On 30th March, Zuzana Čaputová was elected as Slovakia’s President with 58.4% of the vote. When she is inaugurated on 15th June, she will simultaneously become the country’s youngest-ever President and its first female. Her victory marks a triumph for liberalism and progressive politics in a region which is known for conservatism and populism.
The link to the waste industry? Prior to her political campaign, Zuzana Čaputová was a lawyer who won a 14-year legal battle, culminating in the European Court of Justice, representing the residents of her home town Pezinok against the municipal authority’s attempt to establish a landfill close to a residential area. It was a fight, not against the waste industry though, but against corruption.
Waste is a lucrative avenue for organised crime in Eastern Europe, with a plentiful supply of land for landfill sites that is cheaper than in Western Europe and a plentiful supply of illegal waste that can prove to be a good source of revenue for those who can dispose of it.
Slovakia’s President-elect is a strong supporter of the EU and it would come as no surprise to see this allegiance rewarded with an inflow of EU funding for development – with legitimate waste infrastructure projects being a key recipient.
Landfill has been Slovakia’s main method of waste disposal since 2010 (see graphic).
UAE – Recycling Plant
Construction of an electronics recycling plant
Enviroserve UAE has officially opened The Recycling Hub – the world’s largest integrated e-waste recycling facility – in Dubai.
The plant, which can recycling the full range of electronic equipment, has the capacity to process up to 100,000 tonnes of waste each year. It is also capable of recycling specialised waste material such as aerosol cans and lightbulbs.
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UK – WtE Plant
Construction of a 60 MW WtE plant
FCC Environment and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners have reached financial close for the Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant located in Cheshire.
The facility will be equipped with two furnace-boiler lines and will process up to 600,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) each year. The resulting energy produced will power up to 110,000 homes.
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Finland – Biomass Plant
Construction of a 58 MWth wood-fuelled biomass plant
Fortum has revealed that construction will begin this month on a new heating facility in Kivenlahti, Espoo, that will use clean wood-based fuels as feedstock.
When complete, the plant is expected to produce enough heat for the annual consumption of more than 21,000 homes and will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions produced by up to 90,000 tonnes.
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UK – Plastics-to-Fuel Plant
Construction of a waste plastics-to-fuel plant
Energy Roots has been granted planning permission for the development of a new facility to convert waste plastics into fuel.
The plant, to be located in Rushden, Northamptonshire, will handle up to 75,000 tonnes of pre-prepared waste plastic each year and will convert it into diesel, petrol and liquid petroleum gas (LPG).
Find out more about the new development.
Development of a biogas plant at paper mill
Gasum has signed a contract with Stora Enso to develop and operate a biogas plant at the company’s paper mill in Nymölla. The facility will process wastewater effluent into renewable energy.
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Construction of an aluminium recycling plant
Hindalco Industries is to develop the state of Gujarat’s largest aluminium extrusion and recycling facility, which is expected to involve investment of over US$200 million.
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Construction of a new materials recovery processing facility
Machinex, who is providing equipment for a new materials recovery facility (MRF) in York, SC, has reported that the plant will be operational in July.
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Development of a waste-to-energy facility
As part of a new project, the Municipality of Mashhad is intending to install and run a waste-to-energy facility, which will incinerate up to 1,200 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) from the local area each day.
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Construction of a waste sorting plant
Stockholm Exergi has issued a tender for a new waste sorting plant in Märsta, Stockholm, which will be an extension of the existing Block B2 plant. It comes as the company plans to carry out the BOSS-project (Brista One-Stop Solution), a concept that offers facilities for sorting municipal solid waste.
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Development of a 50 MWe biomass plant
After reaching an agreement with Elcogás in April 2017 to purchase the site of the company’s failed central gasification plant, Ence’s plans to develop a biomass facility are getting underway. Towards the end of April, Ence signed a contract with Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas for the EPC of the plant, following the purchase of rights to installation.
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Japan: Construction of Japan’s largest wood-fired biomass plant
Construction work on one of Japan’s largest dedicated wood-fired biomass plants is due to start in June 2019, following the awarding of contracts for equipment to Sumitomo Heavy Industries.
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