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Canada awards Marine Recycling Corp. contract to dismantle vessel

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 01:31
The Canadian government’s Public Services and Procurement agency has awarded a contract valued at C$5.7 million ($4.6 million) to Marine Recycling Corp. of Port Colborne, Ontario, to scrap and dispose of Royal Canadian Navy vessel the HMS Athabaskan, at its vessel dismantling facility in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

The contract includes towing the vessel to MRC’s facility in Sydney, demilitarizing the ship, remediation of the hazardous waste on the vessel and recycling any remaining materials.

The HMS Athabaskan was in operation in Canada for 44 years. The vessel is currently docked at the Canadian naval base in Halifax and is the last of the country’s Iroquois-class destroyers.

The dismantling is expected to be completed by July 2019. It reportedly will be the third former Navy ship that MRC has handled at its shipbreaking facility in Nova Scotia.

“Marine Recycling Corp. has an excellent well-earned reputation, providing retirement for ships [that] have served Canadians throughout the years,” says Canadian Member of Parliament Vance Badawey of Niagara Centre, Ontario. “The MRC team can take pride in being a positive influence through the continued support of community organizations in Port Colborne and across the Niagara region.”


Coca Cola sets ambitious recycling goals

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 01:06
The Coca-Cola Co. has announced a global goal of assisting in the recycling of 100 percent of its packaging by 2030. Coca-Cola says the goal, announced on Jan. 19, 2018, is part of its new packaging vision for a “World Without Waste.”

The program includes a multi-year investment designed to make packaging 100 percent recyclable.

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, along with its bottling partners, indicates it is pursuing several goals, including:

  • By 2030, for every bottle or can Coca-Cola sells globally, the company aims to help take one back so it has more than one life. To accomplish this the company states it is investing to support the collection of packaging throughout the industry, including bottles and cans from other companies.
  • To achieve its collection goal, Coca-Cola indicates it is working toward making all its packaging 100 percent recyclable globally. By 2030, Coca-Cola also aims to make bottles with an average of 50 percent recycled content. (Most of its packaging is already recyclable, according to the company.)

Coca-Cola named several partners to help it achieve its goals, including: the London-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Initiative; the Ocean Conservancy/Trash Free Seas Alliance; and the Cascading Materials Vision and Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance of the World Wildlife Fund.

The beverage company also indicates it will launch efforts with new partners at the regional and local level and that it plans to work with its customers “to help motivate consumers to recycle more packaging.”


Unifi hosts North Carolina governor

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:22
Pictured above, from left: Unifi President Tom Caudle, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael S. Regan, Poly Operations Manager for Unifi Manufacturing Barry Shore,
Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability for VF Corp. Letitia Webster, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, Unifi Chairman and CEO Kevin Hall and Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises and
Chief Sustainability Officer of UNC Chapel Hill Brad Ives

Greensboro, North Carolina-based Unifi hosted North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at its Yadkinville, North Carolina, facility, where he was able to see the economic impact the company is having on the state and nation, according to a news release from the company. Unifi makes its Repreve fiber from recycled materials, including plastic water bottles, at its Yadkinville plant.

“We’re honored that Gov. Cooper was able to see how Unifi contributes good-paying jobs for people in North Carolina,” says Unifi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Hall. “We’ve invested $130 million over the past three years to deliver on innovation and our goal to reach 20 billion bottles transformed by 2020, and more than 30 billion by 2022, as we convert them into our Repreve sustainable and performance fibers.

“We’re also excited that we were able to show the governor how sustainability can make a significant difference in our circular economy,” Hall continues. “We want to increase opportunities for North Carolina businesses to turn waste into value, thereby creating new revenue streams while continually and meaningfully reducing environmental impact.”

The tour brought together government, business and university leaders from across the state, who were able to collaborate before during a roundtable discussion prior to the tour. Those in attendance included:


The Aluminum Association responds to submission of Section 232 report to the president

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:13
The Aluminum Association, Arlington, Virginia, has responded to news that the Department of Commerce delivered to the White House its Section 232 report prepared in connection with the agency’s investigation of the national security implications of imported aluminum.

Aluminum Association President and CEO Heidi Brock says in a released statement:

“On behalf of the domestic aluminum industry, the Aluminum Association appreciates the president’s continued commitment to strong trade enforcement and a level playing field for U.S. producers. We expect that the report will recognize the significant role the aluminum industry plays in ensuring our nation’s security and welcome the opportunity to engage the administration on an appropriate remedy that will benefit the entire aluminum value chain. The association supports actions that specifically address Chinese overcapacity, and protect trading relationships between the U.S. and critical partner countries which are crucial to a thriving domestic aluminum industry.

The Aluminum Association continues to urge that any remedial actions taken by the president in connection with the Commerce Department’s report embrace the following principles:

  • The remedy should specifically address Chinese overcapacity and its effects, while avoiding unintended consequences for U.S. production and jobs.
  • Any remedy should not interfere with the current trading relationship between the United States and critical trading partner countries (including Canada, the European Union and others) that operate as market economies, support U.S. aluminum production and jobs, and are highly integrated with North American supply chains.
  • The remedy should address the needs of the domestic aluminum value chain, including both primary and downstream U.S. production. Specifically, any action should ensure that producers and fabricators of intermediate aluminum products used in manufacturing finished products experience beneficial effects.
  • The administration should adopt a monitoring system (similar to Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System) for aluminum imports and particularly for imports from countries that pose a circumvention threat (Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, etc.).
  • The U.S. aluminum industry supports 161,000 direct jobs and more than 700,000 jobs when indirect and induced impacts are considered. Further, the industry creates $75 billion in direct economic impact and $186 billion in total impact, around 1 percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). The industry has been operating in a very challenging environment for a number of years largely because of Chinese overcapacity distorting the marketplace.”

The Aluminum Association represents aluminum production and jobs in the United States, ranging from primary production to value added products to recycling, as well as suppliers to the industry.



Avangard Innovative names chief operating officer

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:55
Jon Stephens has been appointed chief operating officer (COO) at Avangard Innovative (AI). The Houston-based company provides waste and recycling optimization services to industrial and commercial customers and produces Natura postconsumer resin (PCR) from recovered plastic film. 

Stephens’ long-standing tenure with AI began in 1997 with a role plastic scrap marketing. His position grew along with the company to include equipment sales as well as marketing old corrugated containers (OCC) and metals. He served as executive vice president of sales and marketing before being named COO.

Stephens says he is proud of AI’s growth over the years and its position as a leader in the ever-evolving recycling industry.

He adds that he looks forward to this new role and the opportunities it brings. Despite the challenges that arise from a rapidly growing company in an ever-changing industry, he says he is determined to push AI’s growth.

In this new role as COO, he is spearheading the opening of the Natura PCR plant in Houston.

“Our PCR plant is a state-of-the-art facility where we have invested in technology to provide a high-quality pellet for the film and extrusion markets to further our industry’s circular economy goals,” Stephens says.

He says he also is excited about the opportunities to come from the launch of AI’s new analytics software, Sustayn, which is designed to allow the company to better serve its environmental partners on throughout the recycling process.

Stephens says in his new role he is committed to leading his team to feel empowered and inspired to learn. Ensuring that individuals grow in their careers and find personal fulfillment at AI will lead to even greater success for the company, he says.

AI employs more than 750 team members worldwide within the 13 countries. 


Ripple Glass starts commercial glass collection, recycling program

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:47
Ripple Glass, Kansas City, Missouri, has announced businesses in the Kansas City metro area can now collect and recycle their glass with a new commercial collection program.

Glass recycler Ripple Glass says it is rolling out a new commercial glass recycling program that will allow businesses in the area to recycle their glass “with ease.” The company is currently taking applications and enrolling local businesses into the program, with plans to begin collection by April 2018.

Mike Utz, president and co-founder of Ripple Glass, says, “Commercial glass consumers have been asking for direct service since our founding in 2009. We are pleased to be in position to offer this service now, furthering our mission to provide a comprehensive glass recycling system to Kansas City.”

Ripple Glass says it initially will begin with routes in the River Market, downtown, Crossroads and Westport areas, and will expand its service area as its routing and collection ability grows to meet the demands of metro businesses. 

Michelle Goth, regional program manager for Ripple says, “This program has been a long time coming. Every day, we receive phone calls from local businesses asking if we can pick up their glass, and we’re thrilled to finally have a solution for them. We hope to have this service available throughout the entire metro within a year’s time.”

Interested businesses can learn more about the program by visiting the Ripple Glass website at or by calling the business at 816-221-4527.

In explaining the benefits of recycling glass, Ripple Glass says in a statement, “Recycling glass saves energy and boosts the regional economy. It is estimated that recycling glass creates about 10 times more jobs than simply trashing it. Recycling glass at your business can help reduce the amount of times your dumpster is emptied, saving you some real green. Ripple Glass cleans and processes glass it receives to enable it to be remanufactured into new products, including new beer bottles and fiberglass insulation.”

Since its launch in 2009, Ripple Glass has more than quadrupled the rate of glass recycling in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and has partnered with more than 80 other municipalities throughout the Midwest.


Sonoco to increase prices for uncoated recycled board products

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 09:52
Sonoco, based in Hartsville, South Carolina, has announced that it will raise the price for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) by $50 per ton, effective with shipments in the United States and Canada beginning Feb. 19, 2018.

The company says the increase is a result of rising costs related to freight and energy, among other costs.

“A positive of the robust economy is solid backlogs at our mills,” says Palace Stepps, division vice president of sales and marketing for Sonoco’s U.S. and Canada paper and adhesives. “A challenge that the growing economy presents is inflating input costs such as we are seeing in freight, energy and a host of other papermaking consumables. Sonoco must seek to recover these inflating costs in the market.”

Sonoco is one of the largest producers of URB in the United States and Canada, producing more than 1 million tons annually from 11 mills. Globally, Sonoco has 21,000 employees working in more than 300 facilities in 33 countries.