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Asian magnate buys largest Dutch reprocessor
The Netherlands’s largest waste management company AVR Afvalverwerking BV has been acquired by a consortium led by Asia’s richest man Li Ka-shing.
Ka-shing’s Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings invested HK$9.7bn (£796m) in the deal as part of an expansion plan aimed at increasing the company’s presence in the European infrastructure and utility business.
AVR has a 23% market share in the Netherlands’ waste management industry and has stable revenue streams from long-term contracts as well as from generated energy. It also owns the largest EfW plans in Europe.
International Business Times, 17 June
Spanish councils sponsor ‘made in Europe’ recycling
The Spanish municipality of Fuenlabrada, one of the biggest towns in the Madrid metropolitan area, and several other cities across the Malaga region have pledged that all the paper and cardboard in the area will be recycled by Spanish or European mills.
The councils hope to reduce the export of paper to Asia, currently 18% of Spain’s recovered paper, which is affecting the amount of material available for domestic mills.
The move strengthens the effort of the Spanish government to promote ‘made in Europe’ recycling. Prioritising local recyclers is also a requirement included in the country’s waste management law.
Recycling International, 19 June
Russia eyes producer responsibility law
Recycling businesses in Russia have urged the government to speed up the approval of new legislation to introduce producer responsibility fees, saying that the move will boost investment in the sector.
The measure is part of the proposed amendments to the country’s waste management law, set to be discussed by the Russian parliament (Duma) in 2014.
If the new regulations are approved manufacturers will need to meet some recycling quota for the products they produce. If they cannot recycle waste themselves they will have to pay recycling fees, which will be used to support the waste management industry.
The Moscow Times, 12 June
Nepal approves waste law
The Nepalese government has approved a solid waste management law that includes a jail sentences fines for offenders.
The Nepalese Solid Waste Management Act includes the requirement for households to have a waste segregation system and for hospitals and industries to treat hazardous waste, waste collection as a public service, and the introduction of public-private partnerships.
Fines ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 100,000 (£3 to £668) and jail terms of up to three months for those who violate the regulations on waste are also included in the act.
The law will come into effect once it is published on the country’s official gazette.
The Himalayan Times, 18 June
WEEE in Asia-Pacific to double by 2017
The e-waste recycling market in Asia-Pacific will more than double in four years, according to a report by market analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.
The WEEE market in the region is set to be worth more than $4bn (42.5bn) in 2017, up from $1.85bn in 2012.
Reasons for the increase include the growth in the domestic production of e-waste and a general lack of awareness on how to dispose of them.
The analysts said that the increase amount of WEEE in the region will open up opportunities for the waste management sector, but also push governments to introduce regulations to raise the standards of waste management .
Waste Management World, 14 June
New York to recycle food waste
New York’s administration is rolling out a plan to start collecting food waste across the city. The plan includes the renting of a composting plant able to handle up to 90,700 tonnes of food per year, which represents 10% of the city’s residential food waste.
The administration will also seek proposals for the building of an anaerobic digestion plant within the New York region.
The residential program will initially work on a voluntary basis, but could become mandatory in a few years, and fines could be introduced for New Yorkers who do not separate food waste, as it currently happens for recycle plastic, paper or metal.
Nytimes.com, 16 June
Los Angeles to ban plastic bags
The Los Angeles City Council has approved an ordinance to ban plastic grocery bags, paving the way for Los Angeles to become the largest plastic bags-free city in the US.
Once signed by the Mayor, the law will prevent grocery stores to dispense plastic bags, and oblige them to charge customers ten cents per paper bag.
Large grocery stores will have to phase out plastic bags by 1 January 2014, while smaller stores will have until 1 July 2014 .
Los Angeles uses over two billion single-use plastic bags every year, most of which ends up in landfill according a council’s report.
The Huffington Post, 18 June
Train rides for cans in Rio
Advertising agency AlmapBBDO launched a campaign that offered Rio de Janeiro’s carnival participants a free train ride home in exchange for their empty beer cans.
The Beer Turnstile initiative aimed at promoting AmBev‘s Antarctica beer and to discourage people from abandoning cans in the street during the celebrations. Carnival goers were invited to hold onto their cans and once they arrived at the train station they could get a free ride home by scanning the cans on turnstiles fitted with a barcode reader and dispose of them in provided bins .
According to the organiser s, the turnstiles saw around 1,000 users per hour, up by 86% in comparison to usual traffic.
Springwise.com, 12 June
US miner partners with Chilean recycle
US mining solutions provider Green Technology Solutions has entered in a joint venture with Chile’s recycler Chilerecicla to expand operations in South America. Chilerecicla is the biggest e-waste recycler in Chile.
“Chile is poised to become a world leader in urban mining,” said Green Technology Solutions chief officer Paul Watson.
He added that Chilerecicla was a very attractive target because they enjoy excellent access to public funds focused on innovation. We see this as the beginning of a very fruitful partnership in this emerging region.
UPI.com, 13 June
WEEE conference held in Cape Town
Representatives of global electronics manufactures, governments and international organisations met in Cape Town on 7 June to discuss the problem of e-waste in Africa.
A recent report has found that domestic consumption has become the main source of e-waste in the region. Africa now has more than 650m mobile phone subscribers, which is more than the total number in the United States and in the European Union.
The “E-waste and Refurbishment Standards Conference” was sponsored by Microsoft and organised by a group of local and international organisations that deal with e-waste.
Participants included representatives of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo/IBM, the e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA), the e-Waste Alliance, Sims Recycling Solutions Africa, and R2 Solutions, as well as the heads of e-waste recyclers and refurbishment companies from 10 African countries.
Unido.org, 13 June
Nigeria’s state to tackle highways waste
The Lagos Waste Management Authority will start the enforcement of the requirement for fuel stations, garages and business located along the major highways in the state to have covered bins.
The measure is include in the Nigerian state’s Environmental Sanitation Laws, and aims at tackling the problem of waste dumped on the highway, which disrupts the free flow of traffic.
The enforcement officers will start visiting garages and petrol stations to ensure compliance and charge fines.
allAfrica.com, 18 June