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World news round-up 31 October 2014

South Africa imposes plastic bag specifications; Waste contract in New York ; Bottle incentive scheme grows in Australia

South Africa mandates plastic bag specifications

South Africa has set compulsory revised specifications for plastic carrier bags and flat bags and penalties for defaulters. The specification covers the thickness and printing of the bags. Bags that are thinner than 24 microns will not meet the requirements because they are currently impossible to recycle. The specification excludes bread bags, refuse bags, bin liners, household plastic bags and primary packaging.

Allafrica

http://bit.ly/1p5rggB

Proposal for waste management in New York

Progressive Waste Solutions, a Canada-based waste and recycling firm, will submit a proposal to manage containerised municipal solid waste in New York. The US city is seeking proposals for a 20-year contract for the transportation and disposal of containerised municipal solid waste that is delivered to two marine transfer stations in Brooklyn. The city will deliver up to 3,000 tonnes of waste a day. The agreement has options for two additional five-year periods.

Waste Management World

http://bit.ly/1wIz5cH

Waste management system in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government plans to introduce a waste disposal management system within the area under Kandy Municipal Council. The government aims to prepare a waste management system with the participation of six stakeholder institutions including the council.

News. Lk

http://bit.ly/10300TQ

Recycling incentive scheme for Queensland

A recycling incentive scheme for bottles and cans is likely to be introduced across Queensland, Australia. The government said the scheme would aid regional councils and those in remote areas that could not afford to institute a recycling programme.

Brisbane Times,

http://bit.ly/1tOIy2v

Chinese copper smelters may get more fees in 2015

China’s copper smelters may get around 9% and 20% more in fees from global mining companies for processing raw material concentrate next year. Smelters expect the benchmark treatment and refining charges for term shipments of clean, standard copper concentrate to rise to $100-$110 (£62-£69) per tonne and 10-11 cents per pound in 2015 from $92 and 9.2 cents in 2014. As the supply of concentrate increases, the demand for smelting capacity and the charges also rises leading to higher profits for smelters.

Reuters

http://reut.rs/1zfeEqn

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