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World news round-up 10 July 2014

EU carton recycling; Alcoa moves into black; metal recovery plant in Singapore; €40m waste recycling factory in Kenya;

Europe recycled 42% of beverage cartons in 2013

According to most recent figures, the recycling rates of beverage cartons in Europe are up more than 40%, which is about equal to 425,000 tonnes of cartons. EU recycled an estimated 42% of beverage cartons in 2013, which is 3% year-on-year rise from 2011- 2012. The total recovery rate stands at 71% throughout the European Union.

Hydrogen Fuel News


Alcoa moves to profit in second quarter

Aluminium producer Alcoa swung into a second-quarter profit of $138m (£80.6m) or $0.12 per share from a net loss of $119m or $0.11 per share a year-earlier, thereby beating analysts’ expectations. Strong results have been reported in its engineered-products business. Revenue for the three months totalled $5.84m.

Star Tribune


Singapore to get metal recovery plant

Germany’s Remex Mineralstoff has won a tender to develop and operate a metal recovery facility in Singapore. The National Environment Agency said the plant will recover ferrous and non-ferrous metals from incineration bottom ash generated by incineration plants in the country. The conventional treatment system will leave the non-ferrous metals like aluminium and copper, and the remaining smaller pieces of ferrous metals, intact in the residual ash. Construction on the site is likely to commence in October 2014. The facility is expected to become operational by middle of 2015. Remex will ship the extracted metal material to Europe where it will be further separated and sold.

Recycling Today


Contract signed to lift solid waste in Rawalpindi

Pakistan-based Rawalpindi Waste Management Company (RWMC) has inked a seven-year contract worth $81.39m (£47.5m) with Turkish firm Al-Bayrak to lift solid waste from Rawalpindi, Murree and dump it at designated landfill sites from August on modern lines. Under the terms of the deal, Al-Bayrak will collect, remove and transport solid waste to the disposal sites in addition to carrying out mechanical sweeping of main roads, streets, squares and public places with vacuumed vehicles. The firm would also be tasked with the work of mechanical washing of roads and manual lifting of garbage.

Pakistan Observer


Karachi to help US firm in generating power from solid waste

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) in Pakistan has pledged all the possible assistance to US-based Princeton Environmental Group (PEG) in producing electricity from solid waste in Karachi. The company is now reviewing the solid waste disposal and how to generate electricity from it in Karachi. PEG wants to introduce a model for disposing garbage and generating electricity in Karachi for which the feasibility could soon be prepared.

The International News


Sunset Park MRF opens in Brooklyn

Sims Metal Management’s Sunset Park material recovery facility officially opened on 18 June 2014 in Brooklyn, New York City. Residential recyclables such as rigid plastics, metal, aluminium and glass is sorted at the plant. The optical sorters encompass a technology that is capable of identifying and sorting 12 types of materials. The sorting system can process up to 1,000 tonnes of bottles and cans daily.

Recycling Today


Comesa Trade & Marketing considers recycling factory in Kenya

Comesa Trade & Marketing is looking to construct a factory to recycle waste, generate electricity and produce fertiliser in Kenya with €40m (£31.7m) in investments. A coalition of Egyptian and Finnish companies and African banks will finance the project.

Daily News Egypt

Vedanta mulls £2.9bn steel plant

India-based Vedanta Resources is considering building a steel plant worth INR300bn (£2.9bn) at Bellary in the Indian state of Karnataka. The unit is likely to have a capacity of five million tonnes per annum (mtpa). A feasibility study has been initiated by the mining and metals conglomerate for its proposed entry into the steel sector through a joint venture, but has still not begun talks with a potential partner.

The Hindu

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