Greece penalised for violating EU waste laws; Chinese imports declined; Belgium’s ferrous exports hit
Greece penalised for waste management failure
The European Court of Justice has called for Greece to be penalised for repeated violations of European waste management regulations. It has recommended that Greece should pay a fixed fine of €22m (£17m) and €54,450m for each day that it fails to close the remaining 60-70 illegal landfills operating in the country. The closure of illegal landfills is being delayed because of the absence of alternative waste treatment facilities.
Chinese imports hit by government probe
China’s copper shipments declined by 12% compared to last year on account of a government probe into financing arrangements at Chinese ports. It is investigating frauds involving aluminium and copper stocks used as collateral for loans in China.
The Wall Street Journal
Belgium’s ferrous scrap exports plunges
Ferrous scrap exports by Belgium dropped by 10.9% compared to the previous year. The country’s scrap exports during 2013 totalled 3.219 million tonnes.
Fisia Babcock rebranded
Germany’s energy-from-waste company Fisia Babcock Environment has been renamed as Steinmuller Babcock Environment. It follows the acquisition by Japan’s Nippon Steel &Sumikin Engineering. The Steinmüller name goes back to a boiler factory in 1874.
Waste Management World