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Federal International acquires All-American Recycling

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 19:32
Federal International, a St. Louis-based recycling company, has acquired Columbus, Georgia-based All-American Recycling. With the acquisition, Federal International now operates seven processing plants and two sales offices in North America. Blair Brown, vice president of All-American, will remain with the company and will head up the new business unit.

John Daniel, president of Federal International, says the acquisition makes sense for the company. “We are always looking for good companies at fair prices. And, culturally, it (All-American Recycling) is a great fit.”

While All-American handles a significant amount of fiber, Daniel says the company also handles and processes nonferrous scrap. This, he adds, is part of Federal International’s strategy to grow the metals recycling part of its business. To support this trend, Daniel says the company is looking to buy an excavator and a shear to allow it to process more scrap metal.

Though fiber still constitutes a majority of the material the company handles, other recyclable commodities are becoming a growing percentage of the material the company handles. In addition to metals, Federal International is growing its pallet recycling business, according to Daniel.

“We want to provide full waste and recycling services to our customers,” Daniel comments.

Daniel says Federal International, though based in St. Louis, doesn’t consider itself pigeonholed by its regional presence. “We have never identified ourselves with a geographical region.” The company also has facilities in Missouri, Texas and Colorado, along with its new plant in Georgia.

As for recent volatility caused by China’s more stringent policies regarding the import of some recyclables, Daniel says his company has been only tangentially affected. “We are domestic shippers. We are not seeing any major impacts in our business.”


Sustainability in Packaging Conference 2018 details announced

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:51
U.K.-based Smithers Pira has announced details for the Sustainability in Packaging Conference 2018, a three-day event in Chicago March 12-14, offering a comprehensive look at the commercial challenges facing sustainable packaging. The show will feature expert opinions on how sustainable packaging can become a commercial reality.

Through panel discussions, exploratory workshops and tours around the greater Chicago area, Smithers Pira says this year’s program focuses on material innovations pushing sustainability forward, end-of-life options, designing more sustainable packaging, regulations and labeling and other noteworthy topics.

“Smithers Pira’s Sustainability in Packaging conference is becoming the leading platform for sharing business intelligence around sustainable packaging,” says Kimberlee Rohrer, head of production for Smithers Pira. “The conference offers attendees the opportunity to collaborate with peers and colleagues on ideas and strategies that benefit their products and bottom lines, while creating sustainable packaging that their customers love.”

This year’s speaker lineup will allow attendees to hear insights from top sustainable packaging experts from Starbucks, Best Buy, Recycle Across America, Whirlpool, WWF, WestRock, General Mills, Waste Management, HAVI, Recycling Partnership and others, Smithers says.

Registration for Sustainability in Packaging is open and can be completed here.

Smithers Pira is a worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, the company provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance.


Accenture announces winners of The Circulars

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 11:38
The World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, in collaboration with Dublin-based Accenture, have awarded The Circulars at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan 23-26. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made notable contributions to the circular economy.

The fourth annual Circulars awards ceremony showcased advances from the private and public sectors as well as civil society that drive innovation and growth while reducing dependence on scarce natural resources.

“As advancements in the circular economy continue to disrupt old-school ideologies, The Circulars lead the way in identifying those transformational businesses and individuals who through digital connectivity, industrial design and progressive concepts have contributed in a significant and positive way to the environment and to economic growth,” says Antonia Gawal, head of Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum. “The Circulars remain an important initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders to celebrate such trailblazing innovation and impact.”

The seven Circulars were awarded as follows:

The Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership: Frans van Houten, CEO, Philips, for leading the transformation of Philips into a circular company by shifting its business model, moving from selling equipment alone to providing solutions to customers, and sharing risk for results through long-term partnerships. Van Houten also is co-chair of the World Economic Forum Platform to Accelerate the Circular Economy and he advocates the circular business and industry opportunity, and challenges organizations to operationalize these principles to deliver tangible impact.

The Accenture Strategy Award for Circular Economy Multinational: Ikea, for working with a circular model in all aspects of the company’s operations. From developing products and their supply chain, sourcing and mapping material in its business, implementing circular design principles and adapting their model to meet its customers’ demands.

The Young Global Leaders Award for Circular Economy SME (Small to Medium Size Enterprise): Apto Solutions, for providing a wide range of services to help companies close the loop on electronic waste, including life cycle asset management, responsible information technology recycling, facility and data center consolidations, cloud migrations, repair and refurbishing, total device management, as well as logistics, technology decommissioning and project management services.

The Award for Circular Economy Public Sector: Sitra, for playing a key role in accelerating circular economy, and leading the building of the groundbreaking Circular Economy Road Map for Finland 2016-2025, which incorporated circular economy education across 1,500 elementary schools and 50 high schools. Sitra also created the concept for and hosted the first World Circular Economy Forum in 2017, co-organized together with partners, including the Nordic Council of Ministers, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, European Commission, UN Environment and other important partners.

The CNBC Award for Circular Economy Investor: ABN AMRO Bank N.V., for being at the forefront of circular finance, and using their circular experts and relationship managers to work together in agile teams to understand and enable financing of new business models emerging from the principles of the circular economy.

The Ecolab Award for Circular Economy Digital Disruptor: AMP Robotics, for successfully developing a new kind of sorting technology for recycling facilities: Cortex robot. The Cortex can automate the separation of waste with practically no retrofit or change to existing operations. Cortex robots are powered by Neuron, the artificial intelligence that perceives material in the commingled conditions found in facilities today.

The Dell Circular Economy People’s Choice Award: Banyan Nation, India’s first vertically integrated recycling company, using data intelligence to integrate a largely informal supply chain to maximize plastics recovery and reuse. To date, Banyan has recycled more than 7 million pounds of plastics and integrated more than 2,000 informal sector waste workers in its value chain.

“Across the globe we continue to face the need to create growth, jobs and a thriving global economy within the boundaries of sustainable development,” says Peter Lacy, senior managing director, Accenture Strategy. “This is why The Circulars are more timely than ever with an aim of identifying the organizations and individuals leading this movement through innovation, growth and competitiveness. Accenture is pleased to play a key role in identifying these organizations and individuals by recognizing those who are using disruptive technologies and business models to address some of the most pressing challenges our world is facing and at the same time turning them into real opportunity.”

The Circulars attracted 296 entries from 45 countries in 2018. The judging panel was drawn from the Young Global Leader community of the World Economic Forum and leading experts across business and civil society. In addition to Accenture Strategy, The Circulars are sponsored by Dell and Ecolab, with CNBC and Fortune Magazine engaged as media partners.

In a separate press release, Closed Loop Partners, New York, announced that it was honored as First Runner Up in the Circular Economy Investor category at The Circular’s Award ceremony. The investment firm also was honored as First Runner up in 2016.

Two of Closed Loop Partner’s portfolio companies, Evrnu and AMP Robotics also were finalists. AMP Robotics won the Circular Economy Tech Disruptor Category.

Rob Kaplan, managing partner at Closed Loop Partners, says, “This award is a testament to the commitment of our corporate investors in Closed Loop Fund who took a bet on this new model three years ago, our investors in Closed Loop Ventures, and our portfolio companies who are proving tremendous impact and scale opportunity.” 

Closed Loop Partners is an investment firm that manages the Closed Loop Fund, a project finance fund that invests in scaling recycling infrastructure and sustainable manufacturing technologies; Closed Loop Ventures, a global equity fund that invests in early stage consumer goods, advanced recycling technologies and services supporting the circular economy; and Closed Loop Foundation, a nonprofit that does research and development of technologies and business models both focused on building the circular economy.

Since inception, Closed Loop Partners says it has deployed more than $35 million across 30 investments, diverting more than 250,000 tons of waste from landfill, reducing more than 600,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, creating $4.3 million in economic benefit for municipalities and affecting more than 1.5 million people

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.

Established in 2004 by Professor Klaus Schwab, The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a multistakeholder community of young leaders who dedicate a part of their time to jointly address global challenges and who are committed to devote part of their knowledge and energy to collectively work toward a better future.


Call2Recycle announces 14M pounds of batteries recycled in 2017

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 10:03
Call2Recycle Inc., a consumer battery stewardship organization with headquarters in Atlanta and Toronto, has announced that its partners, stewards and collection sites recycled nearly 14 million pounds (6.3 million kilograms) of batteries throughout the U.S. and Canada in 2017.

To date, the program has recycled 144 million pounds (65 million kilograms) of batteries.

“These results contribute to Call2Recycle’s mission of keeping batteries out of landfills,” the organization says.

Call2Recycle says it seeks to promote battery recycling awareness and activism through its partnerships with industry stewards and collection partners, including municipalities and retailers. Several factors shaped the battery recycling landscape and collections efforts in 2017, including growth in primary battery recycling in the U.S., an increase in battery reuse and a rise in products with nonremovable batteries.

In the U.S., overall collections of rechargeable and primary batteries totaled 8 million pounds (3.6 million kilograms). New recycling options generated an increase in primary battery collections by more than 20 percent, Call2Recyle says. The program experienced growth in light of the introduction of a fee-based all-battery offering. 

“To grow battery recycling, you need diligent partners, robust consumer efforts and an ongoing commitment to create change,” says Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle. “Our industry stewards, collection partners and consumers continue to lead the charge on battery recycling, fueling innovation and momentum in the marketplace.”

Another contribution to the overall growth in battery recycling in 2017 is the state of Vermont, which was the first state in the U.S. to require producers to finance a collection and recycling program for single-use (primary) batteries. Consumers collected 81,000 pounds (36,700 kilograms) of batteries via the Call2Recycle program, which is the appointed stewardship organization for Vermont. Total battery collections in 2017 grew by 14 percent over last year in the state. Since Vermont’s program launch in 2016, more than 250,000 pounds (113,000 kilograms) of batteries have been recycled via drop-off sites across the state.

Canadian consumers collected 2.6 million kilograms (5.7 million pounds) of batteries in 2017, similar to collections in previous years. As the approved battery stewardship program in British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec, Call2Recycle says it also supports battery recycling across the country.

In 2017, Quebec led the charge in battery collections totaling more than 2.2 million pounds (1 million kilograms), with British Columbia collecting 1.3 million pounds (620,000 kilograms) and Manitoba collecting 202,000 pounds (92,000 kilograms).

“2017 included substantial investments in both consumer accessibility and awareness efforts across Canada,” says Joe Zenobio, president for Call2Recycle Canada Inc. “Through these investments and in partnership with our committed members and collection sites, we look forward to seeing collections grow in 2018.”

More than 86 percent of residents in the U.S. and Canada live within 10 miles (15 kilometers) of one of Call2Recycle’s public drop-off locations, the organization says.


AMCS acquires Brady Recycling Solutions

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 09:26
Limerick, Ireland-based AMCS, a leading supplier of integrated software and vehicle technology for the waste and recycling sector, has announced it has acquired Brady Recycling solutions from London-based Brady plc, a global provider of trading, risk management and settlement software to the energy, commodities and recycling sectors.

The acquisition extends AMCS’s portfolio, with products designed specifically for commercial scrap metal recycling operations. Brady Recycling has an international customer base of more than 100 metal and other recycling companies in North America, Europe and Australasia. The company says it offers a complete suite of transactions management applications designed for any size of commercial recycling operations.

AMCS CEO Jimmy Martin says, “We are excited to welcome the customers and employees of Brady Recycling solutions to AMCS. This acquisition further strengthens our position as the leading technology provider to the global recycling industry. It also underlines our continued commitment to providing practical and proven solutions that support the transformation of the industry to a circular economy.”

Martin continues, “We are committed to a seamless transition for Brady Recycling solutions’ customers and employees and look forward to providing them with an even greater level of support and engagement through our global locations.”

AMCS says its decision to acquire Brady Recycling solutions is consistent with the company’s strategy of growth within the global waste and recycling market. In the past few years the company has continued to strengthen its position with the acquisitions of North America-based PC Scale Technologies, P&L Software and GMT in Europe, as well as Wastedge in Australia. In 2017, AMCS acquired Senddr and its online Digital Engagement platform. The company says it also has secured new business wins in all of its primary markets, which included a number of national and international brands.

AMCS is headquartered in Ireland and has offices located across Europe, United States and Australasia, with approximately 400 employees and more than 1,500 customers.


ArcelorMittal to upgrade Canadian EAF mill

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 20:26
Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal has announced that its Long Products Canada business unit will make investments totaling nearly CAD$70 million ($56.8 million) by 2020 into its Contrecoeur, Québec, steel production facilities.

The company indicates it will replace two reheating furnaces at its Contrecoeur-East wire rod mill (approx. CAD$30 million, or $24 million) and its Contrecoeur-West bar mill (approx. CAD$33 million, or $27 million). The new furnaces have been designed to increase the company’s rolling capacity by 100,000 metric tons, enabling greater productivity, optimal energy use and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, according to the firm. The work is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2020.

ArcelorMittal states it also will replace the dust collector at the Contrecoeur-West electric arc furnace (EAF) steelworks by the end of 2018 “to improve its performance and increase health and safety for the benefit of our workers and our communities.” That project will cost an estimated CAD$6 million ($4.9 million).

“We are renewing ArcelorMittal’s commitment to Québec,” states François Perras, CEO of ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada. “Our choice to invest in the acquisition of high-performance equipment will help us accelerate our move toward high-value-added steel production, particularly for the automotive and construction industries.”

According to an ArcelorMittal news release, the investments were made possible in part by a Québec government electricity rebate program. The electricity rebate is intended for companies engaging in major investment projects in the manufacturing sector as well as in the transformation of natural resources.

 “The innovative manufacturing sector is one of the three economic pillars that our government is prioritizing, along with entrepreneurship and exports,” comments Dominique Anglade, deputy premier and minister of economy, science and innovation and the minister responsible for digital strategy in Québec. “We are, therefore, proud to support the initiatives of large businesses established in Québec which, through major investments, are carrying out innovative projects and adopting new technologies in their manufacturing approaches and procedures. Innovation and modernization are synonymous with growth for businesses and are key levers for Québec’s prosperity.”

ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada employs about 1,500 people in Contrecoeur, Longueuil and Montreal, Québec, and about 200 people in Hamilton, Ontario. It operates a scrap metal processing plant, an iron-ore reduction plant, two steel mills, three rolling mills and two wire-drawing mills. The group has an annual production capacity of more than 2 million tons of steel.


Novelis to build automotive sheet plant in Kentucky

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 18:25
Atlanta-based Novelis Inc. has announced plans to build an approximately $300 million automotive aluminum sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky. The greenfield facility, with a projected annual capacity of 200,000 metric tons, will include heat treatment and pre-treatment lines designed to prepare aluminum for use in vehicle parts such as hoods, doors, lift gates and fenders. The company expects to break ground in the early spring of 2018 and to open the plant in 2020.

The new facility will be near Logan Aluminum Inc., a Novelis joint venture in Russellville, Kentucky, with a large melt shop that currently produces alloys for beverage can production. In October 2015, Logan Aluminum announced an expansion project that one of its executives indicated would provide it “with greater commercial flexibility by extending the breadth of our product offering to other markets, including automotive.”

“Today’s announcement by Novelis to expand its capabilities in North America is a strategic decision fully supported by the Aditya Birla Group to maintain the group’s leadership position in the global metals sector and its ongoing commitment to serve both upstream and downstream customers,” says Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of the board of directors of Novelis Inc. and chairman of the board of directors of Hindalco Industries Limited. “We are immensely proud of this latest investment and look forward to seeing it flourish.”

In a news release announcing the project, Novelis refers to the Guthrie plant as “the latest addition to Novelis’ extensive network of automotive finishing lines.” The company cites a recent study forecasting that aluminum content in North American passenger vehicles “will increase 42 percent from its 2015 level by the year 2028.”

“Aluminum is a growing material of choice for the automotive industry worldwide, as auto manufacturers continue to demand more and more aluminum to produce lighter, safer and stronger cars, trucks and SUVs,” says Steve Fisher, president and CEO of Novelis Inc. “Novelis will continue to innovate alongside our automotive customers to lightweight the vehicles of today while looking ahead to meet the mobility needs of the fleet-based economies of tomorrow.”

The company indicates that more than 200 different vehicle models produced in recent years contain Novelis aluminum, and that the company has worked with automakers including Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover and Toyota.

Atlanta-based Novelis operates in 10 countries, has approximately 11,000 employees and had $10 billion in revenue in its 2017 fiscal year. It is a subsidiary of India-based Hindalco Industries Limited, which is part of the Mumbai, India-based Aditya Birla Group.


Waste Management CEO talks company growth, new tech

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:46
Waste Management CEO Jim Fish talked to the TheStreet about the company’s recent growth in a Jan. 23 report.

Business is booming for the Houston-based waste and recycling company. Third-quarter net sales and adjusted earnings for the company rose by 4.8 percent and 7 percent, respectively, from the previous year. Shares of Waste Management have also increased by 50 percent over the last two years on the S&P 500.

"Part of what jazzes me up over the next five to 10 years is that we have a great business model. Recycling and trash don't go away, it is a business that has such a great presence," Fish tells TheStreet. "It may not be the sexiest business in the world, it's not building jet airlines or an Apple or a Google, but investors don't really care if it's sexy."

Fish also talks about how the company plans to grow in the future by leveraging new technology—something that the industry as a whole can do a better job of, he notes.

“Everybody talks about technology, but this industry has been technology light,” Fish tells TheStreet. “It's an opportunity for us. We are thinking about what the next generation of recycling plants look like. Does autonomy within the heavy truck industry, does that come to bare in our industry? And then what does the next generation of landfills look like, how do we replace them?”

Fish notes that Waste Management’s investment in technology will likely translate to the first autonomous test vehicle being used at one of its recycling plants this year. Autonomous hauling trucks are further off, Fish states, mentioning how government regulation stands in the way of imminent adoption. As for replacing landfills, Fish notes that that is an issue Waste Management won’t have to worry about for 50 years due to the size and volume of their land holdings. However, it is something the company is already thinking about.

“When a landfill closes, you can't necessarily find an adjacent piece of property,” Fish tells TheStreet. “You have to go to either develop a new technology, which we are really looking worldwide for, [rather] than just lining a landfill and putting waste in there and collecting gas. We are trying to find less land-intensive solutions.”

As part of the company’s growth plan, Fish said that the Waste Management will continue to pursue acquisition opportunities both large and small.

“Well, we would like to do [bigger acquisitions],” Fish tells TheStreet. “Most of what we have done has been small deals. We haven't done anything bigger than $500 million, not because we don't have the balance sheet, or desire, it's just that we need to find the right company. I think you will continue to see us do acquisitions ranging from $2 million to good sized ones. We have to make sure we find the right company.”


Amcor sets 2025 sustainability goal

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 07:41
Amcor, Zurich, has announced its pledge to develop all its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025. At the same time, the company committed to significantly increasing its use of recycled materials and driving consistently more recycling of packaging around the world.

"Our aspiration is to be the leading global packaging company,” Ron Delia, Amcor's CEO, says. "That means winning on behalf of the environment, customers, consumers, shareholders and our people at the same time, in ways that differentiate Amcor and generate growth."

The action joins Amcor with 10 leading brands and retail companies making the same 2025 commitment in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF), Isle of Wight, U.K. Amcor says most of those companies are customers.

EMF estimates that the companies together influence more than six-million metric tons of plastic packaging each year.

According to Delia, most of Amcor's packaging today is developed to be recyclable and reusable and is being designed to use less material in the first place.

"Amcor being the first global packaging company to commit to working toward 100-percent recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025 is an important milestone towards creating a circular economy for plastics," Rob Opsomer, who leads EMF's systemic initiatives, said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 22-24. "The company's commitment and expertise will be instrumental in supporting the growing group of brands and retailers that have set similar targets for themselves."

The EMF’s mission is to accelerate the world's transition to a circular economy, in which plastics and other resources are used over and over. Amcor says it is the only packaging company among core partners to EMF and the foundation's new plastics economy initiative.


Metallix introduces precious metals analysis lab

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 02:39
Precious metals recycling company Metallix Refining Inc., Shrewsbury, New Jersey, has opened a precious metals analysis lab in Greenville, North Carolina. The company states in a news release that the 4,000-square-foot facility will secure Metallix Refining’s place among the nation's top precious metal recycling companies.

“We are extremely pleased that after years of meticulous research, design and implementation, we are now analyzing precious metal-bearing materials in our cutting-edge facility – the scope of which will enhance our value to our customers, suppliers and business partners,” says Maria Piastre, president of Metallix.

The company says the analysis laboratory demonstrates its commitment to progress and accuracy while addressing its need for more space. The new lab, three times the size of a former lab, features upgraded balances as well as new cupellation furnaces for fire assay testing, XRF (X-ray fluorescence) equipment for preliminary analysis, and ICP (inductively coupled plasma) instruments. All equipment runs in a humidity- and temperature-controlled climate designed to ensure optimal performance, according to the company.

Metallix purchases, recycles and refines gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium. The company operates two processing and recycling facilities in North Carolina, with executive offices in both Florida and New Jersey.


Autocar has 2018 calendar ready for purchase

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 20:55
Hagerstown, Indiana-based Autocar Trucks has announced the release of its 2018 Autocar Truck Calendar. The calendar can be purchased through the Autocar Gear Store, the company’s online shop for Autocar-branded merchandise.

The calendar features 12 Autocar trucks recently put into service in the United States and Canada from fleet operators such as Toronto-based GFL Environmental and Waste Industries; private haulers including Oregon-based Dahl Disposal Services, Illinois-based Groot Recycling and Waste and Connecticut-based Paine's Inc.; and to municipalities including Kissimmee, Florida and Long Beach, California.

Each photograph is accompanied by a statement from the owner on the attributes and differences that make Autocar the right tool for his business. Mike Seader, vice president of Boulder, Colorado-based Western Disposal Services, states, “[Autocar President] Jim Johnston and the Autocar team are building a true refuse truck. Other trucks are built for lighter vocations and can’t hold up to the stress. The trash industry needs a stronger truck. Autocar looks at what it takes to make a driver comfortable and productive and our only downtime comes from maintenance or predictable wear.”

New to this year’s calendar is a timeline of the history of Autocar, intended to celebrate 120 years of the company’s history. Autocar, founded in 1897, bills itself as the oldest motor vehicle brand in the United States, and as having built America’s first truck in 1899.

Autocar makes and sells Class 8 refuse and recycling trucks, concrete pump trucks, terminal tractors and models for other vocational applications. IT is part of the Highland Park, Illinois-based GVW Group.


MerQbiz partners with C.H. Robinson

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 20:27
Manhattan Beach, California-based MerQbiz, an online trading platform for the recovered fiber market, has signed a partnership agreement with Minnesota-based third-party logistics firm C.H. Robinson to provide transportation services to users of the marketplace.

MerQbiz, a joint venture between German equipment company Voith Gmbh and Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures, also based in Manhattan Beach, states the arrangement will allow buyers and sellers to contract transportation directly from the MerQbiz platform at the same time as placing an order. John Fox, CEO of MerQbiz, says the service will allow customers to receive pricing, arrange pick up days and times, receive a “guaranteed pickup” of the material and then track shipments.

Fox says C.H. Robinson already serves 2,600 customers in the paper and packaging sector, and that the paper industry makes up around 7 percent of C.H. Robinson’s business. “They have a huge amount of business in the paper and packaging sector,” Fox comments.

MerQbiz linking up with C.H. Robinson “can provide transportation services, which helps solve a customer’s pain point,” adds Fox.

The service will be available for trucking services throughout North America, with Fox adding there are opportunities to expand the service to include rail and ocean shipping.


Hamilton Specialty Bar files for receivership

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:58
Steelmaker Hamilton Specialty Bar, based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, has filed for bankruptcy protection, according to media reports.

An online article prepared by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) reports that some 200 Hamilton Specialty Bar workers who expected an early January return from a Christmas break instead “found out abruptly that their company had shut down.”

A labor union official quoted by the CBC says company executives disclosed a “cash flow problem” to him in early January, and that by Jan. 8, 2018, receivership papers to seek a court-appointed supervisor had been filed.

The CBC report points to default on loans worth C$27.6 million ($22.2 million) from Wells Fargo, while an online report from S&P Global Platts offers a partial listing of additional creditors.

Company names on that list include scrap recyclers Triple M Metal of Brampton, Ontario, owed C$5.1 million ($4.1 million) and Birmingham, Alabama-based Jefferson Iron & Metal, owed C$3.7 million ($3.0 million). Also owed money are two providers of electric arc furnace (EAF) supplies and services.

According to the CBC report, as of mid-January the plant was up and running again, with court-appointed receiver Ernst & Young having authorized a four-week operating period.

Hamilton Specialty Bar, on its website, describes itself as a maker of specialty carbon and low-alloy steel bar products with 400,000 tons of annual capacity. The company has roots that trace back to 1910 and at one time was owned the former Slater Steel. The Hamilton facility was purchased during Slater Steel’s bankruptcy proceedings by Chicago-based Delaware Street Capital in 2004. Alabama-based Pinnacle Steel and its CEO Christopher (Gus) Hiller became involved in ownership in 2007.


Hyundai touts wheel loader safety feature

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:45
Norcross, Georgia-based Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has announced the availability of an AAVM (All-Around View Monitoring) system on new factory orders of Hyundai HL900 series wheel loaders, which are available in the United States and Canada.

The new system was displayed publicly for the first time at the 2018 World of Concrete Show in Las Vegas, in January 2018, on a Hyundai HL955 wheel loader. AAVM has been available as an option on Hyundai HX series excavators since October 2015.

Equipped with four cameras, including one each mounted on the left- and right-side mirrors, one on the front of the cab, and the standard backup camera mounted to the rear hood, the monitoring system has been designed to provide a 360-degree operating view of the jobsite.

“Safety on the jobsite is a necessity,” says Corey Rogers, a marketing manager with Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas. “Now with the new wheel loader AAVM system on our HL900 series, Hyundai provides owners and operators a safer solution than other options on the market.”

Included in the AAVM system is the IMOD (Intelligent Moving Object Detection) system that senses and warns the operator with onscreen flashing arrows and an alarm when objects come within either of two selectable ranges of the wheel loader (6.5 feet/2 meters, or 22.9 feet/7 meters). The image is integrated into the Hyundai seven-inch color touchscreen cluster-monitor in the cab.

The AAVM system uses Hyundai’s imaging software to display multiple 3-D and 2-D views of the operator’s working environment, including a bird’s-eye view.

“Exclusive features like AAVM and a long list of standard features are combined on the Hyundai HL900 series wheel loaders to give our customers what we call ‘the Hyundai edge’ – performance, convenience, serviceability and, of course, safety,” says Rogers. “The Hyundai edge is the result of innovation, world-class engineering and manufacturing, and components and systems sourced from trusted global suppliers.”

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc. offers a line of wheel loaders, crawler excavators, wheeled excavators, compaction equipment, hydraulic breakers and forklifts. 


Associations sponsor free webinar on residential recycling contamination

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:27
The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), Brattleboro, Vermont, and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), Boston, have announced they are co-sponsoring a free webinar Feb. 22, 2018, focused on contamination in residential recycling and how to avoid it.

The webinar, How to Beat Residential Recycling Contamination, is from 2-3:30 p.m. EST and will feature presentations by The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, including:

In addition, Brooke Nash of MassDEP will present firsthand impressions of the kit and its utility in curbing recycling contamination.

The webinar is free, but registration is required. For more information, contact NERC Executive Director Lynn Rubinstein by email at or by phone at 802-254-3636.

NERC is a nonprofit organization that conducts research, projects, training, and outreach on issues associated with source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and environmentally preferable purchasing.

NEWMOA says it is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, interstate association whose membership is composed of the state environment agency programs that address pollution prevention, toxics use reduction, sustainability, materials management, hazardous waste, solid waste, emergency response, waste site cleanup, underground storage tanks and related environmental challenges in the Northeast states.


Heil of Texas opens El Paso location

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:38
Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Heil has announced that Heil of Texas has opened a new facility in El Paso, Texas.

Heil of Texas has been providing sales, parts and service to fleet owners since 2001 in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The El Paso facility will serve that region as well as New Mexico and will have eight service bays and a staff of trained technicians.

“Heil’s dealer network provides unequalled service to waste haulers throughout the country,” says Pat Carroll, president of Heil. “In many parts of the country our competition is actually pulling out of some markets, so we’re proud to focus our efforts on supporting Heil of Texas and other Heil dealers as they continue to expand their territory to serve more customers.”

Heil of Texas sells and services all Heil products, including original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. The company also operates two full-time service trucks to service the Rio Grande Valley, West Texas and New Mexico regions.

“We’re a total solutions provider, with three parts, service and sales locations in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio,” says Larry C. Davis, co-founder of Heil of Texas.  “Our El Paso location expands our reach so we can better serve our valued customers in New Mexico, West Texas and the Texas Panhandle.”

Davis spent 25 years in the solid waste industry on the chassis side before co-founding Heil of Texas, bringing his industry and dealership experience to the body side of the business. Through focused leadership, he says he hired a team of solid waste professionals and opened facilities statewide in order to offer service after the sale.

Heil of Texas represents four manufacturers that offer a variety of solid waste collection vehicles, bulk waste loaders, balers, sweepers and pothole patchers.

Heil, established in 1901, is an industry leader in automated waste collection technology and offers the broadest product line, including front loaders, rear loaders, side loaders, multicompartment vehicles, and roll-off hoists. Heil is part of Environmental Solutions Group.


Thermostat Recycling Corp. comments on Philadelphia energy report

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 08:28
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania-based Thermostat Recycling Corp.’s (TRC’s) Executive Director Ryan Kiscaden offered public comments to a recent draft release of Philadelphia's vision of future energy usage.

On page 30 of the report, titled "Power Our Future: A Clean Energy Vision for Philadelphia," Kiscaden drew attention to the suggestion that people should purchase a programmable thermostat, the standard for today's residential and business markets. His concern is that the report might have unintentionally targeted mercury-filled thermostats. In the wake of a purchase for a programmable unit, the replaced thermostat, if mercury filled, could lead to its improper disposable.

"After reviewing the report, which made a commendable effort to offer a grand vision for Philadelphia's energy future, I wanted to ensure drafters of the report that it was important to inform the public of the need to safely recycle the replacement of mercury-filled thermostats because they are a well-known environmental health hazard," he says.

Kiscaden urged the report's drafters to be aware of legislation regarding this issue, including the federal Resource Conservation Recovery Act and the Pennsylvania State Legislation Mercury-free Thermostat Act. Both address the proper disposal and recycling of mercury-filled thermostats.

"Because the report urged public comment, as an organization dedicated to environmental stewardship, I felt it is incumbent upon us to offer TRC's perspective and its efforts to ensure that the everyone follows the appropriate protocols for the disposal and recycling efforts of mercury thermostats," Kiscaden says.

TRC is a nonprofit that has recovered more than 2.1 million thermostats and 10 tons of mercury since 1998. TRC bins are located throughout 48 states in the U.S and collected mercury-filled thermostats from HVAC wholesalers and contractors, waste collection sites and thermostat retailers, primarily.

The authors of the report say it is a public draft and they would incorporate feedback into a final report. Interested parties can offer feedback at or

“An appropriate protocol would be to develop and enforce standards related to environmental compliance and use of the TRC program directly, or by validating when thermostats are recycled properly at an existing collection point,” Kidscaden says.


Fire erupts at Newell’s East Point, Georgia, yard

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 08:26
The Newell Recycling yard at 1359 Central Ave. in East Point, Georgia, was the site of a large fire the morning of Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. The facility is located near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

According to a report from Channel 2 Action News, East Point Fire officials said no one was injured in the four-alarm fire, which started near the shredder, deep inside a pile of debris that was piled 30 feet high.

Despite the fire station being only a few hundred yards from the scrap yard, officials said the fire was stubborn, Channel 2 Action News reports.

“It is a full alarm; East Point has two engines and a ladder, and we have mutual aid from Atlanta Fire,” the report quotes fire officials as saying. “They just sent two of their striker units, 7 and 8, which are assisting us by putting water and foam on the fire. College Park is also here with an engine, and so is Hapeville.”

Some neighbors wondered if one of the scrapped cars was the source of the fire, according to Channel 2 Action News. However, Renita Shelton with the East Point Fire Department is quoted as saying, "There should be no gasoline in those vehicles. We're not sure how it got started. That will have to be investigated.”

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was called to the scene to ensure there is no lasting damage, the report notes.


ISRI accepts entries for 2018 Transportation Safety Awards

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:27
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has opened the entry period for its 2018 Transportation Safety Awards. The program, now in its sixth year, recognizes those with a superior record of safety in the field of transportation, according to the association. It consists of four awards: the Best Fleet Awards, Pacesetter Awards, the Driver of the Year Award and the ISRI Golden Wrench Award.

“The need for good driving habits and driver safety directly impacts not just the individual driver of a company but [also] the public at large,” says Commodor Hall, ISRI transportation safety director. “Those that demonstrate safety as a core value above and beyond others in how they drive, train staff and maintain vehicles should be recognized for their efforts.”

He continues, “The ISRI Transportation Safety Awards [are] given to those who raise the bar when it comes to safety through the implementation of innovative and effective safety programs. This allows everyone in the industry to strive not only to achieve the levels of becoming a winner but [also] to constantly surpass them and reach new heights.”

The Best Fleet Awards will be presented to the ISRI member with the lowest vehicle accident rate and the lowest Department of Transportation (DOT) severity rate for the calendar year 2017 in each of four classes, determined by size.

The Pacesetter Awards will be granted to the ISRI member with the lowest 36-month accident record and the lowest vehicle severity accident rate for the same 36-month period in each of four classes, determined by size.

The Driver of the Year Award will be awarded to the commercial vehicle driver with the best 20-year driving record, with the minimum qualification being no at-fault accidents during the driver’s entire career. The winner will receive $500, trophy, leather jacket and a trip to ISRI2018.

The ISRI Golden Wrench Award will be given to the best heavy-vehicle maintenance technician or manager who exhibits outstanding efforts, achievements and contributions to ensure that commercial vehicles are safe on the road. The winner will receive a trophy and a trip to ISRI2018.

Entry forms and additional information are available on ISRI’s website at All entries are due by March 15, 2018. The awards will be presented during ISRI2018, ISRI’s annual convention and exposition, held April 14-19, 2018, in Las Vegas. The Transportation Safety Award program is sponsored by the RecycleGuard Insurance Program.


SCS Engineers submits due diligence report for Maine MRF

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:15

SCS Engineers, headquartered in Long Beach, California, reports that it recently submitted its due diligence report supporting the construction of an advanced materials recovery and processing facility (MRF) in Hampden, Maine.

SCS was hired as the independent engineer and construction monitor by Catonsville, Maryland-based Fiberight LLC and conducted the technical, financial and contract due diligence to support the bond issuance for the public-private partnership. The project financing included a $45 million Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) tax-exempt bond issuance underwritten by Jefferies LLC and $25 million in private equity. 

The facility will serve 83 municipalities and public entities represented by the Municipal Review Committee, a nonprofit organization that currently manages the waste disposal activities in eastern and northern Maine, SCS says. The facility plans to start accepting waste from municipal customers in the second quarter of this year.

Fiberight and its vendors are providing the Hampden facility with technologies that have been proven at its demonstration facility in Lawrenceville, Virginia, and at many automated material recovery facilities in the United States and in Europe, SCS says. The end product is cleaner and provides more diverse types of materials that can then be reused to create new products.

“The Hampden facility features an advanced MRF with a high degree of separation, recovery and monetization of commodity products, and then employs additional processes for generating clean cellulose, engineered fuels and biogas from traditionally nonrecyclable materials,” SCS says in the news release announcing its submittal of the due diligence report.

SCS says it was hired for its technical expertise and experience planning large municipal solid waste and biogas programs and facilities and provided an examination and analysis of the technologies, program sustainability and potential economic impacts of the facility.

“We want to encourage sustainable materials management because it reduces our dependence on landfilling and other disposal options, and this facility does that,” says Bob Gardner, SCS Engineers senior vice president. “The technologies at the Hampden facility will help citizens, local municipalities and private waste haulers to offset the impact of China’s ban on their recycling programs by processing more municipal solid waste into high-value commodities.”