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Global News - 1 March 2014

Global News from Materials Recycling World: MRW brings you news from around the globe.

NORTH AMERICA

Waste giant posts loss in the fourth quarter

Waste Management swung to a fourth-quarter loss as the waste disposal company posted high asset impairment charges and reported higher accruals from incentive compensation.

The company also offered its 2014 outlook, projecting adjusted earnings of $2.30 (£1.37) to $2.35 a share, below the $2.41 estimated by analysts.

Waste Management, the nation’s largest waste hauler and recycler, last year announced plans to cut 700 staff along with other restructuring measures. Lower recycling and energy from waste commodity prices have been a drag on the business.

The company has also looked to trim its portfolio of investments.

Wall Street Journal, 18 Feb

 

US export of plastic scrap to China drops

Substantially weaker demand from China dented US exports of plastics scrap last year, according to Census Bureau statistics.

US overseas shipments to all destinations fell 5% in volume terms to 1.9 million tonnes, while overall value dropped 8% to less than $860m (£514m), well below the 2011 peak of more than $1bn.

In value terms, exports of US plastics scrap to China tumbled 18% last year to $412m, while shipments to Canada slumped 23% to $70m. In contrast, the value
of US plastics scrap deliveries to India rose 24% to $65m while sales to Indonesia soared 219% to $34m.

The figures support the view expressed at last October’s meeting of the Bureau of International Recycling’s Plastics Committee that China’s Green Fence import quality controls had helped to shift trade flows to other countries, notably elsewhere in Asia.

Recycling International, 19 Feb

 

Grant goes to plant for recycling in Haiti

The Clinton Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to a Haitian recycling plant that seeks to clean up the country’s capital city.

The grant goes to Sustainable Recycling Solutions, a business founded in 2012 by a team of Haitian business leaders and foreign aid workers. It pays hundreds of Haitians to collect recyclable materials from trash heaps and landfills.

The scraps are then sorted by type and turned into new consumer products.

Yahoo News, 19 Feb

 

Airline introduces recycled drinks cup

United Airlines is introducing an environmentally friendly coffee cup to its United Club beverage service this month and on United flights beginning mid-March.

The Chicago-based airline said the insulating InCycle Cup is fully recyclable and made from up to 50% recycled materials. The new cup is made by Arlington-based MicroGreen Polymers.

Through MicroGreen’s technology, four and a half InCycle cups are made from one recycled water bottle in a waterless, additive-free recycling process. The cup is also insulated, which further reduces waste by eliminating the need for a sleeve.

Waste 360, 19 Feb


AFRICA

Cement firm to make fuel from its waste

Egyptian cement producer Suez Cement Group of Companies (SCGC) has opened a waste processing facility at its Kattameya plant to produce waste-derived fuel from pre-sorted waste. The company said it was the first of its kind in the country and it took almost a year to complete at a cost of €5m.

The plant is part of Suez Cement’s strategy to boost the amount of energy it recovers from refuse-derived fuels (RDFs).

Processing around 35,000 tonnes of waste a year, the RDF facility is expected to provide up to 20% of the fuel required by the plant.

Waste Management World, 19 Feb

 

Incentive scheme to boost e-waste returns

RecycloBekia, the first company in the Arab world to offer green recycling of e-waste, is collaborating with online shopping platform Jumia Egypt to encourage consumers to recycle their unwanted electronic devices.

The partnership will enable Egyptian consumers to request an e-scrap pick-up. Participation in the scheme is to be rewarded with ‘recycling points’ coupons.

Mohamed Sehsah, chief technology officer and business developer at RecycloBekia, said: “Instead of filling your cart and paying for the value of the electronic goods you buy, you still fill the cart but you pay with the value of devices you own as e-waste.”

Recycling International, 17 Feb

 

ASIA

HK sets 40% food target over nine years

The Hong Kong government is to launch a plan to slash food waste by up to 40% in the next nine years. The scheme will emphasise cutting waste at source and building treatment centres.

The objective is more ambitious than a previous plan that aimed at a 10% reduction over three years to next year. Food waste at present accounts for a third of waste dumped in the city’s landfills.

South China Morning Post, 19 Feb

 

AUSTRALASIA

China region signs up for household bags

Australian resins manufac-turer Cardia Bioplastics has been selected as preferred supplier of waste management products by China’s Nanjing Jianye District.

Cardia received the first quarter order of Aus$250,000 (£135,000) for the supply of waste management bins and Biohybrid kitchen waste bags to the individual households of the region, with a forecast of Aus$1m annual supply requirement.

The contract follows the successful one-year trial of Cardia products in Nanjing’s city districts. Nanjing Jianye is the first city district to have moved forward with full commercial roll-out.

Biofueldigest.com, 18 Feb

 

EUROPE

Paris restaurants taste food waste regulations

France has started a food waste programme whereby a group of 80 Paris restaurants, hotels and food companies are turning scraps into biogas and compost.

A pilot project was started this month in advance of environmental legislation, effective in 2016, that will force up to one in five restaurants to recycle their organic waste or face fines of up to €75,000 (£62,000).

Since 2012, France requires companies to recycle their organic waste if they produce more than 108 tonnes per year.

Environmental Leader, 17 Feb

 

Sharp decline in scrap imports to Turkey

Turkish scrap imports declined sharply last year, mainly due to substantially weaker consumption.

According to the Turkish Steel Producers’ Association, total scrap imports declined sharply by 12% year-on-year to 18 million tonnes in 2013, while scrap usage fell by 6.1% year-on-year to 30.40 million tonnes.

Europe was the biggest exporter of scrap to Turkey last year followed by the US and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Scrap Register, 19 Feb

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Veolia arm to manage Buenos Aires waste

The municipality of Buenos Aires in Argentina has contracted the management of its waste services to Proactiva Medio Ambiente, a Veolia Environnement subsidiary in charge of its activities in Latin America.

The 10-year contract represents cumulative revenues of e500m for Veolia. Proactiva will be responsible for collecting solid household waste and urban cleaning services starting in September.

Press Release, 20 Feb

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