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World news round-up 8 July 2014

US EPA landfill ruling overturned; China’s underground e-waste; pyrolysis plant in Russia; India’s spinning industry; Kenya to have scrap metal bill

EPA landfill ruling rejected

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) has applauded the move of the US Supreme court, which rejected the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposal to intensify regulations on landfill emissions of greenhouse gases. According to the NW&RA, a ruling in favour of EPA would have significantly affected companies operating landfills.



China’s underground e-waste worth 100 bn yuan

The hidden underground e-waste processing industry between Beijing-Hebei-Guangdong in China produces worth 100 bn Yuan (£9.3bn) annually, according to Zhang Chufeng, former party secretary at Guiyu and chairman of the town’s industrial park management committee.

China’s discarded electronics waste is mostly home appliances and consumer electronic products with a total of 50-80 million devices a year, growing at about 20% a year. It is expected that the annual amount of discarded waste will exceed 160 million devices a year by the end of the 12th five-year plan.

Want China Times


US firm to build pyrolysis plant in Russia.

US-based GreenLight Energy Solutions is in talks with Russian company IC-Neweco to build a pyrolysis plant in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurt Republic in the eastern region of East European Plain in Russia. Both companies have expertise in the energy-from-waste sector and the facility will be fired on municipal solid waste and industrial refuse. While IC-Neweco will build the plant, GreenLight will provide its pyrolysis technology and expertise.

ENDS Waste & Bio Energy


Kenya tables Scrap Metal Bill in parliament

A bill to regulate the scrap metal industry is to be tabled in the parliament by the Kenyan Government. The bill will help to contain the KES4bn (£26m) loss in revenue per year through illegal scrap metal sale. The Scrap metal bill will also see the formation of a scrap metal council that will among others be in charge of licensing and registering scrap metal dealers in the country. If the bill becomes a law, the scrap metal dealers will need to have a physical premises in which they operate, know the identity and contact numbers of the people they are buying the scrap metal from, and be able to prove the origin of their products if need be.

Scrap Monster


Spinning industry in India sees growth

Indian spinning industry has clocked growth in 2013-14, according to an analysis done by the Southern Indian Mills Association. The analysis revealed that the cotton consumption jumped 8.86%, yarn production went up 8.79%, yarn deliveries rose 7.94%, registrations for cotton yarn exports increased by 33% and month-end average stock of all yarns grew by 15% in 2013-14. Cotton consumption by mills in Non-SSI and SSI sectors in 2013-14 stood at 28.646m bales, 8.86% up than previous year consumption.



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