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World news round-up 30 October 2014

Strike at copper mine; Danish software company buyout; US firms deny lead battery exports to Mexico; Waste charging for Hong Kong; Taiwan bans waste oil imports

Strike at Indonesian copper mine

Global copper prices are expected to go up as workers from Indonesian mine Freeport-McMoran have announced a monthly strike. The copper mine is one of the largest in the world and the disruption in production could have an impact on global supply.

Prices of the metal are expected to be supported following a 10% year-on-year fall since the beginning of 2014.

The strike action is planned by three Freeport unions which are demanding management changes following a fatal incident on September.


Acquisition of Danish software firm

Ireland-based recycling and waste management ERP software provider AMCS Group has snapped up Danish software company Transvision. The company provides route optimisation, transport and dispatch management products.

With Transvision, AMCS now gains a strong foothold in Denmark and the Netherlands. 

Press Release

Mexican lead pollution halts trade

US-based companies IBM, AT&T, and Sprint are halting trade worth $10m with Mexico because of extensive lead pollution at its facilities. The firms are unwilling to export used lead batteries to Mexico for recycling due to weak environmental laws and poor standards.

Scrap Monster

Waste charging to lower per capita Hong Kong waste

Hong Kong’s Environment Bureau is claiming that the development of a comprehensive waste management policy based on waste sorting, separating and recycling, along with waste charging, will reduce the per capita waste generated by 40% by 2022.

To achieve this target, the bureau recommends withdrawal of the proposals for the expansion of landfills.

South China Morning Post

Taiwan to stop waste oil imports

Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) is banning the import of waste oil imports in response to a scandal whereby used cooking oil was recycled and sold as new. The EPA, instead, will bolster domestic recycling systems to deal with the local supply of used oil.

The China Post

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