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Back to the future: 20 years of Recycling International

There was a special delivery from our favourite bakery today here at Recycling International’s headquarters; cake and several boxes full of the infamous Dutch syrup waffles. Why? We are celebrating being the go-to source of worldwide recycling news for twenty years now. The magazine is ready to welcome new milestones.

Two decades, don’t they pass by in the blink of an eye? This month, and notably this week, we commemorate the launch of the first-ever truly global recycling magazine.

From left to right: Martijn Reintjes (chief editor), Judith Wanajala (sales manager) and Kirstin Linnenkoper (associate editor) cut into the first anniversary cake freshly baked for Recycling International.

When Recycling International was launched in 1998, little did we suspect how much the publication would mean to entrepeneurs, equipment specialists and dedicated engineers and researchers working tirelessly on innovative recycling technologies. Not to mention the ambitious people bringing recycling best practices to emerging markets.

Raise your voice

We’ve come a long way, establishing the magazine as a trusted brand and first choice media partner for organisers of major events like IFAT, ISRI, BIR, and Pollutec. The introduction of our annual special edition “Recycling Technology” further cemented our presence in and expertise of the widely varied recycling industry across borders.

Yes, we’ve witnessed some ups and downs in tandem with recurring market fluctuations. But we’ve always bounced back with new energy, determined to be a strong voice in the ever-changing recycling narrative.

The next chapter

But now is not the time to stand still. We are still evolving. We are still finding new ways to tell the story of recyclers everywhere, as well as the story of the companies they turn to for cutting-edge recycling solutions.

We have taken some steps to give you a more pleasant reading experience. If you’ve visited our website lately, you will undoubtedly have seen a completely fresh design. Most importantly, all online issues of Recycling International and Recycling Technology are now available in a handy flip-page format for our loyal subscribers. Please note: regular readers of the magazine may view the back issues of Recycling International up until the year 2017.

Our newsletters and mailings have been transformed too to achieve a more intuitive and eye-catching result. Overall, our new web presence matches the more modern look of Recycling International magazine.

2018 and beyond…

In late 2017, Recycling International was acquired from Bavaria-based publishing house Huss Verlag by a leading Dutch publishing company Eisma Industriemedia. Thus, the magazine has returned to its roots, now located in the city of Doetinchem.

Following this successful transaction, Recycling International is a stronger brand than ever. For example, the last issue (May/June) has already set a record in the magazine’s sales. Special projects are being explored as we speak because, as everyone at Recycling International agrees, there is room for further growth.

Stay tuned for more updates… and don’t forget to claim your 20th anniversary ‘stroopwafel’ cookie if you run into us at the BIR conference in Barcelona next week.

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