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Japanese aluminium scrap exports high
Japan’s exports of aluminium scrap are heading for a record this year as a weaker yen
and higher recycling capacity in South Korea boost shipments, according to Mitsui Bussan Metals.
“This year’s exports will be a record if the yen and aluminium prices remain stable,” said Shigeyuki Fukushima, executive vice- president of the division of Mitsui & Co, Japan’s second largest trading house.
Shipments reached an all-time high of 148,000 tonnes in 2009 and were 120,000 tonnes in the first nine months of this year, finance ministry data shows.
Bloomberg, 12 Nov
Green Fence hits profits from LDPE
Guanwei Recycling Corporation, China’s leading recycler of low-density polyethylene, said the positive trends it began to see in the second half of 2012 in selling prices, and stabilised labour and raw material costs, had continued through its third quarter ended 30 September.
But a one-week interruption in production and shipping cycles slightly lowered revenues and net income in the quarter year-on-year.
Chen Min, chairman and chief executive of Guanwei Recycling, said the interruption in production was a consequence of heightened inspections of its facilities by government agencies stemming from the Operation Green Fence policy.
Press Release, 13 Nov
Brazil leads the way in can recycling
Brazil recycled 97.9% of all aluminium cans used in the country in 2012, making it the top can recycler in the world for the 11th year in a row.
Figures from the country’s aluminium association, Abal, and high-recyclability can producers association, Abralatas, showed that 267,100 tonnes of cans were recycled last year.
In 2011 Brazil recycled 98.3% of cans put on the market.
Alu.com.cn, 11 Nov
South American environment strategy
Environment ministers from member states of the Southern Common Market, Mercosur, have worked out a strategy to promote shared environmental management.
The strategy, put forward during a meeting of the regional trade bloc’s environment ministers, is “fundamental for the exchange of programmes, activities and experiences,” according to the Venezuelan environment ministry.
Issues discussed included disaster risk management, waste management and the conservation of biological diversity.
Mercosur includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Neurope.eu, 13 Nov
Russia reduces scrap export duty to 12.5%
The Russian Government cut its scrap export duty from 15% to 12.5% to meet the World Trade Organisation’s requirements.
The new export duty has been charged at main ports such as Vladivostok and Nakhodka. For scrap prices around $300 (£188)/tonne, the export duty will drop from $45/tonne to $37.5/tonne.
Russia will further cut the scrap export duty by 2.5 percentage points per year from 2014. The duty will be 10% in 2014, 7.5% in 2015 and 5% in 2016.
ScrapRegister, 13 Nov
E-waste is top of the pile in Australia
Electronics waste is growing three times faster than any other type in Australia, claims charity Planet Ark.
In 2011-12, an estimated 29 million televisions and computers across the country reached their end-of-life stage, with only 10% of these being recycled. By 2027-28, this figure is expected to rise to 44 million units, or 181,000 tonnes, noted Planet Ark.
On the positive side, 425 bring-back points had been set up across the country to collect e-waste.
And Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme had enabled the recycling of some 40,000 tonnes of televisions, computers and computer products during 2012-13.
Recycling International, 12 Nov
Ghana site is among world’s most polluted
Agbogbloshie, a suburb of Ghana’s capital Accra, has been listed among the top 10 most polluted places in the world.
A report by New York-based Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland claims the Agbogbloshie dumpsite is the second largest electronic waste processing area in west Africa.
The report noted that because of the composition of these e-waste materials, recycling them safely was complex.
Ghana Business News, 11 Nov
Malawi cities seek management firms
The chief executives of three cities in Malawi have called for private companies to manage their waste. The managers of Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu said it was time to privatise waste management services.
A private company, Nyasa Investment, made an offer to Malawi’s ministry of local government and rural development and council officials.
Ted Nandolo, Blantyre City Council’s chief executive, said Nyasa’s proposal was a “breakthrough” in the city’s waste management.
Malawi News Agency, 11 Nov
Recycling of plastic bottles on the rise
Plastic bottle recycling in the US rose by 161 million pounds (weight) in 2012, pushing the total to 2.8 billion pounds for the year.
A report by the Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers and the American Chemistry Council said the plastic bottle recycling rate was now 30.5% for 2012. This is the 23rd consecutive year that Americans have increased the weight of plastic bottles returned for recycling.
The collection of high-density polyethylene bottles also increased by 45.3 million pounds to top one billion pounds for the first time.
Recycling Today, 12 Nov
Unlock more devices for better recycling
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has approved a policy supporting the industry in opening up electronics such as computers and returning reusable products to the marketplace.
It argued that copyright laws make the US “the only country where recyclers do not have the ability to unlock devices”.
ISRI president Robin Wiener said: “The current system limits recyclers and consumers when it comes to extending the life and reusing [devices such as] cellphones and tablets.”
She added that unlocking these devices would help avoid disposal in landfills.
Recycling International, 13 Nov
Collections approved, accusations dropped
Electronics recycling officials in Vermont have approved a local recycling company’s proposal for materials collection. They reversed an earlier accusation against Good Point Recycling of procurement violations.
The action benefits manufacturers because they may now be able to fulfil recycling requirements in the state at a lower cost.
In letter to the operators of e-waste collection locations within the state, Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources said an “opt-out plan” from the company and its non-profit partner, Northeast Resource Recycling Association, had been passed.
The firm can begin collections in January 2014, and the opt-out system will exist independently of the state-run programme.
Resource Recycling, 8 Nov