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Global News - 17 August 2013

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

EUROPE

Sita clinches French council waste deal

Waste and recycling company Sita France has secured a six-year contract renewal from Saint-Etienne Métropole council to provide household waste collection and similar services to around 78,000 inhabitants.

The company, a subsidiary of Suez Environnement, currently operates a selective collection recycling centre in Firminy and a waste storage centre in Roche la Molière.

To secure the contract renewal, Sita proposed a collection service, using relay lorries and information control tools, which guarantee the transparency of service management and realtime management of daily events.

Waste Management World, 7 Aug

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Novelis expands rolling mill in Brazil

US aluminium recycler Novelis has opened an extended plant for aluminium rolling operations in San Paulo, Brazil. The company said the expansion of the Pindamonhangaba facility will increase production capacity by up to 50% to more than 540,000 tonnes of aluminium sheet per year.

The $340m (£220m) expansion was the largest capital investment project for Novelis in South America in a decade, the company said.

Recycling Today, 5 Aug

 

AFRICA

Countries seek to halt e-waste imports

African nations have called for continent-wide action to staunch the import of electronic waste, including old computers and mobile telephones, from Europe.

Countries that adopted an international agreement on hazardous waste, the Bamako Convention, urged uniform action to end the import of discarded electronic goods that contain dangerous components.

In some cases, the products are sent as donations for reuse even though they no longer have a use.

In a declaration released on 6 August, the African representatives called for enforcement of the convention and tougher national laws.

Euractiv.com, 8 Aug

 

Export controls will hit scrap metal sector

South Africa’s Metal Recycling Association (MRA) has expressed concerns on the effect on business and employment of a government decision to control exports of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal in an attempt to protect domestic industries.

From 16 September, it will be impossible to export scrap unless it has first been offered to domestic consumers at a discount determined by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa.

The MRA had said it would take legal action against the government if such a move went ahead.

Recycling International, 8 Aug

 

Egypt plans to integrate recycling

Egypt is to launch a $2m (£1.3m) project to recycle industrial waste and encourage entrepreneurship.

Trade and industry minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour said the ministry planned to establish an integrated system for industrial waste by linking producers with recycling businesses.

Waste could be reused as raw materials, increasing the efficient use of resources in Egyptian factories in a variety of sectors, as well as encouraging the establishment of small and medium-sized waste management firms, he added.

Industrial waste in Egypt amounts to around 6.2 million tonnes a year, around 13% of total waste.

Egypt Independent, 4 Aug

 

AUSTRALASIA

Territory goes ahead with cash for cans plan

Australia’s Northern Territory government has reinstated a cash for beverage containers programme, despite losing a Federal Court challenge on the issue earlier this year.

The Territory introduced a 10¢ refund on cans and bottles last year, but was taken to court by Coca-Cola Amatil, Schweppes Australia and Lion Pty to prevent

the scheme going ahead under the Mutual Recognition Act, which allows companies to do business the same way in all states and territories.

But the Federal Executive Council has decided to exempt the Northern Territory from the Act, voiding the bottling industry’s court win.

The Australian, 7 Aug

 

Car laminates can now be recycled

Sydney researchers have claimed a world-first way to turn plastic and glass from used cars into valuable materials.

Laminated glass from end-of-life vehicles is usually landfilled because it is a complex material. But work from the University of New South Wales means this material can now be turned into ferrosilicon, a high-value product used to manufacture silicon steel.

Researcher Veena Sahajwalla said it was an essential development to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill in Australia.

Eco-Business, 7 Aug

 

NORTH AMERICA

Congress row over e-waste exports

The US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has urged Congress to reject attempts to restrict legitimate trade of used electronic products.

The call followed the introduction of a Responsible Electronics Recycling Bill which would make it illegal to send e-waste to developing countries.

ISRI said the bill would negatively influence recycling efforts by undermining existing policies and initiatives. It would also violate international trade laws by unilaterally and arbitrarily banning exports to certain countries.

ISRI president Robin Wiener said: “This bill will limit opportunities to promote environmentally sound electronics recycling standards in other countries by perpetuating the outdated approach of identifying environmental risk based simply on geographic location rather than responsible operating practices.”

Recycling International, 2 Aug

 

Groups target battery firm on take-back

Environmental groups in the US have urged battery maker Rayovac to begin taking back its batteries for recycling.

The non-profit group Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) is leading the charge to press the company to adopt an extended producer responsibility policy, as it does in Europe.

But Rayovac has refused to start a take-back programme, according to the TCE. Around 26 other recycling and zero-waste advocacy groups have joined the call for action.

Waste & Recycling News, 1 Aug

 

Energy acquisitions boost oil/gas services

Giant US waste firm Waste Management has acquired two energy services companies, Summit Energy Services and Liquid Logistics, for an undisclosed sum. The businesses will enable Waste Management to expand its environmental service offerings to the oil and gas industry.

It intends to offer rig maintenance and tank cleaning, drill cuttings solidification and disposal.

Nasdaq.com, 5 Aug

 

MIDDLE EAST

Landfill methane used to make electricity

The first facility to convert methane generated by landfilled waste into energy has been opened in Dubai.

The technology applied to the Al Ghusais landfill produces 1MW a year, enough to power the entire site. The amount of electricity is expected to increase when the project is fully operational.

The project is one of several designed to produce 20MW of power by 2020 to promote Dubai when it hosts World Expo 2020.

Gulfnews.com, 4 Aug

 

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