Politics

Circular economy needs boost in demand

| European federations Euric and Fead are calling on the EU commission to focus more on the demand side in their circular economy package.

Resource efficiency in Europe: benefits of doing more with less

| Many European countries are realising the economic benefits of making more efficient use of material resources like metals, fossil fuels and minerals. But more action is needed to underpin this trend in resource efficiency with stronger policies on energy, material resources, waste management and on circular economy. These are the findings from a new European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today.

Global e-waste management market expected to hit $9.5 billion by 2022

| A report by US-based Stratistics Market Research Consulting has said that the global e-waste management market is expected to reach $9.5 billion by 2022, grow at a CAGR of 21.4%. The market was valued at $2.4 billion in 2015.
BIR

Paperless waste shipment procedures already a reality

| The BIR world recycling organisation and the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation have both campaigned for the development of more modern, paperless control procedures for transboundary waste movements.

European Recycling Platform makes recommendations for regulatory waste management framework

| As discussions on the European circular economy package pick up speed, European Recycling Platform (ERP), a company of the Landbell Group, calls upon the European Parliament and the Member States to concentrate on enforcing EU waste Law in line with EU competition Law.

Civic body to close garbage processing plant in India’s Chandigarh city

| The Municipal Corporation of India's Chandigarh has decided to close a garbage processing plant in the city as it calls for a new process for converting the entire waste of the city into energy.

India to generate 5.2 million tonnes of e-waste by 2020

| According to a recent ASSOCHAM-cKinetics study, India's electronic waste (e-waste) generated per year is expected to grow at a CAGR of 30%, rising from 1.8 million metric tonnes at present to 5.2 million by 2020.
Dieter Schütz, pixelio.de

Ferrous scrap riding “a roller-coaster”

| The recent surge in ferrous scrap prices “did not last long enough to adequately repair the collection system”, the latest meeting of the BIR Ferrous Division was told by its President, William Schmiedel of Sims Metal Management in the USA. As a result, he added, there was little evidence of supply overhang in the market.
C. Nöhren, pixelio.de

Regulatory discrimination “not the way to go

| With paper recycling companies remaining under extreme economic and regulatory pressure, “there is no room for a further deterioration”, the BIR Paper Divison meeting in Berlin was warned by its President, Reinhold Schmidt of Recycling Karla Schmidt.
BIR

Positives to be found amid payment delays and insolvencies

| The non-ferrous metals recycling industry should focus on its strengths of sorting, processing and logistics rather than on trying to second-guess price movements, it was argued by European Metal Recycling’s Murat Bayram at the BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division meeting in Berlin.
BIR

BIR launching World Council of Recycling Associations

| BIR is spearheading the formation of a new body “to take forward the message of facilitating free and fair trade of recyclables with minimum regulatory controls”, it was announced at the body’s Annual General Assembly in Berlin on May 31.
C. Nöhren, pixelio.de

UAE to reduce industrial waste export

| The UAE Ministry of Economy is discussing possible ways to reduce its export of industrial aluminium, leather and paper waste, so that it may provide raw materials for its own industry.

Study shows potential of Pay-as-you-throw

| A report by the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource management (ACR+) points out the advantages of PAYT in terms of waste reduction and recycling.

Recycle metals from bottom ash and save Greenhouse gas emissions

| The Metal Packaging and Recycling Industry, the Recycling Industry of bottom ash and the Waste-to-Energy sector jointly support the European Commission’s approach to boost quality recycling and markets for secondary raw materials in the Circular Economy Package.