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US launches $4bn EfW loan scheme
The US Department of Energy (DoE) has called for examples of innovative renewable energy technologies which it could back in a loan worth as much as $4bn (£2.4bn).
The DoE said its Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee proposal was intended to support technologies that are catalytic, replicable and market-ready.
It has identified five key areas: EfW; biofuels; advanced grid integration and storage; enhancement of existing facilities; and efficiency improvements.
Waste Management World, 23 Apr
Clothes recycled by H&M fashion chain
Swedish fashion retailer H&M has started ‘Comeback Clothes’, a campaign in the US that encourages people to recycle their old clothes. The campaign covers any brand or condition.
Around 85% of all textiles end up in landfills each year, according to the campaign.
‘Comeback Clothes’ gives old items a new life through community collections, with items being deposited in in-store recycling bins.
FashionUnited.com, 21 Apr
Partners advise on waste infrastructure
Maryland-based Infra-structure Management Group (IMG) has entered into a long-term partnership with Rebel Group, a Dutch consultancy, to create IMG Rebel, an infrastructure advisory firm.
The partnership said it would be able to use Rebel Group’s experience in the European waste and recycling sector to deliver projects in the US.
It performs feasibility studies of waste and recycling projects using advanced financial modelling techniques to develop business cases, structures and optimise co-operation models between the public and private sector.
Waste Management World, 22 Apr
Plastics recycler will take 100,000 tonnes
Dutch company Quality Circular Polymers is building a recycling plant in Geleen, Netherlands, at the Chemelot industrial chemical site, with the capacity for around 100,000 tonnes a year of poly-propylene and polyethylene.
The total investment will be e75m (£62m) over three phases. The first phase, worth e35m, is expected to go into production by the end of 2015, creating up to 40 jobs. At full production, the plant should employ 100.
The investor is a newly formed entity, Chemelot Ventures, along with LNV Industriebank LIOF, the regional Limburg investment firm.
Plastic News, 18 Apr
Qatar plans expansion of SWM facility
Qatar is moving away from conventional waste manage-ment techniques with a planned expansion of its solid waste management centre in Mesaieed, said to be the first of its kind in the region.
The ministry of the environment has been asked to report on how the facility could be expanded and its capacity increased to accommodate a growing demand for waste management in the country.
The study will also explore how to handle the issue of landfills, and involve the private sector in projects related to waste management.
The Peninsula, 20 Apr
Plastics recycling halted after dumping
A local authority in New Zealand is set to scrap plastic recycling at its main refuse transfer station because the scheme is being abused by freeloaders who are dumping rubbish.
Almost half the material left in the plastics collection area of Napier City Council is unsuitable for recycling and is being sent to landfill.
A report for the council’s city services committee said that volumes of non-recyclable plastics left at the centre had recently jumped considerably.
From December to February last year, the council employed a recycling educator at the facility, with a combined role of policing recyclers and processing the plastic, at a cost of NZ$4,000 (£2,000) a month.
Hawke’s Bay Today, 21 Apr
Kenyan waste bill will manage and fine
Legislation has been drafted to provide a legal framework for solid waste management in the Kisumu area of Kenya.
The Solid Waste Manage-ment Bill 2014 spells out modes of waste removal and disposal, street cleansing and handling of industrial wastes. The bill will impose heavy fines for illegal dumping and effluents discharge.
The county government will be mandated to collect animal carcasses from premises or streets, with penalties for those who dispose without approval.
The Star, 22 Apr
Angola plans national recycling body
Angola’s government is to create a national body to oversee the building of a recycling system. The authority will be tasked with regulating, monitoring and laying the basis for residual and separate collection systems.
The announcement was made during the Second International Congress on Sustainable Management of Wastes in Africa. It was attended by delegates from Africa, the US and Europe, as well as local government officials, businesspeople, investors, religious authorities and students.
AllAfrica.com, 22 Apr
Half a million children put to work on e-waste
A study has found that around 450,000 children aged 10 to 14 are engaged in electronic waste activities in Indian yards and recycling workshops without adequate protection or safeguards.
The Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India (Assocham) said 4% of India’s total e-waste is recycled on these sites due to poor infrastructure, legislation and framework, leading to a waste of natural resources, damage to the environment and poor health of the people working in industry.
The Assocham study said: “Over 95% of e-waste generated is managed by the unorganised sector and scrap dealers in this market, who dismantle disposed products instead of recycling it.”
Times of India, 22 Apr
High transport costs leads to local EfW
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) plans to set up small-scale energy-from-waste (EfW) plants, the first near Safdarjung Hospital.
It will soon float tenders for the project.
At present, waste generated in NDMC areas - close to 250 tonnes daily - is sent to an EfW plant in Okhla. But
high transportation costs and technical problems mean that waste is often not delivered.
The small EfW plants are designed to bring down transportation costs and help in effective waste management. The power generated will be used to meet the requirement of neighbouring areas.
The Times of India, 21 Apr
Certification first for Sao Paulo facility
US electronics waste recycler Arrow Electronics has announced that its Sao Paulo, Brazil, facility is the first in South America to be certified to the R2 Responsible Recycling standard.
The facility is also certified to the Recycling Industry Operating Standard, Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services 18001, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
Arrow opened the facility in 2013. It provides asset recovery, data sanitisation, testing and screening, remarketing, service parts management, product returns management and e-waste recycling for a range of electronic equipment.
Press release, 22 Apr