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World news round-up 2 July 2014

Europeans on waste recycling; Solid Waste Management in Kazakhstan; Brazil iron ore; EfW in Europe

Resources should be used more efficiently, say Europeans

A survey on the ‘Attitudes of Europeans towards Waste Management and Resource Efficiency’ indicates that 96% of the Europeans say that it is important for Europe to use its resources more efficiently. The results also highlight that a vast majority of Europeans feel their country is generating too much waste. Reassurance regarding their waste being recycled effectively would further motivate them to separate more of their waste. Seeking higher volumes and better ways of recycling and composting facilities in their area, Europeans expect financial incentives and more convenient ways to separate household waste.

Out of the 26,000 people surveyed, more than two-thirds said the issue of resource efficiency was very important to them, whereas only 3% said the issue wasn’t really important.

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Kazakhstan sets 2050 target to modernise solid waste management

A programme has been approved by the Kazakh government for the modernisation of solid waste management by 2050. This comes as the country lacks any organised approach to separate collection of solid waste. The country has used the experience of EU nations to set up target indicators, which will be implemented in three stages - 2020, 2035 and 2050. Some KZT52bn (£164.3m) are set to be earmarked from the budget funds until 2020. The programme intends to bring the rate of separate collection of bio-waste up to 80% by 2050 from 10% in 2020.


Growth in demand for iron ore to exceed steel production

Brazilian miner Vale’s director of iron ore and strategy José Carlos Martins has said that the increase in worldwide iron ore demand will outperform steel production growth by 2020 and will be heavily influenced by emerging markets. Steel production will soar 23% from 2012-2020, while iron ore demand in the overseas market is expected to jump 34%, according to Martins. Additionally, he predicts a demand displacement from China’s domestic iron ore to the seaborne market.

BN Americas

EfW mood picks up in Europe

The mood of the energy from waste industry in Europe has brightened in 2014 due to improved business expectations, according to the latest industry barometer survey. The business climate index was up slightly for both EfW plant operators as well as other companies operating in the industry, in results from the research backed by the European Confederation of Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP). Operators were said to have a more optimistic outlook against last year’s survey. Operators also anticipate the recycling rate to edge up. Most operators were not bothered that some nations had spare waste to energy capacity, as they consider that these countries will help other EU Member States.

Waste Management World

Chinese vehicle battery industry seek more specific recycling rules 

Chinese auto battery manufacturers are urging authorities to come up with specific rules governing the battery recycling. Johnson Controls’ power solutions operations vice-president and general manager Kenneth Yeng said it was trying to interpret the mainland Chinese market conditions to promote “a well-regulated and efficient recycling system for used vehicle batteries.” Local governments have been urged by the firms involved in both domestic and international industry to take strict action against illegal vendors and issue rules to force all the players in the chain to comply with recycling standards. Enersys’ manager Zhang Wei said makers hoped the government would back the development of a ‘Western-style recycling system’.

South China Morning Post




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