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World news round-up 22 December 2014

PET recycling law in Peru; Slovakian waste legislation; Food waste treatment plant in HK; Wood-based heating plant in Finland; Biomass plant in Netherlands

PET recycling law in Peru

The government of Peru has approved a law that will allow plastic bottles to be recycled, as in other Latin American countries. The country imports arround 92,000 tonnes of PET resin, derived from crude oil and natural gas, to make bottles each year. The law is likely to lead to a boost in the price of the recycled material and generate better income for those who gather it. Only 12% of the country’s waste is recycled, and just a small fraction of that is done by recognised workers.

Yahoo news

Waste disposal bill in Slovakia

The government of Slovakia has introduced a bill for waste management which introduces a bigger responsibility on producers and importers for the recycling and disposal of their own products. Municipalities will be only obliged to pay for the disposal of mixed municipal waste, boosting recycling efforts.

The Slovak Spectator

Food waste treatment plant in HK

Suez Environnement and Atal Engineering won a €246m (£193m) contract to develop and operate a food-waste treatment centre in Hong Kong. The facility is expected to start up in the mid-2017. The plant will process 200 tonnes of food waste a year.

Business Week

Wood-based heating plant in Finland

Utility firm Turku Energia is to fund a large-scale wood-based pellet-fired heating plant in Finland. Construction at Luolavuoreen is expected to commence in March 2015 and it is thought to be the largest of its kind in the country to be fired solely on wood pellets. The plant is due to be fully operational in early 2016 when it will have a heat capacity of 40MW and expects to supply around 100GWh of heat per year.


Biomass-fired heat plant in Lithuania

Enerstena, a Lithuanian biomass boiler builder, has constructed a heating plant for local utility company Naujenes Pakalpojumu Serviss. The 5MW woodchip-fired heating plant is valued at €2m (£1.5m).


Biomass plant in Netherlands

Netherland-based biomass plant builder HoSt has been awarded a contract to construct a biomass plant as part of Eindhoven’s €10m (£7m) Biomassacentrale Strijp-T project, an industrial centre that will supply biomass-sourced heat and electricity to both business and residential properties in the city. Several biomass-fired facilities are in the project, which is due to be completed by the end of 2015.


EfW gasification plant in Japan

The Yamagata Area Environmental Office Association has awarded a contract for two fluidised bed type municipal solid waste gasification and melting energy-from-waste systems with capacity of 150 tonnes a day and a waste heat recovery system to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering. The total value of the deal is approximately JPY18.5bn (£99m). The facility is scheduled to be operational in October 2017.

Waste Management World

Biomass power plant in Turkey

Ekton Electricity Production and Trade plans to construct a biomass power plant in the Ceyhan district of Turkey with an investment of around TRY95m (£26m). The Ceyhan facility will produce energy from agricultural residues. Construction is expected to take two years

Daily Sabah

Australia’s Alcoa aluminium rolling mill to close  

Alcoa’s aluminium rolling mill located at Point Henry in Australia will close this week after 50 years of operation. The mill produces the ends and tabs for aluminium cans. Around 250 employees have lost their jobs.

Ten Play


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