News from Europe and the waste sector

‘The import tax has a shaky legal basis’

The import tax the Dutch government wants to introduce violates European rules, concludes Ron Laan, an expert in waste law. A national tax motivated solely by a desire to reduce carbon emissions inhibits the free movement of waste under the EU Waste Shipment Regulation. We know from experience,...

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Annual Review 2018 of the Dutch Waste Management Association

In its Annual Review 2018 the Dutch Waste Management Association (DWMA) looks back on the topics that have occupied us during the past year. We worked with undiminished vigour to focus attention on the quality of collected waste materials and to do all we can to prevent fires at our members’...

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Textiles recycling affected by increasing contamination

A circular economy requires a greater focus on quality. Separating wastes only makes sense when the materials are actually recycled – and preferably to the highest possible standards. The DWMA is publishing a series of articles on the quality of waste streams. This third article is on textiles.

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Shortage of waste treatment capacity in Europe looms

The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) and the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) anticipate a shortage of treatment capacity on the European waste market. Recycling companies are finding it increasingly difficult to dispose of the waste streams remaining...

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Dutch import tax strikes at European waste market

Recycling managers in Germany and Great Britain fear that a Dutch import tax will disrupt the North-West European waste market. Not only will countries landfill more waste at home, but some of their waste will displace waste streams in other countries and disrupt the European playing field.

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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.