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in the Korean version of the company’s site, Samsung Electronics announced that it will recycle part of the items, withdrawn from the market, of the unsuccessful phablet Galaxy Note 7.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

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Conversation with Alexander Yavriyski – Executive Director of one of the organizations for recycling of unusable batteries and accumulators Mr Yavriyski, why should we pass the batteries for recycling? Batteries, though small in size, after their have gone out of use, become a hazardous waste and can easily discharge substances harmful not just for the environment but directly for our health. Furthermore, their manufacture is energy-intensive process, and the extraction of the contained-in-them materials, apart from being from depletable sources, is accompanied by a processing which is difficult and extra encumbering for the environment. The separate collection and the subsequent recycling of the unserviceable batteriesRead More

How to make the vast amount of waste that we produce daily, in new goods and products, storing the resources and nature, while at the same time we create incentives for recycling and keep the green job positions in the recycling industry? What is its role in the EU-policies – answers were given, to these and many other questions by the ‘round table’ discussion on the “management of waste”, which took place in the capital hotel “Sheraton” The Forum was organized by the Bulgarian Association of Recycling /BAR/, as many other companies from the industry participated in it, representatives of the European Commission, the MinistryRead More