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World news round-up 28 November 2014

Nigeria’s WEEE policy; US scrap recycling industry; Aircraft carrier recycling deal in US; ArcelorMittal to bid for Ilva steel plant; Guam recycling rates; Macau waste collection statistics

WEEE policy in Nigeria

Nigeria has formulated a draft policy and strategic plan on WEEE management in the country. This move comes as the government is determined to avert the environmental hazards of increasing toxic heavy metal contained in the electrical or electronic equipment in the environment.

Shanghai Daily

Scrap recycling in US to rise

A new study revealed that the US scrap recycling industry is forecast to grow at 3.41% CAGR over the period 2013-2018. The global steel demand is a major factor driving market growth, according to Sandler Research’s report titled ‘Scrap Recycling Industry in US 2014-2018’. One of the key trends in the market is the focus on clean energy.


Chinese interest in Pakistan’s EFW project

China Aviation Planning & Construction Development has expressed interest to invest in Lahore Waste Management Company’s energy from waste facility in Pakistan. The Chinese company offered to deploy an incineration technology-based plant at Lakhodair site.

The News

Biogas catchment and treatment plant in Cameroon

Hygiène et salubrité du Cameroun has opened its second biogas catchment and treatment facility in Cameroon. The plant, funded by Ecobank loan, will help avoid putting the methane produced by the household waste entering the atmosphere.

Business in Cameroon

EMR’s US aircraft carrier recycling deal

The US Navy has contracted metal recycling firm EMR to dismantle and recycle USS Constellation, the ‘the largest aircraft carrier ever to be scrapped’ in the country. The vessel will be recycled and remediated over the course of 2015 at EMR’s Texas shipbreaking facility at Brownsville.

Recycling International

Call to cancel primary aluminium export tax

Chinese smelters are jointly calling on the government to withdraw its export tax on aluminium ingots. This request comes as they seek to benefit from the supply deficit in the global market.

Metal Bulletin

Turkey may import billets from CIS on low scrap

Turkish steel mills have shifted their focus to billet imports from CIS on reduced scrap availability in the global markets due to low prices. According to a Turkish source, the country’s mills have been very inactive in the scrap markets in the past two weeks, with bookings at only 110,000 tonnes from the deep­sea markets.

Metal Bulletin

Growth in Bulgaria’s textile industry

Bulgaria’s textile industry is anticipating further growth this year. Last year, the sector experienced an export growth of around 7% to 8%, reaching €1.8bn (£1.4bn), the highest since 2007. The turnover of the textile companies grew by 10%.

ArcelorMittal to bid for Ilva plant

Luxemburg-based ArcelorMittal has joined forces with Italy’s Marcegaglia to bid for loss-making and ‘environmental disaster’ steel plant Ilva, located at Taranto in the Puglia region. It has the biggest output capacity of any plant in Europe and is presently operating at roughly half of its peak production level because of weak demand and chronic overcapacity in Europe. The site has also been under special government administration since last year after it was accused of failing to prevent toxic emissions.


Macau’s daily waste collection

The Macau Waste System Company (CSR) revealed that it collected an average of around 940 tonnes of waste a day between August and October this year. CSR has attributed the growth to rising population, increased visitor arrivals during summer and the period approaching Chinese New Year as well as the surge of new businesses opening in Macau.

Macau Daily

Guam recycling rate improves

The Guam Environment Protection Agency calculated the island wide recycling rate at 17.85% for 2013; however, this year it went up to 28.13% surpassing their goal. Guam EPA administrator Eric Palacios says that the aim was to increase percentage points by at least three each year. However, the current rate indicate that more people are recognising the importance of conserving natural resources and protecting the environment


Recycling lesson adopted in Australian restaurants

A six-month trial by Australia’s Brisbane City Council’s waste recovery teams at McDonald’s Albion store in the country has resulted in a 17.5% increase in the amount of items that could be recycled. This was achieved by re-positioning the recycling bins and using on-screen systems to constantly remind staff to recycle. “The good news is that this may well be the template for a roll out for greater focus on recycling within McDonald’s, not only Brisbane but in Queensland, but throughout Australia,” says Cr McLachlan , the chair of BCC’s Field Services Committee.

Brisbane Times

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