East Africa: Smuggling of Secondhand Clothes Increases

As reported by African media, there is an illegal trade with used clothes and leather products, since member states of the East African Community (EAC) had raised levies on second-hand textiles to protect the clothing industry of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. These countries decided in 2016 to restrict the import of such […]

A Multi Million Grant for New Facility in California

US-based company Revolution Plastics LLC awarded a grant of three million US-Dollar from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) through its Recycled Fiber, Plastic and Glass Grant Program. Revolution Plastics (founded in 2016 by Delta Plastics, a company located in the Mississippi River Delta), provides free pickup of agricultural plastics – mostly […]

Hong Kong: Government Considers Plastic Bottles Deposit Scheme

According to “South China Morning Post”, a deposit scheme is considered to boost the incentive for Hong Kong citizens to recycle plastic bottles. As reported, the government is also considering “actively collecting waste plastic bottles” from the community, “instead of relying on contractors who have long been reluctant to handle such waste due to its […]

EPS-SURE: European Project to Recycle Fish Boxes

The project, which was started in 2017, counts a budget of 1.5 million Euro and has obtained a grant of the European Commission through the European LIFE+ Program. As reported by Coexpan, a Spanish company specialized in the manufacturing of rigid plastic sheets and thermoformed products for the food industry, the “LIFE EPS-SURE 2017-2020” Project […]

Global Recycling Day: Cities across the world are announcing their plans

Cities across the world are announcing their plans to celebrate Global Recycling Day with just two weeks until the inaugural event. The initiative from the Bureau for International Recycling (BIR) will call on the world to think “resource” not “waste” when it comes to recycling and encourage people to think of recycling in a new […]

Team behind Global Recycling Day ask world leaders to put recycling commitments on their New Year’s resolution list

World leaders are being asked to put recycling at the top of their 2018 New Year’s resolution list, by commiting to seven changes to help save the planet. The first ever Global Recycling Day, to be held on March 18, is an international initiative, designed by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) to raise awareness of […]

BIR E-Scrap Committee: 50 percent of the world’s e-scrap will arise in the Asia-Pacific region

Brussels – The BIR E-Scrap Committee’s meta study of reliable generation and flow data is already in draft form and will be published in the coming months to give an opportunity for all interested parties to digest its contents ahead of a full discussion at its May 2018 meeting in Barcelona. So said E-Scrap Committee […]

BIR International Environment Council: China needs to understand “we are the good guys”

Brussels – BIR’s International Environment Council (IEC) meeting in New Delhi was devoted almost entirely to the issue that is preoccupying great swathes of the recycling industry: China’s import ban affecting certain secondary raw materials. During a panel discussion moderated by BIR World President Ranjit Singh Baxi in the absence of IEC’s Chairman Olivier François […]

BIR: Latest statistics indicate year-on-year crude steel production increase

Brussels – At the recently finished BIR World Recycling Convention in New Delhi Rolf Willeke, statistics advisor of the BIR Ferrous Division, summarised the main findings on world steel recycling in his January-June 2017 update presentation. Figures for the first six months of 2017 confirm an increase in global crude steel production of around 4.5 […]

BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division: India will increase aluminium scrap imports

Brussels — India’s demand for secondary aluminium will increase by 8 – 10 percent per year, mainly boosted by the country’s rapidly-growing automotive industry, according to Akshay Agarwal. The Executive Director of Century Metal Recycling, a major producer of aluminium and zinc die-casting alloys and India’s largest aluminium scrap importer, told delegates at the October […]