Rio to exit Papua New Guinea; Collections stop after truck fleet grounded; $50m EfW plant in California; Avis buys IPS Balers; Germany mulls waste management project in Philippines
Rio poised to quit Bougainville
Miner Rio Tinto, which has a 53.8% stake valued at $92.5m (£55.5m) in Bougainville Copper (BOC), has decided to quit its stake after BOC was stripped of its rights to the abandoned Panguna copper/gold mine in Papua New Guinea by the Autonomous Bougainville Government. Rio is likely to gift its stake in BOC to charitable foundations, as it did recently with a project in Alaska, or hand the interest to a trust for the benefit of the local people.
Train system to be built for landfill scheme
Sri Lanka is to construct a landfill site in the Puttalam District and is commissioning a railway line and transportation transfer material from Meethotamulla.
The railway department has completed the design work of a rail transportation system and the preparation of specifications for locomotives and rolling stocks. The environmental impact assessment of the project has also been completed. The total cost is $107m (£64m)
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$50m EfW project in California
An energy-from-waste (EfW) plant worth $50m is being considered in Santa Barbara County, California. The proposal could potentially double the lifespan of the nearby Tajiguas landfill. The project, which is a resource recovery one, would be capable of separating recyclables and organic materials from trash. The organics that would be converted into methane and then transformed into energy will be used to power on-site generators.
IPS Balers acquired by Avis
US-based Avis Industrial has acquired IPS Balers, a metals, plastics and mixed fibre baler manufacturer, from recycling equipment manufacturer CP Group. IPS is the third baler company owned by Avis Industrial, and joins the American Baler Co and the Harris Waste Management Group. The move gives Avis direct access to CP sorting systems, including disc screens and optical sorters, among other MRF equipment components.
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Collections stop after truck fleet grounded
Rubbish collection services have been halted in many parts of the country after Australia’s largest waste management firm grounded its entire fleet.
Transpacific, the Queensland-based company is conducting a safety audit of its 2,800 trucks after a road accident in Adelaide in which a truck smashed into three stationary cars killing two people. The company said it would continue to gather evidence and would cooperate with police and regulators.
Viva eyes tyre recycling centre in Anderson
US-headquartered Viva Recycling is looking to construct its second South Carolina tyre recycling plant in Anderson, with nearly $7m capital investment. The facility will comprise recycling and manufacturing operations. It will have the capacity to process more than four million scrap tyres a year and is to be operational by the end of this year.
Germany to finance solid waste management project in Philippines
The German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) is considering a solid waste management project in the Philippines in 2015. Germany’s Ministry of the Environment will fund the programme. GIZ may also begin a new programme on land policy in the Philippines.