Dubai tackles C&I dumping; Waste management plant in Kenya; Waste-to-biofuel scheme in China; Funding for Harvest Power
Dubai to charge for C&I waste
Dubai will impose a charge on commercial and industrial waste by the first half of 2015, a senior official has said. Waste from other emirates that already charged such a tariff was finding its way into Dubai, which has no tariff, filling up Dubai landfills.
As a result, the amount of waste piling up in Dubai had almost doubled, from 6,000 tonnes in 2008 to 11,500 tonnes in 2011.
Waste management plant in Kenya
A solid waste management plant is expected to be constructed at Thika in Kenya’s Kiambu County. The project will be in three phases and is a partnership between the Kiambu County government, UN Habitat and Fukuoka Prefecture State of Japan and work is anticipated to commence in three months.
Municipal solid waste facility in China
Enerkem, a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has signed a memorandum of understanding with municipal solid waste management company, Shanghai Environmental Group, to jointly build municipal solid waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facilities in China. Enerkem will license its exclusive technology to convert urban waste from China into biofuels and chemicals. The final business structure and sites are under discussions.
Waste management plant in Thailand
Construction of a waste management plant has begun at Ayutthaya province in Thailand. The new waste management facility will initially be a landfill facility and later will feed waste to the thermal power plant to be burned to generate heat for electricity generation.
National news bureau of Thailand
$20m for AD technology development
US-based Harvest Power has raised $20m (£12m) in its latest financing round, led by True North Venture Partners, Industry Ventures and Generation Investment Management. The company intends to use the fresh capital to accelerate development of its anaerobic digestion technology and to expand bulk and consumer-facing businesses.
Funding for Malaysia’s bulk waste management
Malaysia’s Klang Municipal Council (MPK) has been granted MYR6.7m (£1.3m) to conduct bulk waste cleaning throughout the region for three months, starting in November.
Residents give up hazardous waste
An annual household cleanout in Dubbo, Australia, yielded more than 3.5 tonnes of hazardous waste comprising car batteries, gas cylinders, pesticides and acid materials. The service was a partnership between Dubbo City Council, NetWaste and Toxfree, with financing from the Environmental Protection Authority.