US launches new recycling communications campaign; WEEE recycler abandons operations; Gould Paper moves into the Netherlands; China donates bins to the Maldives’
New US recycling communication project
The National Waste & Recycling Association, the Solid Waste Association of North America and Keep America Beautiful have joined forces with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to launch an initiative to make recycling clearer to Americans. The initial step in the campaign is to prepare the ‘Top 10 in the Bin’ list of the most widely and easily recycled items in the US. A survey in 2014 found that a third of Americans were not clear on what materials go into which recycling containers.
Acquisition of European trading operations
Gould Paper’s subsidiary Price & Pierce has acquired the Netherlands-based GP Harmon Recycling, the European trading operation and subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific. An agreement with GP Harmon Recycling will provide Price & Pierce with access to recyclable fibre generated in the US. Founded in 1924, Gould Paper Corp. has revenue in excess of $1bn (£630) and is among the largest distributors of printing and business papers in North America.
Utah recycler abandons operations
Stone Castle Recycling, one of Utah’s largest recyclers of electronic waste in the US, is reported to have abandoned its three facilities with the owner absconding. The company has closed all operations and left behind several warehouses and yards filled with approximately 7,600 tonnes of toxic electronic wastes and charred residues. According to EPA representatives, the owner of the plant is being pursued by law enforcement authorities.
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Chinese assistance for Maldives’ waste management
The Chinese government has donated 200 waste bins to the Madlives as part of an effort to assist the country with its waste management. The cost bins are said to be worth £20,000.
Waste disposal plan for Kenya
Nairobi City County has set aside KES700m (£5m) in 2014 for environmental conservation and education on proper waste disposal methods. NCC will train more than 500 youths on solid waste and garbage management and disposal before the end of the year. The training will focus on how to produce soap, cleaners, organic manures and other goods. The training is being funded by Effective Micro-Organism Technologies from Japan.