International Monday 12 April 2021
18 March 2021

Brexit ‘decimates’ exports of electricals for reuse

Exports of electrical appliances for reuse in Europe have been “decimated” since the UK officially left the European Union due to confusion over new rules, Environcom says. Grantham-based waste electrical and electronic ...




9 March 2021

Polymer shortage in Europe ‘impacting production’


The trade association of European plastics converters, EuPC, says a raw material shortage and an increase in price is “seriously impacting” the production of plastic products in the EU. According to a statement from the ...

11 February 2021

MEPs call for tighter EU consumption and recycling rules


The European Parliament has called on the European Union to introduce binding targets on material consumption and the use of recycled materials. At a plenary session on 9 February, MEPs said the European Commission’s Circular ...

21 January 2021

Defra clarifies non-OECD plastics export rules


The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has moved to clear up confusion arising from the UK’s approach to plastic exports to non-OECD countries. The clarification comes in the wake of criticism from the ...

13 January 2021

Quantafuel acquires 40% stake in Geminor


Chemical plastics recycling company Quantafuel ASA announced today (13 January) it has acquired a 40% stake in fellow Norwegian business Geminor AS. Quantafuel acquires the shares from Geminor Invest AS, the holding company owned ...

8 January 2021

RDF exports fall by more than a third in 2020


Exports of refuse derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF) from England fell by nearly a million tonnes in the first 11 months of 2020 when compared to the previous year. Provisional data published by the Environment ...

18 December 2020

‘A year out of the ordinary’


OPINION: Kjetil Vikingstad is the CEO of Norwegian-owned waste fuel specialist Geminor. In this article he gives his take on the impact of Covid-19 on the waste sector across Europe.

10 December 2020

European Commission proposes new batteries legislation


The European Commission has proposed raising the 45% collection rate for portable batteries to 65% in 2025 and 70% in 2030 as part of its proposal for a new legislative framework for batteries. The new targets were published today...

23 November 2020

WEEE Forum calls for ‘bigger role’ for recycling


There should be a “bigger role” for recycling in the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) sector as the source of critical raw materials, the WEEE Forum’s director general has said. Pascal Leroy said the European...

19 November 2020

BAN chief hits out at focus on recycling


The executive director of the Basel Action Network (BAN) criticised proponents of the ‘circular economy’ for focusing on recycling and ignoring waste prevention. Jim Puckett suggested an emphasis on recycling within the ...