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By Lindsay Gale12 March 2008

• A new US$12.5 million (€ 8.7 million) landfill currently being developed by MCM Management Corp is expected to recycle 28% of all materials it receives once it starts operation, as well as being one of the first facilities of its type to use recycled materials in its construction, with as much as possible being used during the build process.

• Demolition of the famous Tiger Stadium in Detroit, US, now looks certain to go ahead. Contractors have been invited to bid for the project. Virtually all of the ball park will be torn down during the project. It is understood that a small section of the stadium will be kept and turned into a community centre. The demolition project is likely to start in early 2008.

• According to news reports, a judge in Madrid, Spain, has put a legal halt to the demolition of buildings in the Canada Real shantytown on the outskirts of the Spanish capital. Residents recently fought a pitched battle with Spanish police, which left 27 injured and nine under arrest. More than 40,000 live in the area, which is one of Europe's largest slum neighbourhoods with more than 2,000 illegally built structures.

• The famous New Frontier hotel and casino in Las Vegas has been successfully blown down by US-based Controlled Demolition. The demolition will make way for The Plaza, a development being described as the most extravagant complex ever built in Las Vegas. Considering some of the developments already constructed in Las Vagas, that is certainly saying something. Due to open in 2011, The Plaza will cost up to US$7 billion (€11 billion) to build.

The New Frontier, which has changed its name over the years, is famous as the first place that Elvis Presley performed in Las Vegas way back in 1956.

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