A Waste-Schengen Zone: Rather a Dream Than Reality

The European Commission has published its final report on “The efficient functioning of waste markets in the European Union – legislative and policy options“. The report focuses on the extent of obstacles and regulatory failures affecting the functioning of waste markets for recovery and recycling in the EU. Among the proposals for possible solutions, the […]

An Efficient Solution for Mixed Waste

“It completely fulfills the Brussels policy related to a promotion and achieving of circular economy,” the company underlines. “The decisions of the European Commission for the environment are going to order new technologies.“ Due to 20 years of research and development, the company Tehnix has generated an eco-technology which is able to deliver mixed municipal […]

“We are relying on Methods, which are no longer contemporary“

A plea for a restart of the European recycling economy by Dr. Heribert Gisch, former managing director of the waste disposal association Saar (EVS). It has been a story of success so far: The first initiatives to reform waste management began in the late 1980s and since then it has changed fundamentally, specifically in Middle […]

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 […]