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Global News - 19 April 2014

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Finns help Brazil to make the most of waste

The Finnish minister of the environment has visited Brazil with a business delegation comprising 30 Finnish companies eager to foray into local markets, including waste management.

Minister Ville Niinistö said: “Brazil is addressing the mega-trends for which questions of improving productivity and mitigating environmental problems are crucial. And we have solutions related to them.”

In particular, he referred to the expertise of Finnish companies in waste management processes and mining technology. Brazil is seeking to utilise the growing amount of waste produced by its large cities, and its agricultural and food sectors.

Helsinki Times, 8 Apr


Hong Kong trials charging for disposal

Some 40,000 residents from seven public and private housing estates will take part in a pay-as-you-throw pilot scheme in Hong Kong.

Three methods - charging according to rubbish bags per household, by weight or volume disposed of by the whole building - will be tested. The trial will begin in June and last for six months.

Environment secretary Wong Kam-sing said: “This is only our first step to practise charging for solid waste. After gathering data and evaluating the effectiveness of the scheme, it will be expanded to other estates.”

The scheme includes residents paying HK$0.50- HK$1.50 (3p-11p) for bags of 0.5-1.5kg, or each residential block sharing the cost of HK$500 per tonne or HK$60 per bucket of waste.

The Standard, 8 Apr

Joint venture formed for renewables

Indian waste management and renewable energy company Mailhem Engineers and France-based Lhotellier Ikos have formed a joint venture named Mailhem Ikos Environment Private to offer energy-from-waste (EfW) solutions in India.

Mailhem Ikos will set up biogas plants able to process up to 500 tonnes a day of waste. The company will specialise in energy production from organic as well as household waste, biogas plants and recycling solutions including design, construction, operations, and landfill restoration and degassing.

It will also provide water management solutions.

Business Standard, 8 Apr

Zinc recycler bids for shareholder cash

ZincOx Resources is bidding to secure a further £3.93m through an open offer to shareholders to complete the build-up of its recycling facility in South Korea, set to be Asia’s biggest zinc recycling project.

The open offer is at 10p per share on the basis of seven new shares for every existing 26 shares. The offer is conditional on the approval of shareholders and a meeting is to be held on 24 April.

The firm said it expects the recycling plant to attain or be close to full production within about four months. Furnace repairs and the bringing forward of a scheduled stoppage was due to be finished by the middle of April when the ramp-up will resume.

Proactive Investors, 7 Apr

Malaysians urged to separate their waste

Malaysian authorities have launched a plan to improve waste management in the country by 2020. They will mandate households to separate their waste by September 2015.

The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry, in conjunction with the National Solid Waste Management Department, will set up facilities to process recyclable materials and residual waste.

Plans are underway for new landfills and the upgrading of older ones. Waste treatment facilities such as EfW plants, anaerobic digestion plants and MRFs will be operational by 2020.

The Malay Mail, 9 Apr

First polythene plant for Sri Lankan plastics

The first polythene waste recycling plant has been opened in Sri Lanka. The plant is located in Matara on the south coast. Some LKR13.5m (£62,000) has been invested in the project.

The plant was set up to develop solutions to treat the large quantities of plastics waste in the country.

The Nation, 6 Apr


Landfill gas utilised for 5.6MW of power

A landfill gas plant is to be built at the Drehid site, in County Kildare, Republic of Ireland. Utility service provider Bord na Mona will use the plant to turn waste into 5.6MW of renewable power.

Chief executive Gabriel D’Arcy said the firm has invested heavily in innovative ways to capitalise on its resources to create further value and uses.

“This gas power plant is the result of a transformation in the way we look at spent materials, turning household waste into energy that in turn helps to create employment and sustainable electricity,” he said., 9 Apr


Rural recycling scheme tackles paper

Paper and plastics packaging manufacturer Mpact Recycling said it aims to expand South Africa’s recycling rate by focusing on paper collection from households and rural areas.

Managing director John Hunt said the country’s paper recycling rate was 60%, which has the opportunity to improve.

“The real challenge is how we get paper back from people’s [waste] bins to a paper mill where it is reused,” he said. “The country also has [significant] rural areas that are sparsely populated and the big cost of recycling is moving that material.”

Engineering News, 9 Apr


Smartphone kiosks doubled in Dallas

The US-based network of automated WEEE recycling kiosks ecoATM is doubling its smartphone recycling kiosks in the Dallas area. It will take the company’s total to 32 outlets in shopping malls and Walmart stores.

The machine features a robotic mechanism that spins devices around to carry out electrical and visual inspections which can differentiate a crack from a fingerprint.

The machine then determines demand for that phone and offers a price. It can identify and evaluate more than 4,000 devices.

Dallas Business Journal, 7 Apr

Legal obligation to boost state recycling

Indiana governor Mike Pence has signed House Bill 1183 into law. The new legislation seeks to boost recycling levels throughout the state to 50%.

It requires every recycler to report their recycling activities to the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The bill also requires the commissioner to submit an annual report summarising the information.

Waste Dive, 7 Apr


Finns join Omanis to bid for waste deals

The Daud Group has entered into an agreement with EERA, a Finnish business management consultancy, to bid for waste management contracts in Oman.

Martti Malmivirta, executive chairman at EERA, said: “We will bid for contracts in hazardous waste treatment plant projects and other facilities that will form part of the country’s waste management ecosystem.”

He added that Finnish organisations such as Aalto University and the Technical Research Centre of Finland, were in discussions with their Omani counterparts, including the Sultan Qaboos University and Sohar University, to set up joint training, research, development and communication programmes.

Oman Tribune, 9 Apr

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