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Plastics recycling industry working to find its footing again

08.02.2018 − Waste plastics prices appear to have bottomed out for the time being on the German market in January. Commercial and industrial waste film is no longer being shipped to China. » more

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Plastics remain a "headache" for e-waste recyclers

07.02.2018 − WEEE recyclers in Germany say they have sufficient supplies. However, finding buyers for the plastics recovered from e-scrap continues to be a “major headache” for industry players. » more

Ample supplies of PET bottles on German market

06.02.2018 − Most PET recyclers in Germany had good supplies of post-consumer single-use PET bottles from deposit-return systems in January.» more

British recovered paper prices decline in January

24.01.2018 − Recovered paper collection volumes in the UK were higher in mid-January than expected, while demand for common grades was lower. » more

Without exports to China, German recovered paper prices slip again

16.01.2018 − Price negotiations on the German recovered paper market did not lose any of their intensity in the final month of 2017. Paper mills again sought to secure sizeable markdowns for mass grades, as it had appeared likely...» more

Chinese import restrictions send some waste plastics prices lower

10.01.2018 − There were no meaningful changes in the German waste plastics market towards the end of last year. No film scrap was headed to China in December. While alternative markets such as Vietnam, Malaysia and India accepted...» more

Year ends with another uptick on German steel scrap market

19.12.2017 − The German ferrous scrap industry is ending a profitable 2017 business year with another price increase for scrap. "The steel industry and scrap merchants had a good year. People were finally making money again," a...» more

Dramatic situation on waste plastics market

08.12.2017 − "Parts of the market will have to be reinvented," said a waste plastics merchant in Germany describing the dramatic situation which has followed in the wake of tightened Chinese import regulations. » more

Prices for German post-consumer PET bottles climb again

05.12.2017 − November brought little meaningful change for German PET recyclers. While the amount of bottles arriving at recycling plants in the first half of the month rose somewhat, not all recyclers were well supplied and the...» more

Steel scrap prices increase again in Germany

21.11.2017 − Following October's price cuts, steel scrap prices moved in the opposite direction in Germany in November. » more

Prices for clear PET flakes climb again

07.11.2017 − A scarcity of post-consumer PET bottles and strong demand for clear flakes, particularly from film manufacturers, were again shaping the German market in October. .» more

Waste wood market in Germany relatively balanced

02.11.2017 − “There is no oversupply of waste wood, but there is enough material to go around,” market participants told EUWID. » more

Ferrous scrap prices decline in Germany

24.10.2017 − With German steel mills busy, but scrap export demand down, steel scrap prices in Germany have declined markedly of late. » more

High arisings continue on the German waste textiles market

13.10.2017 − Very high arisings of original collected stock continue to leave a mark on Germany’s waste textiles market. Sorters are thus entering the strongest season for collection with stock levels that are much higher than...» more

German waste plastics market still under pressure due to export problems

04.10.2017 − In September, demand for waste plastics increased somewhat on the German market. However, the situation on the Far East export market remained difficult. Shipments to China continued at a low level. Monthly export...» more

UK recovered paper exports to China 25% of normal levels

28.09.2017 − Collection volumes were failing to live up to expectations on the British recovered paper market in September. However, this was in keeping with the longer-term trend and did not pose any problems, especially as demand...» more

German steel scrap prices reach highest level since 2014

20.09.2017 − The upward trend on the German ferrous scrap market that started in June continued in September, bringing prices to a level not seen since January 2014. At the beginning of the month, prices took an initial jump before...» more

German steel scrap exports up by 100,000 tonnes at the mid-year

08.09.2017 − In the first six months of the current year, a total of 4.27 million tonnes of steel scrap were exported from Germany. This was around 100,000 tonnes more» more

Situation on German waste plastics market "more dramatic than 2008"

28.08.2017 − Conditions in some segments of the German waste plastics market were dramatic in August. Grades such as commercial film, which has until now primarily been shipped to China, were particularly severely affected....» more

Prices for clear PET flakes rise further

24.08.2017 − Demand for clear PET flakes has not let up in Germany in August. The majority of recyclers had been able to raise prices because the primary PET price had jumped unexpectedly. » more

Steel scrap prices up sharply in Germany

22.08.2017 − Ferrous scrap prices on the German domestic market moved markedly higher in August. The most important sources of momentum came from the deep sea export market. Demand from Turkish mills was strong at the moment, and...» more

Original collected stock plentiful on German used textiles market

15.08.2017 − Germany’s waste textiles market is experiencing relatively abundant availability of original collected stock for the time of year. "Stocks of original collected material are very high, and swap bodies are full,"...» more

Waste wood market in Germany stable and balanced

01.08.2017 − The German waste wood market in July was largely stable and balanced, quite the opposite of conditions a year earlier. » more

Plastic sales remain major problem for German WEEE recyclers

31.07.2017 − The introduction of tighter import restrictions in China is currently the central topic of discussion among German recyclers of waste electrical and electronic waste (WEEE). Revenues from the sale of recyclables have...» more

Export demand drives up French recovered paper prices

25.07.2017 − France’s recovered paper market found itself amidst the calm before the storm in June. Rising prices for exports to the Far East had yet to trickle down to the domestic market. This calm quickly gave way in July. Prices...» more

Export demand lifts steel scrap prices in Germany

18.07.2017 − Following declines in the previous months, ferrous scrap prices strengthened again on the German market in July.» more

Clear PET flakes more expensive again in June

10.07.2017 − Despite a marked increase in PET bottle arisings in June, the trend of recent months has not changed. In June, recyclers again recorded a strong demand for clear flakes. The demand for flakes was again fuelled by the...» more

Export threat moderates German commercial waste incineration market

14.06.2017 − All was calm on the German market for the management of non-hazardous commercial waste in the first half of this year. After two years of turbulence, marked by a shortage of waste incineration capacity and rising...» more

Liquidity a major problem on the German waste textiles market

07.06.2017 − "Liquidity is the central problem facing the industry," virtually all market players active in Germany’s waste textiles business agree. Businesses were constantly running after even the smallest sums and issuing payment...» more

Ferrous scrap prices yield slightly again in Germany

22.05.2017 − Following a mild decline in April, the ferrous scrap prices on the German market slipped slightly once again in May. The continued good demand from the integrated steel mills meant that new scrap prices were by and...» more