How the Caribbean is Tackling the Plastic Crisis

The disposal of rubbish in and around the Caribbean islands has been a cause for concern for some time now. With land at a premium, landfills are not a viable solution for managing waste, either from an ecological or financial perspective. As images emerged of a huge plastic mass floating off of the Honduran island […]

Lead Recycling: Substantial Investment Is Needed

Lead has one of the highest recycling rates in the world and is also the most recycled of commonly used metals. According to the International Lead Association, the recycling rate in Europe and the USA reached 99 percent. But not so in Africa, Asia and Latin America: The Blacksmith Institute ranked the unsound recycling of […]

Hindalco to Aquire Aleris

India-based Hindalco’s wholly owned subsidiary Novelis Inc. – one of the world’s leaders in aluminum rolling and recycling – intends to purchase Aleris Corporation, a global aluminium rolled products provider headquartered in the USA, for 2.58 billion US-Dollar in a debt finance deal. According to Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of Hindalco, the Novelis acquisition more […]

New York City’s Struggle Against Waste

In April this year, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) released its “2017 NYC Residential, School, and NYCHA Waste Characterization Study” – according to the information, the latest look at what New Yorkers put in their trash, recycling, and organic bins. The major finding of the study, conducted over spring, summer and fall […]

Seychelles: The Islands Aim High Regarding their Waste

Blue lagoons, palm trees and offshore companies: They determined the image of the Seychelles. A few years ago, another central item came into focus: The rising level of prosperity created rising amounts of waste that flooded the local landfill. The archipelago in the Indian Ocean comprising 115 islands had – and has yet – to […]

Indorama Ventures Expands PET Recycling Capabilities

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, a global chemical producer headquartered in Thailand, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sorepla Industrie S.A., a plastics recycling facility in France. According to the information, Sorepla Industrie is one of the largest recyclers in Europe. The facility consists of three production lines: Recycled Polyethylene […]

Ivory Coast: Waste Management Is still a “Problem Child“

Ivory Coast has put an end to the past violence and political turbulence. According to the World Bank, the African country shows a GDP rate of eight percent last year and offers great opportunities for investment. But its waste management sector still needs help. In 2006, the waste management of the Ivory Coast attained sad […]

Trading Platform for Recovered Paper with Integrated Logistics Solution

Digital commerce is finding its way into recovered paper trading: The B2B-trading-platform merQbiz, launched in 2017 by German international operating engineering company Voith and US-based Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures, has expanded its range. Since January, merQbiz and the American logistics provider C. H. Robinson cooperate. As a result, the platform includes integrated logistics solutions, […]

Kenya: Much Has to Be Done

The country takes first reliable steps to change its waste management. In 2010, a team of researchers published a paper on the possibilities of solid waste management in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. The description of the situation at the time included that only half of the estimated 3,000 tons of waste generated every day were collected, […]

Cameroon: More Waste Creates More Recycling

The Republic of Cameroon faces the same challenges like many other developing countries. Waste management and recycling are not at the forefront of the Central African country, but they are becoming increasingly important. Economic growth as well as changing consumption and production patterns have resulted in rapid increasements in generation and use of plastics in […]