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Happy holidays! Looking back on the highlights of 2018

Did you know that the 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the US could fill a football field to the height of a 10-storey building? Before you hurry to unwrap your presents and count down the hours until the New Year’s fireworks, let us review what a great year it’s been so far.

‘It’s hard to believe that 2018 is almost over,’ says Judith Wanjala, Recycling International’s sales manager. ‘This year was incredible for us, both in terms of sales growth, content and branding. For example, our 20th anniversary issue was the biggest issue we have created in more than five years. This accomplishment shows there are promising times ahead for recyclers, up-and-coming engineers and recycling tech suppliers,’ she comments. ‘I would like to give a big thank you to our loyal readers and advertisers – without you we would not be where we are today!’

Be the change you want to see

‘At the same time, 2018 has been a year of big challenges for the global recycling scene,’ argues Martijn Reintjes, chief editor at Recycling International. ‘This was primarily caused by the scrap import restrictions imposed by China. Clearly, these bans have strongly affected recycling businesses around the globe. In 2019, the call for recyclers to be more ambitious and invest more in technology to achieve higher quality materials, will sound even louder.

‘This will take courage, creativity and good entrepreneurship on the side of recyclers. The good news is, sooner or later, recycling operations worldwide will see that change is coming. Whenever that is, Recycling International will continue to report on urgent market trends and interesting developments – both in print and online.’

Materials make the world go round

Some exciting special editions are planned for 2019, associate editor Kirstin Linnenkoper reveals. ‘The plastics industry is booming. To meet the exceptional interest in this part of the recycling sector, Recycling International is releasing a plastics special next summer,’ she says. This unique magazine will highlight the latest plastics recycling breakthroughs, innovative projects and state-of-the-art equipment. Our special will be distributed at the popular K-Show in Germany and many other important conventions.

‘This in-depth focus on plastics is not a one-off,’ Linnenkoper maintains. ‘We are planning to produce regular commodity specials in the coming months. Plastics is just the tip of the iceberg.’ Stay tuned for more details, or contact the RI team directly if you’d like to collaborate on feature articles.

Fresh dynamics

‘On a personal level, it’s been a whirlwind year for us at Recycling International, too,’ Linnenkoper says. ‘Not only have we celebrated 20 years in the business, we also explored new recycling events, visited more facilities in Asia and America, forged new media partnerships, and welcomed two new members to our team,’ she adds.

Our new consulting editor Robin Latchem – who’s a familiar face in the UK recycling scene – stepped in for Ian Martin during the hectic IFAT expo period. ‘By working closely with Martijn and Kirstin, it’s been fascinating to see how far those issues prominent the UK, such as secondary markets and quality recycling, are shared globally. And we can’t forget marine litter. I’ve also enjoyed hearing and reading about entrepreneurs and innovators whose ideas today will become commonplace tomorrow.’

Also, Nicole Weenk has been putting her marketing and communication skills to work since the summer. She will be leading several content and readership-focussed projects to help further improve the quality of the magazine as well as our online channels in the years to come.

Better together!

Overall, 2018 was an excellent year for us at Recycling International. But there’s a bigger ‘us’ you are probably not aware of. We’d like to take this moment to thank everyone behind the scenes for contributing to the success of the brand: Eisma Media Group owner Egbert van Hes, publisher Rens Sturres, Benelux sales expert Fred Balduk, our web-guru Maurice Matser, project manager Marloes Leijzer, IT specialists Jurjen Visser and Jeffrey van Rossum, our ad trafficker Anke van Bel-Kaak and the many market analysts, freelancers and Industry Media Department colleagues we brainstorm and laugh with at Eisma Group headquarters.

We’re looking forward to working with you all again in the New Year, to build on our shared vision of business-to-business expertise.

Happy holidays!
From the Recycling International team

*We will be enjoying an end-of-year holiday from 21 December – 7 January.

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