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Global news - 29 June 2012

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US scrap metal firm to build wire chopping plant

Upstate Shredding-BenWeitsman will build a new $6 million wire-chopping plant at its Owego facility, adding 10 new jobs.

Wendt Corporation of Tonawanda will install the wire-chopping plant purchased from MTB Recycling of Trept, France. Upstate will also build a new 100,000-square-foot non-ferrous warehouse to handle the additional flow of material.

Source: Central New York Business Journal, 13 June

Michigan landfill gas installation completed

Texan firm Waste Management has completed construction of its new landfill gas to energy facility at the Pine Tree Acres Renewable Energy Facility in Lenox, Michigan.

The company said that the facility will utilise up to 4800 cubic feet (136 cubic metres) per minute of landfill gas that is channelled into eight 20 cylinder Caterpillar engines to produce electricity.

Source: Waste Management World, 19 June

Coca-Cola and bottlers to expand Mexican PET plant

Coca-Cola  and half a dozen of its Mexican bottlers are investing $34 million to double the capacity of the PetStar food-grade PET recycling facility in Toluca, 40 miles west of Mexico City.

Coke said the expansion will enable the plant to recycle 120 million pounds of PET per year, making it the largest food-grade PET recycling facility in Latin America.

When it opened in April 2009, the plant could reprocess about 64 million pounds of PET, roughly the equivalent of 1 billion bottles, a year. It employed 70, including administrative staff. The facility was built over 14 months. The expansion is likely to be completed within a similar time frame, although Coke did not say when it will be operational.

Source:, 12 June

Firefighters tackle metal plant blaze in Pennsylvania

At least five fire companies from the Bucks County area fought a blaze that started in a large pile of scrap metal, wood and tires at Sims Metal Management, authorities said.

No buildings were damaged and there were no reported injuries.

Fire companies from Falls Township, Bristol, Tullytown, Morrisville, and Yardley assisted in fighting the blaze.

Additional backup was requested for tankers from the Burlington County, N.J, area.

Source: The Times of Trenton, 19 June



Mozambique mulls ban on used container imports

The Mozambican government is considering a ban on importing used plastic containers because of the danger of them being contaminated with toxic chemicals.

The government is concerned that people buy these empty containers in informal markets and use them for storing food and water.

According to Samson Cuamba of the national directorate of environmental management, the ban would be part of an integrated approach by the environment ministry to the management of obsolete pesticides and contaminated packaging materials.

Source: Mozambique News Agency


Yellow Pages recycling campaign launched in South Africa.

Trudon, publishers of the Yellow Pages, is encouraging users to recycle their old print directories.

Recycle Your Old Print Directories is a public education campaign that lets users know that old directories can and should be recycled. The programme aims to recycle outdated and extra phone books. The goal is to keep outdated phone books from ending up in the local landfill and to increase awareness about recycling in South Africa.

Source: Biz-Community, Cape Town, 13 June



Industry group accused of recycling scare campaign

Environment groups have accused the food and beverages industry of running a scare campaign against a national drink container deposit scheme.

State and federal governments are considering proposals for a 10 cent refund for empty drink containers returned for recycling.

The Australian Food and Grocery Council will today launch a campaign against the scheme, claiming it would push up the price of drinks.

Source: ABC News, Australia, 17 June



Honda to recycle rare earths from hybrid batteries

Honda Motor Co. said it will start recycling rare earths and other key materials in hybrid auto batteries this year — a key innovation in the Japanese automaker’s effort to be green.

Japan is dependent on imports, mostly from China, for rare earth elements, which are essential for making high-tech products, but a steady supply has been periodically threatened over political disputes with China.

Source: Associated Press, 20 June 20


China lending changes to benefit recycled products

Guanwei Recycling Corp, China’s leading clean tech manufacturer of recycled low density polyethylene (LDPE), said it believes the recent announcement by the central bank of China of a quarter-percentage-point cut in its benchmark lending and deposit rates may prove helpful to China’s economy and, in particular, several of Guanwei’s customers.

Source: Yahoo Finance, 13 June


Abu Dhabi plans waste-to-energy project

Abu Dhabi’s Centre for Waste Management (CWM) and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) are considering a plan to build a waste-to-energy project in the emirate.

The facility would process around one million tonnes of municipal waste a year to produce around 100MW of power. CWM is conducting a feasibility study for the project.

Abu Dhabi currently generates around 33,000 tonnes of waste a day. Around 20,000 of this is construction and demolition waste.

Source: Meed, 14 June



Norwegian clothing habits examined

The Norwegian Institute for Consumer Research is following the consumption patterns of 16 selected families. For six months, these families have collected the clothing they would otherwise have disposed of and will be interviewed by researchers.

It is hoped the responses and diary entries kept by the families will provide answers about clothing and care habits.


Boliden boosts electronics recycling presence

The Stockholm-based metals and mining company Boliden has opened its new electronics recycling plant at its Rönnskär copper smelter in Sweden.

The company invested $182 million on the project, which is expected to increase the smelter’s capacity to 120,000 metric tons per year.

Boliden says the new capacity will make the company the global leader in electronics recycling.

Source: Recycling Today, 7 June


Germany and China team up for greener ship recycling

Germanischer Lloyd and the China National Ship Recycling Association have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to promote green ship recycling in China.

The two organisations will collaborate to develop training programmes, pilot projects, and research practices that will allow the Chinese ship recycling industry to comply with incoming international regulations, in advance of their entry into force dates, and further green ship recycling in China.

Source:, 31 May

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