MPs launch inquiry into e-waste

The UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into Electronic Waste (e-waste) and the circular economy.

The increasing use of electronic devices and equipment has led to a rapid increase in e-waste. Globally, 44.7 million tonnes of e-waste were produced in 2017, 90% of which, the Committee says was sent to landfill, incinerated, illegally traded or treated in a sub-standard way. Europe and the US account for almost half of all e-waste globally, with the EU predicted to produce 12 million tonnes by 2020. As the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Mary Creagh MP, put it: “Our old fridges, freezers, computers, TVs, kettles and mobile phones are piling up in a ‘tsunami of e-waste’.

According to Ms Creagh “The UK produces more e-waste than the EU average. We are missing EU targets and are one of the worst offenders for exporting waste to developing countries, who are ill equipped to dispose of it in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Our attitude to e-waste is unsustainable and the need for radical action clear. We will be investigating the UK’s e-waste industry and looking at how we can create a circular economy for electronic goods.”

The UK produces 24.9kg of e-waste per person, higher than the EU average of 17.7kg. Electronic waste in the UK is managed under the EU’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive and The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013.

Defra sets annual targets for the collection of WEEE across a range of categories. These are calculated based on the WEEE Directive’s target of 65% of the average annual weight of electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market over the previous three years. The target for 2019 has been set at 550,577 tonnes, a 12% increase on 2018 levels. The UK missed its WEEE collection target by 45,000 tonnes in 2018.

The Government has committed to publishing a review of the 2013 WEEE Regulations this year and consulting on changing WEEE by the end of 2020. This consultation will consider ideas to incentivise sustainable product design and increase recycling. It has also committed £8 million in funding over the next three years to support research, behaviour change and local projects to boost reuse and recycling.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – UK WtE Plant

Development of an RDF-fuelled CHP plant

Groundbreaking is expected to take place on the site of a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Grangemouth, Scotland, after strategic development partners, Covanta and Green Investment Group, reached financial close.

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Weekly Projects Update – 49 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$4,725m

In the week ending 9th November 2018, AcuComm added 20 new projects and updated 29 in the database. These have a combined estimated value of US$4,725 million.

There are now 5,508 active projects in the AcuComm database. These have an estimated value of US$359.6 billion.

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#Editor’sPick – WtE & Waste Management Facilities

UK – WtE Facility

Development of a 102 MWe gasification facility

Alternative Use Boston Projects Ltd is planning to develop a waste-to-energy (WtE) gasification facility on land adjacent to a biomass plant which is currently under construction at Riverside Industrial Estate.

The facility will produce 102 MW of electricity, of which 80 MW will be supplied to the National Grid.

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France – Waste Management Facility

Redevelopment to include WtE, sorting and SRF facilities

Veolia will be continuing operations at the Couëron Waste Treatment and Recovery Center (CTVD) after renewing its contract last month. As a result, the company will be undertaking €45 million worth of capital works including:

  • WtE plant
  • Collection sorting centre
  • Solid recovered fuel (SRF) production unit

Upgrades at the facility will increase energy production and mean that 100% of the waste collected from household selective sorting is recovered.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Austria Biomass Plant

Supply of a biomass boiler plant

Urbas Energietechnik has been commissioned to supply and install an additional biomass boiler plant at Hasslacher Norica Timber’s plant in Sachsenburg.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Australia Waste Collection System

Installation of a waste collection system

A spokesperson for Envac, the equipment supplier for a waste collection system project in Maroochydore, Queensland, has advised AcuComm that due to a delay with the total development plan, the installation of the system will now be complete towards the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Sweden WtE Plant

Upgrading of two boilers

Borås Energi och Miljö, which operates a waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in Borås, is completing works on the upgrade of the plant’s two waste-fired boilers.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Japan WtE Facility

Construction of a 160 tpd WtE facility

Hitachi Zosen is to develop and operate a new waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, which is expected to be completed in March 2021.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – US Biosolids Facility

Development of a biosolids handling facility

A biosolids handling facility is to be developed in either Saratoga or Albany County. The project is at the early stages currently, but if approved, will involve the anaerobic digestion of biosolids to create methane gas.

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