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Malta wins EU funds for solid waste plant
The European Commission has approved an investment of e27m (£22.5m) for the building of a solid waste management plant in Maghtab, Malta. The Commission said the plant would reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by recycling the waste and producing energy.
Commissioner for regional policy Johannes Hahn said: “This project ensures that Malta complies with Euro-pean standards as regards solid waste management, reducing landfilling practices and increasing its control on waste flows.
“The 60,000 inhabitants of the northern parts of Malta will benefit from a less polluted environment and an improved quality of life.”
The project will cost a total of e59.2m. Completion is expected in October 2015.
Times of Malta, 25 Nov
Interim storage of Irish waste in Estonia
The Republic of Ireland has shipped 2,260 tonnes of its municipal waste to Estonia
to be processed in an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant that belongs to state-owned Eesti Energia.
The waste is being stored temporarily in a landfill in the capital Tallinn because the EfW plant at Iru is under-going maintenance.
Allan Pohlak, a board member of the waste recycling centre that manages the landfill, said the agreement was for temporary storage of up to 32,600 tonnes of waste for a year.
Eliis Vennik, press spokesperson of Eesti Energia, said the Irish were paying notably more than Eesti receives for handling Estonian waste.
BalticBusinessNews.com, 27 Nov
Carton recycling on the rise in Europe
The Alliance for Beverage Cartons & the Environment (ACE) UK has welcomed the latest figures on carton recycling in the EU, showing that 40% were recycled in 2012, equivalent to 380,000 tonnes of cartons.
This is a rise of 3% on the 2011 figure of 37%. The total recovery rate, comprising recycling and energy recovery, reached 69% across the EU.
Chief executive Richard Hands said: “We welcome this latest rise in carton recycling rates, which shows things are moving in the right direction. As recently as 2009 the recycling rate was just over 30%, so to hit 40% in 2012 is very encouraging.”
Press Release, 27 Nov
Ghana launches first waste segregation
Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, has launched a National Waste Segregation Programme aimed at introducing the separate collection of waste.
Daniel Amlalo, EPA executive director, said Ghana could make some 1.2bn cedi (£323m) a year if waste was better recycled.
Effective segregation of recyclable materials would help to conserve resources, extend the lifespan of landfill sites, reduce the cost of waste management and protect the environment from pollution.
The first phase of the programme will be rolled out in the capital Accra.
The Chronicle, 25 Nov
Nampak moves in on South African cans
South African packaging company Nampak has acquired Alucan Packaging, a beverage can manufacturer based in Nigeria, in a deal worth £187m.
Nampak chief executive Andrew Marshall said: “This acquisition will significantly increase our presence in Nigeria, which is Africa’s second largest economy and where we already manufacture food and general cans along with cigarette cartons, food cartons and labels.”
The Alucan factory is equipped with a state-of-the-art aluminium beverage can line capable of producing up to one billion cans a year.
Plastics and Rubber Weekly, 22 Nov
Butt collection and recycling in Vancouver
TerraCycle has turned Vancouver in Canada into the first city in the world to have a cigarette recycling infrastructure.
The company uses the cellulose acetate filters in cigarette butts to make a variety of industrial products such as plastic pallets. The initiative is part of Vancouver’s objective of becoming the greenest city on the globe by 2020.
TerraCycle has installed 110 cigarette recycling receptacles on blocks within four downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Areas.
Solid Waste & Recycling, 25 Nov
ISRI changes to reflect state of industry
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has made two organisational changes to reflect the current recycling industry. It created a new plastics division and made a change in its bylaws to allow members to join multiple commodity divisions.
By creating a plastics division, ISRI said it was providing an infrastructure that allows it to develop tools and materials for plastics recyclers. Such businesses also will have three seats on ISRI’s board.
The change to allow members to join multiple divisions was made because more companies were handling multiple commodity streams and had a vested interest in the policy develop-ment of more than one area.
Waste360.com, 25 Nov
UN works on waste disposal after Haiyan
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the local government in Tacloban, Philippines, to re-establish waste collection and clear temporary disposal sites in the wake of typhoon Haiyan.
Other projected recovery work includes the establish-ment of temporary landfills, building a robust recycling system and assisting local government in improving its waste management systems.
Alma Evangelista, crisis prevention and recovery portfolio manager at UNDP Philippines, said: “Municipal solid waste has been lying on the streets without being picked up, which can lead to infections such as hepatitis.”
Press release, 27 Nov
Indonesia takes bigger share of scrap
Indonesia’s scrap imports from the US grew sharply by 169.1% year-on-year to 370,000 tonnes during January-July this year, according to official figures. The US was the largest exporter of scrap to Indonesia followed by Australia and Singapore.
Indonesia’s scrap imports from Australia also advanced, up 49.1% year-on-year to 240,000 tonnes in the first seven months of this year. Imports from Singapore increased by 62.6% year-on-year to 155,000 tonnes.
Scrap Register, 26 Nov
Tyre recycler abandons depots
Australia’s largest tyre recycling company, Carbon Polymers, has reportedly abandoned thousands of tyres at its depots around the country and is now under investigation by the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority.
Media reports said the company is about to change its name and exit the tyre recycling business.
Recycling International, 25 Nov
Sugar cane power is upgraded in Brazil
French biomass energy producer Albioma plans to spend 1.2bn reais (£318m) in buying and upgrading sugar cane power plants in Brazil,
a local paper has reported.
Albioma plans to operate 600MW of plants that run on cane waste and it may also develop solar farms, the Sao Paulo-based newspaper said. The funds account for 40% of the company’s global investments.
Bloomberg, 27 Nov