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Two reverse vending machines, which accept post-consumer PET bottles and pay the user a fee, will be installed at the school campus, and the school management will encourage their use by teachers,...
Some 7.5 billion plastic bags, 10 billion cardboard boxes and 17 billion metres of wrapping tape were used to ship China’s parcels in 2015. ‘In China, an average of 57 million packages...
Metal nanoparticles are known not to stick to glass, explains research fellow Xiang Fei, who leads the project. Often precious metals like gold are used to catalyse a number of chemical reactions,...
Global demand for aluminium is expected to reach 62.7 million tonnes this year, with China thought likely to record growth of 6.7% to 33.5 million tonnes while the rest of the world is forecast to...
Only 7 tonnes of gold out of the 24 000 tonnes estimated to be available was collected via the cash for gold recycling scheme that was launched ‘with much fanfare’ in November 2015 by...
Over the past three months, prime plastic prices in Asia have remained high under the support of good demand - except in the case of China. After the Chinese New Year holidays, the prime plastics...
Immediately following the Chinese New Year celebrations, it is reported that the country’s customs authorities began to step up import inspections in a bid to prevent smuggling of electronic,...
However, production growth in China easily outstripped the world average in leaping 15.7% year on year to 24.938 million tonnes, thereby accounting for more than 55% of total world output in 2016. In...
The much anticipated event will welcome over 1500 exhibitors and take up an expanded exhibition space of 25,000m2 in Hall W1-W5/E1-E3 of the SNIEC complex. More than 43000 visitors attended the show...
Now at 'a record high', imports are said to account for 25% of the EU market and climbed 9% in the second half of 2016. Chinese steel imports 'are being replaced by those from other countries',...
The group's annual net profit soared 22.7% year on year to HK$ 2.86 billion (US$ 372 million), roughly the same percentage increase as Lee & Man Paper achieved in 2015 when earnings totalled HK$...
No less than 560 million new phones were shipped to citizens across China last year. The huge influx of mobile devices is additional to the millions of handsets lying idle at home; more than 65% of...
Global crude steel production in January was 7% or almost 9 million tonnes higher than in the corresponding month of last year at 136.514 million tonnes. China accounted for around half of the...
December began like a breath of fresh air for the European plastic scrap market. Whereas November had been sluggish in terms of demand and prices, the final month of 2016 produced a jump in values...
According to data from the Census Bureau and International Trade Commission, leading buyer Turkey slashed its US ferrous scrap purchases by more than 21% - from 3.961 million tonnes in 2015 to 3.123...
The 'foreign waste' smuggling activities of concern to the Chinese authorities cover, for example, industrial, electronic, household and plastic waste. As part of this clampdown, Chinese customs...
Aqua Metals commissioned its first AquaRefinery at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center in Nevada last year and is now in the process of scaling up the facility. It also signed a strategic partnership...
China’s steelmaking capacity closures have been ‘more aggressive than anyone may have anticipated’ and have included the move to close all induction furnaces, said to represent an...
The ‘robust’ upsurge represents a compound annual growth rate in revenue of 11.6% by 2024. In terms of volume, the market is slated to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 7.8% -...
Chinese production alone increased by approaching 10 million tonnes or 1.2% while India continued its growth of recent years by posting an output gain of 6.6 million tonnes or 7.4%, according to...
The total volume of e-scrap in 2015 was 12.3 million tonnes, with China having more than doubled its scrap volumes to 6.7 million tonnes over the period. Hong Kong had the highest per capita rate,...
The Asia Pacific region is expected to be dominant in the global market throughout the forecast period 2016-2024. For instance, analysts anticipate that China alone will make a contribution of over...
Following on from the upbeat end to last year, 2017 began with some turbulence. Steel scrap prices climbed by between US$ 25 and US$ 30 per tonne and there was also an escalation in ferrochrome...
LME cash prices are at the following per-tonne levels (the corresponding figures from our non-ferrous metals report at the end of November are given in brackets): aluminium US$ 1800 (US$ 1765);...
As for fibre prices, OCC strengthened from US$ 170-plus per tonne at the start of October to end the year at US$ 180-plus whereas mixed paper climbed from US$ 143-plus to US$ 158-plus over the same...
For the whole year 2016, some 25 000 units have been taken in. At the same time, in general, ELV generation in Japan is likely to decline in the mid-to-long-term due to sluggish new car sales and...
The value of the global e-scrap recycling market will climb to US$ 34.32 billion by 2022. On a side note, as much as 50 million tonnes of e-scrap is generated annually around the world. International...
The facility, which will be operated by the ALBA Group, is located in the Tuen Mun EcoPark and will have the annual capacity to handle up to 30 000 tonnes of e-scrap with the potential to expand....
Japan’s flag carrier has partnered with recycling firm Japan Environmental Planning - better known as Jeplan - and Tokyo’s Green Earth Institute to establish a collaborative council to...
This year's January-September growth spurt was driven by an 11.4% hike in Chinese production to 18.083 million tonnes from 16.238 million tonnes in the same period last year, although the country's...
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