Seychelles: The Islands Aim High Regarding their Waste

Blue lagoons, palm trees and offshore companies: They determined the image of the Seychelles. A few years ago, another central item came into focus: The rising level of prosperity created rising amounts of waste that flooded the local landfill. The archipelago in the Indian Ocean comprising 115 islands had – and has yet – to […]

Indorama Ventures Expands PET Recycling Capabilities

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, a global chemical producer headquartered in Thailand, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sorepla Industrie S.A., a plastics recycling facility in France. According to the information, Sorepla Industrie is one of the largest recyclers in Europe. The facility consists of three production lines: Recycled Polyethylene […]

Ivory Coast: Waste Management Is still a “Problem Child“

Ivory Coast has put an end to the past violence and political turbulence. According to the World Bank, the African country shows a GDP rate of eight percent last year and offers great opportunities for investment. But its waste management sector still needs help. In 2006, the waste management of the Ivory Coast attained sad […]

Trading Platform for Recovered Paper with Integrated Logistics Solution

Digital commerce is finding its way into recovered paper trading: The B2B-trading-platform merQbiz, launched in 2017 by German international operating engineering company Voith and US-based Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures, has expanded its range. Since January, merQbiz and the American logistics provider C. H. Robinson cooperate. As a result, the platform includes integrated logistics solutions, […]

Kenya: Much Has to Be Done

The country takes first reliable steps to change its waste management. In 2010, a team of researchers published a paper on the possibilities of solid waste management in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. The description of the situation at the time included that only half of the estimated 3,000 tons of waste generated every day were collected, […]

Cameroon: More Waste Creates More Recycling

The Republic of Cameroon faces the same challenges like many other developing countries. Waste management and recycling are not at the forefront of the Central African country, but they are becoming increasingly important. Economic growth as well as changing consumption and production patterns have resulted in rapid increasements in generation and use of plastics in […]

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 […]