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World news round-up 16 December 2014

Guangzhou cracks down on smaller plastic recyclers; OECD backed over call to reduce export restrictions; US oil recycler acquired; Bangladesh seeks EU investment; Sharjah’s zero waste landfill target

Guangzhou calls halt to plastic recycling bases

The Guangzhou Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in China’s Guangdong has decided ‘in principle’ to halt the approvals of new plastic recycling facilities. The EPA has called on would-be businesses to locate in existing recycling industry parks which will allow greater control of pollution. The measure is aimed at the smaller, home-based operators.

PN China  

Multilateral action to cut steel export restrictions

The BIR world recycling organisation has welcomed proposals from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to counter export restrictions on steel-making. OECD modelling has showed that a simultaneous abolition of tariffs on major steel raw materials would increase trade, reduce production costs and expand the global supply of steel. “The slower alternative is for countries to remove export restrictions though bilateral trade agreements,” said BIR environmental and technical director Ross Bartley, who attended the OECD workshop in South Africa.

BIR News press release

$16.5m acquisition of US oil recycler

Industrial waste streams recycler Vertex Energy has snapped up US oil collection and recycling company Heartland Group Holdings, in a transaction worth $16.5m (£10.5m). Vertex also bought the company’s used oil collection and re-refining operations, along with a used oil refinery in Columbus.

Waste 360

Progress of US tyre recycling

The US Rubber Manufacturers Association has noted in its latest report that more than 90% of scrap tyre piles have been cleaned up in the country and 96% of the 230 million-plus tyres discarded in 2013 were recycled. The stockpile of tyres in the US has been cut down to 75 million last year from 1 billion in 1990.

Recycling International

Street cleaning deal in Angola

UAE waste management firm Averda has won a five-year contract to deliver city street cleaning services in Ingombota district within Angola’s Luanda, setting up its second operational base in Africa. The work will be carried out under a joint venture branded as Ecoverde.

Arabian Industry

Bangladesh seeks recycling investment from EU

Bangladesh has urged EU investors to back the country’s shipbuilding and recycling sectors. The government has taken an initiative to construct modern shipbuilding and recycling industries in the areas adjacent to Patuakhali Paira Bandar and Patenga in Chittagong.

The Financial Express 

Manitoba’s 50% landfill reduction target

The province of Manitoba in Canada has proposed a ‘green’ plan that aims to cut the amount of waste going to landfills in half by 2020. The government is seeking public input on proposed actions including improving organic waste composting, establishing recycling targets for various consumer products, banning the disposal and burning of reusable and recyclable materials, and increasing the diversion of construction, renovation and demolition waste.

Metro News

Sharjah’s zero waste to landfill aim

Sharjah in the UAE is targeting zero waste to landfill as it focuses heavily on waste recycling. Sharjah aims to become the first Arab city to divert 100% of its waste from landfill, and one of the first cities globally to do so. Sharjah Environment Co is looking to set up the world’s largest energy from waste gasification plant.

Gulf News

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