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17 September 2019

Import tax deals heavy blow to recycling

The proposed import tax on foreign waste will have an adverse effect on recycling in the Netherlands. Indirectly, it will make recycling...

12 September 2019

Dutch import tax will deliver minimal net carbon reduction

The Dutch government wants to make extra CO₂ emission reductions by taxing foreign waste imports. But the plan will deliver little or no...

10 September 2019

Abandon tax on waste imports

A tax on the import of foreign waste will not materially reduce CO₂ emissions in the Netherlands, but will significantly affect the...

25 July 2019

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...

11 July 2019

Glass manufacturers drive up purity standards

A circular economy requires a greater focus on quality. Separating wastes only makes sense when the materials are actually recycled - and...

1 July 2019

DWMA is calling on Dutch government: 'Do not execute the import tax for foreign waste'

Taxation on the import of foreign waste is counterproductive. Instead of a CO₂ reduction, the measure just causes more emissions. This...

30 April 2019

Plastic recycling: leap in quality needed

A circular economy requires a sharper focus on quality. Separating wastes only makes sense when the materials are actually recycled - and...

17 January 2019

Dutch and Swedish recycling industries pledge support to Global Recycling Foundation

The Dutch Waste Management Association (DWMA), the Dutch Industrial Secondary Raw Materials Association for construction and civil...

20 December 2018

Mandatory recycled content in beverage bottles

Europe writes history: 30% mandatory recycled content in all beverage bottles by 2030. DWMA rejoices this decision as it will boost the...

9 October 2018

Sustainable route for CO₂: capture and reuse

The waste sector sees opportunities for CO₂ capture and reuse. Carbon dioxide is a useful raw material, particularly in greenhouse...

10 July 2018

Plastic: biobased or biodegradable?

Bioplastics are on the rise. From meat trays, disposable cups and cutlery to magazine wrappers, a growing number of products are now made...

12 June 2018

Industry group calls on UK and authorities to take action on waste export

The RDF Industry Group has called on the UK Government and EU to take action to enable RDF export to Europe to continue unhindered after...

25 May 2018

North Sea Resources Roundabout is paying off

The North Sea Resources Roundabout (NSRR) has been in place for over two years now. The challenge facing the four participating countries...

25 April 2018

Annual Review 2017 of the Dutch Waste Management Association

In its Annual Review 2017 the Dutch Waste Management Association describes some of the highlights of the past year. A major event marking...

19 April 2018

Frictionless trade in recyclable waste vital post-Brexit

The Dutch Waste Management Association DWMA, the voice of the Dutch resource and waste management industry, today released a joint...

27 February 2018

First tools for the circular economy

Five Dutch transition agendas towards a circular economy in 2050 were published at the beginning of this year. The waste sector was...

8 February 2018

Europe sets unworkable sanitisation requirements

Compost products will soon be allowed to cross Europe's internal borders. The composting sector applauds the award of the much...

8 February 2018

Westminster awakens

The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. This and other developments are creating uncertainty for the UK waste sector. The...

18 October 2017

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...

4 October 2017

Svenska avfall

Like the Netherlands, Sweden is one of Europe's leading recyclers. Both countries face the challenge of further increasing their...