Markets
Sharp fall in demand from German steel mills in June
26.06.2019 − Faltering business, especially in the automotive sector, is increasingly trickling down to the steel industry and thus to the ferrous scrap sector as well. » more

China issues Q3 licences for Category 6 copper scrap

25.06.2019 − China plans to allow only 240,429 tonnes of copper scrap imports in the third quarter of 2019, according to the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR). The recycling industry association cites a list of import licences...» more
Business
EuRIC highlights lack of treatment capacity for ultimate waste
19.06.2019 − European recyclers are increasingly struggling to find treatment and disposal capacities for the final waste arising in their processes. » more

Single-Use Plastics Directive published in the EU Official Journal

14.06.2019 − The new Directive "on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment" appeared in the Official Journal of the European Union on 12 June and will enter into force 20 days thereafter.» more
Business
Aurubis scraps complex metallurgy project
13.06.2019 − Aurubis has pulled the plug on its internal investment project "Future Complex Metallurgy". The group explained the move saying that the project would entail "significantly higher investment costs than initially...» more

Nine EU member states late to implement Ship Recycling Regulation

06.06.2019 − The European Commission will open infringement proceedings against nine member states for failing to fully implement the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. » more
Markets
German PET recyclers struggling with sales problems
06.06.2019 − Following on an already sluggish April, the month of May turned out to be a poor one for PET recyclers in Germany. » more

Suez announces new plastic recycling plant in Thailand

05.06.2019 − Environmental services provider Suez has announced plans to build a plastics recycling plant near Bangkok. According to Suez's Tuesday announcement, the plant is to process around 30,000 tonnes of locally collected...» more
Business
Volume of newly awarded wte plant contracts reaches record high in 2018
05.06.2019 − Orders were placed for more new waste combustion capacity in 2018 that ever before, thanks largely to the boom on the Chinese waste-to-energy (wte) market. According to the latest edition of the wte market study...» more

Lack of momentum on German waste plastics market

04.06.2019 − Most recyclers say that they experienced normal demand for plastic recyclate in May. However, the momentum they had been hoping for seems to be absent in some segments. Slight price hikes for LDPE and HDPE regrind could...» more
Business
Suez begins waste operations in Manchester under £1bn contract
03.06.2019 − Suez has begun delivering waste management services in Greater Manchester under new contracts announced by the group last Thursday. Valued at over £1bn (ca. €1.13bn), the contracts with the Greater Manchester Combined...» more

Ordinary recovered paper prices expected to fall in Italy

28.05.2019 − Prices for the ordinary recovered paper grades on the Italian market remained mostly stable in May, but market observers expected another round of price reductions as early as June. There were already a few mark-downs...» more
Business
Renewi closes another fiscal year with a loss
23.05.2019 − The Dutch-British waste management group Renewi has slipped deeper into the red due to non-trading and exceptional items.» more

Aurubis to acquire non-ferrous recycler Metallo

23.05.2019 − German copper producer Aurubis is expanding its recycling activities. On Wednesday, the company announced plans to acquire full ownership of the Belgian-Spanish Metallo Group.» more
Markets
Increasing price pressure on German ferrous scrap market
22.05.2019 − There is growing price pressure on the steel scrap market in Germany. Free delivered prices for all scrap grades on the domestic market fell in May. And in the coming June negotiations, ferrous scrap traders predict...» more

FEAD: New export rules hinder plastic recycling

22.05.2019 − The Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) has criticised the resolutions on waste plastics adopted by the parties to the Basel Convention in Geneva earlier this month.» more
Policy
Council approves new legislation on single-use plastics and fertiliser
22.05.2019 − The new EU Single-Use Plastics Directive and the Fertiliser Regulation were officially adopted by the member states at a Council meeting on Tuesday.» more

Tom Bird new president of BIR

21.05.2019 − The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) has elected William "Tom" Bird of China's Chiho Environmental Group to be its new president.» more
Business
Recylex still working towards financing solution
16.05.2019 − The Recylex group has yet to find a solution to the financial problems facing its German subgroup which include its lead-acid battery recycling and lead production activities. However, the company’s creditors have...» more

Suez starts up new sorting plant for packaging waste in Germany

14.05.2019 − A German subsidiary of French environmental services group Suez commissioned a new sorting plant for household packaging waste in Ölbronn in south-western Germany at the start of May. » more
Policy
Basel Convention signatories agree to
tighten waste plastic export rules
13.05.2019 − The signatories of the Basel Convention reached an agreement in Geneva last Friday on new rules that will govern international shipments of waste plastics as of 1 January 2021. From that point on, only single-polymer...» more

EU Commission greenlights DIF Management
investment in Dublin EfW plant

09.05.2019 − The European Commission has no competition concerns regarding the investment company DIF Management's plans to acquire a stake in the company owning the waste to energy plant in Dublin. According to the EU authority,...» more
Markets
Demand from India buoys PE film scrap prices in Germany
08.05.2019 − Prices for commercial and industrial polyethylene film scrap ticked higher once again on the German market in April.» more

Chinese state-owned enterprise CEHL
seeking acquisition targets in Europe

07.05.2019 − The Austrian company eWaste Umweltconsulting GmbH wants to advise the Chinese state-owned company CEHL on potential investment opportunities on the European waste market. » more
Markets
Slight dip in sales of German PET flakes in April
07.05.2019 − In April, PET recyclers in Germany were faced with sales problems for the first time in months.» more

Veolia boosts waste management revenues by 8 per cent

02.05.2019 − Veolia closed the first quarter of 2019 with improved sales and earnings. Growth in the group's waste management activities was particularly strong at almost 8 per cent.» more
Business
German beer maker plans investment in oil recycler
25.04.2019 − The owner of German beer maker Bitburger plans to purchase a 45 per cent stake in the waste oil recycler Avista Oil AG. At the same time, Germany’s richest woman, the BMW heiress Susanne Klatten, was increasing her...» more

Recovered prices weaken again in France

24.04.2019 − April has turned out to be another month of very limited exports to China and abundant supply of ordinary recovered paper grades on the French market. Accordingly, the fourth month of the year ushered in renewed price...» more
Business
Uncertainty weighs on German ferrous scrap market
23.04.2019 − The mood on Germany’s ferrous scrap market is rather gloomy at the moment. "In almost all steel processing industries there is a perceptible economic slump, sometimes less substantial, sometimes more. The only ray of...» more

Waste Management to buy Advanced Disposal

17.04.2019 − The US market leader Waste Management Inc. plans to take over its competitor Advanced Disposal, the fourth largest waste firm in the United States. » more
Policy
EU Commission clears €54m subsidy for wte plant in Poland
17.04.2019 − The European Commission has approved plans to support the construction of a waste-to-energy (wte) cogeneration plant located in Olsztyn in the Northeast of Poland under EU State aid rules.» more

Competition authority moves to block
Remondis' DSD takeover

15.04.2019 − The German Federal Cartel Office is minded to prohibit Remondis' planned takeover of the Green Dot company DSD. The parties to the deal were informed today and will now have two weeks in which to respond to the draft...» more
Business
ELG posts higher revenue and lower earnings in difficult market environment
11.04.2019 − ELG fell well short of its earnings forecast in 2018. The stainless steel recycler, which operates at 53 locations worldwide, saw sales revenues rise by 7 per cent €1.81bn due to higher average commodity prices.» more

Sims to enter EfW market with shredder residue gasification plants

10.04.2019 − The international recycling group Sims Metal Management has revealed its multi-year strategic growth plan for the period up to 2025. The company wants to further expand its existing ferrous and non-ferrous metals and...» more
Markets
Polish recovered paper prices come under pressure in first quarter
09.04.2019 − February and March have seen growing price pressure on all key recovered paper grades in Poland, consistent with the predictions made by market insiders at the start of the year. Given the sufficient supplies in Central...» more

Schnitzer Steel's earnings tumble

08.04.2019 − The US company Schnitzer Steel has ended the first half of its 2018/19 business year with substantially lower earnings. The operating result for the period between September and February stood at just under $60m, some...» more
Business
WEEE recyclers call for ADR compliance
04.04.2019 − E-waste recyclers are increasingly confronted with fires caused by defective high-energy batteries, in particular lithium batteries. However, the majority of the companies is not able to offset the resulting higher...» more

FCC and CIP to build £480m wte plant near Manchester

03.04.2019 − The waste management company FCC Environment and the Danish investment company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have announced plans to go ahead with a £480m (ca. €560m) waste to energy plant to be built in...» more
Markets
PET flake and bottle prices largely stable in Germany in March
02.04.2019 − March turned out to be another broadly stable month for PET recyclers in Germany. Coloured and clear flakes and, above all, rPET pellet for use in bottle production remain highly sought-after.» more

Strong support for Single-Use Plastics Directive

27.03.2019 − The European Parliament has strongly endorsed the Single-Use Plastics Directive in its plenary meeting on Wednesday. » more
Business
The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo, Nestlé and Unilever launch Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance
27.03.2019 − Four international consumer goods companies have joined forces to improve the collection and recycling of plastic waste in sub-Saharan Africa.» more

UK government issues Brexit warning to waste exporters

26.03.2019 − The British government is warning waste exporters that they should review their contingency plans in preparation for shipment disruptions in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In a joint statement issued Monday afternoon,...» more
Business
Recycling plant for e-waste opens in Dubai
25.03.2019 − Enviroserve has officially opened a recycling plant for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Dubai. The new plant has a treatment capacity of 39,000 tonnes of e-scrap a year and can process all kinds of...» more

CNIM achieves revenue and earnings increases in 2018

21.03.2019 − The plant engineering company CNIM saw its environment division close out the 2018 year with growth in revenues, order intake and order backlog. In the announcement of its financial figures for the year, the French...» more
Business
Veolia and Nestlé to cooperate on plastic waste
20.03.2019 − The environmental services company Veolia and the food and beverage group Nestlé want to cooperate more closely in the collection, sorting and recycling of plastic waste. Plastic packaging is to be the focus of the...» more

German ferrous scrap market sees signs of economic slowdown

19.03.2019 − The noticeable declines in arisings of new ferrous scrap are clear signs of an economic slowdown, one scrap trader told EUWID. Across the board, less material than usual is arising at the generation points, say the...» more
Policy
Poland and the Czech Republic pledge joint action against illegal waste imports
14.03.2019 − Poland and the Czech Republic plan to cooperate more closely on combating illegal waste shipments. The countries signed a declaration on the problem of illegal transfrontier waste shipments of waste at the end of...» more

Transition period for Indian import ban

12.03.2019 − The Indian government is prepared to allow recyclers an additional six months to comply with the import ban on solid plastic waste that it imposed last week. According to a memorandum from the Indian Ministry of...» more
Policy
Commission puts Poland and Slovakia
on notice over sub-par landfills
11.03.2019 − The EU Commission has taken action against Poland and Slovakia for continuing failures to comply with the Landfill Directive. This is the second warning for Slovakia, meaning that the Commission could refer the case to...» more

EU waste plastics exports down a quarter in 2018

08.03.2019 − China’s restrictions on importing waste materials have fundamentally changed international trading streams for waste plastics within the span of just a few years. » more
Policy
India bans waste plastic imports
07.03.2019 − India's Ministry of Environment has banned the import of solid plastic waste into the country. The ban also applies to Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Export-Oriented Units (EOU), » more

German plastics recyclers plan to expand capacities

06.03.2019 − Plastics recyclers in Germany were largely satisfied with their sales volumes in February. While prices for post-industrial film often rose considerably, other grades saw barely any changes.» more
Business
Carbios: First bottles from 100% “biorecycled” PET
28.02.2019 − The French start-up Carbios has made its first PET bottles out of 100 per cent recycled plastic. The French company uses an enzyme to break down PET waste into its components – at a temperature of 60 degrees. Carbios...» more

Recyclate prices weigh on Suez's waste
management performance in Europe

27.02.2019 − Suez's European waste management operations posted revenues of €6.206bn for 2018, representing organic growth of 2.7 per cent, Suez announced at the presentation of its annual results for 2018 in Paris on Wednesday...» more
Business
Acciona-led consortium preferred bidder for £150m Scottish wte plant
26.02.2019 − A consortium consisting of the Spanish construction concern Acciona, Indaver and Keppel Seghers has been selected to build and operate a waste to energy (wte) plant in north-eastern Scotland. The final go ahead for the...» more

Dutch plastic pact sets targets for plastic use and recycling

25.02.2019 − Dutch companies have entered a new “Plastic Pact” under which they commit to less plastic use and more plastic recycling. The agreement was signed on Thursday by 75 companies and environmental organisations as well as...» more
Business
"Excellent figures" for Veolia
21.02.2019 − The French environmental services concern Veolia was able to increase both revenue and profits in 2018. Its "solid and continuously profitable growth" had continued, said CEO Antoine Frérot at the presentation...» more

Preliminary agreement reached on POP Regulation

21.02.2019 − Negotiations have wrapped up on the future EU rules for persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Representatives of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission hammered out a preliminary agreement in their...» more
Business
Sims Metal Management sees earnings slide
20.02.2019 − The past six months have been "challenging for all recyclers globally", said Alistair Field, CEO and managing director of Sims Metal Management, today at the presentation of the company's first-half earnings report.» more

EU Commission clears joint venture of Schwarz Group and NWD

19.02.2019 − The EU Commission's competition directorate-general has approved the creation of a joint venture by two German companies.» more
Markets
Good export business buoys steel scrap prices in Germany
19.02.2019 − This month brought another intense round of tough negotiations between ferrous scrap traders and steel mills. » more

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
Markets
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

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
Markets
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

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
Business
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

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
Policy
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Business
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

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
Markets
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

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
Business
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

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
Policy
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

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
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