Call2Recycle names vice president; specialist recycling plant analysis; US boosts ethanol production; Vietnam imposes anti-dumping tax on steel
Growth in major recycling plants
Analysis from the Waste Industry sales monitor analysis reveals 23 major recycling plant developments reported during August with an identified value of $295m (£183m) and an potential value of $667m. The developments included a WEEE recycling plant at Karcag in Hungary, the first of three proposed at a new Eco Centre. The USA accounted for four projects, equivalent to 17% of the total, with Germany, Hungary, India and New Zealand each accounting for two projects.
Vietnam imposes anti-dumping tax on stainless steel imports
Vietnam’s government has said it will levy anti-dumping duties on stainless steel imports following an investigation conducted at the request of local producers. The decision will be effective from 5 October and taxes will be imposed on exporters of cold rolled stainless steel products in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan.
Russian aluminium giant explores opportunities
Russia’s United Company Rusal is considering a joint project with Aluminum Corp of China (Chalco) to explore opportunities in eastern Siberia’s rich mineral deposits and its hydropower potential. In March last year the company had signed a memorandum of understanding with Chalco to substitute outdated and high-cost production facilities in Eastern Siberia but shelved the plans.
China’s solid waste disposal industry to reach 6.4bn tonnes by 2018
ReportsnReports research reveals that 12 major firms in China possess substantial influence in the national waste disposal industry. Towards the end of 2013, the 12 enterprises held a total of 196 projects. This also included projects under operation, construction and preparation.
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PetStar ramps up PET recycling
Mexico’s PetStar has doubled its capacity after a multi-million dollar investment in a new wash plant supplied by Italy’s AMUT. AMUT’s second plant delivery to PetStar converts post-consumer PET bottles into flakes suitable for solid-state poly-condensation processing. The system utilises a patented technology to remove ‘any type of polluting material’ from the PET flakes.
Call2Recycle names Leo Raudys as vice president
Call2Recycle, the battery stewardship organisation in North America, has named noted environmental and sustainability expert Leo Raudys as vice president of programme development. Raudys is known for his expertise on environmental public policies, and, when with Best Buy Inc, built and managed one of the most successful electronics recycling programmes in the Unites States, with more than 400,000 tonnes of consumer goods recycled during his tenure. At Call2Recycle, Raudys will be responsible for exploring and developing new growth areas outside of Call2Recycle’s traditional consumer battery collection programme.
Vietnam speeds up solid waste treatment efforts
Vietnam has boosted measures to deal with management of solid waste due to rising urbanisation and industrialisation. Approximately, 29 million tonnes of solid waste will need to be treated annually by 2015, reaching almost 40 million tonnes in 2020. The country has adopted three methods to treat solid waste in cities: landfills, microbial fertiliser production and incineration.
US boost commercial ethanol production
Project Liberty plant, a joint venture between POET, South Dakota, and Royal DSM is set to begin production of cellulosic ethanol using corn stover (waste) at Emmetsburg in the US. At full capacity, the plant will process 770 tonnes a day of corn stover. The plant converts naturally accessible sugars present in corn kernel fibre into fuel.
Vedanta to double alumina refinery capacity
Vedanta Resources plans to double the capacity of its alumina refinery at Odisha in India by the end of 2015. It expects to boost its capacity to full 6 million tonnes in another two years provided it gets adequate bauxite supply.