Markets
Steel scrap prices in Germany peak after months of market turbulence
21.07.2021 − Amidst tight supplies and strong demand, steel scrap prices remained at record highs in July.» more

Germany's historic floods followed by torrent of bulky waste

21.07.2021 − As residents of German towns hit by last week's record floods dig out their homes and businesses, the region's waste management companies are struggling to contend with a surge of bulky waste.» more
Markets
High recovered paper prices hold in Germany in July
16.07.2021 − Recovered paper prices in Germany are holding steady at a high level. Following the slight mark-downs seen in May, prices of the ordinary grades were stable in June. For July as well, prices are said to be mostly flat....» more

Polish recovered paper market gets "a breather" in June

16.07.2021 − Poland’s recovered paper market remained tense in April and May following a first quarter shaped by scant supply, strong demand and dramatic price hikes. Recovered paper merchants and paper mills alike faced serious...» more
Business
CCS for Energy from Waste: "We need to use every tool in the toolbox"
14.07.2021 − The waste incineration plant at Klemetsrud in Oslo could be the first in the world to achieve negative CO2 emissions. Fortum Oslo Varme's CCS director Jannicke Gerner Bjerkås spoke with EUWID about the project.» more

Top ten environmental services groups: Veolia by far the market leader

14.07.2021 − A review of the annual revenue figures of the industry’s major players reveals that Veolia's takoever of large parts of Suez, now expected to close late this year, will only widen the gap between Veolia and its next...» more
Markets
German waste plastics market cools a little in June
07.07.2021 − The German waste plastics business was a little calmer in June. Recyclers and merchants told EUWID that sellers were largely able to maintain high regrind and regranulate prices with demand remaining decent. » more

PET recycling in Germany: Higher prices and volumes

05.07.2021 − With warmer weather in June, the supply situation improved slightly for recyclers of PET beverage bottles in Germany. In recent weeks, the higher temperatures have led to an uptick in arisings of post-consumer bottles...» more
Business
Lego presents prototype of recycled PET brick
03.07.2021 − Danish toy company Lego has presented its first prototype Lego brick made of recycled plastic. “The new prototype, which uses PET plastic from discarded bottles, is the first brick made from a recycled material to meet...» more

C&I waste incineration market in "delicate balance" in Germany

01.07.2021 − The market for the treatment of non-hazardous commercial and industrial (C&I) waste in Germany is balanced, but only just. There were no major price changes, largely because energy from waste plant operators had taken...» more
Markets
Ordinary recovered paper grades edge higher on UK market in June
22.06.2021 − With recovered paper arisings dwindling, bulk grades experienced a boost in demand from Asia at the start of June, which prompted a rise in prices in the UK. » more

PS foam recycling plant officially opened

17.06.2021 − The Polystyreneloop cooperative has officially opened its recycling plant for waste insulation foam in Terneuzen, the Netherlands, on 16 June. » more
Business
Steel dust recycler Befesa plans major acquisition on US market
17.06.2021 − Befesa is seeking to become a global market leaders in steel dust recycling. The Spanish-German industrial waste management company announced yesterday that it is acquiring 100 per cent of American Zinc Recycling (AZR)...» more

Prezero's Zwolle sorting plant severely damaged in fire

16.06.2021 − A blaze at Prezero Recycling Nederland's new sorting plant for household packaging waste in Zwolle has caused damage expected to run into the millions. The reasons for the fire, which broke out early this morning, are...» more
Business
Sims upgrades earnings forecast for 2020/21
16.06.2021 − Metals recycler Sims Ltd has increased its full-year earnings forecast due to "excellent third quarter results" and high expectations for the fourth quarter, due in part to soaring scrap metal prices. » more

Recovered paper prices remain high in Germany

14.06.2021 − The drop in prices that some market participants had been predicting for ordinary recovered paper grades a few weeks ago has yet to materialise. » more
Policy
EU Commission warns of sanctions for failure to fully transpose waste package
10.06.2021 − Almost a year after the transposition deadline, many EU member states have yet to fully incorporate the provisions of the EU's waste package legislation into national law. » more

Waste plastics: May brings more price increases in Germany

09.06.2021 − In May, prices for most waste plastics rose once again. The ongoing supply bottlenecks for primary plastics led to another round of price hikes. As in the previous month, recyclers preferred to serve their regular...» more
Business
Platinum Equity strikes deal for Urbaser with China Tianying
07.06.2021 − Spanish waste management and environmental services provider Urbaser will be changing hands. The US-based firm Platinum Equity announced on Sunday that it had entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Urbaser's...» more

Macquarie fund to buy Beauparc Utilities

02.06.2021 − Macquarie Asset Management is to acquire Dublin-based Beauparc Utilities, the parent company of the Irish waste firms Panda and Greenstar and numerous other subsidiaries active in waste management and environmental...» more
Markets
Supply of ordinary RCP grades tighter than expected in Italy
02.06.2021 − Calm is only slowly returning to Italy's recovered paper market. Prices for ordinary grades had started to recede from early April’s peaks when reports of low collection volumes and minor upward pressure began to...» more

Derichebourg reports strong first-half growth

25.05.2021 − The French recycling and services group Derichebourg says it delivered "exceptional performance” in the first half of its current business year. » more
Markets
High export and domestic demand pushes German scrap prices higher
25.05.2021 − Over the past few weeks, the German steel scrap market saw another significant price jump. Even though ferrous scrap merchants had been optimistic in their expectations for business in May, traders were surprised by...» more

Viridor aims for zero CO2 emissions by 2040

21.05.2021 − British waste company Viridor has committed to achieving net zero CO2 emissions across all its operations by 2040 and aims to become a net negative emission business by 2045.» more
Policy
Turkey bans import of polyethylene waste
20.05.2021 − The Turkish government has announced a ban on the import of plastic waste consisting of LDPE and HDPE. The country's plastics industry has sharply criticised the move.» more

Recovered paper prices peak in Germany in April

18.05.2021 − Recovered paper prices rose only slightly in Germany in April. The price rally on the recovered paper market has likely come to an end, at least for now. » more
Business
Veolia and Suez sign combination deal
14.05.2021 − Veolia and Suez have entered a combination agreement, confirming the terms of the preliminary deal the two environmental services giants struck in April. That agreement in principle has now been formalised.» more

EU Commission presents "zero pollution" action plan

14.05.2021 − The European Commission wants to "significantly reduce" waste generation under its action plan "Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil" published on 12 May.» more
Markets
Hefty price increases for waste plastics in April
10.05.2021 − Once again, waste plastics were in high demand in April in Germany due to the extremely limited availability of primary plastics. Accordingly, prices for secondary plastics spiked last month. » more

Remondis firms up offer for stake in "new Suez"

10.05.2021 − Remondis, Germany's largest waste management company, has made a formal offer for a minority stake in "new Suez". According to Remondis, it was made in a letter to Suez board chairman Philippe Varin and CEO Bertrand...» more
Business
ELG to be taken over by stainless steel producer Aperam
07.05.2021 − Stainless steel recycler ELG is to be sold by its parent group Franz Haniel & Cie to the steel producer Aperam. » more

German packaging waste stranded in Turkey raises legal questions

06.05.2021 − Consignments of plastic waste from the German packaging waste recovery system now in Turkey have been the topic of much conversation and conjecture in recent days. Thousands of tonnes of sorted fractions may have to be...» more
Business
Veolia expects "a very good year"
05.05.2021 − The French environmental services group Veolia is "off to a flying start in 2021", according to its CEO Antoine Frérot. » more

Suez reports strong first quarter for waste activities

29.04.2021 − Higher prices for secondary raw materials and treatment services significantly boosted Suez's waste management revenues in the first quarter of 2021. » more
Markets
Recovered paper supply situation eases in France
28.04.2021 − After a very turbulent March, with record high prices for the ordinary grades, there were no further increases in April. But neither were there signs of a turnaround, thanks to good demand.» more

Remondis seeks to buy stake in "new Suez"

28.04.2021 − Remondis, Germany's largest waste company, is looking to acquire a holding in the Suez activities to be resold after the group's takeover by competitor Veolia. » more
Business
Remondis and Verallia found glass recycling joint venture in Germany
27.04.2021 − The waste management company Remondis and the glass manufacturer Verallia have founded a new joint venture for waste glass processing. On Monday, Verallia Deutschland AG and Remondis Recycling GmbH & Co. KG signed...» more

European Commission clears Aurubis/TSR cable recycling joint venture

23.04.2021 − Metals recycler TSR and copper group Aurubis have received the go-ahead from the European Commission to create a cable recycling joint venture. » more
Business
Paprec, Schwarz Group and Remondis bid for Cespa
22.04.2021 − The construction group Ferrovial has received three preliminary offers for its environmental and waste management activities in Spain and Portugal. The three interested parties are Germany’s Remondis and the Schwarz...» more

Upward price pressure eases for OCC on the UK recovered paper market

22.04.2021 − In April, the recovered paper market in the UK has been feeling the effects of the blockage of the Suez Canal and the ongoing limited availability of the higher recovered paper grades. Al-though demand for the ordinary...» more
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