Markets
Recovered paper suppliers capitalise on shortages in France
27.05.2020 − The on-going serious shortage of recovered paper has again sent prices for all grades soaring in France in May.» more

Derichebourg reports declines in sales and earnings

27.05.2020 − The French group Derichebourg expects its ferrous and non-ferrous metals recycling business to recover by autumn, at the earliest. Activity levels have made good progress since bottoming out at the beginning of April....» more
Business
Recylex's fate hangs on the continued operation of Nordenham smelter
22.05.2020 − The future of the financially strapped Franco-German metal group Recylex is tightly linked to the fate of the German subsidiary Weser-Metall GmbH and its lead smelter in Nordenham, Germany. "Recylex S.A.'s capacity to...» more

Danish ministers call for cuts to waste imports

20.05.2020 − If Denmark is to achieve a green transition, it will need to increase recycling and to strengthen the circular economy, but it will also need to reduce the amount of waste incinerated, according to climate minister Dan...» more
Markets
"Long road back to normality" expected for steel scrap market
19.05.2020 − The resumption of automotive production in Germany at the start of May has been extremely sluggish. The impact of coronavirus restrictions will be felt for some time to come on the ferrous scrap market.» more

Recovered paper price surge continues amid shortage in Germany

19.05.2020 − The price surge continues on the German recovered paper market. After a very considerable bump in April, prices of the ordinary grades saw an even sharper uptick in May. The turbulence caused by the coronavirus outbreak...» more
Business
PRE: State support necessary to ensure survival of plastics recycling
18.05.2020 − Recycling must be included among the sectors supported in the recovery plans being drafted by the EU and its member states, says Plastics Recyclers Europe. » more

Recylex applies for protective shield procedures for German operations

14.05.2020 − The Recylex Group has applied for creditor protection under German law for its subsidiaries Weser-Metall GmbH, Harz-Metall GmbH, Norzinco GmbH and PPM Pure Metals GmbH. » more
Business
Alpla doubles PET recycling capacity in Poland
12.05.2020 − Austria’s Alpla group started up a second PET regranulation line in Poland at the beginning of May. The new line doubles capacity at the subsidiary PET Recycling Team in Radomsko from 15,000 to 30,000 tonnes a year of...» more

KKR has received EU clearance for Viridor take-over

12.05.2020 − The European Commission's Competition Directorate-General sees no obstacles to the sale of the British waste company Viridor to the private equity firm KKR.» more
Business
Veolia reports slight uptick in waste management revenues
07.05.2020 − The waste division of the French environmental services group Veolia generated worldwide revenues of €2.47bn in the first quarter of 2020. This is a slight increase of 0.6 per cent.» more

European plastic recycling in serious trouble amid Covid-19 shutdowns

06.05.2020 − Plastic recycling in Europe is in dire straits. In particularly, the low prices for all types of primary plastics are now weighing heavily on regranulate prices. These problems are compounded by the on-going slump in...» more
Business
Aurubis-Metallo merger given go-ahead by EU Commission
05.05.2020 − The suspense surrounding the Aurubis-Metallo takeover deal is over. On Monday, the EU Commission gave its approval for the acquisition of the Belgian-Spanish Metallo group by the primary and secondary copper producer...» more

Suez reports decline in first-quarter earnings

30.04.2020 − Suez's waste management activities were the group's business area most heavily hit by the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2020. » more
Business
Remondis to acquire Veolia sites in West of Germany
29.04.2020 − The German waste management giant Remondis intends to acquire sites which have been put up for sale by competitor Veolia Umweltservice West GmbH. » more

Steel scrap arisings plummet in Germany
as economy grinds to a halt

23.04.2020 − "What's next?" This is the million dollar question for players in the German ferrous scrap market and in all other industry sectors. » more
Business
IFAT 2020 cancelled
23.04.2020 − There will be no IFAT in 2020. The trade fair for environmental technology and services, held every two years in Munich, Germany, has become the latest victim to the coronavirus crisis. » more

Remondis / DSD deal: Court rejects Remondis' appeal

22.04.2020 − The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court has upheld the decision of the German competition authority barring waste group Remondis from taking over the packaging compliance scheme Duales System Deutschland (DSD).» more
Business
Indian recyclers still face fees for imports
stuck in ports due to Covid-19 lockdown
21.04.2020 − Indian recyclers continue to struggle as secondary raw material imports get bogged down in ports and shipping companies fail to waive charges for delayed freight removal as advised by the government.» more

Scholz 2019 figures reflect lower demand and falling prices

15.04.2020 − The German ferrous and non-ferrous metals recycler Scholz posted lower revenue and earnings figures for 2019.» more
Markets
Rising demand for recovered paper in Poland amid shrinking supply
08.04.2020 − The Polish recovered paper market experienced an abrupt reversal in mid-March. Many buyers are nervous now about whether their supplies can be guaranteed in the coming weeks.» more

German waste textiles industry struggles in Covid-19 crisis

07.04.2020 − Business operations are almost impossible to plan right now, and companies are forced to proceed with extreme caution, a major texitiles recycler told EUWID.» more
Business
BIR calls on governments to recognise recycling industries as essential activities
03.04.2020 − The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) urges governments to formally recognise that recycling operations are essential businesses as they serve to protect human health and the environment.» more

Sims completes sales of e-scrap recycling activities to TSR

02.04.2020 − Remondis subsidiary TSR now owns a large share of Sims' e-waste business in Europe. Sims announced that the transaction had been concluded and was effective 30 September 2019. » more
Policy
EU Commission publishes waste shipments guidance
01.04.2020 − The European Commission is working to remove barriers to waste shipments between EU member states in the exceptional circumstances created by the coronavirus outbreak. » more

Coronavirus crisis hitting plastics recyclers

31.03.2020 − The coronavirus crisis will create significant challenges for Germany’s plastic recyclers. Orders from large swaths of industry are drying up, recyclers told EUWID.» more
Markets
India overtakes China as the main destination for EU recovered paper exports
26.03.2020 − EU member states exported less recovered paper to China last year. Chinese restrictions brought EU shipments to the People’s Republic down to just 20 to 25 per cent of the volumes that were typical up until 2016.» more

Umbrella bodies call for Europe-wide recognition of recycling and waste industry’s key role

25.03.2020 − The umbrella organisations Euric and FEAD call on decisionmakers across Europe to recognise the essential role of the recycling and waste management industry in protecting human health and the environment and in...» more
Markets
Coronavirus crisis causing major uncertainty for steel scrap traders in Germany
24.03.2020 − At the beginning of the month, it still looked like business might proceed almost normally for ferrous scrap traders and slight price mark-ups were on the horizon. However, there was a complete reversal in sentiment at...» more

Pennon to sell Viridor for £4.2bn

19.03.2020 − British waste management company Viridor is to be sold for £4.2bn to investment funds managed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR). Viridor's parent company Pennon announced on Wednesday that it had entered a...» more
Business
Stainless steel recycler ELG could be sold
18.03.2020 − The conglomerate Franz Haniel & Cie is weighing the disposal of its stainless steel recycling subsidiary ELG. As part of a strategic reorientation, options including "possible sales scenarios" are to be explored. » more

Price erosion slows on German recovered paper market

18.03.2020 − Recovered paper prices in Germany remained under pressure in February, although price reductions were much smaller than in previous months. The majority of EUWID sources expected prices to stay the same in March,...» more
Business
ARN sells "fluff" processing plant to Remondis subsidiary
16.03.2020 − The Dutch end-of-life vehicle recycling organisation ARN is divesting its processing plant for automotive shredder residue.» more

UK to introduce tax on plastic packaging

13.03.2020 − The UK is moving ahead with plans to tax plastic packaging that does not incorporate recycled material. » more
Business
IFAT Munich rescheduled for September
12.03.2020 − IFAT organisers, Messe München, decided Wednesday night that the trade fair will be postponed and will not go ahead as scheduled from 4 to 8 May. » more

New action plan for the circular economy

11.03.2020 − The European Commission wants to focus more closely on product design in order to promote the transition to a circular economy. » more
Business
Covid-19: PRSE in Amsterdam postponed
11.03.2020 − The Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE) is being postponed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, organisers announced on Wednesday. » more

EU steel scrap exports hit new record in 2019

10.03.2020 − The European Union member states exported a total of 21.8 million tonnes of steel scrap, with a value of €6.0bn, to countries outside the EU (third countries) last year. According to newly released provisional figures...» more
Policy
Battery Directive first measure to be tabled under upcoming EU action plan
06.03.2020 − The EU needs "targeted action in sectors where potential for circularity is high", according to EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius.» more

IFAT to go ahead as planned, for now

05.03.2020 − Despite the cancellation of other major events due to concerns surrounding the spread of Covid-19, the Messe München still plans to hold the IFAT trade fair as planned, a spokesperson told EUWID on Tuesday. The event,...» more
Markets
Solid export sales allow for some OCC hikes in Italy
05.03.2020 − Italian recovered paper prices appear to have reached the end of their downward spiral for the time being. Many prices, especially those for medium and high grades, were unchanged in February. Some price increases were...» more

Steep drop in PE film prices on German market

03.03.2020 − Sea freight rates climbed sharply in February. Waste plastics exporters reacted by cutting their purchase prices for mixed commercial film.» more
Business
Veolia reports growth in waste management revenue
28.02.2020 − The waste management activities of French group Veolia generated global revenue of €10.2 billion last year.» more

Danone aims for 100 per cent rPET
in European water bottles

27.02.2020 − French group Danone wants to expand the use of recycled PET and reduce single-use plastics.» more
Business
Suez's waste division benefitted from capacity shortages
26.02.2020 − The French environmental group Suez raised its revenue and results in 2019, closing the year with net earnings of €352m.» more

Recovered paper utilisation in Europe slightly down

25.02.2020 − Last year, 48.6 million tonnes of recovered paper were used to manufacture new paper and board products by the members of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).» more
Markets
German steel scrap: export revival prevents more drastic price cuts
20.02.2020 − The decline the export price for steel scrap beginning at the middle and end of January had already dampened scrap sellers’ expectations for price negotiations with steelmakers in February. » more

Sims books loss for first half of financial year 2020

19.02.2020 − Sims Metal Management has reported a sharp drop in both sales and earnings for the first half of its financial year, ended 31 December. In what CEO Alistair Field described as a "period that has been challenging...» more
Markets
Supply glut sends recovered paper prices in Germany tumbling further
17.02.2020 − The situation in Germany grew still more acute in January due to a very strong seasonal uptick in arisings. The mixed paper segment remains the biggest source of concern for the industry.» more

Recylex: unfavourable conditions and falling prices make a dent in sales in 2019

16.02.2020 − The financially stricken group Recylex experienced another sharp fall in its sales in 2019. In mid-February, the company announced that its consolidated group sales had dropped 16 per cent in a year-on-year comparison...» more
Markets
No signs of improvement for the German waste textiles market
13.02.2020 − The new year started off just as badly for the waste textiles sector in Germany as 2019 had ended. Industry insiders seem agreed that there are no signs of impending improvement. There is still “more than enough...» more

EP rejects attempt to raise lead limits for recycled PVC

13.02.2020 − Members of the European Parliament voted on Wednesday to block a Commission proposal that would have allowed higher levels of lead from legacy additives in recycled PVC. Under the proposed Regulation, the concentration...» more
Business
Financial close reached for 350,000 tpy wte plant in Leicestershire
11.02.2020 − Covanta has reached financial close on the Newhurst Energy from Waste facility in Leicestershire together with its project partners Biffa and Green Investment Group. » more

Umicore achieves growth in recycling division sales and earnings

10.02.2020 − The Belgian materials technology group Umicore earned significantly more in its recycling operations last year. The division's sales rose by 9 per cent to €681m. » more
Business
Lower volumes in Derichebourg's recycling business
06.02.2020 − Derichebourg saw scrap metal sales volumes decrease in October and November 2019. The French concern said the decline was the main reason for lower earnings in the first four months of its business year.» more

Far East demand pushes PE film scrap prices higher

05.02.2020 − January was a mixed month for Germany’s waste plastics business. Some prices for good-quality commercial film scrap increased again compared with December, primarily on the back of decent demand from the Far East. » more
Policy
More than €100m EU support for waste plants in Poland
31.01.2020 − The European Commission has approved subsidies from the EU Cohesion Fund for two new waste to energy plants in Poland.» more

EU Battery Directive to be revised in Q4 2020

30.01.2020 − The EU Commission has published its working programme for the current year. A legislative proposal revising the EU Battery Directive is to be tabled in the fourth quarter of 2020.» more
Business
Geminor sees rosy future for substitute fuels
30.01.2020 − Waste-derived fuels will become the preferred energy source for cement production, according to the Norwegian RDF supplier Geminor.» more

Waste wood supply abundant in Germany due to unseasonably mild weather conditions

29.01.2020 − With Jack Frost having barely having shown his face in Germany this winter so far, waste wood supply has remained high to very high for this time of year through January. » more
Markets
French recovered paper prices tumble again, but remain in positive territory
28.01.2020 − "We have never seen prices like this,” one French recovered paper merchant told EUWID in the second-last week of January. » more

Total consumption growing faster than the uptake of secondary raw materials

23.01.2020 − Worldwide raw materials consumption continues to rise sharply, outstripping gains in the use of secondary raw materials. » more
Business
Amsterdam prepares sale of waste to energy plant operator AEB
22.01.2020 − The Amsterdam city government intends to sell the waste incineration plant operator Afval Energie Bedrijf (AEB) and will present the decision in principle to the city council in February. » more

Strong demand buoys steel scrap prices in Germany

20.01.2020 − Following the typical annual pattern, the German ferrous scrap market kicked off the new year with price hikes.» more
Business
Nestlé commits CHF2bn for recycled plastics
17.01.2020 − The Swiss consumer goods group Nestlé plans to help create a market for food-grade recycled plastics and support innovation.» more

European "Green Deal“ needs to tap the potential of waste legislation

16.01.2020 − The EU Commission needs to take advantage of the potential of waste legislation to achieve its climate goals, according to the European Parliament's resolution on the "Green Deal".» more
Markets
Subdued outlook for waste plastics in Germany
14.01.2020 − Once again in December, there was a drop in the prices of waste plastics and the regranulate produced from them. While supplies were good, demand remained moderate, especially since primary plastics were still...» more

Downward slide in prices for PET bottles stopped

13.01.2020 − The supply of post-consumer bottles for recycling still appears to be very patchy in Germany.» more
Business
Ecoprog: Waste to energy capacity
continues to grow in Europe
10.01.2020 − Waste to energy (wte) is still a growth market in Europe. Around 50 additional plants with capacity to treat roughly 18 million tonnes a year will get up and running over the next five years.» more

Roadmap for new circular economy action plan published

09.01.2020 − Stakeholder have until 20 January to provide feedback on the European Commission's roadmap for the new circular economy action plan which it intends to put forward in March 2020.» more
Business
HZI hands over Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 plant in Yorkshire
20.12.2019 − The plant engineering company Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has completed the construction of the the Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) Energy-from-Waste (EfW) plant in West Yorkshire and turned the plant over to its client. » more

Lively export trade with Turkey and India sends
German steel scrap prices higher

19.12.2019 − Nobody would have guessed that ferrous scrap prices in Germany would bounce back to near last summer’s levels as quickly as they have after the price collapse the market witnessed at the start of autumn. As in November,...» more
Markets
Textiles recyclers unusually pessimistic in Germany
18.12.2019 − There are absolutely no indications that Germany’s ailing waste textiles market will take a turn for the better. Market players are unusually pessimistic about the prospects for next year, and without exception...» more

Smurfit Kappa founds its own Dual System

17.12.2019 − The paper and paper products manufacturer Smurfit Kappa wants to set up its own packaging waste recovery system in Germany in cooperation with investors Hermann-Josef Gerke and Michael Mevissen. "As Europe's...» more
Policy
Commission's "Green Deal" could lead to ban on EU waste exports
11.12.2019 − The EU Commission has adopted its "European Green Deal", a comprehensive package of measures with the aim of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. A small part of these measures is related to waste management and recycling. » more

German waste incineration gate fees increase again towards year-end

11.12.2019 − Treatment prices for municipal waste have edged slightly higher in Germany in the second half of this year. Business is now slower than during the summer, but the market remains under considerable pressure.» more
Business
Veolia planning to sell western German waste entities
06.12.2019 − The French environmental services group Veolia is restructuring its waste activities in Germany. The company is to sell some of its entities in the West region with all related assets.» more

Derichebourg reports weaker earnings

05.12.2019 − The Sino-US trade ware and other geopolitical developments adversely impacted Derichebourg's recycling activities.» more
Markets
Little change on the German market for PET deposit bottles in November
04.12.2019 − Market conditions for PET recyclers in Germany again changed little in November. Prices for clear and coloured PET flakes were still under pressure. Demand from the film industry for flakes remained modest in view of...» more

Eon to build biomass power plant for UPM’s Hürth site

29.11.2019 − Energy group Eon plans to build a new biomass power plant to supply energy to UPM's paper mill in Hürth, Germany. » more
Policy
EU Commission calls on Austria to improve rules on WEEE
28.11.2019 − The European Commission has set Austria a two-month deadline to remedy shortcomings in national legislation on e-waste management. » more

Remondis subsidiary scoops up much of Sims' European e-waste business

25.11.2019 − Sims Metal Management is withdrawing from the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Europe. The company is divesting its "compliance scheme oriented recycling operations". » more
Markets
Ferrous scrap correction driven by exports and material scarcity
25.11.2019 − In an about-face that caught everyone by surprise, German ferrous scrap merchants saw their prices rebound in November. The bounce came after ferrous scrap prices had been more or less in free fall in September and...» more

EU Commission launches in-depth investigation
of Metallo take-over by Aurubis

20.11.2019 − The European Commission has concerns about the proposed acquisition of the Belgian-Spanish recycler Metallo by Aurubis. » more
Markets
German recovered paper prices still tumbling in October
19.11.2019 − There is still no end in sight to the down-hill trend in prices on Germany’s recovered paper market. October brought another round of sometimes significant markdowns across all groups of grades. With massive surplus...» more

EU Commission approves Dutch aid to rescue AEB

19.11.2019 − The City of Amsterdam's grant of a temporary €80m loan to its waste-to-energy (wte) company AEB Holding N.V., "which is currently experiencing financial difficulties", has been approved under EU state aid rules, the...» more
Business
Biffa boosts H1 revenues with "notable performance"
in the C&I waste and recycling segments
13.11.2019 − The British waste company Biffa posted "strong performance" in the first half of its 2019/20 financial year, according to CEO Michael Topham, who presented the company's financials on Wednesday. Revenues net of landfill...» more

Ravago and Neste to advance chemical recycling

13.11.2019 − The Belgian plastics distributor and recycler Ravago and the chemicals group Neste want to develop the chemical recycling of plastic waste on a large scale. The objective of the cooperation is to achieve capacity to...» more
Markets
Waste plastics business remains tough in Germany
08.11.2019 − Plastics recycling is under pressure amidst mediocre to weak demand in many sectors in Germany. Regranulate and regrind prices often headed lower in October, » more

Veolia's waste activities achieve sales growth

07.11.2019 − Veolia's waste management operations have benefited from higher waste volumes and prices in the first three quarters of 2019. » more
Markets
Recovered paper prices in Italy slip further in October
06.11.2019 − Italian recovered paper prices continue to tumble. Virtually all grades became cheaper again in October. Markdowns for a number of deinking grades were especially pronounced. » more

Alpla acquires two recycling companies in Spain

04.11.2019 − The packaging manufacturer Alpla is further expanding its plastics recycling activities: In Spain, the company has taken over the recyclers Suminco S.A., located in Montcada, and Replacal S.L located in the city of...» more
Business
Suez raises revenue growth forecast for full year
30.10.2019 − Price increases helped drive growth in revenue for Suez’s Recycling & Recovery Europe division.» more

"Strong year" for Stena Metall’s recycling business

25.10.2019 − Swedish group Stena Metall has raised its annual turnover and net result in a difficult market environment. » more
Business
Remondis and Neste to cooperate on chemical plastics recycling
24.10.2019 − The German waste company Remondis and the chemicals concern Neste want to jointly develop and accelerate chemical recycling of waste plastics. » more

Total to double PP recycling capacity in order to supply automotive industry

23.10.2019 − The French group Total has decided to double the production capacity of its subsidiary Synova in response to growing demand for high-performance recycled materials. » more
Markets
German steel scrap prices continue plunge on weak demand from mills
22.10.2019 − The downward slide in steel scrap prices in Germany continued unchecked in October. For the second month in a row, scrap traders were forced to accept major price cuts. The sinking prices were due to the ongoing slump...» more

EU Commission approves state aid for Gdańsk waste plant

22.10.2019 − The European Commission has raised no objections to state aid for the waste to energy plant in Gdańsk, Poland. The €64m aid “will contribute to the EU’s energy and environmental objectives without unduly distorting...» more
Business
LyondellBasell builds pilot chemical recycling plant
17.10.2019 − Plastics producer LyondellBasell will build a small-scale pilot "molecular recycling" plant in Italy to move towards converting difficult to recycle post-consumer plastic waste into new plastic.» more