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Veolia acquires half of Proactiva from FCC
Veolia Environnement completed its purchase of a 50% stake in Proactiva Medio Ambiente from FCC for e150m (£124m).
The sale makes Proactiva a wholly owned unit of Paris-based Veolia. Madrid-based Proactiva has regional operations in Latin America including Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia, according to its website.
Veolia said the deal would “enable Veolia Environ-nement to consolidate its position in Latin America in accordance with its strategy to develop in fast growing areas.”
Bloomberg, 29 Nov
Nestlé in Chile waste management venture
Nestlé has signed a partnership with Walmart Chile, Coca-Cola Chile, PepsiCo and Unilever in a joint collaboration to improve waste management in Chile.
The company has backed the Collective Recycling Project, which aims to recycle around 1,200 tonnes of waste a year through the installation of five recycling centres in the capital Santiago.
Each centre can recycle about 20 different materials such as glass, PET plastic, aluminium, paper, cardboard and clothes.
The new sites are managed by Triciclos, a specialist in recycling and sustainable consumption. The companies will receive energy recovery data on each type of waste.
Press release, 2 Dec
Mission to recycle waste from space
The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for ideas on how materials sent into space can be recycled.
By adapting the cradle-to-cradle approach, ESA believes that future planetary probes or satellites might become sources of fuel, water or other scarce raw materials for the missions that come after them.
Examples might include grinding down metal alloys into powder to serve as raw materials for manufacturing hardware via 3D printing; organic materials could be separated by heating for use of the resulting gases; and leftover solid rocket fuel could be broken down for reuse.
Recycling International, 2 Dec
Italy gets tough on rubbish in Naples
Italian prime minister Enrico Letta has announced measures to combat a fresh rubbish emergency in the area around Naples, where organised crime and widespread abuse have created an environmental crisis.
It will be a criminal offence to burn rubbish without authorisation and tougher controls will be introduced for agricultural land, large areas of which have been rendered toxic by uncontrolled waste dumping.
The government will set aside e600m for the clean-up operation.
Reuters, 3 Dec
Price increase on the cards for Polish paper
Towards the end of November, the Polish recovered paper market appeared to be more anxious than at any other time so far this year. Prices were generally stable, but sources feared selective price increases for ordinary grades in December.
Insiders said most recycled paper manufacturers in Poland will not shut down during Christmas and New Year since packaging paper and newsprint manufacturers have healthy order books.
Domestic demand has also expanded compared with last year after the start up of a paper machine at Stora Enso’s complex in Ostroleka, which now handles close to 600,000 tonnes a year of recovered paper.
Euwid.com, 3 Dec
India turns to old gold to cope with shortage
A short supply of gold in India, the world’s largest consumer of the precious metal, is forcing Indians to recycle family heirlooms, which are being melted down to be reused as gifts during the wedding season.
Government restrictions on surging gold imports, blamed for amplifying the country’s trade deficit, and three upward revisions to the import taxes on gold, have made it hard for jewellers to source the raw material.
Kumar Jain, who runs a gold retail business in Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar, expects about 400 tonnes of recycled gold to enter the market this financial year to March 2014. Normally, about 130 tonnes of old gold gets recycled, according to Thomson Reuters GFMS data.
IBTimes.co.uk, 29 Nov
Korea develops a way to recycle titanium
The Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) has developed a technology to recycle titanium, and transferred the technology to machine processing company Hansco.
South Korea has imported titanium raw materials and has been dependent on overseas technologies to manufacture and process titanium. To address the problem, a team led by Dr Moon Byung-moon at KITECH started in 2011 to develop a technology that can recycle metal using an electromagnetic induction device and hydrogen plasmas.
As a result, it is expected that around 1,800 tonnes of titanium a year will not be taken out of the country, representing 40%-50% of the total imported titanium ingots.
Business Korea, 4 Dec
Kenya develops e-waste model
Computer giant Dell and members of the E-Waste Solutions Alliance for Africa were in Nairobi recently to mark the opening of East Africa Compliant Recycling - the region’s first large-scale e-waste recycling facility - and the creation of an e-waste business to be supported by a regulatory model for developing countries.
The model was developed by Kenyan officials, representatives from non-governmental organisations and the IT and e-recycling industries. The hub was designed by industry, in collaboration with policymakers.
Gadget, 4 Dec
Bid to stop waste transfer to West Bank
To curb waste smuggling from Israel into the West Bank, an Environmental Protection Ministry unit has been set up for the first time in 46 years.
The unit is situated along border crossing areas to prevent the transfer of waste, which often ends up in illegal landfills in the West Bank.
The Jerusalem Post, 2 Dec
Three-year deal for recycled plastics
Axion Recycled Plastics, a subsidiary of Axion International Holdings, has signed a three-year contract to provide recycled plastics to an unnamed thermoplastics company. Axion says the contract will generate around $42m (£34.9m) in revenues and is renewable in 12-month increments.
The thermoformer has agreed to buy high molecular weight HDPE in monthly volume commitments from Axion Recycled Plastics.
Recycling International, 3 Dec
Vancouver’s waste policy backfires
A City of Vancouver report has revealed that street litter and abandoned items have increased during the past four years as the city’s environmental policies have got tougher.
Since introducing a C$15 (£8.60) mattress recycling fee in 2011, the number of recovered mattresses has skyrocketed. In 2006, around 2,700 mattresses were recovered, and the projection for 2013 is 11,683.
Since the first phase of Vancouver’s extended producer responsibility programme demanded that residents recycle appliances, electronics and furniture through depots, these types of abandoned waste have tripled.
Solid Waste & Recycling, 2 Dec