California’s Biogas Potential

The American Biogas Council has rated California as No. 1 in terms of its biogas potential. With 301 biogas systems installed, the Council sees the potential for up to new 1,294 systems, capable of producing a total of 181.6 billion cubic feet of biogas per year. The capital investment potential is thought to be US$3.9 billion.

Farm-derived manure is expected to have the greatest potential, with capacity for over new 900 systems, compared to the 38 currently in use. These new manure-derived systems could account for over half of all biogas output in the state.

Potential for new biogas systems in California

American Biogas Council

Source: American Biogas Council, 2022

Further details can be found on the American Biogas Council website: https://lnkd.in/e7ffWzWu

AcuComm has information and contact details for 55 projects related to biogas and anaerobic digesters in California in its WasteView Contract Finder database – find out more here.

 

Metso Outotec to divest its Metal Recycling business

Metso Outotec has signed an agreement to divest its Metal Recycling business line to an affiliate of Mimir, an investment company based in Stockholm, Sweden. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place during the first half of 2022.

The Metal Recycling business sold to Mimir includes the brands Lindemann and Texas Shredder. The business will change name in conjunction with the divestment and operate globally under the Lindemann brand, with headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany. Its current approximately 160 employees will transfer to the new company in connection with the transaction. The net sales of the business totalled €77 million in 2020.

Metso Outotec announced in October 2020 that it intended to divest its recycling businesses. The divestment of the Waste Recycling business has already been completed. “As an established standalone company, its full focus will be on the metal recycling markets and customers,” commented Piia Karhu, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Metal Recycling business line at Metso Outotec.

Search AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder database for details of metal recycling project worldwide.

New Investment Review: Waste-to-Energy

In August 2021, AcuComm reported on seven new waste-to-energy projects with a cumulative value of US$1.3 billion. These projects, in Australia, India, Italy, Poland and Switzerland, will bring 304 MW of new energy capacity online. Total waste throughput for these projects will be 2.2 million tonnes per annum.

Over the 12-month period (September 2020 to August 2021),  AcuComm reported on a total of 85 new waste-to-energy projects valued at US$22.1 billion. Over the 12-month period, investment in the new projects covered was largely concentrated in China, Japan, Poland and the UK.

Top Five Countries by Investment Value – US$mn (September 2020 to August 2021)

 

NIR WtE Sept 2021

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste-to-Energy New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Plastic Recycling New Investment Review

In June 2021, AcuComm reported on 6 new plastic recycling projects with a cumulative value of US$744 million. These projects, in Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, are due to start operating from 2021 onwards when they will bring over 495,000 tonnes of annual recycling capacity online.

Over the 12-month period (July 2020 to June 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 65 new plastic recycling projects with an aggregated annual capacity of over 3.1 million tonnes. The United States was the principal area of investment, accounting for 42% of the total.

Top Five Countries by Investment Value – US$mn (July 2020 to June 2021)

NIR July 2021 Plastics

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Plastic Recycling New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Landfill New Investment Review

In May 2021, AcuComm added two new landfill projects with a cumulative value of US$17 million to its WasteView Contract Finder database. These projects, located in Australia and Russia, will provide 608,965 tonnes of new landfill capacity. Over the 12-month period (June 2020 to May 2021),  AcuComm covered a total of 42 new landfill projects, valued at over US$800 million.

Top 5 Countries by Investment in Landfill,
Reported June 2020-May 2021 (US$mn)

NIR Landfill June 2012

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste-to-Energy New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

AD/Biogas New Investment Review

In April 2021, AcuComm reported on 25 new AD/Biogas projects with a cumulative estimated value of US$453 million. These projects will generate an estimated total of 177 MW (or 7 MW on average at each plant) and consume almost 2.9 million tonnes of feedstock, of which 34% will be animal-derived (manure/slurry). This new activity was reported in Belgium, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, the UK and the United States.

Over the 12-month period (May 2020 to April 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 207 new AD/Biogas projects with a total estimated investment value of US$3.9 billion.

Project Tonnage by Waste Type: 12-month period  (%)

NIR Biogas2 April 21

Top Countries by Investment Value: 12-month period (US$mn)

NIR Biogas April 21

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its AD/Biogas New Investment Review, one of a series of five complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

New Investment Review: Landfill

In March 2021, AcuComm added five new landfill projects with a cumulative value of US$55 million to its WasteView Contract Finder database. These projects, located in Brazil, Spain, Ukraine and the United States, will provide 140,000 tonnes of new landfill capacity by 2024. Over the 12-month period (April 2020 to March 2021),  AcuComm covered a total of 48 new landfill projects, valued at over US$1 billion.

Top 5 Countries by Investment in Landfill,
Reported April 2020-March 2021 (US$mn)

NIR Landfill March 21

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste-to-Energy New Investment Review, one of a series of five complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Plastic waste exports, problem and opportunity

In March 2021, the New York Times ran a story highlighting the continuing controversy surrounding the shipment of waste plastics, especially to developing countries which may not have the capacity to deal with such shipments in an environmentally-acceptable manner. This brief article looks at some longer term trends surrounding plastic waste exporting, both in the US and in the wider world. It ends with some good news; in 2020, new investment in plastic waste recycling facilities was over US$900 million, and interest continues to rise.

US exports of waste plastics peaked at US$72 million in June 2016, but the overall trend has been downward – if unevenly so – at least until mid-2020. The average monthly value in 2020 was US$19 million, compared with US$61 million in 2016. The US$18 million figure for January 2021 was therefore below the average for 2020, although it was indeed slightly higher than the US$17 million figure posted a year earlier in January 2020.

It’s tempting to see the small uptick in exports seen in the second half of 2020 as COVID-19 related, at least in part. Domestic recycling activities have been seriously affected by the pandemic and it is not unreasonable to assume that this has resulted in a greater amount being exported. But it’s too early to say with any certainty how great this effect has been, or indeed how permanent it is. The graph below shows the downward trend is far from linear, and the current level is after all below that of a year ago.

Andy - US Plastic 1

The above graph also shows the value of waste plastic exports to China and Hong Kong since 2016. Prior to 2018, these shipments accounted for the bulk of US waste plastic exports. The Chinese government banned the trade in 2018, but the value was falling sharply from mid-2017 in anticipation. For much of the past year the figure has been negligible.

So where has the US been sending its plastic waste since 2017, if not to China? For the full12 months of 2020, Canada was the leading destination, accounting for US$59 million or 26% of the total. Mexico was third with US$23 million, or 10%. Aside from these NAFTA partners, other destinations in Asia have taken China’s place. Principally Malaysia, but also Vietnam, India and Indonesia. Trade in waste plastics is not popular in any of these countries, and other destinations are being sought as regulations are tightened.

Andy - US Plastic 2

A global, not just a US, problem…

Exporting of waste plastics is far from a US-only issue, of course. Many other developed countries saw a surge in exports over the past decade. While this is being reduced by the Basle provisions, the trade remains widespread. In 2020, the US exported around US$225 million, but this was only the third-highest figure. Germany and Japan led the way with US$291 million and US$288 million respectively. The UK was fourth with US$119 million and France fifth with US$112 million. Malaysia and Turkey were among the leading destination countries, although it should also be noted that the leading importer overall was the USA.

Andy - US Plastic 3

Global trade in waste plastic has diminished since 2016 when it stood at US$6.6 billion. But at US$2.8 billion in 2020 it remains substantial. There’s perhaps nothing terribly wrong in principle with this trade, but the key question is disposal. Do destination countries  – or more specifically the companies doing the importing – have adequate facilities for dealing with plastic waste? Or, as has been seen in China and elsewhere, is waste incinerated or simply dumped, to find its way into the world’s rivers and oceans? This shouldn’t be seen as a state of affairs to be blamed on the developing world. Indeed, the fact that there is still money to be made from exports indicates that developed countries have so far failed to create the necessary sorting and recycling infrastructure closer to home.

….but also an investment opportunity

As environmental and regulatory pressure increases, the waste plastic recycling sector is increasingly gaining the attention of planners and investors. In the last 12 months (Mar 20 to Feb 21), AcuComm reported on 51 new plastic recycling projects, worth US$907 million in total, or US$18 million on average. Europe, Asia and the Americas were the principal areas of investment, with the USA, UK, Korea, Belgium and Germany the leading countries in terms of investment value.

Andy - US Plastic 4

Plastic recycling projects typically have a relatively short development schedule, and can be up and running quickly. Around 30% of projects are either operational or due to become so in 2021.

Andy - US Plastic 5

 

A Growing Canadian Presence in the US Waste Sector

Canada’s GFL Environmental, which entered the US solid waste sector in 2016 and has established itself as the market’s 4th largest player, has been named as the buyer of “substantially all anticipated divestitures” which will occur following Waste Management Inc’s US$4.6 billion acquisition of Advanced Disposal Services.

GFL will pay US$835 million for a package of assets which will include 32 collection operations, 36 transfer stations and 18 landfills supported by 380 collection vehicles across 10 states including Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Georgia, with Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana and Minnesota touted as the other likely locations. GFL has a positive record of working with Waste Management and as part of the deal, Waste Management also announced a “reciprocal five-year disposal arrangement” with GFL. The deal is expected to be finalised by the end of Q3 2020, pending approval from the US Department of Justice.

Waste Management’s acquisition of Advanced Disposal was announced in April 2019 when Advanced Disposal was serving more than three million residential, commercial, and industrial customers, including over 800 municipalities primarily in 16 states in the Eastern half of the US. Advanced Disposal’s solid waste network includes 94 collection operations, 73 transfer stations, 41 landfills, and 22 owned or operated recycling facilities.

AcuComm’s WasteView database has details of over 20 current and operational waste projects involving Waste Management Inc, Advanced Disposal Services or GFL Environmental, including Waste Management’s planned expansion of a landfill in Monticello, White County, Indiana.

Is Germany burning too much?

Germany has a long way to go to achieve a circular economy, incinerating too much and recycling too little, according to a new study by the Oeko-Institut and Alwast Consulting on behalf of the NABU, one of the country’s oldest and largest environment associations.

Germany currently incinerates 26 million tonnes of waste each year, but this could be reduced to 21 million tonnes if its waste laws were fully implemented, waste consistently separated and recycling quotas met.

The study cites three examples of large gaps in the enforcement of Germany’s waste laws:

Biowaste: Under the Closed Substance Cycle Act, (Kreislaufwirtschaftsgesetz), biowaste must be collected separately in the municipalities, but a failure to achieve this means that instead of being converted into biogas and compost, biowaste is ending up at waste incineration plants instead.

Commercial waste: The commercial waste ordinance (Gewerbeabfallverordnung) stipulates that waste fractions such as metals, wood or plastics must be collected separately. However, due to a lack of on-the-spot checks by law enforcement agencies, only a small proportion of commercial waste is actually collected separately and then recycled, meaning that the majority is simply incinerated. By implementing the law properly it would be possible to divert a further another 1.7 million tonnes of waste away from incineration each year.

Packaging waste: The Packaging Act (Verpackungsgesetz) specifies recycling quotas for various packaging waste – by 2022, 63% of plastic packaging waste must be recycled. However, the study finds that it is unclear whether the legal requirements are being met, with manufacturers unafraid of the consequences of failing to comply.

The study shows that 49 of Germany’s 66 waste incineration plants will be in need of modernisation by 2030, affecting more than 60% of total capacity. It argues that improved recycling and adherence to the existing laws would reduce the requirement for incineration, leading to huge savings through the dismantling of plants rather than their modernisation. “The money would be much better spent, if you put it into an effective waste management infrastructure with more sorting and recycling, more waste advice and measures to reduce the total amount of waste” commented NABU waste specialist Michael Jedelhauser.

AcuComm’s WasteView project database currently covers 29 waste-to-energy and incineration projects in Germany.