Novelis announces executive leadership appointments

| Aluminum rolling and recycling specialist Novelis has announced three new senior executives.

Eurofer welcomes raw materials case against China at WTO

| The US has launched a trade enforcement action against China at the WTO concerning China’s export duties on several different raw materials. The EU intervened in this WTO challenge, a move that has been welcomed by the European Steel Association (EUROFER).

Chinese waste treated with European technology

| Another pre-treatment plant for household waste was ordered for the south-east of China from the Austrian-German technology firm Redwave.

Copper with lower production in April

| According to preliminary ICSG data, the refined copper market for April 2016 (excluding the adjustment for changes in China’s bonded stocks) showed an apparent production deficit of around 110,000 metric tonnes (t) mainly due to strong Chinese apparent refined copper demand.

Japan’s GOMI Recycle 110 seeks to invest in plastics recycling factory in Cambodia

| Japan's GOMI Recycle 110 is looking to invest in a waste recycling factory in Cambodia's Svay Rieng province. The factory would be set up to recycle plastic waste into finished products for local markets.

Not much changes in crude world steel production

| World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel) was 136 million tonnes (Mt) in June 2016, the same figure as June 2015.

Waste disposal rate up in California in 2015

| The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has said that the waste disposal rate in the state increased in 2015.

BHS Systems Win Gold, Silver Excellence Awards

| The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced the 2016 winners of the association’s annual Excellence Awards. San Jose, California-based Zanker Recycling was awarded the Recycling System Gold Award, the top honor, for its Demolition Recycling Operation. Silver was awarded to California-based Athens Services’ Sun Valley Mixed Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Both systems were designed, engineered, manufactured and installed by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS).

Chinese overcapacities affect more than just steel

| The European Commission is considering a deal for the steel sector in exchange for granting China the coveted Market Economy Status (MES). According to European Aluminium, this approach ignores the enormous Chinese overcapacities in industries like aluminium and creates unfair distortions on the EU market.

Electronic waste poorly handled in Australia

| Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has stated that e-waste laws in Australia needs to be strengthened to better handle rising e-waste volumes in the country.

New material developed for track ballast contains shredded rubber from used tires

| Researchers have developed a material that contains shredded rubber from used tires for use in the subballast layer of train tracks. The researchers are from Spain's Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), rail firm AZVI and the University of Seville. The material, combined with crushed stone, has already been used to good effect in asphalt mixtures and roadside embankments. However, its use in the rail sector is relatively unexplored.

Van Gansewinkel and Shanks strive for merger

| Van Gansewinkel and Shanks want to form a new European waste collection and recycling alliance. To this end, both companies have signed a preliminary agreement.

Buyout group Waterland seeks to sell Dutch waste management group Attero for €1 billion

| Sources have said that Dutch buyout group Waterland Private Equity Investments B.V. has initiated talks to sell the nation's waste management group Attero for about €1 billion. Attero processes 40% of Dutch household waste and describes itself as a leading player in creating energy from waste.

Canada must embrace circular economy to maintain its position as leader in recycling

| Mary Ann Yule, president of HP Canada, has said that Canada will need to embrace circular economy if it wants to maintain its position as the leader in recycling.

Singapore’s NEA to implement mandatory packaging requirements to reduce waste in 3-5 years

| Singapore's Minister for Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said that the country's National Environment Agency will implement mandatory packaging requirements within the coming three to five years in a bid to reduce packaging waste.