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Boost for PET recycling across EU
More than 60 million PET bottles were collected for recycling across Europe last year, driving the recycling rate to 52%, up from 51% in 2011, according to trade body Petcore Europe.
The increase has helped to ease overcapacity issues in the region, and recyclers now have an average plant utilisation rate of 80%, said Petcore.
Last year, the largest end-market for recycled PET was fibres but the sheet and bottle markets are both showing “strong growth”, according to the association.
Recycling International, 15 Aug
Precious metals from sludge on single site
German copper producer and recycler Aurubis has opened a plant for extracting precious metals from anode sludge at its Hamburg site.The company invested some €50m (£43m) in the project.
The plant has a treatment capacity of almost 8,000 tonnes a year and is expected to uncrease the annual gold production at the site from 35 tonnes 50 tonnes.
Group head Peter Willbrandt said: “This innovative and very environmentally friendly plant enables us for the first time to centrally process the precious metal-bearing anode sludge from the group’s electrolysis plants in Belgium, Bulgaria and Germany at a single site.”
EUWID, 19 Aug
Plastic piles grow as Green Fence bites
China’s Green Fence Operation is causing the stockpiling of plastics waste in various US states. Recycling centres in Oregon recently stopped accepting clear plastics clamshell containers, hospital gowns and plastics bags. In Washington state, recycling centres are no longer accepting plastics bags. California’s farmers are grappling with what to do with the 45,000 to 68,000 tonnes of plastics they use each year.
China has rejected 61,700 tonnes of waste in the first five months of 2013.
Qz.com, 21 Aug
Hard drive destruction can be seen on video
Sims Recycling Solutions has introduced a new mobile shredder capable of destroying more than 1200 hard drives per day, said the company.
Customers can witness hard drives being shredded on-site, or video of the destruction can be made available on request. Shredded outputs are then transported to Sims facilities for further processing.
Sean Magann, vice president of Sims, said: “This mobile shredding equipment will provide us with the capability to process higher volumes in a shorter amount of time without sacrificing the security of information stored on hard drives.”
Recycling International, 16 Aug
Indian scrap tariff threatens businesses
Around 4,500 Indian metal recycling business units are facing closure following the imposition of a tariff on the import of scrap metal.
The tariff ranges from 2.5% to 5% and is applied to the import of all scrap metal. Combined with declining exchange rates for the rupee and subdued demand, the levy is putting pressure on India scrap metal recyclers.
Rohit Shah, managing director of Perfect Valves, a Mumbai-based metals items producer, said: “With the rupee hitting a record low of 63 against the dollar, the government’s attention should be on export promotion. Levying import duty on raw material is counter-productive.”
Business Standard, 20 Aug
EfW ugrades from Chinese government support
A waste infrastructure provider has been granted Yuan 30m (£3.14m) from the Chinese government to upgrade an energy-from-waste facility in the city of Suzhou, eastern China.
The investment will support the third phase of China Everbright International’s Suzhou Waste to Energy Project.
The plant’s capacity will rise to over 3500 tonnes per day.
Chen Xiaoping, chief executive of Everbright International said the subsidy is part of the Chinese government effort to accelerate the construction of facilities for waste water treatment projects and waste processing projects in urban and rural areas.
Suzhou is the largest energy-from-waste project in China and will help Suzhou to move towards its zero waste to landfill objective.
Waste Management World, 20 Aug
China plastics association joins BIR
The China Scrap Plastics Association (CSPA) has become a member of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR).
Brussels-based BIR said it hoped the CSPA’s membership would boost its own Plastics Committee and attract other associations and companies from that sector worldwide.
Both Chinese scrap buyers and overseas suppliers have been going through difficult times since China started its ‘Green Fence’ campaign, CSPA secretary general Jason Wang told Plastics News.
“We need colleagues at home and abroad to work together and make sure the plastic recycling business is environmentally friendly and sustainable,” he added.
Plastic News China, 16 Aug
Venezuela launches battery collection pilot
Venezuela’s Ministry of Environment launched a pilot to collect batteries and cellphones and export them for their recycling.
Dante Rivas, minister for the environment, said that as part of the Collection Program Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) some 50 containers across four of the country’s states will be provided fro the collection of the devices.
“We’re looking to clean up our environment,” he said. “These devices will be collected monthly and will be taken at an early stage to countries like China and Japan, who are responsible for processing them for reuse.”
Entorno Inteligente, Aug 20
Rio gets tougher on litter
As part of the preparations for the World Cup and Olympics, Rio de Janeiro municipality has introduced tougher policies to prevent littering and fly-tipping.
Fines will range from £30 to almost £1,000 for fly-tipping. The authorities said they will give a “dirty name” to citizens who are caught dropping rubbish, and who fail to pay the penalty. This will be noted on their identification documents, and will appear whenever they apply for credit cards or loans.
The Guardian, 20 Aug
Tanzania council hires litter watchdogs
A council in Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam plans to encourage people to report those found littering by giving them more than half of the fines charged.
The move follows the imposition of tougher measures waste dumping, which include the removal of vendors and the imposition of around 50, 000 fines so far.
The council has recruited more than 300 youngsters to act as litter watchdogs, but it is unclear how they will provide evidence of waste dumping.
AllAfrica, 21 Aug
Car making plant may recycle ELVs instead
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and Japanese recycling company Kaiho Sangyo have begun discussions to convert a car manufacturing centre in the Nigerian capital Abuja into a car recycling facility.
The proposed vehicle recycling plant is expected to recycle entirely end-of-life vehicles to be turned into three kinds of steel namely, metal, aluminium and copper, which will then be converted into motor body and spare parts.
Up to 400,000 vehicles are left abandoned in Nigeria each year.
This Day Live, 20 Aug