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Global News - 1 June 2013

MRW brings you markets, business and policy news from around the world.

MRW brings you markets, business and policy news from around the world.

ASIA

Everest clean-up removes 10 tonnes

A group of volunteers has climbed Mount Everest to remove the hundreds of tonnes of waste left behind by climbers and villagers.
As part of Saving Mount Everest, a project started in 2010, volunteers have taken away 10 tonnes of waste, introduced waste manage-ment systems for villagers and tourists, and installed 15 waste treatment facilities.
The volunteers found climbing gears, tents, food packaging, and even dead bodies left behind.
A lead project worker said that a new incinerator is now in operation and that porters, villagers and students are getting training on how to manage waste properly.

The Metro, 23 May

http://bit.ly/10MsFW5

Waste ‘crisis’ looms in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s three outdoor landfill sites are set to reach capacity by 2020, according
to the government’s Environmental Protection Department (EPD).
The EPD acknowledges that Hong Kong is experiencing “a waste crisis”, which can only be dealt with by taking cross-sector action, such as waste prevention and enhanced waste recovery, as well as building waste treatment infrastructure able to handle different types of waste.
The authorities have also been considering charging households and businesses according to the amount of waste they produce.

Phuket News, 22 May

http://bit.ly/11b4UXI

Containerboard producer ramps up

Chinese containerboard producer Nine Dragons Paper will add six new production lines during the next three years, adding more than two million tonnes to its production capacity.
Five of the lines will be built in China and one in Vietnam.
Nine Dragons chairman Cheung Yan said the move would strengthen the regional scale of the company and respond to the demand for paperboard packaging products, which she expects to rise after 2015.

Recycling International, May 17

http://bit.ly/10PUwsz

EUROPE

Steel packaging leads way in recyclability

Steel packaging was recycled at a rate of 74% on average across Europe in 2011, according to the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL). It remains the most recycled packaging material on the continent.
Steel packaging’s recycling rate is now three times higher than 20 years ago, according to the association. Factors contributing to this good performance are the material’s ‘infinite’ recycla-bility, the ease with which magnetic steel can be recovered, and widespread awareness of the benefits of recycling steel packaging.
APEAL estimated that because producing packaging with recycled steel requires 70% less energy than using raw materials, European households saved the equivalent of almost half of Belgium’s annual electricity consumption during 2011.

Recycling International, 17 May

http://bit.ly/1948bjh

Swedish environmental agency to develop waste prevention plan

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is assisting the government in developing the country’s first national waste prevention programme.
EPA has proposed measures such as tax breaks on repair and maintenance work and incentives to the sale of second-hand clothing.
It also stressed the need to hold discussions with manufacturers to identify ways to increase the life expectancy of appliances.
A public consultation will be open until 2 September, and the EPA expects a waste prevention policy to be completed before EU deadline set for 12 December.

Recycling International, 17 May

http://bit.ly/1948bjh

NORTH AMERICA

Novelis invests in Italian aluminium line

US aluminium producer Novelis has invested €12m (£10m) on a new aluminium recycling and continuous casting line at its Pieve Emanuele facility in Milan, Italy.
Novelis said the investment was its largest in Italy for 10 years. The technology included in the new line will allow Novelis to recycle aluminium scrap into aluminium sheet that will be further processed in its facilities in Italy and Germany.

Recycling Today, 17 May

http://bit.ly/10LKjti

US superstore opens AD plant

US largest grocery store Kroger has opened an anaerobic digestion (AD) system that will convert unsold food into power for on-site operations.
The Kroger Recovery System was built in a distribution centre in California. It will process 137 tonnes of food daily and produce enough renewable biogas to offset more than 20% of the centre’s energy requirement.
The company said the AD system will also contribute to reducing the number of truck trips in the area by more than 500,000 miles each year.

Waste Management World, 17 May

http://bit.ly/17EU04Z

Rare earths value in landfill sites

Mining company Green Technology Solutions plans to mine landfill sites to retrieve valuable rare earth minerals from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
The California-based firm said it is investing in Latin American WEEE supplies and infrastructure to capture a future share of the US market for rare earth minerals, such as neodymium and samarium.
Green Technology chief executive Paul Watson said: “The usefulness of these metals in the microelectronics industry is outweighed only by their scarcity.”
Watson foresees billions of dollars of profits for companies that can successfully capture rare earth minerals from landfill

Daily Finance, 24 May

http://aol.it/10WEPA5

SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil’s fashion capital to build textile recycling plant

São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city and host of the country’s fashion week, has announced the building of a plant to recycle the pieces of fabric that are abandoned in the city’s streets every day.
More than 30 tonnes of fabric are rejected daily by the textile factories located in the city’s two traditional clothing manufacturing districts. Most of the pieces are left in plastic bags on the kerbside.
The plant will be built under an agreement between the municipality, the textile industry’s trade union and a private company that will fund the construction.
São Paulo’s services secretary Simão Pedro said the demand for recycled textiles is high because it can be turned into the fibres for car seat covers.

Green et Vert, 21 May

http://bit.ly/19Xfmaw

AFRICA

Biopolymer research centre opened at Kenyan university

A Kenyan science and technology university has inaugurated a centre to develop technologies to solve the problem of plastic pollution in East Africa.
The Biopolymer Centre, opened at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), has been opened with the support of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) trade organisation under its science, technology and innovation policy.
The centre will work on biodegradable polymers produced from agribusiness waste such as sugar, coffee and pineapple factories.
JKUAT vice-chancellor Mabel Imbuga said: “The centre will integrate knowledge and R&D activities to suit local industrial needs. The overall goal will be to create biopolymer-based innovations as spin-offs to local entrepreneurs for job and wealth creation.”
The centre hosted Africa’s first International Biopolymer Workshop.

The People, May 17

http://bit.ly/13NlXo9

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