Norway Takes the Path to Circular Economy

On the 21st of June 2017, the Norwegian government presented a White Paper on waste policies in a circular economy with an emphasis on increasing reuse and recycling to the Norwegian Parliament. According to the Norwegian Minis­try for Climate and Environment, waste is no longer first and foremost a problem, it is also a resource. […]

The Finnish Road Map to Circular Economy

At the first World Circular Economy Forum 2017 (WCEF) in June this year, the host country Finland shared its own inspiration as there are plans to turn the vision of the country’s circular economy road map into reality and deliver concrete benefits across all sectors of business and society. “Leading the cycle – Finnish road […]

Rwanda: E-Waste Project Is Expected to Create Many Jobs

As reported by the newspaper The New Times, in March this year Rwanda has started an electronic waste dismantling and refurbishing plant in Bugesera Industrial Zone (Eastern Province, Rwanda). “The project is under the national e-waste management strategy that seeks to support the establishment of sustainable recycling industries as part of the country‘s green development […]

Ukraine Waste Management: Yet Dependent on Investments

More than 4,000 landfills, a level of waste processing between 5 and 8 percent, about 15 waste separation lines, 2 waste incineration plants and no waste processing plant: This is how the State Agency for Investment and National Projects of Ukraine (Invest Ukraine) characterized the status of Ukraine`s waste management branch in late December 2011 […]

Investing in Food Waste Treatment Pays Off

The value of food lost or wasted annually at the global level is estimated at 1 trillion US-Dollar, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Prevention is the best and most frequently mentioned method to reduce food waste and as much as the public consciousness increases, the number of initiatives to […]

Solar Panel Recycling Market

The market for solar panel recycling management will exceed 360 million US-Dollar by 2024 according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. The market will be driven by increasing volume of decommissioned Photovoltaics (PV) panels coupled with strict laws to boost effective recycling. Huge untapped potential with stringent regulations to recycle increasing […]

Recovered Paper Markets: New China Rules Could Add to Volatility

A new study, authored by RISI Economist and Recovered Paper expert Hannah Zhao, analyzes the drastic evolution of recovered paper (RCP) volumes and composition since 2000, and forecasts how these trends will shape global markets through 2030. In April, China announced new policies to control imports of solid waste – including recovered paper. According to […]

Tunisia: Demand for Wastewater Treatment Technology Is Rising

Tunisia has limited water reserves, estimated at 4.880 billion cubic meters per year. Of these reserves, around 4.660 billion cubic meters can be mobilized. At this point 3.680 billion cubic meters are used (86 percent). Approximately 56 percent of the water deposits consist of surface waters and are therefore dependent on the rainfall. Tunisia consists […]

Will China’s National Sword Initiative Have an Adverse Effect?

During the recent world convention of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) in Hong Kong, there was an important topic for the future: China’s reform of its scrap import regime and the potential adverse impact on the recycling business. As was reported by the world recycling association, this issue was discussed in several sessions. In […]

Who Really Leads the MSW Recycling World?

Around the world, recycling rates are widely reported – but not in ways that can be easily compared. Some eye-catching recycling rates claim need to be treated with caution. Sweden, for instance, has achieved a 99 percent rate – but only by counting combined heat and power energy recovery as a form of recycling. A […]