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World news round-up 24 September 2014

Sims pays up over US facility; China’s steel growth slowing; Four firms in Kepong incinerator shortlist; Consultant sought for Azerbaijan

Sims reaches consent decree in US

US-based Sims Metal Management has reached an agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice with regard to a compliance order issued in 2011 over the recycler’s Redwood City, California facility. EPA had imposed a $189,500 (£116,000) fine on the company for violating the Clean Water Act by polluting the San Francisco Bay with scrap metal debris. Sims agreed to pay up as a civil penalty.

Recycling Today

http://bit.ly/1sVSFgb

Chinese steel industry stalls

China’s steel production has surpassed 800 million tonnes this year but growth rates are slowing significantly. It was estimated that the production would peak at around one billion tonnes but it is more likely to reach around 870 million tonnes.

Sydney Morning Herald

http://bit.ly/1pbwph0

Companies shortlisted for Malaysian EfW plant

UEM Environment, DRB-Hicom, Malaysian Resources Corp and Puncak Niaga Holdings have been shortlisted to bid for a 1,000-tonne a day energy-from-waste incinerator project to be constructed at Taman Beringin, Kepong in Malaysia. The projected cost of the plant is MYR800m (£151m). The incinerator is expected to be completed in 2018.

MSN News

http://on-msn.com/ZbPsC6

Aluminium deficit to continue

United Company Rusal, based in Russia, has forecast a global aluminium deficit of 1.3 million tonnes in 2015. The company estimates that by the end of the year the deficit will be 1.5 million tonnes and next year it will be 1.2 - 1.3 million tonnes.

Reuters

http://bit.ly/1qpE3E7

Biogas plant unveiled in Belgium

Enovos Luxembourg subsidiary NPG energy has opened its NPG BIO II biogas plant at the Deurganckdok in Antwerp Port, Belgium. The facility is mainly fuelled by liquids, coming from waste and residual flows from the food industry.

Renewable Energy Magazine

http://bit.ly/1DvRCvZ

Deal to incinerate factory waste in Nepal

Unilever Nepal has reached an agreement to incinerate waste produced by its Basamadi factory in the burner of Shivam Cement Industry’s plant at Hatiya in Hetauda, Nepal. The technology will provide extra energy for the cement factory.

Ekantipur

http://bit.ly/XTqAO1

Consultant sought for Azerbaijan’s solid waste sector

Azerbaijan is inviting potential legal consultants to establish a regulatory and legislative framework for the country’s solid waste management. The tender seeks expressions of interest within the preparation of the national strategy, feasibility study and the regional investment plan for the industry.

ABC

http://bit.ly/XTwI8V  

Waste reduction campaign to launch in Vietnam

Vietnam is launching a campaign called ‘Take action for a waste-free environment’ in northern province of Thai Nguyen. The countrywide waste reduction campaign intends to boost the public’s awareness of environmental protection, pollution and waste to contribute to global environmental efforts

Bernama

http://bit.ly/1pby6uZ

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