Ecomondo 2017: The circular economy in the spotlight

The priority commitments for the Green and Circular economy of the European Commission were the highlights of expo contents and events at Ecomondo and Key Energy, which ended yesterday at Rimini Expo Centre. The event organized by Italian Exhibition Group, ended after being attended by more than 116,000 visitors – a plus of 10 percent […]

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 […]

BIR Plastics Committee: Exporters catch “pneumonia” over China import ban

Brussels – The plastics recycling industry had become “insanely dependent” on China and so its recently-announced import ban has left suppliers in other parts of the world not so much with a cold but rather with “pneumonia”, argued BIR Plastics Committee Chairman Surendra Borad Patawari of Gemini Corporation at its latest meeting, held in New […]

BIR Textiles Division: Rising pressure on India’s textile recyclers

Brussels – India’s textiles recycling sector employs more than one million people and, each year, turns over around US-$ 2 billion in processing some 5 million tonnes of material. But despite these “astounding numbers” in terms of social and economic contribution, the sector is under pressure from increasing labour costs, a freight cost disadvantage, ageing […]

BIR Tyres & Rubber Committee: Still discussions on alleged health risk from crumb rubber

Brussels – “Extremely negative” publicity continues to surround the use of tyre-derived crumb rubber in synthetic turf despite all studies worldwide having arrived at the conclusion that there is no risk to human health. At the BIR Tyres & Rubber Committee meeting in New Delhi on October 15, its Chairman Barend Ten Bruggencate of Dutch […]

Stainless steel: Uncertainties persist despite improved market conditions, BIR was told

Brussels – India ranks as the world’s number one importer and consumer of stainless steel scrap not only because of the amount of stainless steel produced in India – it is second only to China – but also because of the very high proportion of scrap to primary use in its production mix. This was […]

IFAT 2018: New recycling legislation brings new impetus to the market

With the amended Commercial Waste Ordinance (Gewerbeabfallverordnung) and the law on packaging (Verpackungsgesetz), German industry is facing new challenges. Companies in the waste-disposal and recycling sector are now asking what impetus can be expected in the market and in technology as a result of this new framework. The perfect platform to explore answers to this […]

Launch of Global Recycling Day website: globalrecyclingday.com

The countdown has started for a new international awareness day taking place 18 March 2018 which is dedicated to securing the future of the planet through recycling. The initiative was officially kicked off at the Bureau of International Recycling’s (BIR) 2017 World Recycling Convention in New Delhi on 16 October 2017, with the switch-on of […]

WasteMET Asia Symposium

The WasteMET Asia Symposium will take place from October 19 to 20, 2017 at the MAX Atria in Singapore. The conference will be joined by business leaders and owners, policymakers, technology developers, solution providers and young entrepreneurs from the waste management and recycling industries. Themed “REINVENT: Transform the Industry”, the 4th edition of WasteMET Asia […]

New Electric Drive Cat 988K XE Wheel Loader

As the manufacturer, Caterpillar, points out, this new electric drive loader delivers 25 percent greater overall efficiency and up to 10 percent more productivity in load-and-carry applications than the conventional 988K loader. The new Cat 988K XE is “the first wheel loader offered by Caterpillar with a high-efficiency electric drive system”, the company underlined. “This […]

Trelleborg Gives Tough Jobs a Soft Ride

The Swedish-based tire manufacturer Trelleborg Wheel Systems has introduced the Brawler HPS Soft Ride, a new solid tire designed and developed specifically for the waste management and recycling industries, onto the market. According to Trelleborg, this re-engineered version of the Brawler solid tire offers radically improved operator comfort and equipment-life through reduced vibration, while retaining […]

UK: Fercell Offers a New Shredder

UK-based technology provider Fercell Engineering Limited has expanded its product range. The new addition to the Weima family of single-shaft industrial shredders, the WL600 (aka Willy), is suitable for shredding wood and timber waste. WL600 Fact File: ■ Durable single-shaft shredder ■ Any type of wood waste ■ 15 or 18.5 kw output ■ 600 […]