Business
Ecroprog predicts upturn in wte plant building in
traditional markets like Germany and Denmark
13.12.2018 − More than 80 new waste incineration plants with a combined annual capacity of around 25 million tonnes went into operation worldwide in 2017, according to Ecoprog.» more

Waste plastics prices largely stable in Germany

07.12.2018 − Most traders and recyclers described business on the German waste plastics market as quiet.» more
Policy
Denmark plans to standardise collection
of plastic waste from households
04.12.2018 − The Danish environment ministry wants municipalities to implement uniform arrangements for separately collecting plastic waste. A standardised system would increase the amount of plastic waste which is collected from...» more

Council will push to soften the decaBDE
restriction added by the EU Parliament

29.11.2018 − EU member states want to set a cap on the concentration of the flame retardant decaBDE in recycled materials, but would set that limit substantially higher than the one supported by the European Parliament. » more
Business
Viridor's recycling operations "bounce back"
in first financial half of 2018/19
28.11.2018 − The British waste management company Viridor has seen "significant improvement" in its recycling activities in the six months ended 30 September. According to parent company Pennon, which released its interim report for...» more

Biffa plans £15m PET recycling plant

22.11.2018 − The British waste management company Biffa plans to invest up to £15m in the construction of a recycling plant for PET bottles. The facility is to produce up to 25,000 tonnes per year of food-grade material. Biffa CEO...» more
Policy
Pledges for recycled plastic uptake fall short of EU goal
21.11.2018 − European businesses and trade associations have pledged to the EU Commission to make 10 million tonnes of recycled plastic available by 2025. "On the demand side, however, only about 5 million tonnes are expected so...» more

Low river levels prolong German
steel scrap market's transport woes

20.11.2018 − Low water levels in Germany’s rivers remain are the dominating issue on the ferrous scrap market. Although there was some rain again recently, river levels have risen only slightly so far. In the south of Germany rivers...» more
Markets
German recovered paper prices steady in October
19.11.2018 − Prices remained relatively stable on the German recovered paper market in October. The market was quite balanced, with only occasional reports that special volumes of supermarket corrugated paper and board could fetch...» more

EU Parliament votes for strict DecaBDE limit

16.11.2018 − The European Parliament has approved setting a strict limit of 10 ppm for the brominated flame retardant DecaBDE in the EU Regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP).» more
Business
Derichebourg reports growth in recycling revenue
despite "turbulent geopolitical context"
15.11.2018 − French group Derichebourg increased sales in its metals recycling and environmental activities during the past financial year by almost 9 per cent to around €2.12bn. "This increase is all the more significant since the...» more

EU members agree on single-use plastics negotiation position

31.10.2018 − The trilogue negotiations between the EU Parliament and Council on the proposed Directive on single-use plastics will start as planned on 6 November.» more
Markets
Waste wood sector well supplied ahead of winter
31.10.2018 − With just a few exceptions, operators active in Germany’s waste wood business are in comparatively relaxed mood looking ahead to winter. » more

Stena Metall posts record earnings

25.10.2018 − The Swedish recycling group Stena Metall has closed the 2017/18 financial year with a result it describes as "the best so far in the company's history". The group posted double-digit growth rates for sales and profits...» more
Policy
EU Parliament approves Single Use Plastics Directive
24.10.2018 − The European Parliament has voted in favour of an amended Single Use Plastics Directive at its first reading with 571 votes in favour, 53 votes opposed and 34 abstentions. Members of the European Parliament to expand...» more

OECD: Raw materials use to double by 2060

23.10.2018 − Global consumption of raw materials will almost double by 2060 due to the expanding global economy, population growth and rising living standards.» more
Markets
Drought "disastrous" for German steel scrap logistics
22.10.2018 − Many a German scrap merchant can be found with an eye to the sky. "Everyone is waiting for it to rain,” one market player said. The ongoing drought in Germany is sending river levels lower – with severe ramifications...» more

Boer Group acquires Dutch textile fibre recycler

19.10.2018 − The Dutch textiles recycler Boer Group has taken over a majority stake in Frankenhuis B.V. “With this strategic acquisition, Boer Group closes the chain in the circular economy for post-consumer textiles,” the company...» more
Business
Derichebourg sells two waste management subsidiaries in Italy
18.10.2018 − The Italian environmental group Iren Ambiente will take over two additional subsidiaries of the recycling and services company Derichebourg.» more

Crisis looms for German waste textiles market

15.10.2018 − Germany’s waste textiles sector is sailing into increasingly treacherous waters: Uncertainty among market players is growing, with some already describing the situation as a crisis. EUWID sources were predicting a "hot"...» more
Business
Positive response to Committee vote
on Single-Use Plastics Directive
12.10.2018 − Waste management and recycling industry trade associations have welcome the adoption of the planned EU Directive to reduce single-use plastics by the European Parliament's Environment Committee. In their reactions, the...» more

EP Committee votes to add products to single-use plastic bans

10.10.2018 − The Environment Committee of the European Parliament has voted to strengthen certain provisions of the proposed EU Directive on single-use plastics.» more
Business
BIR launches foundation in support
of Global Recycling Day
08.10.2018 − The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) is working to expand the reach of its Global Recycling Day efforts through a new foundation. The BIR's president Ranjit Baxi launched the new "Global Recycling Foundation" at...» more

European waste plastics increasingly exported to Malaysia, Vietnam and Turkey

04.10.2018 − The new Chinese "environmental protection standards for imported waste as raw material" have fundamentally altered international trade flows for waste plastics. » more
Policy
France broadens bans on disposable plastic items
03.10.2018 − France will forbid the sale of straws, plastic steak markers, disposable cup lids, meal trays, ice cream pots, salad bowls, boxes and drink stirrers made of conventional plastics as of 2020. The French Assemblée...» more

No more speculation : Rethmann subsidiary acquires Duales System Deutschland

27.09.2018 − Early Thursday morning, Germany’s largest waste management company, Remondis, and the owners of Der Grüne Punkt (the Green Dot) finally pulled the trigger on their long-anticipated deal. A contract covering the sale of...» more
Business
The deal is done: Remondis purchases
Germany’s "Green Dot" system
27.09.2018 − Shortly before 2:30 on Thursday morning, Remondis and the owners of Der Grüne Punkt (the Green Dot) took the plunge. After months of speculation and protracted negotiations, a contract was signed covering the sale of...» more

Remondis-DSD takeover deal still unsigned

25.09.2018 − Thrilling down to the wire. Remondis' planned acquisition of the packaging waste recovery scheme Duales System Deutschland Holding GmbH & Co. KG (DSD) remains challenging even within sight of the finish line. The...» more
Markets
Ferrous scrap prices sag in Germany on
excess supply and lower export demand
24.09.2018 − In their September price negotiations with scrap dealers, steel mills were occasionally able to achieve considerable price markdowns. "They had the upper hand," one merchant told EUWID. During the summer months, steel...» more

Worldwide waste arisings to rise by 70 per cent by 2050

21.09.2018 − Without urgent action, global waste arisings will increase by 70 percent compared to current levels by 2050, according to a new study by the World Bank entitled "What a Waste 2.0". The international financial...» more
Markets
EU recovered paper exports down sharply in first half
19.09.2018 − The 28 member states of the EU exported significantly less recovered paper to countries outside the European Union in the first half of the year. According to recently released figures from the EU statistical office...» more

Suez to build a new waste to energy plant in England's North East

19.09.2018 − he French environmental services company Suez plans a major expansion of its Tees Valley energy from waste site in the North East of England. In a 17 September statement, Suez said that it would add 200,0000 tonnes of...» more
Policy
EU Parliament calls for investment in plastics recycling in Europe
14.09.2018 − The European Parliaments calls on all stakeholders to consider China’s import ban for plastic waste an opportunity for investing in prevention and in “state-of-the-art facilities for collection,» more

Recycled plastic bike path pilot study launched

13.09.2018 − Tests began on the world's "first smart bike path", on Wednesday in the Dutch city of Zwolle. The path consists of hollow modules made of plastic with a substantial recycled content. Ultimately, the project's developers...» more
Policy
EU WEEE collection target reached by most member states
12.09.2018 − The overwhelming majority of the EU countries fulfilled the collection requirement of the EU Directive on e-waste for 2016. A total of 17 member states and Norway achieved the minimum rate of 45 per cent. Five other...» more

Suez begins operations at new PV panel recycling plant

10.09.2018 − French group Suez has started up a new recycling facility for silicon-based solar modules in the town of Knittlingen in south-western Germany. » more
Business
Remondis takes over insolvent scrap dealer Lindauer
06.09.2018 − The German waste management concern Remondis has acquired the Lindauer & Co. GmbH scrap metal business and does not intend to continue operations at the site. » more

De Rugy is France's new environment minister

06.09.2018 − The speaker of the French National Assembly, François de Rugy, was appointed environment minister on Tuesday. He succeeds Nicolas Hulot, who announced his resignation last week. Mr De Rugy pledged in an interview that...» more
Business
Alba SE's turnover declines to €231m in first half
30.08.2018 − The German scrap recycler Alba SE faced a decline in revenues to €231.01m in the first half of its 2018 financial year.» more

Lidl's parent group plans to set up packaging recovery scheme

28.08.2018 − The Schwarz Group is planning its next step on the German waste management market. Through its GreenCycle GmbH subsidiary, the retail giant plans to introduce its own new packaging waste take-back and recovery system,...» more
Policy
French environment minister Nicolas Hulot steps down
28.08.2018 − Nicolas Hulot has resigned as French environment minister. The former journalist, TV moderator and environmental activist announced» more

"Enormous" PET bottle arisings in Germany

24.08.2018 − The market for post-consumer PET bottles continues to be impacted by the summer heatwave.» more
Business
Sims Metal Management reports growth
24.08.2018 − The global recycling group Sims Metal Management has raised its volumes, revenues and underlying results in its financial year 2018. » more

Green light for Lidl's Tönsmeier takeover

22.08.2018 − The Schwarz Group, parent company of the discount grocery chain Lidl, may proceed with its planned purchase of the German waste management company Tönsmeier. The European Commission's Competition directorate-general...» more
Policy
Limit value for PAH in rubber granulate
16.08.2018 − The Netherlands has proposed an EU-wide limit value for eight PAHs in granules and mulches used in artificial turf pitches.» more

KKR buys majority stake in Indian waste management company

15.08.2018 − The investment firm KKR & Co. is taking over a controlling share of the Indian company Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd. The New York-based KKR will acquire a 60 per cent stake in the waste management and environmental...» more
Policy
China announces tariffs on scrap imports from the USA
09.08.2018 − China's Ministry of Commerce retaliates against US tariffs on Chinese imports. New Chinese tariffs are to apply to imports of all scrap commodities from the United States, » more

High arisings bring lower prices for post-consumer PET bottles in Germany

06.08.2018 − PET recyclers in Germany are currently very well supplied with bottles, as arisings continue to grow because of the heatwave.» more
Markets
Waste wood availability significantly up in Germany
03.08.2018 − Waste wood supplies were relatively tight on the German market until June, but are now more than adequate.» more

PET recycler Sorepla sold to Indorama

02.08.2018 − The Indonesian Indorama concern is taking over French plastics recycler Sorepla Industrie S.A. The parties to the deal announced on Wednesday that they had signed a sales agreement. Neither company commented on the...» more
Business
Veolia posts "robust growth" for waste activities
01.08.2018 − The waste management operations of environmental services group Veolia benefited from "very good volumes, even in France" during the first six months of 2018.» more

Vietnam and Malaysia restrict waste imports

31.07.2018 − The effect of China's drastic import policy shift for waste continues to ripple throughout Asia.» more
Business
LyondellBasell and KIT enter chemical recycling cooperation
27.07.2018 − The chemicals concern LyondellBasell has announced that it will cooperate with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to advance the chemical recycling of plastic materials.» more

Suez reports growth in first half

26.07.2018 − "The year has started off well. The group’s growth momentum is intensifying," according to Suez CEO Jean-Louis Chaussade. » more
Policy
EU consultation on interface between chemical, product and waste law
25.07.2018 − The European Commission seeks opinions on the regulation of the interface between chemical, product and waste law and has launched a public consultation.» more

Investor consortium to acquire Plastic Omnium's environment division

20.07.2018 − Europe's leading waste container producer is to be sold to two French investors. Plastics processor Plastic Omnium announced today that it signed a put option for its environmental business with Latour Capital and...» more
Markets
Stable steel scrap prices on balanced market in Germany
17.07.2018 − It was a calm trading month for the German steel scrap trade. "The volumes that came in were also easy to sell. And all at largely unchanged prices," one EUWID respondent said of the current market.» more

Plastics strategy: EP environment committee calls for stronger measures

12.07.2018 − The European Commission's plastics strategy advanced another step on Tuesday when the European Parliament’s Environment Committee adopted a draft report responding to the proposal. Following the adoption of numerous...» more
Business
Waste and recycling is UK's most dangerous industry
11.07.2018 − The British waste and recycling industry had a higher rate of fatal injury last year than any other industry group. According to new figures from the British Health & Safety Executive, the fatal injury rate for the...» more

Good supply of used PET bottles in Germany

09.07.2018 − Germany is currently experiencing plentiful arisings of PET bottles as the warm weather sticks around. There are no PET recyclers in Germany having a hard time sourcing material at the moment. A few were only accepting...» more
Markets
Recovered paper trading within Italy quiet in June
05.07.2018 − Italy's recovered paper market was relatively quiet in the month of June. Notwithstanding the volatility evident in the export business, within Italy, prices for ordinary grades held. Buyers reported a little downward...» more

Thailand closes ports to plastic and electronic waste

04.07.2018 − The government of Thailand is banning the imports of e-scrap and plastic waste. The country's Department of Industrial Works (DIW) forbade imports of electronic and plastic waste last week, effective immediately.» more
Business
Lidl to acquire Tönsmeier
02.07.2018 − The die is cast. Europe's largest retail group, the Schwarz Gruppe is to purchase Tönsmeier, the fifth largest waste management company in Germany. With the acquisition via its subsidiary GreenCycle GmbH, Schwarz – the...» more

Substantial growth in sorting capacity for recovered paper

29.06.2018 − Up to 220 sorting plants for recovered paper and board will be commissioned in Europe by 2025, according to Ecoprog. » more
Business
Recyclables trader WPT to be taken over by Chinese firm
28.06.2018 − The Chinese company Cycle Link International plans to take over the Dutch company Waste Paper Trade (WPT). The transaction is still subject to regulatory approval, according to the Dutch firm.» more

Vella calls on retailers to participate in plastics campaign

27.06.2018 − In a Tuesday speech, EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella revealed that there were as yet no European retail chains that had entered voluntary commitments on the use of recycled plastics. In his remarks at the...» more
Business
MVV starts construction of Dundee waste to energy plant
20.06.2018 − German energy company MVV has officially launched the construction of its third plant in the UK. » more

Waste package published in the EU Official Journal

15.06.2018 − The EU waste package's four new Directives have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, which means their application will start on 5 July 2020. » more
Business
Biffa announces positive net result, new CEO
14.06.2018 − The past financial year was a "pleasing year of organic and acquisitive growth" for British waste group Biffa. The company's net revenues, excluding landfill tax, jumped by nearly 9 per cent to £978m (ca. €1.11bn). » more

Waste textile volumes surge in Germany

13.06.2018 − German waste textile recyclers are confronted at the moment with volumes of original collected stock that are well above the levels typical for the season. After comparatively little material had landed in collection...» more
Markets
Difficulties in waste plastic exports to Vietnam and Malaysia create turmoil
07.06.2018 − The waste plastics business in Germany remains difficult to anticipate. Prices for good-quality film scrap increased again on average in May because the dollar gained strength against the euro and supply is still tight....» more

Remondis expands its presence in Poland

05.06.2018 − Remondis is expanding its operations in Poland. Germany's largest waste management company announced on Tuesday that it had entered a conditional agreement to acquire the Polish activities of the Swedish Ragn-Sells...» more
Business
EU greenlights Attero takeover
04.06.2018 − The EU competition authority cleared the acquisition of Dutch waste management firm Attero by the investment companies 3i Infrastructure plc and DWS. The EU Commission's DG Competition saw no competition concerns raised...» more

Poland clamps down on illegal waste operations

30.05.2018 − The Polish government announced its intention on Tuesday to tighten controls on waste imports. "It is very often the case that waste is imported for recycling, but we really don't know what actually enters the country,"...» more
Policy
EU targets 10 single-use plastic products in new proposals
28.05.2018 − The European Commission presented news rules in Brussels on Monday intended to reduce plastic marine litter. According to the Commission, the rules target 10 single-use plastic products, which together account for 70...» more

UK waste business charges a drag on Renewi's performance

24.05.2018 − In the first full year since it emerged from the merger of Shanks and Van Gansewinkel, Renewi saw revenues increase across all its divisions, with the notable exception of its municipal business. This division, whose...» more
Business
Derichebourg reports growth
23.05.2018 − The French concern Derichebourg has benefited from the rise in steel scrap prices. The company's recycling and environmental activities generated sales of around €1.061bn in the first half of its fiscal year, an...» more

Waste package reaches final adoption

22.05.2018 − Representatives of the EU member states adopted the Directives of the EU waste package on Tuesday morning at a meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council. Hungary abstained from the votes on all four...» more
Policy
China to loosen import rules for regranulate and PET flakes
17.05.2018 − China is planning to permit the import of high-value PET flakes without import licences. » more

TSR Recycling finalises Van Dalen acquisition

11.05.2018 − The German metals recycler TSR has completed the take-over of the Dutch company Van Dalen Metals & Trading. Rolf Van Dalen joins the board of TSR's subsidiary HKS Metals. » more
Markets
China's neighbours assume its role in plastic recycling
09.05.2018 − In the wake of the China's import restrictions on waste plastics, sizable additional recycling capacities have been brought online in neighbouring countries. In some cases, the new plants belong to Chinese recyclers. » more

China suspends scrap imports from the USA

04.05.2018 − US exporters of secondary raw materials will not be able to ship deliveries to China for the next 30 days. The inspection organisation CCIC North America will not carry out pre-shipment inspections » more
Business
Strong revenue growth for Veolia in Q1
03.05.2018 − Revenues from Veolia's international waste management operations reached €2.268bn in the first quarter of 2018, up nearly 10 per cent at constant exchange rates, the French concern announced on Thursday in Paris. Waste...» more

Tomra revenues climb in the first quarter

25.04.2018 − The Norwegian sorting technologies and reverse vending machine (RWM) provider Tomra reported revenues up in both of its business areas in the first quarter of 2018. The sorting solutions business area saw sales up on...» more
Business
Chiho Environmental plans ELV recycling expansion in China
24.04.2018 − The Chiho Environmental Group wants to significantly expand its recycling of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) in China. In doing so, the group said it intended to make use of the ELV recycling experience amassed in Europe...» more

ISRI: US scrap exports will be hit hard by new Chinese import bans

23.04.2018 − New Chinese bans on imports of additional secondary raw materials set to going into effect in December 2018 and December 2019 will have a substantial effect on global scrap supply chains, according to the US Institute...» more
Markets
Slight decline in steel scrap prices on German market
19.04.2018 − Following protracted talks, metals recyclers and steel mills agreed on prices for April which point slightly downward or remain on March levels.» more

China announces further recyclate import bans

19.04.2018 − China will implement bans on imports of a further 32 types of secondary raw materials in the next two years. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) announced on Thursday that imports of sixteen types of solid...» more
Policy
EU Parliament adopts Waste Package
18.04.2018 − "The European Parliament has said ‘yes’ to the circular economy by a very large majority. This marks the end of three years of work, but above all it marks the beginning of a challenge for Europe," said MEP Simona...» more

ELG returns to the profit zone

13.04.2018 − The stainless steel recycler ELG returned to the black in 2017 thanks to a better market environment and higher tonnages. » more
Policy
Brexit: EU to seek environmental non-regression clause
11.04.2018 − In its future relationship with the UK, the EU should commit to "no lowering of the standards of environmental protection", according to the EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Speaking at a conference organised by the...» more

Unilever, Indorama und Ioniqa enter PET recycling partnership

05.04.2018 − The consumer goods group Unilever, the PET manufacturer and recycler Indorama and the Dutch start-up Ioniqa have launched a partnership to advance the development of a new PET recycling technology. » more
Markets
Largely stable prices for waste plastics in Germany in March
04.04.2018 − March was a month of normal business for most plastics recyclers in Germany. Prices typically stayed the same as in February amidst decent demand for regranulate and regrind» more

Attero to be purchased by 3i Infrastructure and DWS

04.04.2018 − The Dutch waste management company Attero is changing hands again. Attero announced last Friday that its owner - the private equity firm Waterland - had agreed on sales conditions with a consortium consisting of the...» more
Business
LafargeHolcim co-combusts 10m tonnes of waste in 2017
29.03.2018 − LafargeHolcim recovered enough waste to fill around 50 average-sized (200,000 tonnes per year) waste to energy plants in 2017. The Franco-Swiss building materials group treated approximately 10 million tonnes of waste...» more

Beverage carton manufacturers build recycling plant

26.03.2018 − Drinks carton manufacturers will process residues from the treatment of post-consumer beverage cartons themselves in Germany. Through the newly founded subsidiary Palurec GmbH, the German trade association for liquid...» more
Business
Schnitzer expects sharp upturn in second fiscal quarter
22.03.2018 − The US scrap recycler and steel manufacturer Schnitzer Steel Industries (SSI) expects operating earnings and scrap sales volumes to be much stronger in the second quarter of its current financial year.» more

Paprec takes over recovered paper specialist Deroo

21.03.2018 − The recycling group Paprec further expands its presence in Northern France. » more
Markets
German steel scrap prices rebound
21.03.2018 − The German ferrous scrap business met merchants' expectations in March. Strong demand from steel mills sent ferrous scrap prices climbing back to the level seen in January. » more