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World news round-up 9 October 2014

Cross-border dumping costs Vancouver $11m; EfW plant in Japan; Smart waste collection service introduced in Spain; Iran boosts steel exports

Canada predicts waste management deficit

Vancouver has predicted a deficit of $6m (£4m) in its waste management budget next year if commercial hauliers are allowed to continue dumping garbage across the Canadian border. The cost per tonne in the US is estimated at $70 per tonne compared with $108 in Vancouver. The city is waiting for a bylaw which would require Vancouver’s waste to be treated at regional facilities. The authorities estimate that about 20% of the commercial trash collected in Vancouver this year means a loss of about $11m in tipping fees.

The Vancouver Sun

EfW plant in Japan

EnviTec Biogas and the Japanese biogas company RENAGEN have signed an agreement to construct a 250 kW biogas plant near the Japanese city of Osaka. The facility is scheduled to go online in spring 2015.  

Environmental Expert

Waste collection in Dubai

Dubai, UAE, collected over 5,300 tonnes of waste during the recent Eid Al Adha hoilday. The city had deployed special teams at parks, beaches and other places where celebrations were held. The city collected a total of 18,400kg of garbage from places where the main celebrations were held.

Gulf News

Smart waste collection service in Spain

NEC has partnered with waste management service provider ASCAN to develop a smart waste collection solution for Santander in Spain. Sensors collect real-time data on rubbish and recycling bin levels allowing the cleaning team to optimise collection intervals and routes. The new service should reduce vehicle emissions and running costs by eliminating journeys to bins that are virtually empty and result in fewer incidences of overflowing bins. 

M2M WorldNews

China invests in nickel mine

China-based JinPei has signed a deal with Mai Kouaoua Mines (MKM) at New Caledonia in France. The deal is valued at €1bn (£788m).The miner aims to produce 10,000 tonnes of nickel annually from 2018 and 30,000 tonnes every year in a later phase. MKM will hold 51% in the mine and the rest will be held by JinPei.


Iran boosts steel exports

Iran is increasing its steel exports and exported 1.26 million tonnes of steel during the first seven months of this year. By comparison, it had exported an average of 1.35 million tonnes of steel in 2011 and 2012. Although Iran was never banned from selling steel under sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union, financial restrictions banning banks from processing dollar payments for Iran deals have made trade difficult.

The Daily Star

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