| Composites play an important role in today’s industry and the volumes are increasing, but as with many materials, the question of proper waste management remains. Composites UK has examined the current state of composites recycling.

Fungi recycle rechargeable batteries

| E science news reports that a team of researchers have discovered a process of extracting cobalt and lithium from waste batteries using natural occuring fungi

Edible food packaging to prevent waste

| According to Fox News, scientists are developing an edible form of packaging to help cut both food and plastics waste.

Copper production and usage are diverging

| According to preliminary ICSG data, the refined copper market for May 2016 showed an apparent production deficit of around 65,000 metric tonnes (t) mainly due to strong Chinese apparent refined copper demand.

Japan’s Meiwa intends to build organic waste processing facility in Kenya

| Japan’s Meiwa Co.,Ltd. reportedly intends to build an organic waste processing facility in Meru County, Kenya, and is said to be in talks with the local government regarding the construction. The company specialises in biomass carbonisation technology wherein organic waste is converted into charcoal.

World steel production increases slightly

| World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 133.7 million tonnes (Mt) in July 2016, 1.4% up on July 2015.

Establishment of commercial waste collection zones recommended in New York City

| A study by the New York City Department of Sanitation and the city’s Business Integrity Commission has highlighted benefits of establishing commercial waste collection zones. The study said that setting up such zones for private waste collection firms would reduce truck traffic and greenhouse gas emissions associated with waste collection. The study said that the zones could reduce truck traffic by 49-68% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42-64%.