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World news round-up 18 September 2014

WEEE efforts in Singapore; Masias sees expansion opportunities in Middle East; Diamond Packaging reaches landfill free status; JFE pulls out of Vietnam steel plant project

Three companies partner to ramp up WEEE efforts in Singapore

DHL, StarHub and waste management solutions firm TES-AMM have teamed up to improve WEEE recycling in Singapore. The trio have inked a memorandum of understanding wherein they will work together to raise the number of WEEE recycling bins in the country to over 100 from the current 30 by end of this year as a part of Recycling Nation’s Electronic Waste programme.

BT Premium

Expansion opportunities considered in Dubai and Qatar

Masias, a Spain-based recycling equipment manufacturer, is looking at potential expansion opportunities in the Middle East, and the Gulf region particularly in Dubai and Qatar. The company is of the opinion that the regions are budding emerging markets for technological development behind new waste treatment facilities. One of Masias’ main projects will be the launch of a waste-to cash system.

Recycling International

EfW plant in Australia’s Pilbara region

An energy-from-waste plant, to be constructed in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, has secured local government support. The construction is expected to begin early next year and would process its first waste in early 2017. The plant will treat household waste, commercial and industrial waste and also construction and demolition waste from the building industry. It will also process tyres to convert it to energy.

ABC Rural

Nordic Plast installs new recycling line at Latvian plant

Latvian plastics waste recycler Nordic Plast has installed a German Starlinger recoSTAR basic 165 VAC recycling line at its plant in Olaine, with more than €2.5m investment. This investment has boosted its PET recycling capacity one and a half times. The new line is expected to reduce the process energy consumption by about 30%.

European Plastics

Packaging firm claims landfill free status

US-based Diamond Packaging has achieved zero manufacturing waste-to-landfill status. The firm achieved its goal through strategic partnerships with Cascades Recovery, Covanta Sustainable Solutions Group, and Advanced Waste Solutions. A joint task force was created to asses manufacturing and recovery methods and derive positive end-of-life solutions for all waste streams.

Solid Waste & Recycling

Resource Recovery Australia receives industrial ecology grant

Australia’s NSW Environment Protection Authority has awarded an industrial ecology grant to Resource Recovery Australia (RRA) to establish an Industrial Ecology Business Network from the Great Lakes to the Tweed in Australia. RRA will engage over 80 businesses to establish business-to-business relationships to reuse or process waste into resources, focusing on diverting 6000 tonnes of waste from north coast landfills.

Manning River Times

Avery Dennison partners with Italian recycler

US-based packaging materials firm Avery Dennison has exapnded its European waste disposal programme by selecting Italian waste and recycling company Tramonto Antonio as its partner in Northern Italy. According to the deal, Tramonto will collect siliconised liner and all other waste that can be recycled and segregated and channel it to the best available recycling option.

Waste Management World

Australian workers union urge to push renewable energy target

The Australian Workers Union have urged that the Renewable Energy Target (RET) to be pushed from 2020 to 2022. In addition, they have called for 100% RET aluminium exemption from the current 90%. The sector’s RET burden is costing it AUD80m a year.

Business Spectator

Japan’s JFE exits Vietnam steel plant project

Japan’s JFE Steel has decided to pull out of its planned steel plant project in Vietnam on account of continued oversupply situation of the alloy in Asia. The company cancelled the memorandum of understanding with the project’s partner and Taiwanese steelmaker E United group at the end of August and notified its decision to the Vietnam government. The firm was considering to take a majority stake in the project to construct a plant with steel sheet production capacity of 3.5 million tonnes that was supposed to go on-stream in 2016.


Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine in Darwendale

Russia and Zimbabwe is to pump in $1.6bn in capital to jointly construct the African country’s biggest platinum mine in Darwendale district. The development of the Darwendale project in Zimbabwe marks the beginning of bi-lateral cooperation between the two nations. OMZ Group of Russia has agreed a deal with Zimbabwe Mining Development to provide equipment for the mine.


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