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Record PET container recycling last year
A record number of PET containers was recycled in the US last year, reports suggested.
The recycling rate reached 30.8% in 2012, the highest to date, according to figures from the National Association for PET Container Resources and the Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers.
Tom Busard, chairman of both organisations, said: “The increase in the PET recycling rate is clear evidence of continued strong, domestic end-market demand for recycled PET. We believe there is considerable scope for US industry to readily absorb more recycled PET material if available.”
Packaging World, 17 Oct
Paper processors hit by Green Fence
US recyclers not focusing on quality next year will struggle, panellists said during a recovered paper conference.
Speakers at the 2013 Paper Recycling Conference, held in Chicago on 16-18 October, said that China’s Operation Green Fence crackdown on the import of low-quality materials had caused turmoil for some US recyclers.
But they said it had the positive effects of pushing recyclers to increase secondary commodity quality and uniformity, and this would need to be maintained.
Recycling Today, 16 Oct
Metso revamps metal work across Germany
Reprocessor supplier Metso has announced a significant restructuring plan for its metal recycling operation in Germany.
Measures included the closure of a production site in Düsseldorf and a general reorganisation. The company envisaged that about half of employees at the plant could be affected.
The aim of the restructuring was to keep offering high-quality metal recycling products at competitive prices.
Recycling International, 15 Oct
WEEE revision will boost market
The revised Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive will provide an extra £1m boost to the European recycling market, according to a report by business consultancy Frost & Sullivan.
The report suggested the European WEEE recycling market could be worth $1.8bn (£1.1bn) by 2020, up from $1.3bn in 2012. This would be the result of collection targets set by the new directive.
Germany is expected to be the largest WEEE market in Europe. Those in eastern Europe, Iberia and France are also expected to record strong growth.
Recycling International, 14 Oct
Waste parts formed into $100 3D printer
An inventor from Togo has built a $100 3D printer from equipment he scrounged from broken scanners, computers, printers and other types of WEEE.
Kodjo Afate Gnikou worked in collaboration with WoeLab, a community-operated laboratory in the capital Lomé.
According to his crowd funding page, he is now working with FacLab-France, an initiative hosted by a French university, on a project to send machinery made with e-waste to Mars.
Gnikou said the DIY printer cost a fraction of those on the market, and prevented dangerous waste from going to landfill.
Scrap Register, 16 Oct
Lagos plans AD plant to deal with organics
The Lagos Waste Manage-ment Authority (Lawma) has launched project to build a small-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in the Nigerian capital.
Lawma plans to generate 25MW of electricity in the next five years. The project will be funded by the Lagos state government.
Tolu Adeyo, regional manager at Lamwa, pointed out that some 45% of the city’s waste consisted of organics waste. Lagos produces more than 10,000 tonnes of waste each day.
SABC News, 17 Oct
Tourism developed with waste in mind
Ricardo-AEA has reached a deal with a Thai local authority to develop plans for waste management, water management, sustainable transport and energy.
The project is part of an initiative dubbed Green Samui, which has been put forward by Koh Samui City Council, an island in southern Thailand.
The first objective is to deliver a robust integrated strategy and implementation plan to help the island attract more tourists.
Adam Read, Ricardo-AEA practice director for resource efficiency and waste management, said: “The far-sighted approach outlined by Koh Samui signals a shift in tourism development in Thailand, sending the message that growth can be coupled with environmental sustainability.”
Press release, 16 Oct
Novelis expands in South Korea
Aluminium recycler Novelis has completed a two-year $400m expansion initiative in South Korea to increase its annual sheet production capacity in the region by more than 50% to one million tonnes.
Novelis opened an aluminium recycling and casting centre at its Yeongju facility in October last year. The plant is now the largest aluminium beverage can recycling hub in Asia, and has the capacity to produce 265,000 tonnes of sheet ingot.
The Yeongju centre is one of a series of recycling and casting expansion projects launched by the company during the past two years to increase its recycling and casting capacity to 2.1 million tonnes globally by 2015.
Recycling International, 16 Oct
US firm markets paper to Indian mills
North America largest recycler has entered India’s recovered paper market through an agreement with paper mill Vishal Dhawan Enterprises.
Waste Management Recycle America (WM) said it had chosen to strategically market its recovered fibre directly to paper mills and converters throughout India.
William Caesar, president of WM, said: “As one of North America’s largest recyclers, we have the resources and the know-how to make this happen successfully.”
A spokesman for Vishal Dhawan said the Indian market was ready for the involvement of a major producer of recovered paper such as WM. “With its goal of managing 18 million tonnes by 2020, WM will be a key player in servicing India’s growing demand for secondary fibre.”
Recycling Today, 15 Oct
Research into impact of aluminium waste
Venezuelan researchers are studying how to recycle waste from the county’s metallurgy industry.
The Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research said the project focused on aluminium waste, and aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the waste and developing its economic potential.
Through a process of mechanical alloying, researchers mixed the aluminium waste with other metals and obtained a material that can be used to develop highly resistant products.
Prensa Latina, 14 Oct
Chinese firm to treat Bolivian mining waste
Bolivia will treat 4.5 million tonnes of toxic mining waste, accumulated over several decades in the south-western part of the country, at a Chinese concentration plant in the Andean region of Potosi.
The toxic waste, accumulated from mining activities around the town of Cantumarca, will be treated at the plant, inaugurated on 7 October by Chinese company Jun Gie, according to the state-owned Bolivian Mining Corporation.
Fox News Latino, 12 Oct