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World news round-up 23 December 2014

Solid waste landfill in Armenia; EU grant for Bosnia; Incinerators in Lebanon; US regulations on safe disposal of coal ash; German metal recycling joint venture

Solid waste landfill in Armenia

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is providing a €3.5m (£2.7m) loan to Armenia to finance the construction of the country’s first compliant solid waste landfill. The loan is complemented by a €3.5m capital grant from the European Union Neighbourhood Facility. The new landfill will be located in the city of Hrazdan.

Waste Management News

Rambol acquires Environ

Netherland-based design and consultancy firm, Ramboll has acquired the US-based environmental and health consultancy, Eviron. At the time of the acquisition, the combined revenue of Ramboll and Environ exceeded DKK 10bn (£1bn).

Waste Management World

Solid waste management project in Bosnia

The government of Bosnia has accepted a €4.46m (£3.4m) grant from the EU for a solid waste management project. The grant will be used by municipalities of Sarajevo, Neum, Bosanska Krupa and Srebrenik.

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Republic services accquires Tervita

Republic Services in Phoenix is to acquire the US operations of Tervita, a subsidiary of Canadian firm Calgary. Tervita provides oil field waste services to its customer base and operates three kinds of waste management and disposal facilities.

Phoenix Business Journal

Incinerators in Lebanon

The Lebanon government has to open a tender for companies to treat solid waste in the country. Sources said incinerators converting waste to energy were the preferred option. Lebanon produces 1.57 million tonnes of solid waste a year, growing at an annual rate of 1.65%. Presently, 53% of Lebanon’s solid waste goes to landfill and 17% is recycled or composted. The main problem the country faces is a lack of infrastructure.

The Daily Star

New Zealand to study solutions for telecom WEEE

The New Zealand telecommunications forum (TCF) has created a working party to study solutions for telecommunications WEEE. The group will cooperate with the ministry for the environment to minimise any regulatory burden on the telecommunications industry. It will also see whether there is an opportunity for TCF members to develop recycling programmes.

Wireless Federation

Regulation for safe disposal of coal ash

The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced the first national regulations for the safe disposal of coal ash from power plants. The new rules categorise coal ash as a non-hazardous waste. They include the closure of landfills and certain other facilities that do not meet construction standards.


German metal recycling joint venture

The European Commission has approved the creation of a German joint venture that will collect, process and sell non-ferrous and iron-nickel alloy scrap. The joint venture, Noris Metallrecycling, will be controlled by Scholz Recycling, based in Essingen, and Thyssen Alfa Rohstoffhandel in Munich.


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