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Polish paper mark-up at end of the summer
Most recovered paper merchants in Poland have begun charging a mark-up of e10 per tonne (£8 per tonne) for supermarket paper and board. Prices were moving sideways only for certain smaller converters.
During the past two months, the recovered paper market has seen modest growth in demand followed by a moderate price rise.
After sharp price declines at the start of the summer, quotes remained stable in August, against expectations.
Rising spot prices from the second half of the month then signalled an inflection in the price curve.
Ukraine’s long steel imports up 6% on year
Ukraine’s long steel product imports reached 278,880 tonnes in January-August 2012, up 6% year-on-year, according to data issued by the Cabinet of Ministers.
But in August alone, long steel product imports decreased by 3.5% month-on-month to 34,860 tonnes.
In the January-August period, exports of long steel products increased by 2.3% year-on-year to 3.844 million tonnes while in August alone, exports reached 509,710 tonnes, up 25.5%.
SRF percentage use flatlines for cement
Secondary recovered fuels (SRF) accounted for the same share of the European cement industry’s total fuel use in 2011 as they had a year earlier. But growth in cement production and fuel consumption meant that the absolute tonnage was higher.
The SRF share in total fuel use stood at 61% in 2011 and 2010, according to figures from industry association VDZ. In 2009, the SRF share was 59%.
Polystyrene process goes back to monomer
US chemists have discovered a way to convert polystyrene back to styrene monomer, according to Professor Lanny Schmidt from the University of Minnesota in America in the journal ChemSusChem.
The process has the potential to make polystyrene recycling more economical by creating high-quality new materials instead of merely melting and remoulding contaminated plastics into low-value goods, he states.
Katrina debris recycling falls through
TransLoad America chief executive David Stoller had planned to recycle the debris from Hurricane Katrina at its New Orleans sorting facility. But local firm Highway 90 Landfill objected resulting in court hearings and the demise of the proposal.
By diverting the materials from torn-down houses into recycling at TransLoad’s Gentilly facility, up to 2,000 tonnes a day could have been removed from the region’s waste stream, said Stoller.
But Highway 90 Landfill went to court claiming that the recycling plans would lead to the loss of $10m (£6m) in annual tipping fees. It also contended that the crushing of concrete could send airborne dust into local neighbourhoods.
Kentucky signs with electronics recycler
Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has signed a contract with Creative Recycling from Tampa, Florida, to recycle electronic scrap generated by governments and educational institutions across the state.
To handle the scrap, Creative Recycling is planning a collection and distribution centre in Louisville, Kentucky. In the interim, the scrap will be shipped to the company’s facilities in Raleigh, North Carolina, or Tampa.
Yale says ‘international recycling’ is vital
Researchers at Yale University have underlined the need to organise recycling policy on an international scale, saying it is essential for ‘specialty metals’ such as the rare earths.
Scientist Barbara Reck said metals were infinitely recyclable in principle but, in practice, recycling is often inefficient or non-existent because of limits imposed by social behaviour, product design, recycling technologies and the thermodynamics of separation.
New Zealand targets e-waste with funding
New estimates from New Zealand e-waste recycler RCN indicate that the country is able to recycle only 1% of unwanted TVs and other electronics via its government- backed recycling scheme.
The rest, which RCN says averages 80,000-plus tonnes a year, is still landfilled or sent overseas illegally.
Analogue TV transmission was switched off across a large part of the country on 30 September, and the Government is expecting large numbers of TVs to be dumped. It has granted RCN around $1.5m to set up a network of drop-off points as well as three extra recycling centres.
Phone recycling scheme needs cash
Australians are hoarding more than 22 million unwanted mobile phones, despite a national service that will recycle the old handsets free of charge.
But the Mobile Muster scheme, funded by the mobile phone industry, cannot afford to recycle them all. Partici-pating phone makers include Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG and Sony, each of which pays 30¢ (19p) per phone.
Mobile Muster said it would need almost AUS$15m (£9.5m) to recycle Australia’s old phone stash.
Controversial EfW plant trials soon
Trials are expected to start soon at the second energy-from-waste facility to be built in Ghazipur, Delhi.
There have been reports of “widespread public concern” about the facility and its impact on the local environ-ment and health of residents.
But Mahesh Babu, managing director of IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure and Services, said the 12MW plant, which uses Belgian technology, is set to become a “landmark for the sector in the Indian market”.
Chinese plant boosts scrap processing
Chinese scrap firm Changsheng Resource Recycling is developing a processing plant with a combined annual capacity of 1.5 million tonnes for metals, rubber and plastic scrap. The company may also introduce a vehicle dismantling line.
The plant at Gansu is expected to be completed before the end of this year. Ferrous scrap will account for roughly 70% of the total capacity, amounting to one million tonnes per year.
Changsheng said its aim is to develop “the largest scrap processing centre” in China’s north-western region.
Survey finds rise in recycling of plastics
According to South African plastics association Plastics SA, the recycling of plastics has shown a year-on-year increase in the total tonnage being converted since a survey carried out in 2009.
In 2011, the country’s 196 plastic recyclers recycled 245,696 tonnes of material. This is 1.6% more than in 2010. Virgin material consumption decreased by 3% in the same period, from 1,340 to 1,300 tonnes, according to Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom.