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FEAD backs higher collection targets and

minimum recycled content for batteries

(EU) – FEAD, the European Waste Management Association, is calling for much more ambitious targets for end-of-life battery collection and recycling at the EU level. At an online event discussing the European Commission’s plans for a... more

ELV Directive needs update to address the

growing market share of electric vehicles

(EU) – The increasing use of electric drives, electronics and lightweight components in cars will mean new challenges for recycling and recovery of vehicles at the end of life, according to a Commission staff working document. Published... more

Authorities raid Austrian waste firms

suspected of cartel law violations

(A) – Several companies active in the Austrian waste management sector are alleged to have violated cartel law regulations over an extended period of time. According to the Austrian Federal Competition Authority (BWB), the companies are... more

Overcapacity concerns: UK

government blocks wte project

(UK) – The British Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy?(BEIS) decided in late February to reject Wheelabrator UK’s application for development consent for a waste to energy (wte) plant planned near... more

Suez presents "binding offer" for takeover

by investment funds Ardian and GIP

(F) – The French environmental services group Suez has made a new attempt to break the impasse it has reached with competitor Veolia. This past weekend, Suez presented details of "a negotiated solution" under which a consortium... more

Remondis acquires Dutch

skip-hire firm Aalderson

(NL, D) – Remondis is further expanding its activities in the Netherlands with another takeover of a firm located close to the German border. The Dutch subsidiary of the German waste management group has acquired the activities of the... more

B&W trims loss in 2020, plans growth with

waste-to-energy and carbon capture

(USA) – In 2020, the plant engineering company Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) had launched a new division, expanded internationally and implemented cost savings measures. Looking back on the year, CEO Kenneth Young said the... more

Wte specialist EEW achieved

record earnings in 2019

(D) – EEW, Germany’s largest operator of waste-to-energy (wte) plants, significantly increased its revenues and earnings in 2019. According to the EEW annual report recently published in the electronic version of the German Federal... more

NGOs oppose flexible mass balance approach

(EU) – Several European environmental organisations and plastic recyclers have jointly expressed their opposition to the use of a "flexible mass balance approach" to determine recycled content in plastic products. Instead, the... more

No drop in US plastic scrap

exports despite new restrictions

(USA) – Exports of waste plastics from the United States to non-OECD countries have not declined this year, despite changes to international regulations which would make most of those shipments illegal, according to the environmental... more

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