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Recycling of rigid plastics rises by 10%
The recycling of rigid plastics, excluding bottles, rose to nearly 500,000 tonnes in 2012, an increase of 10% over 2011 and triple the amount recycled in 2007, when the industry first began tracking rigid plastics recycling.
The 2012 National Report on Postconsumer Non-Bottle Rigid Plastic Recycling attributed the increase to rapid growth in the collection of plastics beyond bottles in municipalities across the US.
Steve Alexander,executive director of the Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers, said: “Tripling the recycling rate for rigid plastics in just six years is an amazing accomplishment. In a short period of time, rigids have become the fastest growing category of plastics recycling.”
Apple incentives for Canadians’ old phones
Canadians can now trade in their old iPhones at an Apple store for a credit of up to Can$275 (£150) towards a new model. Apple bills the programme as “an affordable way to upgrade”.
Previously, Canadians could mail their old Apple devices to the company for recycling, but it did not offer a credit or other incentive. When customers bring their phone to an Apple store, staff will determine on the spot the amount of the credit, which will depend on the model and condition of the phone.
Metals firm signs supply deal in China
The Armco (Lianyungang) Renewable Metals subsidiary of US-based Armco Metals Holdings has entered into a steel scrap supply agreement with Mitsui & Co (Shanghai).
Under the agreement, Renewable Metals will serve as Mitsui’s vendor for sourcing, processing and supplying scrap metals.
Mitsui will advance payment for the joint purchase of raw materials, and complete final purchase of the steel on completion of processing services.
Danish kit supplier makes Turkish push
Danish manufacturer of recycling equipment Eldan Recycling has delivered and commissioned its first Combi Line in Turkey.
The Turkish customer, Ugur Metal in Kocaeli, will be processing e-waste and cable scrap in the plant, with an input capacity of up to four tonnes an hour. Henning Nørgaard, territory manager at Eldan Recycling, said: “We see Turkey as being a very important market for us.”
> Press Release, 13 Mar
Engineering tie-up for global integration
E-Waste Systems (EWSI), a global waste management, reverse logistics, environmental services and technology company, has entered into a strategic engineering agreement with Loyalty Equipment Making, one of China’s largest electronics recyclers and technology leaders.
Martin Nielson, EWSIchief executive, said: “The transactions include access to all of Loyalty’s technologies and agreements for joint branding initiatives, raising our standing in the industry and establishing EWSI as the largest globally integrated e-waste recycling brand.”
> Press Release, 11 Mar
Journalists can push recycling message
The Federation of Nepali Indigenous Nationalities Journalists (Kathmandu) has held a workshop on waste management.
Sadhuram Bhattarai, chief of the environment department of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), said journalists play a crucial role in raising awareness among the public about waste.
He said that media reports could be instrumental in changing government policies. Bhattarai lamented that the KMC has been using the same level of resources for some 15 years.
Mobiles from Africa processed in France
Telecoms firm Orange and its partner Morphosis, a firm based in Le Havre, France, have transported and recycled 120 tonnes of mobile phones from Africa since 2010.
Morphosis processes around three million phones a year, extracting the precious metals for new products.
As part of its recycling initiative for Africa, Orange formed a partnership with Emmaus International to collect phones in Ivory Coast, Benin, Burkina Fasso, Madagascar and Niger. Orange and Emmaus aim to establish a recycling plant in Africa by 2019.
Ghana not meeting sustainability goal
The chairman of Ghana’s environmental services association Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong has called for more Government support to complement national efforts at attaining the Millennium sanitation and waste management sector in recent the years had not yielded high impact owing to a number of factors such as unco-operative public attitudes of the towards good sanitary practices and low revenues for waste collection.
‘Stop breaking ships on beaches’ call
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has called on Singapore-based vessel owners to stop selling their old ships to yards in developing countries that break on beaches.
NGO executive director Patrizia Heidegger said: “It is now time for south-east Asian ship owners to join the front-runners of the maritime industry and say ‘no’ to a practice that is harming the environment and people.”
According to the NGO, shipbreaking as practised today on the beaches of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan leads to pollution of coastal ecosystems and exposes workers to danger.
Australian firm invests in NZ steel
Australia’s BlueScope Steel has agreed to acquire the production and marketing arm of Fletcher Building’s Pacific Steel (PSG) for NZ$60m (£30m) plus working capital. The division makes products such as reinforcing steel, rod and wire.
BlueScope says its wholly owned subsidiary New Zealand Steel will invest around NZ$50m in the construction of a billet caster and associated plant at the Glenbrook steelworks and on integration costs.
The company believes the move will help to make the New Zealand steel industry more sustainable.
Waste group takes city to court over contracts
A group of private waste haulers and street sweepers said they will take legal action against Jakarta Provincial Legislative Council after the Indonesian city terminated their contracts.
The private companies were responsible for waste hauling, street sweeping and running dumps throughout the city, but all the contracts were terminated in January.
Bandjar Marpaung, head of the Sanitation Service Association (Hipenlasih), a trade group representing 25 waste management firms that worked as contractors, said: “We have invested in the recruitment of 4,457 sanitation workers and the purchase of garbage trucks and supporting units. [The city] has inflicted losses on us with the termination of the contracts.”
Jakarta deputy governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said that the services were too costly and the capacity was insufficient to handle the city’s growing waste volumes.