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Global News - 8 March 2014

Global News from Materials Recycling World: MRW brings you news from around the globe

EUROPE

Can making rises for fourth year in a row

Almost 60 billion cans for soft drinks and beer were produced in Europe in 2013, according to figures released by Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME).

This is a 3% increase on 2012 figures and the fourth year of successive growth.

Welf Jung, BCME marketing committee chairman, also noted improvements in recycling rates across Europe.

“Consumers are responding positively to industry programmes, such as ‘Every Can Counts’ created by BCME, which promote a recycling culture.”

Press release, 27 Feb

 

Germans use fewer bags than average

A study in Germany has found the rate of plastic bag consumption to be less than half the European average.

The findings of the research, and the fact that 99% of used bags are recycled, make EU reduction proposals unnecessary in Germany, claims IK, the association for plastic packaging and films.

IK general manager Jürgen Bruder said: “The German system to collect and recycle packaging ensures that plastic carrier bags do not end up in the landscape but are sorted for mechanical recycling and energy recovery.

“Due to these correctly functioning waste management structures, there is no need for action in Germany.”

European Plastics News, 26 Feb

 

Paper production falls across Europe

Paper and board production in Europe totalled around 91million tonnes last year, down more than 11 million tonnes from the peak figure of 102 million tonnes seen in 2007, according to preliminary statistics from the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).

Import and export figures were also down for the year. The confederation stated: “The overall consumption of paper and board in CEPI countries in 2013 decreased between 1% and 1.5% when compared with 2012.”

 Recycling International, 27 Feb

 

Recycled polyethylene from new plant

National Container Group (NCG), a subsidiary of German-based Mauser Group, has expanded its plastic scrap processing activities with the opening of a recycling centre in Erkelenz, Germany.

NCG offers the collection, washing and remanufacturing of used composite intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and drums from 10 locations in Europe.

Mauser/NCG said the new recycling line was expected to generate high-quality recycled polyethylene material from used industrial plastic packaging and IBCs.

Recycling Today, 26 Feb

 

NORTH AMERICA

Boeing closes the loop on aircraft aluminium

Kaiser Aluminum and aerospace company Boeing have formed a closed-loop scrap recycling programme that is expected to involve nearly 10,000 tonnes of aluminium in 2014-15.

Kaiser, which produces semi-fabricated speciality aluminium products across North America, said the programme is its largest to date. It will capture 7XXX and 2XXX alloy recyclables generated by Boeing during production of aircraft.

John Byrne, vice-president of Boeing Aircraft Materials and Structures, said: “We are focused on reducing the environmental footprint of commercial aviation, which includes increasing materials recyclability and reduce manufacturing waste.”

Recycling Today, 26 Feb

 

 Canada considers new ELV regulations

The Ontario Ministry of theEnvironment is seeking input on a discussion paper that proposes new environmental standards for end-of-life vehicle (ELV) processing regulations in Canada.

Proposals includes requiring all ELVs to have contaminants removed before crushing or shredding, eligible ELV processing sites to register on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry, and the sites to have a plan for the environmentally sound management of waste, maintenance of equipment, mitigation of emissions and staff training

Solid Waste & Recycling, 25 Feb

 

Two GM centres hit zero waste to landfill

Two distribution centres operated by General Motors (GM) have achieved landfill-free status.

The Detroit-based car maker said its centres in Chicago and Hudson have diverted all their waste,

especially cardboard and wood pallets, to recycling, reuse or energy. The Chicago warehouse alone accumulates 25 tonnes of cardboard a year.

Both facilities work with local recycling partners to help sort recyclables from other waste. GM has a goal of 125 landfill-free sites by 2020.

Waste 360, 26 Feb

 

ASIA

Co-operation deal for Thai EfW technology

London-based Waste2Tricity, which plans to use plasma gasification and fuel cell technology to deliver energy-from- waste (EfW) solutions, has signed a co-operation agreement in Bangkok with AFC Energy and AlterNRG through its Waste2Tricity International (Thailand) subsidiary.

The agreement will accelerate the adoption of AFC’s fuel cell systems inThailand, where Waste2-Tricity holds an exclusive licence for EfW projects.

Waste Management World, 24 Feb

 

Illegal shipyards shut and trees replanted

Bangladeshi authorities have cleared two shipyards in Chittagong, one of the world’s biggest toxic ship scrapyards, located in south-east Bangladesh.

After the eviction, the authorities started putting in around 17,500 varieties of plants on 15 acres of recovered land.

SK Steel and SK Ship Breaking and Recycling leased the land in 2009, chopped down thousands of mangrove trees and started importing end-of-life ships for breaking on the beach.

But last October, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh declared the yards illegal, ordered the companies to be evicted and the trees to be replanted.

Dhaka Tribune, 25 Feb

 

AFRICA

Aluminium firm wants to use more scrap

South African aluminium manufacturer Hulamin has made a 300m rand (£16.7m) investment in a recycling facility as part of plans to diversify its sources of metal, amid mounting concerns about supply.

Richard Jacob, chief executive of the Bayside smelter, said: “This investment will allow us to secure competitively priced aluminium inputs and increase slab production capacity in Pietermaritzburg.”

Hulamin aims to source a quarter of its metal from scrap, he said, and the plant would allow the company to process scrap from street collectors to its distribution channels.

The company plans to produce up to 200,000 tonnes of aluminium a year even if BHP Billiton’s Bayside smelter closed, Jacob added.

Business Report, 25 Feb

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Recycler expands in ‘dynamic’ Mexico

Scrap metal recycling software specialist 21st Century Programming has recruited IVEMSA to bolster

its presence in Mexico, a country it describes as “an excellent gateway to all of Latin America”.

IVEMSA, which has been offering a ‘soft landing’ to businesses wanting to start up operations in the region, will assist in customs expediting and human resources management, as well as in government and environmental compliance.

21st Century president George Kane said: “With several clients already in Mexico, we decided to expand operations to take better advantage of the dynamic growth in that region.”

Recycling International, 24 Feb

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