Policy
Apparent ban on recovered paper exports from EU to India a "clerical error"?
25.10.2021 − The release last week of updated rules for exporting green-listed wastes from the EU to non-OECD countries has "caused quite a stir" in recovered paper circles, according to Andreas Otto. Speaking with EUWID, the...» more

Brisk export demand prevents further price cuts on German steel scrap market

22.10.2021 − October was once again a month where it paid off for scrap traders to wait a while before engaging in negotiations with steel producers. » more
Business
EU Commission: K+S / Remex joint venture gives rise to competition concerns
21.10.2021 − The European Commission has found that the joint venture K+S Group and Remex plan to set up gives rise to competition concerns in the market for the disposal of hazardous fly ash.» more

Price correction on German recovered paper market

20.10.2021 − Prices on the German recovered paper market remain dynamic. After significant rises in September, downward corrections were reported in October.» more
Markets
Haulage problems drive recovered paper prices higher in Poland
13.10.2021 − To the surprise of several market players, Polish prices for many types of recovered paper edged higher again, mainly in September. This development came after small price cuts emerged in June and July. » more

Remondis to acquire RVM activities from Diebold Nixdorf

11.10.2021 − Remondis is expanding its reverse vending technology activities through a new acquisition. » more
Policy
European Commission to table waste shipment proposal in November
06.10.2021 − EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius promised "the most ambitious" rules on waste exports but revealed few details in recent comments on the upcoming revision of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation. The...» more

Less post-industrial waste available on German plastics recycling market

05.10.2021 − The German waste plastics market displayed no signs of fundamental change in September. However, a few recyclers are complaining that the supply of post-industrial scrap is scant.» more
Markets
Ordinary recovered paper grades broadly stable in Italy
29.09.2021 − High prices are sticking around on Italy's recovered paper market. That being said, with the exception of small adjustments of a couple of euros towards the lower end of the bracket, prices for ordinary recovered paper...» more

Augean to sell for £390m after auction

23.09.2021 − British waste management company Augean is to be acquired by Eleia following an auction procedure held yesterday. Eleia, the special-purpose vehicle formed fund managers Ancala Partners and Fiera Infrastructure,...» more
Markets
Transport issues dominate the UK recovered paper market
22.09.2021 − A lack of transport capacity for freight by sea and land, due to the severe shortage of drivers for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and the international maritime transportation crisis, continues to overshadow the British...» more

Old steel scrap prices tumble again in September amid slow export business

21.09.2021 − Even after the end of the holidays, the situation on the scrap market has changed little. Exports are still slow, creating a surplus of old steel scrap grades.» more
Business
EU recovered paper exports fall to lowest level since 2003
17.09.2021 − The downward trend in European Union exports of recovered paper continues unbroken. In the first half of this year, shipments from member states to third countries hit their lowest level in 18 years. » more

New gains for recovered paper prices in Germany

15.09.2021 − The upward pressure on German recovered paper prices has intensified again. Prices have risen noticeably due to supply bottlenecks. A number of market participants told EUWID that some paper mills had already been...» more
Business
Morgan Stanley submits new offer for UK's Augean plc
10.09.2021 − Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (MSIP) has improved its offer for Augean plc, submitting what is currently the highest bid for the British hazardous waste specialist. » more

Few changes on German waste plastics market in August

08.09.2021 − Germany’s waste plastics market experienced much slower business in August because of the summer holidays. Recyclers reported unchanged purchasing and sales prices in most instances. Good-quality commercial PE film...» more
Business
Geminor: Shortage of UK lorry drivers complicates RDF exports to the Continent
06.09.2021 − Britain's dramatic shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers will be felt well beyond the UK in the near term, according to Ralf Schöpwinkel, COO of the Norwegian raw materials and waste trader Geminor. » more

Sweden expands recycling plant for plastic packaging waste

02.09.2021 − The Swedish organisation Svensk Plaståtervinning (Swedish Plastic Recycling) is investing in the expansion of its sorting plant for plastic packaging waste in Motala. » more
Policy
EEA recommends eco-design and producer responsibility for renewable energy infrastructure
01.09.2021 − It is estimated that waste arisings from end of life renewable energy facilities and equipment will reach 30 times current levels in just ten years.» more

England seeks to expand bans on single-use plastic products

31.08.2021 − Policymakers are considering banning more single-use plastic products in England. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will seek public opinion on "a raft of items" including single-use plastic...» more
Business
EBRD buys stake in Turkish landfill gas to energy company
26.08.2021 − The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will acquire a minority holding in the Turkish company Biotrend Çevre ve Enerji Yatırımları AS. » more

Scant supply of woodfree recovered paper grades in the UK

24.08.2021 − The British recovered paper market is showing no signs of calm returning. While the situation has stabilised for ordinary grades, brisker demand for woodfree grades coincided with scant supply in August, experts told...» more
Business
Sims reports "strong results"
19.08.2021 − Metals recycling group Sims Limited has returned to profitability. Higher volumes and margins enabled the company to report "a strong set of operational and financial results for the year ended 30 June 2021".» more

Prices of ordinary recovered paper grades move sideways in Germany in July

18.08.2021 − Developments on the German recovered paper market in July were described as "relatively unspectacular”, at least with respect to the ordinary grades. By contrast, prices of medium grades were more dynamic.» more
Policy
EU Commission approves acquisition of Grupo Urbaser
17.08.2021 − The European Commission has cleared the take-over of Spanish environmental services provider Urbaser by a US private equity group.» more

Market rumours of possible sale of EEW

12.08.2021 − Is Chinese conglomerate BEHL planning to sell EEW, Germany’s largest operator of waste to energy plants? Financial news service Bloomberg reported on 11 August, citing people “with knowledge of the matter,” that BEHL...» more
Policy
Updated rules for EU waste exports to non-OECD states "before the end of 2021"
09.08.2021 − The European Commission aims update the rules governing exports of green-list wastes for recovery to non-OECD countries "before the end of 2021". » more

Waste plastics market considerably calmer in Germany in July

06.08.2021 − The waste plastics market slowed down somewhat in Germany in July, thanks in part to the summer holidays and holiday shutdowns at some converters’ and regrind producers’ plants. » more
Markets
Worries about upcoming winter in German waste wood sector
05.08.2021 − The springtime trend seen on the German waste wood market, including significantly tighter supplies compared to previous years, has continued in the summer. » more

Strong recovery reported by both Veolia and Suez

29.07.2021 − French environmental services provider Veolia posted "record results" in the first half of the year, its CEO Antoine Frérot said on Thursday morning. » more
Business
Chiho Environmental forecasts jump in first-half revenue and earnings
28.07.2021 − The Chiho Environmental Group has seen a marked improvement in its financial performance in the first half of 2021. » more

Explosion at German hazardous waste treatment plant leaves one dead, 4 unaccounted for

27.07.2021 − One employee was killed and 31 injured in an explosion and subsequent fire at a hazardous waste incinerator in the German city of Leverkusen. » more
Markets
Conditions on German WEEE management market shift again
27.07.2021 − High commodity prices continue to shape developments on the German market for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The steep rise in ferrous scrap prices has caused treatment prices to shift considerably. » more

Prezero buys Ferrovial's waste activities in Spain and Portugal

27.07.2021 − Prezero continues to expand through acquisition. The waste management subsidiary of Germany's Schwarz Group has reached an agreement with Ferrovial to purchase its environmental services operations in Spain and...» more
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