Policy
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Policy
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

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
Policy
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

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
Markets
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Markets
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Markets
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

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
Business
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

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
Markets
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

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
Markets
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

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
Markets
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

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
Markets
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

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
Business
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

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
Markets
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

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
Policy
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

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
Business
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

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
Policy
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

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
Policy
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

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
Markets
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

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
Policy
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
Glencore is the only remaining potential investor for Weser-Metall
29.07.2020 − The Swiss commodities trader Glencore is the only remaining party interested in taking over of the primary and secondary lead producer Weser-Metall and its smelter located in Nordenham, Lower Saxony.» more

"Plastic tax" approved at EU summit

22.07.2020 − Member states will be required to make payments to the EU budget based on the amount of non-recycled plastic packaging waste they generate. At the summit meeting this past weekend, the heads of state and government...» more
Markets
German recovered paper prices head lower in June
20.07.2020 − As expected, there was a sharp drop in the prices for the ordinary grades on the German recovered paper market in June. Just as arisings were increasing again, demand from the paper industry weakened considerably. At...» more

Indaver boosts revenues and Ebitda in 2019

16.07.2020 − The Belgian waste company Indaver reports that it has achieved stable growth despite the challenging economic circumstances of the past three years.» more
Markets
Recovered paper prices in Poland in free fall since June
15.07.2020 − The Polish recovered paper market has been on a rollercoaster ride in the past weeks, with market players having an exceptionally tough time, recent EUWID interviews revealed. A serious shortage of raw materials,...» more

German C&I waste incineration market
proves robust through the Covid-19 crisis

10.07.2020 − The German market for commercial municipal waste treatment has proven relatively stable despite the coronavirus pandemic and the associated economic downturn. While the recycling markets were walloped by the crisis and...» more
Markets
Storm clouds on the horizon for German PET recyclers in July
09.07.2020 − Primary PET did become slightly more expensive in June, but these hikes are not bringing any relief to PET recyclers in Germany for the time being. Primary PET remains cheap. PET recyclers are facing huge challenges...» more

Pennon completes sale of Viridor to investor KKR

08.07.2020 − The global investment firm KKR has completed the acquisition of British waste management company Viridor. KKR, which manages businesses in a variety of asset classes including energy, infrastructure and real estate,...» more
Markets
German waste plastics market still strunggling with weak demand
05.07.2020 − For most plastics recyclers in Germany, the situation remains extremely tense. Although re-grind prices did not lose any additional ground in June, many recyclers once again had to idle production lines or furlough...» more

New deal to stabilise AEB Amsterdam

03.07.2020 − AEB Amsterdam has reached a refinancing agreement with banks and the city of Amsterdam, which owns the waste treatment plant operator. AEB announced on Thursday that the city would be prepared to make €36m available in...» more
Business
Covid-19: Revenues fall and one-off costs mount at Suez
02.07.2020 − The French environmental services group Suez is the latest business to report being heavily affected by the coronavirus crisis. In its Recycling & Recovery segment, the group expects revenues for the first half of 2020...» more

Italian recovered paper prices plunge again in June

01.07.2020 − The bubble on Italy’s recovered paper market has burst. As in other countries, slow demand and resurgent collection volumes following the lifting of coronavirus restriction have sent prices tumbling, especially for...» more
Markets
Prices slide as ferrous scrap demand remains weak in Germany
22.06.2020 − If there had been any hopes that the steel market would quickly return to business as usual once the lockdown ended, these have now been dashed. A high level of uncertainty and caution persists among steel producers and...» more

Euric calls for support for plastic recycling in Europe

17.06.2020 − Recent sharp drops in prices and demand for recycled plastics threaten the economic viability of many plastics recyclers across Europe.» more
Markets
Upswing in German recovered paper prices proves shortlived
16.06.2020 − The rally in German recovered paper prices that was triggered by the coronavirus shutdowns in Europe is already over. Market players report that steep price hikes in April and especially in May have given way to...» more

Scholz plans to recycle ELVs and aluminium scrap in China

10.06.2020 − The German ferrous scrap recycler Scholz intends to expand its activities to the Chinese market. Together with China Hongqiao, one of the world's largest aluminium producers, Scholz intends to develop and operate a...» more
Markets
Situation on German waste textiles market remains tense
08.06.2020 − Germany’s waste textiles market is and will remain extremely tense in the era of the coronavirus pandemic.» more

Focus shifts back to China as Covid-19 crisis fades

03.06.2020 − Recycling industry insiders expect that China will play a key role in markets for secondary raw materials in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. But perhaps it will be a different role than before as multinational...» more
Markets
Italian recovered paper prices peak in May
03.06.2020 − The scarcity of recovered paper in Italy pushed prices to new heights in May. However, they may have peaked in the middle of the month. » more

German waste plastics market in crisis

03.06.2020 − Plastics recyclers in Germany continue to face massive pressure from cheap primary plastics and largely subdued demand. Recycling hardly played a role any more, commented recyclers who could often only sell small...» more
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