Markets
Supply overhang putting Polish recovered paper prices under pressure
12.02.2019 − A growing oversupply of mass grades and mounting pressure on prices were leaving their mark on the Polish recovered paper market as February got under way. Industry insiders said that the current state of affairs was...» more

Normal to cautious waste plastics demand in Germany in January

06.02.2019 − The waste plastics business in Germany was described as normal to modest in January. In some cases, exporters had to shell out slightly more for purchasing good-quality film waste,» more
Business
B&W Vølund turns over Copenhagen ski-slope wte plant
04.02.2019 − The plant technology company B&W Vølund has turned over its flagship waste to energy (wte) project in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The Amager Bakke or Copenhill plant has drawn international attention because...» more

Waste wood supply in Germany unseasonably high

31.01.2019 − The German waste wood market is experiencing comparatively good supply in the first few weeks of the new year. Some insiders even described availability as more than adequate in southern Germany. Untypical for the time...» more
Business
Prezero aims to raise revenues by half in five years
30.01.2019 − Germany’s Schwarz Group wants to raise its revenues from waste management and recycling to €750m in the next five years.» more

Remondis acquires operations from Rutgers Milieu

30.01.2019 − Germany's largest waste management company is expanding its presence in the Netherlands. Remondis purchased waste collection and treatment activities belonging to the Dutch environmental services company Rutgers Milieu...» more
Markets
Stable recovered paper prices on French domestic market
29.01.2019 − January got under way without any major changes in prices for ordinary grades on France’s recovered paper market. Even though supply was described as abundant, » more

Deficits in WEEE legislation in Estonia and Romania

25.01.2019 − The European Commission calls upon Estonia and Romania to bring their national rules on e-waste fully in line with the EU Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) adopted in 2012.» more
Business
Packaging associations welcome plastics alliance
24.01.2019 − Packaging industry associations from Germany and France have welcomed the foundation of the new "Alliance to End Plastic Waste" as an important step in the battle against marine plastic pollution. » more

Wolfgang Schiller named new CEO of ZenRobotics

23.01.2019 − The Finnish sorting technology specialist ZenRobotics has appointed Wolfgang Schiller as its new CEO. Mr Schiller previously worked for the Augsburg-based industrial robotics group Kuka for 13 years. He most recently...» more
Markets
German ferrous scrap market kicks off year with sharp downturn
22.01.2019 − There was enormous pressure on ferrous scrap prices at the beginning of the year. Although price declines had been expected, steel scrap traders were occasionally taken aback by the size of the mark-downs. The trend was...» more

Sims: underlying Ebit from UK
scrap plunges in fiscal first half

21.01.2019 − In a financial half that CEO Alistair Field described as "challenging for all recycling companies globally", Sims Metal Management reports a decrease in underlying earnings before interest and tax. Underlying Ebit was...» more
Policy
EU ambassadors endorse Single-Use Plastics Directive
18.01.2019 − The proposed Single-Use Plastics Directive has made a further step towards adoption. The EU member states’ ambassadors have unanimously endorsed the provisional compromise negotiated in the week before Christmas.» more

Industry pledges $1.5bn in the fight against plastic waste

16.01.2019 − International companies in the petrochemical, plastics and consumer goods industries plan to invest $1.5bn over the next five years to reduce plastic pollution. » more
Business
Nestlé new member of "Stop Ocean Plastics" partnership
16.01.2019 − The food products multinational Nestlé has become the newest partner in the Stop Ocean Plastics (STOP) project, which aims to combat marine pollution from plastic waste, particularly in Southeast Asia. STOP was launched...» more

Reaching EU plastics target "practically impossible"
under current conditions

11.01.2019 − Raising the amount of recycled plastics that is incorporated into new products as envisioned by the EU Plastics Strategy is “practically impossible” under the current conditions.» more
Business
Rethmann completes acquisition of Transdev stake
10.01.2019 − The Remondis parent concern Rethmann has completed a planned investment in the public transport operator Transdev.» more

Structural changes on the cards for German PET recycling market

10.01.2019 − Price negotiations on the German market for post-consumer PET bottles were concluded quickly in December.» more
Business
Geminor delivers shipment of
Italian RDF to Scandinavia
08.01.2019 − The Norwegian refuse-derived fuel (RDF) supplier Geminor is transporting processed household waste from Italy to Scandinavia so that it can be thermally treated northern Europe. A ship carrying RDF from Italy reached a...» more

Suez names new CEO

21.12.2018 − The French environmental company Suez will see a change at its helm next year. Bertrand Camus will succeed Jean-Louis Chaussade as CEO on 14 May. This decision was taken unanimously by the board of directors yesterday,...» more
Policy
UK: Reform of producer responsibility for packaging "immediate priority"
19.12.2018 − The British government released its long-awaited Resources & Waste for England on Tuesday, outlining how England is to increase resource productivity and eliminate "avoidable waste of all kinds" by 2050. Environment...» more

Trilogue agreement reached on single-use plastics

19.12.2018 − The delegations of the EU institutions reached preliminary agreement Wednesday morning to ban or reduce the consumption of various single-use plastic products. The EU Parliament was successful in pushing through a...» more
Markets
Ferrous scrap dealers in Germany look
ahead to new year with mixed feelings
18.12.2018 − An increasingly turbulent business year is drawing to a close for German steel scrap traders. Simmering trade conflicts, chaotic transport conditions and a weakening automotive sector have left their mark on the...» more

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
Markets
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

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
Policy
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

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
Business
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

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
Markets
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

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
Policy
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

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
Policy
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Markets
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

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
Policy
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

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
Markets
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Policy
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Policy
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

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
Business
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

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
Markets
"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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Markets
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

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
Business
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

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
Policy
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Policy
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

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
Markets
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

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
Policy
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

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
Business
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

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
Policy
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

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
Policy
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

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
Markets
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

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
Business
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

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
Policy
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

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
Business
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