On 14 June 2018. In the Official Journal of the European Union was published legislative package for the waste of the EU; it was officially approved on 18 April by the European Parliament. This reviews the Framework Directive on Waste, the Directive of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and other directives. With the adoption of this new, ambitious package of measures for the circular economy, the European Commission aims to foster the transition of the European enterprises and consumers to a stronger and more effective circular economy, in which the resources are used more sustainably. The proposed actions will contribute to the “closure ofRead More

In the month of January, the European Commission presented its vision for the future of the plastic by calling Europe to transform the waste into an economic opportunity. According to the new strategy, all plastic packagings are to be recycled or to be subjected to a repeated use by 2030, as this can create around 200 thousand Jobs. For this to happen, the capacity of Europe for the sorting and recycling of waste should be multiplied four times – something that would cost 16.6 billion euros. “We mainly export. This has no sense in an economic or a sustainable plan. We throw away 95 %Read More

A new research of the Plastics Recyclers Europe indicates that the 65% target for the recycling of plastic packagings until 2025, is achievable. The study determines a set of measures and necessary instruments that will lead to the achievement of this rate of recycling. The proposed measures are focused on improvement of the quality and capacity of the sorting of waste from plastic packagings in the EU. An additional measure, such as “Design for recycling”, would increase the recyclability of plastic packagings on the market and would reduce the costs of sorting and recycling. Legislative incentives and effective communication along the chain, which, to allowRead More

For the second consecutive year the Bulgarian Association for Recycling /BAR/ organized ‘round table” on topic “Circular economy – opportunities for recycling”. The event which has become a tradition for BAR, was conducted on 16 February in the city of Sofia, gathering again in one place representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, organizations and institutions at European level, the National Assembly, the Ministry of the Environment and Water, and a great number of companies of the recycling sector. The main focus of the ‘round table’ were the opportunities of the circular economy, the new regulatory framework for the recycling industry which will putRead More

The last weeks of 2017 led to a sharp increase in the price of the metal scrap due to and partially caused by the supplies associated with problems with the weather and the holidays. Prices remain at high levels as the latest data about the cfr prices of supplies from Europe to Turkey are between 350-355 US$ per tonne for scrap of standard quality HMS I / II 80/20 and 355-360 US$ per tonne for shredded one. At the background of the healthy search from the Turkish factories, 2017 ended with a price of up to 370 US$.per tonne of scrap HMS I / IIRead More

Pre-history In July last year. China has notified the World Trade Organization for its intention to restrict the import of hazardous waste – a measure which is in accordance with the principles of the WTO, as well as with the principles of the Basel Convention. In the notification it is said that the “import of solid wastes which cause serious environmental damage and cause а serious concern will be fully banned by the end of 2017.” and “the import of solid waste which could be replaced by internal resources will gradually be terminated by the end of 2019. “. Asia: “Only a small part ofRead More

In a statement published in the Korean version of the company’s site, Samsung Electronics announced that it will recycle part of the items, withdrawn from the market, of the unsuccessful phablet Galaxy Note 7. The manufacturer asserts that they will extract 157 tonnes of rare metals from devices including gold, cobalt and copper. Last September, after a number of cases of self-ignition, the sales of the phablets Note 7 were suspended but Samsung announced that they plan to renew them and sell them instead of discarding them. In its new message the company says that it will restore the components such as OLED displays, modulesRead More

The new requirements for the best available techniques for large combustion plants, adopted in April, impose the power plants on coal which are among the biggest contaminants in Bulgaria and Europe, to invest in techniques for ‘greening’ of their production or to close down. The long-awaited revision of existing documents, the purpose of which is to reduce the pollution from coal plants in Europe, among which in the forefront are several Bulgarian ones as well, is welcome by a great number of ecological ones, as well as organizations working on the problems related to the climate change. A more strict regime for emissions of nitrogenRead More

Germany: In 2016. Germany used almost 17 million tonnes of recycled paper for the production of a total of 22.6 million tonnes of paper and cardboard. This represents an increase by 1,2% compared with 2015, reveals the Vice-president of bvse WernerSteingas at the annual conference for recycling of paper, of the organization. Germany has achieved a record of 74,5 % use of recycled paper last year. The country managed to meet the demand of the material through the import of 4.4 millions of tonnes from other EU countries – 7.6% more than the import in 2015, according to .Steingas. “The fact is that in Europe,Read More

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China has notified the World Trade Organization for its intention to restrict the import of hazardous waste – a measure which is in accordance with the principles of the WTO, as well as with the principles of the Basel Convention. The Commission considers that the measure is in accordance with the principle that ensures the treatment of the wastes in an eco-friendly manner. Some companies exporting recyclable waste in China, voiced concerns about the limited time which will be available for the implementation of this measure and some interested parties have warned of the impact on the European market of the potential storage of thousandsRead More