China seeks EU approval for ship recycling; Bulgaria grapples with sanction threat; Wheelabrator sale concluded; Czechs approve 10-year plan
Recycling yards apply for EU accreditation
Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling and Xiagang Changjiang Ship Recycling, two of the world’s largest Chinese ships recycling yards have applied to be included on EU list of approved ship recycling facilities. Under the new regulation only such facilities will be permitted to recycle ships flying the flag of an EU member state. The rules will come into force by the end of 2016.
Bulgaria faces threat for infringement
Bulgaria is still facing the threat of being sanctioned over its regional waste depots. In April 2014 an action was brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union over Bulgaria’s regional waste management systems, which are not compliant with the European legislation over reduced use of landfill. The government says landfill sites will be closed more quickly once the 21 planned schemes come on stream but they are being help up by appeals.
Bulgarian News Agency
Czech Republic waste management plan
Czech Republic has approved a ten-year waste management plan with a focus on reducing landfills and increasing recycling. The strategy outlined in the waste management plan suggests a reduction of landfills and an increase in recycling. The country recycled 30% of its municipal waste in last year, while the EU average is over 40%.
Waste Management completes divestiture
Waste Management has completed the previously announced sale of Wheelabrator Technologies to an affiliate of Energy Capital Partners for approximately $1.94bn (£1.2bn). The firm intends to use the proceeds from the transaction to acquire assets related to the core business and repurchasing shares.
Finland recycler acquires processing firm
Finnish firm Kuusakoski Recycling has acquired the remaining 60% of Vintage Tech Recycling located at Illinois in the US. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. The two companies will be run separately with a shared executive team.
Waste oil to biodiesel
Novozymes has claimed the first commercially available enzymatic solution to make biodiesel from waste oils. The process converts used cooking oil or other lower grade oils into biodiesel. This allows biodiesel producers to reduce their raw material costs. The enzymatic process eliminates the need for sodium methoxide, one of the most hazardous chemicals in traditional biodiesel plants.
Aluminium cans recycle
Aluminium cans in North America now contain 70% recycled content, according to a new report by the environmental research firm PE International. The study also concludes that cans require 14% less energy to manufacture compared with 2010.
US scrapping steel trade inconsistent with WTO
Russia has complained that a US move to scrap a 15-year-old deal sheltering Russian flat-rolled steel producers from high import duties is inconsistent with World Trade Organisation rules. The move comes as Western sanctions over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, together with a plunge in world oil prices, have pushed the Russian economy to the brink of recession.