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World news round-up 18 November 2014

Novelis commits to high recycled content; Fire hits US smelter; Malaysia to mandate waste separation; Impact of Green Fence continues

High recycled content pledge for Novelis

Aluminium specialist Novelis is to convert its plants to produce its Evercan sheets to make beverage cans before the end of 2017. The move is intended to support the industry’s transition to high-recycled content aluminium. Novelis plans to boost the recycled content in its products to 80% by the end of 2020.

Scrap Monster

US copper smelter shut

Freeport McMoRan’s only copper smelter in the US has been temporarily shut after a fire at the Arizona facility. The company is investigating the cause of the incident that occurred as molten copper breached a processing vessel and flowed onto the ground.

The News

Saxlund to supply wood waste

Saxlund, a part of the Opcon energy and environmental group, has secured a SEK28m (£2.4m) contract from Hilmer Anderson, a privately owned sawmill in Sweden, to deliver waste wood for a 12MW plant. The fuel will deliver hot water and process heat to the timber kilns from the combustion of sawdust, wood chips and bark. Saxlund said there is mounting interest for modern biomass solutions, particularly those requiring difficult-to-handle fuel sources.

Waste Management World

Malaysia to implement mandatory waste separation

The Malaysian government is to implement the mandatory separation of waste at source from September 2015. “The collection of separated wastes will be implemented according to the schedule fixed by the appointed concession company,” says Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

The Star Online

FAO urges to cut food waste

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called for global awareness in reducing food waste, especially in developing countries. According to FAO, around 1.3 billion tonnes of global food is wasted every year. Pre and post-harvest losses account for most loss in developing countries. About 15-50% of the fresh produce grown across the Asia-Pacific region is lost because of supply chain problems.

Bangkok Post

China’s Green Fence could be boon

China’s Green Fence rules and regulations regarding the import of scrap materials will prove to be a “long-term” boon for the recycling industry while cutting down on China’s pollution problem, according to the executive president of the China Scrap Plastic Association Steve C.K. Wong.

Scrap imports fell 3% last year, as industry players sought their footing in the first full year of Green Fence, Wong said. But imports had recovered and are now running ahead about 5% this year.

Plastics News

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