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World news round-up 28 October 2014

US waste and recycling employment latest; Recycling plant in Ukraine; Covanta profits drop in the US; US awards Ebola waste permits; South African plastics recycling statistics

US waste and recycling sector employment up

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has revealed that the US waste and recycling industry added 900 jobs in September, taking the total employment numbers to 382,700. This is the eighth consecutive month that the jobs in the sector have increased. The rate of unemployment last month dropped to 3.1%.

Waste Dive

Recycling plant for Ukraine

INSIL Deutschland UG is looking to construct a modern recycling facility worth €40m (£31.5m) in Novovolynsk, Ukraine. The plant will recycle 25,000 tonnes of waste a year and is to start construction in 2015, with funding coming from the German company.

ZIK Ukraine

US firm’s quarterly profit tumbles

US energy from waste company Covanta Holding’s third quarter revenue dropped 2.6% year-on-year to $414m (£257m). Net profit for the three months ended 30 September plunged 78.6% to $6m against $28m a year ago. The firm narrowed its loss to $2m in the first nine months of this year from a loss of $35m in 2013.


Waste paper recycling plant in Australia

Australian Paper is to build a new waste paper (de-inked pulp) recycling plant in Maryvale, Victoria, with an investment of AUD90m (£49m). The new facility will process up to 80,000 tonnes of waste paper, resulting in an output of 50,000 tonnes of recycled fibre. It is likely to be operational from early 2015.

Planet ARK

US issues Ebola waste permits

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has granted five ‘non-site-specific’ special permits for managing Ebola waste. The contracts have gone to Veolia ES Technical Solutions, Stericyle, Triumvirate Environmental, Smith Systems Transportation and Advanced Environmental Options. These companies are not limited as to where they can pick up Ebola-related waste or dispose of it.

Fox News

Growth in South African plastics recycling

The South African Plastics Recycling Organisation has found that the amount of plastics manufactured in the country since 2009 surged by 34% to 1.4 million tonnes in 2013. Last year, 20% of plastic waste generated was recovered and recycled either locally or abroad. The South African plastics recycling industry said it could not achieve its target of 40% recycling rate owing to the economic recession. Almost 80% of plastic waste processed was derived from plastic packaging.

Urban Earth

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