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World news round-up 18 July 2014

Veolia wins contract in Australia; E-waste Systems buys 2TRG; Chinese plastic recycling rates; Food waste in GCC nations; German waste plastic prices

Veolia bags six-year deal from Australian military

The Australian Department of Defence has awarded Veolia a six-year waste and recycling contract agreement. Under the terms of the deal, Veolia will be in charge of providing services including solid waste collection, recycling and resource recovery, medical and sanitary waste collection, and liquid and hazardous waste disposal for the Australian Military. An estimated 8,000 bins and waste receptacles will be used over the duration of the contract, alongside 11 new waste collection and recycling vehicles.

Waste Management World

2TRG acquired by E-Waste Systems

UK electronics recycling company E-Waste Systems (EWSI) has signed a letter of intent to buy 2TRG, the electronics recycler based in Cincinnati, Ohio. EWSI expects the acquisition to add annual revenues of more than $5m (£2.9m). All employees at 2TRG will be retained. EWSI plans to deploy the Cincinnati unit as a strategic operational hub for the Midwest and to build upon the New York location to expand into the northeast. Carol Weinstein will continue to serve as the chief executive officer of 2TRG and join EWSI’s management team.

Scrap Register

Plastic recycling rate in China plunges to 22% in 2013

According to the China Scrap Plastics Association (CSPA), yearly plastic recycling rates in China plummeted to 22% in 2013 against 29% in 2012. Last year, some 13.6m metric tonnes of plastic scrap were consumed by Chinese manufacturers, down 14.5% in volume year-on-year, CSPA’s ‘Renewable Resources Industry Development Report of China’ showed.

Scrap Register

India implements scheme to set up WEEE recycling units

The government of India is providing financial help for e-waste management in the country. The country is implementing ‘Creation of Management Structure for Hazardous Substances’ scheme to establish integrated WEEE recycling plants. Additionally, guidelines for implementation of e-waste rules 2011 have been formulated.

Business Standard

Taiwan: Packaging waste campaign tallies banner year: EPA

Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration has said that the country has cut the amount of materials used in packaging by a total of 8,046 tonnes since 2010 with a view to decrease consumer waste. The nation has trimmed an average of 7,300 tonnes of packaging materials per year.

Taipei Times

Waste plastic prices in Germany edge up in June

German primary waste plastic prices have slightly increased in June amidst decent demand. In addition to primary plastics, HDPE, LDPE and PP film scrap and regrind all rose higher. On the export market, selling prices for film scrap was largely flat. There was more competition for scrap as merchants had to work much harder to source waste plastics last month.


Indaver Netherlands unveils AD unit

Waste management firm Indaver Netherlands has opened a new anaerobic digestion plant worth €16m (£12.6m) in Alphen aan den Rijn, South Holland province. The facility forms a part of the company’s strategy to recover more EfW materials from its local authority contracts. The digester produces bio-methane from around 75,000 tonnes of organic waste per year gathered from households in the area.

EndsWaste & Bioenergy

GCC nations waste more food during Ramadan

According to the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi, Gulf nations are among the world’s top food waste generators by producing more than 150m tonnes of municipal waste a year. This figure is likely to edge up during the holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, food waste in the UAE rises to roughly 55%, or 1,850 tonnes, while in Bahrain, it is likely to surpass 400 tonnes per day.


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