March/April 2018

Mobile solutions, mattress recycling and more...

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In this issue:


INTERVIEW 
The e-scrap link from Africa to the Caucasus
These are exciting times for Stuart Fleming, an expatriate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the man behind The Recycling Hub. This Dubai-based el... more
 
TECHNOLOGY 
In a fast-paced world, get mobile!
Recycling businesses looking to gain a competitive edge are widening their search for innovative solutions beyond the ever-larger, stationary recyclin... more
 
IN THE LAB 
Worn cathodes can resurface in new batteries
Studies conducted at a US university have revealed that cathode particles from spent lithium-ion batteries can be regenerated for use in new batteries... more
 
Shock pads made from mattresses
Mattress recycling is a far from sleepy business, proves Dutchman Nanne Fioole of RetourMatras. His company processes some 40% of the 1.5 million matt... more
 
ELECTRONICS 
Spectacular growth forecast for WEEE Metallica
WEEE Metallica has developed into a US$ 25 million turnover company handling 10 500 tonnes of e-scrap last year. This volume is forecast to double to ... more
 
UK SPECIAL: COMPANY PROFILE 
The technology of the future starts today
How do you make a difference in the recycling industry at a time when commodity prices are jumping from high to low at a record pace? Don’t wait... more
 
UK SPECIAL: CRIME 
Metal theft is a 'huge problem' that keeps getting worse
Despite dire warnings from stakeholders and other interested parties, the UK government cut funding to the highly successful National Metal Theft Task... more
 
MARKET ANALYSIS: PLASTICS 
European market under pressure
With China now a considerably more limited option for the plastics scrap export community, other markets have become decidedly more prominent. For exa... more
 
MARKET ANALYSIS: NON-FERROUS 
Markets rocked by US import tariff proposal
Non-ferrous metals values have headed lower as the markets grapple with the US aluminium and steel import tariff bombshell. Furthermore, secondary met... more
 
MARKET ANALYSIS: NICKEL & STAINLESS 
Nickel slides from peak above 14 000 dollars
In recent trading, the price range in Europe for V2A scrap has been US$ 1430- 1450 per tonne while V4A scrap has been attracting US$ 1940-1960. These ... more
 
MARKET ANALYSIS: FERROUS 
High prices sustained by healthy demand
Ferrous scrap prices have been recording further gains in recent weeks, although President Trump’s decision to impose substantial tariffs on ste... more
 
MARKET ANALYSIS: PAPER 
Mixed paper prices sent crashing
With China taking no mixed paper from their overseas suppliers, mills in other parts of the world have capitalised on the situation by driving down th... more
 
MARKET ANALYSIS: TEXTILES 
Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda drop plans for import ban
Cold weather has gripped much of Europe over the last few weeks, as a result of which some clothing collectors have reported a decline in donations as... more
 
TECHNOLOGY 
To sort or not to sort...
‘Can you imagine how many different models of mobile phones there are today?’ asked Dr Sven Connemann of the Fraunhofer Institute at the r... more
 
ELECTRONICS 
Smart capacity wave
A Euro 50 million facility for Moscow; a 40 000-tonne facility for Dubai; a state-of-the art plant for Hong Kong. Groundbreaking electronics recycling... more
 
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