Business
Remondis, BASF and Quantafuel to cooperate on chemical recycling
21.04.2021 − Chemicals concern BASF, the waste management company Remondis and Norwegian technology provider Quantafuel have signed a memorandum of understanding covering the chemical recycling of plastic waste. » more

After months of volatility, stable ferrous scrap prices in Germany

19.04.2021 − After the roller coaster ride of the past three months, prices on the German ferrous scrap market in April moved sideways for the first time this year. Prices for new scrap in particular held steady at March levels.» more
Business
EU grants conditional approval for Prezero
acquisition of Suez waste management activities
14.04.2021 − The European Commission granted conditional approval yesterday for the sale of the majority of Suez's waste management activities in Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Poland to Prezero.» more

Suez and Veolia reach agreement on merger

12.04.2021 − Environmental service giants Suez and Veolia reached an agreement in principle on a merger on Sunday evening, ending months of increasingly acrimonious administrative and legal wrangling.» more
Business
Schnitzer Steel achieves "best results in over a decade" in second financial quarter
08.04.2021 − US scrap metal recycler and steelmaker Schnitzer Steel profited from sharp increases in ferrous and non-ferrous prices in its most recent financial quarter. Demand surged following "many quarters of destocking", CEO...» more

Waste plastics prices still trending higher in Germany

08.04.2021 − Plastic scrap prices increased across the board in Germany in March. Top-quality commercial film scrap prices soared during the course of the month, » more
Business
Suez agrees to sell Australian waste activities to Cleanaway
07.04.2021 − French environmental group Suez wants to sell its waste management activities in Australia for AUD2.52bn (around €1.63bn) to Cleanaway, the Australian market leader. However, Suez may withdraw from the deal if it...» more

Scholz's revenues and sales volumes down in 2020

01.04.2021 − German steel recycler Scholz is yet another business adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic downturn last year. » more
Markets
Steep mark-ups for ordinary and deinking grades in France
31.03.2021 − Many market participants had expected that recovered paper prices in France would rise in March, but no one had anticipated such the dramatic spike which materialised. » more

Export business drives British recovered paper prices to record highs

25.03.2021 − There was no sign of a calming of the British recovered paper market in March. On the contrary, the upward price trend gained momentum over the course of the month.» more
Business
Paprec plans takeover of Dalkia Wastenergy
24.03.2021 − French recycling group Paprec is aiming to expand further into the waste-to-energy market. On Tuesday, the concern announced that it had entered into exclusive negotiations on the acquisition of Dalkia Wastenergy.» more

Steel scrap prices rebound on the German market in March

23.03.2021 − Ferrous scrap prices in Germany remained high in March and the February price dip was wiped out. At the beginning of March, prices returned almost to January levels.» more
Business
Raids in Austria: waste companies suspected of market manipulation
18.03.2021 − Searches were reportedly carried out at over 20 sites with ties to the Austrian waste management industry. » more

Steep upward price trend continues for
ordinary recovered paper grades in Germany

16.03.2021 − Prices for ordinary recovered paper grades continue to rise on the German market. Following the very considerable upticks in January and February, prices in March are said to be rising even more sharply. » more
Business
Suez: Veolia's proposal "no serious step forward"
12.03.2021 − The new proposal made by Veolia for the take-over of Suez is no "serious step forward" for the company’s stakeholders. Rather, it raised a number of question, Suez said in an initial reaction» more

Veolia presents new proposal for Suez

11.03.2021 − In an effort to speed up what it believes to be its "inevitable" merger with rival Suez, French environmental services Veolia presented a "balanced compromise" in Paris on Thursday morning. » more
Business
Euric opposes ban on use of tyre-derived rubber infill in artificial turf pitches
10.03.2021 − The European Recycling Industries' Confederation is urging the EU Commission to continue allowing granular rubber derived from end-of-life tyres to be used as infill in artificial turf. » more

Uptick in demand and prices for waste plastics in Germany

05.03.2021 − The tide has now turned on the waste plastics market. After a months-long sales crisis and some capacity reductions, the situation has now evolved into a seller’s market. » more
Business
FCC's turnover from waste activities stable in 2020
04.03.2021 − The Spanish services concern FCC posted revenues of €2.89bn from its Environment business area for the year 2020. Division revenues edged only 1 per cent lower against the prior year and still accounted for nearly half...» more

Italian recovered paper prices lifted by strong demand

03.03.2021 − Strong demand has provided yet more upward momentum for recovered paper prices in Italy. Not only the packaging grades but also to the deinking grades recorded price increases in February. » more
Markets
PET recycling: prices for bottles and flakes on the rise
02.03.2021 − German PET recyclers reported an increase in demand for clear flakes in February. As expected, prices for these flakes increased over the course of the month. » more

Suez ends 2020 with a loss of over €200m

26.02.2021 − The coronavirus crisis and other extraordinary burdens have left clear marks on the results of the French environmental group Sue» more
Business
"Exceptional and historic year for Veolia"
25.02.2021 − French environment services group Veolia says that in 2020 it showed its "strong resilience and rebound capacity" in the face of the Coronavirus crisis. The concern has not yet fully recouped the short-fall in sales and...» more

Good export demand lifts ordinary RCP grades in the UK

24.02.2021 − Recovered paper (RCP) collection volumes in the UK declined in February compared with January and are still below the typical level for this time of year. “By the end of January, we had already processed the volumes...» more
Markets
Expected price correction on German steel scrap market in February
24.02.2021 − The price rally on the German steel scrap market has been interrupted for now. After ferrous scrap prices rose by more than 50 per cent between October and January, there was – as traders had been expecting – a price...» more

Per capita municipal waste arisings in the
EU reach ten-year high in 2019

23.02.2021 − Residents of the European Union continue to generate more waste. According to the most recently released figures from European statistics authority Eurostat, on average Europeans gener-ated 502 kilograms of municipal...» more
Markets
Textiles recyclers suffering due to weak
sales of higher quality sorted grades
17.02.2021 − Germany's second-hand clothing market is still experiencing considerable financial pressure, with market players widely saying that they were "proceeding extremely cautiously". Lower collection volumes for...» more

Sims delivers "significantly better results" in H1 of 2020/21

16.02.2021 − US-Australian scrap recycler Sims achieved higher earnings in its first financial half despite lower revenues, the company reported on 15 February. Sales revenues in the six months ended 31 December slipped nearly 10...» more
Business
Umicore's recycling division delivers substantial growth in 2020
12.02.2021 − Belgian metallurgical group Umicore today reported sharply higher figures for its recycling division in the 2020 calendar year. Both revenues and earnings for the year increased significantly annual comparison. » more

EU Parliament backs quotas for recycled content

11.02.2021 − The European Parliament has adopted its report in response to the EU Commission's Circular Economy Action Plan. With a vote of 574 votes in favour, 22 against and 95 abstentions, the Parliament laid out its own...» more
Markets
Export troubles and livelier demand for waste plastics in Germany
04.02.2021 − Ambiguity surrounding the implementation of new rules governing waste plastic exports has created a great deal of confusion on Germany's waste plastics market. » more

Veolia recovers its rights as Suez shareholder

03.02.2021 − French environmental services group Veolia secured a win today in the on-going legal wrangling over its planned takeover of competitor Suez. » more
Markets
German waste wood market caught wrong-footed by subsidy extension
02.02.2021 − The market for waste wood in Germany, and especially in the southern part of the country, has become more dynamic in some cases at the beginning of the year. The typical seasonal dip in volumes occurred at the turn of...» more

EP backs binding recycled-content targets

28.01.2021 − The European Parliament's Environment Committee has called on the Commission to establish binding recycled content targets that are product and/or sector specific.» more
Markets
Logistics problems causing headaches on British recovered paper market
26.01.2021 − Supply and demand alike are good on the British recovered paper market in January, with prices for mixed paper and old corrugated containers (OCC) pointing higher towards the middle of the month. Current trading...» more

Steel scrap surge drives shift in treatment prices for some e-scrap streams in Germany

25.01.2021 − The market for the treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Germany at the start of 2021 was shaped by high prices for ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals as well as by good arisings. » more
Markets
Prices on German steel scrap market skyrocket
22.01.2021 − Ferrous scrap prices were expected to rise in January, but market participants were stunned by the magnitude of the surge.» more

EU Commission publishes roadmap for textiles strategy

18.01.2021 − The European Commission intends to present its strategy for a sustainable textiles sector in the third quarter of 2021 and recently published its roadmap for the project. Companies, industry associations and individual...» more
Business
Letter of intent: Will Ardian and GIP prevent “dismantling” of Suez?
17.01.2021 − Suez’s board of directors has unanimously welcomed an announcement by investment companies Ardian and GIP (Global Infrastructure Partners) that they intend to make an offer for Suez’s shares. A letter of intent, which...» more

Chemical recycler Quantafuel acquires 40 per cent of Geminor

14.01.2021 − Quantafuel ASA, which specialises in the chemical recycling of plastic waste, is acquiring a 40 per cent holding in the Norwegian waste trader Geminor. » more
Markets
Decent demand for German PET recyclate in December
12.01.2021 − The year 2020 ended on a relatively calm note for PET recyclers in Germany. As expected, arisings of waste bottles declined in December. Some plants took a longer break over the holidays, while others continued...» more

Suez to found carbon capture JV with Fermentalg

05.01.2021 − Environmental services concern Suez has announced plans to found a carbon capture joint venture with the French company Fermentalg. Through the 50/50 partnership the companies plan to industrialise and commercialise...» more
Policy
EU adopts stricter regulation on plastic waste exports
23.12.2020 − The EU is tightening regulation on exports of plastic waste to non-OECD countries. New rules adopted by the European Commission on 22 December ban the export of plastic waste from the EU to non-OECD countries, except...» more

Reconomy to acquire Reverse Logistics Group

22.12.2020 − The British waste management service provider Reconomy continues to grow. Following the acquisition of packaging compliance system Noventiz, the company is purchasing the German Reverse Logistics Group (RLG).» more
Markets
German steel scrap market ends 2020 with unparalleled rally
21.12.2020 − "Crazy,” "madness”, "a joke” were just a few of the words used by merchants to try to describe recent price developments on Germany’s ferrous scrap market in interviews with EUWID. It is not unusual for prices to climb...» more

Eurostat: little improvement on packaging recycling in 2018

14.12.2020 − All in all, the European Union’s 27 member states recycled less packaging waste in 2018 than they did in 2017. Recently released Eurostat data show that the overall recycling rate for packaging declined from 67.5 to...» more
Markets
German wte market proves robust and stable in a year defined by Covid-19
14.12.2020 − The German market for treatment of mixed municipal waste proved to be fairly stable and robust in a year profoundly affected by the spread of the coronavirus and the ensuing economic downturn.» more

EU Commission plans to raise portable battery collection

10.12.2020 − The EU Commission wants set much higher targets for the collection of portable batteries. The Brussels institution is proposing that the collection target be raised from 45 to 65 per cent as early as 2025. In 2030, the...» more
Business
Derichebourg expects outlook to improve in 2020/21
10.12.2020 − French recycling and services group Derichebourg closed out its 2019/20 business year with lower sales and, while earnings fell, the concern still recorded a profit. Company chairman and CEO Daniel Derichebourg sees “a...» more

German PET recyclers slightly more upbeat as year ends

09.12.2020 − The beginnings of a trend reversal emerged on the PET bottle recycling market in Germany in November. Prices for post-consumer bottles from deposit systems did not fall any further. In a few cases, recyclers even paid...» more
Markets
Germany’s textile recyclers agreed:"2020 was a lost year"
07.12.2020 − The pressures that the German waste textiles market has been operating under for quite some time have been compounded by the worsening Covid-19 pandemic. That being said, the "second wave" was not hitting the...» more

Pepsi plans switchover to 100 per cent rPET in more European markets

04.12.2020 − PepsiCo plans to switch over to 100 per cent recycled PET bottles in nine European countries over the next two years. The change-over will reduce its consumption of primary fossil-based PET by 70,000 tonnes a year.» more
Policy
Operation Retrovirus takes aim at clinical waste crime
03.12.2020 − Concerns have arisen in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak that the pandemic might trigger an increase in illegal treatment and disposal of clinical waste. To address this potential public health threat, the European...» more

Renault to transform Flins auto plant into recycling hub

30.11.2020 − French automaker Renault aims to build a recycling plant that will be a "European reference in the circular economy". Director general Luca de Meo presented plans last week for the "Re-Factory" located 45 km outside of...» more
Policy
China issues final ban on solid waste imports
30.11.2020 − China has now finalised its ban on waste imports, which has long been planned for 1 January 2021. In an announcement released on 25 November, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) said that all imports of solid...» more

HaloSep recycling plant for fly ash from waste incineration officially inaugurated

27.11.2020 − Swedish recycler Stena Metall and Danish waste management company Vestforbraending officially inaugurated a demonstration plant to treat fly ash and effluent arising from flue gas cleaning at waste-to-energy (wte)...» more
Markets
Strong demand buoys recovered paper prices in the UK
25.11.2020 − The drop – or even crash – on the UK recovered paper market which some some market experts had predicted for November failed to materialise. On the contrary, prices for the ordinary grades rose markedly in some cases,...» more

Steel scrap suppliers in Germany increasingly calling for price mark-ups

22.11.2020 − The mood in the market for steel and ferrous scrap is improving. Many steel-processing industries, especially the automotive sector, are ramping up production again after the lockdown-related slump in the first half of...» more
Business
Sale of Engie's Suez shares to Veolia remains suspended
19.11.2020 − Veolia's planned purchase of a major stake in competitor Suez remains on hold to allow Suez’s employees to be properly informed and consulted. » more

Prezero gets green light for Suez Nordic takeover

18.11.2020 − The European Commission has cleared the acquisition of the Swedish waste management company Suez Nordic AB by Prezero International GmbH. The overlaps between the activities of the two companies are negligible, the...» more
Markets
Second lockdown in France sends ordinary RCP grades higher
17.11.2020 − New lockdown measures and stay-at-home orders in France are beginning to have an impact on the recovered paper (RCP) market. Buyers were slowly starting to worry a little about their ability to source their raw material...» more

Significantly more plastic recycling needed by 2025

12.11.2020 − At least 15 million tonnes of plastic waste a year would be needed as input material by European recyclers if the EU plastics strategy target for recycled content is to be achieved, according to a new report released by...» more
Business
PepsiCo on recycled content: "We are willing to pay the right price"
10.11.2020 − The beverage company PepsiCo has announced that it will use only 100 per cent rPET in the single-use bottles for its beverages on the German, Austrian and Swiss markets. EUWID spoke with Archana Jagannathan, PepsiCo’s...» more

Waste wood prices still largely stable in Germany

10.11.2020 − There is growing uncertainty on the German waste wood market. Market players identified falling waste wood volumes, particularly from commercial sources, the soaring number of coronavirus infections and the restrictions...» more
Markets
Prices for PE film scrap in Germany increase in October
05.11.2020 − Most prices for regrind and recyclate in Germany were unchanged and most recyclers reported continued sideways movement for the month of October. They say they are increasingly seeing last-minute call-offs from...» more

Veolia confirms takeover plans

03.11.2020 − "The only thing preventing all Suez shareholders from benefiting from a public takeover bid at €18 per share is the opposition from the board of directors of Suez in its current form," said Veolia CEO Antoine Frérot...» more
Markets
Supply and demand for ordinary RCP grades relatively balanced in France
28.10.2020 − Forecasts made in September that recovered paper (RCP) prices would fall again on the French market in October were not borne out. » more

Supply improves for German WEEE recyclers

28.10.2020 − After some turbulent months of pandemic-related volatility, the situation has now eased again somewhat on the market for waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) recycling in Germany. However, a lack of sales...» more
Business
AEB Amsterdam completes major revision at wte plant
27.10.2020 − AEB Amsterdam, operator of the largest waste to energy (wte) plant in the Netherlands, recently completed a scheduled major revision "on time and on budget". The works took place on two incineration lines in the older...» more

Steel scrap suppliers resist calls for lower prices in Germany

21.10.2020 − Negotiations between scrap suppliers and steel mills in Germany were protracted in October. Mills were pushing for price cuts. » more
Business
SSE to bow out of 50/50 joint ventures with Wheelabrator
14.10.2020 − The Scottish energy utility SSE plc is withdrawing from the waste incineration sector. The company will sell its 50 per cent stakes in both Ferrybridge multifuel power plants as well as its half of the planned Skelton...» more

EU ferrous scrap exports to Turkey surge in first half

12.10.2020 − Turkey is becoming an increasingly important consumer of European steel scrap. Some 70 per cent of the iron and steel scrap exports from the 27 EU member states in the first half of 2020 were sent to the Turkish market,...» more
Business
Paris court suspends sale of Suez shares to Veolia
09.10.2020 − Veolia's planned purchase of a major stake in competitor Suez is on ice, at least for the moment. On Friday afternoon the judicial court of Paris issued a temporary injunction, ordering the suspension of the...» more

German waste plastics market squeezed by cheap primary plastics and weak demand

07.10.2020 − The situation on the waste plastics market in Germany remained extremely difficult in September and forward visibility was low.» more
Business
Engie to sell its Suez shares to Veolia
06.10.2020 − The die is cast: Engie will sell a large part of its stake in Suez to Veolia. The French utility's board of directors decided last night to accept the offer of around €3.4bn for 29.9 per cent of Suez's shares. With the...» more

Financial investor Ardian signals interest in Suez stake

01.10.2020 − There has been a new twist in the ongoing drama around Veolia's attempt to take over its environmental services competitor Suez. The private investment company Ardian has notified Engie of its interest in the...» more
Business
Engie welcomes improved Veolia offer, requests more time
30.09.2020 − Engie has welcomed the improved offer Veolia presented for a 30 per cent stake in Suez. The offer was "in line with its expectations in terms of price and social guarantees," the French utility said in a statement...» more

German ferrous scrap sees fragile recovery in September

23.09.2020 − Ferrous scrap prices in Germany have risen for the second month in a row. A brisk export business at the beginning of the month combined with a rebound in demand from domestic steel mills.» more
Business
Engie seeks higher price, greater assurances in exchange for its stake in Suez
18.09.2020 − The French utility Engie has rejected Veolia's initial offer for a nearly 30 per cent stake in rival Suez. Veolia had planned to pay around €3bn for the shares in the first stage of a two-step plan to acquire full...» more

Last-minute Chinese waste quotas let importers cut it close to the wire

17.09.2020 − The China Solid Waste and Chemicals Management Center of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) issued a twelfth batch of import licences for this year on Wednesday. The new tranche of import quotas is...» more
Business
Prezero to acquire Suez's waste business in Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Poland
16.09.2020 − The waste management company Prezero, a sister company to Lidl within the Schwarz Group, is to take over Suez's waste management operations in in Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Poland. In separate statements...» more

Biffa plans to end worker furloughs as revenues rebound

09.09.2020 − The British waste management company Biffa has seen its business improving month for month since the height of the Covid-19 outbreak and anticipates that it will be able to end staff furloughs by the end of September....» more
Policy
Turkey wants to limit recycled raw material imports
08.09.2020 − Turkey’s recycling industry will need to source at least half of the raw materials it requires from the Turkish domestic market. The country’s environment minister Murat Kurum announced new rules mandating the use of...» more

Austria plans deposit for single-use beverage containers,
quota for refillable bottles

07.09.2020 − In the fight against plastic waste, Austria's environment minister Leonore Gewessler has plans to impose a deposit on single-use beverage bottles and to mandate that the retail sector offer more drinks in refillable...» more
Markets
Little change on Germany's waste plastics market
04.09.2020 − The state of Germany’s waste plastics market has not improved in August. Demand picked up a little, but this sometimes came at the cost of prices.» more

EU Commission tables action plan for critical raw materials

03.09.2020 − The European Commission plans to map the extent to which secondary materials from EU stocks and waste can contribute to the supply of critical raw materials. The inventory is to be completed by 2022 and list identified...» more
Business
Veolia offer “carries great uncertainties”, Suez warns
02.09.2020 − A day after its initial, tersely worded response to the news that Veolia was mounting a takeover bid, the French group Suez issued a second statement. The environmental services company reported that its board of...» more

Effects of crisis linger amid new hope on German PET bottle recycling market

31.08.2020 − The situation facing PET recyclers remains challenging. While several businesses in Germany were at least in a slightly more upbeat mood in August, others are now worried about their survival. Sales remained weak. After...» more
Business
Veolia aims to buy stake in Suez as first step towards full take-over
31.08.2020 − The French environmental services giant Veolia has launched a takeover bid for competitor Suez, having made an offer for nearly 30 per cent of Suez's shares owned by the French utility concern Engie (formerly GDF Suez).» more

Interpol reports sharp increase in illegal plastic waste trade

27.08.2020 − A new report from Interpol has found an “alarming" increase in “illegal plastic pollution trade” across the world since China closed its doors to waste plastics in 2018. » more
Markets
Exports give a short-lived boost to OCC prices in the UK
26.08.2020 − Recovered paper was becoming more readily available on the British market in August as more and more industrial and retail companies were resuming activity. » more

Recoup: UK needs to double its plastics recycling capacity

25.08.2020 − The British government plans to impose a tax on plastic packaging containing less than 30 per cent recycled material beginning in April 2022. In order to supply enough recycled plastic to meet that 30 per cent content...» more
Business
EEW submits best bid for German waste to energy plant
21.08.2020 − The plant operator EEW Energy from Waste has put forward the best bid for a facility located in Pirmasens in Germany's southwest. » more

Sims posts net loss of AUD256m for 2019/20

18.08.2020 − US-Australian recycler Sims saw both sales revenue and earnings contract significantly in the financial year ended 30 June. "The rapid collapse in ferrous scrap prices in September 2019, combined with historically low...» more
Markets
Brisk export trade sends steel scrap prices higher in Germany
18.08.2020 − Ferrous scrap has become more expensive in Germany in August, in particular in the north of the country. » more

FCC sells stake in British wte business to financial investor

06.08.2020 − Spain’s FCC group will sell a 49 per cent stake in a fleet of five fully-owned waste to energy (wte) plants in the UK to the financial investor Icon Infrastructure Partners. The agreement is worth £198m, FCC announced...» more
Markets
Waste wood market in Germany largely stable
03.08.2020 − The market for waste wood in Germany remains relatively untouched by the coronavirus crisis. Overall, arisings have declined somewhat, according to the latest EUWID market survey. » more

Veolia records 14 per cent decline in Q2 revenues from waste operations

30.07.2020 − The effects of the coronavirus crisis are clearly visible in the latest earnings figures released by the French environmental services concern Veolia. Revenues from its waste activities came in at around €2.2bn in the...» more
Markets
RCP prices in France still in decline amidst lacklustre demand
29.07.2020 − Demand from Asia was a little brisker in July, bringing some relief for recovered paper merchants doing business in France. However, this revival was insufficient to prevent another sharp decline in prices, especially...» more