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First order for clinical waste gasifiers
Swiss gasification company Pyromex has received an offer for its ultra-high temperature gasifiers to be used in the disposal of medical waste.
The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of UK-based PowerHouse Energy Group, said its tech-nology recovers energy from clinical waste by passing the materials through a reactor employing very high temperatures, typically above 1,000°C, in the absence of oxygen.
Pyromex said that while it did not make its first commercial delivery in early 2014 as anticipated, it has made progress in negotiations with multinational corporations, and has begun the design of a 25-tonne a day facility in Munich, with commercial operations expected to begin in 2015.
The estimated value of the global medical waste market is $10.3bn (£6bn) by 2018.
Waste Management World, 30 Mar
Troops sent in to halt polluting waste fires
The Italian government is sending 100 troops into the area north of Naples that has seen a spike in murders and continued environmental destruction from mafia-run waste disposal rackets.
Every night north-east of the city, hundreds of small fires burn in fields and waste ground in what is known as the Triangle of Death, which gained its name for the high cancer rates thought to be caused by waste pollution.
Camorra gangs are thought to be to blame as they make millions of euros a year by illegal disposing of waste, as well as dumping poisons.
The Independent, 2 Apr
Ohio orders kit for massive CHP plant
Biogas technology supplier 2G Cenergy is to supply equipment for a 9.4MW biogas combined heat and power plant under development at the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling in Ohio.
The centre is being developed by Team Gemini, a sustainable project design and development firm. It will build a waste receiving facility and a recovery plant including anaerobic digesters.
The buildings will cover some 17sq km, which 2G claimed will make it the largest energy-from-waste (EfW) and materials recovery facility of its kind anywhere in the world.
Waste Management World, 31 Mar
Dell leads the pack in design for recycling
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced electronics firm Dell as the recipient of the 2014 Design for Recycling Award for two of its products that emphasise recycling during every phase of their lifecycles.
It is ISRI’s highest award for products designed with recycling in mind.
ISRI said the Dell Latitude 10 and XPS 10 tablets, and its Latitude E7240 laptop, were designed for recycling by using modular design, clear labelling of parts, minimal use of adhesives and convenient disassembly guides.
Press Release, 1 Apr
Tyre firm has licence revoked and is fined
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has revoked the permit of Global Waste Management, a tyre recycler in San Francisco.
Following a lengthy investigation, CalRecycle found that the company was storing an excessive number of tyres, some near inflammable materials, and using an unregistered hauliers to transport then.
After an administrative hearing, an official upheld the revocation for three years and ordered Global Waste Management to pay a $30,000 fine.
Recycling Today, 1 Apr
Veolia arm renews municipal contract
The Municipality of Las Condes in Santiago de Chile has renewed its waste contract with Proactiva Medio Ambiente, Veolia Environnement’s Latin American subsidiary,
The eight-year contract, with a two-year extension, is worth cumulative revenues of almost e40m (£33m), and is one of the largest contracts in the country for this type of service.
A spokesman for Veolia said:”This contract further shows the relevance of Veolia’s development strategy with large public institutions in Latin America. This continent is a very important source for growth.”
Press Release, 31 Mar
Call for Jamaican waste disposal policy
The Jamaican Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management said there is a strong need for a comprehensive waste disposal policy for the island, following the latest fire at the capital Riverton City landfill.
Acting director general Richard Thompson said the policy would address the development of properly engineered landfills as well as the separate collection of waste for recycling.
The Gleaner, 31 Mar
Specialist firm starts disposal of light bulbs
Kenya has started the disposal of 1.25 million light bulbs. Sintmond Group, a company working for the country’s National Environmental Management Authority, will process the waste lighting material at a cost of Sh27m (£187,000).
The government had mandated the disposal after an audit by the Ministry of Energy two years ago.
But the process was delayed because there was no licensed company to deal with such waste, classified as hazardous material because of its lead content.
Capital FM, 31 Mar
Copper recycling speeds up at Toyota
Toyota Motor Corporation has co-developed a vehicle-to-vehicle recycling technology which it said would help to recycle copper. The collaboration with eight Japanese dismantling companies has yielded a method that ensures a stable 99.96% purity rate, it claimed. The company said it was usually difficult to separate copper from fuse boxes and other electrical components using conventional methods such as shredding, specific-gravity sorting and magnetism.
But the new technology will boost annual production of recycled copper to around 900 tonnes in 2016, according to Toyota.
Recycling International, 31 Mar
C&I waste plant will give heat to industry
Energy and water firm Sembcorp has started the construction of a $119m energy-from-waste plant in Singapore.
The company said that once completed it will be its largest EfW facility in Singapore, and the first to use commercial and industrial waste to produce heat for use by nearby companies on the Jurong Island petrochemical hub.
The plant will be equipped with two boilers with a combined capacity of 140 tonnes of steam an hour. Compared with a coal-fired steam plant, Sembcorp claimed that it would produce around 50% less greenhouse gas emissions.
Waste Management World, 31 Mar
EfW plans stall after general election call
The development of an EfW facility in the Indian city of Vijayawada has been stalled for almost five months.
After a tender was opened last October, more than 10 firms submitted expressions of interest in taking up the project under the public-private-partnership model, according to a senior official from the local authority.
But the project was halted after an announcement in March that the general election would take place in April and May.
The city generates nearly 500 tonnes of waste a day, which are currently set to two local landfill sites.
The Hindu, 1 Apr