Business
Profits fall for Sims Metal Management
26.08.2019 − International recycler Sims Metal Management reported that earnings in its most recent financial year had suffered due to the trade conflict between the USA and China. "This year has been challenging for all recycling...» more

Remondis takes over Pakufol and Depner

21.08.2019 − Remondis is expanding and vertically integrating its LDPE recycling activities.» more
Markets
Germany: Prices for lower recovered paper grades pointed lower in July
19.08.2019 − Paper for recycling is in good supply on the market in Germany. Industry representatives believe high availability could trigger new price cuts for lower recovered paper grades in August. » more

Conditions for WEEE recyclers remain difficult in Germany

14.08.2019 − Weak metals prices, persistent difficulties in selling plastics and higher costs for sorting and treatment are among the challenges faced by e-waste recyclers in Germany. » more
Business
Scholz's parent group Chiho Environmental issues profit warning
14.08.2019 − The Chiho Environmental Group expects to see a "significant" decline in earnings for the first six months of the current business year. » more

Tough times for PET recyclers in Germany

08.08.2019 − PET recyclers in Germany are under serious pressure at the moment due to falling prices for primary PET and price indices for flakes.» more
Business
"Solid volumes and prices" in Veolia’s waste business
01.08.2019 − French environmental group Veolia reports strong growth in revenue for its world-wide waste management operations. » more

FCC’s environment division boosts revenues and earnings

31.07.2019 − The environment division of FCC closed out the first half of 2019 with revenue growth in both its home market of Spain and in Central and Eastern Europe.» more
Business
Remondis appeals DSD merger decision
30.07.2019 − Following the German competition authority’s decision to block Remondis' takeover of the Green Dot company DSD, the dispute is entering a new round. » more

Suez benefits from price increases

26.07.2019 − The European waste management operations of environmental services group Suez have raised their revenue and earnings in the first half of 2019. » more
Policy
No EU plans for an artificial turf ban
24.07.2019 − The European Commission has distanced itself from media reports that it plans to ban artificial turf playing surfaces. » more

Steel scrap supply and demand lower in Germany in July

22.07.2019 − The summer holiday season and the associated summertime shutdowns have further depressed scrap demand from German steel mills, but even more so from Italian steel mills in July. » more
Markets
New Chinese import licences raise price
of OCC exports from the UK
22.07.2019 − Recently issued licences for importing recovered paper into China sent export prices for old corrugated containers (OCC, 1.05) slightly higher in the UK in July.» more

Morssinkhof-Rymoplast builds PET recycling plant in Germany

19.07.2019 − The Dutch Morssinkhof-Rymoplast group will build a PET recycling plant in Markranstädt near Leipzig in the East of Germany. » more
Markets
German recovered paper prices tick only slightly lower in June
18.07.2019 − Contrary to expectations, prices for recovered paper in Germany slipped only slightly in June. For higher grades, the price decline continued nearly unabated. » more

New European action plan for the circular economy

17.07.2019 − The President-elect of the EU Commission wishes to continue the current Commission's circular economy policy. Ursula von der Leyen described the circular economy as "key for developing Europe’s future economic model" in...» more
Business
German competition authority bars
Remondis takeover of DSD
11.07.2019 − Remondis will not be permitted to acquire the DSD Green Dot system, the Bundeskartellamt announced on Thursday morning. The decision of the German competition authority was expected.» more

Indonesia to return eight RCP containers to Australia

10.07.2019 − Indonesian Customs officials will order eight containers of waste paper to be returned to Australia, after determining that the material contained household and hazardous waste. The Directorate General of Customs and...» more
Markets
Waste insiders see commercial waste incineration
market in Germany "on the verge of collapse"
09.07.2019 − The prices for thermal recovery of commercial waste in Germany rose considerably in the first half of 2019. Waste management companies told EUWID that they had already been through several rounds of price increases this...» more

Dutch government still working out details
of planned tax on waste imports

07.07.2019 − The Dutch government caught the European waste management industry off guard with plans to introduce a tax on foreign wastes imported for landfilling or incineration. According to a letter sent to the Parliament by...» more
Markets
British recovered paper prices still sliding in June
03.07.2019 − Demand for recovered paper was not especially strong either within the UK or on export markets at the moment. British converters often had very large amounts on stock. Chinese paper producers are still waiting to...» more

Austria to ban most plastic carrier bags

03.07.2019 − Beginning next year, it will be illegal to sell or distribute plastic carrier bags in Austria. The ban adopted yesterday be the lower house of the Austrian Parliament allows for a transition period until the end of...» more
Business
DSD and Remondis submit undertakings to competition authority
27.06.2019 − The anti-trust review of Remondis’ proposed takeover of the German Green Dot company Duales System Deutschland will go into extra time. » more

Collapse in Asian demand for Italian recovered paper drives up supply

27.06.2019 − The skies are becoming increasingly overcast on Italy’s recovered paper market. Merchants are looking at developments with growing concern. » more
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