High Investments in the Environmental Sector

If Turkey wants to reach the European Union‘s status, the country has to invest more than 27 billion US-Dollar in the areas of water, waste water and waste until 2023, according to expert opinion. According to Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany, the major part of […]

Turkey: Business as Usual

According to the German-Turkish Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK) in Istanbul, the measures, which were taken by the Turkish Government after the coup attempt in July, do not have such a strong impact as feared at first. At the beginning entrepreneurs were unsettled due to the situation, but meanwhile the trust in the Turkish […]

Raw Material Imports Reflect the Economic Situation

The Turkish industry is considered as a reliable customer of several secondary raw materials. However, the use of the raw materials also reflects the respective sector‘s cyclical situation. The Turkish steel industry‘s enormous demand for scrap vaulted Turkey in the first place of the world‘s greatest importers of scrap. Turkey still occupies the first place, […]

Turkey: Huge Market Potential and Dynamics by Establishing New Partnerships

“In Turkey, studies in the field of waste management have shown a very significant development in the last 12 years, with increasing social and political sensitivity. The steps are being taken to implement the economic size of the waste with National Recycling Strategy Action Plan that is considered as an important point to reach our […]

Styrofoam Made of Wood

Wood that cannot be commercially exploited could be used as replacement for less eco-friendly materials. Researchers at Swedish KTH Royal Institute of Technology think maybe we could soon say goodbye to polystyrene, the petroleum-based material that is used to make Styrofoam. They found a way to make a new shock-absorbing material from wood. Trademarked under […]

East African Community Intends to Phase Out Imports of Second-Hand Clothing

Some countries considered used clothing to be a product generated by expert sorting operations according to well-recognized market specifications. However, there is disagreement within EU member states as to whether used clothing/textiles should be considered waste in different circumstances and when such items cease to become waste.  In addition, some countries in other parts of […]

Israel: (Slowly) Changing by a “Recycling Revolution“

“In the State of Israel, we’re used to just dumping our garbage,”Yakutiel Tzipori, a spokesperson for the Environment Ministry, told the Jewish Telegraph Agency in January 2012. And added: “We’re a developing country and everything else was more important, like security and defense; the environment just wasn’t at the top of the list. But now […]

Australian Waste Management: Not Yet an Entity

Australia is one of the highest waste generating countries in the world per head of population. Population growth and increasing consumerism have led to increasing solid waste being generated. Traditionally, solid waste has been disposed of in landfills. But “in the past 25 years, recycling in Australia has undergone a revolution, from the introduction of […]

Mexico: Councils Have Little Margin for Investments

According to expert opinion, the Mexican economy will probably grow about 2.4 percent in 2016. However, the Mexican crude oil‘s low price has caused the government to reduce their expenses. After the Senate and the House of Representatives had already adopted a lower budget for 2016, further cuts were made in February this year. A […]

Recycling in Chile: A Promising Start to Close the Loop

On May 17, Chile’s President Bachelet signed a new framework law that supports recycling in the country. Consequently, a whole new market will be developed. The South American Country is on its way to build up a sustainable waste management, including waste separation, treatment and processing. Since 2010, Chile is the first South American country […]