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World news round-up 14 November 2014

Waste to chemicals planned by Enerkem; Facilities expansion in Turkey; Derichebourg turnover dips; Sita secures contract in Australia

Waste-to-chemicals deal in Europe

Canadian company Enerkem has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel, a paint and coatings firm, to license its technology to convert municipal and other waste feed-stocks into chemicals. With this deal, Enerkem aims to examine potential development of waste-to-chemicals plants in Europe.

Cleantech Canada

Waste management expansion in Turkey

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) could provide up to $155m (£98m) to Turkish solid waste management firm Heksagon Kati Atik to support the construction of four greenfield waste management facilities in the country. The firm has already finished its first facility and plans to build three more in the coming three years. The total project cost is estimated at $226m, including costs associated with existing operations.


Derichebourg’s turnover down

Derichebourg’s metals recycling and environmental services operations saw annual turnover slip 4.7% to €1.92bn (£1.5bn) compared to the year before. The French group handled 3.69 million tonnes of ferrous scrap in its 2013/14 financial year, down almost 3%. The firm’s European ferrous recycling operations reported an 1.1% increase in volume in the year.


Recycling division in US

US-based scrap metal company Mervis Industries is to open new recycling division at Hutchinson in Kansas, with the total investment estimated to be around $35m (£22m). The project that will focus on refurbishment of rail cars is being assisted by the Kansas State Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department of Transportation. Construction will begin in May 2015 and is likely to be completed by second quarter of 2016.

Scrap Monster

New facility for Potomac in US

US scrap metal recycling firm Potomac Metals is to establish new corporate headquarters in Virginia. The new facility in Ashburn is anticipated to be operational by the first half of 2015 and will include a 65,000 sq ft building and a 3,000 sq ft mezzanine that will serve the company’s office needs. Merritt Construction Services will construct the building.

Recycling Today

Construction of sanitary landfill in Kenya

Kenya’s Kisumu government is to construct a sanitary landfill for waste management. The landfill construction will facilitate relocation of the Kachok site on the Kisumu-Nairobi highway. The fund is part of the Kisumu Urban Projects, financed by French Development Agency, and includes projects for solid waste management, slum upgrading, commercial services, markets and public facilities.


Multi-year waste and recycling deal in Australia

Waste and recycling company SITA Australia has been awarded a 10-year waste collection and haulage contract worth AUD40m (£22m) for residential waste in Port Stephens in New South Wales. The multi-year deal will begin on 1 July 2015. The company will deploy 13 new trucks equipped with GPS and on-board cameras to serve the region, including the introduction of a small rear-lift collection truck.

Waste Management World

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