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World news round-up 19 August 2014

Ferrous slowdown in China; Innovation with car batteries; Caribbean island’s waste cash crisis; Bacardi looks to crack bottle waste

China ferrous giant suspends business

China’s largest ferrous scrap supplier Fengli Group stopped the sale and collection of metal for a full week during mid-August. Sources said that the Jiangsu province-based company’s reason for the suspension was low demand and prices.

The company has said that the current market situation is not creating profitable operations.


Car battery material for solar panels

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a process by which materials from used car batteries are turned into solar panels. It follows recent advancement in the use of a compound found in solar cells called perovskite.

The rate of power-conversion efficiency in the compound now exceeds 19%.  This level is coming close to competitive standards in the solar cell market.

Recycling Portal

Early boost for South African tyre recycling

An initiative to recycle the millions of used tyres in South Africa is proving successful and creating interest internationally. The five-year plan, which begin in 2013, is being implemented by the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa.

From the start of the project to June of this year an estimated 28,811 tonnes of old tyres were processed.

Business Day Live

Bacardi gets in the spirit

Bermuda-based spirits manufacturer, Bacardi has made a number of its drinks bottles easier to recycle and reduced the amount of materials used at its Jacksonville, Florida, facility.

As the sole bottling plant for Bacardi rum branded products in the US, the company said that it recycles almost everything generated or used in the manufacturing process including: glass, plastic, aluminium, paper, and even wastewater.

As part of its sustainability programme, Bacardi said that it is aiming to eliminate landfill waste at all of its production sites globally by 2022.

Waste Management World

Collectors in cash dispute

The financial crisis on the Virgin Islands’ may soon lead to overflowing dumpsters, but government officials are refusing to talk about the matter. Waste management authority officials met with their contracted waste haulers and told them they did not have the money to continue to pay the contracted amount and must make cutbacks, James Bates, of Bates Trucking and Trash Removal said.

“We pick up neighbourhoods twice a week. They want us to cut back to once a week,” Bates said. “We tell them no. It’s the same amount of trash, and they want to pay us less.”

Stella Saunders, spokeswoman for the Waste Management Authority, said she would not comment.  “We are in the negotiation process with the haulers, and at this time we have no comment,”

Virgin Islands Daily News

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