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Global news - 12 October 2013

MRW brings you markets, business and policy news from around the world.

AFRICA

First e-waste venture for EWSI in Ghana

Global WEEE company E-Waste Systems (EWSI) has signed an agreement with Community Waste of Ghana as the first partner in the African continent to ensure full recycling and zero landfill of e-waste.

Martin Nielson, founder and chief executive of EWSI, said: “As with the venture launched in the Caribbean, our project for Africa is designed to remove electronics from landfill sites across the country for processing in our facilities.

“We will offer local individual partners and municipalities shipping containers as the means to collect e-waste. This will provide them with revenue sharing from the recovered materials.

“As volumes grow, we will consider putting an ePlant1000 in place and doing the processing locally.”

AmericanRecycler.com, 1 Oct

 

Firms team up to open Nairobi plant

Efforts in Kenya to counter growing volumes of WEEE will gain momentum with the opening of a recycling plant in Nairobi. The factory will be a collaboration between Hewlett-Packard, East African Compliant Recycling (EACR) and German investment and development firm DEG.

E-waste management expert EACR said operations will begin at the site before the end of the year.

The plant’s WEEE management system will span collection, separation and dismantling as well as recycling and resource recovery. Material treated will include domestic appliances such as ICT electronics and mobile phones.

Recycling International, 30 Sep


ASIA

Trade-in site for Karma Recycling

Delhi-based WEEE recycler Karma Recycling has launched an internet portal offering online electronics trade-in.

The site aims to make it easy for the public to resell

or recycle electronic devices, including smartphones, laptops and tablets. People using the site can get instant quotes for devices and can ship them for free.

Karma Recycling is also a government-authorised WEEE collector and sorter.

The founders of the firm believe that, with more than 850 million devices currently in use, India is the second largest mobile devices market in the world.

Zdnet.com, 1 Oct

Koreans fund energy deal in Philippines

A solid waste-to-energy plant is due to be built in Iloilo, the Philippines. The 6MW facility will be partly funded by Korean investors. Iloilo City will support the project by providing the investors with

a 1ha area at Calajunan landfill for free.

Ownership of the structure is from 10-15% for the city with 85-90% for the investors.

Sun Star, 27 Sep

Upgrade brings auto shredder to Russia

Vtorchermet NLMK, one of the largest scrap metal recycling firms in Russia, has commissioned an auto shredder at its facility in Podolsk. Vtorchermet is a part of the steel mill company NLMK Group.

The shredder is part of a technical upgrade and development programme for NLMK’s scrap processing division that started in 2011. Under the programme, NLMK is looking to double its ferrous processing capabilities in Moscow to 800,000 tonnes by 2016.

Recycling Today, 27 Sep

 

NORTH AMERICA

McDonald’s set to use paper cups

Fast-food giant McDonald’s will replace all polystyrene beverage cups with more recyclable paper alternatives at its 14,000 US outlets.

In 2012, it agreed to test the replacement of foam cups with a double-walled paper hot cup at approximately 2,000 restaurants, primarily on the West Coast.

Recycling International, 3 Oct

 

Government backs biofuel deal in Quebec

A joint venture partnership formed by Montreal-based waste-to-biofuel company Enerkem and Toronto-based GreenField Specialty Alcohols has secured a government- backed investment that could rise to nearly Can$40m (£24m).

The initiative, called Vanerco, has been awarded an initial investment of Can$734,500 through the Sustainable Development Technology Canada programme to build and operate a cellulosic ethanol facility integrated with GreenField’s existing ethanol plant in Varennes, Quebec.

The facility will process non-recyclable wastes including material from institutional, commercial and industrial sectors and from construction and demolition debris.

It is expected to produce up to 38 million litres of biofuel a year.

Waste Management World, 1 Oct

 

Pledge to increase workplace recycling

The Recycling at Work initiative from Keep America Beautiful (KAB), based in Stamford, Connecticut, is to encourage organisations to pledge to increase workplace recycling.

KAB has launched a website, recyclingatwork.org, that features tools and resources such as recycling bin discounts, intended to help increase recycling rates.

By taking the pledge, organisations receive a 15% discount when they order recycling bins from Recycle Away and Busch Systems, and can access best practice case studies and employee engagement and promotional resources.

Recycling Today, 1 Oct

Success for energy recovery project

RES Polyflow, based in Akron, Ohio, has concluded the scale-up campaign for its energy recovery technology.

The project sought to convert end-of-life plastics, rubber, carpeting and WEEE into renewable fuels.

RES Polyflow said the demonstration, conducted throughout the summer, proved that its waste plastic conversion process was efficient in a full-scale production environment.

The company intends to pursue the possibility of converting its Perry demonstration site into a fully operational production facility during the next 12 months.

Recycling Today, 2 Oct

 

EUROPE

Outokumpu plans more capacity cuts

Stainless steel giant Outokumpu, headquartered

in Espoo, Finland, has announced more plans for structural changes in its European operations.

It had already cut production following its acquisition of Inoxum at the end of 2012, but said that with continued challenges in the industry it will continue to reduce capacity.

The firm said the stainless steel market had remained challenging throughout 2013, mainly driven by the continued economic weakness in Europe and global overcapacity in the industry.

The company continued to see heavy losses in 2013, with a net debt of €3bn (£2.5bn) at the end of June 2013.

Recycling Today, 2 Oct

 

AUSTRALIA

Green group lobbies against recycling plan

Environmental organisation Keep Australia Beautiful is lobbying the government to oppose a bottle and can recycling scheme.

Under the proposed cash-for-cans scheme, consumers will be given a 10 Australian cent (6p) refund by drinks manufacturers when they return a bottle or can to a depot.

Keep Australia Beautiful chief executive Peter McLean confirmed that he and a representative from Coca-Cola had visited 10 MPs in the past six months to discuss recycling alternatives to the scheme.

But he said it was not a mouthpiece for Coca-Cola, which provides a quarter of Keep Australia Beautiful’s funds.

Eco-business.com, 27 Sep

 

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