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World news round-up 10 October 2014

US PET recycling rate; Recycling of aluminium closures; Telco goldmine; US Steel backs Canadian unit

US PET recycling rate up in 2013

The recycling rate of post-consumer PET containers in the US increased by 0.4% to 31.2% last year, compared to 2012.The figures come from the National Association for PET Container Resources and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers. Their joint report shows the country collected a total of 815,500 tonnes of PET bottles in 2013.

Improved recycling rate for aluminium closures

Due to improved collection and recycling in European countries, the average aluminium closures recycling rate in the EU is now at 45%. Aluminium closures are mainly used for wine, spirits, water and olive oil. The advantage of aluminium closures is that they can be collected either together with the mixed packaging fraction or along with the glass collection stream. The aluminium is easily extracted from both material streams.

Depending on the instructions to the consumers and the collection and sorting infrastructure in place, recycling rates for closures vary and range from over 85% in Germany to 65% in Italy and 45% in the UK.

Packaging News

Goldmine of redundant equipment

Telcos are sitting on a ‘goldmine’ of equipment assets and could generate significant extra revenues through recycling redundant hardware, according to TXO Systems, a UK-based telecom hardware asset management specialist.

TXO claims to have helped European operators achieve a total of £10 million in extra revenues this year alone through recovering, refurbishing and recycling unused hardware. But the company says as much as 50% of any operator’s assets are not properly catalogued.

New MRF as LA looks to zero waste

Waste collection and recycling services provider Athens Services is to open a materials recovery facility worth $50m (£31m) next week in Los Angeles’ Sun Valley. The 80,000 sq ft recycling centre will sort and separate paper, plastic, aluminium and other recyclable material using optical sensors. The plant will help the city achieve its zero waste targets by 2025.


US Steel Canada restructuring to go ahead

United States Steel has secured court approval to support its Canadian steel making unit with $185m (£115m) in funding through to the end of 2015. The restructuring of US Steel Canada will go ahead following this financing from the parent firm.

The Globe and Mail

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