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Monthly Archives: November 2014

The price of making a plastic bottle

on November 17, 2014

Nov 15th 2014 | By The Economist

Plastic bottles are ubiquitous but the cost of producing them varies dramatically around the world, thanks mainly to differences in raw-material costs and energy prices. The main type of plastic used, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), is made from naphtha, an oil derivative, which can be partly substituted with ethane, a natural-gas derivative. Very little ethane is traded internationally, so only places where natural gas is cheap and abundant use it to make PET. Because of its shale-gas boom, these now include America as well as the Middle East. Europe and Asia rely only on expensive naphtha. In these places the higher cost of fuel and electricity also push up production costs for plastic bottles.

Original Article by The Economist

Biometal Scrap Prices – Nov.2014

on November 14, 2014

Available material and prices:

HDPE Flakes Unwashed (color) – US$ 725/mt
HDPE Flakes Unwashed (natural) – US$ 750/mt
LLDPE or LDPE Baled Scrap – US$ 680/mt
Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC #11) Baled Scrap – US$ 230/mt
PET Flakes Cold Washed (Brown or Gray) – US$ 599/mt
PET Flakes Unwashed (Blue-Green) – US$ 715/mt
PET Flakes Unwashed (Clear) – US$ 730/mt
Polycarbonate (PC) Shredded/Regrind Scrap – US$ 1’100/mt
PP Shredded/Regrind Labels – US$ 350/mt
PP Shredded/Regrind Bottle Caps– US$ 599/mt

*Prices to CNF Qingdao or Shanghai, China.
All Prices Are Subject To Change Without Prior Notice

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The Ministry of Environment to regulate recycling in the Dominican Republic

on November 13, 2014

Original in Spanish By Diario Libre | 12 NOV 2014

The country loses in excess of $ 600 MM for not recycling.

SANTO DOMINGO. The Ministry of Environment is working on developing a standard to regulate the activity of recycling in the country, so it meets international standards.

The new regulations will be ready in about 30 days and, among other things, creates a waste recovery network at source instead of at the disposal site.
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Scrap Avalanche in China Means No More Scouring Globe

on November 12, 2014

By Bloomberg News November 06, 2014 // E-waste. Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

China will throw out more than 15 million appliances, 5 million personal computers and 100 million mobile phones next year as growing consumption at home means recyclers can rely less on scrap imports.

This “avalanche of homegrown trash” will increase domestic scrap supplies and spur recycling on an unprecedented scale in the next decade, according to Wang Jiwei, secretary general at the recycling division of the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association.

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BioMetal Green Management Becomes Alibaba Gold Supplier

on November 10, 2014

We are excited to announce that as of November 6th 2014, BioMetal Green Management has officially joined as a Gold Supplier. Alibaba is the leading supplier for global wholesale trade. Serving millions of suppliers and buyers in over 190 countries and regions around the world, joining Alibaba has given us the tools to further expand our international presence – which already serves the US, India, China, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Europe.
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