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TSR boosts southern Poland presence
Metals recycler TSR has unveiled its new facility in southern Poland - the company’s second in the country. The acquisition should ‘strengthen the business in southern Poland’, according to TSR’s chairman Edwin Leijnse.
Poland’s ferrous scrap market amounts to around 6 million tonnes per year, of which some 1 million tonnes is exported primarily to Germany and the Baltic countries. With 150 branches in Europe and 2400 employees, TSR generates an annual turnover of more than Euro 3bn, handling and trading more than 8 million tonnes of scrap annually.
Recycling International, 13 Sep
French recyclers join forces
French recycling specialist Paprec has acquired compatriot Matières Plastiques de Bourgogne, another French recycler that processes post-consumer HDPE bottles and containers, in a deal believed to be worth around €15m (£12.5m).
With the acquisition, Paprec’s plastics division, Paprec Plastique, will further expand its presence in the recycling sector, where it already claims to be France’s leading player, with sales of EUR 120m in 2012 from processing 250,000 tonnes per year of plastics waste at eight facilities across France. The company specialises in PVC, ABS, PE and PP.
plasteurope.com, 11 Sep
Increase plastics recycling is possible
A plastics recycling level of 62% is achievable by 2020 according to trade body Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), which has released a study showing that a higher recycling rate for plastics will create benefits for the European Union’s environment, economy and resource efficiency.
“Enhancing plastics recycling will save scarce resources, create jobs and reduce environmental impacts,” said Ton Emans, PRE president.
European Plastics News, 13 Sep
Study on US gasification published
A new report examining the challenges and opportunities for gasification of waste has been published by the American Chemistry Council.
The report indicates 21 demonstration gasification facilities currently are operating in the United States and 17 commercial-scale sites are under development.
“Plastics are a valuable resource, and we need to recycle them whenever it makes sense to do so,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. “But not all plastics can be recycled in a way that’s economically and environmentally efficient. Emerging technologies that can convert waste into electricity, higher value fuels and chemicals can help us capture plastics’ high-energy value and put it to work to help power communities across America.”
Waste & Recycling News, 12 Sep
Consumers unsure about cell phone recycling
Nearly 60% of mobile phone users that do not recycle old phones fail to do so because they do not know where to recycle these devices or do not trust that personal data will be destroyed, according to an online poll commissioned by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI),
“As people anxiously await the arrival of the latest iPhone, it is important to keep in mind the need to recycle old cell phones,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “The results of this poll fall in line with the recent report by the U.S. International Trade Commission indicating that only 25% of all household used electronic products are recycled.”
Recycling Today, 11 Sep
US-Ghana in E-waste partnership
US WEEE recycler E-Waste Systems has signed what it calls a “teaming agreement” with Ghana-based Community Waste, saying that it represented the first partnership of its kind in Africa.
“We are thrilled having our first teaming agreement in Ghana, Africa, and expect this to be followed by an eBrand License to extend our trademark in Africa,” said Martin Nielson, founder and chief executive at E-Waste Systems. “In addition, we are also inviting other local partners and authorities to join our enterprise to provide local jobs while we do the right thing for the environment.”
Nielson also says the agreement will help prevent the landfilling of electronic scrap on the African continent.
Recycling Today, 12 Sep
Waste management awareness to limit impact of flooding
Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has organized a one day workshop for stakeholders on solid and liquid waste management in the context of flooding.
The workshop was aimed at creating awareness and promoting information-sharing on how to dispose of waste in sustainable manner. Speaking at the workshop, NEMA head of operations Jediel Apollos said flood is inevitable but the most important thing is taking a drastic action towards reducing its impact.
Daily Trust,13 Sep
EfW expansion in Singapore
Singapore is planning to build a fifth energy from waste plant to cope with the increasing amount of solid waste.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) put the new EfW project out to tender.
There are four EfW plants currently running in Singapore, the oldest being at Tuas, which became operational in 1986.
The new plant is expected to be completed by 2018. With a capacity of at least 2,400 tonnes per day, it will be the second-largest plant in the country.
Eco-Business, 11 Sep
Japanese firm uses UK recycling technology
Furuya Metal, a Japanese precious metal product manufacturer, has opened a new plasma pyrometallurgical facility to recycle platinum group metals from spent catalysts.
The Direct Current (DC) plasma technology was supplied by Tetronics International, a UK-based specialist in the use of DC plasma technology for the recycling of metals the treatment of hazardous wastes.
The technology uses ultra-high temperatures to melt, gasify or vaporise any waste material, in order to treat, recover or generate valuable commercial products.
Waste Management World, 12 Sep
Cooper recycling programme helps charities
A recycling program operated by Australian brewer Coopers Brewery has boosted South Australian charities.
The program was introduced in 2006 to recycle materials such as cardboard, glass, aluminium and old machinery that were previously disposed of at a cost. Since then, recycling has raised more than Au$380,000 (£221,350), all of which has been contributed to the Coopers Brewery Foundation.
Foodsouthaustralia.com.au, 13 Sep
Brazil scrap industry lobbies for support
Brazil’s National Institute of Ferrous Scrap Companies (Inesfa), has presented some policy proposals to Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign to support the growth of the sector.
The aim of the document was to highlight the difficulties faced by entrepreneurs operating in the sector. If the proposals were implemented, they would contribute to increasing competitiveness and generate more employment and income possibilities, claimed Inesfa.
Among the proposals there were the recycling of the entire official vehicles feet and the exemption from taxes imposed on payroll for metal recycling businesses.
Ultimo Instante, 13 Sep