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World news round-up 10 November 2014

US beverage recycling progamme in trouble; France’s first waste wood to steam facility; Largest residential recycling complex in US; Japanese to acquire German EfW plant

Concern over US beverage container recycling programme

California’s beverage container recycling programme CalRecycle appears to be operating in the red. An audit has revealed that the initiative has exceeded its revenue by more than $100m (£63m) in three of the past four years. The audit calls for changes to state laws to reduce costs and has suggested that the programme implements new fraud prevention measures.

International Business Times

France’s first waste wood to steam facility

Sita has launched a steam production plant in France, the first of its kind in the country. It will generate steam using waste from forestry activities, rejects from paper recycling and previously non-recyclable materials such as treated timber.  

Press Release

Belgium’s largest biomass facility

Spain’s Abengoa is to construct the world’s largest biomass facility at Ghent in Belgium for Eco Energy at a cost of €315m (£247m). The construction is expected to be completed in 2017. The facility will use wood chips and agro-residues and process them into high pressure steam for electricity generation.


Largest residential recycling complex

Republic Services’ subsidiary Republic Silver State Disposal has begun construction of the largest residential recycling complex in the US. The Southern Nevada project, located at North Las Vegas, spans 110,000 sq ft and is due to begin operations in fall 2015. It will boost the recycling capacity of the region by supplementing the existing 88,000 sq ft facility on the same site. The new plant will be capable of processing roughly 1,000 tonnes of mixed recyclables a day.

Market watch

German EfW plant company acquisition

Japan-based JFE Engineering is to buy all outstanding shares in the German biomass power and EfW plants provider Standardkessel Power Systems. Financial terms of the deal remain undisclosed.  

JIJI Press 

Heat recovery plant in Germany

Turboden has implemented a heat recovery plant on an electric arc furnace at the Elbe-Stahlwerke Feralpi iron and steel manufacturing plant in Germany. The facility uses saturated steam and recovers heat from the factory exhaust gases. In addition to electricity production, the remaining portion of the steam is fed into the local municipal supply system and is used in a nearby tyre factory.

Energy Manager Today

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