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Global news - 6 July 2012

MRW’s weekly round-up of news about recycling and waste management from around the world.


Tibet to build first resource recycling market

Tibet is to will start constructing its first resource recycling market at the end of June in the regional capital of Lhasa with Chinese backing. With a total investment of 26 million yuan (£2.6 million), the market is designed to recycle annually 200,000 tons of resources such as metal, plastic and paper. Currently, most waste generated in Tibet is transported to other regions and recycled there.

China Daily, 12 June

Japan spot Aluminium ingot premiums hits record high

Japanese spot high-grade aluminum ingot premiums hit a new record of $230 to $235 per metric ton this week, up from $200-$210, with offers quoted up to $240-$250, said Harbor Intelligence in a research note.

Analysts with Harbor Intelligence added that, “Rising premiums due to stronger physical demand is consistent with Japan Aluminum Association data Wednesday showing that shipments of aluminum products by Japan outperformed in May relative to seasonal parameters, growing by a seasonally adjusted 5.3% month-on-month and 3.9% year-on-year.

Scrap Monster, June 29, 2012


Nucor Completes Deal for Skyline Steel

Nucor Corp from Charlotte, North Carolina, has completed the acquisition of Skyline Steel LLC and its subsidiaries for $605 million (£386m), which includes Skyline Steel and its subsidiaries. Dan DiMicco, Nucor’s chairman and CEO, says, “We are pleased to announce the successful acquisition of one of the leading piling distribution and production companies in North America. Skyline has been a leading partner in the growth of piling production for the last 20 years, and we are excited to welcome them to the Nucor family.”

Recycling Today, 27 June

Veolia opens “state-of-the-art” MRF in with equipment from CP Group

The CP Group, based in San Diego, California, has designed, manufactured and installed a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for Veolia in Gillmoss, Liverpool, UK. The facility, which is capable of processing 85,000 tons per year and has been in operation since late 2011, recently had its official opening. The building is described by CP as unique in that it has a combination of high-tech sorting with the latest green construction techniques. A curved roof allows natural light into the building, and recycled materials were used in the construction of the building and its foundation. The facility has capabilities to process up to 250 tons per day of material.

Recycling Today, 27 June

Covanta commences metal recycling system in Virginia

Covanta Energy has officially opened a metal recycling system at its energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Fairfax County, Virginia. The company, based in Morristown, New Jersey, says the new metals recycling system is the first of its kind in North America. The system has been designed to recover small particles of non-ferrous metal; and the company says the operational commencement represents a milestone for Covanta’s organic growth initiative.

REW, 19 June

Wood chip and pulplogs prices fall on weak pulp markets

The global pulp market is mired in uncertainty: uncertainty when China will move into buying mode, uncertainty about where the European economy is heading and uncertainty if low spot prices for softwood market pulp will push pulp mills in Europe and North America to take market-related downtime, according to a news brief from Wood Resources International LLC.

Scrap Monster, July 2, 2012


W2 energy to build prototype plasma EfW plant in Botswana

Nevada-based plasma gasification specialist W2 Energy is to develop a coal waste-to-liquid prototype plant capable of producing treating 10 tons per day of waste coal in Botswana. The agreement calls for a joint venture  between the parties in order to develop the legal, financial, technical framework, and feasibility studies for the exclusive development of a petrochemical industry in Botswana, Africa. The agreement also calls for the immediate development and implementation of a prototype plant for synthetic fuel production in Selebi-Phikwe.

Waste Management World, 27 June

Plastic manufacturers want government to legislate use of biodegradable additives

The Ghana government has been urged to legislate for the use of biodegradable additives by plastic manufacturers in the production of flexible plastic products, including carrier bags and water sachets. The call came at a forum organised by the Ghana Plastic Manufacturers Association in Accra, to develop and implement effective strategy framework and action plan for the adoption of mandatory use of plastic additives in Ghana.

Ghana News Agency, 20 June

Turkish Investors Target Nigerian Steel Industry

A high-powered Turkish business delegation of 30 business people and investors in the steel industry will visit Nigeria in early July to hold meetings with top government officials, private sector captains and industrial users of steel in Lagos and Abuja. The delegation, representing 21 leading companies across Turkey and other parts of Europe, are coming under the auspices of Turkish Steel Exporters’ Association and will be led by its board chairman, Mr. Namik Ekinci.

This Day, June 25, 2012


Official launch of innovative fuel plant

The Icelandic-American company Carbon Recycling International (CRI) has officially opened its CO2-to-menthanol plant at a geothermal power plant near the capital Reykjavik.The company uses its patented production process taking hydrogen and CO2 to produce methanol which can be directly blended up to 3% with petrol according to an EU fuel quality directive. The company has been operating a pilot scale plant in its laboratory and late last year the company commissioned the world’s first commercial scale plant. It hopes to produce about five million litres per year - about 2.5% of the Icelandic gasoline market.

Company website, 23 June

Gasfication plant completed on time and budget

Europlasma announced that construction work on the waste and biomass gasification plant in Morcenx, south-west France, had been completed and to the budget of more than £32m. The complex is due to start production within weeks and reach commercial operation at half-power by the Autumn. There will be scheduled ramp-up period of a year to deliver the maximum power of 12MWe (corresponding to electricity needs of 50,000 households). The plant is owned by CHO Morcenx, in which CHO Power has a 25% stakeholding with 75% owned by a financial partner. That stake is set to be increased to 45% later.  Further similar plants are under active consideration with financial partners and local developers.

Europlasma press release, 2 July

Spanish scrap imports hit 15-year low in 2011

Spain’s scrap imports decreased by 17.6% year-on-year to  4.768 million tonnes in 2011, touching a 15-year low.

In 2011, France was the largest scrap exporter to Spain with 1.639 million tonness, down by 9.6%. The UK was the second largest with 1.109 million tonnes, down by 20.3%. The Netherlands was the third largest one with 364,000 tonnes, a dip of 10.6%. Russia was the fourth largest one with 343,000 tonnes, down by 30% followed by Portugal, the fifth largest with 280,000 tonnes, down by 24.3%.

Scrap Monster, July 2, 2012

PV Cycle opens offices in Germany and Italy

Belgium-based PV recycling scheme company PV Cycle is opening new European offices in Germany and Italy, the company has announced. Since beginning its operations in 2010, PV Cycle has taken back and collected more than 5,000 tonnes of scrapped PV panels and more than 50% of these panels come from Germany or Italy.

PV Tech, June 26, 2012

Rewindo reports more used PVC window frames recycled in 2011

The German organisation Rewindo Fenster Recycling Service has reported a 2011 recycling rate of 76% for discarded windows, doors and roller shutters made of PVC. In 2010, the rate had reached 77%. The available collection volume, counting only the PVC content, climbed from 23,100 tonnes to 24,780 tonnes.

EUWID, June 28, 2012


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