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Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference 2017: The future of mixed paper

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:44
The Chinese government recently has taken noteworthy actions that are significantly disrupting recovered paper markets in the United States, said several speakers in a few sessions at the 18th annual Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference, held in Chicago Oct. 11-13, 2017.

As the event’s name indicates, the Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference covered different aspects of the recovered fiber sector in sessions titled: The Future of Mixed Paper, The Changing Paper Industry and Indexes and Trading Platforms.

Speakers discussed the steps the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has taken to address China’s scrap import ban on mixed paper as well as moves material recovery facility (MRF) operators have made, from slowing down lines to adding sorters, to address quality issues. Cleaning up quality is a must, everyone noted.

In the Indexes and Trading Platforms session, Greg Rudder, editor of PPI Pulp & Paper Week (P&PW) for the Boston-based research firm RISI, explained the firm’s methodology behind its pricing. RISI’s assessment of the open market price for purchase by mills derives from prices based on negotiations. P&PW reports 160 prices each month, including 117 domestic mill prices, 37 export prices to China/Asia and six export prices to Mexico.

Rudder also shared the history of mixed paper shipped from the U.S. to China. Citing information from the Washington-based American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Rudder said regarding short tons of mixed paper shipped to China, 2016 panned out to be the lowest total since 2002. In 2016, the U.S. sold 2.37 million short tons of mixed paper to China, a drop from the 3.07 million short tons in 2015 and a fall from the height of 2.94 million short tons shipped in 2009. (The total in 2002 amounted to 1.86 million short tons.)

In April 2017, mills in China reported that imported mixed paper contained 20 percent contaminants, on average, Rudder said.

Linda Leone, regional vice president of recycling for the Northeast U.S. and eastern Canada at WestRock Co., Norcross, Georgia, acknowledged that change needs to happen. Leone served as moderator in the Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of ISRI session, The Future of Mixed Paper. Speakers in that session included Johnny Newsome, director, global mill supply and trade sales, at Sonoco Recycling; Bob Cappadona, vice president of Casella Recycling; Pieter Eenkema van Dijk, CEO of Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, Stamford, Connecticut; and RISI’s Rudder.

Leone said, “While the future of mixed paper is unclear as it relates to China, we know it needs to evolve.”

Casella’s Cappadona said contaminants in incoming loads at MRFs are a safety and time issue. He said more needs to be done to ensure cleaner incoming streams of recyclables.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt from an operator’s perspective that we’re going to have to get better,” Cappadona said. He referenced The Tortoise and The Hare fable when he said, “The turtle wins the race; it’s OK to slow down [the line].”

He addressed China’s 0.3 percent limit on contaminants, saying he does not think it is achievable. (The current limit has been 1.5 percent.) Aug. 24, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) released newly drafted limits on prohibitive materials in scrap shipments. The MEP draft proposes tightening the thresholds for “carried waste” (contaminants and prohibitives) to 0.3 percent for all scrap materials.

“It’s just not going to happen,” Cappadona said of the 0.3 percent limit. “Additional labor will help but I don’t believe it will be the solution.”

Cappadona suggested screening or optical equipment will be the answer to cleaning up quality at MRFs. But it will come at a cost. “It could cost the industry millions of dollars related to retrofits,” he said. “0.3 percent is not attainable.”

From an equipment perspective, Van Dyk Recycling Solutions President van Dijk said it is possible to make cleaner mixed paper with better equipment.

“It’s not easy to be in mixed paper when it has one value on Monday” and is a totally different value on Friday, van Dijk said.

“How can you clean up your mixed paper? Put optical quality controls on mixed paper lines,” van Dijk suggested. He predicted optical sorters will be the future for single-stream MRFs seeking better quality on the backend.

Sonoco’s Newsome offered some light in the darkness of mixed paper’s outlook. He said MRFs will improve their sorting capabilities, and mixed paper is not going away as it “will always be part of the residential program.” He projected new global capacity for this grade will grow 2.2. percent.

In addition, as China tightens its restrictions, Newsome said mixed will be exported to other countries where capacity is increasing.

Rudder said Vietnam and India are interested. Rudder noted that one-third of the mixed paper shipped out of the U.S. goes to countries besides China.

Newsome said, “Demand for recovered paper will grow at a higher rate than collection.”

He added, “The mixed paper situation is a short-term issue with a long-term solution.”

Beyond exports, Newsome said domestic mills also will run mixed at slower speeds. However, the industry should not have to absorb the costs, he said.

“I see the mills would pay more for products to cover line speeds and new investments,” Newsome said.

RISI’s Rudder said three of the largest containerboard facilities in the U.S. are considering using more mixed paper in their recipes.

In the Indexes and Trading Platforms session, the other presenters discussed an online trading platform designed to help buyers and sellers in the secondary fiber sector interact in a potentially more efficient way.

Bill Hanley and Jason Rumsey, both with California-based merQbiz, an e-commerce platform for recovered paper, shared how the online trading tool offers a network of buyers and sellers with direct communication, integrated logistics and invoice management.

No matter the tools paper stock dealers use to get the job done, nearly everyone in the industry is playing the wait-and-see game with China and anticipating how its actions will affect a worldwide industry.

The 2017 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference was Oct. 11-13 in Chicago at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.


Combilift adds MH Equipment as dealer

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:53
Fred Metzger, president of MH Equipment, Chillicothe, Illinois, has announced that that company will partner with Combilift to become a stocking dealer.

Combilift, based in Monaghan, Ireland, has grown to become the global leader in the long-handling market, MH Equipment says, and is operated by experienced and well-known industry leaders from within the specialty forklift industry. Combilift represents the world's first internal combustion engine powered all-wheel-drive multidirectional forklift. It is a combination of forklift and side-loader and is highly maneuverable, safe, cost-effective and efficient, MH Equipment says.

“As a globally recognized company with localized service and support through our key dealer network, Combilift is ideally placed to work alongside MH Equipment in providing a high-quality service to customers. We are delighted to work with MH Equipment,” says Paul Short, North American sales president for Combilift.

“MH Equipment and Combilift Inc. are pleased to announce MH is now a stocking dealer representing Combilift products across MH’s geographic footprint,” Metzger says. “The products from Combilift are recognized for their application innovation as well as for productivity, durability and quality, which well supports MH’s commitment to provide its customers innovative solutions and unparalleled value while striving to be a good steward of resources.” 


SP Industries introduces single-cylinder precrusher series

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:47
Hopkins, Michigan-based SP Industries has introduced the new PC-3001 through PC-6001 Precrusher Series for manufacturing and processing facilities that don’t require the heavy-duty compacting equipment the company offers. This new series features the same footprint and processing controls as the company’s max-duty heavy-industrial models with a more economical single-cylinder design tailored to lighter-duty waste streams with lower compaction force requirements, SP says.

Designed for lower-volume industrial and smaller product destruction applications, the PC-3001, PC-4001 and PC-6001 can be operated in either precrusher or compactor-only mode. Up to eight precrush cycles can be programmed to allow maximum breakdown of materials that are difficult to compact, SP says. The compactor-only mode is used when reduced cycle time and/or increased throughput of refuse into the compaction container is desired.

For all sizes in the new series, the seamlessly integrated unit design provides maximum strength and integrity, according to the manufacturer. Most notably, the precrusher gate is not an “add-on” to a standard compactor. All units are constructed of AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute) grade steel and structural steel reinforcements. All units meet or exceed current ANSI Z245.2 safety standards for compaction equipment, SP says.

The series is offered with 3-, 4- or 6-cubic-yard capacities. In compaction-only mode, the hourly volume capacity ranges from 179 to 212 cubic yards. In precrushing mode, volume ranges from 135 to 179 cubic yards. The clear top opening is approximately 48 inches by 57 inches on the smallest unit up to 88 inches by 57 inches on the largest model, the company says. All size units provide 69,300-pound normal and 88,000-pound maximum packing force. The remote hydraulic power unit included with each unit comes with a 100-gallon oil reservoir and a 30-gallons-per-minute pump powered by a 25-horsepwer 230/460 3 phase motor.

SP Industries says these systems can be tailored to the specific environmental and installation requirements of the application, including appropriate loading platforms and ramps, hoppers, gates, chutes and access panels. Accompanying waste material containers also can be fabricated to accommodate the desired means of transport, weight of compacted materials and any other customer requirements.


Alcoa increases revenue, earnings in Q3 of 2017

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:18
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Bauxite, alumina and aluminum products company Alcoa Corp., headquartered in Pittsburgh, has reported a sequential increase in third quarter 2017 revenue and earnings, which the company attributes to improved pricing in the aluminum business segment and higher shipments of aluminum and bauxite. Alcoa says its cash balance as of Sept. 30, 2017, reached $1.1 billion.

Based on stronger alumina and aluminum prices, Alcoa has increased its projection for full-year adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) to approximately $2.4 billion. This adjusted EBITDA forecast, up from the second quarter projected range of $2.1 billion to $2.2 billion, includes higher input costs to be reflected in net performance reported with fourth quarter 2017 results, the company says.

“Alcoa continues to benefit from favorable commodity markets, and we’ve raised our projections for profitability in 2017 and global aluminum demand growth for the balance of the year,” says Roy Harvey, president and chief executive officer. “We continued to execute on our three strategic priorities—our strong cash generation aligns with our priority to strengthen the balance sheet, while our recent Rockdale announcement advances our priorities to reduce complexity and drive returns.”

The company recently announced that as of Oct. 1 it has terminated the electricity contract tied to Alcoa’s Rockdale operations in Texas with power provider Luminant Generation Co. The smelter at Rockdale has been fully curtailed since the end of 2008. Alcoa says it expects the termination, which included a lump sum cash payment of $237.5 million, to result in an annual improvement to net income and adjusted EBITDA of $60 million to $70 million, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Harvey added, “As we approach our first anniversary as an independent, publicly traded company, we’ll continue to be guided by our three strategic priorities to further strengthen our company and Alcoa’s foundation for the future.”

In third quarter 2017, Alcoa reported net income of $113 million, 60 cents per share, up 51 percent, mostly because of an improvement in the combined results of the company’s business segments. This compares with second quarter 2017 net income of $75 million, or 40 cents per share. The third and second quarters of 2017 include a negative impact for special items of $22 million and $41 million, respectively.

Third quarter 2017 special items were largely related to restructuring charges associated with previous actions, a legacy tax settlement in Brazil, unfavorable mark-to-market impact on certain energy contracts and a net benefit related to the partial restart of the Warrick smelter in Indiana (reversal of previous closure costs partially offset by restart costs), the company says.

Excluding the impact of special items, third quarter 2017 adjusted net income was $135 million, or 72 cents per share, up 16 percent sequentially from $116 million, or 62 cents per share.

In the third quarter 2017, Alcoa reported $561 million of adjusted EBITDA excluding special items, up 16 percent from $483 million in second quarter 2017. The company says the improvement was driven by several positive factors, including higher energy sales in Brazil, improved aluminum pricing and increased shipments for aluminum and bauxite, partially offset by unfavorable currency exchange rates and raw material price inflation.


Alcoa reported third quarter 2017 revenue of $3 billion, up 4 percent sequentially, with higher energy sales in Brazil, higher shipments in the its aluminum and bauxite segments and increased aluminum prices, somewhat offset by a decline in alumina volume.

Cash from operations in third quarter 2017 was $384 million and free cash flow was $288 million. Cash used for financing activities and investing activities was $115 million and $100 million, respectively, in the third quarter of 2017. Cash used for financing in the third quarter of 2017 included the early repayment of a $41 million loan from Brazil’s National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), Alcoa says.

The company says it ended third quarter 2017 with cash on hand of $1.1 billion with $1.4 billion of debt, for net debt of $0.3 billion. Alcoa also reported 17 days working capital, a one-day improvement from second quarter 2017.

Alcoa says that it continues to see strong global aluminum demand growth and that it increased its full-year 2017 estimate to a range of 5 to 5.5 percent from 4.75 to 5.25 percent in the second quarter.

The company says it expects the global aluminum market to be in relative balance for full year 2017, a change from the second quarter projection of a slight surplus. The improvement is mostly because of the planned and actual curtailments in Chinese smelting capacity as well as increased Chinese demand.

Global markets for both bauxite and alumina are expected to remain in relative balance for the year, according to the company. 


TRC and Wheelabrator partner on thermostat recycling in Massachusetts

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:11
Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC) has announced it has partnered with New Hampshire-based Wheelabrator Technologies to assist in the collection of mercury-containing thermostats in Massachusetts. This collection program is part of the Mass Save energy efficiency installation and weatherization program, funded by a coalition of utility companies.

"We are excited to partner with Wheelabrator to encourage and ensure the safe collection of mercury-containing thermostats under the Mass Save program," says Ryan Kiscaden, TRC's executive director. "When you have a committed strategic partner as we do with Wheelabrator, staff that understand the ease of the recycling process, and an informed public that encourages recycling efforts, it increases the recycling rates of these devices dramatically."

Under this agreement, TRC will provide free recycling containers for consolidating mercury thermostats that have been replaced in homes and businesses under the Mass Save energy efficiency program. Wheelabrator will facilitate the shipping of these devices from participating trade partners or local utilities. Lastly, TRC will process, count, and dispose of the thermostats collected. Reporting will be made available to any interested stakeholders including utility companies, participating trade allies, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

"Wheelabrator looks forward to working with TRC to provide a proactive, coordinated solution for the collection of thermostats as part of the Mass Save program," says Jim Connolly, vice president of environmental, health and safety for Wheelabrator. "The ability to utilize TRC's recycling services ensures the safe and cost-effective handling of mercury-containing thermostats. This agreement plays a key role in meeting the mercury recovery goals outlined in Wheelabrator's Material Separation Plan for Massachusetts, aimed at diverting mercury from the waste stream to prevent it from being processed at our energy-from-waste facilities."

The Mass Save energy efficiency program has the potential to extract substantial mercury thermostats for recycling, allowing Massachusetts to capture one of the last reservoirs of mercury still in service.  For more information regarding state regulations on the disposal of mercury-containing thermostats, visit here. 


Platts schedules 2018 steel conference

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:42
The 14th annual Platts Steel Markets North America Conference will be held March 20-21, 2018, at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Chicago.

The Platts organization says the conference will have programming of interest to steel producers, traders and manufacturers who rely on steel. Attendees include senior management from steel and scrap producers, suppliers, service centers, traders, buyers, investors and analysts—as many as 150 companies in all, according to Platts.

In 2018 there will be a post-conference workshop on “Price Risk Management in Steel.” Platts says the “executive level” workshop can be registered for separately or in tandem with the annual conference as part of a discount package.

Regarding the workshop, Platts says, “The use of derivatives throughout the steel supply chain is growing. Iron ore futures contracts have taken off and are very active. Companies are looking into mitigating their price risk exposure on steel products and scrap. The post-conference workshop (on March 21) walks [attendees] through the tactics and strategies that can protect their bottom lines.”

Those seeking more information on the conference or workshop, or wishing to register, can visit this Web page


Motion Industries makes acquisition in Iowa

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:17
Birmingham, Alabama-based Motion Industries Inc. has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Apache Inc., headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Apache, founded in 1963, has grown to be one of the largest belting companies in North America by offering numerous hose, belting, custom fabrication and onsite belting services, according to Motion Industries in a news release. Apache serves both the industrial and agricultural market from seven sales and production locations in the United States through a distribution network and will continue to do so going forward, adds the firm.

“We have had a great relationship with the Motion team for many years and this step is really a continuation of our growth strategy,” says Tom Pientok, Apache’s president and CEO. “We will preserve and build on the long-standing reputation of the Apache name and we’ll now have access to greater capabilities for accelerated growth. Becoming part of Motion will also assure that our employees will be well cared for in the future and that we will have the ability to continue to service our customers and represent our supplier partners in the way which they are accustomed. The cultural fit with Motion Industries is ideal and we are very pleased to become part of their team.”

Adds Tony Cefalu, senior vice president of shops and services for Motion Industries, “The addition of Apache further enhances our value-added offering in our belting and hose business. We have known Tom and his team for a long time and we couldn’t ask for a better or more talented group to partner with.”

“We are very pleased with the addition of Apache,” says Tim Breen, president and CEO of Motion Industries. “This is a well-established company with an outstanding reputation. The acquisition of Apache continues to build upon and complement our growth strategy in the area of hose, belting and material handling. Apache will be operated as part of Motion’s belting group, which includes several other acquisitions made over the past few years.”

Motion Industries is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Genuine Parts Company describes itself as a leading industrial parts distributor of bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical and industrial automation, hydraulic and industrial hose, hydraulic and pneumatic components, industrial products, safety products, and material handling. Motion Industries has annual sales of $4.6 billion, more than 500 locations and serves more than 300,000 customers from the pulp and paper, iron and steel, chemical, mining and aggregate, petrochemical, automotive, wood and lumber, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries.


Commentary: Please Recycle Paper—It Matters!

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:49
Every October is an exciting time for the industry as we celebrate National Forest Products Week and remind the world of the many benefits of recycling paper and paper-based packaging. At home, school and the workplace, paper recycling is widely accessible, well supported and highly effective. And it matters.

It matters to the paper and paper-based packaging industry. Recovering this valuable resource extends the fiber supply and allows our industry to reuse its products to make new ones. Paper and paper-based packaging manufacturers reuse recycled paper every day. In fact, in 2016 U.S. paper and paper-based packaging manufacturers consumed more than 30 million tons of recycled paper to make new products from corrugated containers to paperboard boxes to writing paper and tissue.

It matters to communities. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, paper and paper-based packaging are recovered from municipal solid waste streams at a higher rate than other materials. More than twice as much paper and paper-based packaging was recovered for recycling than was sent to landfills in 2016.

It matters to the environment. In 2016, 67.2 percent of paper and paper-based packaging in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. That works out to more than 52 million tons.  And on average, each ton of paper recovered for recycling saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.

It matters to millions of Americans who recycle at home, school and work every day. This commitment to participate in the voluntary, market-driven paper recovery system has enabled paper recycling to become successful. Ultimately, paper recycling advances because millions of people make the decision to recycle at home, work and school every day.

So please keep using paper and paper-based packaging products. They are made from renewable and recyclable materials that sustain the environment.  And when you have finished using them, please place your clean, dry paper and paper-based packaging in the recycling bin.  It matters!

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) says it serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA says its member companies make products from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, making more than $200 billion in products annually and employing approximately 900,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states.


MH Equipment to become Combilift dealer

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:33
Chillicothe, Illinois-based MH Equipment has announced it will be partnering with Ireland-based Combilift to become a dealer of Combilift equipment. The announcement was made in mid-October 2017 by Fred Metzger, president of MH Equipment.

Monaghan, Ireland-based Combilift “has grown to become the global leader in the long-handling market,” according to MH Equipment. The company offers what Metzger calls the world's first internal combustion engine-powered all-wheel-drive multi-directional forklift. MH Equipment describes it as a combination of forklift and side-loader that is highly maneuverable, safe, cost-effective and efficient.

“As a globally recognized company with localized service and support through our key dealer network, Combilift is ideally placed to work alongside MH Equipment in providing a high-quality service to customers,” says Paul Short, Combilift’s North American sales president.

“MH Equipment and Combilift Inc. are pleased to announce MH is now a stocking dealer representing Combilift products across MH’s geographic footprint,” states Metzger. “The products from Combilift are recognized for their application innovation as well as for productivity, durability and quality, which well supports MH’s commitment to provide its customers innovative solutions and unparalleled value while striving to be a good steward of resources.”

Founded in 1952 as a Hyster forklift dealership, MH Equipment says it has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing material handling services providers in the United States. In 1994, the company was purchased by current CEO John Wieland, and has subsequently grown from a company of 50 employees into one with multiple dealerships, more than 700 employees and 28 servicing locations in the Midwest. 


ITAP CEO creates record-breaking electric vehicle

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 20:33
The CEO of an asset recovery and electronics recycling firm has positioned himself to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by building an electric vehicle (EV) made from used electronics components that was able to travel nearly 1,000 miles on a single charge.

Eric Lundgren, CEO of Los Angeles-based IT Asset Partners (ITAP), says he can claim the official “Guinness Book of World Records” title for the longest range of an EV on a single charge by traveling more than 990 miles (1,600 kilometers) at the Auto Club Speedway of California over a two-day consecutive run. The Guinness Book of World Records flew in adjudicator Michael Empric to the speedway in Fontana, California, to verify the world record for Lundgren. The new mark breaks the previous record of 806 miles (1,298 kilometers) set in Japan in 2013.

The record breaking EV, called The Phoenix, was created by ITAP CEO Eric Lundgren and is made from 90 percent recycled or reused parts. ITAP says that was done to promote electronic scrap recycling, and that it cost less than $14,000 to build The Phoenix.

Los Angeles-based ITAP provides asset recovery and electronics recycling services to a client roster that includes Fortune 500 companies such as Nintendo, Motorola, Panasonic, Dell and Best Buy. Lundgren calls re-use “the purest form of recycling,” and decided to put that principle into action when he founded and developed ITAP.

Lundgren says ITAP’s “Hybrid Recycling” model involves identifying “all generic parts and components of value” to offer them for resale rather than shred them. 


ISRI MRF Council to host meeting on accepted materials

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:28
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has announced its MRF (material recovery facility) Council will hold a meeting Nov. 7, 2017, regarding potential new materials to be accepted at MRFs.

As part of ISRI’s Fall Board of Directors and Committee Meeting 2017, hosted Nov. 6-8 at Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, the MRF Council’s meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 7 at the hotel. Select brand owners and a trade association have been invited to present their rationale for the acceptance of certain materials in MRFs, ISRI says. In addition, these groups will help the recycling industry to embrace the recyclability of the materials these groups represent. These groups include Keurig Green Mountain (for inclusion of the company's K-Cup for recycling), Foodservice Packaging Institute and Hefty Energy Bag program, a flexible film energy bag program.

“We will provide each organization some time for a brief presentation of their claims regarding the recyclability of their materials,” says ISRI’s MRF Council. “Following that session, the presenters will leave the room, and the recyclers—both ISRI members and nonmember guests—will discuss our thoughts and next steps.”

The MRF Council says the purpose of the meeting is to address two major factors leading to more items potentially being included in curbside recycling programs:

  • municipalities are in a race to decrease landfill tonnage by increasing their recycling rates; and
  • most brand owners and trade associations want their packaging to be viewed as earth-friendly, sustainable and recyclable.

“The combination of these two issues creates an aggressive race to piggyback new materials onto the nation’s existing curbside recycling infrastructure,” says ISRI’s MRF Council. “While these new items could add tonnage to MRF operations, there could be numerous downsides if these additional items turn out to be nonrecyclable and have no end markets. These downsides could include increased contamination and higher MRF processing costs.”

The MRF Council adds, “The main purpose of this MRF Council meeting is for us to determine if we want to proceed to collect this material in our MRFs. Your input will be critical.”

For ISRI members, ISRI’s Fall Board of Directors and Committee Meeting 2017 features numerous other committee meetings Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. NonISRI members in attendance will only be allowed attend the three-hour MRF Council session.

For all attendees, the MRF Council, Paper Division and Plastic Division is organizing a dinner Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., the night prior to the MRF Council meeting. While each attendee is asked to pay for their own dinner, the association says it is currently in search of a dinner venue close to the hotel with a private room available.

Register by Oct. 23, 2017, and note whether you will attend the MRF Council meeting, dinner or both by contacting Jonathan Levy, director of member services for ISRI, by email at jonathanlevy@isri.org or by phone at 202-662-8530.


Vecoplan to exhibit at Ecomondo

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:25
At Ecomondo, the international trade fair for material and energy recovery that will be November 7 -10 November in Rimini, Italy, Germany-based Vecoplan AG will present its VEZ 2500 T high-performance shredder and other products. The machines in this series are used to produce fuels from packaging material as well as from production, sorting, domestic and industrial waste. The fuels can be used in cement works and power plants.

Vecoplan will display a selection of its single-shaft shredders at Stand 013 in pavilion A2. The shredders in the VEZ 2500 T series are efficient and robust, according to Vecoplan. Their consistently high throughput and homogeneous output quality make them profitable to operate, the company adds.

Each machine is equipped with a HiTorc drive with a capacity of 247 kilowatts. The drives have no mechanical components, such as belts, clutches or hydraulic units. As a result, they don’t have to move as much mass and can operate with high efficiency, Vecoplan says. Moreover, unlike hydraulic drives, they require little maintenance.

Vecoplan offers the VEZ 2500 T with 144 or 216 knives. The machines in this series can achieve a throughput of 10 to 12 metric tons per hour or 12 to 15 metric tons, respectively.

The VAZ 110 XL single-shaft shredder also will be shown at the trade fair. One version features a rotor diameter of 370 millimeters (14.5 inches), a material outlet of 1,075 millimeters (42 inches) and a height of 1,100 millimeters (43 inches). This makes it a durable and sturdy single-shaft shredding solution for wood processing companies, Vecoplan says.


Goodyear adds new size to OTR tire line

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:00
Akron-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. has added a new size, 20.5R25, to the AS-3A, its all-season tire off-the-road (OTR) tires.

“This important addition completes the tire’s size line up, which covers a full range of applications and conditions, including snow and ice-covered surfaces that require exceptional traction,” Eric Matson, global field engineering manager, Goodyear, says.

The 20.5R25 has a 40/32-inch tread depth (G3/L3) for enhanced traction. Other features of the Goodyear AS-3A include:

  • specially placed blades for ice and snow traction;
  • multiple groove edges for traction across all surfaces;
  • flexible block elements designed for low stone retention;
  • wide base construction manufactured for high flotation, enhanced stability and low ground pressure; and
  • unique groove shape for self-cleaning in all conditions.

Goodyear also plans to add a new retread size, 23.5R25, for the AS-3A in 2018. The size will complement the existing tread rubber selection for the AS-3A, which includes sizes 14.00R24/25, 16.00R24/25, 16.00x24, 17.5R25, 20.5R25 and 20.5x25. 

The entire Goodyear AS-3A range is available through Goodyear’s distribution network.

“Our worldwide support network helps make the Goodyear AS-3A available, when and where the tire is needed,” Matson says.

“We also offer comprehensive after-sale services, such as on-site consultations, site audits, footprint evaluations, temperature studies and tire surveys, all designed to help optimize the performance of the Goodyear AS-3A,” Matson says. “Our powerful management tools, including our exclusive EMTrack online tire performance management system, are available to AS-3A customers, as well.”

“Goodyear’s goal is to help end users enhance their productivity while lowering their operating costs,” Matson says. “We are confident that the now complete Goodyear AS-3A tire line will help accomplish that.”


World Steel Association elects new officers

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:20
The board of directors of the World Steel Association (Worldsteel), Brussels, has elected the following new officers for 2017/2018 at the Worldsteel General Assembly in Brussels. The new officers will serve a one-year term:

  • Chairman Kosei Shindo, representative director and president, Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corp.;
  • Vice Chairman John Ferriola, chairman, CEO and president, Nucor Corp.;
  • Vice Chairman Ohjoon Kwon, CEO, POSCO; and
  • Treasurer Sajjan Jindal, chairman and managing director, JSW Steel Ltd.

The board of directors also elected the 2017/18 Executive Committee:

  • Wolfgang Eder, Voestalpine AG;
  • Ferriola;
  • Heinrich Hiesinger, Thyssenkrupp AG;
  • Jindal;
  • André Johannpeter, Gerdau S.A.;
  • Koji Kakigi, JFE Steel Corp.;
  • Kwon;
  • Ma Guoqiang, China Baowu Steel Group Corp. Ltd.;
  • Lakshmi Mittal, ArcelorMittal;
  • Alexey Mordashov, Severstal (PAO);
  • Thachat Viswanath Narendran, Tata Steel Ltd.;
  • Roger Newport, AK Steel Corp.;
  • Paolo Rocca, Techint Group;
  • Kosei Shindo, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.;
  • Yu Yong, HBIS Group Co. Ltd.; and
  • Edwin Basson, Worldsteel.



A number of new companies also were welcomed as new members of Worldsteel:

  • Regular members (steel companies producing more than 2 million short tons, or 1.8 metric tons, per year):
  • China Baowu Steel Group, represented by Ma;
  • Essar Steel Algoma, d.b.a Algoma, represented by Kalyan Ghosh;
  • Liberty OneSteel (formerly Arrium Ltd.), represented by Sanjeev Gupta; and
  • Toscelik Profil Ve Sac Endustrisi A.S., represented by Fuat Tosyali.



  • Associate members (steel companies producing less than 2 million short tons per year):
  • Abul Khair Steel Group, represented by Imran Momin;
  • Bahru Stainless Sdn Bhd, represented by Oswald Wolfe; and
  • PT Gunung Raja Paksi, represented by Tony Taniwan.
  • Affiliated members (steel-related associations):
  • A3M: Alliance de Minérais, Minéraux, et Métaux, represented by Claire de Langeron;
  • Material Processing Institute, represented by Chris McDonald; and
  • World Refractories Association (WRA), represented by Simona Vackeova.

KW Plastics receives FDA no-objection letter

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:12
KW Plastics, headquartered in Troy, Alabama, has confirmed that it has received a no-objection letter (LNO) from the Center of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for KWR101-150, a natural postconsumer high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin.

The LNO confirms the resin is cleared for room-temperature filled and stored, refrigerated storage and frozen storage packaging at levels of up to 100 percent content. This clearance is in addition to its previous conformance to Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals/Substances of Very High Concern (REACH/SVHC), Coalition of North East Governors (CONEG) and UL 94 HB (horizontal burning flammability).

While KW Plastics has produced natural HDPE blow-grade resins for more than 25 years, this expanded clearance will offer the additional benefit of a food-contact-safe resin while offering economic and resource management savings, the company says.

Pedro N. Morales, KW director of sales and marketing, says, “This new regulatory accomplishment permits KW to fully support our brand owners and processors, who are focusing on expanding the use of PCR (postconsumer recycling resin) to many rigid packaging applications where FDA food contact is required.”

He adds, “With KWR101-150, our processors will only have to inventory one natural HDPE PCR for both their FDA and non-FDA compliant applications. Thus, our customers can expect a reduction in resin inventory costs, storage and logistics requirements.”

Morales says KW will not charge a premium for this FDA-compliant resin.

The application and testing process was approximately a two-and-a-half-year pursuit, the company says, adding that KW executives believe it will add value and volume to the postconsumer resin supply chain.

Scott Saunders, general manager of KW Plastics Recycling Division, says, “KW invested the research and development towards this resin so that we can better serve our customers and meet their demand for more sensitive applications such as personal care items that require FDA resin. We can now offer a PP (polypropylene) and natural HDPE resin in our FDA portfolio.”

KW Plastics Recycling Division recycles postconsumer HDPE and PP plastics and supplies postconsumer resins to the automotive, beauty and personal care packaging, pipe, paint and coatings packaging, agriculture, packaging and sheet industries.

While KW says it has received a total of three LNOs for its postconsumer resins, this is the first LNO it has received for HDPE. The two prior FDA LNOs applied to KW’s PP PCR resin family, consisting of KWR621FDA, KWR621-20FDA and other grades to be commercialized, the company says.

“Achieving our third FDA LNO within four years confirms that KW Plastics is a true leader in not only the plastics recycling industry but the resin supply industry as well,” Saunders says.

KW says its current volume of natural HDPE postconsumer resin is estimated at 100 million pounds annually, with additional capacity available.  Shipments of KWR101-150 will start immediately. Copies of the FDA LNOs can be found at www.kwplastics.com/environmental-quality-labs, and the technical data sheet for KWR101-150 can be found at https://dta0yqvfnusiq.cloudfront.net/kwplastics/2017/03/KWR-TDS-KWR101-150-20160130-Technical-Data-Sheet-KWR101-150-58bd928f61418.pdf.

KW Plastics is an ISO:9001-2008 registered facility with ISO-IEC 17025:2005 accredited lab.

The KW companies include KW Plastics of Troy, KW Plastics of California, KW Plastics Recycling Division and KW Container. 




ISRI says coin recycling program soon to restart

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 03:06
The Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has posted a notice on its website saying the United States Mint has announced its intention to resume the mutilated coin redemption program after a three-year suspension following concerns of fraud.

ISRI says its congressional and agency advocacy has paid off by allowing recyclers and business owners to once again redeem from the U.S. Mint large amounts of bent, broke, or unusable coins (resulting from shredding operations or vending machines) for scrap value.

ISRI also says the U.S. Mint is suggesting that the new redemption program “will update and improve the redemption process to enhance security and ensure the integrity of the nation’s coinage [and] update the redemption rates.” The organization says the Mint also will declare it will no longer accept “fused” coins, or coins that are bound together after exposure to heat.

As part of the program, the Mint suggests it could provide information to law enforcement officials or third parties for purposes of criminal investigations or for seeking civil adjustments, according to ISRI.

The recycling organization says coin redeemers, including shredding plant operators, “have been holding millions of dollars—perhaps tens of millions of dollars—in mutilated coins waiting for the program’s redemption.” ISRI also says companies holding coins should not rely on the program restarting before the end of 2017, as final federal rulemaking can take a prolonged amount of time.

More information on the U.S. Mint’s proposed restart and changes to the program can be found on this Web page.


DS Smith makes acquisition in Romania

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 00:56
London-based DS Smith Plc has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Brasov, Romania-based sister companies EcoPack and EcoPaper for a €208 million ($245 million) price tag.

DS Smith describes the Romanian firms forming a “leading integrated packaging and paper group” and a family-owned company that has been in existence for many years. (According to EcoPaper’s website, the company was formed more than 150 years ago.)

The acquisition “will significantly enhance our capacity to serve customers in this high growth region as well as support our wider substantial Eastern European presence,” DS Smith says in a news release. The Romanian assets acquired include “both high-quality packaging assets as well as a new paper machine, built in 2017, that specializes in high-quality, lightweight paper, which is particularly well-suited to supporting our performance packaging solutions,” adds the firm.

EcoPack and EcoPaper have “grown strongly over many years,” according to DS Smith, with its business primarily focused on serving the local fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market.

The acquisition consideration and repayment of debt, together totaling €208 million ($245 million), will be paid with existing cash and debt facilities and from €35 million ($41 million) of DS Smith shares to be issued to the seller. The acquisition is expected to be within DS Smith’s third fiscal quarter, following necessary regulatory approvals.

DS Smith describes itself as a leading provider of corrugated packaging and of specialist plastic packaging, operating in 37 countries and employing about 27,000 people. 


ALLU adds new dealer in Argentina

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:58
Finland-based equipment maker ALLU Group has announced Igarreta Maquinas as its new distributor in Argentina. The company will supply the full range of ALLU Transformer and Soil Stabilization equipment and provide aftermarket care, spare parts and customer service throughout Argentina.

Buenos Aires-based Igarreta Maquinas also is Komatsu’s official distributor in the country. ALLU says the company has placed an emphasis on developing long-term partnership relationships with its customers, with continual training and development of its employees being a key to its success. Igarreta Maquinas has offices, workshops and service engineers located throughout Argentina, and “the company has since its foundation in 1999 successfully serviced the requirements of the Argentinean construction, mining and forestry industries,” according to ALLU.

ALLU equipment buyers in Argentina will have local support provided by Igarreta Maquinas plus, when the need arises, round the clock support from ALLU’s head office in Finland.

“We are sure that the combination of ALLU equipment and global aftermarket support, together with the local knowledge and industry expertise of Igarreta Maquinas will enable ALLU customers throughout Argentina to benefit from a winning combination,” says Marjut Lindroos, group marketing manager of ALLU Group.

ALLU Group says its attachments are designed to operate in demanding environments on a variety of materials. The company, which has been manufacturing attachments for more than 30 years, now has seven regional offices and distributes to more than 30 countries.


TOMRA hosts international audience at its 2017 event

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:14
Germany-based TOMRA Sorting Recycling hosted a global conference in mid-October 2017 at its TOMRA Leads event designed “to share insights from leading experts in recycling and waste management and to demonstrate the company’s breakthroughs in sensor-based sorting machines.”

With the theme “Future Perspectives in Recycling,” the two-day event featured a series of presentations and group discussions at the Rhein-Mosel Congress Centre in Koblenz, Germany, and technical demonstrations in TOMRA’s Test Center at its European headquarters in Koblenz. Participants included an international mix of recyclers, consultants, policy makers and members of the recycling trade media.

“By bringing together some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts in recycling and waste management, this conference stimulated a fantastic exchange of ideas,” says Tom Eng, senior vice president and head of TOMRA Sorting Solutions, Recycling. “Delegates gained new insights into everything from high-level environmental ideals to nitty-gritty technical practicalities. We are delighted to have received so much strong positive feedback, with many participants telling us they found the event informative and inspirational. It’s exciting for all of us to be at the heart of an industry heading toward an inventive and environmentally important future.”

The event included presentations and question-and-answer sessions focusing on the circular economy at a time when the environmental responsibility of retail brands is having an increasing influence on consumers’ purchasing decisions. Helga Vanthournout, senior expert at the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, talked about the circular economy’s impacts on business; George Kremlis of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment gave a presentation on an EU action plan for the circular economy; and Tom Eng shared advice on achieving readiness for the circular economy.

Attendees also had the opportunity to see two of TOMRA’s newest sorting devices in action at TOMRA´s Test Center: the new Autosort Laser, designed to separate thin, thick or opaque glass from municipal solid waste (MSW), and the Autosort Black, designed to sort black plastic packaging materials. The Autosort Black will be available for sale in early 2018.

Presentations and discussions about the bigger issues of the circular economy were attended by all conference delegates. During other portions of the event, attendees separated into two groups - one with a focus on MSW and nonmetallic, the other with a focus on metal - to attend demonstrations looking at the future challenges facing those sectors.

To achieve sustainability aims, the circular economy will depend not only on ultra-efficient recycling machines, but also the businesses and people who produce and maintain them. That was the subject of a presentation by Peter Geisler, service director recycling, titled “Minimizing downtimes, maximizing profit - it’s all about the service.” Geisler outlined TOMRA Care, a package of services designed to ensure customers experience a tailored service that enables them to achieve maximum return on investment.

Networking opportunities at the two-day event included an “OcTOMRAfest” themed lunch, a sight-seeing tour of Koblenz, a “Network Flying Dinner” at the city’s 18th century Electoral Palace, and a dinner cruise on the Rhine River.

TOMRA Sorting Recycling designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting technologies for the global recycling and waste management industries, with an installation base of some 4,900 systems in 50 countries. It is part of TOMRA Systems ASA, which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in Norway.


Ohio EPA hearing to discuss new Alternative Fuels Vehicles Grants Program

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:29
Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, regarding rules related for the agency’s new Alternative Fuels Vehicles grant program.

The hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. at Ohio EPA’s Central Office in the Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. Ohio EPA will accept oral and written comments about the proposed rules. Please register to present testimony by calling (614) 644-2160. Visitors to the building must present a photo ID.

The rules create a new program to award grants for a portion of the costs to convert or replace diesel-powered and gasoline-powered large vehicles to run on alternative fuels. Grants will reimburse business owners and local governments that own gasoline or diesel vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or more for a portion of the cost of converting vehicles to run on compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas or propane autogas, including dual-fueled vehicles that can use both alternative fuels and gasoline or diesel.

Comments on the rules may be presented at the hearing, or submitted in writing to Ohio EPA, Office of Environmental Education, Attention: Carolyn Watkins, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or by emailing carolyn.watkins@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends by close of business Oct. 26. After considering public comments, Ohio EPA will make any necessary changes and follow the process to finalize the rules.

For more information on the program and the proposed rules, visit http://epa.ohio.gov/oee/EnvironmentalEducation.aspx#131365076-alternative-fuel-vehicle-grants.