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Global news - 25 January 2013

MRW brings you markets, business and policy news from around the world.

EUROPE

Illegal metal traders arrested for VAT fraud

An organised crime group trading scrap metal between Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia has been dismantled in a joint investigation involving the EU law enforcement agency Europol and more than 200 law enforcement officers.

The group used ‘missing traders’ in the chain to illegally acquire value added tax, according to Europol.

Fourteen suspects were arrested, and police seized e4.8m (£4m) in cash as well as luxury vehicles and property. If convicted, those involved could face up to 16 years’ imprisonment.

Recycling International, 16 Jan

Slovak biogas plants use sugar beet input

Two EnviTec biogas plants near Bratislava, Slovakia, have found a stable source of feedstock in the form of sugar beet residue, a by-product of nearby sugar factories. It makes up two-thirds of the feedstock that is input into the two 1MW plants. The rest comes from manure and maize silage.

Christian Ernst, sales manager for EnviTec, said: “Alternative input materials such as sugar beet slices are interesting with respect to every single market because they reduce the raw material costs.”

The root speeds up the fermentation process and, thanks to its high sugar content, degrades faster than conventional input materials.

Press release, 16 Jan

ASIA

Chinese construction body to boost recycling

Concrete manufacturer China Advanced Construction Materials Group has joined not-for-profit body The Climate Group for a project to boost recycling of construction waste.

An expert committee of government and business leaders, academics and representatives from international organisations will be formed.

This will conduct tours of cities across China, holding panel discussions and exploring topics such as policy mechanisms, the potential for government support and worldwide best practice.

China currently produces some 300 million tonnes of construction waste a year, of which less than 5% is recycled, according to the Climate Group.

Recycling International, 16 Jan

Successful trial of fishing net recovery

Fisherman in the Philippines have benefited from a trial project that pays them to collect discarded nylon fishing nets, which are said by the UN to make up 10% of the world’s ocean pollution.

The Net-Works project is a collaboration between carpet manufacturer Interface and the Zoological Society of London. The retrieved nets are recycled into nylon yarn for carpet making, and there are environment benefits for the delicate coral reefs too.

The six-month trial took place in four villages and is now being extended to a further 15.

Mother Nature Network, 16 Jan

AFRICA

E-waste recycling ‘would boost jobs’

An MP in Juaben, Ghana, has called for the establishment of recycling companies to help manage the disposal of electronic waste, especially in rural areas.

Ama Pomaa Andoh said that such firms would go a long way to minimising the high level of youth unemployment in the rural areas. In her constituency,

she said people cannot afford new electronic gadgets like TVs, refrigerators or mobile phones and prefer to buy used products, which soon become waste.

Ghanaian Chronicle, 14 Jan

Ghana’s mobile team tackles old fridges

Ghanaian electronic waste firm City Waste Management (CWM) has invested in a mobile fridge degassing unit as the country cracks down on inefficient old machines.

Second-hand fridges were banned in Ghana in January. People can receive a subsidy of 200 cedis (£70) towards a fridge by handing in old units.

Accra-based CWM uses its degassing unit to remove poisonous gases from units handed in under the rebate scheme. Since October, the company has processed 450 fridges, and it said there are another 600 waiting to be collected.

The Guardian, 17 January

NORTH AMERICA

Urban compost site to cut landfill waste

Baja California, Mexico, has opened its first urban composting centre in Tijuana, which will provide compost for urban landscaping.

The centre will produce about 136 tonnes of compost from municipal garden waste in its first year, which will be used to plant trees and nurseries throughout Tijuana.

The centre was established through a $73,000 (£45,500) Border 2012 US-Mexico government environmental grant to NGO Tijuana Calidad de Vida.

A further $20,000 from the Border 2020 programme will be used to raise community awareness of the benefits of composting and zero waste to landfill, as well as improve the municipal capacity for composting.

KPBS, 16 Jan

Merger takes charge of Illinois MRF

Lakeshore Waste Services and Recycling Systems have merged, creating a new company called Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS).

LRS, which mainly operates in the Chicago area, provides commercial and residential recycling and roll-off collection services to commercial and municipal customers. LRS owns and operates the largest MRF in Illinois.

Recycling Today, 13 Jan

SOUTH AMERICA

Novelis invests to double Brazil capacity

Novelis Brazil is to invest $35m (£22m) to double recycling capacity. Brazil ranks first in the world in aluminium can recycling, with above 98% of all consumed cans being reused, and Novelis is one of the largest recycling companies in Brazil.

Novelis South America president Marco Palmieri said: “In the past year, we produced a bit more than half of our products from recycled aluminium. We are already beyond our average, which is currently at 39%. After the investment, we’ll reach 68%.”

The company has instituted a worldwide target to use 80% recycled content in all its products.

Metal Bulletin, 15 Jan

AUSTRALASIA

HK firm moves into waste with NZ buy

A Hong Kong-based infrastructure company has entered the waste management market with the takeover of a New-Zealand company in a deal worth $412.8m (£257.5m).

Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings (CKI) bought EnviroWaste Services, which offers waste and recycling services for households and commercial sites.

EnviroWaste operates collection services, landfills and waste transfer stations, as well as owning waste haulage and a landfill gas to electricity plant.

HL Kam, CKI group managing director, said: “Waste management provides a good opportunity for future growth.”

Recycling Today, 16 Jan

Think about recycling when celebrating

The Australian government is seeking to change the behaviour of party-goers at Perth’s Australia Day celebrations on 26 January. People at the Skyworks festival who recycle will be rewarded with a refreshment or voucher for a camel ride.

Environment minister Bill Marmion said that less than a third of waste was recycled from the event last year, which he called a disgrace.

“For people celebrating Australia Day at the Skyworks or at backyard barbecue, I urge you to think about taking food and drinks in reusable containers and making sure you recycle,” he added.

Bunbury Mail, 17 Jan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EUROPE

An organised crime group responsible for trading scrap metal between Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia has been dismantled in a joint investigation involving Europol and over 200 law enforcement officers. The group used ‘missing traders’ in the chain to illegally acquire value added tax (VAT), according to the EU law enforcement agency handling criminal intelligence.

Hungarian law enforcement officers, together with Czech and Slovak investigators and the support of a Europol expert, arrested 14 suspects and seized Euro 4.8 million in cash as well as luxury vehicles and real estate. If convicted, those involved could face up to 16 years’ imprisonment for being members of a criminal organisation engaged in large-scale VAT fraud.

Recycling International, 16 January

http://bit.ly/10cqlwH

CHINA

Concrete manufacturer the China Advanced Construction Materials Group has joined up not for pofit organisation The Climate Group for a project to boost recycling of construction waste.

Under the scheme, an expert committee of government and business leaders, academics and representatives from international organisations will be formed, says the Climate Group. This will conduct tours of cities across China, holding panel discussions and exploring topics such as required policy mechanisms, the potential for government support and worldwide best practice.

China is currently producing some 300 million tons of construction waste per year, of which less than 5% is recycled, asserts the Climate Group, and blames the lack of a systematic nationwide effort.

Recycling International, 16 January

http://bit.ly/WcOltP

AFRICA

The newly elected MP for Juaben in Ghana has called for the establishment of recycling companies to help manage the disposal of electronic waste, especially in the rural areas.

Ama Pomaa Andoh said that such firms would go a long way to minimize the high level of youth unemployment in the rural areas. According to her, in her constituency, the people cannot afford new electronic gadgets like televisions, refrigerators, mobile phones and prefer used products, which soon become waste.

Ghanaian Chronicle, 14 January

http://bit.ly/UQISrR

NORTH AMERICA

Lakeshore Waste Services and Recycling Systems have merged, creating a new company called Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS).  

LRS, which mainly operates in the Chicago area, describes itself as a diversified waste services company providing commercial, residential, recycling and roll-off collection services to commercial and municipal customers.

According to the financial advisers for the deal, LRS owns and operates the largest material recovery facility (MRF) in Illinois, processing nearly 1 million tons of material per year.

Recycling Today, 13 January

http://bit.ly/WeflZW

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) report that says the recycling of post-consumer plastic packaging and products increased in 2011 by 24%  from recycling levels in 2010.

According to the report, conducted by U.S.-based Moore Recycling Associates, the increase is the result of more material collected for recycling, as well as more companies providing recycling statistics. In total, the report notes that more than 268.5 million kg (295,000 tons) of post-consumer plastic was collected for recycling in Canada in 2011.

Recycling Today, 16 January

http://bit.ly/UQKnWS

 

 

EUROPE
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An organised crime group responsible for trading scrap metal between Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia has been dismantled in a joint investigation involving Europol and over 200 law enforcement officers. The group used ‘missing traders’ in the chain to illegally acquire value added tax (VAT), according to the EU law enforcement agency handling criminal intelligence.
Hungarian law enforcement officers, together with Czech and Slovak investigators and the support of a Europol expert, arrested 14 suspects and seized Euro 4.8m (£4m) in cash as well as luxury vehicles and real estate. If convicted, those involved could face up to 16 years’ imprisonment for being members of a criminal organisation engaged in large-scale VAT fraud.
Recycling International, 16 January
http://bit.ly/10cqlwH

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Two EnviTec biogas plants in Slovakia, near Bratislava, have found a stable source of feedstock in the form of sugar-beet residue, a byproduct of nearby sugar factories. This makes up two thirds of the feedstock that is input into these two 1MW plants. The rest of the feedstock comes from manure and maize silage.

‘Alternative input materials such as sugar-beet slices are interesting with respect to every single market, as they reduce the raw material costs’, according to Christian Ernst, who is a sales manager for EnviTec.

The edible root speeds up the fermentation process and thanks to its high sugar content, it degrades faster than conventional input materials. ‘Since the energy is available in the form of pure sucrose and can be converted easily by the bacteria, turnips optimise the fermentation process’, added Ernst.

Press release, 16 Jan

ASIA
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Concrete manufacturer the China Advanced Construction Materials Group has joined up not for profit organisation The Climate Group for a project to boost recycling of construction waste.
Under the scheme, an expert committee of government and business leaders, academics and representatives from international organisations will be formed, says the Climate Group. This will conduct tours of cities across China, holding panel discussions and exploring topics such as required policy mechanisms, the potential for government support and worldwide best practice.
China is currently producing some 300 million tons of construction waste per year, of which less than 5% is recycled, asserts the Climate Group, and blames the lack of a systematic nationwide effort.
Recycling International, 16 January
http://bit.ly/WcOltP
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Fisherman in the Philippines have been benefiting from a trial project that pays them to collect discarded nylon fishing nets, which are estimated by the UN to make up 10% of the world’s ocean pollution.
The project, called Net-Works, is a collaboration between one of the world’s largest carpet manufacturers, Interface, and the Zoological Society of London.
The retrieved nets go on to be recycled into nylon yarn for carpet making, and there are environment benefits for the delicate coral reefs too.
The six-month trial took place in four villages near Danajon Bank, and is now being extended to a further 15 villages in the Phillipines.
Mother Nature Network, 16 Jan
http://bit.ly/13GOiw1


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A Hong-Kong based infrastructure company has entered the waste management market with the takeover of a New-Zealand company in a deal worth $412.8m (£257.5m).

Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited (CKI) bought EnviroWaste Services, which offers waste and recycling services for households and commercial sites. EnviroWaste operates collection services, landfills and waste transfer stations, as well as owning waste haulage and a landfill gas to electricity plant.
“EnviroWaste is a quality investment with good security, having characteristics similar to that of traditional infrastructure investments,” says HL Kam, CKI’s group managing director. “Waste management provides a good opportunity for future growth.”
Recycling Today- 16 Jan
http://bit.ly/W29NEf

AFRICA
The newly elected MP for Juaben in Ghana has called for the establishment of recycling companies to help manage the disposal of electronic waste, especially in the rural areas.
Ama Pomaa Andoh said that such firms would go a long way to minimize the high level of youth unemployment in the rural areas. According to her, in her constituency, the people cannot afford new electronic gadgets like televisions, refrigerators, mobile phones and prefer used products, which soon become waste.
Ghanaian Chronicle, 14 January
http://bit.ly/UQISrR


NORTH AMERICA

Header
Lakeshore Waste Services and Recycling Systems have merged, creating a new company called Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS).

LRS, which mainly operates in the Chicago area, describes itself as a diversified waste services company providing commercial, residential, recycling and roll-off collection services to commercial and municipal customers.
According to the financial advisers for the deal, LRS owns and operates the largest material recovery facility (MRF) in Illinois, processing nearly 1 million tons of material per year.
Recycling Today, 13 January
http://bit.ly/WeflZW

Header
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) report that says the recycling of post-consumer plastic packaging and products increased in 2011 by 24% from recycling levels in 2010.
According to the report, conducted by U.S.-based Moore Recycling Associates, the increase is the result of more material collected for recycling, as well as more companies providing recycling statistics. In total, the report notes that more than 268.5 million kg (295,000 tons) of post-consumer plastic was collected for recycling in Canada in 2011.
Recycling Today, 16 January
http://bit.ly/UQKnWS

Header
Baja California in Mexico opens it first urban composting centre in Tijuana, which will provide compost for urban landscaping in the area.

The compost centre will produce about 136 tonnes of compost from municipal garden waste in its first year which will be used to plant trees and nurseries throughout Tijuana.
The centre was established through a $73,000 (£45,500) Border 2012 US-Mexico government environmental grant to a quality of life NGO ‘Tijuana Calidad de Vida’. A further $20,000 from the Border 2020 programme will be used to raise community awareness of the benefits of composting and zero waste to landfill, as well as improve the municipal capacity for composting.
KPBS, 16 Jan,
http://bit.ly/Uu1M9v

SOUTH AMERICA

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Novelis Brazil will invest $35m (£22m) to double its recycling capacity. “In the last year we produced a bit more than half of our products from recycled aluminium. We’re already beyond the company’s average, which is currently at 39%. After the investment, we’ll reach 68%,” said Novelis’s South American president Marco Palmieri.

Brazil ranks first in the world in aluminium can recycling, with above 98% of all consumed cans being re-used, and Novelis is one of the largest recycling companies in Brazil.

The company has instituted a worldwide target to use 80% recycled content in all its products.
Metal Bulletin, 15 Jan
http://bit.ly/W29AkB

AUSTRALIA

Header
The Australian government is seeking to change the behaviour of party-goers at Perth’s Australia Day celebrations.
People at the Skyworks festival in Perth who recycle will be rewarded with a refreshment or camel ride voucher.
Environment minister Bill Marmion said that less than a third of waste was recycled from the event last year, calling it a disgrace.
“For people celebrating Australia Day at the Skyworks or at backyard barbeques, I urge you to think about taking food and drinks in reusable containers and making sure you recycle.”
Bunbury Mail, 17 Jan
http://bit.ly/Xc0GwY

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