Politics

BIR paper division announces program for Berlin

| The BIR Paper Division has confirmed their panel of invited guest speakers that will provide delegates in Berlin with information of strategic importance in the framework of the current challenging business climate. Under the presidency of Reinhold Schmidt, Recycling Karla Schmidt, the divisional plenary session takes place on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 at 10.30 at the Berlin InterContinental Hotel.

The Plastics Industry State of play

| The European Plastics Converters (EuPC) in association with Polymer Comply Europe (PCE) held a REACH Workshop: The Plastics Industry State of play with practical examples on 17 and 18 March 2016 in Brussels.
Dieter Schütz, pixelio.de

Think tank for automobile recycling

| On March 18, the International Automobile Recycling Congress IARC 2016 in Berlin, Germany, came to an end. More than 220 representatives of the global automotive recycling sector had come together to discuss current political conditions and the latest trends in recycling technology.

Recyclers urge for circular economy

| The circular economy’s time is now, not tomorrow. This was the key message of Euric’s first Annual Conference.

New platform for take-back of e-waste

| Take-e-way, the German take-back system for electrical and electronic equipment take-e-way presents the online platform www.take-e-back.com for the take-back of waste devices by distributors according to the amended Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG/WEEE) to its customers.

Less landfilling in municipal waste treatment

| Eurostat has published the final figures for municipal waste collection and treatment in the EU in 2014.
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FEAD concerned about Waste Treatment BREF

| In its comments on the first draft of the Waste Treatment BREF (Best available techniques Reference document), FEAD is concerned about the emission levels.

Towards Zero Plastics to the Oceans

| All kinds of questions regarding marine litter were on the agenda of PolyTalk 2016, a two day conference organised by PlasticsEurope in Brussels on 16-17 March.

Commission takes action for steel industry in Europe

| The Commission suggests policy measures to support the European steel sector to overcome its serious challenges, largely due to global overcapacity.

Prospects for China’s Recycling Industry

| China Briefing has published an overview of China's recycling market. According to the article, Beijing must reform and regulate the country’s recycling industry, which operates chiefly informally with limited government oversight.
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FEAD names criteria for circular economy

| FEAD welcomes the publication of the European Commission’s new Circular Economy Package and makes some suggestions of how the waste and resources management industry can play its full part in achieving a more sustainable and prosperous European economy.

Fridge recycling: Joint processing yields environmental benefits

| When end-of-life refrigeration appliances are treated, some of the waste appliances being sent for recycling contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), while others are CFC-free. In terms of minimizing environmental impact, joint collection and joint treatment of these appliances continues to be the environmentally preferred path.

Tougher environmental laws do not hurt export competitiveness

| Countries that implement stringent environmental policies do not lose export competitiveness when compared against countries with more moderate regulations, according to a new OECD study that examines trade in manufactured goods between advanced and emerging economies.

Petcore Europe Conference 2016 a huge success

| 160 experts and leaders from the entire PET value chain in Europe and beyond met at the 2016 Petcore Europe sold-out conference in Brussels on 23 February.