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World news round-up 5 June 2014

Energy regulations concern US ferrous sector; WEEE dealers ‘toxic’; ethanol R&D; Vietnamese textile trade needs suppliers

US power proposals concern ferrous sector

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) is concerned that ‘Clean Power’ proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could harm the international competitiveness of country’s steel industry. According to AISI president Thomas J. Gibson, the proposed EPA regulations may have an adverse effect on the supply of electricity to industrial consumers which would affect the profitability of steel sector companies.

Shanghai Metals Market


WEEE dealers exposed to high toxic metals

A study by the Ghana Health Service, the Hunter College of New York and Green Advocacy Ghana, has revealed that dealers of WEEE at Agbogbloshie in Accra are exposed to high toxic metals. According to the study which was conducted between 2011-2012, seven high level toxic metals, including lead and iron, were discovered in the blood and urine test of most of the people dealing in WEEE at Agbogbloshie, as compared to porters in the same area.

AllGhana News


India: Bids invited for waste-to-energy plant in Udupi

Bids are being invited for consultancy services for an EfW plant in Udupi in the state of Karnataka. The consultancy would prepare a feasibility report followed by the bid document and establishment of a 70 tonne per day EfW plant using pyrolysis technology.

Projects Today


Viability of Azores plant questioned

Environmental campaigners have questioned the commercial viability of an EfW plant under construction on the island of Terceira in the Azores. Green group Quercus claims there is not enough waste to feed the plant because of the introduction of mechanical biological treatment facilities on smaller Azores islands. The plant is due to finish construction at the end of 2015.

Ends Waste & Bioenergy


Suez collaboration over bacteria R&D

Deinove, a company that is designing and developing industrial processes based on the use of bacteria, and Sita UK’s parent company Suez Environnement, have announced a two-year R&D collaboration agreement. It marks the first stage in a project aimed at exploring the development potential of an industrial offshoot that turns organic urban waste into ethanol via the action of deinococcus bacteria.

Suez press release


Illinois provider buys rival

Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), a leading leading independent recycling and waste services provider in the Chicago area, has acquired Heartland Recycling. LRS will now process over 1.5 million tons of waste material annually and process more waste than any other privately-held company in Illinois. It controls four Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) and transfer facilities.



Paper body joins Recycling Partnership

The American Forest & Paper Association has joined the Recycling Partnership, the newly formed public-private recycling collaboration. The move to join the Recycling Partnership is part of the Association’s efforts to boost paper recycling and recovery of paper and paper-based packaging. According to the Washington-based paper recycling body, the new collaboration will help to represent the paper recycling industry more effectively.

Scrap Monster


Vietnam’s garment and textile sector seeks new suppliers

Companies in Vietnam’s garment and textile sector are said to be actively seeking new suppliers of materials to reduce their dependence on imports from China. Cao Anh Dung, director of the Department of Light Industry, Ministry of Industry and Trade, said exports of garments had shown a positive trend in 2014.



Indian mills seek comprehensive policy

The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) has urged the newly-elected Indian Government to develop a comprehensive textile policy to spur growth. According to a Times of India report, SIMA chairman T Rajkumar has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the draft recommendations and announce a policy as soon as possible.


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