Markets
Rising demand for recovered paper in Poland amid shrinking supply
08.04.2020 − The Polish recovered paper market experienced an abrupt reversal in mid-March. Many buyers are nervous now about whether their supplies can be guaranteed in the coming weeks.» more

German waste textiles industry struggles in Covid-19 crisis

07.04.2020 − Business operations are almost impossible to plan right now, and companies are forced to proceed with extreme caution, a major texitiles recycler told EUWID.» more
Business
BIR calls on governments to recognise recycling industries as essential activities
03.04.2020 − The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) urges governments to formally recognise that recycling operations are essential businesses as they serve to protect human health and the environment.» more

Sims completes sales of e-scrap recycling activities to TSR

02.04.2020 − Remondis subsidiary TSR now owns a large share of Sims' e-waste business in Europe. Sims announced that the transaction had been concluded and was effective 30 September 2019. » more
Policy
EU Commission publishes waste shipments guidance
01.04.2020 − The European Commission is working to remove barriers to waste shipments between EU member states in the exceptional circumstances created by the coronavirus outbreak. » more

Coronavirus crisis hitting plastics recyclers

31.03.2020 − The coronavirus crisis will create significant challenges for Germany’s plastic recyclers. Orders from large swaths of industry are drying up, recyclers told EUWID.» more
Markets
India overtakes China as the main destination for EU recovered paper exports
26.03.2020 − EU member states exported less recovered paper to China last year. Chinese restrictions brought EU shipments to the People’s Republic down to just 20 to 25 per cent of the volumes that were typical up until 2016.» more

Umbrella bodies call for Europe-wide recognition of recycling and waste industry’s key role

25.03.2020 − The umbrella organisations Euric and FEAD call on decisionmakers across Europe to recognise the essential role of the recycling and waste management industry in protecting human health and the environment and in...» more
Markets
Coronavirus crisis causing major uncertainty for steel scrap traders in Germany
24.03.2020 − At the beginning of the month, it still looked like business might proceed almost normally for ferrous scrap traders and slight price mark-ups were on the horizon. However, there was a complete reversal in sentiment at...» more

Pennon to sell Viridor for £4.2bn

19.03.2020 − British waste management company Viridor is to be sold for £4.2bn to investment funds managed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR). Viridor's parent company Pennon announced on Wednesday that it had entered a...» more
Business
Stainless steel recycler ELG could be sold
18.03.2020 − The conglomerate Franz Haniel & Cie is weighing the disposal of its stainless steel recycling subsidiary ELG. As part of a strategic reorientation, options including "possible sales scenarios" are to be explored. » more

Price erosion slows on German recovered paper market

18.03.2020 − Recovered paper prices in Germany remained under pressure in February, although price reductions were much smaller than in previous months. The majority of EUWID sources expected prices to stay the same in March,...» more
Business
ARN sells "fluff" processing plant to Remondis subsidiary
16.03.2020 − The Dutch end-of-life vehicle recycling organisation ARN is divesting its processing plant for automotive shredder residue.» more

UK to introduce tax on plastic packaging

13.03.2020 − The UK is moving ahead with plans to tax plastic packaging that does not incorporate recycled material. » more
Business
IFAT Munich rescheduled for September
12.03.2020 − IFAT organisers, Messe München, decided Wednesday night that the trade fair will be postponed and will not go ahead as scheduled from 4 to 8 May. » more

New action plan for the circular economy

11.03.2020 − The European Commission wants to focus more closely on product design in order to promote the transition to a circular economy. » more
Business
Covid-19: PRSE in Amsterdam postponed
11.03.2020 − The Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE) is being postponed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, organisers announced on Wednesday. » more

EU steel scrap exports hit new record in 2019

10.03.2020 − The European Union member states exported a total of 21.8 million tonnes of steel scrap, with a value of €6.0bn, to countries outside the EU (third countries) last year. According to newly released provisional figures...» more
Policy
Battery Directive first measure to be tabled under upcoming EU action plan
06.03.2020 − The EU needs "targeted action in sectors where potential for circularity is high", according to EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius.» more

IFAT to go ahead as planned, for now

05.03.2020 − Despite the cancellation of other major events due to concerns surrounding the spread of Covid-19, the Messe München still plans to hold the IFAT trade fair as planned, a spokesperson told EUWID on Tuesday. The event,...» more
Markets
Solid export sales allow for some OCC hikes in Italy
05.03.2020 − Italian recovered paper prices appear to have reached the end of their downward spiral for the time being. Many prices, especially those for medium and high grades, were unchanged in February. Some price increases were...» more

Steep drop in PE film prices on German market

03.03.2020 − Sea freight rates climbed sharply in February. Waste plastics exporters reacted by cutting their purchase prices for mixed commercial film.» more
Business
Veolia reports growth in waste management revenue
28.02.2020 − The waste management activities of French group Veolia generated global revenue of €10.2 billion last year.» more

Danone aims for 100 per cent rPET
in European water bottles

27.02.2020 − French group Danone wants to expand the use of recycled PET and reduce single-use plastics.» more
Business
Suez's waste division benefitted from capacity shortages
26.02.2020 − The French environmental group Suez raised its revenue and results in 2019, closing the year with net earnings of €352m.» more

Recovered paper utilisation in Europe slightly down

25.02.2020 − Last year, 48.6 million tonnes of recovered paper were used to manufacture new paper and board products by the members of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).» more
Markets
German steel scrap: export revival prevents more drastic price cuts
20.02.2020 − The decline the export price for steel scrap beginning at the middle and end of January had already dampened scrap sellers’ expectations for price negotiations with steelmakers in February. » more

Sims books loss for first half of financial year 2020

19.02.2020 − Sims Metal Management has reported a sharp drop in both sales and earnings for the first half of its financial year, ended 31 December. In what CEO Alistair Field described as a "period that has been challenging...» more
Markets
Supply glut sends recovered paper prices in Germany tumbling further
17.02.2020 − The situation in Germany grew still more acute in January due to a very strong seasonal uptick in arisings. The mixed paper segment remains the biggest source of concern for the industry.» more

Recylex: unfavourable conditions and falling prices make a dent in sales in 2019

16.02.2020 − The financially stricken group Recylex experienced another sharp fall in its sales in 2019. In mid-February, the company announced that its consolidated group sales had dropped 16 per cent in a year-on-year comparison...» more
Markets
No signs of improvement for the German waste textiles market
13.02.2020 − The new year started off just as badly for the waste textiles sector in Germany as 2019 had ended. Industry insiders seem agreed that there are no signs of impending improvement. There is still “more than enough...» more

EP rejects attempt to raise lead limits for recycled PVC

13.02.2020 − Members of the European Parliament voted on Wednesday to block a Commission proposal that would have allowed higher levels of lead from legacy additives in recycled PVC. Under the proposed Regulation, the concentration...» more
Business
Financial close reached for 350,000 tpy wte plant in Leicestershire
11.02.2020 − Covanta has reached financial close on the Newhurst Energy from Waste facility in Leicestershire together with its project partners Biffa and Green Investment Group. » more

Umicore achieves growth in recycling division sales and earnings

10.02.2020 − The Belgian materials technology group Umicore earned significantly more in its recycling operations last year. The division's sales rose by 9 per cent to €681m. » more
Business
Lower volumes in Derichebourg's recycling business
06.02.2020 − Derichebourg saw scrap metal sales volumes decrease in October and November 2019. The French concern said the decline was the main reason for lower earnings in the first four months of its business year.» more

Far East demand pushes PE film scrap prices higher

05.02.2020 − January was a mixed month for Germany’s waste plastics business. Some prices for good-quality commercial film scrap increased again compared with December, primarily on the back of decent demand from the Far East. » more
Policy
More than €100m EU support for waste plants in Poland
31.01.2020 − The European Commission has approved subsidies from the EU Cohesion Fund for two new waste to energy plants in Poland.» more

EU Battery Directive to be revised in Q4 2020

30.01.2020 − The EU Commission has published its working programme for the current year. A legislative proposal revising the EU Battery Directive is to be tabled in the fourth quarter of 2020.» more
Business
Geminor sees rosy future for substitute fuels
30.01.2020 − Waste-derived fuels will become the preferred energy source for cement production, according to the Norwegian RDF supplier Geminor.» more

Waste wood supply abundant in Germany due to unseasonably mild weather conditions

29.01.2020 − With Jack Frost having barely having shown his face in Germany this winter so far, waste wood supply has remained high to very high for this time of year through January. » more
Markets
French recovered paper prices tumble again, but remain in positive territory
28.01.2020 − "We have never seen prices like this,” one French recovered paper merchant told EUWID in the second-last week of January. » more

Total consumption growing faster than the uptake of secondary raw materials

23.01.2020 − Worldwide raw materials consumption continues to rise sharply, outstripping gains in the use of secondary raw materials. » more
Business
Amsterdam prepares sale of waste to energy plant operator AEB
22.01.2020 − The Amsterdam city government intends to sell the waste incineration plant operator Afval Energie Bedrijf (AEB) and will present the decision in principle to the city council in February. » more

Strong demand buoys steel scrap prices in Germany

20.01.2020 − Following the typical annual pattern, the German ferrous scrap market kicked off the new year with price hikes.» more
Business
Nestlé commits CHF2bn for recycled plastics
17.01.2020 − The Swiss consumer goods group Nestlé plans to help create a market for food-grade recycled plastics and support innovation.» more

European "Green Deal“ needs to tap the potential of waste legislation

16.01.2020 − The EU Commission needs to take advantage of the potential of waste legislation to achieve its climate goals, according to the European Parliament's resolution on the "Green Deal".» more
Markets
Subdued outlook for waste plastics in Germany
14.01.2020 − Once again in December, there was a drop in the prices of waste plastics and the regranulate produced from them. While supplies were good, demand remained moderate, especially since primary plastics were still...» more

Downward slide in prices for PET bottles stopped

13.01.2020 − The supply of post-consumer bottles for recycling still appears to be very patchy in Germany.» more
Business
Ecoprog: Waste to energy capacity
continues to grow in Europe
10.01.2020 − Waste to energy (wte) is still a growth market in Europe. Around 50 additional plants with capacity to treat roughly 18 million tonnes a year will get up and running over the next five years.» more

Roadmap for new circular economy action plan published

09.01.2020 − Stakeholder have until 20 January to provide feedback on the European Commission's roadmap for the new circular economy action plan which it intends to put forward in March 2020.» more
Business
HZI hands over Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 plant in Yorkshire
20.12.2019 − The plant engineering company Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has completed the construction of the the Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) Energy-from-Waste (EfW) plant in West Yorkshire and turned the plant over to its client. » more

Lively export trade with Turkey and India sends
German steel scrap prices higher

19.12.2019 − Nobody would have guessed that ferrous scrap prices in Germany would bounce back to near last summer’s levels as quickly as they have after the price collapse the market witnessed at the start of autumn. As in November,...» more
Markets
Textiles recyclers unusually pessimistic in Germany
18.12.2019 − There are absolutely no indications that Germany’s ailing waste textiles market will take a turn for the better. Market players are unusually pessimistic about the prospects for next year, and without exception...» more

Smurfit Kappa founds its own Dual System

17.12.2019 − The paper and paper products manufacturer Smurfit Kappa wants to set up its own packaging waste recovery system in Germany in cooperation with investors Hermann-Josef Gerke and Michael Mevissen. "As Europe's...» more
Policy
Commission's "Green Deal" could lead to ban on EU waste exports
11.12.2019 − The EU Commission has adopted its "European Green Deal", a comprehensive package of measures with the aim of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. A small part of these measures is related to waste management and recycling. » more

German waste incineration gate fees increase again towards year-end

11.12.2019 − Treatment prices for municipal waste have edged slightly higher in Germany in the second half of this year. Business is now slower than during the summer, but the market remains under considerable pressure.» more
Business
Veolia planning to sell western German waste entities
06.12.2019 − The French environmental services group Veolia is restructuring its waste activities in Germany. The company is to sell some of its entities in the West region with all related assets.» more

Derichebourg reports weaker earnings

05.12.2019 − The Sino-US trade ware and other geopolitical developments adversely impacted Derichebourg's recycling activities.» more
Markets
Little change on the German market for PET deposit bottles in November
04.12.2019 − Market conditions for PET recyclers in Germany again changed little in November. Prices for clear and coloured PET flakes were still under pressure. Demand from the film industry for flakes remained modest in view of...» more

Eon to build biomass power plant for UPM’s Hürth site

29.11.2019 − Energy group Eon plans to build a new biomass power plant to supply energy to UPM's paper mill in Hürth, Germany. » more
Policy
EU Commission calls on Austria to improve rules on WEEE
28.11.2019 − The European Commission has set Austria a two-month deadline to remedy shortcomings in national legislation on e-waste management. » more

Remondis subsidiary scoops up much of Sims' European e-waste business

25.11.2019 − Sims Metal Management is withdrawing from the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Europe. The company is divesting its "compliance scheme oriented recycling operations". » more
Markets
Ferrous scrap correction driven by exports and material scarcity
25.11.2019 − In an about-face that caught everyone by surprise, German ferrous scrap merchants saw their prices rebound in November. The bounce came after ferrous scrap prices had been more or less in free fall in September and...» more

EU Commission launches in-depth investigation
of Metallo take-over by Aurubis

20.11.2019 − The European Commission has concerns about the proposed acquisition of the Belgian-Spanish recycler Metallo by Aurubis. » more
Markets
German recovered paper prices still tumbling in October
19.11.2019 − There is still no end in sight to the down-hill trend in prices on Germany’s recovered paper market. October brought another round of sometimes significant markdowns across all groups of grades. With massive surplus...» more

EU Commission approves Dutch aid to rescue AEB

19.11.2019 − The City of Amsterdam's grant of a temporary €80m loan to its waste-to-energy (wte) company AEB Holding N.V., "which is currently experiencing financial difficulties", has been approved under EU state aid rules, the...» more
Business
Biffa boosts H1 revenues with "notable performance"
in the C&I waste and recycling segments
13.11.2019 − The British waste company Biffa posted "strong performance" in the first half of its 2019/20 financial year, according to CEO Michael Topham, who presented the company's financials on Wednesday. Revenues net of landfill...» more

Ravago and Neste to advance chemical recycling

13.11.2019 − The Belgian plastics distributor and recycler Ravago and the chemicals group Neste want to develop the chemical recycling of plastic waste on a large scale. The objective of the cooperation is to achieve capacity to...» more
Markets
Waste plastics business remains tough in Germany
08.11.2019 − Plastics recycling is under pressure amidst mediocre to weak demand in many sectors in Germany. Regranulate and regrind prices often headed lower in October, » more

Veolia's waste activities achieve sales growth

07.11.2019 − Veolia's waste management operations have benefited from higher waste volumes and prices in the first three quarters of 2019. » more
Markets
Recovered paper prices in Italy slip further in October
06.11.2019 − Italian recovered paper prices continue to tumble. Virtually all grades became cheaper again in October. Markdowns for a number of deinking grades were especially pronounced. » more

Alpla acquires two recycling companies in Spain

04.11.2019 − The packaging manufacturer Alpla is further expanding its plastics recycling activities: In Spain, the company has taken over the recyclers Suminco S.A., located in Montcada, and Replacal S.L located in the city of...» more
Business
Suez raises revenue growth forecast for full year
30.10.2019 − Price increases helped drive growth in revenue for Suez’s Recycling & Recovery Europe division.» more

"Strong year" for Stena Metall’s recycling business

25.10.2019 − Swedish group Stena Metall has raised its annual turnover and net result in a difficult market environment. » more
Business
Remondis and Neste to cooperate on chemical plastics recycling
24.10.2019 − The German waste company Remondis and the chemicals concern Neste want to jointly develop and accelerate chemical recycling of waste plastics. » more

Total to double PP recycling capacity in order to supply automotive industry

23.10.2019 − The French group Total has decided to double the production capacity of its subsidiary Synova in response to growing demand for high-performance recycled materials. » more
Markets
German steel scrap prices continue plunge on weak demand from mills
22.10.2019 − The downward slide in steel scrap prices in Germany continued unchecked in October. For the second month in a row, scrap traders were forced to accept major price cuts. The sinking prices were due to the ongoing slump...» more

EU Commission approves state aid for Gdańsk waste plant

22.10.2019 − The European Commission has raised no objections to state aid for the waste to energy plant in Gdańsk, Poland. The €64m aid “will contribute to the EU’s energy and environmental objectives without unduly distorting...» more
Business
LyondellBasell builds pilot chemical recycling plant
17.10.2019 − Plastics producer LyondellBasell will build a small-scale pilot "molecular recycling" plant in Italy to move towards converting difficult to recycle post-consumer plastic waste into new plastic.» more

UK Environment Bill to pave the way for waste system revamp

17.10.2019 − The UK’s Conservative government has introduced its long-promised “Environment Bill" with a wide range of measures in various areas including waste and resources.» more
Business
LafargeHolcim expands RDF use
11.10.2019 − The construction materials group LafargeHolcim has officially opened new facilities expanding the use of refuse-derived fuels (RDF) at a site in France. » more

Unilever plans to cut plastic packaging, increase recycling

08.10.2019 − The consumer goods group Unilever wants to reduce its absolute consumption of plastic packaging by more than 100,000 tonnes per year by 2025. At the same time, it says it will accelerate the use of recycled plastics. In...» more
Business
Dutch waste crisis: HVC walks away from potential AEB deal
07.10.2019 − Ownership of Amsterdam's ailing waste-to-energy company AEB will not be transferred to the Dutch waste company HVC. On Friday, HVC announced that despite "constructive" meetings with the City of Amsterdam, the two had...» more

Modest demand for waste plastics in Germany

04.10.2019 − Demand for plastic recyclate remained modest to moderate on the German market in September. The end of the summer holidays failed to bring the desired momentum. » more
Business
Schwarz group buys Austrian plastics recycler
04.10.2019 − Germany’s Schwarz Group has taken a further step to expand its international recycling activities with the purchase of Austrian plastics recycler Sky Plastic Group AG.» more

Munich Re to acquire a stake in the Dublin wte plant

27.09.2019 − Munich Re, the world's largest reinsurer, plans to purchase a stake in the waste incineration plant in Poolbeg, Dublin. The EU Commission approved the acquisition in a simplified control procedure on Wednesday. The...» more
Markets
British recovered paper market sluggish in September
25.09.2019 − The amount of recovered paper collected on the British market remained low in September, as is normally the case this time of year. Collection volumes are not expected to rise until the end of September. In spite of the...» more

German steel scrap market hits the brakes

24.09.2019 − No one could call the recent downturn in the ferrous scrap market unexpected. For quite some time, all signs had pointed to a coming market contraction. However, the vehemence of the drop in steel mill demand in...» more
Policy
Netherlands will apply hefty tax to RDF imports as of 2020
18.09.2019 − Despite widespread waste management industry opposition, the Dutch is government is moving ahead with plans to tax wastes imported for incineration beginning on 1 January 2020. The measure would expand an existing tax...» more

Falling scrap prices trigger Sims Metal Management earnings warning

17.09.2019 − The US-Australian scrap metals giant Sims Metal Management revised its earnings forecast downward early this week . It was now predicting that its results for the first half of its 2020 financial year will be...» more
Business
HVC to acquire troubled AEB Amsterdam
12.09.2019 − The Dutch waste management company HVC has announced its intention to take over waste incineration plant operator AEB Amsterdam, according to the company. The necessary due diligence audit would begin immediately, with...» more

Suez, BASF and Eramet launch EV battery recycling project

11.09.2019 − A closed-loop recycling system for lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles (EV) is the objective of a new project supported by the environmental services group Suez, the chemicals giant BASF and the mining and...» more
Policy
Virginijus Sinkevičius nominated as EU Environment Commissioner
10.09.2019 − The President-elect of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen has introduced her future team. The Environment and Oceans portfolio is slated to go to Virginijus Sinkevičius, » more

Remondis buys industrial cleaning company Reym from Renewi

10.09.2019 − Remondis is expanding its presence in the Netherlands. On Monday, the company entered a binding agreement with the waste management group Renewi to acquire the industrial cleaning specialist Reym B.V. The takeover,...» more
Business
RDF Industry Group calls for withdrawal of Dutch waste import tax plans
05.09.2019 − The European RDF Industry Group wants the Dutch government to walk back plans for a tax on waste imports destined for incineration or landfilling. The body, which represents businesses across the RDF (refuse-derived...» more

German PET recyclers with mixed views on demand

02.09.2019 − PET recyclers in Germany reported extremely varied levels of demand for their products in August. Some had difficulties, others had decent sales. » more
Business
Scholz sees performance suffer due to weak demand
29.08.2019 − The German ferrous scrap recycler Scholz suffered a significant drop in revenues and profits in the first half of the current financial year. According to a new financial report from the company's Chinese parent Chiho...» more

Crisis in the recovered paper sector: ERPA calls for urgent action

28.08.2019 − An increasing number of companies active in paper collection and recovery are "ceasing to operate on a temporary or permanent basis". » more
Markets
Steel scrap prices expected to come under pressure in Germany in Autumn
27.08.2019 − The last round of price negotiations on the German ferrous scrap market could prove to be the calm before the coming storm. » more