Commenting on the EU news today, Piotr Barczak, waste policy officer at the European Environmental Bureau, said: “After years of discussions, it is now time for EU countries to walk the talk on waste reduction. These laws are necessary to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues such as pollution in our cities and environment. Cities across Europe have already made steps forward to reduce waste and improve recycling. The new laws could have been more ambitious, but their successful implementation will help governments consolidate this progress with benefits for the people and society as a whole.”

Petcore Europe welcomes eleven new members in Q1 2018: BASF, Logoplaste, DuPont Teijin Films, MacDermid, CCL Label, Coca-Cola, Danone, Fuji Seal Europe, LSDH, Graham Packaging Europe and Henkel.

Organisers behind the first international Global Recycling Day to announce Sims Metal Management, as a Founding Sponsor of the initiative.

A day of events has been confirmed in Johannesburg, including a city-wide clean-up campaign, to celebrate Global Recycling Day. It will be held on Friday 16 March, just two days ahead first ever Global Recycling Day (18 March).

Global Recycling Day organisers announce Swedish outdoor brand Fjällräven as their first official Marketing Partner.

The EWWR 2017 Awards Ceremony will take place at 11am on 22 May 2018 in Brussels. The EWWR will celebrate the most outstanding actions on waste reduction organised during the European week for Waste Reduction 2017.

Mick George Ltd was awarded the PAS 402:2013 certification in February 2018. The certification provides a strong indication of the environmental credentials of a business, demonstrating proficiency in material recovery for prospective and existing clients, as well as more general best practice in quality, policies and relevant health and safety matters. 

Novelis has announced it signed a binding agreement to acquire operating facilities and manufacturing assets at its Sierre plant that have historically been leased.

Amut S.p.A. has announced the merging by incorporation of the company Amut Dolci Bielloni, after the acquisition of Dolci Bielloni company 100% capital shares, made in 2014. The “Flexible Packaging Equipment Division” of Amut will be present on the market with the brand name Amut Dolci Extrusion.

Independent organiser The PRYSM Group has acquired the industry-leading recycling and waste management trade show RWM from Ascential PLC 

The Recylex Board of Directors has announces the appointment of Sebastian Rudow as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

The International Congress for Battery Recycling ICBR 2018: The call for papers is open until January 31, 2018.

Beyond1435 is shifting to a platform through the combination of assets, capital and industry-expertise of ALBA Group, Bombardier Transportation, Deutsche Bahn AG, Siemens AG, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB AG) and TUI Group. The resources of Beyond1435 are shared with the world’s leading mobility and logistics startups that are sourced by Plug and Play or directly from the partner’s portfolios.

FCC Group reports €153.5 million net profit in the first nine months. EBIT amounted to €318.3 million, a sharp contrast with the € 44.4 million loss reported in the same period of 2016.

Paul White has been selected by the members of the International Copper Study Group, the International Lead and Zinc Study Group and the International Nickel Study Group to serve as the new Common Secretary-General of the three Study Groups. The current Secretary-General, Don Smale, will retire from the position on 31 December 2017 and Mr White will assume his duties on 1 January 2018.

Imerys has completed the acquisition of Regain Polymers Ltd., a plastic recycler in the UK. Regain becomes part of Imerys Performance Additives Division.

CEWEP welcomes the North London Waste Authority as a new member. NLWA is responsible of waste management for the waste collected in seven London borough, amounting to approximately 850,000 tonnes a year. Complementary to re-use and recycling facilities, NLWA’s Edmonton Waste-to-Energy plant processes around 500,000 tonnes of residual waste yearly, producing enough electricity to supply 85,000 homes.

The Recylex annual report 2016 is available in English and French and can be downloaded at the Recylex Group Website (

The Qatalum aluminium plant is working to solve outbound logistical challenges arising from the uncertain situation in the Middle-East after Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut off transportation links and severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. Qatalum is a joint venture between Hydro and Qatar Petroleum, and is producing more than 600,000 tonnes per year of value-add primary aluminum to customers in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

With effect of 01/01/2017, BAGR Berliner Aluminiumwerk GmbH acquired 50% of the shares of Stockach Aluminium GmbH from SSVP III, a Private Equity Fund. Both companies produce rolling slabs made from secondary aluminium.