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Action Environmental Group to add 3rd Eye vehicle data suite to entire fleet

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 08:57
The Action Environmental Group, Teaneck, New Jersey, has announced its plans to equip its fleet of more than 300 trucks with 3rd Eye technology by the end of 2017. Katy, Texas-based 3rd Eye’s Enhance Vehicle Behavioral Analytics (VBA) is designed to provide vehicle-based data collection and reporting.

Action began a pilot program in 2016 using 3rd Eye technology in one of its divisions. Since that program launch, Action says the system has proven to reduce risky behavior and improve safety so much so that the company plans to equip its fleet of more than 300 trucks with 3rd Eye technology by the end of 2017. The company provides nonhazardous waste management and recycling services for New York City; northern New Jersey; Rockland and Orange County, New York.

Ken Levine, director of safety for Action Environmental Group, says in the first three months of technology deployment, he saw a 30 to 50 percent reduction in risky behavior among workers.

“We have been using 3rd Eye cameras for the past year, and the cameras serve two main purposes: to provide day-to-day training and analysis and to learn from individual instances,” Levine says.

3rd Eye camera systems record the driver and the road, providing constant awareness of what’s happening inside and outside the vehicle. In addition to the hardware, a team from 3rd Eye analyzes the video that has been recorded and identifies any problems or issues, giving Action an edge in training and coaching operators about safe driving, says 3rd Eye.

“The 3rd Eye camera systems do more than help improve safety,” says 3rd Eye. “The systems help Action management with route optimization, service verification, risky behavior reduction and postcrash fault analysis, which helps eliminate false or fraudulent claims of damage. All of this adds up to a positive return on investment, making the decision to add 3rd Eye systems to Action’s entire fleet an easy one.”

Levine adds, “In the first three months of deployment, I have personally seen a 30 to 50 percent reduction in risky behavior. And in some cases, we have even seen the system play a serious role in workers’ compensation claim investigations.”

Since implementing these smart safety tools, Action says it has seen a decrease in the severity of incidents and the amount of employee injuries.

“We enjoy our professional relationship with 3rd Eye,” says Levine. “They’re a national company, and they treat us with the same level of respect and attention to our business as they do large, nationwide companies.”

Action says it also is working closely with employees to make sure that everyone is involved in the company’s safety efforts and goals.

The 3rd Eye camera and radar offering is part of its Enhance VBA—a complete suite of information captured by 3rd Eye cameras, collision avoidance radar, body sensors and chassis data—transmitted in real time via 3rd Eye’s Hurricane Gateway to fleet owners to help better manage and protect their assets, the manufacturer says.

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Autocar, Hendrickson partner on axle and suspension system

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 05:42
Autocar, headquartered in Hagerstown, Indiana, and Hendrickson, headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, say they have partnered to offer a new severe-duty axle and suspension system engineered by Hendrickson for Autocar’s refuse trucks operating on the toughest routes.

Autocar’s ACX truck features the Hendrickson Steertek NXT front-steer axle and integrated suspension, which are designed to deliver maximum performance as a complete system solution, Hendrickson says. “The fabricated Steertek NXT design integrates lightweight axle durability with advanced spring suspension technology, saving 60 pounds compared to traditional I-beam axle and multileaf spring systems,” the company adds.

“Autocar has a very different strategy from other OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) in the refuse business,” says Adam Burck, Autocar vice president of brand management. He adds that many OEMs use their own engines, transmissions, axles and suspensions. While he says this approach can offer efficiencies, it may not be able to address customers’ specific needs.

“We work with components suppliers to help us create the best possible tool for what the customer is doing,” Burck says of Autocar’s approach.

Autocar’s partnership with Hendrickson is not new; the two companies have been working together for more than 50 years.

“We like to work closely with the customer and work with their specific requirements to bring added benefits to the customer,” says Stephen Hampson, director of marketing and business development at Hendrickson.

He adds that refuse vehicles traditionally use an I-beam axle that can be “quite heavy.” Hendrickson’s Steertek NXT solution features box welded construction that is hollow inside, making it lighter than a forged I-beam design.

The company also is supplying Autocar with a suspension system. “We have developed a specific spring design that provides a softer ride but still has carrying capacity,” Hampson says.

The combination of the axle and suspension system allows Autocar to provide its users with a better ride and better handling, the partners say.

Burck says the Hendrickson axle and suspension system improve the ride quality of Autocar trucks when they are empty as well as when they are full.

These claims have been proven with field evaluation units that Hendrickson has places with key customers in real-life applications, Hampson says, and with “arduous” lab testing.

 

 

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Land being assembled in Michigan for potential steel mill

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 03:17
Media reports in Michigan are unveiling a plan by an Ohio-based company to assemble nearly 1,000 acres of land in rural Michigan on which to locate a steel mill.

An online report about the potential project by Crain’s Detroit Business indicates Frankin, Ohio-based New Steel International Inc. is assembling the land in cooperation with economic development officials in the town of Durand and Shiawassee County, Michigan. Shiawassee County is located between Flint and Lansing in south central Michigan.

The Crain’s article indicates New Steel International is seeking a $7 billion loan through the federal government’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, citing clean energy and environmentally friendly manufacturing aspects of its project. The article also refers to iron pellets as a feedstock for the mill, as currently designed.

A representative from New Steel International, quoted by Crain’s, would not confirm that automakers were on board as customers for the mill’s planned products, but he said the reporter’s sources who pointed to that prospect were “well informed.”

The LinkedIn page of New Steel International states the firm “designs, builds and operates state-of-the-art steel mills “ and that it is “owned and controlled by a group of professionals who have built their reputations in providing superior consulting and engineering services to the heavy industrial ferrous and nonferrous metals sector worldwide.” It lists as one of its projects a mill for GJ Steel pcl in Thailand.

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Recy Systems announces North American joint venture

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:23
Recy Systems AG, Munich, has announced that it has formed a joint venture with John Underwood as partner and CEO of Recy Systems North America LLC.

Currently headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Recy Systems North America’s headquarters will move to Toledo, Ohio, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Underwood, who has more than 35 years’ experience providing software systems for the recycling industry, was a founder and former CEO of Systems Alternatives International LLC (SAI). Recy says Underwood grew SAI into a leading provider of custom software solutions for the commercial recycling industries in the U.S. and Canada. That company was acquired by Brady plc in November 2012.

“John brings over 35 years of experience in providing software systems for the recycling industry and we are excited to have someone of his caliber joining our team,” says Bernd Klarmann, CEO of Recy Systems AG.

Klarmann says Underwood’s leadership will “take Recy to the next level in providing and supporting Recy’s advanced software solutions to the recycling and steel companies in the North American marketplace.”

“Recy is a seasoned organization and the leading provider of proven software systems for our industry in Europe, also with large clients in North America,” Underwood says. “Expanding our North American footprint and building our team of professionals even further will position us to best serve both our existing and new customers alike.”

Recy Systems North America LLC will be responsible for marketing and supporting Recy’s products to prospective recycling clients throughout North America.

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Sonoco announces packaging partnership with Clemson University

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:31
Sonoco, a Hartsville, South Carolina-headquartered diversified global packaging company, has announced a new research partnership with Clemson University—the Sonoco FRESH (Food Research Excellence for Safety and Health) initiative—that will develop new technologies and forms of packaging to improve the fresh food life cycle.

To establish the multidisciplinary hub for innovation and research to advance fresh food packaging and distribution, Sonoco will contribute to the initiative $1.725 million over five years. The company also will sponsor business-driven research projects totaling $1 million over that period.

Sonoco FRESH is an extension of the partnership that created the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson, which was created to exploit the synergies that exist between the graphic communications and packaging science departments, according to its website. The institute says it is the only university program in the country with a multidisciplinary approach to packaging as a core competency.

“Sonoco is committed to serving fresh brands, using packaging to tackle the challenges they face,” says Sonoco President and CEO Jack Sanders. “Optimizing fresh food packaging to extend shelf life and maintain quality makes fresh produce more accessible to communities, and helps brands and retailers extend sales opportunities and eliminate food waste.”

Clemson University President James P. Clements says, “Working with outstanding industry partners like Sonoco allows us to do more to develop solutions for the grand challenges facing the world, and it helps us to prepare our students to become future leaders. Leveraging the expertise of our faculty, Sonoco FRESH will play a key role in exposing our undergraduate and graduate students to issues related to the crisis of food waste and sustainability so that they will be informed and responsible decision makers as they enter the workforce.”

Sonoco says reducing food waste is among its priorities, and Sonoco FRESH will help to alleviate this issue.

“We are honored to be working with Clemson, as reducing food waste is central to our combined efforts —and finding ways to extend freshness through new technology is key,” says Vicki Arthur, Sonoco’s senior vice president of plastic packaging and protective solutions. “We believe this partnership will deliver breakthroughs to help the entire packaging industry, and will have a major impact on the distribution of fresh food across the country and around the world.”

Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services.

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MLB awards Seattle Mariners for landfill diversion

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 09:50
Major League Baseball (MLB) has named the Seattle Mariners recipient of the 2017 Green Glove Award, which recognizes the MLB club that diverts the highest rate of materials from landfills.

“We are thrilled to present the Seattle Mariners with the 2017 Green Glove Award,” says Paul Hanlon, senior director of ballpark operations and sustainability, MLB. “With their 96 percent conversion rate at the top of the list, the club has done a tremendous job of promoting and instilling sustainability practices and initiatives that will positively impact our environment. We look forward to supporting all 30 MLB clubs as they continue to move the needle when it comes to sustainability.”

Since 2013, Eco-Products Inc., Boulder, Colorado, has been the provider of all compostable serviceware to Safeco Field and the Seattle Mariners, including production and custom items that have helped the stadium to achieve a zero-waste goal. This includes 100 percent compostable soft drink cups, beer cups, coffee cups, plates, trays, lids, spoons, knives and forks.

“We’re proud to partner with the Seattle Mariners, and we’re thrilled to see everyone’s hard work pay off with the 2017 Green Glove Award,” says Sarah Martinez, director of marketing at Eco-Products. “This award is truly a team effort and a huge victory for the Seattle Mariners, the community and the planet.”

The Mariners earned the Green Glove Award for diverting 96 percent of all waste at Safeco Field from landfills, a jump from 90 percent in 2016. While the Mariners have received the top honor for American League Clubs every year since the award was established, this marks the Mariners’ first Green Glove Award for best in baseball.

The Mariners emphasize sustainability efforts through waste diversion, composting and energy-efficient practices throughout the season, says the MLB. Nearly everything used at Safeco Field is recyclable or compostable, including foodservice items such as plates, knives, forks, cups, straws and bottles.

“We have worked hard over the years to make Safeco Field one of the ‘greenest’ ballparks in pro sports,” says Trevor Gooby, Seattle Mariners senior vice president, ballpark operations.

“With the help of all our sustainability partners, we have been able to significantly reduce our impact on the environment. Thanks to Major League Baseball for recognizing these efforts with this great honor.”

The Seattle Mariners have taken a number of innovative steps to earn the Green Glove Award. Compost and recycling bins have replaced garbage cans on concourses and cleaning crews hand separate plastics and compostable waste after each game.

“The key to these efforts is simplicity,” Martinez adds. “That’s how you achieve an incredible 96 percent diversion rate. And that’s how you win the Green Glove Award.”

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Wrap Recycling Action Program expands to Omaha, Nebraska

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 08:50
The Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) of the Washington-based American Chemistry Council (ACC) joined partners in Omaha, Nebraska, during the first weekend in December to launch a new campaign designed to increase recycling of plastic wraps and bags in the city. Representatives from the FFRG, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and First Star Recycling material recovery facility (MRF) were on-site at four Hy-Vee grocery stores to educate consumers about the campaign and encourage them to recycle plastic wraps and bags at participating retail and grocery stores.

The Omaha campaign is part of the Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP), a public-private partnership that promotes plastic wrap and bag recycling.

Consumers in Omaha and across the nation can recycle clean and dry plastic bags, such grocery bags, produce bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper bags and food storage bags (even sealable food bags and bags with zippers); plastic wraps from beverage cases, diapers, bathroom tissue and paper towels; bubble wrap and shipping pillows. Any thin, flexible plastic wrap labeled with a No. 2, No. 4, or the How2Recycle store drop-off label can be recycled more than 18,000 retail locations in the U.S.

The WRAP launch in Omaha coincided with a promotional event for the Hefty Energy Bag Program, which the city has participated in for more than a year. The Energy Bag Program allows consumers to separate nonrecyclable plastics from their garbage. The separated plastics are collected at MRFs and converted into fuel. Omaha’s WRAP campaign and Energy Bag Program will help the city to divert more plastics from landfill, the ACC says.

“We’re thrilled to work with our partners in Omaha to educate consumers about recycling plastic wraps and bags,” says Shari Jackson, director of film recycling for ACC. “Omaha residents can play an important role in keeping these items out of landfill by bringing their plastic wraps and bags to a Hy-Vee grocery store or other participating retailer for recycling.”

She adds, “Recycling plastic wraps and bags at retail drop-off locations instead of through curbside collection programs helps ensure that this material does not damage equipment at the local MRF. Moreover, recycling plastic wraps and bags at grocery and retail locations helps keep the material clean and dry, which is critical to maintaining quality for recycling.”

National WRAP partners include the FFRG, the U.S. EPA, GreenBlue/the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Association of Plastics Recyclers, brand companies, retailers, states, cities and others.

These bags and wraps are recycled into products such as lumber for backyard decks, fences and benches and new bags and packaging.

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Novelis invests $4.5M in Ohio plant

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 08:22
Novelis Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, has announced a $4.5 million manufacturing investment at its facility in Warren, Ohio, that the company says will provide more versatility for pretreatments, improve operational efficiency and reduce costs over time.

Novelis’ Warren facility has 75 employees dedicated to applying coating to rolled aluminum sheet. The sheet is then used for production of lids for the tops of aluminum beverage cans, producing enough for more than 1 billion beverage can lids each month, according to the company.

“We are thrilled to announce this local investment,” says Paul Nelson, plant manager. “Due to a steady U.S. can market and Novelis’ strong financial performance across the globe, we are making the investments necessary to sustain our operation here in Warren for many years to come.”

Novelis supplies some of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Coca-Cola, AB InBev and PepsiCo.

“I applaud Novelis for making this important investment here in Warren,” says Rep. Tim Ryan, co-chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus. “I know American manufacturing is the backbone of our economy, and I am committed to promoting and expanding this vital industry. Novelis is proof that innovative manufacturing technologies are growing right here in the Mahoning Valley and that our region is a great place to do business. I am proud to work with them and I look forward to continuing to bring business and investments into our community.”

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says, “I am pleased that Novelis has decided to invest $4.5 million in its Warren facility, and I hope its partnership with the local community will continue to grow stronger over time.”

He adds, “Ohio’s manufacturing industry is unmatched, and this investment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the 75 employees in Warren. In the Senate, I will continue fighting against unfair foreign trade practices to ensure Ohio manufacturers and workers can compete on a level playing field.”

“Novelis’ investment in Ohio is a testament to the strength of Ohio’s workforce,” says Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. “These planned improvements signal the company’s commitment to Warren and the women and men who work at the plant.”

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Cascades acquires containerboard packaging plants in Ontario

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 07:27
Cascades Inc., Kingsey Falls, Quebec, has announced the acquisition of four plants in Ontario to strengthen its position in the containerboard packaging sector, and the purchase of an ownership position in Tencorr Holdings Corp. In addition, the company has increased its equity holding of Greenpac Mill LLC in Niagara Falls, New York.

Greenpac Mill is a partnership between Cascades, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Jamestown Container and Containerboard Partners, for the purpose of constructing and operating a containerboard mill, according to its website. Cascades has acquired an additional interest in Containerboard Partners, one of Greenpac’s shareholders, thus increasing its holdings in Greenpac to 66.1 percent from 62.5 percent. Cascades says it has been consolidating the Greenpac results since April 2017.  

“We are very pleased to expand our presence in Ontario and increase our stake in Greenpac for the second time this year. These transactions align perfectly with our vision and strategy for our containerboard activities,” says Cascades President and CEO Mario Plourde.

The following four Ontario plants were acquired from the Coyle family, and specialize in the manufacturing of boxes and specialty products offering strong growth potential, says Cascades:

This transaction will allow Cascades to expand its presence in Ontario, to increase its production capacity by 500 million square feet per year, and to strengthen its ability to serve customers in this region, according to the company. These plants already have procurement agreements with Greenpac, and as such the transaction will have little impact on Cascades’ integration rate.

Cascades also has acquired the Coyle family’s 33 percent stake in Tencorr, a company specialized in manufacturing sheet stock for box producers.

The total cost of the transaction is $49 million, of which $21 million is related to the increased stake in Greenpac and its new position in Tencorr, Cascades says. The containerboard packaging plants were acquired for a consideration of $28 million, including an assumed debt of $4 million, which represents a multiple of 6.5 times the adjusted operating income before depreciation of these operations, and excludes anticipated synergies.

“These new assets will support our growth by providing us with increased capacity and flexibility,” says Charles Malo, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Containerboard Packaging. “This transaction will also enable us to better serve our customers as we will be better positioned to provide them with the packaging solutions they seek. I would also like to welcome all of the employees of these new plants to Cascades.”

Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibers. 

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SA Recycling acquires Tennessee Valley Recycling

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 00:31
Orange, California-based SA Recycling has acquired Decatur, Alabama-based Tennessee Valley Recycling (TVR), a 110-year-old metal recycling company with five facilities in Alabama and one in Tennessee.

Long-time TVR executive Joel Denbo, part of the family that had long owned the company, indicated in an online article by the Decatur Daily that the company does not anticipate making layoffs to the 190 employees of the firm.

Denbo also told the newspaper, “It will be the first time in more than a century that there won’t be Denbos in the scrap business in Decatur, Alabama,” referring to the family business’s roots that trace back to 1907.

He also referred to SA Recycling as a company that would act as “good business citizens here in the community,” and he also indicated he would remain in Decatur for several months during a transition period before moving to Atlanta to undertake an advisory position with SA Recycling.

Denbo cited an uncertain succession strategy as one reason for the sale of the family business, and he told the newspaper he hoped the Denbo family would be remembered in Decatur as “fair people, honest traders, and hard workers.”

In a follow-up article by the Decatur Daily, Tom Knippel, of SA Recycling confirmed that no immediate personnel changes were planned. Knippel said the company expects to invest in technology to retain and grow SA Recycling’s new locations in Alabama and Tennessee.

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Bühlmann Recycling improves recovery with Steinert sorters

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:13
Beginning work at Steinert’s Test Centre in Cologne, Germany, in May 2015, Swiss company Bühlmann Recycling prepared a demanding sorting task for the equipment company’s applications specialists. The challenge was to use a flexible facility (i.e., one that could be adapted to future input materials) to manufacture a variety of products. The feed bunker contained electronic scrap. Today, almost two years later, the facility is being operated by Steinert partner MWN in Lyss, Switzerland, where it produces the desired results.

This flexibility is mainly because of the Steinert KSS and UniSort Black sorting systems. The former is equipped with color, X-ray and metal sensors and with a laser-based 3D recognition system. The overlap of sensors and signals enables the system to perform a wide variety of sorting tasks. A touch panel allows users to select and preset several different programs.

The second machine uses an HSI (hyperspectral imaging) NIR (near-infrared) sensor to sort materials. This high-resolution camera technology even enables the machine to recognize black plastics, which are otherwise undetectable.

These two Steinert machines at the end of the Bühlmann processing chain enhance product quality to the level that purchasers need, the company says. The system’s 11 conveyor belts and reversible discharge belts make it flexible. The machines can run either in parallel or in series to perform different sorting tasks. The process is simple, and the preset recipes enable it to be used to produce a variety of products. In this way, Bühlmann is adapting to new legislation, new designs for electrical devices and fluctuating stock market prices. Moreover, it enables the company to sort the materials that maximize its profits, Steinert says.

In the past, the sorting process was finished once the material was shredded and iron was separated from nonferrous materials. The residual fraction wasn’t processed any further unless it was specifically paid for. This is no longer the case.

The drop of the upstream magnetic separators for iron and nonferrous now go directly to the Steinert KSS. In the first step of the process for the 12-to-30-millimeter electronic scrap, the Steinert KSS produces a circuit-board/cable product. Flame-retardant plastics (including black plastic) are separated during this step as well. The rest of the sorting is performed by the UniSort Black, which uses a NIR sensor to detect and sort out visible acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS) and polypropylene (PP) plastics. The UniSort Black produces a fraction of mixed black plastics that are purchased by the downstream recycling industry.

At the same time, the Steinert KSS sorts the nonferrous metals. The X-ray sensor ensures a pure aluminum product and separates heavy metals, Steinert says. Color sorting is used to separate the heavy metal product into copper, brass and grey metals.

Bühlmann generates up to seven different products using only two machines. Additional combinations of sensors will be added for future sorting tasks.

To increase the depth of the value added, black plastics also could be sorted by polymer class. Steinert also supplies the next solution for this purpose: UniSort BlackEye.

More information is available from Karl Hoffmann at karl.hoffmann@steinert.de

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Hydro offers low-carbon aluminum product based on scrap

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:23
Global aluminum producer Hydro is offering two new aluminum alloys marketed as “certified low-carbon.” One of the two, known as 75R, will be made from at least 75 percent recycled aluminum.

The Norway-based company indicates the two new alloys have been designed to help customers reach their sustainability goals and meet market demand from climate-conscious consumers. The new products will be independently certified by -based DNV GL.

“We are proud of our industry-leading climate strategy that has resulted in producing aluminum with the lowest energy consumption and the lowest emissions in the world, and our aim to become carbon-neutral from a life-cycle perspective by 2020,” says Svein Richard Brandtzæg, Hydro’s CEO. “As every part of our aluminum production is managed in-house, we can now take the next step by launching certified sustainable aluminum products.”

Hydro 75R is described by the company as aluminum with a guaranteed post-consumer recycled minimum content of 75 percent. The other alloy, Hydro 4.0, is defined by the company as hydropower-based aluminum having yielded a maximum of 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of CO2 per 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of aluminum. Primary aluminum production creates carbon emissions during the bauxite mining, alumina refining, electrolysis and casting stages.

“With the new low carbon certificates, we’re offering our customers a new set of tools to help them meet their own ambitious climate strategies, and together we can work to build a low carbon future for the broader industry,” says Hilde Merete Aasheim, head of Hydro’s Primary Metal business area.

Regarding the 75R Hydro product, Aasheim says, “Our aim is to make sure we maximize the sustainability benefits of a metal that brings carbon savings in the user phase and can be infinitely recycled with only five percent of the original energy needed.” She continues, “Our two new products address the sustainability challenge of our industry – making sure we meet the global demand for aluminum with metal that is produced with the lowest possible carbon footprint – and that we are there to bring it back into the loop.”

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Canadian metals recycler sues property group

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:48
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-based Attar Metals Inc. has reportedly filed a lawsuit against a property development company that acquired a former General Motors (GM) plant and that contracted with Attar Metals to share scrap metal and other revenue earned on the property.

An online news article by an Ontario-based publisher says Attar Metals has filed suit against the Ontario-based Bayshore Groups “seeking $15 million for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and conversion in the statement of claim,” according to the St. Catharines Standard report.

Attar Metals had entered into a revenue-sharing deal with Bayshore, but the scrap company now alleges that Bayshore “secretly mortgaged the property, sold assets behind its back and is using corporate accounts for unrelated projects like the incorporation of a boxing club and equestrian center,” the Standard article states.

The suit, as quoted by the Standard, indicates Attar Metals entered the contract under the premise that activities at the property would include demolishing structures, generating scrap metal and environmentally remediating and rehabilitating the property.

Instead, the lawsuit contends, Bayshore has “used the property for its personal benefit.” Since entering the agreement in 2014, Bayshore Group also has taken out two mortgages on the property, the suit alleges. As well, according to the suit and the Standard report, Bayshore has established its headquarters in one of the former GM buildings that otherwise could have been demolished and sold for scrap revenue.

A counterclaim filed by Bayshore contends Attar Metals was supposed to pay an equal share of operational expenses at the site and has not done so. That circumstance, according to the developer, means the prior revenue sharing letter of understanding is now void.

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Itronics buys grinder to increase e-scrap grinding capacity

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:25
Itronics Inc., Reno, Nevada, has announced that it has arranged financing for and purchased a commercial-scale e-scrap grinder for grinding shredded circuit boards to feed to its refining furnaces. 

The grinder is being custom-built and is expected to be delivered to the company in January. Itronics says the grinder will have approximately the same throughput capacity as the company’s shredder and is expected to “significantly increase the capacity for producing ground circuit board scrap for refining while significantly reducing the cost,” according to Itronics.

Itronics says it is implementing plans to convert a room in its factory that is currently used for storage to a dedicated circuit board shredding and grinding room, i.e., an e-scrap prep room. The room will have an air cleaning and ventilation system and an electrical system to support the machine and air cleaning operations, the company says.

The diversified zinc fertilizer and silver-producing company says it plans to complete the needed improvements, move the shredder from its current location and install it in the new location, install the grinder and start up the machines in the first quarter of 2018. The shredding and grinding capacity of this new operation is expected to be sufficient to support a 50 to 100 times staged expansion of furnace refining capacity over the next three to four years, the company says.

Itronics says it is working on improving “per-melt” production of the furnaces. So far in the fourth quarter, the company says it has increased per-melt production by 35 percent. The company says it plans to expand per-melt production by an additional 40 percent in the second quarter 2018 after the e-scrap grinder is installed and operational. 

“In 2017 the prices of copper, zinc, silver, gold and palladium have increased sharply, in some cases to multiyear highs,” Itronics says in a press release announcing the grinder purchase. “Many forecasters are predicting that gold and silver prices will significantly increase from current levels. Copper and tin are at multiyear highs. The company is now positioned to benefit significantly as silver bullion production is expanded and these metal prices continue to increase.”

Through its subsidiary Itronics Metallurgical Inc., Itronics says it is the only company with a fully permitted “beneficial use photochemical, silver and water recycling” plant in the United States that converts 100 percent of spent photoliquids into Gold’n Gro liquid fertilizers, silver bullion and silver bearing glass. The company is developing a portfolio of environmentally beneficial zero waste processing and mining technologies.

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Connecticut launches campaign for standardized recycling rules

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:59
The RecycleCT Foundation Inc., Hartford, Connecticut, has announced it has launched the “What’s IN, What’s OUT” public recycling outreach campaign throughout Connecticut.

Recycling rules have been standardized across Connecticut where recycling is available, says the Brattleboro, Vermont-based Northeast Recycling Council (NERC).

NERC adds, “Now there’s an instant source of information about [the recycling rules], eliminating the need for guesswork about what goes into the blue recycling bin and what should be put in the garbage.”

Robert Klee, commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), says, “We worked closely with recycling coordinators in our cities and towns and the six facilities in our state that accept recycled material to get everyone on the same page. With one set of rules in place everywhere, it’s now easier to provide people with the information they need to recycle more effectively.”

The public outreach effort to increase awareness of recycling rules is spearheaded by The RecycleCT Foundation, a state-chartered fund that combines public and private resources to support the state’s recycling goals. The outreach is built around the theme of “What’s IN, What’s OUT” and information about it can be found at www.recyclect.com.

The website offers:

  • a mobile-friendly widget that provides a quick answer to questions about what can and cannot be recycled;
  • short videos to highlight recycling issues; and
  • material that cities and towns can download, customize and print to share with their residents, including a brochure with a list of items that can be recycled.

The outreach effort also includes social media messages for Facebook and Twitter that highlight the “What’s IN, What’s OUT” theme. For more details regarding this campaign, email Sherill Baldwin, source reduction and recycling for CT DEEP, at sherill.baldwin@ct.gov

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Boston City Council votes in favor of banning plastic carryout bags

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:08
Boston’s City Council has voted to approve a proposed ordinance intended to reduce the use of single-use plastic shopping bags at stores, restaurants and pharmacies in the city.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh must sign the proposed ordinance before it becomes law, according to a report from WCVB.  If and when he signs it, the ordinance would go into effect within a year.

The plan still requires the mayor's signature. If he signs the ordinance, it would go into effect within one

The proposed ordinance unanimously approved by council would ban single-use plastic bags, while businesses would have to sell other kinds of bags for no less than 5 cents. Business would be permitted to offer reusable bags, recyclable paper bags or compostable plastic bags, according to the proposed ordinance.

WCVB reports that Boston began considering the proposed ordinance in 2016, with the city council creating a task force to evaluate residents’ thoughts on such an approach. A survey created by the task force collected 710 responses.

Of those 710 responses, WCVB reports that half said they bring their own reusable bags on shopping trips, according to city council documents. The majority of respondents also supported banning single-use plastic bags instead of charging for them.

Of the 17 businesses that participated in the survey, according to council documents, five said they were against a bag ban or fee, WCVB notes.

Under the proposed ordinance, businesses could apply for a one-year exemption, but they would be required to show that additional time was needed to use their existing bag inventories, a lack of reasonable alternatives or that the ban deprives someone of another protected right.

At least one trade organization has spoken out against the proposed ordinance. 

The Washington-based American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman has issued a statement against the proposed ordinance, saying, “Dozens of communities in Massachusetts have enacted plastic bag bans in recent years, and until today, only one taxed paper bags. This undermines an environmentally responsible option for carryout shopping bags. Paper is the most-recycled material in the United States today. Last year, two-thirds of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. Paper is part of the environmental solution, but Boston is treating it like the problem.”

 

 

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NYDEC announces 14th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards winners

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:02
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has recognized six organizations for their programs and commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability at the 14th Annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards celebration Nov. 14 in Schenectady, New York.

This year’s award winners are “setting an example for others across the state by implementing innovative energy efficiency programs, engaging students and communities in sustainable practices, harnessing the power of creative partnerships and generating economic growth,” DEC says.

DEC Commissioner Seggos says, “I am proud to present this year’s Environmental Excellence Awards to municipalities and organizations that are demonstrating outstanding leadership by adopting innovative solutions to protect our environment and strengthen our economy. These projects set a high bar for others to follow as we collectively address critical environmental issues such as fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting pollinator habitats critical to our agricultural economy, advancing the use of electric vehicles, protecting the vitality of our waterways and keeping potentially hazardous materials out of landfills. Congratulations to all of our outstanding award winners.”

The awards were presented by DEC acting Chief of Staff Julie Tighe.

The winners include:

  • Bethlehem School District’s Green Team (Albany County): Bethlehem School District is a model of innovative environmental education and student engagement. Almost a decade ago, the district formed a “Green Team,” a partnership of dedicated administrators, teachers, parents and students cultivating environmental awareness, responsibility and leadership in the district’s schools, as well as within the larger community. The district demonstrates an impressive and wide-reaching educational model that has resulted in annual accomplishments that include recycling more than 96,000 pounds of paper, composting more than 20,000 pounds of food waste, donating more than 1,000 pounds of organic produce to the Bethlehem Food Pantry and partnering with a local restaurant to offer a special menu featuring produce grown in the school’s gardens.
  • Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development’s Stewardship of Aquatic Resources (Chautauqua County): Most New York municipalities collect an occupancy tax from visitors who stay in hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts. Instead of being placed in a general fund, Chautauqua County invests the revenue in projects and programs that promote the sustainable use of its natural resources. This approach demonstrates the important connection between having healthy lakes, streams and ponds while also enjoying a strong tourism-based economy. Over the past eight years, the county has invested $2.6 million from the hotel occupancy tax revenue in water quality improvement projects. As a result, the county has received plans for an estimated $50 million in hotel and hospitality investments. Chautauqua County’s water resource improvements include: removing nearly 14 million pounds of aquatic vegetation from Chautauqua Lake; eliminating more than 360 tons of soil entering waterways through various soil stabilization projects; and reducing nearly 400 pounds of phosphorus and 850 pounds of nitrogen from entering waterways by investing in green infrastructure such as rain gardens, vegetated swales and porous pavements.
  • Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Zero Waste Initiative (Westchester County): Clearwater’s longtime strategy of inspiring, educating and engaging people is a formula for success. The Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (Revival) began in 1978 as a series of small concerts to increase environmental awareness and raise funds for the Sloop Clearwater. Today, it is a national model for organizations wishing to reduce the environmental footprint of large public events. The annual revival draws up to 20,000 attendees, in addition to at least 1,500 volunteers, musicians and vendors. Event coordinators offer a sustainable event that actively engages attendees in waste reduction, recycling, composting and sustainable living. Composting and recycling stations are set up around the festival grounds and trained volunteers help people put things in correct bins and take care of materials disposed of incorrectly. The event has, over the past several years, diverted 80 percent of materials from landfill, including 4 tons of recyclables and 33 tons of compostable material.
  • New York State Department of Transportation’s (NYSDOT's) Region 4 and Seneca Park Zoo Society’s Pollinator Protection Project (Livingston County): This effort by the NYSDOT’s Region 4 office demonstrates a commitment to sustainability, motorist safety and pollinator habitat protection. The initiative directly supports the Pollinator Protection Plan to Protect New York’s Agricultural Economy developed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Pollinator Task Force. In 2015, NYSDOT Region 4 modified the mowing schedule for a six-mile section of I-390 between Route 408 (Mt. Morris) and Route 258 (Sonyea) near Rochester. This 93-acre area offers refuge for migrating monarch butterflies and other pollinators. As a result, there are now more than 18 species of naturally regenerating wildflowers and grasses providing food and habitat for pollinators. Bees and butterflies are now able to complete their life cycle without being disrupted or damaged by mowing. NYSDOT Region 4 is working on partnership with the Seneca Park Zoo Society and two interpretive gardens are now thriving at the Mount Morris and Geneseo rest areas. Nearly 13,300 vehicles travel this section of I-390 each day. Educational signs at the gardens give rest area visitors information about the plight of pollinators and provide tips about what New Yorkers can do to protect these important species.
  • Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority’s Go Green School Recycling Program (Oneida County): Dedicated to advancing solid waste solutions, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority has helped pioneer the greening of Oneida and Herkimer counties. The authority has been recognized as a national model for its regional recycling efforts. The authority’s Go Green School Recycling Program is an example of a well-designed and creatively implemented education/outreach and engagement program, which involves all but two of the 30 public and private school systems in the two-county area. In addition, the authority’s Recycling Educator successfully engages students, teachers, custodians, parents and school faculty in recycling and composting programs. Participating school districts realize significant benefits, including substantially reducing waste being generated, helping to reduce greenhouse gas generation, conserving natural resources and achieving direct cost savings. One elementary school is now annually diverting 10 tons of material from the landfill while sending 40 tons of material for recycling, which means an annual savings of nearly $2,000.
  • Ulster County’s Net Carbon Neutral Operations (Ulster County): Ulster County has received national recognition for its commitment to environmental stewardship and is one of only three New York municipalities certified by DEC as a Bronze Level Climate Smart Community. County leadership is dedicated to increasing the county’s energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. Specifically, Ulster County is purchasing 100 percent green electricity from sustainable sources, prohibiting all food service providers from using polystyrene foam, and promoting safer alternatives; expanding and improving the operation of the composting facility at the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency in Kingston; greening and right-sizing their vehicle fleet by adding seven plug-in hybrid sedans and one all-electric vehicle in 2017; and installing a network of nine charging stations at county-owned facilities. This is the greatest number of municipal electric vehicle charging sites in the state, including New York City. The chargers, powered by renewable energy, provided nearly 1,400 charging sessions, saving more than 1,700 gallons of gas.

 

DEC established the Environmental Excellence Awards in 2004 to recognize those who are working to improve and protect New York’s environment and contribute to a healthier economy by advancing sustainable practices and forming creative partnerships. DEC has recognized 80 award winners in 13 years.

Remarks from representatives of each winning organization are listed below:

“They are an elite group of committed organizations leading by example and serving as models of excellence within their industry and community,” says DEC. “Union College, host of this year’s award ceremony, was an award recipient in 2008 for its campuswide commitment to sustainability. A statewide review committee, made up of 20 representatives from the public and private sectors, shared advice in selecting the award winners from an array of competitive applications received in May.”

Mark Warford, assistant principal, Bethlehem Central Middle School, says, “The Bethlehem Central School District is honored to receive this prestigious award. The goal of all educational institutions is to prepare our students for the future. This includes helping them to understand the role that they play in terms of the health of our planet and empowering them to make good environmental choices. The recognition of the Bethlehem School District Green Team by the governor’s office helps us to further promote and share this important information and move us all toward a sustainable future.”

Steve Lurie, Clearwater Festival director, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, says, “Thank you to the New York State DEC for this prestigious award. More than 50 years ago, Pete and Toshi Seeger founded what we now call Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival or The Clearwater Festival.  Our Zero Waste program grew out of Toshi’s original Litter Picking Committee. Today, Zero Waste is truly a team effort consisting of more than 70 volunteers led by our wonderful coordinators MJ Wilson and Susan Mayer, Clearwater Festival staff, our vendors as well as the great staff at Croton Point Park. Throughout the festival the volunteers help educate attendees about why recycling, composting and striving towards zero waste is so crucially important for our environment, which we all share. Clearwater is truly grateful to receive this award and we hope to continue to honor Pete and Toshi’s legacy for years to come.”

NYSDOT Chief of Staff Cathy Calhoun says, “We strive to build and maintain our transportation system with an eye towards reducing impacts to the natural environment in keeping with Gov. Cuomo’s commitment to protecting nature and wildlife in New York State. The simple act of delaying mowing along our ‘Butterfly Beltway’ encourages growth in the monarch butterfly population and protects pollinator food sources, keeping the I-390 corridor in sync with the surrounding landscape.”

Pamela Reed Sanchez, executive director, Seneca Park Zoo Society, sys, “Being recognized by DEC with this award, and for this partnership, is vitally important for the Seneca Park Zoo Society to achieve our vision of being a national leader in education and conservation action for species survival. The increased exposure to our mission and vision will help us take the next steps to ensure this vision is achieved.”

Emily M. Albright, director of recycling, Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, says, “The authority is committed to environmental education and introducing lifelong recycling habits at an early age. We are honored to be receiving this award.”

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein says, “I firmly believe that we have a fundamental obligation to protect our pristine environment for all our citizens as well as for future generations. This recognition is both personally humbling and a strong testament to the work my administration has done, in conjunction with amazing partners, to deliver meaningful environmental stewardship. It is an honor to be recognized as the only net carbon neutral county in the state of New York, in addition to having the highest concentration of municipal electric vehicle charging stations and committing to purchase of all our electricity from renewable sources.”

For additional information about the program and past winners, and to learn about applying for the 2018 Environmental Excellence Awards, visit DEC’s website.

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Cat releases new range of wheeled material handlers

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 07:22
Caterpillar says its new range of wheeled material handlers, the MH3022, MH3024 and MH3026, maintains its purpose-built philosophy while reflecting engineering refinements for specific industrial applications. Further improvements for these 2018 models include features that support rapid return on investment and enhance overall performance, versatility and safety, the Peoria, Illinois-based company says.

The design of the new material handlers is focused on application efficiency and reduced ownership costs, the company says. For example, users do not need to buy a machine with a wide undercarriage if low-density materials are being handled, and shorter front linkages are available if the machine frequently works in confined spaces.

Cat says the MH3022 “is an agile solution for handling jobs with space constraints, providing the necessary reach for tasks such as indoor sorting and waste handling, yet providing application flexibility with a choice of two MH booms, three straight sticks with linkage and two drop–nose sticks.” The compact undercarriage is wide enough to provide stability, while the centered position of the swing bearing allows equal capabilities when working over the front and rear.

The MH3024 is ideal for tasks such as waste handling, recycling and bulk-material handling when space is not constrained, Cat says. The MH3024 features a long MH front linkage for maximum reach, and a choice of undercarriage configurations to meet all customer application needs.

Cat says that if the application is not stability-sensitive, then the new 2.75-meter (9-foot) undercarriage might be suitable for when the MH3024 works in typical conditions, as well as a good fit for the MH3026 if it is handling low-density materials. In either instance, the machine's footprint is adequate to ensure stability in normal operation, and, again, lifting capacities over the rear are increased by the symmetric position of the swing bearing, the company says.

If the work requires greater lifting capacities and a larger working envelope, the MH3026 is the optimum machine, according to Cat. It is equipped with a long MH boom and provides a choice of three drop-nose sticks ranging in length from 4.9 to 5.9 meters (16.1 to 19.3 feet) and three straight sticks. Cat offers a choice of three undercarriage sizes.

The flexible design of the new material handlers also contributes to the ease of transporting these machines, Cat says. Two drop-nose sticks for the MH3022 and MH3026 are now available, having lengths of 4.5 meters (14.75 feet) and 5.5 meters (18.1 feet). The new sticks can be an efficient solution when moving a machine between job sites is a frequent occurrence, allowing transport without removing the stick, the company says. Sticks are designed to keep transport heights below the critical 4-meter (13.1-foot) dimension for time and cost savings.

A front push blade is available for all undercarriage types across the three models. These blades provide an easy way to clear the working area and push materials commonly encountered in waste and mill yard applications. Working on surfaces free of debris can further extend tire life, resulting in greater operational efficiency, Cat says.

Operational efficiency gets a further boost with redesigned, optimized, Cat orange-peel grapples. Designed to be an exact match between tool and machine, Cat says, the new grapples can contribute to decreased fuel consumption by as much as 15 percent in some applications. The grapples feature reduced weight for shorter cycle times and increased productivity. Additional cost savings are available through the increased durability of the grapples, which have castings in place of welded structures in high stress areas, the company adds.

Cat says operator health and safety are primary design goals for its new material handlers. To that end, an Advanced Cab Filtration system, available as an integrated option from the factory, is recommended when machines work in dusty, contaminated environments, especially indoors. The system is designed to nearly eliminates dust and contaminants (insecticides, spores, fungi, bacteria or vapors, for example) from entering the cab. The system also eliminates the need to add cumbersome after-market filtration systems. Also, an Easy Cab Access option, which installs steps on the front and rear of the undercarriage, facilitates cab ingress/egress when the upper frame is not aligned with the chassis, Cat says.

More information on Cat’s new range of wheeled material handlers is available at www.cat.com/requestCatinfo

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Republic offers sustainability tips for the holiday season

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 07:18
Republic Services Inc., Phoenix, is offering tips to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into celebrations and family gatherings during the holiday season.

"The holiday season can be a hectic time of year for just about everyone,” Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability at Republic, says. "Many of us want to be more sustainable during the holidays, but we aren't sure how or we just don't have the time. These five easy tips can help each of us to do our part to make environmentally responsible choices throughout the holiday season and help make a positive impact in our communities for generations to come."

Republic's five holiday sustainability tips are:

  1. Reusing laminated bags and recycling those made of paper.
  2. Making shredded paper out of old newspapers and reusing last year's bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts when shipping gifts.
  3. Recycling the wrapping paper, including shiny paper, after opening gifts. Ribbons and bow are not recyclable and should be saved and reused.
  4. Checking with a service provider on any special instructions or electronics recycling options.
  5. Making sure paper coffee cups, plastic lids and paper sleeves are empty, clean and dry before going to the recycling container.

American's waste generation per household increases 25 percent, or almost 1,000 pounds of trash, between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Republic says. Remarkably, roughly 80 percent of what is thrown away during the holidays could be recycled or repurposed, according to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The most common nonrecyclables contaminating the recycling waste stream during the holiday season include bubble wrap, cellophane, string/rope, ribbons and bows, batteries, food, clothing, cell phones and Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene foam, Republic says.

The cardboard and the plastic are recyclable in toy packaging, but must be separated from one another, Republic says, including the plastic window on the box of a doll or action figure. Sticky gift tags are not recyclable alone, but they are acceptable if fixed to an envelope or wrapping paper.

Republic also recommends checking in advance on any changes to holiday collection dates or times and special instructions for disposing of Christmas trees.

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Alter Trading announces leadership changes

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 06:18
Pictured above, from left: Michael Goldstein, Robert Goldstein and Jay Robinovitz

Alter Trading Corp., headquartered in St. Louis, has announced changes to the company’s leadership team that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Jay Robinovitz has been promoted to the role of chief executive officer of Alter Trading Corp., replacing Robert Goldstein. He will retain his prior title of president and also will become a member of the company’s board of directors. His leadership at Alter during the past eight years, coupled with his long history of success in the recycling industry, makes him uniquely qualified for his new role, according to the company.

Alter says Robinovitz’ promotion is an important step in the company’s succession planning process and assures strong leadership that supports continued profitable growth.

Michael Goldstein has been promoted to the new role of corporate vice president of operations. He will report to Robinovitz and will oversee the daily operations of all 60 operating and processing facilities. Michael Goldstein joined the company in 2009 and has taken on numerous assignments, giving him broad exposure to metals recycling operations, domestic and international ferrous and nonferrous marketing, mergers, acquisitions and related integration activities. He represents the fifth generation of the Alter & Goldstein families in executive roles at the company, and this assignment positions him in a key leadership role, according to the company.

Robert Goldstein will transition to the role of executive chairman of Alter Trading. He has been with the company since 1969 and most recently serves as chairman of the Alter Trading board and as chief executive officer. He also serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer for Alter’s parent company, the Goldstein Group, and held the position of chairman of the Isle of Capri Casinos until its divestiture earlier this year. Robert Goldstein will continue to chart the course for the metals recycling business and will work with the fourth and fifth generations of the family to pursue new business interests, according to Alter Trading.

Alter says it considers itself an organization that constantly evolves to meet the challenges of the recycling industry. “The changes outlined above will allow the company to provide the highest level of leadership both today and into the future, providing stability to our shareholders, our employees and to the communities in which we operate,” the company adds.

Founded in 1898, Alter is one of the largest scrap processing companies in the country, with trading offices and processing plants across the central United States.

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