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World news round-up 20 August 2014

Malaysian solid waste management plan; Energy and waste management order in Nigeria’s Imo State; Hapag-Lloyd to send vessels to specialised scrapping docks; WEEE recycling app in China

Hapag-Lloyd policy switch on old ships

German ship owner Hapag-Lloyd has said it will now only send redundant shipping to specialised recycling yards that comply with strict environmental regulations and guidelines. The company said its policy switch followed concerns about the conditions faced by workers in unregulated shipyards. Campaigners such as Shipbreaking Platform have welcomed the move and hope that many more shipping companies will follow
the example.


Waste management action plan in Malaysia

Malaysia has launched an action plan to provide a comprehensive, integrated, cost-effective and sustainable solid waste management system. The country is planning to set up an ecological industrial park to allow primary industry waste to be reused by secondary industries. The location is yet to be determined. A total of MYR1.3bn (£247m) has been earmarked for waste collection and related activity.

Eco Business

Entrade secures order for energy and recycling centres

German company Entrade Energiesysteme has agreed a major contract to set up an energy and waste management system in Nigeria’s Imo State. Under the terms of the deal, Entrade will initially deploy 200 energy and recycling centres in the state capital Owerri, with completion due by the end of 2015. This could be followed by the construction of up to 2,300 further regional supply facilities across the state.           

Business Day

New recycling app to streamline WEEE

Chinese search engine company Baidu and the United Nations Development Program have partnered to launch a web-based application to tackle WEEE recycling in China. The recycling app ‘Baidu Recycle Station’ will help encourage legitimate recyclers that can offer users accurate pricing for old electronics trash. It is already available for users in Beijing and Tianjin, with the service rolling out to other Chinese cities in the future.

PC World

Suit filed over illegal $1bn contract

Waste Management has filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court against Oakland’s City Council accusing it of illegally awarding a $1bn (£598m) contract to California Waste Options. The suit claimed that the local recycling firm had not held a garbage-hauling contract in the US, had submitted proposals that were late and did not comply with the city’s contracting rules.

City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan disputed the idea the she and her colleagues had unfairly favoured California Waste Solutions. “It was absolutely not any sort of connections,” Kaplan said. “I voted for the best deal for the people of Oakland. I am fully committed to always putting the people of Oakland first.”

SF Gate

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