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Coca-Cola takes stake in Greek PET plant
Coca-Cola Hellenic has invested in a PET bottle recycling plant in Thesprotia, Greece. It acquired a minority stake in Filia Environmental Industries, which opened the plant on 20 April.
The plant will recycle plastic bottles to produce 100% recycled plastic flake. The plant is capable of processing around 12,000 tonnes of bottles a year, reducing the amount of plastic waste.
German shredder buys Swiss technology
German shredding technology specialist Pallmann Group has acquired briquette and pelletising recycling tech-nology from Swiss company BP Recycling Systems.
Pallmann said the acquisition of BP Recycling’s technology will enable it to include a full line of equipment for making briquettes and pellets from municipal and industrial solid waste, biomass, plastics, textiles, glass, non-ferrous metals and wood.
Pallmann added that the acquisition will also enable it to expand into new sectors, such as the recycling of industrial wastes and the preparation of refuse-derived and solid recovered fuels for combustion or gasification.
New York to recycle more food and plastics
New York City has put two initiatives into effect to improve its waste and recycling efforts. The first is an expansion of recycling to include all rigid plastics, including toys, hangers, shampoo bottles, coffee cups and food containers.
The expansion of plastics recycling is part of the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan. It has been made possible, in part, through a partnership with Sims Municipal Recycling. The company’s facilities are equipped to handle this broad range of plastics.
The recycling expansion is expected to result in more than 50,000 additional tonnes of waste a year no longer ending up in landfill.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg also announced the Food Waste Challenge, aimed at reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. The initiative is expected to help meet New York City’s goal of diverting 75% of solid waste from landfill by 2030.
Carpet firms keep more out of landfill
Members of the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) kept more than 351 million pounds (160,000 tonnes) of carpet out of landfill in 2012, the organisation’s annual report indicated. That is roughly 10% of the amount of carpet CARE estimated was discarded in 2012.
Of the diverted carpet, 294 pounds was recycled into new carpet and other products, a 17% increase over 2011. The remainder was burned for energy.
Around 87.6% of the recycled carpet was used within the US; the next most popular destination was Asia, which used 8.9%.
No collection during strike leads to fine
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has recommended a $2.1m (£1.35m) fine against Waste Management for failing to collect rubbish during last year’s eight-day strike by some drivers.
State regulators said the company violated law by missing collections in unincorporated areas of King, Snohomish and Skagit counties, disproportionately allocating replacement drivers to cities with separate contracts.
Tox Free acquisitions across eastern states
Tox Free Solutions has struck a deal to strengthen its presence in the eastern states area of Australia by buying waste management businesses operating in Queensland and Tasmania for AUS$85m (£56m).
The company said it would undertake a AUS$43m capital raising initiative to help finance the acquisition.
Tox Free will buy for cash the assets and business of Queensland’s Wanless Enviro Services and Smart Skip, and Jones Enviro Services of Tasmania. It will also purchase some of the assets of Wanless Enviro Asset Management.
The businesses are expected to deliver full-year earnings of AUS$14.6m.
Delhi faces landfill crisis as sites fill up
Delhi’s waste crisis may soon reach breaking point as there are no new landfill sites to take the 9,000 tonnes of waste generated daily. Three of four of the city’s landfills are overdue for closure. By 2020 Delhi will need an additional 28sq km to handle what is expected to be a daily 15,000 tonnes of rubbish.
As much as 85% of the city does not have a formal door-to-door collection system. Incineration has brought about environmental concerns and suffers from poor waste segregation.
But it is estimated that 50% of waste is fit for composting and about 30% can be recycled. Effective segregation at source, in transit and during disposal would mean that only 20% of the refuse needs to go to landfill.
China improves its treatment of e-waste
A study by the United Nations University has indicated that China’s e-waste recycling industry is improving and has shown “considerable growth in both treatment capacity and quality”.
This has happened due to “the progressive development of pilot projects and domestic e-waste legislation over the past five years,” it adds.
The report looked at e-waste in China from appliances such as TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and computers from 1995 to 2011. It estimated that, in 2011, such discarded products amounted to 3.62 million tonnes of e-waste.
Foam tableware in use again after 14 years
China is lifting a ban on the use of disposable foam plastic tableware (DFPT) after forbidding its production and use for more than 14 years, Chinanews.com reports.
The move has triggered concerns that ‘white pollution’ will reappear and the change will raise additional food safety issues. Environmentalists questioned the safety of using foam plates and the damage it may cause to the environment.
The National Development and Reform Commission said it was lifting the ban because the standard of DFPT now met national food packaging standards, and the recycling systems and common use of foam tableware in other countries justified its continued use.
Groups work together to beat growing waste
Environmentalists have called on Zimbabwe to tackle its growing landfill problem. It is estimated that the country could now be producing more than three million tonnes of solid waste each year.
Mukundi Mutasa of Environment Africa said that encouraging residents to separate and recycle household waste at source would promote job creation through facilitating the exchange of money for recyclable waste.
He said: “Collection and separation of waste at source is important and can help to reduce the burden of waste collection on local authorities. We need public private partnerships and communities to work together to find solutions to the rubbish crisis that we are facing.”