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Kuwait seeks interest in EfW project
Kuwait’s Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB), in collaboration with Kuwait City’s municipality, has invited interested companies to submit a response to its Request for Qualification for a 3,275-tonne a day energy-from-waste (EfW) project.
The scope of the Kabd Municipal Solid Waste Project is to design, build, finance, operate and transfer a facility to treat household, commercial and agricultural waste.
The recovery of slag and flue gas residues is to be disposed into separate sanitary landfills on the site.
Pilot plant to recycle old cars in Nigeria
Nigeria’s National Automotive Council (NAC) is to launch a pilot vehicle recycling plant in the capital Abuja to help tackle the issue of discarded cars.
NAC director general Aminu Jalal said: “At the centre, end-of-life vehicles recovered from the roadside, police stations and auto workshops will be dismantled and segregated for reuse.
“The facility will double as a car recycling training centre for both NAC staff and other government agencies such as the Vehicle Inspection Office.”
The project is supported by the Japan International Co-operation Agency, which has provided the funds for the pilot plant feasibility study, and Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Administration.
Prosthetics reused by charities in Gambia
More than 200 unwanted prosthetic limbs will be sent to Africa to be reused. They are being donated by Limbcare, the charity that supports amputees and their families.
Legs4Africa, which collects and distributes prosthetic limbs from the UK and sends them to Africa, will co-ordinate the initiative. The limbs will be driven to Gambia, where they will be used to help amputees who, otherwise, have no access to prosthetics.
Limbcare has collected the limbs as part of its aim to see prosthetics recycled rather than being thrown away.
Dennis Outridge of Limbcare said: “We are delighted that these limbs will be put to good use. It seems such a shame that here in the UK they end up in landfill, when they could be used to help people.”
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Glass firm’s heat now goes into local homes
Ardagh Group’s glassworks in Holmegaard, Denmark, has started supplying heat to more than 1,000 homes.
It manufactures 160,000 tonnes of container glass each year to produce nearly 700 million bottles and jars, primarily for the beer, spirit, wine, non-alcoholic beverage and food sectors.
Although the company has managed to reduce its energy use by using more recycled cullet, the glassworks is still producing a lot of heat which was previously discharged through the chimney.
In partnership with Danish energy company SE Big Blue, surplus heat from production is now piped from the factory to a tank able to store 100MWh of heat - equivalent to two days’ production. From there it is piped into the local district heating network.
Joint venture recycles metals from EfW
Dutch firm Inashco and US company Wheelabrator Technologies are forming a joint venture to recycle metals from the EfW process.
The 50-50 joint venture will be called Eco Recovery Solutions. Its facility will use Rotterdam-based Inashco’s advanced dry recovery process to recycle ferrous and non-ferrous metals from EfW.
Wheelabrator said the technology processes fresh ash without ageing the product. Non-ferrous metals such as copper, zinc, lead and aluminium can be processed as small as 0.5mm - smaller than that recovered using conventional technologies.
Release papers for glue act as insulation
Belgian recycling specialist RecuLiner has struck up a partnership with Munksjö Group, a Finnish manufac-turer of release papers for the pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) industry. Their goal is to develop and promote the recycling of silicone-coated release liners from PSA label end-users into cellulose fibre insulation.
The fibre used in the thermal and sound insulation of buildings has typically been produced from old newspapers. But silicone-coated release paper waste has proved to be a good substitute material, resulting in a better performing product, it is claimed.
Big business in CRTs forming 40% of WEEE
Kuusakoski Recycling US, a division of Finland-based Kuusakoski Recycling, said that since opening its a cathode ray tube (CRT) glass crushing plant in Illinois in November 2013, it has processed several hundred tonnes of CRT glass.
The company said CRTs currently make up more than 40% of WEEE by weight. The recycling operation has cut processing costs by 40% while meeting or exceeding US Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
Medical waste process cuts contaminants
Colorado has become the third US state to adopt a new technology for processing medical waste. Colorado Medical Waste Inc has received local and state approval for the operation of its ozone medical waste processor in Aurora. The technology uses ozone to process such waste with no environmental contaminants.
Barbados saves with gasification for energy
Guernsey-based Cahill Energy has signed an agreement with the government of Barbados to build and operate a plasma gasification plant on the Caribbean island.
The company expects to invest up to $240m (£146m) in the proposed plant, to be located in Vaucluse, St Thomas.
Cahill said the plant would be capable of generating up to 25% of the island’s energy, providing the government with several hundred million dollars in estimated savings during the 30-year lifetime of the contract.
The company expects to utilise plasma gasification technology from Canada- based Alter NRG.
Carrier bags targeted in Chilean schemes
Two initiatives have been launched in Chile to reduce the use of plastics bags.
The city of Punta Arenas has banned the use of the carriers from the end of the year. And in the region of Magallanes and la Antartica Chilena, a programme has also been launched to increase awareness on the benefits of reusable bags.
Carolina Cordero, region environmental manager, said: “The idea is not to restrict 100% but encourage the use of other bags.”
Charity collects paper to benefit children
A newspaper recycling programme has helped nearly 3,000 children in China receive medical treatment or education.
Launched by the China Charity Federation in early 2008, the project has collected 40,000 tonnes of paper across China to date and recouped $4.9m from recyclers.
The money has helped to pay for the treatment of 313 children with serious illnesses such as heart disease, and has also subsidised the education of 2,670 poor children.