – The novel coronavirus is having a major impact on the stock and commodity markets. Copper, aluminium, lead and nickel prices tumbled last week, which also pushed scrap metal prices lower again. According to the news agency MBI, the... more

European Commission intends to

restrict waste exports to third countries

(EU) – The European Commission intends to limit the export of wastes that can be treated within the EU or that "have harmful environmental and health impacts" in third countries. To this end, the institution will undertake a... more

European Commission plans to expand recycled

content requirements to additional plastic products

(EU) – Plastics are one of the key product value chains identified in the European Commission’s new Circular Economy Action Plan. The EU authority considers targeted measures in addition to the existing plastics strategy necessary... more

Initiatives to address

substances of concern in waste

(EU) – As part of its Circular Economy Action Plan, the European Commission is planning a variety of initiatives to strengthen trust in secondary raw materials, especially to ensure they are free of hazardous substances. The EU authority... more

UK to impose £200/t tax

on plastic packaging

(UK) – The UK is moving ahead with plans to tax plastic packaging that does not incorporate recycled materials. According to the 2020 Budget released last week, the tax will initially be set at £200 per tonne and be applied to... more

Plastic straw, stirrer and cotton

bud ban before UK Parliament

(UK) – The British government has laid a regulation before Parliament that is to ban the distribution or sale of straws, cotton-buds and drink stirrers made with plastic. Plastic straws would still be available through pharmacies, and... more

IFAT Munich rescheduled for September

(WW) – IFAT Munich, the main environmental trade fair in Europe in the first half of 2020, has been postponed. Its organisers, Messe München, decided last week that the trade fair will not go ahead as scheduled from 4 to 8 May. The... more

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