Enviro Involved in Chile‘s New Law on Producer Responsibility

When Chile’s recycling law will officially come into force in 2018, the Swedish provider of recycling plants for worn-out tires and processed materials, Scandinavian Enviro Systems AB, will have been involved in the introduction of the extended producer responsibility. The goal of the new law is to increase the country’s reuse rates (currently at 10 […]

USA: Landfilling is No Longer the Easy Way Out

Communities are increasingly embracing the vision of the circular economy. Private investment in recycling infrastructure spurs transition to zero waste. In Billings, Montana, trash in every variety covered the streets around the local landfill on March 8, 2017. High winds from recent storms in the U.S. Midwest had blown it there. This was not an […]

European Plastics Industry and the Circular Economy

The industry association PlasticsEurope has created a new Plastics Packaging Circular Economy Group, which will be working with the value chain to maximize the fullest potential of plastics in delivering superior resource efficiency gains within the circular economy. Plastics packaging in today’s society adds significant value to contain, protect and preserve a wide range of […]

Brazil: New Platform for the Plastics Industry

In March this year, the new trade fair Plástico Brasil took place at the São Paulo Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. According to the organizers, the new event is an initiative by the Brazilian Machinery and Equipment Builders‘ Association (ABIMAQ), and the Brazilian Association of Chemical Manufacturers (ABIQUIM), with organization and promotion of Informa Exhibitions. […]

Lebanon: Waste Management Policy Wanted

Lebanon‘s waste management seems to resemble many others in threshold nations. Of the daily amount of roughly 4,500 tons to 5,000 tons of municipal solid waste, 48 percent is landfilled, 29 percent openly dumped, 15 percent composted and only 8 percent recycled. Latest figures indicate 504 municipal solid waste MSW dumps and 166 construction and […]

Brexit Impacts on UK‘s Residual Waste Arisings and Treatment Capacity

Under a high recycling scenario, which could result from a ‘soft’ Brexit, the UK’s supply of capacity will exceed the available quantity of residual waste in 2020/21 – or in 2023/24 if the export of refuse derived fuel (RDF) is excluded from the analysis. The worst case scenario for a ‘hard’ Brexit, where there is […]

Plastic Recycling Market Will Continue to Grow

The global plastic recycling market is anticipated to flourish in the coming years due to the stern stance of developed regions to ban plastics and reduce the dumping of plastic wastes in landfills. According to a market research, offered by online catalog Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE), the global plastic recycling market has been […]

All Sails Set – The Netherlands are Heading Towards a Circular Economy

Thirty years ago, the Netherlands suffered from a lack of landfill capacity and insufficient thermal treatment capacity. This urged a change in waste management policy: The amount of landfilled waste decreased from 35 percent in 1985 to 2.3 percent in 2010. The rate of recovery including waste-to-energy rose from 50 percent to 88 percent. Currently […]

BIR Delegation Met with World Bank’s Trade Advisors

The five countries of the East African Community (EAC) – Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi – intend to phase out imports of used textiles and footwear by 2019. On that account, representatives of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) – BIR President Ranjit Baxi and Textiles Division President Mehdi Zerroug – took the initiative […]

Aim: A Market-Driven Circular Economy in Europe

The European recycling industries have evolved by modernizing and constantly innovating to turn more waste streams into new resources. By doing so, the sector has contributed to the development of new technologies and automated equipment made in Europe and exported around the globe. “The European regulatory framework has accompanied these changes thanks to ambitious targets […]