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Asia leads growth in waste-to-energy market

The waste-to-energy (WtE) market continues its strong global growth, with Asian leading the charge.

In its “Waste to Energy 2016/17” report, Germany-based consultancy firm ecoprog said that worldwide treatment capacity reached more than 300 million annual tonnes, with close to 2,150 plants operating in late 2015.

How do we rescue Australian steel recycling?

With embattled recycler Arrium getting hammered by Chinese steel, ACOR has offered its view on how to rescue the Australian scrap steel industry.

In a report to Government, Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) said China has either willingly or inadvertently destroyed the market for steel and scrap metals - and that repair wasn’t possible without co-ordinated national action.

Global energy recovery market remains strong

Leading analyst firm ecoprog has published it latest global analysis of energy recovery plants, noting strong growth globally and boom growth in Asia.

Forecasts have improved especially for the national Waste to Energy (WtE) markets in India, Thailand and Australia. At the same time, the technology market in Europe is recovering slowly.

Today, more than 2,200 waste incineration plants are operational throughout the world. They have an installed treatment capacity of about 280 million tons of waste per year.

Forging a future in green steelmaking

A CSIRO technology which converts blast furnace waste into a cement additive is being trialled for commercialisation in China.

The process, known as Dry Slag Granulation, also reduces water use and greenhouse gas emissions, and is the focus of an agreement signed by CSIRO and the Beijing MCC Equipment Research & Design Corporation (MCCE).

Wang Jiuliang's Plastic China set to make a splash

Ground breaking Chinese documentary filmmaker Wang Jiuliang is set to release his second film about China's critical waste material management challenges.

Wang Jiuliang became famous after spent four years, between 2008 and 2011, documenting over 460 hazardous and mostly illegal landfill sites around Beijing.

He said that when he looked for landfills on the city's outskirts, he found one on average every two kilometres.

China now controls NZ's waste materials market

With Transpacific Industries' (TPI) Kiwi business officially sold, Chinese investors now control New Zealand's waste materials market.

This outcome follows an ASX announcement by TPI saying it has completed the sale of its New Zealand arm - the country's largest waste materials management company - for A$880 million (NZ$950 million) to Beijing Capital.

Bejing offers subway passes for bottles

Bejing is now allowing passengers to pay their subway fares using bottles placed in reverse vending machines.

The initiative, known as recycle to ride, has seen more than 100 machines installed throughout the city's subway system. While commuters only receive around two Australian cents per PET bottle, a single fair on the Bejing subway is roughly 32 cents, meaning roughly 16 bottles are needed per ride.

Q&A - Junkyard Planet's Adam Minter

Why do Chinese recycling yards sound like metal rain? Tom Minter, describes his strange and diverse experiences exploring China's massive recovery industry.

Minter has been exploring China to research his recently released book Junkyard Plant, a gripping exploration of the global recycling industry, and in particular the what happens to America's largest export, garbage - when it reaches China.


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