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Polymers group expands UK operation
US-based recycled materials group MBA Polymers has announced a “multi-million pound” investment to expand its operations in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
The unspecified sum has been injected into the business by nine investors and joint partners.
Nigel Hunton, MBA chief executive, said the injection of funds was “a sign of real confidence in our business”. The money would enable the group to complete improvements, enhance operational performance and extend capacity at the plant.
Hunton said the company would see an increased amount of shredded plastic waste from cars, thanks to a new plant run by its partner, EMR, in Oldbury, coming on-stream.
European Plastics News, 27 Jan
Scrap body creates law enforcement team
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has created a Law Enforce-ment Advisory Council, described as a select group of experienced law enforcement officers, prosecutors and security personnel with an understanding of the metals theft issue.
The council will provide the association with advice on developing a comprehensive programme to address metals theft, including training.
Robin Wiener, ISRI president, said: “The recycling industry has long been on the front lines as part of the solution to metals theft, working closely with local law enforcement and prosecutors to deter crime, and creating a nationwide scrap theft reporting system to help in the investigation and capture of thieves.”
Recycling Today, 27 Jan
AD plant permit given to grocery retailer
The Massachusetts Depart-ment of Environmental Protection has issued permits for grocery retail chain Stop & Shop Supermarket to build a product recovery operation at its distribution centre.
The operation will use anaerobic digestion to convert unsold food into electricity and heat for the facility, as well as generating a fertiliser by-product. It will process an average of 86 tonnes a day of unsold food products.
It will have the capacity to produce 1.1MW of energy, which could provide up to 40% of the distribution centre’s on-site electrical needs.
Waste 360, 28 Jan
Mercedes tests biofuel made from straw
Car manufacturer Mercedes is to run a pilot project on the use of second-generation biofuel. Working in partner-ship with chemicals companies Clariant and Haltermann, the company will trial the use of a fuel called sunliquid20, which consists of 20% cellulosic ethanol produced from agricultural waste such as straw.
During the next 12 months, vehicles from a Mercedes-Benz test fleet will be run on the fuel, refilling at an internal petrol station installed for the project at the firm’s Stuttgart-Untertürk-heim site. With an octane rating of more than 100, the fuel guarantees a high level of efficiency.
Thegreencarwebsite, 29 Jan
BHS buys AMNI and adds shredding tools
Crushing and shearing expert BHS-Sonthofen has acquired the patents, trade marks and technical designs of the recycling technology division of fellow German business AMNI Maschinenbau, following the latter’s insolvency last December.
The move has allowed BHS to expand its product range into shredding technology using cutting tools. Rotor shears and granulators acquired from AMNI and upgraded by BHS will be unveiled at the forthcoming IFAT trade fair in Munich.
Recycling International, 27 Jan
Catalan firm to the insolvency rescue
Catalan company Recuper-acions Marcel Navarro i Fills, located in Llagostera, has agreed to rescue the production plant of PET recycler Artenius Green at Balaguer, as part of the liquidation process of insolvent PET group La Seda de Barcelona (LSB).
The buyer will not be liable for outstanding Artenius debts, according to LSB.
The 18,800 tonnes a year PET bottle recycling facility was due to close down. But Recuperacions is to resume and boost production.
European Plastics News, 29 Jan
Weak Turkish lira skews buying activity
The weakness of Turkey’s currency in relation to the US dollar has had a significant impact on steel scrap buying activity, notes Recycling International in its latest ferrous scrap market report.
Turkey’s mills buy scrap off the international market in dollars but receive payments for their domestically sold products in lira.
Producers have also been affected by sluggish demand at home and abroad for their finished goods. Some have opted either to trim production or to look to source scrap more cheaply from smaller supplier countries.
Recycling International, 27 Jan
BPF spearheads UK firms in Chinaplas
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) will head a group of 11 UK exhibitors at the next edition of Chinaplas in Shanghai on 23-26 April.
Joining the BPF will be: Atlas Converting Equipment, Boston Munchy, Croda Europe, MSA Engineering Systems, Meech International, Nextool (UK), Rapidflame, The Aerogen Company and Zotefoams.
The British exhibitors will be showcasing their products and services at the world’s largest plastics event, and are supported by UKT&I grants of up to £3,000.
Press release, 27 Jan
EBRD has designs on Kazahk recycling plant
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Develop-ment plans to support the construction of a waste recycling plant in the Kazakh city of Almaty.
Kazakhstan needs to create a system of integrated management of solid waste collection that will control all waste collection companies, treatment plants and landfills for at least 15 years.
Trend.az, 28 Jan
Japanese scrap price is on the increase
The Bureau for international Recycling (BIR) has reported that the market price of Japanese scrap for domestic and export markets had been increasing since the beginning of October.
Hisatoshi Kojo, board member of the BIR Ferrous Division, said reasons for this stronger market included an acceleration in reconstruction work after the earthquake of March 2011, an increase in steel orders and a higher sales tax due in April.
Press release, 30 Jan
Kenyans go to Europe for waste study
Five MPs from Kisumu, Kenya, went on a four-day trip to Germany to meet a solid waste investor.
Fred Outa, who led the delegation, said they had been invited by the investor for a feasibility study of solid waste management.
“We are going to learn how the project works to help us implement the same in our county in collaboration with the investor,” he said.
The investor reportedly wants to produce biogas and manure out of solid waste.
The Star, 27 Jan
Pyrolisis first deals with Argentina’s wood
Argentina’s ministry of science has invested some $200,000 (£120,000) in the country’s first pyrolysis plant.
It will be built in Santa Ana in the province of Misiones. The aim is to transform waste wood from the forestry industry into biochar fertiliser and biofuel, with no emission. Waste wood in the area is usually burned, generating harmful smoke, ash and gases.
Acercando Naciones, 29 Jan