DS Smith takes over Italmaceri; EU action legal action over Spanish landfill; solid waste recycling facility in Nairobi; Zambian copper production target; metals recovery plant in Chile
DS Smith to become complete owner of Italmaceri
DS Smith is looking to buy the remaining 50% stake in Italian recycling firm Italmaceri, thereby becoming the full owner. The acquisition deal has also been cleared by the country’s competition watchdog AGCM. Financial terms of the transaction remain undisclosed. Currently, Italmaceri is a joint venture between DS Smith and Burgo. Italmaceri gathers and sorts recovered paper and other wastes.
Commission’s legal action over Spanish landfills
The European Commission is taking Spain to court for allowing the operation of landfills in breach of EU legislation. Under the Landfill Directive, operations at landfill sites that were in operation in 2001 should have ceased by 16 July 2009 unless they complied with EU standards designed to ensure that they operate safely. According to the Commission, 28 non-compliant landfill sites in Spain have still not been closed, and three others still need to be brought up to the standards required.
The Commission is taking Spain to the EU Court of Justice on the recommendation of Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik.
SEMC to invest £234m in Nairobi’s solid waste plant
German company Sustainable Energy Management Company is to build a solid waste recycling facility in Dandora suburb, Nairobi, Kenya, with $400m (£234m) investment. The project would generate 70MW of power and create 1,000 employment opportunities. The plant will absorb 2,000 tonnes of solid waste daily, which will be utilised in power generation.
Zambia on track to achieve annual copper production goal
Zambia’s Mines, Energy and Water Development deputy minister Richard Musukwa has told Parliament that the country remains on track to reach the target of 1.5m tonnes in annual copper production by 2015. Musukwa also denied assertions that relations with the mining firms had soured over the recent years hindering the copper production targets. Zambia would raise production to more than the envisaged 1.5m tonnes mark, he said.
Codelco strikes deal for metals recovery plant
Codelco has sealed a new metals recovery plant construction deal with Japanese-South Korean consortium LS-Nikko Copper in the northern city of Mejillones with $96m (£56m) planned investment. Codelco will contribute 34% and LS-Nikko Copper the rest. The new facility will produce gold and silver ingots, as well as palladium, platinum, selenium and tellurium products. Under the terms of the agreement, LS Nikko will oversee the plant design and operation, while Codelco will be responsible for supplying the intermediate by-products of the copper refining process obtained from its operations. Construction is due to begin in the second half of this year and is scheduled to be operational in 2016.
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European Aluminium Association welcomes EU waste policy framework
The European Commission’s proposals to bolster the waste policy framework have been hailed by the European Aluminium Association. The EU waste package includes the new requirements on waste exports to thwart illegal waste shipments, the gradual phasing-out of landfilling of recyclable waste, the reference to recyclability and durability in eco-design requirements, and the call for a better reporting of data.
MSW diversion to WTE sites could power 12% of US in total
According to Columbia University’s Earth Engineering Centre, if all of the municipal solid waste was shifted to waste-to-energy power plants, they could produce enough electricity to power 12% of the US or almost 14m homes yearly. The new study titled ‘2014 Energy and Economic Value of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), including and Non-recycled Plastics (NRP), Currently Landfilled in the Fifty States’ found that this diversion also could cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 123m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents per year.