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Rejects hit profits of European mills
Concerns have been raised about the profitability and sustainability of European paper mills due to increased contaminants in recovered paper.
Nuno Messias, head of raw material purchasing of Spanish paper producer Europac, said there was a “real problem” with recovered paper quality.
Speaking at the autumn convention of the recycling industry association Bureau of International Recycling, Messias said the ratio of dry rejects in recycled pulp had increased from 5% in the year 2005 to about 6% now.
Sales drop 8% for resilient Recyclex
The Recylex Group has reported a fall in sales. In the nine-months to September 30, 2012 sales topped e343.4m (£278.7m), down 8% on the level posted in the same period of 2011.
The third quarter saw a drop of 10% compared to the previous year to e111m.
Yves Roche, chairman and chief executive officer, said the French group had “again demonstrated the resilience of its sales in an environment that remained mixed across its business segments.”
He added that a sustained improvement in lead, zinc and plastics had helped offset the falls.
Work on aluminium recycling centre starts
Novelis has broken ground on a $250m (£155m) aluminium recycling and casting centre at its Nachterstedt plant in Germany.
Projected by the company to be the world’s largest aluminium recycling centre, the facility will be expected to produce up to 400,000 tonnes of aluminium sheet ingot per year from recycled material.
The plant will process beverage cans as well as other types of aluminium scrap from across Europe.
Novelis expects to create 200 jobs when the plant is commissioned in mid-2014.
EU plastics and metal scrap exports rising
Exports of iron/steel, copper, aluminium and nickel scrap doubled between 1999 and 2011, said the European Environment Agency (EEA) . Overseas shipments of precious metals trebled during the same period while plastics scrap exports increased by a factor of five.
“Increasingly stringent and harmonised waste policies in the EU have led countries to transport more waste material elsewhere,” the EEA said.
It expects international trade in recyclable materials to continue to increase, observing that exports of plastics and metals scrap have “picked up again after the economic downturn and exceeded the pre-2009 levels in 2011”.
ADS snaps up Veolia ES for $1.9bn
Advanced Disposal Services (ADS) a waste management firm based in Florida, has completed the acquisition of Veolia ES Solid Waste Inc for $1.9bn. According to ADS, the transaction is the largest in the waste management sector in four years.
ADS said the deal makes it the largest privately owned environmental services company in the US, with operations in 20 states and annual revenues of some $1.4bn.
ADS owns and operates commercial, industrial, and residential solid waste collection operations, municipal solid waste landfills, transfer stations and recycling facilities, primarily in the eastern half of the US.
Motiv wins Chicago electric truck deal
A $13.4m contract to supply 20 all-electric, zero-emission refuse collection vehicles to Chicago has been awarded to electric powertrain control system developer Motiv Power Systems.
The company, founded in 2009, said the vehicles were the heaviest electric trucks in the US at 23.5 tonnes, with a range of 60 miles (200kWh of energy storage).
Motive has developed a battery independent electric powertrain that fits on a conventional truck chassis and is compatible with all the current leading battery packs, as well as future battery technologies.
The company added that the system uses off-the-shelf batteries and motors, which can be mixed and matched to fit the exact size of the electric truck needed.
Scrap imports boost for Chinese economy
Professor Yangzu Wang of the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, said scrap imports have been “critical” to the country’s economy.
He said the resources have provided jobs for one million people and saved 80% of the energy that would have been consumed using primary materials.
The scrap resources that have poured into China have provided “positive social, economic and environmental benefits”, he added.
In the past 20 years 360 million tonnes of recyclable materials have been imported into China, including 180 million tonnes of scrap paper, 70 million tonnes of metal and 50 million tonnes of plastic scrap.
ADB backs energy projects in China
Hong Kong based renewable energy developer, China Everbright International has signed a loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for agricultural and municipal energy from waste (EfW) projects in China.
ADB said the projects fit into China’s ambitions of installing 8GW of agricultural EfW capacity by 2015, and will reduce the environmental impact of agricultural and municipal waste disposal.
The bank added that China is the world’s largest producer of agricultural waste, with around 700 million tonnes of crop straw produced in 2010. The country also generates some 200 million tonnes of municipal solid waste every year.
Sita wins Hong Kong transfer stations work
SITA Waste Services has won two contracts in Hong Kong for the management and redevelopment of three waste transfer stations.
The company said the 10- year contract is worth €220m and covers the West Kowloon Transfer Station (WKTS) and the two Hong Kong Island Transfer Stations.
The WKTS is located on the West Kowloon reclamation area and is the largest transfer station in terms of waste handling capacity in Hong Kong. It serves Kowloon, Kwai Tsing and Tsuen Wan.
Fill up and recycle scheme launched
New Zealand environment minister Amy Adams has launched the country’s first service station forecourt recycling scheme to collect one of the major sources of cans, bottles and cups.
The venture between BP and Coca-Cola New Zealand, with support from the Love NZ organisation, will initially install recycling bins at 30 sites across Auckland within the next two months and a total of 80 nationwide.
The project will liaise with suppliers, recyclers and councils in each region to set up paper cup recycling.
Based on trials, it is expected each of the 80 recycling “bintainers” will collect 695kg of recyclable material, equivalent to 25,000 bottles and cans a month.