Tighter environmental crime regime in China; Vietnam targets WEEE; US firms partner to treat medical waste; Nigeria’s steel imports likely to rise; India’s cotton production increases
Environmental crime crackdown in China
The Foshan Municipal Public Security Bureau has initiated an environmental crime investigation in China’s Guangdong province. Such problems used to be investigated by the environment protection department, but it did not have any legal right to investigate or law enforcement power. Bureau chief Jiang Kaixin said: “Our new section will carry out severe crackdown on companies suspected of environmental crimes,” he added.
WEEE sorting in Vietnam
The Vietnamese government has mandated electronic producers and importers to set up disposal points to collect WEEE products from January 2015. Initially, the WEEE recycling points will begin receiving fluorescent bulbs, compact discs, computers and their peripherals, printers, fax machines, scanners, cameras, mobile phones, tablets and DVD players. Photocopiers, televisions, refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines will follow in 2016.
Medical waste treatment partnership in US
US-based energy from waste company Tarpon Springs is teaming up with Pioneer Recycling of US to test and treat various types of liquid medical waste and expired pharmaceuticals. The two parties are to form a joint venture to pursue a market that is seen as a multi-billion dollar industry.
Japan backs Sudan’s solid waste management
The Japan International Cooperation Agency is supporting a project to improve solid waste management in Khartoum state, Sudan. The project will strengthen and upgrade collection vehicles and equipment for final disposal. It is expected to increase the waste collected from the current 3,200 tonnes a day to 4,600 tonnes.
Improvements in Puerto Rican landfill operations
The US Environmental Protection Agency has teamed up with the Municipality of Moca and Moca ECO-Park in Puerto Rico to improve landfill operations, expand the municipal recycling programme and plan for the future closure of the landfill in the country. As part of the agreement, Moca will expand and develop the existing recycling programme and create a composting programme aimed at minimising the disposal of recyclable materials, white goods, and food and yard waste.
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EfW facility in Ukraine
OAK Utility Solutions and Development, based in Bahrain, has been awarded an assignment by the Ukraine government to build an energy-from-waste plant. The facility will convert 140,000 tonnes per year of municipal solid and additional homogeneous waste into electricity. The project is being executed as a public-private partnership and is valued at $70m (£44m).
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Philippines’ EfW projects
Philippines’ Quezon City is taking initiatives to transform waste into energy. The city is poised to be an energy producer, possibly capable of producing 36MW of electricity a day for the 2,000 tonnes of garbage that the city collects. The project depends on legislative and regulatory changes in the country.
Nigeria steel imports to increase
Nigeria, despite being the second largest producer of steel and iron ore in Africa, spends over NGN 500bn (£1.8bn) every year on imports of roofing sheets, nails, roof tiles, head pans, wire gauze among others, which are produced from steel and iron minerals. Unchecked, imports are expected to increase to $15bn in the next two decades, if measures are not taken in the nation’s industrial policy.
Uzbekistan expects surge in textile exports
Uzbekistan has exported $1bn (£621m) worth of textile products this year. The country produced 3.3 million tonnes of cotton last year and is expected to reach the same target in 2014. The country had officially banned child labour in its cotton fields in 2008 but the US government says no progress has been made in efforts to eliminate it.
India’s cotton output surges
India is likely to harvest a record 13 million tonnes of the fibre in the 2014-15. However, despite the higher output, the country exported only 2.9 million tonnes of cotton as compared to 3.8 million tonnes last year on account of subdued demand seen from China.