USA: Recycling Generates 117 Billion US-Dollar per Year

The recycling industries contribute to USA’s economy according to a study on behalf of Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Inc. In 2017, the independent economic consulting firm John Dunham & Associates conducted the analysis on the economic impact of the national recycling industries. The study revealed that the branch is responsible for more […]

Australia: Price Erosion and Too Much Waste

In Australia, states and councils in the country try to cope with the recycling crisis induced by the ban of the People’s Republic of China. As reported by Australian media, the import restrictions exclude 99 percent of the recyclables that the country previously sold to China. According to the online publication SmartCompany, in 2017 Australia […]

New Zealand: New Facility for Tire Recycling

Waste Management New Zealand Limited has realized a new tire recycling facility in Wiri, Auckland. With support from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimization Fund, the company has invested in new tire processing equipment from the United States, expanding the processing capacity of the existing plant by 250 percent. “This will lead to the […]

Basque Country: On Its Way to a European Reference Region

Basque Country – or in Basque: Euskal Autonomia Erkidegoa – is an “autonomous” region in Spain. The habit of waste recycling in this “Autonomous Community” is more common compared to Spain as a whole. According to official figures, a high percentage of Basque families recycle paper and cardboard (92.3 percent), glass (91.6 percent) and plastic […]

Moldova: The Chisinau Solid Waste Project

If approved by public financiers and an international donor, the project will significantly improve the waste management situation of the Moldavian capital Chisinau. According to the information provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Chisinau solid waste project comprises a sub-sovereign loan of up to 10.5 million Euro to Regia Autosalubritate, […]

Ireland: Investments in a Developed Waste Infrastructure Are Worth it

For Kieran Mullins, Chairman of the Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA), Ireland has shown a fantastic performance. “Twenty years ago, just 7.8 percent of municipal waste was recycled or recovered, but a commitment by Ireland’s householders to recycling and greater environmental awareness means we have made huge gains since then. Everyone in Ireland should be […]

Cyprus Intends to Close the Kotsiatis Landfill

In April this year, the newspaper CyprusMail reported that the government was paving the way for the closing down of the Kotsiatis landfill. According to the newspaper, an agreement was reached with Greek company Helector, which is running a waste management facility in Koshi. The Central Committee on Changes and Claims (KEAA) has approved a […]

An Integrated Waste Management System for Western Macedonia

About one year ago, Greece’s first PPP (Public Private Partnership) integrated waste management system project in Western Macedonia, Municipality of Eordaia, went operational. According to InvestEU, it was built at a cost of 50 million Euro. This sum includes 17 million Euro from the contractor, 26 million Euro in EU funding and loans, and six […]

Greece – A Late Developer in Recycling

“The country’s waste management situation is a major structural problem. Greece landfills the majority of its municipal waste (81 percent, compared to 31 percent for the EU-28 average), with only 16 percent being recycled (EU-28: 27 percent) and four percent composted (EU-28: 15 percent)”, the EU Commission stated in an Environmental Implementation Review on Greece […]

Circular Economy in the European Union

According to the European Union, the new rules – based on the Circular Economy package presented in December 2015 – will make the community of states the global front-runner in waste management and recycling. On 22 May this year, the European Council approved a set of measures to make the waste legislation fit for the […]