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World news round-up 5 September 2014

AD for tannery waste; Aluminium, iron, steel and paper exports banned; 360 Degree’s scrap metal business sold; Empresa General de Fomento re-privatised

Harnessing methane from tannery waste

A University of Canterbury research project is looking at the possibility of harnessing methane from New Zealand tannery waste through anaerobic digestion. Engineering student Amanda Kirk and two colleagues will present their findings to a civil and natural resources engineering research conference next month.

“Tanneries are looking for alternatives to deal with their waste problem. The five waste types being investigated are sludge pit waste, effluent screen waste, solvent degreasing sludge, wheel waste and fleshings. The solvent degreasing sludge is particularly problematic for a tannery as it cannot be disposed of in landfills,” said Kirk.


Export ban on certain products in Venezuela

The government of Venezuela has imposed a ban on exports of aluminium, iron, steel cardboard and paper to ensure stability in domestic supply. Other products included in the ban are in the areas of education and housing, health, personal hygiene and food.

Scrap Register

Suma bags re-privatisation tender

Portuguese company Suma has won tender for the re-privatisation of Empresa General de Fomento (EGF). EGF has 11 municipal treatment systems and covers solid waste recovery for 174 municipalities.

Macau Hub

Scrap Metal Services buys plant

US-based metals recycling firm Scrap Metal Services (SMS) has snapped up 360 Degree Metal Recycling’s auto shredder and full-service scrap metal plant in Indiana’s New Carlisle.

This acquisition will enable SMS to transport shredder feedstock from its nine Northwest Indiana and Chicago retail facilities and auto parts operations.

Recycling Today

Assets of Monroe’s Rubbish acquired

Advanced Disposal’s acquisition of Monroe’s Rubbish Removal’s certain assets, including a Whitmore Lake operating facility, has been officially completed. The transaction affects residential subscription customers and commercial customers across Washtenaw and Wayne Counties.

Press Release

NZ tech firm claims organic first

New Zealand company Biocosmo Technologies is claiming a sustainable solution for organic food waste with a patented recycling system using new technology. The plant can process a variety of food wastes including household, hospitality, abattoir, paunch grass, poultry and fish processing, animal hair and waste water solids.

The waste can take as little as three days to process and produces a biological fertiliser solution for horticulture, agriculture and the home gardener.


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