Paper recycling in Europe; China reveals latest crackdown figures; US recycling centres shut amid fraud claims; World Cup waste
Paper recycling in Europe at 71.7%
The paper recycling rate in Europe reached 71.7% in 2013. The total amount of paper collected and recycled in the European paper sector remains stable at just over 57 million tonnes, despite decreasing paper consumption in Europe.
Recycling has increased by 45% (18 million tonnes) since 1998, the base year for the first voluntary commitment set in the European Declaration on Paper Recycling by the European Recovered Paper Council. The continuing sharp decline in newspaper consumption will significantly affect overall paper recycling levels, as newspapers are traditionally one of the best recycled paper products along with corrugated boxes. Conversely, tissue and sanitary paper consumption is increasing but cannot be accepted for recycling due to hygiene reasons. Overall, 21% of paper consumption is not recyclable or collectable.
China reveals illegal waste activity
In the first quarter of 2014, Chinese customs officials are said to have investigated 20 cases of solid waste smuggling which involved electronic waste, scrap plastics, used textiles and scrap slag.
National customs investigated a total of 2,606 solid waste importing and processing companies. They found issues with 586 enterprises and illegality problems with 617 enterprises, with 4.2 million tonnes of solid waste being investigated. Some 245 cases were handed over to anti-smuggling officials and 261 cases were reported to other authorities. Of the companies caught in illegal acts, 350 were scrap plastic enterprises while 118 were engaged in scrap metals and a further 118 in recovered paper.
Four recycling centres shut down amid fraud investigation
Four recycling centers in California shut down by the owner are being connected to a state-wide investigation into recycling fraud.
Officials said they believed the companies were engaged in a scheme to defraud the state’s refund California Redemption Value (CRV) programme. CRV is a deposit paid on sales of certain recyclable beverage containers. The bottler pays CRV on the purchase of beverages with aluminium, plastic and glass containers. Anyone can receive the same amount in exchange for the container by bringing it to a recycling center. The symbol on beverage containers eligible for reimbursement is “CA CRV”. Currently, CRV is 5 cents for containers less than 24 ounces and 10 cents for containers 24 ounces or larger.
Solid waste management major concern for Guyana
According to Robert Persaud, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Guyana is keen to restructure the Solid Waste Bill so the Government looks after the entire solid waste management within the country. A budget of $1bn (£589m) has been allocated by the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).
The EPA and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment have come forward to work on the issue of solid waste disposal a “priority” since the EPA Act, according to Minister Persaud, was “insufficient” and required a comprehensive, practical legal mechanism to deal with the issue of littering at all levels.
Guyana Chronicle Online
FIFA World Cup waste to grow in Brasília by 70%
The World Cup is expected to pile up waste by 70% in capital Brasília while other host cities like Cuiabá and Natal will see the amount increase by 100% or more. An estimated 15,000 tonnes of additional waste will result in the cities hosting the matches, Agência Brasil reported. According to the report, the nation’s capital city gathered 25.2 tonnes of organic and dry waste after the first two games at the Mané Garrincha national stadium and from the FIFA Fan Fest area Taguaparque.