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10 June 2021

Sweden overtakes the Dutch for English RDF imports

Rolling figures to April 2021 show Sweden has overtaken the Netherlands as the most popular destination for exports of refuse derived fuel (RDF) from England for the first time. According to data obtained from the Environment ...

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1 June 2021

BIR talks up ‘strong finish’ to global markets in 2020

 

The Bureau of International Recyclers (BIR) says many of its members finished 2020 strongly, “making up the ground” that had been lost during lockdowns across the world. In its annual report for 2020, released on 31 May, the ...

24 May 2021

EU ‘risks missing’ 2019 WEEE collection targets

 

Only two countries in the European Union are likely to achieve the 65% minimum collection rate for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) says. The WEEE Directive sets a ...

19 May 2021

Turkey expands plastic import restrictions

 

The Turkish authorities have expanded a ban on the import of plastic waste into the country to include polyethylene, leading to fears this "effectively prohibits the majority" of plastic going to the country. In an announcement ...

17 May 2021

Veolia and Suez sign combination agreement

 

Veolia and Suez announced on Friday (14 May) they had signed a combination agreement, confirming the terms for their proposed merger. The French-owned companies agreed on a price of €20.50 (£17.71) per share for Suez on 12 ...

17 May 2021

Greenpeace report sparks plastic export concerns

 

Concerns over plastic exports have been raised following a report by Greenpeace, which showed plastic waste shipped from the UK to Turkey illegally dumped and burned. Released this morning (17 May) the report, called 'Trashed', ...

22 April 2021

FEAD pushes EfW’s green credentials

 

European waste management trade association FEAD has called for a reassessment of energy from waste (EfW) as an activity which “positively contributes to climate mitigation objectives”. The call was issued in light of the ...

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 ...