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Malta is only laggard in plastics recycling
Europe’s recycling rate for plastic packaging hit 34.7% in 2012, with all countries except Malta exceeding a EU target of 22.5%.
Member states recycled 5.4 million tonnes in 2012, according to a report published by an alliance of industry groups including the UK’s Recoup and the European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisations.
This was more than 2011’s 33.6% and it “easily surpassed” the EU objective, according to the report.
Energy recovery hit 34.5% (33.2% in 2011) and a total of 69.2% of all plastic packaging waste was recovered, with the rest going to landfill or incineration.
European Plastics News, 2 January
Households targeted for WEEE campaign
A campaign has been launched in the US to increase and encourage the recycling of household electronics. Project Reboot is a joint awareness programme of the Earth911 organisation and the US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
It aims to bring together businesses, corporations and civic groups to inform the public on WEEE recycling possibilities.
The launch follows a survey indicating that nearly 75 million Americans (31%) have never recycled electronics, primarily because they did not have the right information.
Recycling International, 2 Jan
Vietnam launches import duty on steel
Vietnam’s ministry of industry and trade has introduced anti-dumping duties on certain cold-rolled stainless steel products from China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan.
The import duty rates on these products will be set at 10%.
The authorities started an investigation on dumping practices in July 2013 after two Vietnamese companies, Posco Vst Co and Inox Hoa Binh Joint Stock Company, filed a lawsuit about cold-rolled stainless steel imported into Vietnam from China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan.
Scrap Register, 2 Jan
Joint research talks on precious metals
US precious metals company Green Technology Solutions (GTSO), through its joint venture Chilerecicla, has begun talks with the metallurgical department of the Universidad de Concepcion in Chile to build an e-waste research and development centre.
Such a resource would allow GTSO and Chilerecicla to process, sort and grade larger quantities of collected precious metals from e-waste before shipping to major overseas smelters.
GTSO chief executive Paul Watson said: “Scientists in the Universidad’s Metallurgical Department have the technical knowledge on the research and development side to add great value to the Chilean e-waste management industry.”
Press Release, 30 Dec
Egypt links waste firms and recyclers
The African Development Bank Group and the Egyptian ministry of international cooperation have signed off on a grant for $2m (£1.2m) to finance the development of an integrated industrial waste exchange system that will link industrial waste generators, potential users, and recyclers.
The Green Growth Industrial Waste Management and SME Entrepreneurship initiative aims to improve cross-industry resource efficiency, promote the development of new innovative SMEs, create green job opportunities, and reduce the environmental impact of industrial waste, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of Egyptians.
Biztech Africa, 29 Dec