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Textile recycler adds another to its roster
Pre-consumer textiles recycler Martex Fiber has acquired the South Carolina-based waste services division of Bollag International, which collects and markets textile wastes.
The move is part of Martex’s expansion strategy, which included the takeover of Texas company JBM Fibers last June.
Martex president Jimmy Jarrett said: “We have increased our global recycling capability to more than 78 million kg per year. This acquisition ensures ongoing supply security for our Made in USA fibre expansion, yarn production and global trading distribution.”
Recycling International, 7 Jan
Safer Milwaukee with gun buyback scheme
A group of pastors has asked the city of Milwaukee to support a gun buyback programme with $50,000 (£30,000). The project would allow residents to hand in unwanted weapons anonymously for recycling to help reduce violence.
Guns would be melted down and turned into gardening tools. Recycling companies Midwest Forman Recycling (MFR) and Miller Compressing have expressed an interest in participating.
According to MFR director Marty Forman, his company will support the take-back initiative by offering gift cards for up to $200 for discarded handguns, rifles and assault weapons.
Recycling International, 7 Jan
Easier composting but without extra cost
Most Americans would be willing to compost at home if it was more convenient but they do not want to pay extra for it, according to a survey by the National Waste & Recycling Association.
The study reports that 72% of people do not compost at home, but 67% would do so if it was easier.
Conversely, 62% of those reporting said they would not support an increase in their waste and recycling service costs if separate food and yard waste collection and processing were necessary.
Waste360, 8 Jan
Chinese ship recycler wins HK certification
Chinese ship recycling facility Jiangsu Changrong Steel
has received a Statement of Compliance from Nippon Kaiji ClassNK, stating that the company complies with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 2009.
The designation makes Jiangsu only the fourth facility in the world to earn the certification, it said.
Under the Convention, ship recycling facilities must submit a Ship Recycling Facility Plan that demonstrates the recycling methods being implemented are safe and environmentally sound to relevant authorities.
Recycling Today, 3 Jan
EfW plant in Anhui Province goes ahead
Hong Kong-based renewable energy developer China Everbright International has won a bid for an energy-from-waste (EfW) project in Ma’anshan City in Anhui Province, China.
The company is to set up a joint venture with Ma’anshan Urban Development Investment Group for the construction phase, with both parties owning a 50% equity interest in the venture.
Everbright said the Ma’anshan project was its first EfW project in Anhui. It will be able to process 12,000 tonnes of waste a year to generate approximately 100 million kWh of electricity.
Waste Management World, 6 Jan
CR reporting by Asian firms is on the rise
Singapore and India are leading the Asia-Pacific region in corporate responsibility (CR) reporting. They recorded two of the highest jumps in reporting rates since 2011 compared with the rest of the world, said the latest KPMG Survey of Corporate Respon-sibility Reporting 2013.
In Asia-Pacific, 71% of leading companies now publish CR reports. India experienced the highest growth, with 73% of its companies issuing reports, up from 20%, followed by Chile and Singapore.
Eco Business, 7 Jan
Tata to supply track from upgraded mill
Tata Steel has won a two-year contract to supply more than 200,000 tonnes of track to French rail operator SNCF from its French plant in Hayange.
The order was secured following a e35m (£29m) investment by Tata in 2011 that allowed the Hayange mill to produce 108m lengths of rail that SNCF will use throughout its standard and high-speed networks. The order is an extension of a previous contract with SNCF.
Press release, 8 Jan
Court rules off-spec fuel is not waste
The European Court of Justice has ruled that off-spec fuel oil does not have to be handled as waste in a move that was welcomed by bunker suppliers.
Shell Nederland and Shell Belgium were disputing a ruling by the Dutch environmental authority ILENT, which wanted to force them to handle a parcel of diesel oil rejected by a Belgian client as waste, when in fact Shell intended to up-blend the fuel to the specification for selling on.
The Court came to the rescue of suppliers in December 2013 saying that ILENT had interpreted EU regulations too literally on the matter, and that off-spec fuel oil did not have to be handled as waste.
The Motorship, 8 Jan
Church wants clean up of ‘Triangle of Death’
Church leaders in southern Italy have demanded a clean-up of waste dumped by the mafia in a racket that has polluted farmland and earned the region the name the ‘Triangle of Death’.
The Camorra mafia has been illegally dumping and burning toxic waste for decades between Naples and the province of Caserta.
Ten million tonnes have been buried there in the past 22 years, according to environmentalist group Legambiente. The World Health Organisation said that higher incidents of congenital abnormalities and deaths from cancer are “positively correlated” to waste exposure in the area.
“The environmental disaster… has turned to a real humanitarian tragedy,” the Archbishop of Naples and bishops of local dioceses wrote in an open letter to president Giorgio Napolitano.
The Herald, 6 Jan
Nigerian call for adoption of three Rs
The Environmental Management Association of Nigeria has called for the adoption of a reduce, reuse and recycle strategy in the country’s waste management programmes.
The call was included in a communiqué issued at the end of a National Conference on Climate Change and Sustainable Environmental Management in Nigeria.
Participants urged the integration of physical planning into environmental management and development processes.
Daily Trust, 8 Jan
Cruise firm looks into dumping at sea claim
Holiday company MSC Cruises has responded to claims by a local TV station that its crew has been throwing waste bags into the sea off the coast of Brazil.
The company said: “[We take] this claim very seriously and are conducting a full investigation. Should any responsibility be confirmed, we will take all necessary action to avoid similar incidents in the future.
“Our fleet is equipped with waste incinerators, pulpers, grinders and compactors for the processing of waste. This makes it possible to reduce shipboard space for storing rubbish, offload waste to shore facilities and recycle recyclable items into special collectors for enhanced biodegradability.”
Travel and Tour, 7 Jan