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World news round-up 12 November 2014

Italy loses toxic waste appeal; Record plastic imports into China; China anticipates surge in domestic recyclates; Hospital waste facility in Philippines; Waste recycling plant in Belarus;

Italy’s toxic appeal dismissed

The European Court of Justice upheld a decision against Italy over toxic waste treatment and ruled that the country had failed to act against illegal dumps around the southern city of Naples. The court overruled a government appeal and confirmed a 2007 ruling that blocked the payment of €46.6m (£37m) in European Union funds to improve waste management and treatment in the surrounding Campania region. The funds represent half of a €93bn programme co-financed by Italy and the EU between 1999 and 2008.


Import of waste plastic in China rises

Imports of waste plastic in China increased in 2014 compared to 2013. A total of 39.23 million tonnes of waste products were imported in the first three quarters of 2014, of which plastic amounted to 6.63 million tonnes, representing a year-on-year increase of 19%. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is expecting to rule that provinces can make their own rules about import of waste products.

Plastic News

China surge in domestic scrap supply

The supply of items for recycling China’s domestic market is expected to grow significantly in the coming 10 years, local media has reported. More than 15 million units of home appliances, five million units of PC and 100 million mobile phones are expected to be discarded in 2015 with the potential to be recycled by domestic businesses. 

“More than one million ‘scraps’ have piled up in Tianjin Ziya Circular Eco-industry Park, and 400,000 tonnes of copper , 200,000 tonnes of steel and 200,000 tonnes of aluminum could be recycled from those scraps,” said Wang Jiwei, Secretary General of China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association Recycling Metal Branch. “The recycling rate is expected only at 20%, far below 90% in developed countries,” he added. 

Shanghai metal market

Hospital waste facility in Philippines

The provincial government of South Cotabato in Philippines is planning to construct a treatment facility for waste generated by local hospitals. The government has launched a comprehensive study on various waste treatment and management systems and the facility is expected to be established by next year.

Minda News

EfW plant in Michigan

Marquette Green Energy plans to construct a $100m (£63m), 34 MW biomass plant at the central Upper Peninsula, Michigan, US by the first quarter of 2015.  The facility will run on a combination of biomass and tyre-derived fuels and natural gas.  

Midwest Energy News

Recycling plant in Belarus

Lithuania-based Oil Pack Invest intends to build a waste recycling facility at Bobruisk in Belarus. The pilot project has been prepared by Traku Delta Company, investment and technology company CNIM, scientific and engineering company AF Consult in partnership with the National Academy of Sciences and the city administration. The plant is equipped with a line to sort solid and household recyclates. The remaining waste is to be combusted to generate heat and electricity.

Belarusian News

Strike at Peru copper mine

Workers at Compania Minera Antamina in Peru have begun a strike over demands for higher pay partially affecting operations of the mine. The company says it has implemented a contingency plan.

The Wall Street Journal


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