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Global news - 14 December 2012

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EUROPE

MeWa equipment for recycling mattresses

German manufacturer MeWa has supplied equipment to recycling company Kastrup’s facility in Bad Essen to recycle waste and offcuts resulting from the manufacture of sprung mattresses.

According to MeWa, the production of sprung mattresses produces huge amounts of heavy and unwieldy production waste which has previously been difficult to shred for recycling due to the large quantities of sprung steel.

Kastrup Recycling collects and sorts various secondary raw materials, and is now piling up huge rolls of sprung mattresses.

Waste Management World, 29 November

China backs pulp and paper mill in Croatia

PAN Papirna Industrija has partnered with Chinese investors to build a pulp and paper mill in Croatia. Chinese-Croatian joint venture Dravacel will produce 500,000 tonnes a year of coated graphic and packaging paper.

Croatian paper and packaging manufacturer PAN has joined forces with China International Investment Stock to build a pulp and paper facility in Slatina.

According to PAN, a financing agreement worth €320m (£258m) has been signed with the Chinese investment group, which will hold a 70% stake in the joint venture company Dravacel. Another 30% will be held by PAN.

euwid-paper.com, 3 December

New political waste body for Denmark

The Danish Waste Association will be Denmark’s new powerful political waste management association. It will represent 21 of the 26 Danish waste-to-energy installations, which has a capacity of around 2.7 million tonnes out of the total Danish capacity of 3.5 million tonnes.

The Association was created by the public sectors in the two existing waste organisations, RenoSam and Waste Denmark.

The cost of waste management is about €1.5bn annually and is the largest public environmental expenditure in Denmark.

Waste management in the country is expected to face significant challenges in the coming years, with the agenda of increased resource efficiency and greening of the energy production as the two focal points.

Recycling Portal EU, 4 December

Plastics are under pressure in Germany

November turned out to be a mixed month for deliveries of waste plastics in Germany. Polypropylene was under pressure because large parts of the automotive industry were running at reduced output.

The construction products sector is also much slower at this time of year.

Signs of a downturn are also emerging for polystyrene. Insiders held differing views about polyethelene, the consensus being that high- density polyethelene was generally under pressure.

Merchants said recyclers were now offering more material on the market, but converters were buying less as the year’s end drew near. This was linked to the expectation that primary plastics will become cheaper.

euwid-recycling.com, 4 December

NORTH AMERICA

Electronics recycling success in Wisconsin

During the first three years of Wisconsin’s electronics recycling programme, households and schools have taken almost 100 million pounds of old TVs, computers and other electronics to registered collection sites, keeping harmful materials out of landfills and putting valuable resources to new and productive uses.

In the last year of the programme, participating collectors took in 17.7 million kilograms of electronics, or about 3kg per capita - one of the highest collection rates in the country. There are more than 400 permanent electronics collection points in the state, with many accepting items for free or a small charge.

Scrap Monster, 5 December

AFRICA

Waste tyre plan is finally rolled out

The Waste Tyre Management Plan from the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa has been “approved for immediate implementation” by the minister for environmental affairs, Edna Molewa.

Following its initial approval in 2011, the plan oscillated between withdrawal, being back on track, being put on hold and even stolen. However, the approved version lacks previously included waste reduction targets.

Recycling International, 5 December

Ford aids Nigerian environment projects

Ford Motor Company has thrown its weight behind the fight for the environment in Nigeria in a campaign tagged Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (RRR) waste materials with a $50,000 (£31,000) grant.

A Ford spokesman said the RRR campaign will deploy a 360 degree ‘enlightenment’ programme that will run from now to the end of 2013 to enlighten and educate Nigerians on how to preserve their local environment, heritage and natural resources.

Over 10 years Ford has awarded more than $2m in grants to hundreds of environmental projects in Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Central America, the Middle East and Puerto Rico.

Vanguard, 4 December

ASIA

NRT shows off its sorting machines

US-based National Recovery Technologies (NRT) has launched a 202sq m demonstration centre at Suzhou in China.

Chief executive officer Matthias Erdmannsdoerfer said the company planned to “be an integral part of Chinese recycling efforts for years to come”.  

NRT’s display of automated industrial inspection systems, materials handling and process control includes the MultiSort SpydIR-T/ColorPlus Combo.

More equipment is soon to be added.

Recycling International, 28 November

China goes urban mining for metals

Chinese enterprises are turning to ‘urban mining’ to satisfy the country’s voracious appetite for metals by recycling the contents of abandoned household appliances and electronic devices.

A total of 56 enterprises from both China and abroad have participated in the First Expo of Urban Mining.

Held in Beijing last week, the exhibition showcased the tremendous potential of recycling processes which are capable of extracting iron, copper, gold, silver and rare earth minerals from commonplace electronic devices such as cellphones, TV sets and batteries.

mining.com, 5 December

AUSTRALASIA

Stolen cars hit the road out of the country

Automotive industry figures said there is an increasing attraction in stealing older cars, which potentially end up on foreign roads from Belgrade to Cairo.

National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council spokesman Ray Carroll said many of the stolen vehicles were stripped and key components such as engines and gearboxes were sold into Asia.

He said it was too easy for car thieves to sell vehicles for a few hundred dollars as buyers increasingly moved to cash in on their recycle value overseas.

Carroll said there was virtually no check on such cars leaving Australia because customs officers were more concerned about contraband coming in.

Herald Sun, 5 December

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