Sims settles over US waste; Italians and Indians look to Katmandu; Bulgeria looks to RDF; Belgium commissions biggest EfW plant
Settlement over Sims’ waste in US
Sims Group has agreed to pay California nearly $2.4m (£1.5m) to settle a civil case that alleged the US scrap metal recycler had contaminated the area around its plant with toxic waste. The firm denied wrongdoing in its settlement, filed in San Mateo County Superior Court, by stating that the material involved was mostly harmless scrap fibre that had blown off-site.
Nepal looks to India and Italy over Kathmandu waste
Italian and Indian companies have been given responsibility for preparing a detailed report on the long-term management of the solid waste of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. The Investment Board of Nepal intends to take ahead the process in three packages.
The Himalayan Times
CalRecycle backs recycling projects
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has issued $19.5m (£12.4m) grants to eight projects in the state. CalRecycle says the projects are crucial in the state’s effort to reach its statewide goal of 75% recycling, composting and source reduction by 2020. Five of the eight projects are located in disadvantaged communities, and about 55% of the funds will be used in those areas.
Sierra Leone promotes plastic reduction
Sierra Leone’s Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Youths has initiated a new approach to clear growing piles of waste plastic in the country. Young people will be trained on the recycling technology so that they can engage in the business of collecting plastics in the street and to recycle them.
Waste plant in Bulgaria
A new waste recycling plant is expected to commence operations in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria by the end of 2015. The first stage of the project has been completed and construction of the plant is underway. The municipality had signed a €109.2m (£86.4m) deal for the facility with a consortium of Greek companies last year. The facility will process more than three quarters of Sofia’s waste to produce refuse-derived fuel.
EfW plant in Belgium
Belgian Eco Energy has selected Abengoa to develop an energy-from-waste plant at Ghent in Belgium, which is said to be the biggest of its kind in the world. The cost will exceed €315m and the facility will use wood chips and agricultural residues to generate electricity and feed into a district heating scheme.
Waste to energy international
Coal waste-fired power plant in Zimbabwe
Co-Ash Resources is to construct a 1,000MW advanced plasma waste gasification plant in Zimbabwe. The facility’s licence has been approved and will use waste coal fines. The project cost remains undisclosed. The country generates or imports a total 1,200MW of power whereas national demand is about 2,200MW.