Recovery of Cellulose from Waste Water

End of June this year, the official inauguration of “the world’s first cellulose production facility” – which means a “breakthrough in recovery and reuse of recycled cellulose from sewage” – took place at Geestmerambacht (The Netherlands). Approximately 70 experts from all over Europe, all active in the value chain, witnessed the inauguration of the Cellvation […]

Refrigerators: New Plant Concepts Detect Blowing Agents

The share of halogen-free refrigerants and blowing agents is increasing in the disposal of cooling devices. In Europe, since 1996 no refrigerators have been produced with halogen-containing refrigerants and blowing agents (CFCs). Accordingly, the share of alternative refrigerants and blowing agents is rapidly increasing during disposal. In most German waste disposal plants, the share of […]

Veolia Plans First Waste to Energy Facility in Latin America

Veolia will design, build, and operate the first Waste to Energy facility in Latin America in Mexico City. With a capacity twice that of the largest facility in France, this unit will treat around 1.6 million metric tons of household waste a year. The inhabitants of Mexico City generate 13,000 metric tons of waste of […]

New Ways of Consuming Feature New Ways of Waste Behavior

The volume and composition of post-consumer and business wastes has changed beyond recognition through the post-war era, and continues to change in response to the growing shift towards online shopping, increasingly sophisticated home delivery options, smart domestic appliances, and even tailored, ready-to-cook meals delivered to the door. These new ways of consuming, caused by advances […]

Adelaide Installs Combined First Solar and Methane Power Plant

It is believed to be a first in Australia: the new combined solar and methane power plant in South Australia. The installation will channel thermal energy from solar panels and methane gas from decomposed garbage through a shared turbine inter-connector. A generator will then convert the two sources of energy into electricity to be fed […]

China: Ready for Foreign Investors?

Chen Guangbiao is the founder of Chinese Jiangsu Huangpu Recycling Resources Co., Ltd. The company procured him an asset of estimated 600 million Euro. In the Western World Chen Guangbiao became known announcing in December 2013 to buy the New York Times – alternatively CNN, Washington Post oder Wall Street Journal. News agency Reuters cited […]

Kenya Bans Plastic Bags

On the 28th of August this year, Kenya implemented a national plastic shopping bags ban, international media reported. According to the provided information, the law makes it illegal to use, import and manufacture plastic bags. Exemptions exist for those producing plastic bags used for industrial purposes. The violation of the ban will cost a maximum […]

China‘s Organic Waste Treatment: Still Facing Challenges

Since 2001 China began to install sanitary landfills in large and coastal cities, dumps were to be closed. From 2006 on, small and middle towns as well as developed counties got sanitary landfills and leachate treated plants. The rural areas were neglected. The Five-Year-Plan for 2011 – 2015 defines the development of an circular economy […]

Indonesia: Priority Is on Waste-To-Energy

Approximately 70 percent of the 64 million tons of solid waste generated in Indonesia each year is sent to substantially unsani­tary landfills. According to researchers and media, the recycling rate is about 2 percent (in urban regions: 7.5 percent). This situation is set to change. “Waste management has always posed an issue in the country”, […]

Global E-Waste Management Market

Zion Market Research has published a new report titled “E-Waste Management Market by Type (Trashed and Recycled), by Source (Household Appliances, IT & Telecommunications, Consumer Electronics and Others): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2015 – 2021“. According to the report, distributed by Market Research Store, the global demand for e-waste management was valued […]

East & Southeast Asian E-Waste Monitored

The use and amount of electric and electronic devices is growing steadily, and so does the resulting waste of this equipment. Such as the supply chains of these products, their reverse chains at end-of-life are growing and getting more and more international. East & Southeast Asia is no exemption, but as a key region in […]

Norway Takes the Path to Circular Economy

On the 21st of June 2017, the Norwegian government presented a White Paper on waste policies in a circular economy with an emphasis on increasing reuse and recycling to the Norwegian Parliament. According to the Norwegian Minis­try for Climate and Environment, waste is no longer first and foremost a problem, it is also a resource. […]

The Finnish Road Map to Circular Economy

At the first World Circular Economy Forum 2017 (WCEF) in June this year, the host country Finland shared its own inspiration as there are plans to turn the vision of the country’s circular economy road map into reality and deliver concrete benefits across all sectors of business and society. “Leading the cycle – Finnish road […]

Rwanda: E-Waste Project Is Expected to Create Many Jobs

As reported by the newspaper The New Times, in March this year Rwanda has started an electronic waste dismantling and refurbishing plant in Bugesera Industrial Zone (Eastern Province, Rwanda). “The project is under the national e-waste management strategy that seeks to support the establishment of sustainable recycling industries as part of the country‘s green development […]

Ukraine Waste Management: Yet Dependent on Investments

More than 4,000 landfills, a level of waste processing between 5 and 8 percent, about 15 waste separation lines, 2 waste incineration plants and no waste processing plant: This is how the State Agency for Investment and National Projects of Ukraine (Invest Ukraine) characterized the status of Ukraine`s waste management branch in late December 2011 […]