News from Europe and the waste sector

Measuring actual recycling will boost quality

How to calculate national recycling performance is a controversial issue in the EU. For plastic and wood waste, the Dutch waste sector argues for measuring what is actually recycled. That would boost the quality and sales of recycled plastic and the reuse of wood.

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Svenska avfall

Like the Netherlands, Sweden is one of Europe’s leading recyclers. Both countries face the challenge of further increasing their recycling rates. This requires ecodesign, a market for recycled products and more source separation. The Netherlands can learn from Sweden. For one thing, the...

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Publication of Waste Statistics poster

The Dutch Waste Management Association (DWMA) has published its annual poster with statistics on the waste sector. The poster is based on the latest information from Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Rijkswaterstaat Environment and Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. It gives...

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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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