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Tomra allows hands-on testing in China
Norway’s Tomra Sorting Solutions has opened a test centre in Xiamen, China, to demonstrate its technology to the country’s potentially huge customer base.
Jacob Rognhaug, country manager China at Tomra, said the centre offered customers a “hands-on way to learn directly about the ability of our machines to adapt to a variety of operating environments”
Customers will be able to test their own samples
BASF starts organics project in Sri Lanka
Chemicals company BASF, together with partners, has launched project Replace in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The project’s first step will be to endorse the use of certified compostable bags made with BASF’s ecovio/ecoflex to efficiently manage organic and biodegradable waste in Sri Lanka.
Witnessing the launch in the capital Colombo were government officials, policy makers, waste management companies, Colombo Municipal Council, urban councils, convertors, hotel chains and shopping malls.
Bidders line up for NZ waste management
The sale of New Zealand’s biggest waste disposal company, Transpacific Waste Management, has taken a new turn with the emergence of private equity company Beijing Capital of China as a possible trade buyer, market sources said.
Private equity companies Carlisle Group and KKR, along with New Zealand specialist infrastructure group Infratil, are also understood to be potential trade buyers for Transpacific, which is owned by Australia’s Transpacific Industries.
Beijing Capital is the private equity arm of Beijing Capital Group, which is owned by the Beijing Municipal Government.
Food-grade packaging from waste PET first
Flight Plastics, a New Zealand-based company, has opened a plastics packaging plant that will manufacture food-grade PET packaging from recycled PET flake. The company said the facility is the first in the country to do this.
Director Derek Lander said: “Research shows that 87% of New Zealanders want their packaging to be recyclable and to contain where possible recycled materials.
“That has been our experience in the UK, too, where the majority of what we produce at our plant in Hampshire now uses recycled PET flakes.”
Project develops new products from tyres
Michelin’s tyre recycling project TREC is developing new uses for used tyres in partnership with the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission, biotechnology company Proteus and Solides Divisés Technologies, an industrial company specialising in ultra-fine powders.
The first project, TREC Regeneration, involves regenerating rubber compounds to make new tyres, while the second, TREC Alcohol, will produce a chemical intermediate needed to synthesise raw materials used in the manufacturing process.
The alcohol from used tyres will be included in the BioButterfly butadiene production project, along with biomass alcohol from sources such as sugar, wood and agricultural waste.
Eastern Europe boom for Danieli machines
Recycling machinery manufacturer Danieli Henschel has seen a revival in its business in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. In recent months, the company has delivered equipment to several customers in the region, according to marketing manager Line Germany.
“Sales are definitely on the rise again,” she notes. New orders from recyclers in either Russia or Ukraine are expected soon.
Inchermet, a leading scrap metal recycler in the Tver and Moscow regions of Russia, has recently commissioned a briquetting press, bringing its total number of Danieli Henschel machines to five.
Industrial processing test facility opens
German recycling technology supplier Saperatec is commissioning an industrial test facility at its headquarters in Bielefeld capable of recycling composite packaging materials, solar PV panels and lithium-ion batteries.
The firm has developed a patented process for the processing of plastic-plastic and plastic-aluminium laminate packaging.
Brazilian state tenders waste deal again
Brazil’s south-eastern state Minas Gerais is waiting for proposals for a solid waste disposal and energy production tender valued at some 373m real (£96m).
The public-private partnership will cover 44 municipalities surrounding state capital Belo Horizonte. Offers for the 30-year concession are due on 18 February, and bid envelopes will be opened a day later.
After receiving no bids in December during the initial tender launch, the state reviewed all questions submitted during the process, re-evaluated technical aspects and restarted bidding a month later.
The ceiling price for solid waste management services has now been set at 79.2 real per tonne for part one of the initiative and 72.2 real for part two.
US colleges convert landfill gas to energy
Five colleges in Virginia have partnered with a company to convert landfill gas to energy.
Richmond-based Ingenco, through its affiliate Collegiate Clean Energy, entered into agreements with Emory & Henry College, Hollins University, Lynchburg College, Randolph College and Sweet Briar College. They are the first in Virginia to provide 100% renewable electricity to their campuses.
The independent colleges are offsetting 50%-70% of their total carbon footprints, and estimate combined savings of $3.2m-$6.4m (£2m- £4m) during the next 12 years.
Bees love plastics for their Canadian nests
Bees are abandoning natural hive-building materials in favour of post-consumer plastics, according to Canadian ecologist Scott MacIvor of York University in Toronto.
Using stray products such as plastic shopping bags, the insects have successfully created artificial nests. He said the alfalfa leaf cutter bee and the campanula resin bee are “‘using different types of polyurethane and polyethy-lene plastics to construct and close brood cells”.
More than 200 such hives have been found throughout the city.
Stake bought in innovative start-up
Canadian eco-startup TerraCycle’s international reputation for innovative recycling has caught the eye of North America’s largest waste management companies, Progressive Waste Solutions. It has bought a 20% stake in the not-for-profit recycler to battle waste streams that no other company will touch.
Since its founding in 2001, TerraCycle has turned heads with its creative upcycling methods. It takes a wide range of products considered to be non-recyclable, such as used chewing gum and cigarettes, and finds new uses for them.