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Atar Capital acquires HAVI’s recycling and waste solutions business

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:44
Above: Anthony DiIenno remains president and CEO of RWS. 

Atar Capital, Los Angeles, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Havi’s Recycling and Waste Solutions (RWS) division. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Effective immediately, Anthony DiIenno remains in his role president and CEO of RWS.

Atar Capital is a global private investment firm that invests in performing and underperforming lower-middle-market businesses that exhibit potential for revitalization, operational performance improvement and growth. The firm specializes in corporate divestitures, complex carve-outs and turn-around situations across a wide range of industries and geographic markets, with a focus on North America and Western Europe.

RWS was launched in 2012 with the goal of providing true “closed loop” solutions and complementing Havi’s global supply chain offerings. Based in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, RWS develops and manages recycling, waste and sustainability programs for regional and multinational companies throughout North America. RWS has offices in Atlanta; Plano, Texas; St. Louis; and Los Angeles.

Cyrus Nikou, founder and managing partner of Atar Capital, says, “We are thrilled to welcome Anthony and the RWS team to the Atar family. We were attracted to RWS as a result of their strong management team, notable blue-chip customer base, and market leading technology and analytics platform—all of which separates RWS from its competition.”

He continues, “This transaction marks Atar Capital’s second closing and execution of a corporate divestiture in eight months and highlights our ability to deliver speed and certainty to a respected corporate seller like Havi—executing this transaction in just under 21 days. We will now bring Atar Capital’s financial, operational and M&A resources to bear in support of the company’s long-term strategic plans. We are excited to work with RWS and to help them reach their full potential.”

DiIenno, a third-generation recycler with more than 30 years of recycling and waste solutions experience, has led his team and delivered double digit growth for the business over the last five years.

“The Atar team and I believe that we have a significant opportunity to enhance the long-term value of our business for all stakeholders, including our customers,” DiIenno says. “We look forward to a seamless transition over the next 100 days while maintaining best-in-class service for our customers.”

Dan Musachia, CFO for Downers Grove, Illinois-baed Havi, says, “Havi remains committed to advancing sustainable solutions as a critical component of our supply chain service offerings, and RWS will continue to remain Havi’s preferred partner for recycling and waste solutions.”

BNP Paribas acted as the exclusive advisor to Havi on the sale, and Dykema Gossett acted as outside legal counsel to Atar Capital.

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SWANA submits comments to World Trade Organization on China scrap ban

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 07:40
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, has submitted comments to the World Trade Organization in response to the July 18, 2017 notification from China on its intent to ban certain scrap imports.

SWANA’s comments explain what effect the proposed ban on certain categories of recyclables could have on municipal recycling in the United States and Canada, requests further clarification on the terms of the ban, and offers technical assistance to the Chinese government on waste and recycling related matters.

“China’s proposed import ban is a very important issue for SWANA members in the United States and Canada, and is a critical one for many of the communities they serve,” says David Biderman, SWANA executive director and CEO. “We need to work with the Chinese government to develop a practical timeline for the proposed ban, while improving bale quality for material exported to China and other foreign markets.”

SWANA lays out challenges the United States will likely face in adapting to the ban, discusses recycling on the state and local levels, and the lack of domestic recycling infrastructure to process material currently being exported.

“Because single stream recycling has become the prominent method of recycling in North America it is imperative that the quality of the sorted recycled materials be as high as possible to avoid loads being rejected,” says Rich Allen, President of SWANA. “Many material recovery facilities are looking to upgrade their sorting systems to improve the quality of their bales along with better educating their residents on what can and more importantly cannot be recycled. The actual impacts on the Chinese waste ban are still being interpreted, but SWANA is keeping close tabs on the implications for our members and the industry.”

SWANA says it supports the concerns previously filed by the International Scrap Recycling Institute (ISRI) and Waste Management, and suggests a clearly defined five-year transition period for the ban in order to allow time for customers and suppliers in the United States and the global marketplace to adapt to the policy change.

“We appreciate SWANA joining with ISRI and others to raise concerns about China’s import restrictions,” says Robin Weiner, CEO of ISRI. “We look forward to working with SWANA to support the Chinese government’s environmental protection goals.”

To view SWANA’s full comments concerning the China waste ban, click here.

 

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Zeppelin to build tire recycling plant in Indiana

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 06:37
Zeppelin Group GmbH, based near Munich, says it is building a tire recycling plant in Terre Haute, Indiana, that will recover carbon black from old tires for its long-term partner Munich-based Pyrolyx AG. The groundbreaking took place in Terre Haute Aug. 22, 2017, and construction starts on the plant Sept. 5.

Zeppelin is taking on the planning and execution of the overall plant, which has a value of roughly $30 million, the company says. The order value is approximately $17.6 million.

“We are delighted to be supporting Pyrolyx in tire production with our expertise as a market leader in the plant engineering sector, as well as planning the entire plant and acting as general contractor,” says Guido Veit, business unit manager, plastics and rubber plants, at the Zeppelin Group. “This means that Zeppelin Group is also making an important contribution to the responsible handling of natural resources.”

The tire recycling plant at Terre Haute is expected to produce approximately 12,900 tons of rCB, as well as pyrolysis oil and steel. The plant will recycle nearly 4 million old tires every year. Compared with traditional carbon black production, there will be a saving of approximately 2.5 tons of CO2 per ton of rCB produced.

Pyrolyx says the site in Indiana was chosen because of favorable logistics as well as the support of the city of Terre Haute. Once fully operational, the facility will employ 55 full-time staff. Following the plant’s completion, Pyrolyx will be the first producer of rCB in the world to have two international production sites.

Niels Raeder, CEO of the Pyrolyx Group, says, “By building its second plant now in the USA, the Pyrolyx Group is emphasizing its global expansion plans. The increase in its production capacity will uniquely allow Pyrolyx to meet the growing demand for recovered carbon black. Even before construction begins, we have signed long-term purchase contracts for Pyrolyx rCB. As a result, we can look to the future with a great deal of optimism."

“Our objective in the plant engineering business area is not only to build plants for tire production but also to usefully supply these tires for further processing at the end of their useful life,” says Axel Kiefer, head of the plant engineering strategic business unit.

In addition, Peter Gerstmann, chairman of the management board of Zeppelin, says: “Sustainable economic activity is securely anchored in the Zeppelin Group strategy. Solutions should make a decisive contribution to resolving one of the world’s most significant environmental problems.”

Zeppelin, together with Pyrolyx AG, has developed a process through which carbon black can be recovered from old tires. The process uses pyrolysis to decompose shredded tires down to raw materials, and high-value carbon black is created, the company says. The recovered carbon black can be used to produce new tires.

The Pyrolyx technology also releases oil and gas. The gas released by the process can be used in gas engines, supplying most of the energy needed for the process itself. The oil can be purified and recycled using various other methods. Valuable steel is also recovered from the tires.

Pyrolyx and Zeppelin have been working together for almost nine years. 

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MSS introduces MetalMiner

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 06:02
Nashville, Tennessee-based MSS Inc. has introduced MetalMiner, featuring the patent pending MapLine algorithm. MSS calls the sorter “the next generation of induction-based true all-metal detectors.”

MSS, the division of the San Diego-based CP Group that manufactures optical sorters, has designed and built induction metal sorters for more than 40 years. This latest iteration was designed to handle auto shredder residue (ASR), electronic scrap, plastic flake and glass cullet applications, according to the manufacturer.

"MapLine allows users to target specific metal types or objects by amplifying the sensitivity for nonferrous metals, especially wire, while simultaneously reducing it for ferrous dust," says Felix Hottenstein, MSS sales director. "MetalMiner is exceeding our customers’ expectations. We've found up to 15 percent higher recovery rates for zurik when directly compared to other vendors.”

Hottenstein continues, “Additionally, MetalMiner reduces cross contamination with ferrous-dust-covered wood, plastics and foam. This creates a noticeably cleaner product."

Greg Thibado, MSS vice president, says, "In addition to the technological advances, we've implemented new manufacturing techniques that allow for MetalMiner to become even more competitive, especially for the wider units."

The MetalMiner is available in widths up to 112 inches (2,800 millimeters) as either a standalone model in a conveyor configuration or as an upgrade to the MSS Cirrus NIR and L-VIS Color optical sorters. Depending on the application, different induction coil configurations and spacings are available, the company says.

For certain small particle applications, such as plastic flake or glass cullet, MSS says it also offers the MetalMiner in a slide configuration that provides even higher sensitivity and sorts ferrous, nonferrous, and stainless steel down to 1 millimeter in size.

In addition to MSS, the CP Group includes CP Manufacturing, Krause Manufacturing and Advanced MRF. The company provides award-winning recycling system design, manufacturing, retrofits, audits and consulting. CP Group provides turnkey solutions for mixed waste, residential recycling, commercial and industrial, construction and demolition and electronic scrap applications.

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Macau scrap event open for registration

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 21:34
Switzerland-based conference organizer ICM AG is offering what it calls “early bird rates” through the end of September 2017 for its Electronics & Cars Recycling conference. The event is Nov. 14 - 17, 2017, at the Sheraton in the Macau Special Administrative Region of China.

 

The keynote speaker at the event will be Dr. Axel Schweitzer, the CEO of Germany-based ALBA Group plc & Co. He will speak on the topic of “Boosting Recycling Business in China – ALBA Group´s Model for the Circular Economy.”

 

ICM says the conference “represents the most international gathering of its kind in the fields of electronics and cars collection, recycling, reuse and remanufacturing.”

 

More than 250 delegates from industry, government and academia are expected, and they will discuss and present on several topics, including:

  • ELV recycling;
  • electronics recycling;
  • e-mobility;
  • circular economy – government initiatives;
  • sorting and processing technologies;
  • manufacturer takeback schemes and recycling efforts;
  • reuse and remanufacturing;
  • transboundary shipment of reusable units;
  • funding and financing for recycling projects in Asia; and dismantling versus shredding, best practices for highest ROI.

An exhibition area, where vendors can meet clients, also is part of the conference, and a Tech Box talks platform will be integrated into the exhibition area.

 

As part of the event, ICM also is organizing plant tours in China and Hong Kong Nov. 14 and 17 to the following destinations:

  • the ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions Ltd. electronic scrap treatment and recycling facility in Hong Kong;
  • Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor Co. Ltd. plant in China;
  • Guangzhou Valuda Group’s car dismantling plant in China; and
  • Foshan Shunde Xinhuanbao Resource Utilization Co. Ltd., which operates an electronics recycling plant in China.

English and Chinese simultaneous translation will be offered in the conference session room, according to ICM.

 

ICM says is seeking attendees and additional exhibitors for the event. More information about registering for the conference can be found on this Web page.

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MRAI will next meet in Goa, India

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 19:54
The Metal Recycling Association of India (MRAI) has announced that its 5th International Indian Metals Recycling Conference will take place Jan. 17-19, 2018, at the Hotel Grand Hyatt, in Goa, India.

 

The MRAI says at its previous four conferences it has drawn an average of 1,000 delegates, of which about 300 come from outside of India. “This is the big opportunity for individuals to introduce their business in the international market,” the MRAI says in its announcement of the conference dates and venue. “More than 1,300 delegates are expected to attend this conference in Goa from the world over.”

 

The organization says the Goa conference “will deliver comprehensive market-driven information on metal recycling in India,” and the event will focus on several aspects of both the ferrous and nonferrous scrap trade in India.

 

Presentations at the MRAI conference will address topics that include:

  • market reports on metal recycling in India;
  • discussions on government policies that affect the import and trade of scrap in India;
  • quality standards and inspection procedures pertaining to the international trade of scrap metal;
  • discussions of shipping lines, customs duties and pre-shipment inspection; and
  • panel discussions on emerging opportunities, challenges and trends in the scrap industry in India and around the world.

More information about the event, including how to register, can be found on this Web page.

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University of Missouri study examines recycling at sporting venues

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 15:50
Researchers at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, recently published a study analyzing waste and recyclables generated during Mizzou’s 2014 home football season, finding that sporting venues can achieve or exceed the standards for zero waste by offering better recycling receptacles and sorting options.

“Zero waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials with the target of recycling or composting at least 90 percent of the waste generated at football games,” says Christine Costello, assistant research professor of bioengineering in the MU College of Engineering. “Our objectives were to develop a system to characterize the waste produced at sporting events prior to game day and unsold food disposed of on game day, quantify the greenhouse gases produced, identify waste management and recycling strategies and develop scenarios that event managers can use to decrease life cycle greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.”

The research team audited the landfill-destined waste generated at Mizzou’s Memorial Stadium at five home football games game in 2014. Team members counted garbage bags disposed of during and after the games and sorted representative sample bags, which were inventoried to identify the contents.

An estimated 47.3 metric tons of waste were generated. The majority of the waste, or 29.6 metric tons of food, was prepared off-site, where a full 96 percent was unsold food waste. The remaining 17.7 metric tons of waste originated inside the stadium, with recyclables accounting for 43 percent, followed by food waste at 24 percent, with most of the remaining waste destined for the landfill.

Recommendations for reducing waste and bringing the stadium up to a 90 percent recycling or composting goal include:

  • donating unsold food to local charities and food banks;
  • targeting and swapping out materials that aren’t recyclable or compostable;
  • understanding how to better forecast food demand in box seats and suites;
  • replacing foods and preparations that are involved in higher greenhouse emissions, such as beef, with more vegetables and chicken;
  • providing more recycling stations and receptacles throughout the stadium; and
  • educating attendees about recycling and sustainability.

“Athletic events offer a great opportunity for engaging with a large, diverse crowd that may or may not be familiar with sustainability issues,” says Ronald G. McGarvey, who holds a dual appointment as an assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering in the MU College of Engineering and an assistant professor of public affairs in the Truman School of Public Affairs. “Sporting event organizers can generate proenvironmental messaging to a broad audience and should take advantage of getting the word out about sustainable operations. This would be a wonderful public relations tool for these professional and collegiate leagues and should be pursued.”

Costello notes that the MU Office of Sustainability has a Gold Rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Its mission is to be the focal point and catalyst for sustainability related operations, education, research and planning on a campus that implements the Missouri Method by serving as a living laboratory for sustainability. Also, several teams in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) are working toward zero-waste events, including the University of Florida.

The study, “Achieving Sustainability beyond Zero Waste: A Case Study from a College Football Stadium,” recently was published in Sustainability. Funding was provided by The Mizzou Advantage, an initiative that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, staff, students and external partners to solve real-world problems in four areas of strength identified at the University of Missouri, including food for the future, one health/one medicine, sustainable energy and media of the future.

The study’s authors express their thanks to Anthony Wirkus and the University of Missouri’s Intercollegiate Athletics Department for their interest and cooperation throughout the study.

A video to accompany this story is available at https://vimeo.com/231725930.

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Canada Fibers acquires HGC Management

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 15:15
Above: Employees at Canada Fibers Ltd.'s 130 Arrow Rd. MRF in Toronto. 

Toronto-headquartered Canada Fibers Ltd. (CFL), a leading provider of material recovery and recycling services, has announced its plan to acquire the issued and outstanding common shares of HGC Management Inc. (HGC), Brantford, Ontario. CFL says HGC’s goal of helping municipal and commercial customers efficiently and sustainably divert valuable materials from landfill aligns with its own. The company says it expects to complete the transaction within 60 days.

HGC operats 75 trucks that collect recyclables and mixed waste from Ontario residents. HGC operates seven material recovery facilities (MRFs) within the province of Ontario in the cities of Brantford, Belleville, Cornwall, Peterborough, Simcoe and Trenton. Together, these MRFs sort a significant portion of Blue Box materials within Ontario. In addition, HGC has 75 trucks on the road collecting recyclables and mixed waste from homeowners.

The acquisition will significantly increase CFL's MRF footprint within Ontario, adding coverage in the eastern and western reaches of the province, the company says. Further, the curbside collection capabilities of HGC will serve to increase CFL's understanding of recycling opportunities at the source.

"This acquisition will enable us to provide provincewide sorting services for our expanding commercial and municipal customer bases, which is increasingly important as customers look for greater uniformity and efficiency from their recycling programs," says Mark Badger of CFL. “It will provide us with more recovered material for our downstream operations, which recycle recovered materials into consumer and industrial products."

CFL operates three recycling companies under the Urban Resource Group banner, producing plastic materials for applications that include packaging, architectural wooden garden mulch and high-energy wooden fuel pellets sold through leading big box stores.

Joe Miranda, co-founder of CFL, says, "Mining valuable resources from waste is increasingly important to all stakeholders, and we will continue to expand our capabilities in response to this trend.”

He adds, “In recent years, several consumer packaged goods manufacturers have set aggressive, commendable waste reduction targets. We are here to help them reach their goals."

Herb Lambacher, the founder of HGC, says, "The combined MRF footprint of the organizations will enable provincewide programs for customers seeking enhanced efficiency and sustainability."

He says he "looks forward to working with CFL to advance sorting technologies."

The combined organization will strive to increase recovery of materials from commercial sources during the first phase of integration.

Lambacher, a professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience in the recovery and recycling industries, will continue to lead legacy HGC operations postacquisition and will help with integration and expansion of collective MRF operations.

Regarding the continued role of Lambacher in the company’s operations, Badger says CFL is "fortunate to have someone as skilled and respected as Herb join the leadership team." 

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Hydraulic Supply Co. to add two Miami locations

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 14:41
Sunrise, Florida-based Hydraulic Supply Co. (HSC), a fluid power distributor of hydraulic, pneumatic and industrial products across the Southeast, says it will add two new locations in Miami that will open this November.

The new locations will be near the Miami International Airport at 7202 NW 25th St. at Milam Dairy Road and at 10100 NW 116th Way, Medley Florida, near the Florida Turnpike (exit 34) and Beacon Station Boulevard.

“We are adding these locations as a result of significantly increased customer demand for our products and services coupled with our desire to make it more convenient for our customers to keep their businesses running efficiently with as little downtime as possible,” says John Serra, president of HSC.

The 28 HSC locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mexico offer hydraulic, pneumatic and industrial products, along with an array of in-store services. The new stores will display more than 8,000 products and offer services that include hydraulic and industrial hose assembly, tube bending/flaring and manual valve assembly.

The stores will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. HSC customers also will have access to the company’s 24-hour emergency service hotline.

All HSC stores are supported by our 60,000-square-foot central distribution center that provides customers with access to more than 20,000 products and delivery to any store location for pickup or shipment direct to customers.

Adding these Miami locations is part of HSC’s aggressive expansion plans that include increasing its product portfolio, implementing online services and expanding retail locations throughout the U.S. and Latin America, the company says.

Founded in 1947, HSC has 70 years of experience in the fluid power industry, growing to become a leading international distributor of fluid power products and services. 

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Eyewitness Surveillance acquires Watchdog Virtual Guard

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 14:20
Eyewitness Surveillance, headquartered in Hanover, Maryland, a leading provider of remote video monitoring and other security solutions, has merged security surveillance firm, Watchdog Virtual Guard, Southfield, Michigan, into its operations.

The combination will support continued expansion for both companies in the metal recycling industry, help broaden the resources available to current and future security customers and bring an enhanced caliber of support and service to current Watchdog customers, Eyewitness says in a news releasing announcing the merger.

As advancements in video, analytics and storage technologies drive a shift toward managed and remotely monitored security, Eyewitness and Watchdog have established themselves as providers of solutions that help customers prevent theft as well as gain insight into their business operations. Through remote surveillance, access control and intrusion detection systems, Eyewitness and Watchdog also eliminate the need for on-site guard services.

“While searching for a partner, we specifically looked for a company that shared Watchdog’s focus on the metal-recycling industry and inherent customer-centric values,” says Brad Gladstone, owner of Watchdog. “Eyewitness fits that model, enabling Watchdog to build on the tradition of excellence and deep security expertise that our customers have come to expect.”

“Watchdog is a great match, and we’re thrilled to welcome their stellar team to Eyewitness,” says Rush McCloy, CEO of Eyewitness. “We have been impressed by Watchdog’s strong service offering, and we hope to amplify it by extending Eyewitness’s additional resources to Watchdog customers.”

“Eyewitness constantly seeks to improve its services through product and service development, as well as through industry relationships. The quality of interactions Watchdog has with its customers echoes Eyewitness’s deep commitment to service. It’s a great fit for everyone involved, from both the business side and for our customers,” adds RT Arnold, president of Eyewitness.

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Harvey leaves shredder feedstock in its wake

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 01:52
The hurricane and tropical storm known as Harvey, which drenched parts of Texas and Louisiana with historic amounts of rain, could create more than 500,000 totaled vehicles and a significant number of junked appliances that will eventually make their way to auto shredding plants.

 

A Sept. 3, 2017, article by the Washington Post cites “auto industry experts [who] estimate that 500,000 to 1 million vehicles will have been damaged by water” after Hurricane Harvey, “with most being total losses.”

 

The newspaper’s reporters also write that insurance firm State Farm “has already received almost 20,000 claims” on flood damaged vehicles from the Houston area.

 

Figures for large appliances—washers, dryers, refrigerators and air conditioners—also are not yet available, but based on aerial photographs of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana, the count is likely to be high.

 

Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005, which left New Orleans and other parts of southern Louisiana under water, resulted in an influx of scrap that kept recyclers busy into 2006. A manager at Louisiana-based Southern Scrap Recycling, in a Dec. 2005 Recycling Today article, said authorities had estimated more than 1 million appliances and 150,000 vehicles “in New Orleans alone” were scrapped because of that natural disaster.

 

A commodities market summary by Milan, Italy-based T-Commodity says the Platt’s news organization

foresees price support in the steel sheet market in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

 

Also, according to Platt’s SBB (Steel Business Briefing), if 500,000 vehicles end up at auto shredding plants, that would be double the number that were shredded after Superstorm Sandy in the Eastern United States in 2012.

 

Adds Gianclaudio Torlizzi of T-Commodity, “Depending on the replacement demand for those vehicles, the overall impact longer term could be supportive for steel prices despite the increased scrap supply, as demand is usually the bigger driver of prices. Near-term scrap prices are expected to firm, given the difficulty of moving scrap in the affected regions.”

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EnviroLeach announces partnership with Jabil for e-waste processing

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:47
Mineworx Technologies Ltd., Burnaby, British Columbia, has announced EnviroLeach Technologies Inc., also based in Burnaby, has formed a global partnership with Jabil Inc., St. Petersburg, Florida, to use  EnviroLeach’s patent pending formula and processes for the recovery of metals from circuit boards and electronic waste. The innovative new process will first operate at Jabil’s 650,000-square-foot-facility in Memphis, Tennessee. 

EnviroLeach’s cyanide-free and acid-free-based chemical formula operates at ambient temperature and at near neutral pH. The company says its process helps to responsibly manage electronics, the fastest growing waste stream in the world.

In addition, EnviroLeach reports that along with Jabil, the companies are developing a 5 ton per day pilot plant for processing e-waste at the Memphis facility. The plant will encompass all aspects of the recycling process, including the demanufacturing, milling and chemical extraction of metals. The plant will be built in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Jabil and EnviroLeach will fund the development. The financial terms were not disclosed. As previously announced, EnviroLeach says it has partnered with MineWorx Technologies on the design, engineering and specifications and testing of this “revolutionary” technology. (Iberian Minerals Ltd. acquired MineWorx Technologies in mid-2017 and changed its name to reflect this acquisition.) 

“Jabil is pleased to introduce this environmentally conscious and sustainable solution into our extensive portfolio of capabilities,” says Eric Austermann, Jabil’s vice president of social and environmental responsibility. “For over 50 years Jabil has provided manufacturing and supply chain solutions to some of the world’s largest brands. The challenge of responsibly disposing of e-waste has persisted until now. With this solution, we have an opportunity to be on the forefront of sustainably, disposing of the world’s fastest growing waste stream.”

Duane Nelson, EnviroLeach CEO, says the company also is exploring the use of the chemical formula into the recovery of rare earth metals and the recycling of lithium-ion batteries with Jabil. 

Nelson says, “We are thrilled to partner with Jabil and feel honored that they chose our process as the foundation to build upon. With Jabil, we hope to expand this truly remarkable solution globally.”

Mineworx says it is positioned for growth through partnerships with advanced mining and e-waste opportunities using its licensed cyanide-free precious metals extraction formula and patent pending portable extraction technologies. 

EnviroLeach Technologies is a science and technology company engaged in the development and commercialization of environment-friendly formulas and technologies for the treatment of materials in the mining and e-waste sectors. Using its proprietary noncyanide, nonacid-based process, EnviroLeach extracts precious and base metals from ores, concentrates, e-waste and tailings.

Jabil is a product solutions company providing comprehensive electronics design, production and product management services. The company says it is the third-largest manufacturing services provider in the world, operating more than 100 locations in 28 countries, and serving the health care, packaging, mobility and wearables, aerospace, enterprise, digital home, point-of-sale, automotive, printing and energy industries.

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Company Wrench awarded two patents

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:26
Company Wrench, Carroll, Ohio, and its owner Brad Hutchinson were recently awarded two patents, US 9,662,661 B2 for the demolition machine retrofit method, apparatus and demolition method hybrid demolition pulverizing/shearing machines and US 9,657,458 B2 for the auxiliary power unit excavator system (APU unit).

Patent No. 9,662,661 B2 is for designing and integrating a larger class excavator arm (350 class) and demolition tool (bucket linkage shear or concrete pulverizer) onto a smaller class excavator boom and carrier (200 class).  This hybrid machine is designed to maintain the productivity potential of the larger class demolition tool with the fuel consumption of the smaller class carrier and is used in scrap processing yards. 

Patent No. 9,657,489 B2 is for designing and integrating an auxiliary power unit (APU) into a hydraulic excavator. The APU is designed to provide heat or air conditioning to the operator and provide 12-volt DC and 120-volt AC electrical power to the operator cab during periods of excavator idle time. 

In addition, using the APU during periods of excavator idle time is also designed to maintain the excavator engine coolant and hydraulic oil at operating temperature and keep the excavator battery charged. The APU is designed to reduce fuel consumption during periods of excavator idle time and prevent damage to Tier IV exhaust after treatment systems intolerant of extended excavator engine idling.
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Star Plastics introduces new brand identity

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:29
Star Plastics Inc., Ravenswood, West Virginia, has introduced an updated brand identity and tagline, “Navigating Custom Compounds.”

The company also launched a new logo. Star Plastics says the tagline “Navigating Custom Compounds” relates directly to the company’s ability to “lead and conquer complex material specification requirements.” In addition, Star Plastics says its ability to “navigate in difficult conditions” as well as putting “forth a product that is best-in-class is unrivaled in the compounding industry.”

“We are thrilled to be unveiling our new brand, an identity that truly represents what’s in the DNA here at Star Plastics,” says Doug Ritchie, president and CEO of Star Plastics. “While our new logo and tagline give Star a re-energized look and feel, we want to emphasize to our valued customers and suppliers that this transformation does not include any changes in our leadership, mission or vision as a leader in the market of custom compounding.”

The company adds, “Star is an accomplished compounder with an eye toward future growth and innovation, two characteristics that shine through in their new brand identity.”

The company explains its new logo as, “in a perpetual state of motion, constantly driving forward. The primary logo element is an abstract representation of a half star. The left half is complete, honoring Star’s past decades of excellence. The right half remains blank, open for growth. The element is comprised of three petals—a nod to the three key aspects of Star’s livelihood: custom compounding, tolling, and material marketing. Shades of red, yellow and blue demonstrate Star’s expertise in custom color compounding, as these three colors can be manipulated to create any hue on the planet.”

For 29 years Star Plastics has offered custom compounds, tolling and material marketing. The company has two locations both in West Virginia as well as in China. Star has a full-service laboratory to develop, test and process materials.

Kevin Eagle, purchasing specialist at Star, says the bulk of feedstocks for the company’s West Virginia locations derive from recycled material streams. 

Eagle says, “We purchase a large portion of scrap from collectors and recyclers, mostly engineering grades such as polycarbonate (PC), ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), HIPS (high impact polystyrene) and some PC alloys. We have the ability to purchase scrap in many forms, ranging from baled parts to shred to granular.”

He adds that Star’s Millwood, West Virginia, facility has the ability to enhance the material quality prior to compounding, including blending, screening, metal detection, drying, optical sorting and other methods. 

“We do also purchase virgin resins for some applications but we pride ourselves in our ability to close the circle on recycled materials and turn them back into a usable product,” Eagle continues. 

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Copper market concludes strong August

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 22:37
Germany-based scrap consumer and copper producer Aurubis says August 2017 represented a strong pricing month for copper, with market fundamentals, a weak United States dollar and speculation all playing a role in the red metal’s price gains.

 

In its most recent “Copper Mail” write-up, Aurubis says the value of copper reached a “multiyear high” in August 2017 and adds, “Since nothing sensational occurred on the copper market in the past four weeks, investors’ new-found interest can likely be attributed to expectations.”

 

In terms of market fundamentals, the copper producer says speculators are foreseeing “good demand [in the face of] inadequate production.” Aurubis also points to the weak U.S. dollar as paying a role, “by making the entry into dollar-based commodity investments more attractive.”

 

As copper’s price surge in August, so did the amount of recycling-related regulatory activity in China. Aurubis comments that China’s government is indicating “there are supposed to be three regulation lists – ‘forbidden,’ ‘limited’ and ‘permissible’ -- for [scrap grades] that are affected by possible import bans or restrictions.” These lists will be applied to grades “for which additional treatment or disassembly before processing in a smelting furnace is required, or for which the copper content is relatively low.”

 

Continues Aurubis, “In the copper sector, materials with customs tariff codes (HS Code) in Group 7, such as cable, wire scrap and motors, are expected to be on the ‘limited’ list.” Grades such as No. 1 and No. 2 copper, which is listed in HS category 6, are not expected to be covered by the new regulations.

 

China imported around 1.85 million tons of copper scrap in the first half of 2017, says Aurubis, which cites Metal Bulletin as reporting the majority of this material belonged to Category 7, based on weight. “Possible consequences [of the new] import restrictions [could include] pretreatment in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia or Vietnam,” says the Aurubis report. The company adds that “much is still unsure and needs factual clarification.”

 

On the supply side in August, Germany-based Aurubis says the European copper scrap market provided a steady flow of materials, “to which the high copper price contributed significantly.”

 

Looking at the pricing situation, the “Copper Mail” authors write, “The LME (London Metal Exchange) copper price development in August was surprising. In a time that is normally characterized by low market activity on the metal markets, copper was able to post significant gains [and] a level last seen in September 2014 was reached. On August 29, the official LME Settlement Price was at $6,797 per metric ton ($3.08 per pound), around $500 per metric ton (23 cents per pound) above the first August price.”

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Sadoff Iron & Metal announces changes in positions

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 07:00
Sadoff Iron & Metal Co., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, has announced the promotion and transition for two company veterans, Gary Griessmeyer and David Borsuk.

Griessmeyer has transitioned from his previous role with the company as fleet maintenance manager to
the role of environmental manager, a position previously held by Borsuk for more than 30 years. 

Borsuk will continue to represent the company and industry with his strategic participation in the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (lSRl), legislative affairs and other activities related to the business and industry.

“Gary’s 28 years of experience have provided him with the knowledge and ability to continue and build
on our company’s previous successes under the direction of David Borsuk,” says Jason Lasky, executive
vice president of Sadoff. “We are excited for Gary, and we are honored that David has chosen to stay on as a representative of our company, providing us the ability to leverage his 46 years of industry knowledge and expertise that has helped propel our reputation as a leader in the metals recycling industry.”

These changes will be finalized Sept. 7, 2017.

Sadoff Iron & Metal Co. operates nine scrap metal and electronics recycling facilities in the Midwest. The company employees more than 230 workers and specializes in the procurement, processing, packaging, blending and sale of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metals. Started in 1947, the company is led by the third generation of family ownership.
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NRC presents its 2017 awards

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 00:53
The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) has presented its 2017 recycling awards to nearly a dozen organizations and individuals.

 

The organization says its awards program is designed to honor people, programs and organizations for their achievements, and to serve as a model and a resource for learning for NRC members.

 

“We were very pleased that winners came from across the country to accept their awards, so attendees had the chance to learn first-hand how these programs work so well,” says NRC Awards Committee Chair Lisa Skumatz. The awards were presented to the winners at the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis

 

The NRC’s 2017 awards and their recipients are:

 

  • Outstanding Business Leadership, For-Profit Company: Avaya Stadium, San José, California, and its lead tenant the San José Earthquake soccer team, for working to promote scrap pickup, recycling, proper hazardous waste disposal and litter reduction messages;
  • Outstanding Not-for-profit Business Leadership: CTRA (Cooperative Teamwork & Recycling Assistance), Austin, Texas, a nonprofit cooperative marketing organization in Texas that consists of 52 recycling cooperatives who serve more than 500 entities, 500,000-plus Texas citizens, and covers a service area of over 43,000 square miles.;
  • Outstanding Not-for-profit Business Leadership Honorable Mention: Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), Epsom, New Hampshire;
  • Outstanding Recycling Organization: Michigan Recycling Coalition, Lansing, Michigan;
  • Outstanding Higher Education: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida;
  • Outstanding Higher Education Honorable Mention: University of Illinois at Chicago, Office of Sustainability;
  • Outstanding Community or Government Program: South Central Solid Waste Authority, Las Cruces, New Mexico;
  • Outstanding Community or Government Program, Honorable Mention: Emmet County (Michigan) Recycling;
  • Bill Heenan Emerging Leader: Samantha Yager, recycling coordinator for the city of Columbia, South Carolina, and Tori Carle, the city of Greensboro, North Carolina’s recycling educator for “Operation Bed Roll”;
  • Bill Heenan Emerging Leader, Honorable Mention: Matthew O'Carroll, refuse, recycling and water efficiency manager at University of California Santa Barbara;
  • Lifetime Achievement in Recycling: Arthur Boone, long-time board member of the Northern California Recycling.

The NRC is a non-profit organization focused on promoting and enhancing materials management in North America, with a network of more than 6,000 members involved in waste reduction, reuse, composting and recycling. 

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China’s MEP continues anti-pollution efforts

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:57
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has issued an English-language news release providing information on its initiative to catalog sources of pollution in that nation. The initiative is likely to include facilities that process and consume scrap materials, which have been undergoing scrutiny by the MEP throughout 2017.

 

The August 30, 2017, press release says its “Measures for the Disclosure of Environmental Information by Enterprises and Public Institutions” have been drafted by the MEP “to further promote the disclosure of environmental information by enterprises and public institutions, and enable the disclosure to be more feasible and useful.”

 

The proposed measures “stipulate that the major polluters should make public such basic information as the name of the organization, the unified social credit code, legal representative, principal place of business, and contact information; the pollution discharge information such as the name of the main pollutants and feature pollutants, the way of discharge, the concentration and total load of discharged pollutants, the discharge standards, and the excessive discharge; and the construction and operation of pollution control facilities, as well as other environmental information that should be disclosed.”

 

Continues the MEP, “The citizens, legal persons and other organizations that find any major polluter not sharing environmental information as required by law [will] have the right to report the polluter concerned to the competent environmental protection department.”

 

The MEP has given “government departments, enterprises, public institutions and individuals” until Sept. 18, 2017, to “contribute opinions and recommendations on the measures through the official website of the Ministry.”

 

The MEP says it will work with other departments and China’s State Council to “establish a platform for the enterprises and public institutions to disclose environmental information and provide easy access for the public.”

 

Critics of China’s recent environmental inspection and penalty regimen have expressed concern that it has resulted in a crackdown on private sector companies with less scrutiny applied to state-owned enterprises.

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ISRI urges China to reconsider scrap restrictions

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:04
The Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has sent a letter to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) urging it to reconsider newly drafted limits on prohibitive materials mixed into scrap shipments.

 

The MEP draft proposes tightening the thresholds for “carried waste” (contaminants and prohibitives) to 0.3 percent for all scrap materials. If implemented, these standards could effectively prohibit scrap imports to China, according to ISRI.

 

“The application of this standard will effectively result in a ban on the importation of all these commodities,” writes ISRI President Robin Wiener in the letter to the MEP. “It is simply not possible to achieve such a control level, nor is it possible to even measure it with such accuracy.”

 

“The current standards followed globally by the recycling community and our industrial consumers are found in ISRI’s Scrap Specifications Circular and vary depending upon the specific commodity,” adds Wiener. “For example, for paper, ‘outthrows’ generally varies between 1 and 5 percent, depending upon the grade of paper. Similar levels are found in the plastic specs. These numbers were determined through an open and deliberative process within the global recycling community, and reflect manufacturing standards and needs. The same open process is utilized for all the other commodities as well.”

 

In the letter, ISRI also commented on the proposed 80 percent weight requirement for “metal and electrical appliance scraps.” Writes Wiener, “In the United States, a 50 percent threshold is used when defining what is considered legitimate scrap metal for recycling. For consistency in the global trade, we would respectfully request that a uniform standard of 50 percent be used within China as well,” Wiener writes.

 

Given what ISRI calls a short timeframe to provide comments, ISRI also has requested more time to evaluate proposed changes related to allowable radiation levels. ISRI says it supports the need for added radioactive material controls, but needs “more time to evaluate the proposed threshold values.”

 

ISRI says the letter to the MEP “is part of an ongoing, comprehensive effort by ISRI to protect the interests of the recycling industry as China seeks to impose significant restrictions on the movement of scrap into China.” ISRI says it also has filed comments with the World Trade Organization related to China’s intent to revise its Identification Standards for Solid Wastes General Rules and ban certain scrap imports. 

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Plastic bottle recycling campaign boosts recycling rate in Raleigh Durham Triangle

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:07
Your Bottle Means Jobs (YBMJ) is a campaign message recently used by the Carolina Plastics Recycling Council (CPRC) in the Raleigh Durham Triangle region to stimulate more recycling by connecting that activity with job creation. The goal of the campaign is to get more bottles in recycling bins across North and South Carolina. 

The campaign measured a 2 percent increase in tons of all types of plastic bottles sold by local recycling processors during March through May 2017 when compared with the same period in 2016 causing campaign leaders Chantal Fryer, director of Recycling Market Development at the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Blair Pollock with Orange County, North Carolina, to announce the outreach campaign had considerable regional impact.

The YBMJ campaign was financed by a unique partnership of industry, recycling-oriented trade associations and local governments including Raleigh, Wake and Orange counties in North Carolina. Using billboards, radio, online ads, social marketing pledges and events, the campaign’s call to action for the region is that if each household in the Carolinas increased its plastic bottle recycling by just two bottles a week, that simple act could create 300 new jobs in the two-state region known for its large-scale plastics recycling industry. 

The campaign estimates that in one year, two more bottles a week recycled per household would yield 30,000 tons of additional bottles, avoiding over $1.3 million in landfill disposal costs and creating local jobs in the process. 

Pollock says, “While North Carolinians throw out more than 70 percent of the plastic bottles we use, our local industries import recycled bottles from other states as well abroad to meet their manufacturing demands. This campaign points us in a new direction, fusing the environmental and economic benefits of recycling.” 

To rollout the campaign, the CPRC conducted a training session on the campaign and offered local leaders a toolkit with brochures and posters, items made from recycled bottles, and social media as part of the effort incentivize participation. Prizes such as a $500 gift card, a beach vacation and two recycled content gift baskets were offered to those who pledged to recycle. In addition to the more than 800 recycling pledges received to recycle two more bottles at home, on-the-go and at work, there were 1 million online Your Bottle Means Jobs ad views and 4 million billboard views. 

YBMJ campaign champion Chantal Fryer says, “We are pleased to see a 2 percent increase in the plastic bottles recycled over the previous year– from 1,323 tons in 2016 to 1,349 tons in 2017. This is the equivalent of over 520,000 PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and HDPE (high-density polyethylene) bottles that can be recycled into new products like t-shirts, textiles, plastic pipe and other goods produced in the Carolinas. I’m excited to see the growth of the recycling and potential jobs as a result of the campaign.”  

Alan Goldman of Southeast Grinding, a company that grinds plastic bottles to prepare them for the next step of recycling, added, “Our company was proud to be a part of this innovative campaign to increase plastic bottle recovery and looks forward to celebrating future successes as the Your Bottle Means Jobs campaign expands throughout the Carolinas.” Approximately $200 million in capital investment by recycling companies who employ more than 3,500 people in the Carolinas transforming bottles and other plastics to new recycled products. 

Patrick MacDonald, manager of the Sonoco Recycling processing plant in Raleigh, North Carolina, handles many of the region's bottles, says, “Our company recognized real value in this promotional approach from the increase in bottle sales. Even with bottle prices low, we can make up some of that difference with the increase in volume. We know there are many more plastic bottles that can be easily recovered. If everyone does two more bottles a week, the impact will be enormous, good for the earth, good for our community and our company.” ]]>

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