Wide world of recycling

Wide world of recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

May 22, 2014

South Africa's capital city begins building a major recycling facility and Viridor looks to up its plastics game in the U.K. We cover those stories and more as we spin the globe of materials recovery.

A pivotal municipality in South Africa has begun constructing its own materials recovery facility (MRF) able to handle municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris and organics. Tshwane, which includes the South African capital city of Pretoria, has partnered with New GX Enviro Solutions to build the MRF and plans to have it up and running by September to help reduce landfilling of recyclables in the region.

Exeter, England-based waste management firm Viridor has set its sights on building a $20 million plastics recovery facility (PRF). Hoping to add 26 jobs as a result of the new site, Viridor intends to process more than 85,000 tons of mixed plastics each year, selling plastics by resin type for use in new products.

Aiming to cut down on plastic littering in Haiti, Executives Without Borders has come up with a plan to fund container buy-back centers throughout the Caribbean country. Costing $25,000 each, the centers will be run by community organizations and groups and offer Haitians a monetary reward for returned containers and bottles. All material will then be shipped to Haiti Recycling in Port-au-Prince for processing.

An e-scrap recycling center in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs by the end of this year. Partially funded and launched by PC giant Hewlett-Packard, the center is the first of its kind in the region and has been lauded for providing fair compensation to collectors and center employees alike.

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