A round-up of this week’s recycling and resource industry news from around the world.
Delaware MRF will treat 32 tonnes/hour
North Carolina independent recycling company ReCommunity has selected Oregon-based recycling technology supplier Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to design, manufacture and install a single stream materials recovery system for its Delaware facility. BHS said it expected the system installation to begin February 2013 and MRF to be fully operational by July 2013. The system will process 31.8 tonnes of recyclables per hour, including newspaper, mixed paper, cardboard, plastic containers, beverage cartons, steel, aluminium and glass.
Waste Management World, 16 October
Medical devices gain reprocessing course
Clemson University in South Carolina has established a programme to train engineers to recycle medical devices. The Medical Device Recycling and Reprocessing Certificate Program offered by the Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus (CUBEInC) was developed in response to the dramatic market adoption of reprocessing in recent years, the university said. Medical device reprocessing is predicted to be one of the fastest-growing industries in the next five years, according to Clemson. It said researchers discovered a need for highly qualified engineers to optimise device designs to reprocess and manage medical device reuse..
EurekAlert, 2 October
German decline surprises markets
Ferrous scrap prices in Germany fell by E30-E40 (£24-£30) per tonne in October. While prices were expected to dip, the extent of the drop has taken the market by surprise. In the last two months of the year, many market observers expect ferrous scrap prices to recede still further, albeit only slightly. Once again, lack of demand from Turkey was the key market factor, as there was no support for the German inland market. Turkish steel mills are facing problems selling rebar in their established markets as they have run into aggressively priced, large-scale competition from China, merchants report. As a result, Turkish mills are said to be running at only 65% of capacity whereas they need a capacity utilisation of least 80% to operate profitably. China is increasingly exporting steel because the country’s economy is soft at present, reports add.
EUWID 17, October
Legal loopholes warning on ships
The Shipbreaking Platform, a coalition of environmental, human rights and labour rights organisations, has warned EU member states in an open letter that the recent European Commission proposal on ship recycling includes serious “loopholes and legal contradictions”. The group’s concern is that, once enforced, this would “unilaterally remove” end-of-life ships from the EU’s implementation of the Basel Convention.The letter accused the EU of asserting that a ship could be a ship and waste material at the same time: “This proposal is not legally possible. It does not yet appear that the Commission understands the gravity of this illegal act.”
Recycling international, 22 October
Toyota offers online consumer ELV service
Car giant Toyota is offering consumers an end-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycling service. The free online Rewarding Recycling platform enables car users to organise the recycling of their own vehicle. Rewarding Recycling provides responsible and efficient disposal with a “fair price” paid to the consumers, said Toyota. The recycling job is performed by the car manufacturer’s partner, Autogreen, with which it has been collaborating since 2005.
Recycling International, 12 October
Quarry landfill faces legislative barrier
The Kerala state government will have to cross a few more hurdles before it implements its plan to landfill abandoned quarries in the district of Thiruvananthapuram with refuse. If the state government proceeds with the plan, it would be in violation of the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 1999. The government will have to flout the rules laid down by the ministry of environment and forests one by one if the new plan has to be implemented. According to schedule 2, landfilling should be restricted to non-biodegradable, inert waste and other waste not suitable either for recycling or for biological processing. However, the government has already made it clear that the waste dumped in rock quarries will be mostly biodegradable.
The Times of India, 11 October
China regulates scrap plastic processing
New regulations governing the handling and processing of scrap plastic in China have been issued in a cross-ministry announcement that will radically transform the country’s largely unregulated small-scale plastic recycling sector. Imports of plastic waste for the first seven months of 2012 (January-July) cost the country $3.47bn (£2.17bn). The US was the largest contributor with 24% of the world’s recovered plastics shipments to China, followed by Japan with 19%, Germany with 15%, the UK with 9% and Belgium with 4%.
packwebasia.com, 19 October
Economics block Zanzibar waste plant
Zanzibar is still economically unable to establish a waste recycling plant, Tanzania environment minister Fatma Abdulhabib Fereji has said. “Recycling is very important because we can reuse solid and liquid waste. Unfortunately the government currently has no sufficient funds to build recycling plants,” Fereji said while responding to legislators Saleh Nassor Juma, Omar Ali Shehe and Makame Mshimbwa Mbarouk’s concerns. The members of the house raised concern over increased waste and poor management, as they advised the government to establish recycling plants as a solution to waste disposal in the islands.
Tanzania Daily News, 11 October
Maputo beach clean-up gains wide support
Part of the rubbish left on the Costa do Sol and Miramar beaches in Maputo, Mozambique, will be collected and recycled by the Mozambican Recycling Association (AMOR) under a recently signed memorandum of understanding. The recycling move has the support of Mozambique’s largest cell phone company, M-Cel, and of the brewing company Cervejas de Mocambique, in a partnership with Maputo Municipal Council. It forms part of an integrated council project to clean up the capital’s beaches.
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 14 October
Victoria Paper plant serves existing mill
Nippon Paper will build a AUS$90m (£58m) waste paper recycling plant at Maryvale in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. Construction of the plant is expected to begin later this year, with production to start in early 2014. The new plant will be integrated with the existing paper mill of Nippon Paper subsidiary Australian Paper at Maryvale.
Australian Paper said the construction and ongoing operations of the recycling plant would contribute around $160m to the economy. The new plant will generate 50,000 tonnes of recycled pulp a year.
Sydney Morning Herald, 10 October