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World news round-up 6 November 2014

Liberalisation of waste management in Estonia; Covanta wins Florida EfW deal; RDF for cement plant in Egypt; Serbia looks to privatise steel mill

Waste collection reform in Estonia

Estonia’s environment minister is looking to liberalise the country’s waste management sector. Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said: “The waste market is currently being invaded by a couple of large companies and at some point, decreasing competition will bring along both increase in prices and deterioration of service quality for customers. We cannot accept that”. Ten years ago there were approximately 16 companies dealing with waste transportation in Estonia. A review of waste management has recommended a series of measures to improve waste collection in Estonia where, currently, less than 30% of the waste is collected separately. 

Recycling Portal

Covanta to run EfW plant in Florida

Covanta Projects has won a $477m (£298m) contract to operate an energy-from-waste plant in Pinellas County, Florida. The company will be paid $19.49 for every tonne of waste processed. GCS Energy Recovery, which had run the plant since 2012 had filed a law suit claiming it was unfairly shut out of the bid process.

Tampa Bay Times

EfW plant in Oregon

Novus Pacific will  join forces with Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s Energy Group and Harris Mechanical to develop a plant In Oregon, US, that will use onion and potato waste to gernerate power.  The construction of the $19.4m project is expected to start in late November and finish by the end of 2015.

Daily Journal Commerce

Mauritius looks to 2017

The Mauritius government said that two energy-from-waste plants will commence operations by the middle of 2017. The facilities, located in the north east and the central part of the island, will process up to 700 tonnes of domestic waste as well as clinical waste and even rubber tyres underlined. The plant will generate 36 MW of electricity using gasification technology.


New RDF plant in Egypt

The Kattameya plant is the first cement plant in Egypt to use refuse-derived fuel instead of natural gas and coal as a fuel for the cement kiln. The project took almost a year to complete and cost €5m (£4m). The facility is expected to convert 45,000 tonnes of household waste into 35,000 tonnes of fuel annually.

Environmrental Expert

Nucor plans to open steel mill in Memphis

Nucor Corporation is to open a $230m (£144m) steel mill at Memphis in the US.  The plant will produce high quality carbon and alloy rounds and round cornered squares for the automotive, heavy equipment and service centre markets.

Steel Guru

Bid on Zelezara Smederevo steel mill

Serbia’s Privatisation Agency has invited bids for the privatisation of its Zelezara Smederevo steel mill,. The agency has set a 30-day deadline for bids.


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