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Global News: 3 August 2013

MRW brings you markets, business and policy news from around the world.


Sita sings contracts in Hong Kong and Macau

Sita Waste Services has won two new 10-year contracts in Hong Kong, worth around €110m (£95m) million in total, while one of its subsidiaries has renewed a €200m (£172) contract in Macau.

Sita will manage the waste of the largest of Hong Kong’s islands, including the waste of Hong Kong International Airport, Disneyland Park and Tung Chung New Town. The contracts include the management a waste transfer station and of marine transportation of dewatered sludge facilities.

In Macau, Sita will provide urban cleaning services and waste collection via its subsidiary Companhia de Sistemas de Residuos de Macau (CSR) for the next ten years., 19 July


Aveda launches cosmetics packaging recycling

Cosmetic products manufacturer Aveda has launched a packaging recycling programme in the US.

The Full Circle programme will accept any Aveda packaging for recycling, including bottle caps, makeup brushes, tubes and pumps, bottles and jars. It is running at the company’s 107 retail outlets in the US.

Most of Aveda’s packaging contains 100% recycled content. A few of these are Cradle to Cradle certified, while most of its plastic tubes can be recycled easily.

Besides collecting packaging, the company will also join forces with recycling management company G2 Revolution to direct recycled materials back to suppliers to be used in new packaging.

Packaging-Gateway, 18 July

Metalico acquires scrap Business in New York and Pennsylvania

US ferrous metal recycler Metalico has completed its acquisition of the assets of Segel & Son, a family-owned scrap iron and metal recycling business.

Segel & Son has been operating facilities in New York and Pennsylvania for over 100 years.

Eric Hern, president and chief exectuive of Segel & Son, will remain in the company, with the responsibility of overseeing and growing the former Segel operations.

Metalico will operate Segel facilities through its Goodman Services subsidiary. The company expects the acquisition to enhance its position along the border of the state of New York and to boost supply materials for Metalico’s Buffalo shredder.

Recycling Today, 23 July


Mexican barter market overwhelmed by success

A Mexican market allowing residents to exchange plastic bottles for vegetables has been so successful that it is struggling to cope with high demand.

Mexico City’s Mercado de Trueque has been in operation since March 2012, and aims at raising awareness about recycling through modest vegetable incentives.

However, the market is struggling to keep operating, given the large amount of plastics that is handed in every month and the limited availability of vegetables.

The Guardian, 18 July

Santo Domingo landfill row

Shareholders of a company running a landfill in Santo Domingo said a row over the management of the site is harming Dominican Republic’s reputation as an investment destination.

The council of Santo Domingo North has accused Brazilian company Lajun Corp, which runs the local Duquesa landfill, to be in breach of the contract for the management of the site because of poor health and safety conditions. The company executives denied the claim. 

“It’s a sad moment for the Dominican Republic, where the reputation of Dominicans and the reputation as a destination for foreign investment is affected by a single person,” said Michael Lee Chin, one of the shareholders.

Dominica Today, 24 July


Newspaper publisher join forces for recycling

Six French trade unions representing editors from the regional and specialist press have signed an agreement with Ecofolio, the national body in charge of the management of paper waste material, for the promotion of recycling in the country.

As part of the three year voluntary agreement, the publications will advertise for free national informational campaigns on the issue of paper recycling. The agreement was signed in presence of the French environment and communication ministers.

The organisers hope the initiative will allow their message to reach at least 90% of French adults., 22 July

Lithuania minister fights against privatisation

Lithuania’s environment ministry has proposed amendments to the country’s waste management laws to prevent private companies to take over the industry.

“We will say no to the privatization of waste management,” said Valentinas Mazuronis, minister of the environment.

The proposed amendments would introduce the requirement that waste management are controlled by municipalities. Given that the facilities are received funding from the European Union and the Lithuanian government, they should not run by private companies or sold, she said.

The Baltic Times, 19 July 

CSI Lifecycle Europe opens Slovakian facility

Electronic equipment disposal service provider CSI Lifecycle Europe announced the opening of a new IT asset recovery facility in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The facility will provide a range of services including handling lease returns, non-lease IT disposal, data wiping and data destruction.

The site will serve customers based in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Spain and other European countries, the company said.

At full capacity, the Bratislava facility will be able to audit more than 700 units per day.

Press Release, 22 July


Israel to set up fund for local waste managment

The Israeli government has approved a bill that will enable the creation of a fund to support the waste management activities of local authorities.

The fund will be headed by the ministry for environmental protection and will help councils to establish infrastructures for waste collection and treatment for no longer than a year.

The financial instrument, dubbed the Maintenance of Cleanliness Fund, will be financed with landfill levies paid by the operators of the country’s waste sites. The money will be mainly spent on programmes to prevent waste from going to landfill.

The Jerusalem Post, 25 July


Plastics bottle recycling on the rise in South Africa

PET bottle recycling in South Africa grew by 18% year on year in 2012, according to South African recycler PETCO.

Some 1.9 billion PET bottles were recycled in 2012, or 45% of the bottles put onto the country’s market.

The amount allowed the company to meet the plastics recycling target it had set for itself, according to Cheri Scholtz, chief executive of PETCO.

“There is still much work to do to capture the remaining percentage of bottles that were not collected. Aand with [our] post –consumer PET recycling targets set to rise to 58% in 2017, a growing market size, increasing the volume of bottles collected for recycling is thought to be the best method of achieving this,” said Scholtz.

Green Africa Directory, July 15

UN urges Ghana to support recycling sector

The UN has urged the Ghanaian government to support the recycling sector to ensure with the large amount of e-waste that ends up in the country every year is handled safely.

The recommendation was included in a recently released UN report highlighting the challenges that African countries are facing in dealing with e-waste due to a lack of recycling facilities.

“There is need for the Ghanaian government to give sufficient support and alternative means of livelihood to local communities that depend on recycling electronics for survival in order for them to discontinue the harmful trade in recycled products,”  the report said., 23 July

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