France announces draft ‘circular economy’ bill

Brune Poirson, the Secretary of State for Ecological Transition in France, has presented a draft ‘circular economy’ bill (Loi Anti-Gaspillage pour une economie circulaire) which is expected to go before Parliament in September.

Building on the plan announced by prime minister Edouard Philippe in April 2018 which seeks to embrace a philosophy of repair, re-use and recycle, the bill seeks to reduce built-in obsolescence in electrical goods, broaden the country’s extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme, ban the destruction of unsold textiles and return to the ‘consigne’ deposit-return system.

The draft bill appears to have been broadly welcomed. Elipso, the professional association representing manufacturers of plastic packaging in France calls it an ambitious and strong text, a ‘big bang’ which will profoundly change the world of waste. Elipso has called for a calm debate and asks that the law should support the deployment of new plastic recycling channels and encourage innovation.

There is opposition in some quarters however. Federec, the Federation of Recycling Companies, has said that bringing back the consigne will be “costly for French people, local councils and small shopkeepers” which won’t have the resources to set up a deposit-return system. Federec sees the higher value recyclable drinks bottle/can streams being diverted to the major industrial groups which will operate the schemes, while smaller recyclers and local sorting centres will be left to handle less profitable schemes. Local councils stand to lose a source of revenue estimated at up to €300 million each year, says Federec.

What is undeniable is that France needs to tackle the issue of waste, and especially plastics. Data released by Citeo indicates that France lags behind Europe in its recycling of household plastics, managing to recycle only 26.5% compared to a European average of 41%. If Brune Poirson can push her legislation through, France may well become a European leader in plastic recycling, rather than lagging behind.

AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – UK AD Plant

Construction of an AD plant at a sewage works

AcuComm has been advised by Yorkshire Water that its new sludge treatment and anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at the Knostrop Sewage Treatment Works is due to be handed over in May 2019.

Commissioning for the facility, which has cost approximately £72m, started in September 2018 after engineering and development was completed earlier in the year.

When operational, it will process 131 tonnes of dry sludge each day to produce methane, which will later be turned into electricity for use at the plant.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – China WtE Facility

Development of an 800 tpd WtE facility

China Everbright International has been awarded a contract for Phase II of a project to develop the Anhui Xiao County Integrated Biomass and Waste-to-Energy Project.

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Weekly Projects Update – 49 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$4,220m

In the week ending 7th September 2018, AcuComm added 20 new projects and updated 29 in our database. These have a combined estimated value of US$4,220 million.

This brings our total number of active projects to 5,355 with an estimated value of US$353 million.


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  • The UK was the leading country in the past week, accounting for US$1,031 million worth of projects. This was equal to 24.4% of the total.
  • The leading company was Dynagreen Environmental Protection Group, a contractor/engineer based in China.

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#Editor’sPick – Recycling & Waste Sorting Facilities

Dominican Republic – Recycling Plant

Supply of metals recycling plant

ANDRITZ MeWa has received an order from Cibao Metal Recycling for the supply of a complete three-in-one recycling plant, which will be the first of it’s kind in the Caribbean and Latin America regions.

The facility will process automotive parts and electronic scrap and has been designed so that it can be extended at a later stage.

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France – Waste Sorting Facility

Construction of a 60,000 tpa waste sorting facility

Paprec will be developing a new €25 million waste sorting centre, located adjacent to its Rhône-Alpes 69 plant in Lyon.

As well as paper and cardboard, the facility will also use metals and plastics as feedstock, processing up to 60,000 tonnes of waste annually.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – United Arab Emirates WtE Facility

Development of a US$50 million waste-to-RDF facility

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has signed a co-operation agreement with BESIX-Griffin Refineries to develop an integrated waste management project in Umm Al Quwain.

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Global Waste Investment Fact File 2018: Netherlands

The next country up in our Global Waste Investment Fact File series is the Netherlands. As of February 2018, AcuComm was listing 81 projects in the country, with a total value of US$5,049 million.

Key points from this Fact File

  • Incineration (with energy recovery) is the leading project type, accounting for US$1,145 million or 23% of the total. This is followed by biofuel, accounting for US$808 million or 16% of the total.
  • The total estimated capacity of these projects is 8.6 million tonnes. This is equal to 106,737 tonnes per project on average and 98% of the Netherland’s estimated annual waste generation.
  • Waste investments totalling US$3,031 million are expected to become operational over the next few years. This is currently expected to peak in 2018 at US$1,085 million.
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Weekly Projects Update – 44 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$3,922m

In the week ending 16th March 2018, AcuComm added or updated 44 projects to our database. They have a combined estimated value of US$3,922 million. There were 21 new projects and 23 updates.

The total number of active projects in the AcuComm database is now 4,870. Their overall estimated value is US$349.2 million or US$72 million on average.

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  • Denmark was the leading country in the past week in terms of project value, accounting for US$828 million. This was equal to 21.1% of the total for the week.
  • The leading company in terms of tonnage capacity was LAB SA, an equipment supplier based in France.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – China WtE Facility

Construction of a WtE plant using pulp mill waste

Valmet is to deliver a mill waste-fired boiler plant to Shanying Huazhong Paper’s paper mill in Jingzhou. The energy produced at the plant will be supplied to the paper mill, which will allow all of its mill waste to be used in some form of energy production.

Up to 260,000 tonnes of mill waste (paper rejects, pulp rejects and pulp sludge) will be processed each year.

Currently, Valmet is planning to start installation works in June 2018, with production starting early 2019.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – UK Biomass Facility

Construction of a 21.5 MW biomass facility

Early this month, it was reported that the Environment Agency had issued a public consultation for Ince Park Renewables’ permit application for a £100 million biomass facility in Cheshire. The consultation period will run until the end of the October.

The plant will use advanced conversion technology to process up to 170,000 tonnes of waste wood each year, generating enough energy to power 40,000 homes.

Back in April, A&J Fabtech revealed that it will supply a bespoke economiser and heat exchanger to convert water to steam. The system will help to recover heat that would otherwise be wasted.

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