Cyprus Intends to Close the Kotsiatis Landfill

In April this year, the newspaper CyprusMail reported that the government was paving the way for the closing down of the Kotsiatis landfill. According to the newspaper, an agreement was reached with Greek company Helector, which is running a waste management facility in Koshi. The Central Committee on Changes and Claims (KEAA) has approved a […]

An Integrated Waste Management System for Western Macedonia

About one year ago, Greece’s first PPP (Public Private Partnership) integrated waste management system project in Western Macedonia, Municipality of Eordaia, went operational. According to InvestEU, it was built at a cost of 50 million Euro. This sum includes 17 million Euro from the contractor, 26 million Euro in EU funding and loans, and six […]

Greece – A Late Developer in Recycling

“The country’s waste management situation is a major structural problem. Greece landfills the majority of its municipal waste (81 percent, compared to 31 percent for the EU-28 average), with only 16 percent being recycled (EU-28: 27 percent) and four percent composted (EU-28: 15 percent)”, the EU Commission stated in an Environmental Implementation Review on Greece […]

Circular Economy in the European Union

According to the European Union, the new rules – based on the Circular Economy package presented in December 2015 – will make the community of states the global front-runner in waste management and recycling. On 22 May this year, the European Council approved a set of measures to make the waste legislation fit for the […]

UNIDO and BIR to Intensify their Cooperation

In June this year, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) have signed a joint declaration on their intention to cooperate closely. They aim to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development by supporting sustainable recycling practices and industries and better use of resources, the UN organization reported. The […]

Apple’s New Robot Disassembles iPhone to Reclaim Precious Materials

According to Apple Inc., as part of its recycling effort, the producer of computers, smartphones and software has created Daisy, “a robot that can more efficiently disassemble iPhone to recover valuable materials”. The company expressed the conviction that its newest disassembly robot, Daisy, “is the most efficient way to reclaim more of the valuable materials […]

National Sword – No Need for Fear!

Norway-based Tomra Sorting Recycling has published an e-book to help recycling companies to meet China’s National Sword standard. The People’s Republic of China had sent shock waves through the recycling industry by requiring much recyclable material arriving in the country to have purity levels greater than 99.5 percent. According to Tomra Sorting Recycling, the e-book […]

Obstacles to Plastics Trade in Asia

The international scenario of the plastic scrap market due to China’s import ban was the subject of the BIR Plastics Committee. China’s “unprecedented” move to stop plastics scrap imports had “surprised the whole world”, according to Dr. Steve Wong of Fukutomi Co. Ltd and the China Scrap Plastics Association. And in response, many recyclers had […]

A Notable Anniversary

In Barcelona, around 1,100 delegates from 63 countries celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR). The global federation has “accomplished a great journey during the last 70 years, growing from a handful of visionary recyclers to a global organization with members in 70 countries across the globe,” BIR World President Ranjit […]

Paper for Recycling: Less Demand in China

Experts believe Chinese imports of recovered fiber could drop to between 15 and 17 million tons in 2018 after having reached almost 29 million tons as recently as 2015, delegates were informed during the BIR’s latest Paper Division meeting, held in Barcelona. One reason for this is the increased amount of used paper in the […]

USA: Goal Is to Increase Residential Recovery of Old Corrugated Containers

Corrugated packaging and recycling industry groups recently met to review recommendations for increasing residential recovery of old corrugated containers (OCC), the Fibre Box Association (FBA) reported in June. The recommendations are a result of research for the Fibre Box Association (FBA), a non-profit trade association that represents North American corrugated packaging manufacturers. In this research, […]

Reduced Contamination and Program Costs of Recovered Paper

Recycling bags could be essential in reducing contamination and capturing lost revenue, according to a new study by researchers at Canadian York University. As reported by the university, the study “Thinking Beyond the Box” – an examination of collection mediums for printed paper and packaging waste using publicly available information and surveys with stakeholders – […]

The Circular Economy Club Is Growing

“The Circular Economy Club (CEC) has become the fastest-growing international, open, collaborative non-profit network in the circular economy field and has had a tremendous impact in connecting individuals and organizations!”, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign proclaimed. Starting two years ago, the CEC network now comprises more than 2,600 circular economy professionals and […]

Canada: New Integrated Producer Responsibility Organization

Ryse Solutions Inc. is Canada’s first fully integrated producer responsibility organization offering compliance services and material recovery solutions as well as advice under one umbrella, according to the company’s information. As reported, Ryse Solutions Inc. is already up and running to deliver integrated solutions to producers, manufacturers, packaging suppliers, importers, distributors and retailers of products […]

Kazakhstan: Investor to Build Recycling Plant in Astana

Parallel to completion of the facility, the Central Asian country will prohibit the use of landfills for untreated municipal waste. According to the newspaper “The Astana Times”, the Republic of Kazakhstan’s capital Astana plans to build a recycling plant using French technology to process the city’s waste. The construction will begin in August and is […]