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Veolia to acquire FCC’s stake in Proactiva Medio Ambiente
FCC has agreed to sell its 50% stake in South American waste-management company Proactiva Medio Ambiente to Veolia Environnement. The €150m (£127m) deal will be the largest acquisition by Veolia in the region since 2000, according to BBVA, a Spanish bank involved in the transaction.
Veolia already owns half of Proactiva Medio Ambiente, which operates in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
The move fits it with FCC’s plans to sell €2.2bn of non-strategic assets, as the company announced in March.
Bloomberg, 10 June
Waste for vegetables in Mexico City
Mexico City’s residents can exchange rubbish for agricultural products as part of a Government-sponsored initiative to promote recycling.
The city’s minister for the environment Tanya Müller García said participants could exchange solid waste with fruit and vegetables, cheese, meat, beans and sweets for a total of over six tonnes.
Organisers have so far collected paper, cardboard, glass, PET and plastic and aluminum cans tetrapacks and iron, which will be processed by recycling companies Recupera México and ProAmbi.
Excelsior, 9 June
Italian firm to open PET recycling plant in Brazil
Italian company AMUT will supply a plastics recycling technology to Mossi&Ghisolfi’s recycling plant in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil.
The plant, will handle bottles from municipal waste collections is expected to be operational later this year. With a capacity of 2000kg of bottles an hour it will produce high-quality flake suitable for bottle-to-bottle processes.
For AMUT, this will be its third major recycling line in Latin America. In 2012, the equipment company supplied to Argentinean processor Tecsan, which handles municipal solid waste and to Coca-Cola-owned Petstar in Mexico which handles plastic bottles.
Recycling International, 7 June
Hungary drafts new waste law
The Hungarian government has drafted a new waste management law and established a national waste management authority.
The new waste legislation states that from 1 January 2014 only companies that are at least 51% state controlled will be allowed to collect waste.
The Hungarian minister for rural development Zoltán Illés said that such a measure will reduce the number of companies operating in the sector and promote to a growth in the services of the remaining ones, leading to a 30-40% decrease in household waste collection fees.
The new waste regulation also includes a progressive rise in landfill tax, which is set to increase four times to HUF 12,000 (£34) per tonne by 2016.
Portfolio.hu, 5 June.
EU trade body calls for study on building glass
A European trade association has urged a study on end-of-life glass used in buildings, saying that despite its highly recyclability the material is almost never converted into new glass.
Glass for Europe said that a pan-European study is need to “apprehend the scale of the challenge and identify best practices”, as the few solutions available remain local and experimental.
The association said that the existence of different types of building glass and the glass being integrated in window frames constitute a challenge to the collection and recycling of the material.
Recycling International, 10 June
Ontario opens consultation on producer responsibility
The environment minister of the state of Ontario, Canada, David Orazietti, has proposed a revision of the waste regulations to make producers responsible for the recycling of their products.
Measures included in the proposed new Waste Reduction Act include the requirement for producers to inform consumers on the costs of collecting waste deriving from their products and to reimburse municipalities for collecting and handling wastes.
According to the Act, the responsibility of overseeing the compliance with new regulations would be given to a new Waste Reduction Authority.
A consultation on the proposals is open until 4 September.
Tirebusiness.com, 10 June
US approves key permit for largest EfW
The US government has approved a key permit for the construction of the country’s largest recycling plant in Puerto Rico.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an air permit to Energy Answers International for the construction of a 77-megawatt energy-from-waste facility to be built in Arecibo.
This is the first time that an energy-from-waste facility in Puerto Rico has received such a permit. Local environmentalists have long opposed the project because of fears of contamination and wil appeal to the EPA’s decision.
Other permits still need to be approved before Energy Answers International can start the works for the $650m (£415m) plant.
The Washington Post, 11 June
Jamaica to revamp waste act
The Jamaican government is working on an amendment of the country’s National Solid Waste Management Authority Act to raise the standards of waste management in the country and ensure the enforcement of regulations.
The amendments include the introduction of tipping fees for waste disposal and a licensing system for waste collectors.
The Jamaican minister of local government and community development Noel Arscott said that the government will ensure that building permits and trade or amusement licenses will no longer be granted to companies that do not have plans for waste collection and disposal.
Jamaica Information Service, 12 June
First EfW plant to be built in India
A local authority belonging to Delhi metropolitan area has announced the building of India’s first energy-from-waste facility.
The plant will be built in partnership with infrastructure contractor Ramky in Narela-Bawana in northern Delhi.
A Ramky representative said the facility will be the first of its kind in India. It will be completed by 31 August and be operational by November.
The plant will help in keeping the nearby landfill sites from overflowing, he added.
It will initially generate 13 megawatts of electricity from 1300 tonnes of waste per day, and then its capacity will be enhanced to 35 megawatts from 4000 tonnes.
The Indian Express, 5 June
Worm farm converts food waste into fertiliser in Australia
A worm farm trial in Newtown, Australia, has halved the waste of a restaurant and juice shop and turned them into fertiliser.
As part of the six month pilot, worms in a 1500 litres skip bin were fed with organic waste.
Project Manager, Mithra Cox, said the farm had diverted 462 kg, or the equivalent of 6,500 hamburgers, from landfill and produced 323 litres of organic fertilizer, which was donated to local residents.
Cox said the next stage of the program would involve establishing trial worm farms on-site at restaurants and food outlets.
Sydneymedia.com.au, 31 May
Namibia’s capital launches WEEE collection services
The Namibian capital Windhoek has rolled out a WEEE disposal and recycling service in collaboration with Namibian recycler Transworld Cargo after the success of a pilot.
The company will collect WEEE free of charge from bulk e-waste generators, dismantle the items and sort recyclable components.
A considerable amount of the dismantled material will be though exported to specialised recyclers outside the country, such as in South Africa, as the Namibian recycling industry is still in its infancy, according to Frank Gschwender, manager for business and organisational development at Transworld Cargo.
The Namibian, 12 June