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World news round-up 18 June 2014

Police crackdown on scrap metal crime across the EU; Malta considers exporting waste; Norsk Hydro to expand in Germany

Police hail success of EU scrap metal crime operation

Europol, the European police agency, has hailed as a success a two-day operation against illicit scrap dealers, which yielded 271 arrests and identified 146 cases of theft across Europe.

Law enforcement teams, backed by the agency, checked 8,300 scrap metal dealers in 20 European countries. Police also checked border roads, railway tracks and construction sites, as well as scrapyards, with specific scrapyards suspected of handling stolen goods getting special attention. Countries involved in the operation were Austria, Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia.

Metal Bulletin

Exporting waste might be the best option for Malta

Environment Minister Leo Brincat has hinted that exporting Malta’s waste for incineration might be the best option, given that the country’s refuse derived fuels (RDF) are contaminated by impurities and can lead to a greater environmental health risk if incinerated in Malta.

Earlier this year the government commissioned a study to determine the best options for Malta’s waste management system, specifically whether to incinerate it locally or export it.

Malta is studying how viable it is to export waste to third countries. This might be beneficial since a number of countries that derive energy from waste, faced with short supplies, have reduced their commercial incineration rates.

Malta Independent

Perth councils see Japanese incinerators

Household garbage from across Perth’s southern suburbs could soon be incinerated after council bosses jetted to Japan to see “waste-to-energy” technology first-hand. Fremantle, Melville, Cockburn and Kwinana councils were represented in a ratepayer-funded trip to Tokyo. Mayors, chief executives and council directors toured several plants with Phoenix Energy, which wants to build Australia’s first waste incinerator in Perth.

The proposed $380m (£223.8m) plant, to start operating on a LandCorp-owned Kwinana industrial site in 2017, would burn up to 400,000 tonnes of trash a year.

The City of Kwinana has already agreed to send its rubbish there and Phoenix Energy wants to sign-up another five councils.

Perth Now News

Norsk Hydro to expand smelter in Germany

Norway-based aluminum producer Norsk Hydro has announced plans to build a new, integrated smelting line for used aluminium beverage cans at its Neuss, Germany plant. The line will be completed by end 2015 and will increase the plant’s existing annual capacity of 50,000 tonnes to more than 100,000 tonnes. The facility is expected to cost around €45m and employ around 40 people.

The company says the recycling line will use newly designed sensor technology for sorting and separating different types of recycled metal that was developed at Hydro’s research and development centre in Bonn, Germany.

Recycling Today

EfW facility for Boston

Bluesphere Corp., a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns EfW projects, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a local developer operating in the recycling and compost business to co-develop a project in the Boston metropolitan area.

This marks the third development for Bluesphere. It is developing a 5.2 MW facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is currently in its design and engineering phase and is expected to be fully operational in 2015. Bluesphere is also developing a 3.2 MW waste-to-energy facility in Johnston, Rhode Island.

EfW is one of the fastest growing segments in the renewable energy markets. According to SBI Energy, the thermal and biological segments reached $6bn in 2012 and will reach $29bn by 2022.

Azo Build

Chile to investigate Codelco losses

The lower house of Chile’s National Congress has approved the creation of a special committee to investigate losses at Codelco from 2005 and 2007, it said last week.

State-owned Codelco, the world’s biggest copper producer, lost nearly $7bn in the period, as a result of operations of “future sales and forwards that were unnecessary, speculative, with very high risk and unusual in the market”.

Metal Bulletin

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