US rapped over steel duties; Biogas facility in Netherlands; Nigeria looks to boost auto recycling; Brazilian aluminium output drops
US wrongly levies duties on Indian steel
The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that the duties US imposed on Indian steel pipes were in contravention of WTO rules and asked Washington to bring the duties in line with the regulations. The latest ruling reverses the decision made by a three-member panel in July, noting that US duties had wrongly penalised India for subsidising Tata Steel’s export of its manufactured products.
Biogas facility in Netherlands
Raps-Mühle-Seligenstadt has received a contract to build the Netherlands’ largest biogas facility. The plant at at Groenlo will process about 400,000 tonnes of manure a year. A further 150,000 tonnes of grass cuttings are also expected to be processed in the future.
Nigeria mulls Japanese partnership
Nigeria is seeking a partnership with the Japanese government for recycling vehicles. Only one in 20 cars in Nigerlia is new, because of the cost, so there is a big recycling market. The Japan International Cooperation Agency will gather information on the automotive sector at the request from the government.
Waste disposal venture in Malaysia
Malaysia-based Melewar Industrial Group is planning to move into the waste disposal business by the first quarter of 2015. The group is in talks with waste management services company Alam Flora. The firm also stated that it will start with smaller projects so that the revenue contribution will be immaterial.
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Metal recycler acquires paper mill
Verso Paper mill located at Bucksport, Maine in the US is being sold for scrap to a Canada-based metal recycler American Iron and Metal. The deal is worth CAD60m (£33m). The transaction will be completed in January 2015.
South Africa to use gas from landfill
The South African city and the provincial capital of Gauteng Johannesburg is looking to provide 19MW of energy through gas extracted from waste at five of its landfill sites which are managed by the municipal entity. To meet the country’s energy crisis, Gauteng province is seeking to provide 300MW of energy through alternative sources including solar and waste energy.
Tyre recycling progress in US
A report by the US Rubber Manufacturers Association has found that the country discarded approximately 230 million tyres during 2013. Around 96% of the used tyres have been re-used for various applications. The tyre stockpile which stood high at 1 billion during 1990’s has been reduced to 75 million in 2013. The report also notes that 56% of the scrap tyres were utilised towards production of tyre-derived fuel.
Brazilian aluminium output low
The Brazilian Aluminum Association estimates that the country’s primary aluminium output this year would be the lowest in 24 years. According to the group, the production will be 25% lower by the year-end than the 1.3 million tonnes in 2013. Primary aluminium production during January-October stood at 821,800 metric tonnes.