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World news round-up 13 October 2014

Largest plastic recycling plant in Indiana; Uganda urged to use local textiles; New deadline for biomass plant in Australia

Largest plastic recycling facility in Indiana

International Recycling Group is planning to invest about $70m (£43m) in what it says is the world’s largest plastic recycling facility. Initial investments at the mill will total another $30m.The recycling facility is being constructed in a business park in Portage, Indiana. The new plant will be built in a 575,000 sq ft building. The proposed plant will have two streams of operations. Non-recyclable plastics will be fed into ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor steel mill where they will be used as blast furnace fuel.

Scrap Monster

Uganda urged to use local textiles

The Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) has urged the government to buy textiles produced in the local market. UMA wants to help increase the production and consumption of local fabrics and growth of the textile industry in the country.


Bio-liquefied natural gas plant in Indonesia

Wärtsilä has joined forces with Pertamina and Godang Tua Jaya to construct first bio-liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Indonesia. The mini bio-LNG plant will process municipal solid waste.  Wärtsilä’s biogas liquefaction plant in Oslo, Norway, currently processes 50,000 tons of solid waste annually, fuelling 135 buses, according to the company.


New deadline for biomass project in Australia

Western Australia Biomass, a joint venture between Perth-based WestGen and National Power, has been told it can delay starting work on the biomass project until March 2019. The proposal was approved in 2009 but the financial crisis had stalled the project. The AUD150m (£82m) project involves building and operating a 40 megawatt wood-fired plant, which would be fuelled by 380,000 tonnes of blue gum and pine plantation located at Manjimup in Western Australia.

ABC Online

Waste treatment plant opens in Vietnam

Thang Long Environmental Service has opened a VND160bn (£4.61m) waste treatment plant in Ha Noi’s outlying district of Son Tay in Vietnam. The plant uses advanced incineration technology to treat 400 tonnes of garbage. The city generates about 5,000 tonnes of waste each day, but is only able to handle around 4,000-4,500 tonnes. It is estimated that more than 16,000 tonnes of solid waste from households, industrial parks, construction sites and hospitals will have to be treated daily by 2030.

Bangladesh textile sector faces negative growth

Bangladesh textile sector experienced negative growth during the first two months of the current fiscal year. Factors like European Union GSP facility for Pakistan, appreciation of the local currency against the US dollar and recent political turmoil led to blocking the growth of country’s textile exports. The industry earned $115.99m (£72m) in July-August period of the current fiscal, depicting a 0.79% negative growth compared to the same period of last fiscal year.


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