News from Europe and the waste sector

MBT is not organic recycling

In the drive to create a European circular economy, allowing the organic output from MBT facilities to count as recycling would be a big mistake. This technology is used to treat unsorted residual municipal waste, which means the organic output is of inferior quality and in most countries this...

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Urban mining for sand and gravel

You would think sand and gravel are in abundant supply, but in fact we are heading for a global scarcity. The United Nations Environment Programme is ringing the alarm bells about impending shortages and ecologically damaging extraction methods. Urban mining can provide a solution.

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AfvalOnline: 'Malta is undermining the circular economy'

Storm clouds are gathering over the waste and recycling companies. The Maltese EU presidency is sending the circular economy in entirely the wrong direction.

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FEAD Biennial Conference: Driving Circularity in Europe’s Industries

The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) holds its biennial conference “Driving Circularity in Europe’s Industries” which will take place in Paris on 21 June 2017 and is co-organised with their French member, FNADE.

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Striking a balance between substances of concern and the circular economy

The twin ambitions of maximising recycling and minimising hazardous substances in the loop are not always compatible. This is because banning hazardous substances can actually inhibit recycling, while recycling can keep hazardous substances in the loop. The challenge is to find the right balance....

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With this website the Dutch Waste Management Association is helping you to follow the European debate on key waste management issues.


07 November 2017 - 10 November 2017