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World news round-up 4 December 2014

SRF exports from UK to Portugal; Germans rapped over waste plans; Waste management firm sold; EfW poll in Canada

SRF contract in Portugal

Netherland-based waste exporter N+P has signed a contract to supply solid recovered fuel (SRF) to Portugal-based Gestão Ambiental e Valorização Energética, owned by cement firms Secil and Cimpor and waste firm Serviços de Gestão e Valorização de Resíduos. N+P will export 700,000 tonnes of SRF over the next five years, mostly from the UK. N+P also plans to supply end-of-life tyres, vehicle waste and coal waste pellets to Portugal from the UK.


Waste framework directive in Germany

The European Commission (EC) is displeased with Germany’s compliance with obligations to review waste management plans at least every six years. The commission believes that such plans are out of date in six of Germany’s 16 states: Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein. The German government has been given until January 2015 to report to the EC on the complaint.


Certification for steel imports

The Tamil Nadu government in India has ruled that steel and steel products without BIS certification, either imported from abroad or from elsewhere in India will not be allowed into the country. If the quality of steel is found to be substandard, it will be declared as scrap.

The Times of India


Waste management acquisition in Canada

Canada-based mineral exploration company Mineral Hill is to acquire international waste management firm Avis Energy Global. After the transaction is complete, Avis will build three proposed biomass liquefaction technology plants in Ontario, Canada, with a capacity of 6,000 litres per hour of diesel.

Bioenergy insight

EfW Poll in Canada

A poll commissioned by the Canadian plastics industry association has found that two-thirds of Canadians have a favourable impression of energy-from-waste (EfW) technologies. Gasification and feedstock recycling received the most positive support at 60%, followed by solid recovery fuel at 59% and mass burn combustion at 50%. The association says that the Canadian EfW market has grown more than 200% over the past eight years.

Recycling Today

New packaging line for Ecover 

Packaging firm Sonoco will provide extrusion blow-molded bottles made from Plantplastic, a blend of bio-sourced high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and post-consumer recycled resin, for Ecover’s new home care line in North America. The firm will partner with Ecover to become its HDPE provider in North America, collaborating to produce a new line of bottles.


Recycling metal waste

Colombia-based Ingerecuperar has developed a new process to turn hazardous waste from metallurgy and incineration into raw materials for cement, aluminium and resins. The firm is ready to export new products made of recycled hazardous waste to Indonesia next year and expects to expand its operations in 2015 to Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

Fox News

Scrap handling firm acquired in US

Upstate Shredding and its sister business Ben Weitsman & Son have acquired the assets of Murtagh Scrap Handling, based at Rome, New York. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal is expected to be finalised in January and the facility will reopen as Ben Weitsman of Rome.

Business Journal news network

California’s recycling efforts

A study released by the Environment Protection Agency has found that Californians are leading in recycling in the US. California has achieved a 50% recycling rate towards its goal of 75% by 2020 as the municipalities are ramping up efforts to bolster existing recycling programmes and promote new ones. San Francisco aims to reach zero waste to landfill by 2020.

EIN News


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