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 […]

Australian Waste Management: Not Yet an Entity

Australia is one of the highest waste generating countries in the world per head of population. Population growth and increasing consumerism have led to increasing solid waste being generated. Traditionally, solid waste has been disposed of in landfills. But “in the past 25 years, recycling in Australia has undergone a revolution, from the introduction of […]

Mexico: Councils Have Little Margin for Investments

According to expert opinion, the Mexican economy will probably grow about 2.4 percent in 2016. However, the Mexican crude oil‘s low price has caused the government to reduce their expenses. After the Senate and the House of Representatives had already adopted a lower budget for 2016, further cuts were made in February this year. A […]

Recycling in Chile: A Promising Start to Close the Loop

On May 17, Chile’s President Bachelet signed a new framework law that supports recycling in the country. Consequently, a whole new market will be developed. The South American Country is on its way to build up a sustainable waste management, including waste separation, treatment and processing. Since 2010, Chile is the first South American country […]

Aluminum Recycling: Brazil Remains the World-Leader

Aluminum recycling in Brazil is highly effective and virtually all scrap available is recycled. In 2014, Brazil recycled 540,000 tons of aluminum. “The relationship between this volume and the domestic consumption of aluminum indicates a percentage of 35.2 percent, which exceeds the world average of 29.9 percent (2011 basis)”, the Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL) reported. […]

Investment Opportunities in Brazil

Recycling is on the rise in the Federative Republic of Brazil, Latin America‘s largest country. According to a new study by ABRELPE (the Brazilian Association of Public Cleaning and Special Waste Companies), recycling has increased by around 7.2 percentage points. “In 2010, only 57.6 percent of the towns had some recycling or separate collection initiatives”, […]

The Resource Circulation Equipment Market

An upturn in end user markets since 2010 has enabled the global resource circulation equipment market to witness a steady rise in demand, states Transparency Market Research in its report. Titled “Resource Circulation Equipment Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2013 – 2019”, the analysis indicates that developing at a […]

USA: Investor Buys Controlling Interest of Recycler and Furniture Maker

The U.S.-based Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, has announced the sale of a controlling interest in its client, Casual Living Unlimited, LLC and its affiliate Trigon Plastics, to Argosy Private Equity. Founded in 2004, Casual Living is headquartered in New Holland, Pennsylvania and is a manufacturer of high-end 100 percent recycled poly-resin […]

USA: New Recycling Exhibit in Las Vegas

In June this year, Republic Services Inc. and the Mirage Hotel & Casino, have unveiled a recycling exhibit inside the Sustainability Discovery Center at Siegfried & Roy‘s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. According to the information, the exhibit is part of an ongoing commitment made by Republic Services, a leading company in U.S. recycling and […]

Veolia North America Acquires Sulfur Product Assets

Veolia North America intends to take over Chemours’ Sulfur Products division, a specialist in the recovery of sulfuric acid and gases of the refining process, which are regenerated in clean acid and steam used in wide range of industrial activities. The division will be part of Veolia North America’s Industrial Business. Sulfuric acid is one […]

Arrow Value Recovery Opens Sales Office in China

In May this year U.S.-based Arrow Electronics, Inc. opened a new Arrow Value Recovery sales office in Shenzhen, China. According to the company, it will support the full value recovery portfolio, including all IT asset disposition and reverse logistics services, and will work closely with Arrow’s new facility in Singapore. The facility in Singapore “provides […]

Latest Version of National Inventory of Hazardous Wastes Released

In the People’s Republic of China, the 2016 National Inventory of Hazardous Wastes was enforced as of August 1, 2016. “Since the original version was prepared in 2008, the National Inventory of Hazardous Wastes has played an essential role in supporting the hazardous waste management in China,” the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) reported. […]

USA: Glass Recycling Coalition Launched

The Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) is a group of organizations that will collaborate on efforts to make glass recycling work in the country. The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), along with beverage companies including Diageo and New Belgium Brewing, and the glass processing and recycling industry, are joining forces to create the U.S. Glass Recycling Coalition. […]

Circular Economy for Paper: Better Design and Management Guidelines

There is a new publication on paper recycling, compiled in collaboration with the European paper industry. The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) was invited to collaborate with the World Economic Forum, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment on Circular Economy to produce a white paper with guidelines on […]