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World news round-up 27 August 2014

EU to maintain anti-dumping levy; Spanish household recycling up again; US hits South Korean imports; Germans claim plastics sorting breakthrough

EU to maintain anti-dumping duties on Chinese wire rod

Anti-dumping duties are likely to be re-imposed on Chinese wire rod by the European Union for another five years to continue to protect the European domestic wire rod mills market. The EU initiated a study to exam whether to re-impose the duties as high as 24% on Chinese wire rod used in the construction sector. It is said that the anti-dumping duties could last up to 15 months.

Scrap Register

Household recycling in Spain up 3.7% increase

Plastic recycling rate in Spanish households rose 3.7% to more than 371,000 tonnes in 2013, according to the Spanish non-profit group Cicloplast. The figure represents a threefold increase from 2003 for the country, the organisation said. The rate of recycling has now reached 56.6%, which means Spaniards recycle 1.6 out of every two plastic containers. Spain was only behind Germany within the EU in terms per capita plastics recycling for the year.


EfW plant construction plan approved in Thailand

A proposed energy-from-waste (EfW) power plant in Thailand’s Ayutthaya area has been approved by the National Council for Peace and Order. The EfW facility is expected to dispose of up to 300 tonnes of waste a day.

Eco Business

Nigeria agreement with Germany, Pakistan on cotton development

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been reached between Nigeria, Germany and Pakistan over cotton with the goal of examining the various investment opportunities in the sector. The MoU will mainly cover areas related to farming, production, processing, and its value chain. Arewa Cotton, involved in ginning and selling cotton lint to Nigerian textile mills, will supervise and coordinate with Germany and Pakistan.


Lonmin boss denies job cuts plan

Platinum producer Lonmin’s chief executive Ben Magara has refuted claims the company is shedding about 5,700 jobs, 21% of its South African workforce, as part of a drive to restore profits after the recent five-month miners’ strike. Instead, Magara said that the company’s priority was to ramp up production.


BlueScope Steel turnaround in last two years

According to the chief executive of BlueScope Steel, the turnover of AUD500m (£281m) in the past two years emphasises the progress of the Australian manufacturing industry. Underlying net profit after tax grew by AUD105.6m to AUD112.3m. Total revenue, as measured by earnings before interest and tax, increased to AUD8.007bn.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Tyre recycling fee up 50% in Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia government is to increase the tyre recycling fee by 50%. Starting from September, the standard set of car tyres will increase by $6 and four 17-inch truck tyres will increase by $18.

Nova News Now

Kuwait among highest solid waste producers

Kuwait is among the list of highest global generators of solid waste. The country produces 1.4 kg of solid waste per capita daily or approximately two million tonnes of solid waste annually. The prevailing solid waste disposal method in the country is landfill burial and it has 18 landfills, of which four are still in operation. The government looks to build three new recycling plants to tackle its waste problem.


Tariffs imposed on steel imports from South Korea

The US International Trade Commission has enforced tariffs on steel pipe and tube imports from South Korea and five other countries. The tariffs have been raised to 15.75% for South Korean companies. The other countries subjected to the imposition are India, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam.

The Wall Street Journal

Scientists simplify plastics sorting

German scientists have simplified the process of plastic sorting for recycling by automating the process of recognising a plastic item’s polymer make-up. According to the scientists, plastics emit fluorescent light when under a flash of light, and the emission decays with time in a unique pattern. This finding is crucial because it offers more efficient sorting.

Energy Live News

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