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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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Ettlinger filter designed to handle recyclable polymers

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 01:01
Königsbrunn, Germany-based Ettlinger Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH is now offering the ERF350 filter for what it calls “contaminated polymer feedstock.” The company indicates the new model is the first in what will be a “performance-enhanced generation of the ERF series suitable for processing all standard polyolefins and polystyrenes as well as numerous engineering plastics.”

Among the engineering resins the ERF350 can handle, according to Ettlinger, are styrene copolymers, thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The filter is capable of removing foreign particles such as paper, aluminum, wood elastomers or high-melting polymer composites containing up to 18 percent contaminants, according to Ettlinger.

Depending on the type and level of contamination in the material to be cleaned and the selected screen size, the ERF350 can obtain a maximum throughput of 3,800 kilograms (8,375 pounds) per hour in combination with what Ettlinger calls “ultra-low melt losses.”

“Users of our new ERF350 melt filter very soon realize that their investment pays for itself in minimal time owing to the clearly superior performance,” says Volker Neuber, Ettlinger’s managing director. “It’s a highly efficient way for recycling plants to strengthen their competitiveness in terms of costs and performance in what is a fiercely contested market constrained by price tags. Companies [that] process large quantities will particularly profit from the new technology. Compounders where PP (polypropylene) is converted for use in the automotive sector or manufacturers of, say, LPDE (low-density polyethylene) packaging films, are only two examples.”

The EFR350’s capacity has been confirmed during “the first few months of practical duty with pilot customers,” according to Ettlinger. The firm also contends users will “profit from more productivity when recycling contaminated waste plastics from industrial or consumer sources [and] energy consumption is about as low as that of the (earlier introduced model) ERF250 despite the far better efficiency.”

The company also calls the ERF350 self-cleaning. It works with a rotating, perforated drum, through which there is a continuous flow of melt material from the outside to the inside. Screen sizes offered range from 80 micrometers (.003 inches) to 1,300 micrometers (.05 inches). A scraper has been designed to continuously remove contaminants that are held back on the surface and feeds them to an exit screw or discharge shaft.

Ettlinger Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH was founded in Germany in 1983 and in 2013 opened a sales and service subsidiary in Atlanta. The company focuses on the development and manufacture of injection molding machines and melt filters, including filters designed for the continuous filtration of feedstock with contaminants such as paper, aluminum, wood, silicone or high-melt-temperature polymer composites. Ettlinger’s injection molding machines are targeted toward the production of polymer moldings up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) in weight, such as plastic pallets, fittings or manholes.

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Rubicon Global hires new president

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 14:55
Rubicon Global, Atlanta, has announced the appointment of Elaine Richards as its new president, effective Dec. 4, 2017.

Richards most recently worked at Cars.com, where she served as the executive vice president of business operations. In this position, she was responsible for operationalizing the long-term vision for Cars.com, focusing on initiatives that support future growth. This included overseeing the integration and onboarding strategies for new company acquisitions, as well as leading the strategy to ensure alignment of Cars.com’s operational touch points. Richards also led the operations division, including customer support, account management and fulfillment where she was focused on client retention and customer service.

“Elaine is a truly transformative leader. She has challenged the status quo in the automobile and technology industries and now brings her strong leadership skills to Rubicon Global and the waste and recycling industry,” says Morris, Rubicon Global founder, chairman and CEO. “Elaine’s extensive experience in the technology space and unparalleled track record in customer service, retention and growth make her the perfect addition to our executive leadership team as we continue to drive the circular economy to Main Street America.

Morris adds, “The timing of Elaine joining us couldn’t be better, given the many exciting developments at Rubicon. We recently completed one fundraising round and are in the middle of another. SMB [small and midsize business] organic growth has increased 300 percent year-to-date (with reduced acquisition costs) and we expect to have close to 5,000 SMB customers by 2018. We successfully rolled out our smart cities proprietary technology in major cities, with a planned expansion in 2018. Finally, we have transformed our leadership, with the addition and promotion of seasoned leaders to improve our internal functional teams and enhance our customer experience and hauler relationships.” 

Prior to joining Cars.com, Richards served as the vice president of strategic initiatives, network sales and operations for McClatchy Interactive where she managed local sales across a publisher network of more than 30 daily newspapers and 100 websites nationwide.

“Elaine has a proven record in the digitization of legacy industries,” continues Morris. “Her experience and success at Cars.com gives her invaluable insight and tools to help Rubicon Global as we work to transform another legacy industry. We are excited to have her join us in fulfilling Rubicon’s mission of providing significant environmental benefits with less trash in landfills, more livable communities from smarter cities, and lower prices and more choices for consumers and small business owners.”

Rubicon is based in Atlanta and has offices in Lexington, Kentucky, and in New York City and San Francisco.

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CPM acquires Proline Engineering

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:56
CPM Holdings Inc., Waterloo, Iowa, a supplier of process equipment and technology to the food, fuel and engineered materials industries, has acquired Proline Engineering, based in Manchester, U.K.

Founded in 1996, Proline is a supplier of high-speed, high-volume conveyance solutions, installation and aftermarket services for the metal packaging industry.

Proline will join Greenbank Technology, which is also based in the U.K., in CPM’s metal packaging solutions platform.

“Proline brings terrific synergies to our metal packaging offering,” says CPM President Ted Waitman. “Proline’s bespoke material handling solutions complement CPM’s leading position in washer and thermal technologies for the two-piece can industry. Most importantly, Proline shares CPM’s core values, operating philosophies and unyielding customer commitment.”

Former Proline owners Ivan Wroe, Stephen Rimmer, Colin Timms and Gary Jones will continue to serve Proline in leadership and management roles.

“With CPM, Proline will accelerate its global growth and development,” Wroe says. “We will build on our industry-leading conveyance technology to connect critical process equipment to create bespoke systems solution to customers around the world.”

CPM says the Proline acquisition significantly expands its metal packaging product portfolio, which includes washers, dryers, curing ovens and conveyance solutions. Proline will maintain its operations in Manchester while leveraging CPM’s global operational base. CPM says it will invest resources and align business processes to support the company’s global growth. 

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CMC to add second spooler at its Arizona micromill

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:34
Commercial Metals Co., based in Irving, Texas, has announced that it will invest in a second spooler to produce hot-rolled, spooled rebar at its micromill in Mesa, Arizona. This investment is in addition to the January 2017 announcement of CMC’s first spooler in the United States, which will be located at the company’s new micromill in Durant, Oklahoma. CMC says it expects to begin shipping spooled rebar from the Oklahoma mill in the spring of 2018 and from the Arizona mill about one year later.

"We are excited to expand our production capabilities of spooled rebar in the United States,” says Tracy Porter, executive vice president, CMC operations. “The ability to produce and sell spooled rebar from both Oklahoma and Arizona will allow us to reach a broader geographic market. The micromill technology lends itself well to spooled rebar production and allows us to offer spools from 1.5 to 4.8 tons.”

Porter adds, “CMC remains committed to supporting and servicing the concrete reinforcing industry with new and innovative products.”

CMC and its subsidiaries manufacture, recycle and market steel and metal products, related materials and services through a network including four electric arc furnace (EAF) minimills, an EAF micromill, a rerolling mill, steel fabrication and processing plants, construction-related product warehouses, metal recycling facilities and marketing and distribution offices in the United States and in strategic international markets.

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Cone Denim uses Repreve fabric in its S Gene denims

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:12
Cone Denim and Unifi Inc., both headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, have introduced the S Gene with Repreve, combining the advanced stretch technology of S Gene denims with the sustainability and performance of Repreve recycled polyester fiber.

S Gene with Repreve denims use as many as three postconsumer plastic bottles in one pair of jeans.  They offer “sustainable superior stretch to the market” while providing denim brands the ability “to offer and promote the advanced performance of S Gene technologies and Repreve recycled fibers,” according to a news release issued by both companies.

“It is very exciting to continue our celebration of 10 years of S Gene technology with the addition of S Gene with Repreve,” says Kara Nicholas, vice president product design and marketing for Cone Denim. “This newest addition to Cone’s Sustainblue collection of fabrics maintains the authentic look and feel of traditional denim while offering advanced stretch, recovery and durability in an eco-friendly fabric that is increasingly more important to consumers today. S Gene with Repreve offers the best of both worlds.” 

Cone Denim’s Sustainblue collection of fabrics is comprised of denim constructions using recycled cotton, recycled polyester and other sustainable yarns.

“We are proud that Cone Denim has chosen Repreve, the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, for its sustainable collection of S Gene denim,” says Jay Hertwig, vice president of global brand sales for Unifi.  “This collaboration brings together two global leaders in the textile industry aimed at driving innovation in the denim market.”

Cone Denim is part of International Textile Group Inc. (ITG), with manufacturing capabilities in China and Mexico and marketing and sales support throughout the world, including offices the U.S. and Hong Kong. 

Through Repreve, one of Unifi’s proprietary technologies and a global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, Unifi has transformed more than 10 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new clothing, shoes, home goods and other consumer products. 

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Mavrix Welding Automation upgrades its dual-torch hard-surfacing system

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 07:37
New Berlin, Wisconsin-based Mavrix Welding Automation Inc. has redesigned its dual-torch shredder disc rebuild system. The company says the system features an improved mounting system and open carriage design that reduces installation time to 30 minutes or less. The dual-torch system can apply 50 pounds of weld metal per hour, significantly shortening downtime, the frequency of maintenance events and the cost per ton of scrap, according to Mavrix.

Mavrix says it custom builds its systems so they can be integrated with all hammer-type shredders with disc rotors, including those from Metso-Texas Shredder, Riverside Engineering, Newell, TSC, Wendt and American Pulverizer. Mavrix says it has installed systems around the country, working closely with many manufacturers to ensure its products fit precisely to the shredder system.

The dual-torch disc rebuild system includes two weld carriages that support the weld arm and adjustable open arc torches, wire feeders and 60-pound coils of wire. The carriage with the new opening design allows the main beam and legs to be installed first and the carriages second, significantly reducing the weight of the system and making installation easier.

Mavrix says it has consolidated the controls into a single hand-held pendant that allows the operator to be mobile yet maintain control. The pendant frees the operator to maintain a safe distance from welding fumes yet keep complete control over voltage, amperage, rotation speed and circumferential step-over. With remote start/stop, the operator can pause at any time to inspect the work and simply begin again without out worrying about “wire whiskers” because a built-in burn-back circuit eliminates the welding wire sticking to the work piece, according to the manufacturer.

The disc rebuild system works well with Stood 110MC, a modified high-chromium-manganese-steel-metal-cored wire designed for parts subject to severe impact loading. This wire allows the system to be used in a single wire welding solution; there is no need to build up with one product and then change over to a hard-facing wire, Mavrix says. A single-wire solution reduces stocking requirements and eliminates concern with residual hard facing material when returning for subsequent build events.

Stoody 110MC has great welder appeal, low slag, goes down softly and work hardens to 55 HRC (Rockwell Scale of Hardness, part C), according to Mavrix, which is an authorized distributor of Stoody wire products.

Mavrix is a specialty manufacturer of automated hard-facing and metal buildup systems used to resurface equipment in the shredding, pulverizing, grinding, crushing, steel mill, ID/OD pipe, hard banding and custom welding automation applications. More information is available from President and owner Glen Senger at glen@mavrixweld.com or by calling 262-439-8477. 

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California funding goes to plastics, glass recyclers

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 19:33
The Sacramento-based California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has awarded $9 million in new California Climate Investments (CCIs) to three projects in Kern, San Joaquin, and Los Angeles counties.

CalRecycle’s Recycled Fiber Plastic and Glass Grant Program is part of CCI, a statewide initiative that taps into cap-and-trade dollars. CCI funding is directed toward projects that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the state’s recycling infrastructure. CalRecycle indicates the projects also are expected to create more than 200 jobs in the state.

The three companies or entities receiving the newly announced CCI funding are:

  • rPlanet Earth Los Angeles LLC, which has received $3 million to help build a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) reclaiming facility in Vernon, California, to process PET thermoforms and extrude them into new food-contact grade thermoformed packaging;
  • Revolution Plastics LLC, based in Kern, California, has received $3 million to help it increase its collection capacity for low-density polyethylene (LDPE) agricultural film and irrigation tubing, and to develop a facility in Bakersfield, California, to clean, process, and remanufacture the film into plastic can liners, new mulch film or plastic lumber; and
  • SiONEER Stockton LLC has received $3 million to build a plant in Stockton to process recycled glass into a material that can replace fly ash (a coal combustion product) as an ingredient in the concrete manufacturing process.

“Recycling materials eliminates greenhouse gas emissions produced when mining and refining new materials,” says CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline. “These latest investments not only bring us closer to our recycling and greenhouse gas reduction goals, but show how California’s core values of environmental protection, public health and safety, and economic vitality can coexist to benefit communities throughout our state.”

$9 million was allocated to CalRecycle’s RFPG Grant Program for 2016-17. The agency indicates it received 13 eligible applications requesting $30.6 million in funding. It then granted funds to the three highest-scoring applicants based on criteria including greenhouse gas reductions, materials diverted from landfills, benefits to disadvantaged communities and project readiness. 

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Pyrowave and Ineos enter into polystyrene recycling venture

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 19:16
Montreal-based Pyrowave and INEOS Styrolution America LLC, an Illinois-based subsidiary of London-based INEOS, have announced a partnership to support Pyrowave’s North American polystyrene (PS) recycling project.

The project is being set up to demonstrate the recyclability of post-consumer polystyrene packaging using Pyrowave’s catalytic microwave depolymerization (CMD) technology. The project will Involve “various actors from the value chain of the polystyrene industry,” the two companies indicate, with INEOS being the first manufacturer to join the consortium.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Pyrowave in this project,” says Ricardo Cuetos, vice president of standard products at INEOS Styrolution America. “At INEOS Styrolution, we are committed to exploring ways toward a circular economy. Polystyrene is a too valuable [of a] material to end up in landfills. Pyrowave’s North American project is a significant component in our efforts to recycle polystyrene taking advantage of innovative technologies,” adds Cuetos.

Pyrowave states that its principal advantage is the modularity of its technology, which is intended to be installed and operated at existing sorting facilities, similar to other recycling equipment. Its microwave technology is intended to operate at commercial scale and generate “high yields of monomers with very low energy consumption,” according to the firm.

Pyrowave spent three years testing the technology on post-consumer PS scrap, and is now operating what it calls a “full scale” machine in Montreal. Pyrowave’s next phase is to deploy units in the field and demonstrate its business model with companies within the PS use and recycling chain.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the support of INEOS Styrolution in the project as it shows strong leadership from the polystyrene industry, [which] wants to improve the life cycle of polymer products,” says Jocelyn Doucet, CEO of Pyrowave. “We believe that plastics are meant to stay in our modern world and to continue delivering broad span benefits during their use phase. However, this must include end-of-life-solutions. We believe the future of plastic is circular. Our technology combined with the support of the industry will help improve our world’s resource efficiency for the good of future generations,” adds Doucet.

Pyrowave describes itself as a pioneer in CMD techniques for discarded plastics, a microwave technology that unzips plastics back into their initial constituents. The process is designed to create a range of end products from PS scrap, such as recycled wax, oil and monomers.

INEOS Styrolution describes itself as a leading, global styrene products supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, PS, ABS Standard and styrene-related specialties. The company provides styrene products to several industry sectors, including the automotive, electronics, construction, health care and packaging sectors. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,200 people and operates 16 production sites in nine countries.

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Liebherr earns German Design Award

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:31
The Liebherr Group, with corporate headquarters in Bulle, Switzerland, has announced it has received the 2018 German Design Award in the “Excellent Product Design” category for its T46-7 telescopic handler and its XPower L 550 to L 586 wheel loaders.

Liebherr says judges were impressed by the “optimal visibility and the dynamic appearance of the telescopic handler, as well as the intelligent and functional design of the XPower wheel loaders.” The German Design Award is one of the most highly recognized design competitions worldwide, says the equipment manufacturer.

More than 5,000 submissions are observed during a two-day judging session at the German Design Awards.

Liebherr presented one of its eight new T46-7 telescopic handler models that are available in 26 versions.

“The application-specific demands required by telescopic handler operators resulted in the final design criteria for the new Liebherr telescopic handlers. The Liebherr developers placed the main focus on creating optimal visibility as well as intuitive and convenient operation,” says Liebherr.

“The overall machine design was aimed at ensuring maximum visibility of the load at the front to give enhanced productivity, as well as to the side and rear, for maximum safety,” the company explains. “This was primarily achieved thanks to the very low pivot point of the telescopic boom, as well as the sloping sides of the handler and an engine hood that follows the line of sight. With its continuous windscreen and internal slim-line ROPS/FOPS grid, adapted to the operator’s sight line, the cab design also helps ensure maximum visibility of the load.”

The company continues, “Additional design focus was placed on intuitive operation, comfort and ergonomics. The 5-in-1 joystick fitted in the Value models and the multifunctional joystick in the S-models, make it possible to perform all essential work functions with single-arm operation. This means the left hand stays securely on the steering wheel at all times, which is important in guaranteeing safe and efficient work.”

The German Design Award is the third design price that Liebherr has been awarded for its wheel loaders, including the iF and Red Dot prizes. 

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California Resource Recovery Association issues call for papers

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:19
The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) has announced the July 26-29, 2018, date for its 42nd annual conference in addition to a call for papers related to speakers and sessions. The CRRA’s Annual Conference and Tradeshow is set to be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, California.

The association is currently accepting submissions in two formats: individual speakers or complete sessions. This call for papers, the CRRA says, is an invitation to participate in and contribute to CRRA’s 2018 event. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15, 2018.

The CRRA says abstracts are welcome for an array of zero waste topics, including but not limited to: 

  • addressing climate change;
  • California mandates;
  • illegal dumping, stormwater and marine debris;
  • looking beyond California for inspiration;
  • response to China’s National Sword; and
  • starving landfills to feed communities.

For 42 years the CRRA says its annual conference has been “among the most comprehensive and dynamic events dedicated to sustainable materials management.”

The CRRA was founded in 1974 with a mission to provide its members with resources to advance local, regional and statewide waste reduction efforts that result in critical environmental and climate protection outcomes.

For full details and instructions on how to submit a proposal, visit www.crra.com/conference.

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Closed Loop Partners suggests interventions to increase the US PET recycling rate

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 11:55
Closed Loop Partners, New York, has released “Cleaning the rPET Stream,” a new study looking at recycling system interventions that the organization says could increase the recycling rate for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by 6 percent and close the loop on an additional 80 million pounds of PET bottles annually without the introduction of new recycling carts.

The full report, including a detailed analysis of recommended interventions, is available on Closed Loop Partners’ website at www.closedlooppartners.com/cleaning-the-rpet-stream.

Focusing on U.S. infrastructure for sorting and processing postconsumer recycled PET (rPET) for bottle and container uses, the study looked at cost drivers for producing rPET, including high levels of contamination and yield loss commonly found in curbside PET bales.  

Closed Loop Partners Managing Partner Ron Gonen says, “We commissioned this study to identify systemwide opportunities to improve current rPET infrastructure and scale the use of postconsumer recycled PET nationally. We believe there are investable opportunities that benefit municipalities, the PET recycling industry and end users by making rPET a more desirable material that competes with virgin.”

The study arrived at a number of findings:

  • Although rPET pricing is closely tied to that of virgin PET, the cost structures for producing each are very different. Processing rPET is a highly distributed, mechanical process, involving policy-driven supply and market-based demand that must compete with virgin resin markets.
  • Recommended interventions include making capital investments in newer technologies at material recovery facilities (MRFs) and at reprocessors, improving packaging design for recyclability and creating more reliable agreements among parties.
  • If interventions are implemented together, MRFs, reprocessors and end users could lower costs by 10 percent, improve yield by 21 percent and create other system benefits.
  • If the suggested interventions were implemented at scale, the national recycling rate of PET could increase by 6 percent.
  • Opportunities are available to create value throughout the supply chain and can be instructive for considering solutions for polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE), two resins that are seeing growth in volumes and end-use markets.

Closed Loop Partners says that if its suggested systemwide interventions were implemented, “the result would be a stronger system, more resilient in riding out the storms. We would also see a reversal of the recent negative trends in PET recycling rates, with meaningful increases in the quantity and quality of PET going through the system.”

Research and analysis for “Cleaning the rPET Stream” was provided by Ann Arbor, Michigan-based RRS, with input from the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR), Washington, and NAPCOR, Florence, Kentucky. The study was commissioned as part of Closed Loop Partners’ broader research initiative to provide insights to investors on the capital landscape for recycling and circular supply chains.

Nelson Switzer, chief sustainability officer for Nestlé Waters North America, which is an investor in Closed Loop Fund and a member of APR, says, “The study identifies a set of levers that can be pulled to clear the way for brand owners to make the additional investment in the use of rPET. If the right combination of these levers can be pulled, costs for rPET will decline and use will increase—a win-win for the environment and the economy.” 

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Global crude steel production increases in October 2017

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 09:49
The 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel), Brussels, produced 145.3 million metric tons of crude steel in October 2017, a 5.9 percent increase compared with October 2016.

The crude steel capacity utilization ratio of the 66 countries in October 2017 was 73 percent, which is 3 percentage points higher than in October 2016. However, compared with September 2017, it is 0.6 percentage points lower.

The U.S. produced 7 million metric tons of crude steel in October 2017, an increase of 12 percent compared with October 2016.

At 72.4 million metric tons, China produced the most crude steel during October 2017. This was an increase of 6.1 percent compared with October 2016.

Japan produced 9 million metric tons of crude steel in October 2017, decreasing by 1 percent compared with October 2016 production.

India produced 8.6 million metric tons of crude steel in October 2017, a 5.3 percent increase compared with October 2016.

Turkey led crude steel production in the European Union in October at 3.3 million metric tons. This is an 11.1 percent increase over its October 2016 production. Italy produced 2.3 million metric tons of crude steel for the month, a 6.1 percent increase compared with October 2016. France’s 1.4 million metric tons produced in October 2017 were an increase of 1.6 percent compared with October 2016. Spain produced 1.3 million metric tons in October 2017, posting the greatest year-over-year increase in the EU of 11.9 percent.

Brazil’s crude steel production for October 2017 was 3 million metric tons, a 3.9 percent increase from October 2016. 

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Genesis promotes product manager

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 09:08
Genesis Attachments, Superior, Wisconsin, has announced Mike Booth has been promoted to product manager.

In this newly created role, Booth will be responsible for internally managing the recently introduced GHB Hydraulic Breaker, GCG Cyclone Rock and Concrete Grinder product lines. He also will work with demolition, construction, road and bridge, utility, excavation and trenching customers to further develop these product lines to ensure they meet end-user needs, says Genesis.

Since January 2016, Booth has served as the Genesis Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regional manager. Prior to  joining Genesis, he worked for 18 years in the construction equipment industry where he received multiple awards and accolades for his sales accomplishments. Booth spent more than 13 of his 18 years in the construction equipment industry selling and promoting hydraulic breakers.

“His industry experience and knowledge make him a valuable customer and application resource,” Genesis says of Booth.

Genesis Attachments is a global leader in the design and manufacture of shears, grapples, concrete processors and specialty attachments for the scrap processing, demolition, material handling and offshore decommissioning industries.

 

 

 

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Pyrowave receives grant from Foam Recycling Coalition

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 08:28
Canada-based Pyrowave, a developer of catalytic microwave depolymerization technology for plastics, has received a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition to purchase equipment to allow for in-house processing of polystyrene (PS).

The Montreal-based company commercializes microwave-based equipment modules to perform depolymerization of mixed plastics. It is focusing initially on processing postconsumer PS. According to Pyrowave, the machines can depolymerize postconsumer PS into a styrene oil with up to 95 percent yield, which is then shipped to styrene buyers.

“Our initial polystyrene supply is mostly densified because not many jurisdictions know it can be recycled, so we have to source material from far locations until the movement is engaged,” says Jocelyn Doucet, CEO of Pyrowave. “With the support of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, we will have the ability to shred the densified material from our partners and reduce our costs of operation at our demonstration facility. Our goal is that once we demonstrate recyclability of polystyrene, we can see more collection programs implemented, which will increase demand for our equipment by local recyclers.”

“Companies like Pyrowave are advancing technologies to create innovative outlets for recycled polystyrene,” says Lynn Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), Falls Church, Virginia, which houses the Foam Recycling Coalition. “The beauty of the system that we’re funding is the ability to design a closed loop, taking recycled foam foodservice packaging and turning it back into a building block for future use in foodservice packaging.”

Pyrowave can process approximately 1 to 3 tons per day of postconsumer PS material, which includes foodservice packaging items such as cups and take-out containers. The company’s current capacity is estimated at 800 tons per year, providing another end market for recovered PS, the Foam Recycling Coalition says. While the company currently operates only in Montreal, Pyrowave says it plans to install additional systems in other parts of North America.

The grant was made possible through contributions to FPI’s Foam Recycling Coalition, which focuses exclusively on increased recycling of postconsumer PS foam. The coalition launched the grant program in 2015 to help fund infrastructure to collect and process these products. Its members include Americas Styrenics, Cascades Canada ULC, CKF Inc., Chick-fil-A, Commodore, Dart Container Corp., Dyne-A-Pak, Genpak, Hawaii’s Finest Products, INEOS Styrolution, NOVA Chemicals Corp., Pactiv Foodservice/Food Packaging and TOTAL Petrochemicals & Refining USA.

Pyrowave is the eighth Foam Recycling Coalition grant recipient. Nearly 1 million additional residents in the U.S. and Canada can recycle foam as a result of its funding, according to the Foam Recycling Coalition. 

The coalition says more grant announcements will be made in early 2018. To apply for a grant or for more information on previous recipients, visit www.recyclefoam.org

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SWANA releases WTE safety tips

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 07:49
Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, has announced the release of a new installment to its Five to Stay Alive safety series featuring tips for waste-to-energy (WTE) employees.

WTE sites are highly mechanized environments where humans and powerful machines frequently come into contact. Although WTE employers have low injury rates, SWANA says there are safety hazards and risks throughout these facilities. The key to improving safety at these facilities involves not only proper initial training for workers, but regular refreshers to keep employees from falling into dangerous habits.    

The Five to Stay Alive safety campaign includes flyers and posters that provide a useful set of guidelines for employees to follow with the goal of reducing accidents and injuries on the job.

“I am proud of SWANA’s latest addition to its award-winning safety resources,” David Biderman, SWANA executive director and CEO, says. “More than 33 million tons of solid waste are processed annually at roughly 77 WTE facilities in the U.S., and there are a handful of WTE facilities in Canada as well. These new safety resources will help workers at these important disposal facilities work safely every day.” 

Bruce Howie, vice president at HDR, Omaha, Nebraska, and past SWANA WTE technical division director, worked with SWANA to develop the new Five to Stay Alive installment.

“WTE facility operators have long been leaders in implementing some of the most stringent and forward-thinking safety standards in the solid waste industry; however, even the strictest standards won’t protect employees if not followed by everyone, and WTE facilities are still not immune from lost time accidents and even worker deaths,” Howie says. “This reality makes this installment of the Five to Stay Alive for the WTE industry relevant for everyone from the plant’s operators to the occasional plant visitor.”

Five to Stay Alive resources are available for download on the SWANA website. To learn more about SWANA’s safety program, visit swana.org/safety.]]>

WestRock beer carton earns sustainability accreditation

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 20:59
Norcross, Georgia-based WestRock Company and its customer Denmark-based brewery the Carlsberg Group, have collaborated on a type of beverage packaging that has received Cradle to Cradle certification.

WestRock has announced it has received Cradle to Cradle Bronze certification for the Kronenbourg 1664 6-Pack Carton, made from WestRock’s Carrier Kote Coated Natural Kraft paperboard. The material is made from up to 15 percent recycled content, according to WestRock. It is designed to provide “excellent print quality with sharp, clear graphics capturing attention on the shelf and it gives optimal protection to the glass bottles, remaining strong even when wet,” the firm indicates.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard has been created to assist designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness.

The new package “is the result of deep collaboration between WestRock and Carlsberg and a shared commitment to sustainability,” WestRock states in its news release. WestRock joined the Carlsberg Circular Community (CCC) in 2014 to collaborate to “rethink product packaging to ensure quality, optimize raw material inputs, eliminate waste and improve end-of-life environmental impact.”

“Sustainable development is only possible with strong partnerships and a true commitment to innovation,” says Michael Hinrichs, chief procurement officer of Carlsberg Group. “We are proud to partner with WestRock to continue to drive new ideas that increase our customers’ enjoyment of our products and protect the environment.”

Adds Hinrichs, “We appreciate WestRock’s active contribution to the CCC and look forward to continued partnership in the coming years to achieve the ambitious targets in our new sustainability program, Together Towards ZERO.”

“Sustainability is a key part of our value proposition for customers,” says Nina Butler, chief sustainability officer of WestRock. “We value the trust that Carlsberg has put in us, and we look forward to continuing to deliver winning solutions that enhance sustainability.” 

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Starlinger inaugurates new headquarters

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 19:07
Weissenbach, Austria-based equipment company Starlinger & Co. GmbH held the 2017 version of its “Dynamic Days” event in late October and inaugurated the new headquarters of its recycling technology division at the event. The building is located near the existing Starlinger factory.

Starlinger offers machinery and process technology for woven plastic bags and has a recycling technology division that has been establishing itself in the market for the past 30 years. That division had been operating from the head office in Vienna and from the Starlinger factory in Weissenbach. The construction of a separate new building started in early 2016, and by the summer of 2017, sales, engineering and other recycling-related employees moved into the new recycling headquarters in Weissenbach.

The October opening ceremony drew about 200 visitors. Andreas Pechhacker, the head of Starlinger’s recycling technology division, commented on parallels between machine setup and building design. He said the building’s lighting, fire protection, temperature control and the alarm system are integrated into a PLC (programmable logic controller) unit, and that the building is heated with 100 percent renewable energy.

Michael Otter, the CEO of international trade office Advantage Austria, praised Starlinger as an innovative family business, “hidden champion,” and global player. Starlinger Managing Partner Angelika Huemer said recycling technology is an integral part of the company. “We are committed to the future of recycling at Starlinger. Recycling is here to stay,” she commented.

Some 150 participants from 34 countries attended the customer Dynamic Days event. Starlinger technology related to odor reduction on polyolefins and polyester recycling took center stage on the first day of the event. Polypropylene (PP) regrind was processed on the recycling line recoSTAR dynamic and a sold machine with a smell extraction unit was shown in operation in one of the assembly halls.

Day 2 was dedicated to polyester recycling. For fiber production (bottle-to-fiber recycling), Starlinger demonstrated its newly developed filter, the Rapid Sleeve Changer (RSC). The filter allows for extremely fine filtration (a necessity in fiber production, says the firm) and enables a rapid change of the filter elements without having to stop production, according to Starlinger. The event concluded with a visit to Starlinger’s PET (polyethylene terephthalate) Competence Center, where rPET flakes were used as input material to produce tapes for woven fabric.

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Women’s Executive Network honors Emterra Group founder and CEO

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 15:30
Throughout the past 40 years, Emmie Leung, founder and CEO of Burlington, Ontario-based Emterra Group, has led her company from a one-woman startup to a leader in waste recycling and resource management. During the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Awards in Toronto, Leung was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Winners in the entrepreneurs category.

In the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) announcement, Sherri Stevens, president and CEO of PhaseNyne, parent company of WXN, said, “The Top 100 Awards showcases the leaders that are helping to drive positive change and progress and to remind us of the importance of empowering women in our workforce.”

“This award program recognizes women who have pushed the boundaries and are in a constant pursuit of leadership excellence,” Leung said. “It is a complete honor to be included with this group of exemplary people and to be recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women.”

Judges commended Leung for growing and adapting her business to changing commodity markets and customer needs, building her team to support her vision and demonstrating her commitment to the community.

Widely recognized as a pioneer and leader in the recycling industry in Canada since 1976, Leung is credited with introducing reusable blue bags to collect old newspapers and other recyclables door to door in British Columbia, establishing that province’s first successful municipal curbside recycling program.

Today, Emterra has become a leader in green fleet management, investing millions in environmentally friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and a network of public CNG fueling stations across Canada, introducing Emterra into an entirely new line of business while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution.

Emterra Group also includes Canadian Liquids Processors, which provides one-of-a-kind confidential destruction of consumer products and liquids, and Emterra Tire Recycling, which hauls, processes and collects used tires in the province of Ontario.

Today, Emterra Group is a multimillion dollar, international family of companies with more than 1,100 employees spread across 31 locations in Canada and the state of Michigan. Joining her in the day-to-day operation are her daughters, Paulina, who is vice president of corporate strategy and business development, and Vivian, who is manager of materials, next life.

“At Emterra, we look at things differently,” Leung says. “Our business is 100 percent the result of diverting waste and transforming it into valuable commodities and green energy.”

Employment diversity also earned Leung marks in the awards program. As a young female immigrant for whom English was a second language, establishing herself in a male-dominated industry wasn’t easy. Therefore, Leung says she ensures the work environment at Emterra values and includes everyone. For the last two years, Emterra was a finalist in BC’s Workplace Inclusion Awards for its willingness to focus on diverse talent pools. Emterra also was nominated for an Innovative Labour Solutions Awards for considering and accommodating adults with developmental disabilities. The company also has been recognized by trade and stewardship organizations, along with employment programs across the country.

Leung’s community contributions target increasing sustainability and healthy living. Under Emmie’s leadership, Emterra’s Community Care program focuses on activities with dual goals: furthering recycling while supporting local social and health-related endeavors. Among these initiatives is Make Your Contribution at the Curb, which encourages residents and businesses in Ontario’s Niagara Region and those in Courtenay and Comox on Vancouver Island to recycle more to support local health care services.

Regarding Emterra, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016, she says it “is an endeavor worth committing my life to because I profoundly believe that we, as a society, must not be wasteful, and we must strive to live zero waste lives.”

Leung says she has found motivation in this recent award. “We must continue to look towards the future and challenge the norm, ask questions and create new goals. There is no time to stop—we have so much to do and we need to inspire and motivate each other to get it done.”

Among Leung’s other honors are 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Special Citation for Pioneering Contributions, 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ontario award for Energy and Cleantech, 2013 Canadian Waste Sector Executive of the Year in the large private business category by the Ontario Waste Management Association, 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs, the 2012 Rosie Award from Waste & Recycling News in recognition of women in business and the 2012 Environmental Award for Personal Achievement, Recycling Council of British Columbia. 

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MetalX breaks ground on Delta, Ohio, facility

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 14:45
MetalX, headquartered in Waterloo, Indiana, recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility in Delta, Ohio. The proposed $35 million investment will fund the development of a scrap processing plant that will create more than 75 new jobs to handle more than 500,000 tons annually in its first phase. MetalX says it expects the facility to be fully operational within one year and plans to begin certain operations as early as next summer.

In July 2017, MetalX purchased M&K Metal Processors in Delta. In August, the company announced its plans to build a greenfield scrap processing plant in Delta on a 60-acre site across the street from North Star BlueScope’s flat-rolled steel mill.

MetalX says key ferrous scrap processing operations will include a heavy-duty shredder and recovery system, a production baler, mobile shears and a high-capacity staging and distribution yard for prepared grades. Nonferrous operations will focus on shredded aluminum recovery and industrial scrap processing. The company says it also will operate a full-service fleet transportation hub to support industrial and wholesale suppliers.

As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, Dean Monske, president of the Regional Growth Partnership for Northwest Ohio (RGP), Toledo, Ohio, offered his thanks to the company for bringing new jobs and investment to Fulton County. In conjunction with JobsOhio, the RGP facilitated an Ohio Jobs Creation Tax Credit and a JobsOhio Grant. MetalX also received an Ohio Rail Development Commission Grant and a local Jobs Creation Tax Credit from the village of Delta.

“Companies from around the world are finding that northwest Ohio offers high-value advantages at a low cost of doing business,” Monske said. “Together with Jobs Ohio, we look forward to working with MetalX in its continued growth.”

Also speaking at the ceremony were State Rep. Rob McColley and Fulton County Commissioner Jeff Rupp.

Other dignitaries in attendance included State Rep. Derek Merrin; Fulton County Commissioners Jon Rupp and Bill Rufenacht; York Township Trustees Robert Trowbridge and Jeff Mazurowski; Delta Mayor Dan Miller; Delta Village Manager Brad Peebles; Delta Village Council members Art Thomas, Frank Wilton, Bob Gilbert and Ashley Todd; Delta Chamber of Commerce President Janelle DeBacker; and Fulton County Economic Development Corporation Chairman Rich Menzel.

Matt Gilroy, executive director of the Fulton County Economic Development Corp., said, “MetalX executives have a long and successful history in the metals recycling business. In addition to the company’s potential for growth, this project also offers tremendous opportunities for the community. The company will provide a valuable service to area businesses and individuals, will generate substantial tax revenues for the community and the state of Ohio and provide folks in the area with new, stable and well-paying employment opportunities.”

He continued, “Company officials have been great to work with through the entire process and they’ve selected the optimal location for their investment. This site is served by the Genesee and Wyoming short line railroad, an excellent highway infrastructure that includes State Route 109, State Route 20A, and the Ohio Turnpike, plus the company will have access to the highly skilled and hard-working workforce of northwest Ohio.”

MetalX President and CEO Danny Rifkin said, “We continue to be overwhelmed by the warmth with which we’ve been welcomed to this community and the resounding support for this project. Even though this is the ‘official’ groundbreaking ceremony, we actually started moving dirt on Oct. 27. Aside from the fact that we couldn’t wait to get started, that date is special to us, as it marked the fifth anniversary of the day we first opened in 2012!”

Rifkin added, “This project is a big undertaking and a sizeable investment. We are confident that this will be a success for us all. We truly appreciate the encouragement of the North Star BlueScope team, the special effort made by area officials to work through the process in an expeditious timeframe, the guidance and support of Matt Gilroy and the Fulton County Economic Development Corp., who have assisted us through the entire process, and of course, those people within our own company who have been so committed to getting this done.”

MetalX is a privately held scrap metal recycling business founded in 2012 by Danny and Neal Rifkin, third- and fourth-generation members of the Rifkin family, who have a long history in the scrap metal industry. MetalX is a full-service scrap metal recycling company engaged in the business of recycling, processing, and trading of scrap and secondary metals, as well as providing consulting and management services to industrial companies throughout the U.S. The company says it is focused on creating value through relationships with suppliers and consumers. MetalX currently employs more than 200 people in six locations.

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