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Trex names The Kroger Co. Polyethylene Supply Vendor of the Year

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:39
Trex, a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, has named The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, as the company’s 2016 Polyethylene Supply Vendor of the Year. 

Trex says with the support of local community and retailer recycling programs, the company is able to keep more than 400 million pounds of plastic and wood scrap out of landfills each year. The company says it is one of the largest plastic film recyclers in the United States.

For its efforts in collecting plastic film for recycling and longstanding commitment to Trex, the company says Kroger’s participation in Trex’s recycling programs collected more than 16 million pounds of plastic film in 2016. This includes plastic bags, films and wraps for recycling. As Polyethylene Supply Vendor of the Year, Trex awarded Kroger a plaque and bench made from Trex decking for its corporate headquarters in Ohio.

“From our wood-alternative outdoor products to our green manufacturing process, the value of recycling is evident in everything we do as a company,” says Dave Heglas, senior director, material management, for Trex. “This commitment expands to our ongoing partnerships with forward-thinking organizations like Kroger, whose efforts have saved millions of pounds of plastic waste from ending up in landfills.”

Kroger grocery stores, which include Dillons, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, King Soopers/City Market, Roundy’s, and Smith’s, currently participate in Trex recycling programs.

In addition to Kroger, Trex works with schools, community programs and corporations across the U.S., to collect and send polyethylene (PE) plastic to its plant locations in Winchester, Virginia, and Fernley, Nevada, where the plastic is turned into outdoor living products.

“We are always forming new education efforts and work closely with businesses and community members who want to help,” says Heglas. “All of these relationships help us to further our recycling mission and provide us with the materials we need to continue providing high-performance, beautiful decking for today’s eco-conscious homeowners.”

For more information on Trex recycling programs, and to find a nearby collection center, visit


Sadoff Iron & Metal adds to scrap trading team

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 06:59
Sadoff Iron & Metal Co., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, has announced the addition of Karen Eckert to the company’s scrap trading team. 

Eckert has 24 years of experience with Nemak (formerly J.L. French), a global automotive parts manufacturing company headquartered in Greater Monterrey, Mexico. Starting in general production at Nemak, Eckert was promoted from junior buyer to her most recent role as senior metal buyer during her time at Nemak.

Eckert joins Sadoff as an account representative and will handle industrial accounts along with leveraging her knowledge of scrap dealers and processors nationally for ferrous and nonferrous trading, says the company. 

“We are very excited for Karen to join our team,” says Mark Lasky, Sadoff CEO. “Several of our current staff has known and worked with Karen for many years and we have always been impressed by her knowledge and integrity.”

Eckert will be based out of Sadoff’s Sheboygan, Wisconsin, office and will start Sept. 7, 2017.

Sadoff Iron & Metal Co., founded by Edward Rudoy in 1947, is a ferrous, nonferrous and electronic scrap metal processing company. The company has nine recycling facilities located throughout Wisconsin and Nebraska. Sadoff provides scrap metal recycling, processing and scrap management services to industry, foundries, steel mills and smelters. The company conducts business in 42 states as well as in  Canada, Mexico, China, India, Taiwan and South Korea.


Liberty Tire names new CEO

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 21:16
Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling has appointed Thomas Womble to serve as its CEO. Womble has been with Liberty Tire since 2001 and previously served as the company’s chief operating officer, overseeing day-to-day operations of its 28 manufacturing sites in in the United States and Canada.  


“Thomas Womble is a veteran Liberty Tire Recycling executive and highly-experienced waste services professional,” says Nils Larsen, board chairman of Liberty Tire Recycling. “He understands the complexities of our business and the value proposition we bring to the marketplace – to remove millions of scrap tires from the waste stream, recycle them and transform them into sustainable products that provide smart solutions for communities and organizations of all kinds.”


Womble succeeds Scott Whitney, who joined Liberty’s board and was appointed CEO in June 2015. “Scott served Liberty Tire Recycling well, providing a steady hand during a time of change and adjustment for the company,” says Larsen. “He ends his tenure as CEO with the company in a better position to take advantage of the many opportunities before us, and we are grateful for his service to Liberty Tire.”


Remarks Whitney, “It was my privilege to have the opportunity to lead such a great organization over the past two years. I am confident that Liberty Tire will have continued success under Thomas’ leadership.”


Liberty Tire Recycling handles more than 140 million tires annually, reclaiming some 750,000 tons of rubber annually. The recycled rubber produced by Liberty Tire is used as crumb rubber and industrial feedstock for molded products; as tire-derived fuel for industrial kilns, mills and power plants; and as rubber mulch for landscaping and playgrounds. 


World crude steel production increases in July

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 15:54
World crude steel production for the 67 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel), Brussels, was 143.2 million metric tons in July 2017, a 6.3 percent increase compared with July 2016.

Turkey’s crude steel production showed the greatest increase relative to July 2016, growing by 27.8 percent to 3.3 million metric tons.

China’s crude steel production for July 2017 was 74 million metric tons, an increase of 10.3 percent compared with July 2016. Looking at the rest of Asia, Japan produced 8.6 million metric tons of crude steel in July 2017, a decline of 4.3 percent compared with July 2016. India produced 8.4 million metric tons of crude steel in July 2017, an increase of 3.5 percent compared with July 2016. South Korea produced 6.2 million metric tons of crude steel in July 2017, an increase of 2.3 percent relative to July 2016.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.5 million metric tons of crude steel in July 2017, an increase of 3.6 percent from the prior year.

The U.S. produced 7.1 million metric tons of crude steel in July 2017, an increase of 5.6 percent relative to July 2016.

Brazil’s crude steel production for July 2017 was 2.8 million metric tons, an increase of 1 percent from July 2016.

The crude steel capacity utilization ratio of the 67 countries reporting to Worldsteel in July 2017 was 72.1 percent, which is 3.2 percentage points higher than in July 2016. However, compared with June 2017, it is 1.5 percentage points lower.


Glass Recycling Coalition announces results of 2017 Glass Recycling Survey

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 15:33
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Ninety-six percent of residents and consumers expect to be able to recycle glass, according a survey conducted by the Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) of more than 250 public sector representatives, glass industry professionals and material recovery facility (MRF) representatives. The survey results, released at the Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis, found that the top priorities among public sector respondents for recycling programs are fulfilling resident satisfaction, meeting sustainability goals and reducing contamination. 

“The GRC strives to better understand challenges and attitudes about glass recycling from those in the industry and local and state governments,” says Lynn Bragg, president of the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), Arlington, Virginia, and founding GRC member. “This survey will help GRC support local needs and address concerns to grow glass recycling,” she says.

Thirty-one MRF representatives were asked to list the top end-markets for recycled glass: glass containers (cullet), fiberglass and road base aggregate led the list. According to MRFs, the top three factors in selecting an end market for glass are transportation costs, prices paid per ton and lowest cost per ton and highest and best end use. 

Of the respondents with glass recycling concerns, lack of end markets, contamination and transportation barriers are identified as challenges to glass recycling. Financial resources, such as public-private partnerships and grants, could be beneficial in addressing these concerns. More than 50 percent of respondents say they believe costs associated with recycling should be shared among manufacturers, haulers, the public sector, MRFs and end markets.  

GRC says it plans to conduct this survey annually to measure industry changes in attitudes, track progress in improving glass recycling and guide the direction of the GRC.

The full report of the 2017 Glass Recycling Survey can be downloaded here


ISRI elects three directors-at-large

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 15:13
During its summer 2017 Board and Governance Meetings, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, elected three directors to its board. Re-elected board members David Borsuk of Sadoff Iron & Metal Co., headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and Colin Kelly of Schnitzer Steel Industries, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, are joined by newly elected Adam Dumes of Cohen Recycling, Middletown, Ohio, as directors-at-large, serving two-year terms ending in 2019.

© Art Dickenson Dumes “The addition of David, Adam and Colin to ISRI’s board of directors brings added leadership and expertise that will help lead our organization over the next two years and beyond,” says ISRI President Robin Wiener. “I look forward to working with them and have no doubt that their variety of backgrounds and perspectives will add a wealth of knowledge to ISRI as a whole.”

Borsuk is currently the manager of industrial marketing and environmental affairs at Sadoff Iron & Metal. In addition to having been with Sadoff Iron & Metal Co. for 47 years, he is currently chair of the ISRI Audit Committee and Airbag Working Group. He also serves as a member of ISRI’s Circle of Safety Excellence Steering Committee. Borsuk is a member of the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Planning Commission and the Greater Oshkosh EDC Industrial Development Committee. He and his wife have three adult children.

Dumes is a vice president at Cohen Recycling and CEO of Cohen Electronics Recycling. He earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and anthropology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After completing his education, he joined the family business as the fourth generation to be involved with the company. Dumes started in the nonferrous operations and managed outside projects until becoming a ferrous buyer. He then became a general manager, spearheaded Cohen’s marketing efforts and helped found Cohen’s e-scrap recycling division. He currently oversees the commercial side (buying and selling) of multiple Cohen products and services, including ferrous metals and electronics. In addition to his recent appointment of director-at-large, Dumes serves as the chair of ISRI’s State Sub Committee. He is active in the community and supports many sustainability organizations and projects, such as Green Umbrella and The Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council (GCGBC). Other interests include golf, playing guitar and chasing around his two young sons.

Kelly is the corporate director of public affairs at Schnitzer Steel Industries. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1984 from Suffolk University in Boston. Kelly displayed an interest in community service early on in his career and was elected to the Everett Common Council in 1989, where he served for 11 years. During those years, he developed and ran several restaurants in the greater Boston area and retired from the food industry in 2004. Since then he has contributed much of his time to community service and charitable organizations. In 2006 Kelly joined Schnitzer Steel Industries as the government relations manager for the Northeast. He is married to Robin, and they have two children, Ryan and Taylor, and reside in Middleton, Massachusetts.

ISRI’s Summer Board and Governance Meetings were July 17-20, in Washington. 


OBC Industrial updates online presence

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:56
Cleveland-based OBC Industrial has launched its new online presence, uniting all its services under one integrated site, available at Customers can visit the site to access solutions for new and used recycling equipment, rigging services, hydraulic repairs, machine refurbishing, waste handling expertise and compactor rentals.

The company says launching the new website completes the goal of unifying each of its services into one single brand. OBC Baling Equipment, OBC Rigging Services, OBC Used Equipment and OBC Compactor Rental will all continue to represent their specific areas of expertise as service marks, but all communications and transactions will be conducted under the OBC Industrial brand.

“The new site perfectly integrates all that we offer under one unified platform,” says Mike McChrystal, president and owner of OBC Industrial. “We started as a baler company, expanded into a broad suite of vertical offerings and are now a full-service recycling, industrial machinery and waste handling company. Our assets and resources offer customers unparalleled service, support and expertise, and aligning under a single brand is the most effective means for us to communicate that.”

All previous domains will now redirect viewers to the single destination, and all company representatives will begin using the new domain in their email communications. All previous e-mail addresses remain valid, but contact info should be updated as soon as possible, the company suggests.


Wastequip receives National Joint Powers Alliance national cooperative purchasing contract

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:35
Wastequip, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced that it recently was awarded a four-year contract with the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) for the procurement of “solid waste and recycling collection and transport equipment with related equipment, supplies and accessories.” The new contract offers streamlined purchasing and volume pricing for NJPA member organizations and extends Wastequip’s status as an awarded, preferred vendor by four years, the company says.

Representing more than 50,000 members across the country, NJPA is a unit of government in the state of Minnesota serving other government agencies, public and private education and nonprofit member agencies across the United States. Because the solicitation process has already been done by NJPA on behalf of its members, NJPA member agencies legally can enter into cooperative purchasing agreements by leveraging competitively solicited and awarded contracts. This allows member agencies to procure products in a more efficient and timely manner while leveraging competitive national volume pricing, Wastequip says.

Wastequip products available on the NJPA contract include Toter carts, containers, cart lifters and tilt trucks; Wastequip steel containers and compactors; Mountain Tarp and Pioneer tarping systems; Galbreath hoists, trailers and container handlers; and Go To Parts OEM (original equipment manufacturers) and aftermarket parts. 

The contract award runs from July 7, 2017, to July 7, 2021.

“Wastequip is excited to continue our partnership with NJPA,” says Marty Bryant, CEO for Wastequip.  “The contract is a win for member agencies, giving them the flexibility to purchase directly from Wastequip knowing that they are getting competitive pricing and the top products and brands in the waste industry.  This flexibility, along with our North American manufacturing footprint, makes us uniquely suited to serve NJPA members’ waste and recycling needs.” 

Wastequip is a leading North American manufacturer of waste and recycling equipment, with an international network of manufacturing facilities and an extensive dealer network. Wastequip's broad range of waste and recycling equipment and systems is used to collect, process and transport recyclables, solid waste, liquid waste and organics. The company's brands include Wastequip, Toter, Galbreath, Pioneer, Mountain Tarp, Cusco, Go To Parts and Accurate


ISRI asks China to better differentiate between scrap and waste

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:21
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has released its comments to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in response to China’s notification of its intent to revise its Identification Standards for Solid Wastes General Rules. While ISRI says it supports the efforts of the Chinese government to protect the health and welfare of its citizens and the environment, the organization suggests improving the language in the draft standard to help properly identify scrap materials that are valuable commodities used as raw materials as distinct from waste that has no value or use.

The full text of ISRI’s comments is available here, but the association highlights a number of comments from the text below:

“ISRI supports efforts on the part of the Chinese government to develop guidelines for the identification of solid wastes, crafted in such a way as to promote environmental sound management of such wastes. … There is a need to distinguish scrap from waste within the standard, as well as in the underlying regulations and related notices issued by the Chinese, in order to better facilitate the legitimate trade of high-quality scrap commodities and at the same time prevent the improper trade of waste materials.   Unfortunately, the standard as drafted uses the term ‘solid waste’ inclusive of both trash and scrap, creating confusion and uncertainty within the U.S. and global recycling industry. …

“Simply put, scrap is not waste. Waste – often called 'trash,' 'refuse' or 'garbage'—is a material that has no value and is not wanted. Wastes are disposed of because they are no longer useful. In contrast, scrap—often called 'recyclable material' or 'secondary material'—is a valuable commodity sold in the global marketplace according to industrywide, globally recognized specifications as a raw material in lieu of virgin materials for manufacturing.  Worldwide, more than 800 million metric tons of scrap commodities are consumed each year. …

“ISRI’s 'Scrap Specifications Circular' contains several hundred specifications covering ferrous scrap, nonferrous scrap, glass cullet, paper stock, plastic scrap, electronics scrap and tire scrap. These specifications are used by industry members to facilitate the buying and selling of their materials and by customs officials for customs clearance purposes.  To that end, ISRI supports a ban on unusable waste that does not meet the specifications. …

“ISRI respectfully requests the Chinese government use more specific terminology in reference to recyclable materials in order to properly distinguish between high-value scrap commodities and waste.  This is an opportunity to incorporate such terminology in the standard and other rules and regulations under consideration by the Chinese government.”

The comments ISRI filed with the WTO are only one element of ISRI’s comprehensive effort to protect the interests of the recycling industry as China looks to impose significant changes on the movement of scrap into China, according to the organization. ISRI says it is holding high-level discussions with the U.S. government (both within the Trump administration and on Capitol Hill) and communicating directly with the Chinese government while also coordinating with its counterparts throughout the world and with the Brussels-based BIR (Bureau of International Recycling) to ensure a widespread global effort.


ISRI adds three to its board of directors

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 21:13
The Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has announced the election of three new directors to its board, in action taken during its summer 2017 board and governance meetings in July 2017.


The new directors-at-large, who will serve two-year terms ending in 2019, are David Borsuk of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin-based Sadoff Iron & Metal Company, Adam Dumes of Middletown, Ohio-based Cohen Recycling, and Colin Kelly of Schnitzer Steel Industries, based in Portland, Oregon.


“The addition of David, Adam and Colin to ISRI’s Board of Directors brings added leadership and expertise that will help lead our organization over the next two years and beyond,” says ISRI President Robin Wiener. “I look forward to working with them and have no doubt that their variety of backgrounds and perspectives will add a wealth of knowledge to ISRI as a whole.”


Borsuk is currently the manager of industrial marketing and environmental affairs at Sadoff Iron & Metal Company. In addition to having been with that firm for 47 years, Borsuk currently is chair of the ISRI Audit Committee and Airbag Working Group. He also serves as a member of ISRI’s Circle of Safety Excellence Steering Committee.


Adam Dumes is a vice president at Cohen Recycling and CEO of Cohen Electronics Recycling, both located in Middletown. (The company was profiled by Recycling Today in April 2017.) He earned a B.S. in Biology and Anthropology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He currently oversees the commercial side (buying and selling) of multiple Cohen products and services, including ferrous metals and electronics. Dumes also serves as the chair of ISRI’s State Sub Committee.


Colin Kelly is the corporate director of public affairs at Schnitzer Steel Industries. In 2006, after working for more than two decades in the restaurant and food service sector, Kelly joined Schnitzer as its government relations manager for the Northeast area. He works from Massachusetts for Portland, Oregon-based Schnitzer.


Plastic’s future in the spotlight at Warsaw conference

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:38
The year 2017 has brought rapid changes to the plastic recycling sector, causing it the be the topic of discussion at a session at the 2017 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe event.


In a session called “Plastic’s Bright Future (and Dark Cloud)” on the morning of Wednesday, November 8, four different speakers will offer their perspectives on both plastic’s continued growth as a basic material as well as its status as a target of environmental advocates in Europe and elsewhere—largely because of its unwelcome waste presence.


Three of the four speakers help manage companies that recycle or divert from landfill plastic scrap generated in Europe, while the other is the executive director of a Brussels-based trade group dedicated to maximizing PET bottle recycling in Europe. The four speakers are:


Many of the changes affecting Europe’s and North America’s plastic scrap sector have their roots in China. Those regulatory and policy changes will be the topic of 2017 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe’s opening two sessions on Tuesday, November 7, titled “Gateways and Barriers: The Export Situation.”


In the “Plastic’s Bright Future (and Dark Cloud)” session, panelists will, in part, look at how China’s scrap import restrictions will likely lead to major changes in the way Europe processes and handles its plastic scrap.


In a commentary submitted to the Recycling Today Media Group, organizers of Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe, Griffiths of Recycling Technologies, writes, “Why export [plastic scrap] at all? We could keep the economic value of this material at home, create the jobs to recycle it where it has been used and, in the process, gain certainty that our material is not exacerbating the plastic [pollution in the] ocean situation.”


All four speakers will tackle the topic of how and whether Europe is prepared to continue to collect and recycle plastic scrap, with or without China remaining as a major destination for the material.


Additional information on 2017 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe, including how to register, can be found on this Web page.


Bangkok ferrous event seeks international delegates

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 19:39
The organizer of the 3rd Steel, Scrap & Raw Material Conference, to be held in Bangkok Sept. 11-12, 2017, says the event will be an international gathering that should be of interest to ferrous scrap traders and equipment makers from around the world.


Amit Hablani, the manager of business development for Raipur, India-based SteelMint, says some 300 delegates are expected at the event, which is being billed as one that will examine the global steel trade at a time when it “is staring at transformation.” Says Hablani, “On one hand Chinese scrap is threatening to alter global scrap trade dynamics; on the other hand, we have countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia [that] are riding the consumption wave.”


Hablani says the gathering of steelmakers from throughout Asia will make the September Bangkok event one with great opportunities for international ferrous scrap traders and equipment makers who supply machinery around the world.


“Global suppliers of both brokered scrap and processing machinery will have the chance to make new contacts from China, from the Indian Subcontinent and from the emerging steel powerhouse nations of Southeast Asia,” states Hablani.


Equipment makers and distributors, as well as traders, who would benefit from exhibiting at the event can find out more on this Web page.


On the programming side of the event, Brian Taylor of the Recycling Today Media Group will moderate a session designed to answer the question, “How will scrap supply dynamics shape up in 2017-2018?”


Other topics addressed on the 3rd Steel, Scrap & Raw Material Conference schedule include:

  • How will China impact the dynamics of the global scrap and steel market?
  • Will Pakistan become the second largest scrap importer in Asia?
  • Will Bangladesh double its steel consumption by 2022?
  • Will Southeast Asia remain import-dependent for finished steel, or increase its steel production?
  • What will be the impact of the new Indian metal recycling policy?
  • Can the scrap charge rate be increased in basic oxygen furnaces from the existing 18-to-20 percent to 50 percent?