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BIR urges more use of anti-crime unit
The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), based in Brussels, has reiterated its call to members to use the services of the International Chamber of Commerce’s anti-crime unit, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), in order to minimise losses to container theft and fraud.
The BIR and the IMB joined forces to collate information on illegal activities.
A BIR spokesman said: “Once a critical mass of information has been reached, the IMB can analyse the data and provide some meaningful assistance to industry in combating the problem.”
Robots pick materials from C&D waste line
Finnish recycling company Lassila & Tikanoja (L&T), is to install a robotic sorting system at its recycling facility in Kerava, outside Helsinki.
The ZenRobotics Recycler (ZRR) picks raw materials from construction and demolition waste. The company said the technology allows the recovery of more saleable raw materials and reduced disposal fees.
It will be installed in the existing waste sorting line.
German recovered paper deteriorates
The framework conditions for the German recovered paper industry have deteriorated significantly in the past year, according to Reinhold Schmidt, vice-president and chairman of the Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management’s division for paper recycling.
He complained to delegates at the 16th International Recovered Paper Conference that the new Closed Substance Cycle Act unnecessarily tied the commercial paper collection “into a corset”.
He said that, as a result of the Act, many municipalities had opposed paper collections and tried to prevent the acceptance of recovered paper at recycling company operating locations.
Schmidt called for the Act to be corrected urgently.
Press release, 16 April
Utah moves apace in glass recycling
Momentum Recycling has started operations at its new glass recycling plant in Salt Lake City, Utah. The facility has a monthly production capacity of more than 2,700 tonnes of glass while providing indoor storage for some 1,350 tonnes.
The plant produces premium CleanGlass, which is used as an environmentally friendly alternative to common industrial raw materials such as sand, slag, fly-ash and cement.
Momentum chief executive John Lair said: “While Utah has made tremendous strides in recycling in recent years, we have lagged behind the rest of the nation in glass recycling rates.”
He estimated the state has a glass recycling rate of 4%, which is significantly below the national average of 28%.
Lead smelting regs vary across region
According to a report from the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), which supports the co-operative environmental agenda of Canada, Mexico and the US, spent lead acid batteries from cars and trucks are one of the world’s most recycled consumer products because the lead they contain is valuable and can be processed for reuse.
But the report found that the regulatory frameworks covering secondary lead smelters in the three countries do not provide equivalent levels of environmental and health protections.
Irasema Coronado, CEC executive director, said: “If not handled properly, lead presents a grave health risk to workers and also to community members who live near smelting facilities.”
ELV shredders will be able to process plastic
The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced an interpretation of its regulations that will allow vehicle shredder plant operators to recycle the plastic from shredder residue.
Recycling can take place under conditions described in the Voluntary Procedures for Recycling Plastics from Shredder Residue document, which relies principally on regulatory provisions for excluding printed circuit board products.
Firm expands to process more e-scrap
Magnum Computer Recycling in New Jersey has expanded its operations to increase the volume of electronic scrap it can process.
The company, a subsidiary of Thanks for Being Green, had been operating out of a 950sq m facility in Westville. The new facility measures almost three times the size and is in Pennsauken.
KFC wins state cash to install recycling bins
Fast food giant KFC is set to get AUS$40,000 (£27,000) from Queensland taxpayers to install recycling bins in its 43 stores across the state.
The state government has donated the money to Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), an agreement between corporations and different levels of government to reduce environmental impacts of packaging.
Minister for environment and heritage Andrew Powell said: “Fast food litter is an ongoing problem and, while an increasing number of Queensland homes are recycling, we are not seeing the same trend with littering in public spaces.”
Ghanaians start to export plastic bottles
Accra Compost & Recycling Plant in Ghana has joined global players in the export of waste plastic bottles, in an attempt to reduce to the 2,500 tonnes of waste generated in the city each day.
The move forms part of the company’s objective of ensuring a sustainable environment. Accra has limited sites for landfill, as a result of rapid urbanisation and strong public rejection.
Available records from the city authority, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, indicate that only 60% of waste is collected.
Initiative includes informal collectors
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is joining forces with e-waste asset management and recycling company Attero to recycle e-waste in India through an inclusive approach that integrates informal waste collection workers in an organised network.
A United Nations report projects that, by 2020, computer e-waste will increase by 500% and that from discarded mobile phones will increase 18 times from 2007 levels in India. Informal waste workers currently collect, dispose and recycle most e-waste.
As part of the Clean E-India Initiative, franchisees will work with collectors to train them in efficient collection and disposal methods.
Classroom furniture from recycled cartons
A carton recycling campaign, called ‘Your Cartons. My Classroom’ has been launched in Delhi. It aims to increase milk and juice carton recycling and their reprocessing into classroom furniture.
Cartons will be shredded and compressed under high heat and pressure to make chipboard sheets. Furniture, including desks and shelves, will be made from the board, and go to schools in six cities across India.
Non-biodegradable cartons and plastic bags constitute more than 10% of the city’s waste.