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GTSO makes moves in Chilean WEEE
Californian firm Green Technology Solutions (GTSO) is backing Chilean waste electronics (WEEE) recycler Chilerecicla, adding that the WEEE sector in Latin America is witnessing “phenomenal growth”.
GTSO has regarded Chile as a worthwhile investment destination for a long time, according to Paul Watson, chief executive of GTSO Resources, a division of GTSO.
He said that Chilerecicla could potentially emerge as “the leader of the pack” in a nation where demand for WEEE recycling is growing fast, partly due to fewer scrap management regulations.
China sets 50% goal for industrial recycling
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has set a goal of increasing the country’s industrial solid waste recycling rate to 50% by 2015, with the aim of recycling seven billion tonnes during 2011-15.
The figure is nearly double that achieved during the last five-year plan of 2006-10. During that period, China recycled 3.6 billion tonnes of solid waste and reclaimed 12,000 hectares of waste land.
Low-cost gasification used rice husk fuel
A cooking stove fuelled by gasified biowaste has been approved by the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and launched in the north-east of the country.
According to Manglam Trading, the stove is available in domestic and community sizes and requires only rice husk as a fuel. It is gasified to produce clean flames with no smoke or carbon, at a very low cost.
The company said that rice husk is a widely available, low-cost agricultural waste, and that one kilogram of rice typically contains around 200g (20%) of husk. A huge quantity is treated as waste and destroyed.
Waste transfer site will reduce odours
Residents living around the Athipet rubbish transfer station in Chennai, India, may breathe a sigh of relief from next January. The Corporation of Chennai has decided to revamp the transfer station so that the site does not produce unpleasant smells.
While the design for the new transfer station has not been finalised, the corporation intends to ensure that garbage does not pile up.
An official said: “We plan to ask architects to design a system where the old garbage gets picked up first by tipper vehicles. Rubbish at the bottom of the pit gets left behind daily and starts rotting. That causes the smell.”
The new transfer station will allow easy movement of large vehicles and will have a water recycling plant to reduce consumption.
PET-bottle printer paper resists water
Japanese technology company Teijin has developed paper for printing made from recycled polyester fibre derived from PET bottles.
The paper has high water resistance and is not easily torn when wet, which makes it suitable for use in outdoor locations. Teijin says potential applications include hazard maps, triage tags and other outdoor or disaster supplies.
The recycled polyester paper is the same thickness as wood pulp-based paper, and can be used in ordinary laser printers. It can also be easily written on and treated like normal paper, according to Teijin.
Press release, 12 Mar
Volunteers collect waste at Namibia spa
Volunteers collected piles of waste in the Ai-Ais park in Namibia during a recent three-day clean-up campaign. The waste comprised more than 17,000kg of bottles, 1,500kg of cans and 1,500kg of metal.
Ai-Ais is a popular tourist destination, famous for its thermal springs. The main aim of the exercise was to clear the dump site in the park and collect any material that could be recycled.
The campaign also made the community aware of the opportunity to make an income from recycling. The recycled materials generated N$5,690 (£400) which was divided among the 40 volunteers.
Illegal documents found at scrap dealer
The owner of a scrap metal company has been charged with illegal possession of vehicle registrations after the remains of several school buses were found in his yard in Chicago.
The name of the Sunrise bus company could be seen on shards of metal in the yard at SRV Metal Scrapper and Gonzalez Auto Parts & Dismantling, said police.
Sergio Quintero was ordered to be held in lieu of $25,000 (£16,500) bail in a hearing in the bond court.
Those involved in scrapping stolen vehicles often use partially blank title documents to make it appear that they held title to a stolen vehicle before it is scrapped.
Glass joint venture aims to boost sorting
Glass manufacturer Owens-Illinois (OI) has formed a joint venture with Californian glass processor eCullet, called Glass to Glass. The new business will invest in sophisticated glass sorting equipment that will make more high-quality recycled glass available for use in OI’s plants.
OI said the partnership offered the opportunity to reduce its need for virgin materials.
A notable amount of the recycled glass collected in the region comes from single-stream recycling, including a mix of paper, metals, plastic and glass, which results in contamination.
WEEE deal boosts reuse and recycling
ECOvanta, the WEEE recycling subsidiary of Covanta Energy, has formed a partnership with the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) to provide WEEE recycling services for the authority’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
ECOvanta will transport the facility’s WEEE to its Philadelphia facility for dismantling, shredding or aggregating for reuse and recycling.
ECOvanta said the agreement would ensure that the 560 tonnes of WEEE was recycled each year.
Business boosted by Indiana grant funding
Indiana’s Recycling Market Development Program (RMDP) has been authorised to release $500,000 in grant funds to assist private recycling companies in boosting their businesses.
Interested companies can apply for grants, aimed at helping purchase equipment for manufacturing recycled materials into new products. The grants are awarded for projects that reduce solid waste disposal, increase Indiana’s capacity for recyclable material manufacturing and increase the use of recycled-content products.
Grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000. Recipients are required to provide a 50% funding match.
Sector modernisation aim of new council
Officials have announced the formation of the Recycling Market Development Council in Connecticut. It has been designed to expand and strengthen the state’s efforts to grow recycling.
A statement said the goals are to “modernise the state’s solid waste system and materials management policies, and increase the recovery of recyclables”.