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Zinc recycler ramps up Korean capacity
ZincOx Resources, the developer of Asia’s largest zinc recycling project, has said that its wholly owned Korean Recycling Plant will return to full production in the second quarter of 2014.
As a result of repairs, production at the Cheonbuk Industrial Complex in South Korea was limited during November and December last year.
Andrew Woollett, ZincOx executive chairman, said: ‘The timing of the refractory repair was unfortunate because it stalled our ramp-up momentum. But this has been re-established and we remain confident of chieving targeted full capacity.
“We are looking forward to a very productive 2014 and also to a firmer zinc price, which recently seems to be responding to the planned closure of major zinc mines.”
Recycling International, 13 Jan
China imported less copper scrap last year
China’s scrap copper imports in 2013 decreased 10% in weight year-on-year.
Last year, the country imported 4.37 million tonnes of the material, for a value of $13.8bn (£8.4bn), according to customs statistics.
Aluminium scrap imports declined by 3% to 2.5 million tonnes, for a value of $3.92bn
Euwid, 15 Jan
Brazil talks to exempt recycling kit from tax
The lower house of the National Congress of Brazil is analysing a bill that would exempt equipment and machines that recycle wood, plastics, metals and other materials from a tax on industrial products.
The proposal will be discussed by the finance and taxation, and constitution, justice and citizenship committees.
BN Americas, 15 Jan
Plastics-to-products group is formed
The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division has formed a group to enhance public policy in support of technologies that convert non-recycled plastics into petroleum-based products.
The Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance will increase awareness of the benefits of technology, enhance the industry’s voice through expanded membership and demonstrate broad support for plastics-to-oil technologies through an expanding network of allies.
Founding members of the group include Agilyx, Cynar and RES Polyflow.
The ACC says that membership is open to all entities that develop and implement technologies to convert non-recycled plastics into petroleum-based products.
Recycling Today, 15 Jan
Green cooler bottle made of recycled PET
Canadian beverage giant Ice River Springs has introduced a bottle for water coolers made of 100% recycled plastic, claiming to be the first bottler in North America to do so.
The 15-litre bottle is green, allowing Ice River to recycle plastic from other used green PET bottles.
Chief executive Jamie Gott said: “Few companies need the green plastic that we collect from our recycling operation. We have launched water in green bottles to make use of this plastic and take it out of landfills.”
Recycling International, 15 Jan
New York widens organics collections
New York City is to expand its kerbside collection of organic materials to parts of Queens and Brooklyn from April.
The Department of Sanitation said the service will be rolled out to various neighbourhoods. It already provides organics collection in areas of Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx and Brooklyn.
The programme affects single-family homes or buildings with nine or fewer residential units. The week before the service begins, homes will receive a starter kit that includes a brochure detailing the scheme, a kitchen caddy and a brown outdoor bin.
Waste 360, 14 Jan
Various technologies to recover resources
A resource recovery facility that will incorporate recycling, energy from waste and anaerobic digestion to produce biogas from organic waste is to be developed on Maui, Hawaii.
Maui County mayor Alan Arakaw has signed an agreement with the Maui Resource Recovery Facility to finance, design, construct, own, and operate the facility. It will divert around 85% of the county’s municipal solid waste from landfill disposal.
The development will include a MRF to separate recyclable materials such as metals, glass, plastic, cardboard and paper.
Waste Management World, 13 Jan
Company signs up two for waste management
Tox Free Solutions has secured two waste manage-ment contracts in Queensland and Western Australia.
In Queensland, the company will provide waste collection and water services for drilling and camp activities to Titan Energy Services under a two-year contract worth about AUS$19m (£10.4m).
The company has also won a two-year waste management and industrial services contract from Rio Tinto subsidiary Dampier Salt, which supplies solar salt used as a raw material in many chemical industries.
Tox Free reported a 37% increase in revenue to AUS$323m and a 26% increase in underlying net profit to AUS$24.7m in 2013.
Proactive Investors, 15 Jan
PVC recycling plant saves floor firm money
Hungarian vinyl flooring manufacturer Graboplast has started production at its €2.7m (£2.2m) PVC recycling plant at Tatabánya.
The facility has a capacity of 1,000 tonnes a year, and is designed to reduce raw material requirements at the company’s flooring plants in Tatabánya and Györ by 6-8%. Graboplast said the plant will help the company to achieve “a major production cost saving”.
The technology includes a special grinding process that breaks PVC flooring into small pieces and then cools it to -100°C. The resulting glass-like material is vaporised, allowing it to be used in the manufacture of new products.
The 600m² processing hall was built with the help of EU and Hungarian government funds of almost €800 000.
Recycling International, 14 Jan
Italy may call in army to deal with mafia
The Italian Government is considering using the army to deal with the mafia in Naples, which is said to have dumped toxic waste around the city.
Soldiers could be deployed to deal with the phenomenon of “the environment mafia”, said defence undersecretary Gioacchino Alfano.
There are fears that toxic waste dumped illegally is to blame for high rates of cancer, allergies and birth defects.
Police are digging to try to find one particularly toxic cache of waste. Huge excavators are at work on a site on the edge of Casal di Principe, north of Naples, and the search is being conducted by officers in full protective suits and face masks.
BBC News, 15 Jan
Angola cash helps to regulate waste firms
The government of Angola is to grant three billion kwanza (£18m) to Benguela Province for the collection, transportation and deposit of solid waste.
According to provincial governor Isaac Maria dos Anjos, the money will be used first to regulate the activities of companies that currently provide waste collection services because they are operating without formal contacts.
allAfrica, 13 Jan