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World news round-up 17 December 2014

Medical waste facility in US; Singapore mulls investment in Ukrainian biomass project; Swiss incinerator to close; New waste site in Kenya; Australia to consider container deposit scheme

Medical waste facility in US

Renew Blue Industries is planning to open a non-hazardous medical waste plastics facility in Texas. The facility at Sherman is expected to be open by the first quarter of 2015. The facility will process blue wrap, saline bottles and uncontaminated basins from hospitals and surgical centres throughout the Dallas metropolitan area.

Recycling Today

Singapore mulls investment in Ukrainian biomass project

Singapore-based Zhiyuan Energy Conservation & Protection is planning to invest €40m (£31m) in a 30MW biomass plant in the Khmelnitsky region of Ukraine. “Due to Ukraine’s political situation we are interested in the issues of energy efficiency, energy conservation and the development of alternative energy sources,” said deputy regional governor Oleksandr Simchishin. “The prospect of creating such a plant in the region is very attractive”.


Waste incinerator to close

Switzerland-based waste and energy firm KVA’s 90,000 tonne a year Ibach waste incinerator is set to close next month after more than 40 years in service. There are two replacement plans: the first is for a wood-fired heating system, the second is for a combination of wood and waste heat recovery from local industry. A decision on finance is due next spring.


Materials removed from waste stream

Waste Management says it removed more than 15 million tonnes of material from the waste stream for recycling in 2013. The US waste hauler now operates more than 3,500 natural gas vehicles and generates enough landfill gas for 472,000 homes annually, according to its annual sustainability report ‘Creating a Circular Economy.’

Waste 360

Biogas plant in Hungary

Hungary-based energy firm Ormánsági Zöldenergia is planning to construct a HUF950m (£2.4m) biogas power plant in Vajszló in southwestern Hungary. The investment is supported with a HUF625m EU grant. The plant is expected to open in second quarter of 2015, and will use by-products and waste from local livestock farms as fuel to produce an annual 2.2 million cubic meters of biogas.

Budapest Business Journal

Waste dumpsite in Kenya

The World Bank has donated KES250m (£1.7m) towards the construction of a waste site at Embu in Kenya that includes a recycling plant. The county is focusing on separation of organic and non-organic waste at the household level and the separated waste will be disposed of at centralised disposal centres.

All Africa

Australia to consider container deposit scheme

Consumers in New South Wales could receive a 10% refund for recycling bottles and cans under a container deposit scheme that would encourage recycling, reduce waste management costs and divert many of the plastic bottles that go to landfill each year. Two proposals are expected to be presented to the government. Another proposal is a national scheme to be funded by the beverage industry which would involve increased recycling infrastructure, bins and anti-littering education campaigns.

The Sydney Morning Herald

California’s recycling initiative

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) has expressed concerns regarding state initiatives on recycling goals and waste vehicle safety. NW&RA told the California Department of Resources Recycling there is a lack of foresight on plans to reach the state’s recycling goal of 75% by 2020. It says it has failed to include specific discard tonnages for seven priority packaging products and also to analyse where those products are generated, how they will be recovered or the level of a realistic recovery rate for those goods.

Waste 360

US duties on Chinese steel imports

The US International Trade Commission has imposed anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on imports of carbon and alloy steel wire rod from China after concluding that the goods injured the domestic industry. The duties have been levied on imports from Benxi Steel, Rizhao Steel Wire Co, Hunan Valin Xiangtan Iron & Steel Co and Jiangsu Shagang International Trade Co.


Metals dominate G-20 dumping cases

Metal products have accounted for the largest share of anti-dumping duty investigations launched by G-20 countries over the past three years, the World Trade Organisation has said. The problem accounted for 92 of the 257 investigations, including 47 ‘focused specifically on steel products’, the report found. The US launched the largest number of metals-related probes, followed by Canada and Australia.

Metal Bulletin

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