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New life for old asphalt using Hera
A recycling machine capable processing nearly 100% of asphalt road material has been unveiled in the Netherlands. The recycling drum operates using an indirect heating system developed by Dutch construction company VolkerWessels in collaboration with Swiss partner Ammann.
VolkerWessels chief executive Gerard van de Aast claims that a minimum of 80% of old asphalt can be recycled using Hera technology and, in less critical cases, as much as 100%.
Irish recycling target is beaten by 4.1%
The Republic of Ireland exceeded its recovery and recycling targets for packaging in 2011, despite having faced a “challenging year”, according to Repak, the country’s recycling authority.
The country beat its targets by recovering and recycling 652,000 tonnes of material, an increase of 4.1% over 2010. Ireland currently ranks seventh among EU member states in terms of its packaging performance, according to Eurostat.
The average cost per tonne of material recovered through the scheme has dropped from e45 to e40 (£36 to £32).
Scrap shortage leads to ferrous export ban
Argentina has again put a stop to overseas shipments of ferrous scrap. The prohibition, which applies to various forms of iron and steel scrap as well as stainless steel, came into effect on 28 August and is scheduled to remain in place for 360 days.
The industry ministry confirmed that the measure was a response to a ferrous scrap shortage in the local market which, it said, was an obstacle to the development of the domestic steel sector.
China-wide handset recycler is appointed
The China Electronics Enterprises Association has appointed Li Tong (Jiangmen) Enviro Tech Company, based in Hong Kong, as the official recycler of end-of-life mobile phones nationwide under the Comprehensive Use of Used Mobile Phones Scheme, endorsed by the government.
It is part of a strategy to update the reverse supply chain infrastructure, tackle the problem of mobile phone waste and achieve a recycling target of 95% by 2015.
Plastics recyclers form trade body
A consortium of more than 50 Chinese plastics recycling companies has been set up in Beijing to support develop-ment of the plastics industry.
The China Scrap Plastics Association was set up to “act as a catalyst for innovation” by liaising between industry and the government. It said it was determined to resolve issues currently curbing the potential of the scrap plastics industry, and has pledged to invest in initiatives to increase use of recycled plastics.
Container firm opens Chinese plant
Industrial packaging firm Mauser has opened a plant in China as demand grows in the Asia-Pacific region.
The company has invested e15m in the site in Jiangyin, which will produce intermediate bulk containers, 210-litre L-ring and open-top drums, as well as 210-litre steel drums.
Order to boost use of renewable power
China’s major electricity suppliers will be ordered to buy up to 15% of their power from renewable sources. Reports claim the companies will have to source 5-15% of electricity from wind farms, depending on their location.
China has the world’s largest wind power capacity but experts claim a third of it is idle because of expensive grid connections, which have slowed turbine installations.
Food waste recycling scheme is widened
Around 100,000 Canadian households have been provided with food waste recycling services. It is the expansion of an existing pilot project in Vancouver.
The pilot, based in Sunrise and Riley Park neighbour-hoods, involved about 2,000 homes. The new city-wide programme builds on the same principle of diverting organic waste and compost from landfill sites.
Before the expansion, residents were able to dispose of uncooked fruit and vegetables, tea, coffee or eggshells in their green bins. Now even pizza boxes, napkins and other food-soiled paper can be thrown in.
Local processing of e-waste toys
The Canadian Brandowners Residual Stewardship Corporation has launched a scheme under which battery-powered toys can be handed in at a local depot.
The British Columbia government-backed programme accepts items right up to large ride-on electrical toys and gaming devices. Once collected at the drop-off points, the items are sent to local processor Genesis Recycling for separation and processing.
Process sets sights on bullet reclamation
Lead Us Reclaim, a Wisconsin- based initiative, has unveiled a process to recover 95% of used bullets from gun ranges. The company’s patented blower system can separate out lead from dirt and other material, which it said was important because smelters do not accept loads with too many impurities.
Tyre management plan row goes to court
The South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs said it would oppose a court application lodged by the South African Tyre Recycling Process Company (SATRP) and Bridgestone South Africa against a waste tyre management plan.
SATRP said the plan would force it to change systems, levy calculations and invoicing. The management plan imposes a levy as soon as a tyre is manufactured or imported, but SATRP said a used tyre weighed 10-20% less than a new one.
Container deposit scheme is foiled
The Australian Greens have failed in their bid to introduce a national container deposit scheme. They argued that a 10¢ (6p) levy on bottles, cans and cartons would lift recycling rates and cut environmental waste.
But Labour and coalition senators joined forces to strike down the Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2010.
Metal waste on the move to avoid levy
A New South Wales (NSW)metals company is planning to bring 7,000 truckloads of waste to south-east Queensland landfills to avoid paying that state’s waste levy.
Australian Council of Recycling director Grant Musgrove said it would save the company, which he would not name, “millions of dollars”, but damage recycling efforts in NSW and Queensland. Musgrove added that Queensland had made a mistake in becoming the only Australian state to remove its waste levy.