MRW’s weekly round-up of news concerning waste management and recycling around the world.
Construction of largest US commercial AD system begins
Clean World Partners and Atlas Disposal Industries have started construction of the US’s largest commercial-scale, high solids anaerobic digestion (AD) system, and on California’s first AD-based Renewable Natural Gas Fueling Station.
Clean World Partners’ Organic Waste Recycling Centre at the South Area Transfer Station in Sacramento will convert 25 tons of food waste per day. The waste will be collected by Atlas Disposal from area food processing companies, restaurants and supermarkets into renewable natural gas.
In 2013, the facility will be expanded to process 100 tons of waste per day, making it the largest commercial-scale, high solids AD system in the United States.
Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal, 14 June 2012: http://on.mktw.net/LfNgxs
Recycling bill targets biowaste in Vermont
Vermont will introduce mandatory state-wide recycling by 2020 to help reduce the amount of food waste, paper and plastics bottle disposed of in landfill sites, under a new law.
According to Associated Press, the first mandate would apply to large-volume generators of food waste, such as manufacturers and hospitals, required to recycle by 2014. Households would then be required to recycle paper and plastic by 2015, and green waste by 2016.
Vermont is currently reported to be recycling 36% of its waste and hopes to recycle a further 32% through mandatory recycling and composting.
Waste Management World, 8 June 2012: http://bit.ly/KPDKDQ
Can recycling competition winners announced.
The winners of the 2012 Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge have been announced by aluminium recycling firm Novelis and the United States Conference of Mayors.
Participating cities collected more than 114 million cans during the challenge period. The amount of energy saved by recycling these cans could supply enough energy to power 10,884 U.S. homes for an entire day, it was estimated.
First place in the “Most Cans Collected” category was Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while Pembroke Pines in Florida won the “Most Innovative Ideas” award. Both won grants of $25,000.
PR Newswire via COMTEX, 14 June, 2012
Brazilian slum landfill site transformed into a park
A landfill site in Rio de Janeiro has been turned into a park thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers.
Mauro Quintanilha, a musician and craftsman started the initiative at the Vidigal favela, and together with a group of 20 volunteers, spent a year cleaning up the area.
He used the recycled material to decorate benches in the park and to turned some into an array of creations that he sells to slum residents for a little extra cash.
AFP (Rio de Janeiro), 10 June 2012: http://www.afp.com/en/node/202826
Kenyan steel rolling plant gets EIA
An environmental impact assessment report for a proposed steel factory in Kajiado County in Kenya has been submitted to the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).
The proposed Masai Rolling Mills in Isinya will set out to recycle scrap steel for rolling TMT (Thermo-Mechanically Treated) bars and melting steel billets.
The new mill, once operational, will battle with established steel manufacturers rollers, which include Devki Steel Mills and Mabati Rolling Mills, for a share of the market for steel construction materials.
The Star (Nairobi), 12 June 2012: http://bit.ly/NEEYDC
Waste control demonstration projects line up in Nigeria
The Federal Government has commissioned two demonstration waste control projects in Ilokun and Erifun, Ado Ekiti, in Ekiti State as part of efforts to address the menace of waste in the country.
Commissioning the project, the minister of environment, Hajiya. Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafia said: “Today we are part of history in the commissioning of the two compost plants, the launching of the produced organic manure and the official handing over of the project to the Ekiti state government.”
Daily Trust (Nigeria), 14 June 2012: http://bit.ly/L88wbO
Tetra Pak launches South Africa’s first beverage carton plant
The first beverage carton recycling plant in South Africa has opened in the city of Germiston near Johannesburg, thanks to a joint effort between Tetra Pak and Gayatri Paper Mills.
Tetra Pak claims that less than 60% of the 1.19 million tonnes of paper produced each year in the country is recycled. Rodney Reynders, the company’s South Africa Environmental Manager, said resource depletion was an imperative business challenge of global proportions and underlined the need to reduce waste.
Recycling International, 14 June 2012: http://bit.ly/Lg7qce
Tanzanian recycling opportunity pinpointed
The Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam has been highlighted as having great potential for waste recycling.
Programme coordinator for Sustainable Cities International Network - Africa Programme - Morgen Ziyhaye said the city would save a lot of money if it had recycling plants instead of struggling to transport all the waste to the dumpsite.
He said: “Waste can be separated into plastics and organic compost that can produce additional revenue for waste collectors and fertilizer for urban agriculture.”
Daily News (Tanzania), 10 June 2012: http://bit.ly/P9EiDq
Gasification facility proposed for Perth
Waste to energy specialist Phoenix Energy Australia plans to develop a AU$400 million waste to energy facility near Perth.
The facility is set to combine both mass burn waste incineration technology and plasma arc waste gasification. According to a report by Perthnow the facility will have a total output of some 80 MW.
Phoenix Energy said that the facility, to be located in the Kwinana Industrial Area in Western Australia, will be used to recover energy from municipal waste.
Waste Management World, 30 May 2012: http://bit.ly/L4FokG
China set to produce twice as much waste as US by 2030
China is likely to produce twice as much municipal solid waste as the United States by 2030, according to a report form the World Bank, What a Waste: A Global Review of Solid Waste Management.
The report provides consolidated data on MSW generation, collection, composition and disposal by country and by region.
Waste volumes are increasing quickly around the world with municipal solid waste (MSW) growth fastest in China, other parts of East Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, according to the report.
Waste Management World, 14 June 14, 2012 :http://bit.ly/MNJl9s
Buddhists to boost French recycling campaign
The Taiwan-based Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has partnered with the French textile recycler Le Relais to increase the collection of unwanted clothing.
The Foundation wants to see a sustainable society and has pledged to mobilise its extensive ‘Paris network’ to raise additional awareness of recycling in the French capital.
Emmanuel Pilloy, President of Le Relais, and Yao He-chiung, Vice President of Tzu Chi Foundation’s French arm, formally signed the cooperation agreement at a recycling facility in Ploisy. Both men expressed the wish to work closely together to promote recycling and create jobs.
Recycling International, 14 June 2012: http://bit.ly/Lwh6xy
ELV recycling rate tops 96% in the Nertherlands
Dutch company ARN says that 96.2% of the weight of end-of-life (ELV) vehicles in the Netherlands were recycled in 2011.
The ARN report notes that the recycling percentage has two components, with 83.1% used as a product or material, and 13.1% incinerated to generate power. In 2010, the recycling rate was 95.3%.
In 2011, 249,607 cars were deregistered for scrap, of which 206,150 vehicles were processed by ARN’s contract partners. This made ARN’s market share 82.6% in 2011.
Recyling Today, 5 June 2012: http://bit.ly/MIrGiM
Puma launches ‘bring me back’ campaign
A recycling initiative by sports business Puma will see special collection bins installed at its stores throughout Germany. The company is aiming to establish a simple, attractive way for consumers to return used clothes and shoes.
The ‘Bring Me Back’ programme is supported by international textile recycler I:Collect AG, which has been working via a collection bin system since 2009 and claims to accept all brands of unwanted clothes and accessories.
Recycling International, 31 May 2012: http://bit.ly/JvSEJI
Russian court overturns scrap export ban
The Supreme Arbitration Court of Russia has deemed former prime minister Vladimir Putin’s ban on ferrous and non-ferrous scrap export to Far Eastern ports as unlawful. It has ordered the government of the Russian Federation to pay 2000 roubles to the plaintiff, Primorsky Metallo Export.
Recycling International, 6 June 2012: http://bit.ly/MYNiIn