Non-ferrous scrap metal imports in China; Restart of Dutch aluminium smelter; Telecoms firm in Thaliand looks to waste; Potential of waste recycling in South Africa
Non-ferrous scrap metal imports by China
China’s imports of non-ferrous scrap metals have fallen by approximately to 4.56 million tonnes during the first nine months of this year. The China Non-Ferrous Metals Industry Association has revealed that imports of copper and aluminium fell by 19.6% and 21.9% respectively. The association expects imported secondary copper to fall to 50% in proportion to the supply of the primary metal and imported aluminium to drop to 40% in this year.
Restart of Dutch aluminium smelter
Dutch smelter Aluminium Delfzijl (Aldel) is to restart production in early 2015, ten months after it filed for bankruptcy. The decision was based on an improving business climate and a proposed deal to connect the smelter to the German power grid which would offer cheaper electrocity. Aldel will initially produce 100,000 tonnes of aluminium products a year.
Thai firm in waste management
Thai telecommunications holding company Samart is to move into the waste management business. Its wholly owned subsidiary Samart U-Trans (SUT) is to set up three new subsidiaries. One of SUT’s wholly owned Samart Waste2Power, capitalised at THB50m (£1m), will handle municipal solid waste and landfill waste and produce fuel from solid waste.
EfW facility in Thailand
Waste management firm Gidec Company along with Thailand’s Hat Yai municipality has launched an energy-from-waste facility located at Tambon Kuan Langthat. The plant uses ash melting gasification method, in which at least 250 tonnes of waste can be disposed of daily, producing 6MW of power. The plant was created as the municipality needed a proper, effective, non-polluting and hygienic garbage-disposal system.
Potential of waste recycling in South Africa
South Africa lost an estimated ZAR17bn (£963m) worth of resources through the disposal of waste to landfill in 2012. The country generates waste with an estimated value of ZAR25.2bn a year, with about 90% of all waste sent to landfills. Achieving the goal of a 20% reduction by weight of industrial waste and a 60% reduction by weight of domestic waste to landfill by 2025 could provide an additional ZAR9.2bn worth of resources to the South African economy. The waste management sector has the potential to grow from its current ZAR15.3bn a year, or 0.51% of gross domestic product in 2012, to between 1% and 1.5% of GDP.
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