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World news round-up 10 December 2014

China waste to double that of US; US plastic scrap exports surge; Europe leads in biomass facilities; Canada extends polystyrene pilot

China waste to double that of US

China may produce twice as much municipal solid waste as the US by 2030, according to Ranjit S Baxi, founder chairman of the J and H Sales and a senior member of the bureau of International Recycling.

Baxi also predicted a doubling in China’s waste management industry by 2020 when he was speaking at the launch of his book ‘Recycling our Future - A Global Strategy’.

He said: “China has been the world’s largest generator of waste since 2004, overtaking the US. While some countries in Asia and Africa may have been left behind when it comes to recycling technology, these regions hold an important key to the future of the global waste management.”

Economic Times

US plastic scrap exports surge

US plastic scrap exports have increased significantly during the initial nine-month period for 2014.  Exports totalled 1.6 million tonnes during this period, 17% higher than the same period in 2013. The value of plastic scrap exports by the US during this period totalled $711m (£455m).


Europe leads in biomass generated electricity facilities  

Consulting firm Ecoprog, has concluded that subsidies will continue to keep Europe as the leading builder of biomass plants for the next decade. The continent has about 1,200 active biomass power plants and this is expected to increase to about 1,750 by late 2023. France and the UK lead the way although Spain, Latvia and the Czech Republic has seen a fall in construction of biomass plants. In the long term, Ecoprog adds, China, India, Brazil and the US will become more important markets.

Endwaste & bioenergy

Canada extends polystyrene pilot

The City of Montreal and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has announced five-year extension of its polystyrene recovery and recycling programme at the LaSalle Ecocenter. The announcement follows the success of the pilot project which ran from October 2013 to September 2014.

The pilot project helped to establish the necessary collection and recycling infrastructure and, according to estimates, nearly 2.5 tonnes of polystyrene was collected during the period.


PET recycling plant in Jamaica

The Jamaican government has launched its first recycling project. The facility in Trinity, St Mary will recover around 4,690 tonnes of PET over the next three years. The project is managed by recycling partners of Jamaica, a public/private sector group. The government, will be injecting JMD150m (£834,758) over the next three years.

Jamaica Observer

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