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According to IMI, the magnetic separator, measuring 139 inches by 72 inches by 38 inches, will not hold the record for long. Already in the works is a 27,199-pound magnet, that will measure 128 inches by 84 inches by 42 inches.
These large, electromagnetic separators are used to remove tramp metal from conveyed product in industries such as mining, aggregate, recycling, tire shredding, foundry, wood chip, pulp and paper, power generation and construction and demolition.
Dennis O’Leary, IMI chief business development officer, says, “Many of our customers are drawn to the short, four-week lead time and 10-year coil warranty we offer on these products. Now, with our new crane bay, the sky is pretty much the limit on what we can offer them sizewise.”
The crane, manufactured by Konecranes, is capable of handling up to 40 tons and is integrated with a special loading bay for handling the large trucks required for shipping.
More information on IMI’s manufacturing capabilities for electromagnetic separators is available from IMI’s Tramp Metal Group by calling 888-582-0821.]]>
The PVC specifications were approved by ISRI’s Plastics Division at the Spring Board & Committee Meetings in New Orleans April 24, 2017. The new PVC specifications are available for review. They include bale specifications for rigid PVC siding, pipe and window profiles. The specifications outline prohibitives and acceptable levels of contamination.
At its meeting, the board may choose to adopt, amend or reject the recommendations of the division or to table them pending further review.
More information about the rules governing the procedures from the addition, amendment or withdrawal of ISRI’s scrap specifications can be found in the “Scrap Specifications Circular.” ISRI’s Joe Pickard should be contacted with o submit comments, recommendations or questions at JoePickard@isri.org. There will be an open comment period for 30 days following the vote by the board.
In addition, ISRI’s Plastics Division will consider specifications for flexible PVC when it meets Nov. 7. If passed, the specifications will be open for public comment prior to and after the Winter Board Meeting in January 2018.]]>
The initiative is being designed to fund waste management and recycling solutions in Southeast Asia, with a focus on investments to improve collection, sorting and recycling markets, says the group, which met in early October 2017 in Malta at the Our Ocean 2017 conference.
Nearly half the plastic that flows into the ocean each year, an estimated 8 million metric tons, escapes from waste streams in five rapidly developing economies in Asia--Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and China—according to the Washington, D.C.-based Ocean Conservancy.
“This is a major breakthrough in the fight for trash-free seas,” says Susan Ruffo, managing director of international initiatives at the Ocean Conservancy. “Our research has found that by improving waste management in Southeast Asian countries, we can cut the flow of plastic going in the ocean by half by 2025. A funding mechanism will take this goal from dream to reality, and support efforts by governments and local groups on the ground to improve their livelihoods and well-being while also improving ocean health.”
Some studies have estimated that more than 150 million metric tons of plastics are currently in the ocean. That number could grow to 250 million metric tons in less than a decade if action isn’t taken, says the Ocean Conservancy.
The new funding mechanism will be operated by Closed Loop Partners, a New York-based investment firm that invests in companies, technology and recycling facilities to add value to discarded materials and advance the circular economy. “This new mechanism will catalyze new investments from the private sector, governments, and development finance institutions; demonstrate eco-system solutions; and build a pipeline of bankable waste management projects to demonstrate investment viability and maximize recycling profitability,” says the Ocean Conservancy.
“Through this initiative, we will invest in and support the municipalities, entrepreneurs, investors and NGOs working to reduce ocean plastics and improve waste management in Southeast Asia,” says Rob Kaplan of Closed Loop Partners. “Our investments across North America -- from recycling collection in Tennessee to developing new end markets for waste plastics in Louisiana -- have resulted in tangible improvements to waste collection and recycling. Our model is to take the best practices in waste management investment, leverage the world's largest consumer goods supply chains, and marry them with on-the-ground partner expertise and work.”
Consumer goods companies and plastics manufacturers supporting the project include early commitments from PepsiCo, 3M, Procter & Gamble, the American Chemistry Council and the World Plastics Council, which combined “have fully funded the design phase of the fund,” according to the Ocean Conservancy.
“P&G is proud to be a part of this initiative,” says Jack McAneny, director of sustainability at Procter & Gamble. “Plastics play an important role in commerce, but they clearly don’t belong in our waterways and oceans. Thanks to the vision of Ocean Conservancy, we now have a multi-stakeholder collaborative effort that can drive the kind of innovation and scale that we need to stop the flow of plastics to the environment and ideally give these materials a second life.”
The initiative aims to share the results of its initial phase of work in late 2017 and into 2018 to help build the field of investors looking to deploy capital to the effort.
The Trash Free Seas Alliance is comprised of: the Ocean Conservancy, Algalita Marine Research and Education, Coca-Cola Company, Covanta Energy, Dow Chemical Company, ITW, Keep America Beautiful, the Marine Mammal Center, the Ocean Recovery Alliance, Project AWARE Foundation, Amcor, American Chemistry Council, Bank of America, Cox Enterprises, DANONE, Dart Container Corporation, Georgia Aquarium, Nature Works, Nestlé Waters NA, Procter & Gamble, REDISA, Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, the Consumer Goods Forum, Vancouver Aquarium, Walmart, World Animal Protection, The World Plastics Council and the World Wildlife Fund.]]>
The members, who serve as co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Aluminum Caucus, received the recognition during an Oct. 2 reception in conjunction with the association’s annual meeting “Aluminum Moves America” in Washington
“It is an honor to receive The Aluminum Association’s Legislator of the Year award,” says Rep. DelBene. “As someone who represents aluminum workers, I know how much these people and their families appreciate our efforts. I look forward to continuing to work together to protect good-paying, middle-class jobs in the U.S. aluminum industry.”
Rep. Buschon adds, “The aluminum industry supports nearly 6,000 good-paying jobs in the Eighth District, and 45,000 jobs statewide. This industry is vital to Indiana’s economy. In Congress, I will continue to advocate ardently for a robust marketplace for American aluminum.”
Michelle O’Neill, senior vice president of global government affairs and sustainability at Alcoa Corp., New York, presented the Legislator of the Year awards. She was unanimously elected as chair during the association’s annual business meeting. O’Neill previously served as the association’s vice chair, starting in 2015. With the appointment, she becomes the first female chair of the association in its 84-year history.
Before joining Alcoa in 2012, O’Neill served as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, beginning in 2005. In this position, she oversaw the daily operations of the International Trade Administration (ITA), whose mandate is to promote the competitiveness of U.S. businesses at home and abroad. She managed an annual budget of $500 million and led more than 2,300 employees worldwide.
“The extensive experience that Michelle O’Neill gained in both the private and public sector will be very valuable for the association as we continue to address the industry’s challenges and opportunities,” says Aluminum Association President and CEO Heidi Brock. “We are grateful for her leadership and service, and we know she will make a positive impact in our collaborative work.”]]>
This is the second consecutive year ISRI has been awarded this federal grant. ISRI says the $50,000 award will help to develop a machine guarding program specific to the needs of the recycling industry. The program will include creating a video, presentation, fact sheets and checklists for ISRI members to use at their facilities.
The grant represents the approved federal amount for the award period from Sept. 30, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018.
In 2016, OSHA awarded ISRI $140,000 in funding as part of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. With that funding, ISRI formed a “Hazard Recognition in Recycling” safety training program, a series of free classes across the country.
The course was designed for recyclers across all commodities who want employees to learn more about hazard recognition and mitigation in the operations environment.
In addition to the class, the funding included the development of safety training materials that are offered in English and Spanish.
OSHA’s Harwood Grant Program awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations such as ISRI on a competitive basis. According to OSHA the focus of the program includes providing “training and education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces.”
For more information, contact ISRI’s Vice President of Safety Terry Cirone at email@example.com.
Details on all ISRI safety training programs, resources and news can be found on the ISRI Safety website.]]>
The partnership will facilitate a broader spectrum of nonlandfill options to customers for nearly every waste stream—from the most common recyclables such as mixed recycling and cardboard to hard-to-recycle streams such candy wrappers, batteries and cigarette butts. Rubicon and TerraCycle will have access to each other’s customer bases to offer new options, fill in the service gaps and “develop go-to-market strategies,” according to the companies.
“Rubicon Global and TerraCycle share the same passion of advancing the circular economy, to keep materials functioning at their highest utility, preventing would-be waste from reaching landfills,” says Nate Morris, founder and CEO of Rubicon Global. “Both companies are focused on evolving the traditional waste industry that is dependent on landfills and leading the way towards a zero waste future.”
TerraCycle develops selective collection systems for the recycling of more than 100 specific hard-to-recycle waste streams not handled by traditional recycling channels. Active in 21 countries, TerraCycle partners with mass market companies, brands, municipalities and local organizations to implement recycling programs tailored to these postconsumer products and their packaging. Other offerings include recycling programs for postindustrial waste streams, the sale of unique “storied” plastics, and other distinctive waste management and project management services, the company says.
Rubicon Global works with its customers, including many Fortune 500 companies, small and medium businesses and municipalities, to find new efficiencies and cost-savings in their waste streams and to develop new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
In March, Rubicon Global was named an “Emerging Innovator” member of the Circular Economy 100 USA (CE100) by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which brings together corporations, governments, cities, academic institutions, emerging innovators and affiliates to advance knowledge and collaborate on key sustainability initiatives. Rubicon also is a founding member of the Zero Waste Business Council and was recognized by the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Circulars Award in the Digital Disruptor category.
“To truly achieve zero waste, we believe we must solve the challenge related to hard-to-recycle waste,” says Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle. “TerraCycle reuses, upcycles and recycles these difficult waste streams, such as candy wrappers, disposable coffee cups and kids’ toys, instead of incinerating or landfilling them—moving waste from a linear system to a circular one, allowing it to keep cycling in the economy.”
In 2016, TerraCycle partnered with consumer products giant Procter & Gamble to create the world’s first shampoo bottle made of 25 percent recycled beach plastic, sourced from people who collect it from beaches around the world. In 2017, TerraCycle teamed with Target Corp. to collect and recycle roughly 80,000 car seats, totaling more than a million pounds of material. These and other platforms allow TerraCycle to drive value for its customers, the company says.
Rubicon is based in Atlanta and has offices in Lexington, Kentucky, and in New York City and San Francisco.]]>
Following the interim approval of the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP), the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, and North American plastic recyclers would like to verify the claim that up to 2 percent of Synvina’s PEF would be compatible in the existing PET recycling stream.
The APR recommends the following evaluations:
the effect on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada compliance for blends of low levels of PEF in recycled PET;
the impact of beverage and food packaging made with PEF in states that have deposit legislation;
educational opportunities for material recovery facilities (MRFs) on strategies for sorting packaging made with PEF; and
creating new model bale specifications to include allowed levels of PEF.
Further testing to confirm whether low levels of PEF can be blended into recycled PET (RPET) without a negative impact on processing of RPET, as well as the leading products made from RPET, including bottles, thermoforms, strapping, sheet, textile and carpet fibers.
“We appreciate the fact that Synvina has shared their information with the industry,” says Steve Alexander, president of APR. “It is encouraging to have preliminary evidence that PEF might be included in the PET recycling stream at low levels. APR will be conducting further testing with Synvina to determine levels of compatibility with PET recycling over the next several months.”
Patrick Schiffers, CEO of Synvina, says, “We are committed to contributing to a circular economy with high-barrier packaging from Synvina's biobased PEF. The EPBP interim approval in Europe is a major milestone for us, and we will continue to work closely with our partners to further assess PEF's recyclability and the compatibility with the PET stream.”
*The original title of this article misstated that the APR agreed that PET bales could accept up to 2 percent PEF.]]>
According to a report on the website for the city’s The Express newspaper, Lock Haven receives grants from the Pennsylvania DEP based on how much material is recycled in the city. City Planner Leonora M. Hannagan told the paper that in 2016, Lock Haven residents and businesses recycled 660.7 tons of plastic, paper and cardboard, 202.25 tons less than were recycled in 2015, when glass was still accepted for recycling.
The authority says limited markets for glass make the material too expensive to continue to recycle. However, its elimination from the recycling program will decrease the grants the city can expect to receive from 2016 onward, The Express reports.
Lock Haven received a grant in the amount of $6,400 this year for the 818.73 tons of material it recycled in 2014. The grant it receives for 2016 will be lower, however, based on the smaller tonnage of material recycled by the community, according to the newspaper.]]>
“John’s time with Roll-Rite has been assisting with integration of ALC into Roll-Rite including the transfer of product knowledge and people development within the Torrington facility,” Brad Templeman, Roll-Rite CEO, says. “While these are big shoes to fill, I along with our Roll-Rite teams across the U.S. wish John and his wife Debbie the best in their next journey.”
Roll-Rite acquired ALC April 29, 2016. The Torrington facility serves as a Roll-Rite location servicing its growing northeastern U.S. truck and trailer tarp customers in the construction and demolition, solid waste and recycling and municipal markets.]]>
“Renewlogy is excited to join PFPA in educating policymakers, communities and others about the important benefits of pyrolysis technologies,” says Renewlogy CEO and founder Priyanka Bakaya. “In addition to creating valuable products from postuse plastics, these technologies can help us reduce the amount of plastics in our waterways.”
Earlier this year, Renewlogy announced plans to open a second facility in Canada that will be operational by early 2018.
The Washington-based ACC says adding Renewlogy to its membership is the latest milestone in PFPA’s forward momentum. In May, the Florida State House and Senate unanimously passed legislation that will help Florida meet its recycling goal and create new manufacturing jobs. The legislation classifies specified postuse plastics as “recovered materials,” so facilities that use technologies such as pyrolysis to convert those plastics into fuels, chemicals and other feedstocks are classified as manufacturing facilities, not as waste management facilities.
In April, Argonne National Laboratory, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, concluded that using pyrolysis to convert postuse nonrecycled plastics into ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel results in significant energy and environmental benefits. The peer-reviewed analysis found that this process can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 14 percent, water consumption by up to 58 percent and traditional energy use by up to 96 percent when compared to ULSD produced from conventional crude oil.
“More governments, communities and businesses are looking for innovative solutions to better manage our postuse resources,” says Craig Cookson, ACC senior director, recycling and energy recovery. “Plastics-to-fuel technologies can help us recover more post-use plastics, generate useful products, create jobs and lower our environmental footprint. We are thrilled to have Renewlogy join our efforts.”]]>
The C&C twin-ram 580CL baler that Metro Metals Recycling purchased came equipped with an electric power unit and a long list of standard features. The machine is capable of swallowing vehicles as large as full-size vans with ease, according to the manufacturer.
C&C Manufacturing says other features of the fully portable, road-legal unit include:
- one-man operation;
- a 360-degree continuous rotation material handler and grapple;
- four corner hydraulic outriggers for stability;
- an L box design;
- a high-visibility operator’s station; and
- a fully automatic cycle (doors close, the ram moves in and out and the doors open).
This award recognizes the facility that demonstrates leadership in key measurements, such as innovation, quantity of materials collected and/or processed, types of materials recovered, site improvements or sustainability measures adopted, according to the NWRA. (Read more about FCC’s Dallas MRF in the August 2017 Recycling Today article, “Operations milestone,” available here.)
In November 2015, the city of Dallas awarded FCC the contract for the design, construction and operation of a single-stream MRF to process the city’s recyclables. With the latest sorting and classification techniques, including optical sorters, as well as gravimetric sorting machines all housed in a 60,000-square-foot building, the plant can handle more than 40 tons per hour of single-stream material. Van Dyk Recycling Solutions (VDRS), Stamford, Connecticut, supplied the single-stream sorting system for the MRF.
The facility, which began operations Jan. 1, 2017, is expected to process around 80,000 tons in its first year with a total capacity of 140,000 tons per year.
The site includes a 15,000-square foot-building that serves as the administrative and operations personnel offices. There also is an education center where FCC personnel teach and train the community of Dallas about the importance and benefits of recycling. Construction on the facility started in March 2016 and was completed in December of the same year.
“This MRF is a critical piece of infrastructure because all single stream recyclable material from the city of Dallas, and surrounding areas, will be processed here over the next 15 years with a possible extension for an additional 10 years,” says FCC. “As the contract also gives the provider the exclusive rights to the material from all recyclable waste containers in the city of Dallas for its duration, its successful delivery is vital to achieving the city’s ambitious efforts to increase waste diversion to 40 percent by 2020, 60 percent by 2030 and 80 percent (‘zero waste’) by 2040.”
Inigo Sanz, CEO of FCC Environmental Services, says, “We are delighted to win this prestigious award for the Dallas MRF. FCC is a company that provides high-added value based on more than 115 years of experience. We export our know-how, our consolidated experience and a large portfolio of references worldwide.”
Sanz continues, “We have a magnificent team of highly specialized professionals that operate in all branches of engineering, and we provide knowledge, technology and innovation to every project we carry out. In addition, we have a strongly implemented corporate responsibility policy, which stems from senior management, and which is based on supporting the local communities where we operate.”
The NWRA is the leading organization providing leadership, advocacy, research, education and safety expertise for the waste and recycling industries. NWRA advocates at the federal, state and local levels on all issues of importance to its member companies as they provide safe, economically sustainable and environmentally sound services to communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
FCC Group is a leading global provider of environmental services, water management and infrastructure works. With more than 115 years of experience, FCC has a presence in more than 35 countries. The company has more than 54,000 employees worldwide.
The environmental services division of the company has been active for more than 100 years and says it has built its success on a commitment to innovation and to helping cities become smarter, more sustainable and more socially conscious. FCC Environmental Services serves more than 59 million people in more than 5,000 municipalities across 13 countries. It has a network of more than 200 recycling and recovery facilities that process in excess of 24 million tons every year.
In 2017, the company says it has had some notable successes. FCC has been awarded contracts to process recyclable material from the Texas cities of Garland, Mesquite and Rowlett at the Dallas MRF. In Rowlett, the company also will deliver the waste collection service.
In June 2017 Envirecover, FCC’s Severn Waste Services energy from waste facility, was officially opened, serving the counties of Worcestershire and Herefordshire in the UK. Construction also has progressed at the Recycling and Energy Recovery Centre in Edinburgh and Midlothian, after work started at the end of 2016. In September 2017, FCC also secured a contract to cleanse the streets and collect waste in the city of Bilbao, Spain, serving a population of almost 350,000 and generating a backlog of 173.4 million euros.]]>
The online testing function is available for all ten of SWANA’s industry training courses, allowing professionals to forego traveling to a SWANA testing center and take the exam at their own location via computer, tablet or mobile device.
“SWANA’s new online testing platform will revolutionize the access our members and industry professionals have to SWANA’s leading certification courses and exams,” Jeffrey Murray, SWANA president and associate and solid waste section manager at HDR Inc, says. “This new platform shows SWANA’s commitment to making it as convenient as possible to obtain and maintain solid waste industry certifications.”
The online testing platform will give professionals the option to take exams at any time and offers 48-hour pass/fail notification.
“From a teaching perspective, this new platform will provide students the opportunity to read through the content and take their time preparing for the exam, which will be extremely valuable in the learning, retaining and test taking process,” Tracie Bills, SWANA/CRRA Zero Waste course instructor and northern California director at SCS Engineers, says.
“Professionals without the budget or time to attend a training center will be able to test at their own locations when they otherwise may not be able to keep their training and certifications current,” Bob Perron, president of Guahan Waste Control, says. “It is exciting that more industry professionals will be able to take advantage of the unparalleled training offered by SWANA.”
To develop the new platform, SWANA partnered with Captus Press, one of Canada’s leading publishers of textbooks and online course resources.
To learn more about SWANA’s new online testing, visit swana.org/onlinetesting.
- Goodyear’s full portfolio of OTR products, including tires for mining, construction, quarry and port applications;
- worldwide support capabilities, including its global network of manufacturing plants, dealers and distributors;
- services, such as field consultations, tire surveys and more; and
- management tools, such as the EMTrack OTR tire performance monitoring system, which is designed to track the performance of tires.
“The site’s navigation and functionality have been optimized to help users find the information they are looking for quickly,” Jose Martinez, senior digital and solutions manager for Goodyear, says. “To locate specific products, users can search by tire size and rim diameter and can drill down into other specs, such as individual tire features and benefits, load/inflation tables and warranties. Users also can compare features, benefits and specs of up to three Goodyear OTR tires at a time.”
The site’s dealer locator recognizes the user’s geographic location and automatically displays a list of and map to the nearest Goodyear OTR tire dealers in North America. “And users can contact Goodyear tire experts for consultation through the site,” Martinez says.
In addition, the site contains information about Goodyear OTR tire technologies, plus a collection of videos, tips and best practices about OTR tire selection, maintenance and other topics.
“Goodyear’s goal is to help end users enhance their productivity while lowering their operating costs,” Martinez says. “Our newly revamped site will play an important role in helping achieve this. It’s one more valuable resource that we offer to mining, construction, quarry and port operations.”
Novelis achieved key sustainability milestones two years ahead of target, according to the report, including increasing the use of high-recycled-metal content inputs to 55 percent and reducing its water usage to the fiscal 2020 target of 2.7 cubic meters per metric ton. “These sustainable gains were achieved during a record year of financial performance and are a result of increased operational efficiencies and technical innovation throughout the company’s 24 facilities around the world,” the company states in a news release announcing the report’s availability.
Novelis says safety remains a top priority for the company, with 2017 representing another record low in recordable safety incidents with 11 of the company’s 24 facilities seeing no recordable injuries. The company continues to evaluate process improvements and new safety measures with the goal of reaching zero injuries. The company says it also continued to curb its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) over the last fiscal year, reducing emissions by more than 21 percent from the baseline of 21 million metric tons of CO2. The waste to landfill and energy intensity rates increased over the last year and are key areas of focus for fiscal 2018.
“From operations within our company to how we partner with our stakeholders, safety and sustainability continue to be core to our business,” says Steve Fisher, Novelis president and CEO. “We have made great gains in this fiscal year and are ahead of target in some areas. Additionally, we remain resolute in our commitment to leverage our technical expertise and innovative capabilities to solve challenges at our facilities and promote sustainability throughout the manufacturing industry.”
Recycling aluminum produces 95 percent fewer GHG emissions and requires 95 percent less energy than primary aluminum production, the company notes. These properties enable Novelis to achieve lower GHG emissions and drive sustainable value across its business segments of beverage can, automotive and high-end specialties. For example, in the beverage can industry, Novelis recycles approximately 65 billion used beverage cans annually, returning them to store shelves in approximately 60 days. In the automotive space, Novelis says it helps customers achieve sustainability goals through scrap metal collection and recycling. In partnership with Ford Motor Co., 90 percent of its scrap was collected and recycled—enough to produce an additional 30,000 F-150 truck bodies per month.
The company says it made a number of other important achievements in 2017:
- Novelis was honored with the inaugural Supplier Sustainability Award from Denso, a leading supplier of automotive components. The award recognizes Novelis’ leadership in all facets of sustainability across its operations, product lines and communities.
- In partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, Novelis reclaimed 50,000 tons of aluminum scrap, which is equivalent to 200,000 Jaguar XE body shells, preventing 500,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
- The global Novelis workforce supported 317 community projects and committed more than $4 million in support of global and local causes aligned with Novelis’ long-term focus areas of recycling, safety and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
- The company is committed to having 100 percent of its employees CPR/First Aid Certified.
- Novelis pledged $1 million to Habitat for Humanity International over the next five years, a 100 percent increase over its financial contribution during the previous five years.
For more information and to download the report, visit www.novelis.com/sustainability.]]>
Anton Sørensen, plant manager at Imdex A/S;
Giovanni Corbetta, managing director at Ecopneus SCpA;
and Toni Reftman, managing director at Eldan Recycling
In early September 2017, Giovanni Corbetta, managing director of Italy’s Ecopneus SCpA, the nonprofit company for tracking, collecting and processing end-of-life tires (ELT) created by tire manufacturers operating in Italy, visited Eldan Recycling A/S in Denmark. The purpose of the visit was to get an update on tire recycling developments and to discuss how production can be optimized. Eldan’s Managing Director Toni Reftman and Product Manager Bjorn Laursen attended the meeting, with Eldan’s Italian Agent Alessandro Silvestri of NME Srl.
Corbetta also visited Danish tire recycler Imdex A/S to see the new Eldan Tire Cleaning and Washing System in action. The system will improve the quality of end products by removing foreign objects such as stones, sand and snow from the tires in the initial phase of processing, the company says, and will reduce production costs in light of reduced wear on wear parts.
The Eldan Tyre Cleaning and Washing System will be launched at Ecomondo in Rimini, Italy, Nov. 7-10, 2017. The company will be at Stand N71 in Hall 5.]]>
Jogarao Bhamidipati, director at India’s Source Global Fiber Inc., will present on “How Swachh Bharat movement can help the Indian paper industry by improving recycled fiber collection.” Bahmidipati has helped to coordinate domestic scrap paper collection for Indian paper manufacturer ITC Ltd., Kolkata, India. He has been involved with ITC’s implementation of the WOW (Wealth out of Waste) campaign, a program launched in 2007 that aims to encourage recycling among school children, housewives, corporate employees and the public, as well as industries and businesses. Bahmidipati was named among the 50 most-influential people in the global paper industry by RISI in 2010 and was awarded the BIR Papyrus Award in 2009.
Pradeep Dhobale, director and operating partner in Springforth Investment Managers Pvt. Ltd., the investment management firm from Springforth Capital Advisors with locations in Bangalore and Hyderabad, India, also will speak during the session. Springforth is a full-service midmarket investment bank founded by a group of finance professionals in partnership with industry experts in the areas of food, agriculture and logistics. Dhobale was nominated by the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry as chairman of the Development Council for Pulp, Paper & Allied Industries. He is a past president of the Indian Pulp and Paper Technical Association and the Indian Paper Manufacturers Association and the founding president of the Indian School of Business, Centre for Executive Education Alumni Association, Hyderabad Chapter. He will speak on “The expanding state of Indian paper mills.”
SVR Krishnan is executive director and head of operations at Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd., Chennai, India, a company established by the government of Tamil Nadu during the early eighties to produce newsprint and printing and writing paper using bagasse-sugarcane residue as primary raw material. He has more than 33 years’ experience in paper and coated board manufacturing and application of paper and paperboard in the converting industry. Krishnan also has been involved with the Paper Board and Specialty Papers Division of ITC Ltd. for more than 23 years.
Also speaking will be Andreas Uriel, managing director at Uriel Papierrohstoffe GmbH, a Germany-based company specializing in processing recovered paper and packaging. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the paper recycling business, including rewind operations for processing damaged paper rolls.
The BIR World Recycling Convention Round-Table Sessions takes place Oct. 14-16, 2017 in New Delhi.]]>
According to a report in the South Washington County Bulletin, currently a portion of collected waste is taken to landfills by haulers. Under the amendment, recently passed by the Washington County Board, haulers must take all the waste into the recycling and energy center rather than to a landfill.
According to the article, the bump in volume at the recycling and energy center likely will mean waste from surrounding counties entering the facility will increase. Judy Hunter of the Washington County Public Health and Environment Division says the move is to ensure all waste after recycling from the two counties would be processed. Nonrecyclable material will be combusted.
These changes, Hunter told the newspaper, have been in the works since the Washington and Ramsey jointly acquired the facility. Haulers have already been notified of the change, and recycling at the facility is expected to increase.
According to a Washington County news release, the Washington County Board of Commissioners conducted a public hearing Sept. 12, 2017, to gather testimony on a county ordinance for waste designation. No residents spoke at the hearing. After the hearing was closed, the board adopted the ordinance.
The news release explains that waste designation is used in Minnesota law to allow counties to require all or a portion of solid waste to be delivered to a designated waste management facility. Designation relates to what happens to waste after it is collected – it does not affect who collects the trash or when it is collected.
Ramsey and Washington counties have submitted amendments to their respective solid waste master plans, and a joint waste designation plan was approved by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency last year. The two counties have determined that designation is necessary to ensure that acceptable waste from the counties is managed in a manner that ranks higher on the state's waste management hierarchy. The Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board (R&E Board) and the counties have invested a significant amount of time and capital developing a comprehensive waste management program.
The R&E Board and the counties aim to designate waste to assure management of waste in accordance with the hierarchy, and to have certainty of a long-term supply, as well as flexibility to continue to improve upon the regional waste management system over time as new technologies or opportunities arise. State law requires, as part of the process to implement designation, a period of time to implement waste designation. Entering into negotiated waste delivery agreements with waste haulers for the voluntary delivery of all acceptable waste generated in the two counties is a preferred way to achieve more certain deliveries to the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center.
Waste designation is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.]]>
Wright comes to the association from Maryland state government, where he was most recently chief of staff at the Maryland Department of Planning and served in a senior leadership role at the Maryland Department of Health with oversight of communications and policy development for 20 health licensing boards.
“I am excited to have Brandon join our team. I believe we will be a stronger organization with him on our communications staff as we look toward to improving how we communicate with our members and stakeholders,” says NWRA President & CEO Darrell Smith.
Wright has also served as communications director at the Petroleum Marketers Association of America and led communications efforts on several successful advocacy initiatives in Annapolis, Maryland.
“I look forward to working with Darrell and his team at NWRA to tell the story of an industry at the forefront of innovation and safety. I am glad I can be a part of it,” says Wright.
Wright lives in Annapolis with his wife and two children.]]>
Robert Fairey, senior director of energy procurement waste diversion, says the company has achieved this milestone in part because it takes a holistic approach to waste management. “We approach waste management as resource management, understanding that every material is a commodity and has a place in the market,” he says.
Across its divisions, Cox says it is engaged in projects to reduce consumption and recycle or compost materials. These efforts are diverting materials from landfills, decreasing consumption of natural resources and reducing the energy and emissions associated with manufacturing new products, according to the company.
Cox says it has invested more than $1 million in recycling projects. For instance, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, part of Cox Media Group, became the first U.S. newspaper to receive Gold-level certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Building Council in 2016. The same year, Cox launched nearly 40 new site-specific recycling and composting programs across the country.
In 2017, the company opened the doors to its Golden Isles Conservation Center, a facility that uses “an eco-friendly process to break down tires into their original components,” Cox Enterprises says. The center has the capacity to remove the equivalent of 5 tons of tires from landfills and waterways daily.
Fairey shares more details about the Cox Conserves program and the company’s recycling-related achievements in the Q&A below.
Recycling Today (RT): When did Cox first begin to prioritize sustainability and how have those priorities evolved over time?
Robert Fairey (RF): Cox Enterprises formally created Cox Conserves, our national sustainability program, back in 2007. The program focused on inspiring eco-friendly activities among our operations, employees, communities and customers. At that time, our operational goal was focused solely on carbon.
Our chairman wanted to make sure we were reducing our impact in every way possible, so we expanded our operational goals to include water and waste in 2014.
Our current goals are to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon and water neutral by 2044.
RT: What materials represent the largest recycling opportunity for Cox across your operations? What kind of tonnages are we talking about?
RF: Cox Enterprises is a diversified company, so we operate across multiple industries, such as telecommunications, media and automotive services. This gives us a variety of opportunities and waste streams. To name just a few, we have paper, cardboard, food waste, e-waste, cables, car bumpers and tires. We recycle over 30,000 tons a year and look for out-of-the-box solutions and new technologies.
We realized that our auto auction company touches about 80,000 tires each year. We brought a new technology over to the U.S. earlier this year that has the capability to recycle and repurpose the equivalent number. The Golden Isles Conservation Center breaks down the tires into their original components so they can be repurposed.
RT: How do you determine which recyclers you will work with in a given market or do you retain the services of a sustainability/waste diversion company that manages that for you?
RF: We went through an extensive process a few years back to find a waste management partner. We needed someone who could work with us in locations across the nation and across multiple types of materials and facilities. We have television and radio stations, newspaper printing facilities, call centers, data centers, auto auctions, warehouses, retail stores and traditional office space.
We have since been partnering with Rubicon (based in Atlanta) to recycle and repurpose materials our facilities.
Our employees also volunteer at ocean and river cleanups across the nation, and Rubicon has helped collect the materials at these events.
RT: Can you explain your holistic approach to waste management? How do waste reduction, strategic partnerships for e-scrap and customer engagement play into this strategy? Can you provide me with examples of benefits you’ve seen in each of these areas?
RF: We approach waste management as resource management, understanding that every material is a commodity and has a place in the market. We partner with vendors who share our views on resource management and are committed to recycling both our e-scrap and other hard-to-recycle items, such as cables and cords, into the best end use markets. Our supply chains are also dedicated to the investment recovery process, where they focus on opportunities to reuse, repurpose and extend the life of our materials.
We look at every way possible to repurpose materials. We’ve also looked at ways to change behavior and make it easy for employees to participate. At our campus in Atlanta, we eliminated plastic water bottles and encourage employees to embrace reusable containers. We also had a “Say No to To Go” campaign to encourage employees to use dishes versus disposable containers in our cafeteria.
Our Cox Communications company has customer recycling collections for e-waste. Project TWIG (turning waste into growth) is one idea that I love. We recycle materials and then donate the money we receive back to nonprofits in the community. It’s a win-win.
RT: What are some of the issues/concerns you’ve had to overcome when it comes to e-scrap management?
RF: Privacy is important, so Cox partners with e-scrap vendors who adhere to stringent environmental, domestic de-manufacturing and privacy standards.
RT: What role does reuse and redeployment play in terms of managing e-scrap?
RF: This is a huge opportunity. We’re often able to redeploy equipment across our business units. For example, we harvest components during set-top box recycling for reuse in manufacturing new boxes.
RT: What solutions exist for different material streams that Cox produces in its operations?
RF: A Cox best practice is to implement single-stream recycling wherever possible.
We emphasize the use of takeback programs with our vendors who share our responsibility of engaging in sustainable practices. For example, our automotive auction business works closely with vendors to implement takeback programs for items such windshields, cores, bumpers and batteries.
We have also sourced a female-owned business to recycle litho plates, a unique waste stream from our newspaper business.
RT: What return have you seen in terms of your investment in recycling and waste management?
RF: At Cox, we’ve always recognized that our sustainability program must be financially sustainable. In other words, successful resource management is both efficient and economically viable.
As a private company, we don’t share specific dollar amounts, but I can confirm that waste management has had a positive return.