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European material industries call for harmonised measurement of recycling rates

Europe‘s papel, metals, steel and plastics recyclers industry associations (CEPI, Eurometaux, Eurofer and PRE) have joined forces to call for a harmonised method to measure recycling rates at input into the 'final recycling process'.

The target is to promote material recovery and quality recycling by implementing the European Commission and European Parliament proposals on this subject.

"Europe, Member States use different methods for calculating national recycling rates, making comparison difficult", wrote the European material industries in a joint press release. "Some base their calculations on waste collected or sorted, while much of that waste will still be incinerated, landfilled or exported without guarantee of proper treatment. In a true circular economy, materials in products should be properly recovered and recycled, for use in new product life-cycles."

"The Commission’s proposal to measure real recycling rates across all Member States is an important step to promote material recovery and guarantee its supply into the ‘final recycling process‘"

In particular, measuring recycling rates at input into the final recycling process has the following benefits:

  • Promoting material recovery from waste and end-of-life products, by avoiding that the collected and sorted waste which gets landfilled, incinerated or exported is counted as recycled
  • Identifying a final recycling step, where material is recovered from waste and is able to substitute primary material in a new product life-cycle. All actors of the recycling value chain make key contributions to the reprocessing of waste into products or materials. Recycling rates should measure the true rate of material recovered from waste.
  • Allowing a benchmark of progress, by implementing a harmonised method for all Member States (although some might now have more difficulty achieving recycling targets) Our call During their review of EU waste legislation, MEPs and Member States should safeguard the European Commission’s proposal for measuring real recycling rates. This is an essential step to promoting material recovery across European sectors.

For these reasons, "during their review of EU waste legislation, MEPs and Member States should safeguard the European Commission’s proposal for measuring real recycling rates", the four associations underlined. 

"This is an essential step to promoting material recovery across European sectors."


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ETTF Newsletter for Spring / Summer 2016 is out

The European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) has released its Newsletter for Spring / Summer 2016.

The Newsletter includes latest news from the Federation itself and members across Europe, opinion from the timber sector worldwide and latest EU trade analysis and statistics.

This edition reports on the upcoming International Softwood Conference in Paris, the prospective launch of Green Deal II in the Netherlands and the impact of Italy’s decision to increase the percentage of certified wood products required in public projects.

Recently appointed UK Timber Trade Federation Director David Hopkins discusses his plans for the organization and optimism for the industry’s prospects, and Viewpoint articles come from AHEC European Director David Venables, IDH Tropical Timber Programme Senior Manager Nienke Stam, and World Forest Congress Youth Coordinator Yemi Adeyeye.

The Newsletter also features an article on CTI inaugural Conference to take place on 26 October 2016 in Westminster.

Download the Newsletter here.


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CPI to ensure high performance for corrugated packaging through CFQ standard

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) will launch a Common Footprint Quality (CFQ) standard for the UK’s fresh produce industry to ensure safe and high performance corrugated packaging for fruit and vegetables.

Revealing the initiative at the London Produce Show at the Grosvenor House Hotel, CPI’s director of Packaging Affairs, Andy Barnetson, said the move will further improve the efficiency of the fresh produce supply chain by allowing common footprint trays from different suppliers to be stacked safely and quickly, maximising space in both storage and shipping.

The material can increase the shelf life of fresh produce by up to three days, while each corrugated box is used only once and then recycled, reducing the risk of cross-contamination of bacteria through product delivery – unlike returnable transit crates which might be used a number of times before washing.

The other advantages of corrugated packaging - flexibility and innovation - have helped several UK’s leading companies, such as Pauleys, improve delivery times and respond more quickly to customers’ needs.

“Corrugated is the perfect fit for fresh produce. Nothing beats it for strength, space efficiency and stacking. Rolling out the CFQ standard is further proof that the industry is not resting on its laurels and is determined to ensure the best packaging solutions for all fresh produce companies", Mr Barnetson underlined.


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WRQ report: Global softwood trade soared in Q1/2016

Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ) has issued its Q1/2016 report on global forest industry trends.

Main highlights include:

  • Global softwood timber trade reached an all-time high in 2015 when, according to estimates by the WRI, 118 million m3 was traded internationally. This year has started out with even higher volumes being traded around the world; the Q1/16 shipments were approximately 20% more than in the Q1/15.
  • Global sawlog prices fell 0.8% Q-O-Q and the GSPI Index has declined 20.7% in two year.
  • The European Sawlog Price Index (ESPI) has dropped 8.5% from the 1Q/15.
  • The two WRI wood fiber price indices for softwood and hardwood fiber (SFPI and HFPI) were down by 5.2% and 6.7%, respectively, from the same quarter in 2015.
  • Russian timber export prices have fallen 36% in two years in US dollar terms.
  • Global production of market pulp increased by over 3% in 2015. This increase in production continued in early 2016 with data for the first two months showing a healthy 3.0% growth as compared to the same period in 2015.
  • North American pellet exports to Europe reached 6.1 million tons in 2015, a new record high. 


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BMF pledges to double number of women entering merchant industry by 2020

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has pledged to help address unemployment and poorly paid employment amongst young women by signing up to the Young Women’s Trust employer pledge. 

The BMF has set an ambitious target to double the number of women and girls entering the merchant industry by 2020.  At present only 11 per cent of merchanting apprentices are female.

The BMF announcement follows figures released by CITB which show that 232,000 jobs will be created in construction industry over the next 5 years and the findings of the charity the Young Women’s Trust which has found that over 1 million women aged between 16 and 30 are in poorly paid roles and looking for work.

“Merchanting is a fantastic career with great progression and I want to open up the sector to more women across the country. This is a huge opportunity for our members who need a full mix of skills and experience in their branches and I am certain that we will meet, if not exceed, our ambitious target", said John Newcomb, BMF Managing Director.

Carole Easton, Chief Executive of the Young Women’s Trust added: “There is much more that can be done to help young women into work. We believe that positive action can play a part and we are delighted that the BMF have signed our pledge and have gone even further in setting their own gender diversity targets for the merchanting sector. Our apprenticeships report unveiled a shocking story around women’s apprenticeships and we are very keen to work with industry partners to address this”.


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