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China expands its EfW sector with 100 plants
The energy-from-waste (EfW) sector in China is forecast to grow by more than 18% during 2013-18, according to research by companiesand-markets.com.
The demand for renewable energy is increasing, and the government’s latest five-year plan looks to establish more than 100 EfW plants by 2015.
The market is controlled by major companies such as China Everbright International, China Renewable Energy Investment and China Energy Conservation and Environ-ment Protection Group.
PR Inside, 28 Apr
Pakistan solid waste destined for landfill
Faisalabad Solid Waste Management Company (FSWMC) has acquired 150 acres to provide landfill for solid waste collected from the Pakistani city.
Managing director Amjad Javaid Awan said a survey had revealed that 1,500 tonnes of solid waste was being generated daily in the city, and some of it could be used for electricity, compost and refuse-derived fuel.
“A strategy [is in place] to collect construction, industrial and hospital waste from areas which have been neglected for several decades. It is the first time that separate strategies are being made for various types of waste,” he said.
The Express Tribune, 29 Apr
Household waste separation by law
Bangkok’s pollution control department is drafting a legal amendment to enforce recycling in households to combat a waste disposal crisis. The measure seeks to promote more efficient waste management through the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ concept.
Wichien Jungrungruang, department chief, said he hoped the scheme would help to cut the amount of rubbish destined for landfills and incinerators nationwide to just 10% of all waste produced.
Bangkok Post, 29 Apr
Waste data reporting from shops and hotels
From 2015, 250 shopping malls and hotels will have to report waste and recycling data to Singapore’s National Environment Agency.
Participants must state the weight of waste discarded and that channelled for reuse and recycling, broken down by type. Companies must also submit waste reduction plans.
Last year, some 7.85 million tonnes of waste was generated in Singapore, up from 7.27 million tonnes in 2012.
Straits Times Singapore, 29 Apr
Officials wrong on recycling plant costs
Construction of a municipal recycling facility in Fort Collins, Colorado, is at a standstill due to high costs. Although $750,000 (£446,000) was initially set aside for the recycling centre, the project will require $1.4m in additional costs.
The Coloradoan reports that city officials say they badly underestimated the cost of construction. The city intended the facility to increase recycling rates and keep materials from entering landfills.
Waste Dive, 28 April
Tyre recycler has its permit revoked
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has revoked the waste management permit for Chambersburg Tire Recycling (CTR).
The agency blamed the company’s failure to resolve compliance issues and waste management violations at its Hamilton Township processing facility.
Lynn Langer, DEP south-central regional director, said: “Despite attempts to bring CTR into compliance and correct the environmental issues at the property, it failed to comply.”
CTR was first established in 2006 to clean up an existing pile of 750,000 scrap tyres at the site.
Recycling Today, 28 Apr
Americas dominate medical waste growth
The medical waste management industry in western markets is projected to achieve a slower, yet stable growth in the next five years, according to researcher MarketsandMarkets.
The market’s global revenue is expected to reach $10.3bn, growing annually by 4.9% from 2013 to 2018.
The Americas dominates the market with $3.1bn in 2013 and is expected to reach $4bn by 2018, growing each year by 5.4%. This is followed by Europe, which is expected to reach $2.7bn by 2018 at a 4.8% annual growth rate.
PR Web, 25 Apr
Latest systems boost sales at recycler
Austrian recycling technology group Erema reports increased orders of 30% for the past two quarters compared with the same period a year earlier.
The company, for which plant sales alone brought in a turnover of e57m (£47m) during the period, said the increase was largely due to sales of its new generation of systems launched in 2013.
Chief executive Manfred Hackl said: “The Intarema system featuring counter- current technology has been exceptionally well received in the market. Based on current orders, we expect a record turnover of around e28m for Q1 of our 2014/15 fiscal year.”
European Plastics News, 28 Apr
Grants help Poles to buy Czech technology
A Polish company is to employ Czech technology to recycle PET bottle waste at a plant under construction in the Lodz region.
NRT Polska has acquired depolymerisation technology using microwave radiation developed by researchers at the Czech Centre of Microwave Technology at the Institute of Chemical Processes of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
The e42m project received grants worth more than e14m from the European Regional Development Fund.
European Plastic News, 24 Apr
Palestine clean-up deal with World Bank
Palestine has signed an agreement with the World Bank to implement a solid waste management project in the Gaza Strip, worth $32m, to be provided by the bank, Sweden, the EU and the French Agency for Develop-ment, in partnership with the Palestinian government.
Minister of local government Sa’ed al-Kuni said the project showed the Palestinian leadership was committed to improving the life of Gazans, who are encountering several environmental threats.
Palestinian News and Info Agency, 24 Apr
Beer and soft drinks cans show growth
Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) said that almost 60 billion soft drinks and beer cans were produced in Europe in 2013. This is a 3% increase on 2012 and the fourth year of successive growth in the region.
The increase was driven by strong performances in eastern Europe, where can fillings grew by 4.8%, and growth of 2.5% in western Europe. Deliveries of cans for soft drinks increased by almost 4% while production of cans for beer grew by more than 2%.
BCME, 24 Apr
Oil recycler fear as subsidy is threatened
Australia’s largest oil recycler, which employs 160 people in Gladstone and Wagga, is said to be facing collapse if the government proceeds with recommendations to slash a subsidy the oil recycling industry depends on.
Southern Oil, which owns an oil re-refinery in Wagga, is due to start operating a new Aus$65m (£36m) plant in Gladstone soon.
The business, which managing director Tim Rose said handles 80% of all oil recycling in Australia, relies on a subsidy currently paid of 50¢ a litre.
My Daily News, 25 Apr