All Sails Set – The Netherlands are Heading Towards a Circular Economy

Thirty years ago, the Netherlands suffered from a lack of landfill capacity and insufficient thermal treatment capacity. This urged a change in waste management policy: The amount of landfilled waste decreased from 35 percent in 1985 to 2.3 percent in 2010. The rate of recovery including waste-to-energy rose from 50 percent to 88 percent. Currently […]

BIR Delegation Met with World Bank’s Trade Advisors

The five countries of the East African Community (EAC) – Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi – intend to phase out imports of used textiles and footwear by 2019. On that account, representatives of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) – BIR President Ranjit Baxi and Textiles Division President Mehdi Zerroug – took the initiative […]

Aim: A Market-Driven Circular Economy in Europe

The European recycling industries have evolved by modernizing and constantly innovating to turn more waste streams into new resources. By doing so, the sector has contributed to the development of new technologies and automated equipment made in Europe and exported around the globe. “The European regulatory framework has accompanied these changes thanks to ambitious targets […]

New Research Report on Waste Recycling Services Market

The market research company Future Market Insights has announced the addition to the report “Waste Recycling Services Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 – 2020“ to their offering. Recycling is the next trend, the provider of the report acknowledges. “The growth of the waste recycling services is driven by the technology development for […]

European Union: On the Road to the Circular Economy

On 24 January this year, the European Parliament’s environment committee voted on the pending legislative proposals on the 2015 Waste Package put forward by the European Commission. According to the opinion of the committee members, the share of municipal waste to be recycled should be raised to 70 percent by 2030 or prepared for reuse. […]

Europe‘s Waste Management Quantitative: Eurostat and EU Commis­sion Delivered Key Figures

In November 2013, European Parliament and Council launched an Environment Action Programme themed “Living well, within the limits of our planet“. It focused on improving waste prevention and management in the Union to make better use of resources, open up new markets, create new jobs and reduce dependence on imports of raw materials. Currently,  Eurostat […]

Demand for Copper Could Increase by 213 to 341 Percent

Global demand for copper could increase by up to 341 percent by 2050, and energy use is likely to increase with it – rising to a possible 2.4 percent of global energy demand in 2050, according to new researches. Policy actions to avoid such drastic changes could include improving copper recycling and using renewable technologies. […]

Cuba’s Recycling Industry: Slowly Requested by Foreign Investors

In 2007, the comprehensive “Study on Integrated Management Plan Final Report of Municipal Solid Waste in Havana City“ put it to the point: “The recycling activity in Cuba is being fully managed and controlled by UERMP (Association of Enter­prises for the Recovery of Raw Materials) […]. The recyclables are presently collected and sold to markets […]

Sustainable Phosphorus Use

Recycling waste from farming and mining could help improve the sustainable use of phosphorus, a recent study suggests. The researches traced the stocks and flows of phosphorus over a 50 year period to reveal changing patterns of global phosphorus use. The study evaluated the past global supply, demand and depletion of phosphorus resources and modelled […]

Russia: There Will Be a Change

In 2017 the planned ecology duty will become payable. According to the opinion of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, the money could help to construct waste recycling plants, the Russian news agency TASS reported some months ago. According to the provided information, he has ordered the organization called “All-Russia People’s Front”*) to control the situation with […]