“China no longer wants to be world’s dumping ground for plastic waste”

The Peoples Republic is increasingly concerned over degradation to its environment. Exporters of plastic waste have to improve their recycling processes.  Europe is a global leader in plastics recycling and in diverting plastics from landfills by using waste-to-energy programs that convert waste into power generation. Besides that, Europe, along with many other industrialized regions, recently […]

Nearly CZK 93 Million: Czech Environmental Inspectorate Balances Activities in 2013

The annual report 2013, edited by the Czech Environmental Inspectorate, is not only listing the number of inspections, of illegal actions and of resulting fines: It illustrates the problems and difficulties the inspectors have to handle with to detect irregularity or infringement and to respectively separate right waste management from wrong. (Photo: Wolfgang Dirscherl  / […]

Less Waste, More than Ever Recycling

According to the latest statistics, Welsh household recycling rates continue to increase compared to the same time last year, and the amount of waste generated by councils and households is falling. Between October and December in 2013, municipal reuse, recycling and composting rates rose to 53 per cent, compared with 51 per cent in the […]

ERP Expands to Swedish Market

The European Recycling Platform (ERP) has announced a cooperation agreement with the Swedish Electronics Recycling Association Elektronikåtervinningsföreningen (EÅF) to provide its full range of services on the Swedish market.  According to the organization, this decision was strongly driven, amongst other factors, by the increasing number of requests received from international electronics manufacturers that already are […]

New Paper Recycling Program by Avery Dennison and Smurfit Kappa

The potential of Avery Dennison liner recycling initiatives has been confirmed as Belgian label converter Reynders Label Printing recently signed up for the new paper liner recycling program, initiated by Avery Dennison and operated by Smurfit Kappa. “With an annual disposal of more than 300,000 tonnes of liner waste in Europe, there is significant potential […]

End-Of-Life Tyre Market Takes Intercontinental Turn

America’s end-of-life tyre (ELT) landscape has been transformed over the last 20 years, the BIR Tyres & Rubber Committee meeting in Miami on June 2 was informed by Charles Astafan, General Manager of US-based tyre recycling equipment manufacturer Columbus McKinnon. From the point in the early 1990s when domestic stockpiles contained a total of more […]

Major Strides in E-Scrap Handling Over the Last Decade

Volumes of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) are rising rapidly – especially in emerging countries – and yet “there is not really a level playing field” when it comes to treatment standards, it was alleged at the latest BIR E-Scrap Committee meeting by Volker Paw­litzki, Aurubis, Germany. But while agreeing that certain operators continue […]

Industry Will Not Give Up on End-of-Waste

“Hurdles to free trade are detrimental to economic growth and also to our companies,” declared BIR Paper Division President Reinhold Schmidt of Germany-based Recycling Karla Schmidt in opening the latest meeting, held on June 3 in Miami. Taking his home market as an example of a “negative” political environment, Schmidt said that the introduction of […]

Multiple Pressures on Textiles Recyclers

BIR Textiles Division President Olaf Rintsch: “My dream would be that recycling goods will be sold at decent prices.” Harsh winter conditions in parts of the USA, which led to “a quick tightening of markets” in late February and March, left many graders “unable to obtain raw materials” and forced some plants to stop production, […]

Copper Content Holds the Key

Although its total steel scrap imports were lower in 2013 than in 2012, Turkey increased its overseas purchases of shredded material, the latest BIR Shredder Committee meeting was informed by Abdullah Hosdir, Deputy Manager of Foreign Procurement at local steelmaker IÇDAS. Turkey’s overall consumption of steel scrap fell more than six per cent last year […]