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Deinking and recycling are topics at German symposium

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 20:01
The Munich-based International Association of the Deinking Industry (INGEDE) is hosting a one-day conference on Feb. 28, 2018, in Munich, focusing on meeting challenges related to the “collection, quality and industrial processing of paper for recycling.”

In an e-mail promoting the event, INDEGE indicates challenges are increasing in the sector for deinkers and mill operators. “It becomes more and more difficult to produce new graphic paper from [scrap] paper at economically reasonable conditions,” states INDEGE.

The organization indicates speakers and panelists at its event will examine industry conditions that include rising scrap paper prices and the shrinking market for graphic paper as “people read [fewer] newspapers, the newspapers become thinner due to less advertising and the paper collected for recycling contains more and more packaging.”

Other challenges to be addressed at the symposium include the monopolizing of scrap paper collection approved by some municipalities in Germany. From the mill viewpoint, INDEGE indicates, “It becomes more and more difficult for the paper mills to keep up their requirements for high quality.”

The organization’s press release states, “Quality is not only important for deinking grades; also the manufacturers of corrugated paper and board face the challenge to meet rising demand at an acceptable quality, mainly for the increasing need for all kinds of packaging. A possible source of high-quality scrap paper is the fraction today known as mixed paper. How can yield be increased for the different grades, [and be] suitable for different products?”

Among the speakers on paper recycling will be Ulrich Leberle of the Brussels-based Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).

The effect of new types of ink on the deinking process also will be addressed at the Munich symposium, according to INDEGE.

The event will be held at the Haus der Bayerischen Wirtschaft, which is within walking distance of Munich’s Central rail station. More information on the symposium can be found on this Web page.


Ferrous sector veteran retires from SA Recycling

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 18:25
Jack Stutz, executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of Orange, California-based SA Recycling, is retiring in January 2018. The steel and ferrous scrap industry veteran began his career in the 1960s with the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel company.

Stutz, who graduated in 1963 from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, worked initially for Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel before accepting a position in the 1970s with the former Marathon Steel in Phoenix, Arizona. After Marathon closed in 1985, Stutz joined the former Birmingham Steel Corp., and helped move some equipment from the former Marathon plant to Birmingham’s facility in Kankakee, Illinois.

His next stint was with the former Armco Steel in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was part of a management team that completed a buyout of that company and renamed it GST Steel.

In 1997, Stutz became president of Tamco Steel in Rancho Cucamonga, California, running operations there until his retirement in 2009. In 2010, SA Recycling CEO George Adams lured Stutz out of retirement to become executive vice president and COO of SA Recycling. At SA Recycling, Stutz oversaw operations and helped steer the company through several major acquisitions, including that of Georgia-based Newell Recycling LLC in 2014, according to an SA Recycling press release.

“Jack is one of a kind; a class act,” says Adams. “He is a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has been instrumental in the growth and success of SA Recycling over these last eight years. More importantly, he has been a true friend and mentor to me and my family. For that I am truly grateful and appreciative. He will truly be missed.”

In his career, Stutz had the opportunity to work at steel mills that incorporated four different steelmaking furnace processes: Bessemer, open hearth, basic oxygen and electric arc. In retirement, he plans to spend more time with his wife, daughter and two grandchildren, as well taking more time to golf and attend sporting events.


NASCO-OP declares 2017 dividend

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 09:48
National Association Supply Cooperative (NASCO-OP), New Philadelphia, Ohio, has declared a 1.3 percent patronage dividend for 2017.

The dividend, calculated on the purchases a member or associate made at the cooperative, further reduces the purchase price of supplies and equipment, reports NASCO-OP Manager Bob Bedard.

“In today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, the need for NASCO-OP is greater now than ever before,” says Bedard. “Cooperatives give members and users of all sizes the purchasing clout of an entire industry while still maintaining their independence. The success of the organization is power through cooperation. Just consider the negotiating leverage when members pool their purchases of one item, say conveyor belts, through NASCO-OP. With the united needs of that size of a group, NASCO-OP members are in the position to accept only the best value from belt manufacturers.”

NASCO-OP is the recycling industry’s purchasing cooperative and is available at no additional cost to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI), the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) and the National Demolition Association (NDA).


US Shredder and Castings Group partners with Cometel

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:48
U.S. Shredder and Castings Group, Miramar Beach, Florida, and Spanish company Cometel have announced they will introduce Cometel’s turnings and chip recycling to the North American market in 2018.

Since 1987, Cometel has been designing, manufacturing and commissioning turnkey solutions for conveying and processing chips, turnings and other scrap metals. The company’s systems consist of metal hinge conveyors, chip crushers (vertical and horizontal axis) and chip centrifuges and are compact and modular with minimal installation time, U.S. Shredder says.

The companies are targeting foundries, machining companies and metal recyclers. 

In 2017 Cometel opened a sales, engineering and parts office in Mexico to support the North American market. The company has a lab where customers can send samples for processing.

Cometel plans to participate in the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) 2018 Convention & Exposition in Las Vegas April 14-19. Information requests can be made to U.S. Shredder’s sales office in Florida at 205-999-7670 or bill.tiger@usshredder.com and through www.cometel.net

The U.S. Shredder and Castings Group offers scrap shredders, control systems, downstream systems, nonferrous recovery, air systems, shredder castings, service, engineering and construction and installation to the worldwide scrap industry.  


Communities in southwest Idaho can recycle Nos. 1 and 2 plastic bottles only in 2018

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:20
Residents of Meridian, Idaho, will be able to recycle fewer types of plastic containers in 2018, according to a report from the Meridian Press.

Phoenix-headquartered Republic Services, which handles Meridian's trash and recycling collection, and the Ada County Solid Waste Advisory Committee announced in a statement released to the newspaper in December 2017 that changes would be coming to curbside plastic recycling as of Jan. 1, 2018, according to the report. Only polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bottles, such as milk jugs, pop bottles, fruit juice bottles and jugs and detergent jugs, will be accepted for recycling as of the start of 2018. The change was in response to changing global recycling markets, according to the committee and Republic Services.

The change applies to all communities in southwest Idaho, according to information posted on the city’s website.

“Some common materials that can no longer go in the recycling bin include things like yogurt containers and the plastic containers that hold berries and salad mix from the produce department,” the Meridian Press reports. 


New fluidized bed combustion system offsets tipping fees at Toronto-area paper mill.

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:02
Precision Energy Services, Inc. (PES) of Hayden, Idaho, recently designed and supplied a recycled paper mill sludge-to-energy system for Atlantic Packaging in Ontario, Canada. This system is designed to process 100,000 tons of paper mill sludge per year that was previously being sent to local area landfills. The system eliminates the cost of sludge disposal and reduces the cost of fossil fuels by the offset generation of plant steam, the company says.

PES designed the system to supply the necessary energy in the form of hot gas to dry the 60 percent + MC wet basis sludge to 40 percent MC wet basis with the majority of the energy produced from the sludge used to generate process steam. The combined energy is produced from a single PES system without the use of natural gas. Natural gas is only used for startup of the system to obtain the required temperature for sludge feeding. 

Producing process steam from the sludge-waste residuals, or biomass, promotes the plant’s green energy independence and the company’s green recycling plan by reducing the volume of waste sent to landfills.

The PES system receives the incoming sludge and processes it through PES’ proprietary fluid bed technology, which combusts the sludge, leaving only an ash that is white in color with no carbon residual. This ash is collected from nine points throughout the boiler, economizer, air heater, multiclones and baghouse and is conveyed pneumatically to an ash silo. The ash system was designed and supplied by PES to have no rotary valves, which are a constant maintenance issue on biomass boilers, the company says. The sealed ash system conveys all of the fly ash to a sealed ash silo for unloading into sealed trailers. This feature ensures that the complete boiler system is sealed from the point the fuel is pneumatically conveyed into the fluid bed combustor, providing a clean plant environment.

The ash is held in the ash silo for pickup by a nearby cement plant where it is utilized as an admixture to the concrete manufactured by the plant. The beneficial utilization of the ash from the sludge is a major advantage to the plant as there is not a requirement for ash landfilling.

The system was the second such plant PES designed for Atlantic Packaging, who commissioned the first in 2011 to replace a combustion technology that was unable to reliably burn the facility’s wet paper mill sludge.

“We are excited to announce that our client’s second sludge-to-energy plant was completed in early 2017. Our client will see a sufficient reduction in the plant’s overall waste disposal cost as well as a major reduction of their energy costs by the savings obtained in burning the biomass fuel to produce steam, offsetting the use of natural gas,” Mike Oswald, president of Precision Energy Services, says.   


City of Montgomery, Alabama, purchases IREP recycling facility

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 06:20
The Infinitus Renewable Energy Park (IREP) recycling facility in Montgomery, Alabama, has been purchased by that city, according to a report by the Montgomery Advertiser. The MRF, which recovered recyclables from municipal solid waste (MSW), was built for $35 million and claimed to be able to recover for recycling nearly 60 percent of the material delivered to its door. With the addition of waste to energy and composting, IREP said it would see a landfill diversion rate topping 90 percent.

According to the Montgomery Advertiser report, the city finalized the deal Dec. 29, 2017, paying $625,000 for the facility and $320,000 in other fees and taxes.

The city and its Solid Waste Disposal Authority signed an agreement in July of 2016 to acquire the material recovery facility (MRF) and an adjacent lot from IREP once bankruptcy proceedings were completed. The city finally closed on that bankruptcy agreement with IREP in December 2017 after it had been locked in bankruptcy court since August 2016 because holders of bonds issued by IREP in 2014 opposed the sale, saying they had a better claim to the facility than the city did, the newspaper reports. To finalize the deal, the city had to pay the agreed upon sale price of $625,000 as well as $125,000 in other fees (including IREP's legal fees) and $195,000 in property taxes IREP owed and accrued after the company closed the facility in October 2015, Barry Crabb, Montgomery's finance director, told the newspaper.

The city reached a settlement with the 2014 bondholders to complete the sale, the newspaper reports. However, Crabb told the Montgomery Advertiser he was unable to disclose the terms of the settlement because of a confidentiality provision in the settlement. Crabb added that the city is "in the process of seeking consent to disclose the terms."

After opening in April 2014, IREP closed the facility in October 2015, citing commodity pricing that was unable to support the recycling process. Kyle Mowitz, Infinitus CEO, said at the time of the closure, “One key element of a successful materials recycling program is the ability to sell recovered material at a price that will support the recycling process. While our customers have been satisfied with the material we have reclaimed, unfortunately the market price for these materials have dropped dramatically.”

When the MRF was built, the city was obligated to deliver 100,000 tons of MSW annually, paying a tipping fee for the material. Whatever material was not recovered for recycling, composting or energy recovery at IREP was to be delivered to the city’s landfill, and IREP would pay the city a tipping fee.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that IREP owed the city $2.5 million for trash sent to the landfill in its first year of operation. The paper says the city forgave that amount because of the “small recycling numbers they were achieving,” as Crabb told the paper at that time.


Kramer Metals part of new nonferrous company

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:12
Los Angeles-based Kramer Metals Inc. has announced it has merged its nonferrous operations with Wilmington, California-based G. Harris International to form Spectrum Alloys LLC. “The merger unites two of the most well-respected, experienced and knowledgeable families in the nonferrous scrap recycling business,” the company states in a press release announcing the merger.

“Spectrum Alloys builds on the synergies that both companies have developed over the last several generations of operations,” says Doug Kramer, president of Spectrum Alloys. “It combines the significant processing capabilities and industrial scrap business of Kramer Metals with the commercial and wholesale business of G. Harris to form a stronger company with unlimited growth opportunities.”

The merger of the two companies makes Spectrum Alloys one of the largest regional buyers and exporters of copper and brass scrap on the West Coast, according to the new firm. In addition, the company will be engaged in purchasing what it calls select grades of aluminum and will “place a strong emphasis on purchasing nickel chrome iron, nickel refinery and stainless steel.”

Spectrum Alloys began operations on Sept. 1, 2017. It currently employs 30 workers and operates out of Kramer Metals’ nonferrous location in south Los Angeles.

The new company also has announced that Robb Cohn has joined the firm in the role of senior trader. “We are excited that Robb chose to join our team, and his presence here builds on the synergies that both companies have developed over the last several months [as] we have been ramping up operations,” says Doug Kramer. “We’re really excited to grow this business, and Robb will play an important role in that process.”

Spectrum Alloys LLC indicates its staff possesses more than 200 years of combined experience in buying, processing, marketing and selling scrap metal grades, including stainless steel, nickel and nickel-based alloys, corrosion-resistant alloys, nickel-copper, nickel-chrome, cobalt and cobalt-bases alloys, heat-treat alloys, titanium, tungsten and high-performance alloys.


Report shows global e-waste generation increases 8 percent by weight in two years

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 13:39
A joint study, “The Global E-Waste Monitor 2017,” released by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Vienna, United Nations University (UNU), Tokyo, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva, reports that 44.7 million metric tons of e-waste was generated globally in 2016, up 3.3 million metric tons, or 8 percent, from 2014. 

E-waste is defined in the report as anything that has a plug or battery.

In 2016 the global generation of e-waste from end-of-life refrigerators and TV sets to solar panels, mobile phones and computers—equal in weight to 1.23 million fully loaded 18-wheel 40-ton trucks, enough to form a line 28,160 kilometers long, the distance from New York to Bangkok and back, ISWA says.

The report foresees a further 17 percent increase—to 52.2 million metric tons of e-waste by 2021—the fastest growing part of the world’s domestic waste stream.

ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos says, “We live in a time of transition to a more digital world, where automation, sensors and artificial intelligence are transforming all the industries, our daily lives and our societies. E-waste is the most emblematic by-product of this transition and everything shows that it will continue to grow at unprecedented rates.”

Mavropoulo continues, “Finding the proper solutions for e-waste management is a measure of our ability to utilize the technological advances to stimulate a wasteless future and to make circular economy a reality for this complex waste stream that contains valuable resources.”

Of the e-waste generated in 2016, 20 percent is documented as having been collected and recycled, according to the report. This is “despite rich deposits of gold, silver, copper, platinum, palladium and other high value recoverable materials. The conservatively estimated value of recoverable materials in last year’s e-waste was US $55 billion, which is more than the 2016 gross domestic product (GDP) of most countries in the world,” ISWA says in a news release about the study’s release.

About 4 percent of 2016’s e-waste is known to have been thrown into landfills; 76 percent or 34.1 million metric tons likely ended up incinerated, in landfills, recycled in informal (backyard) operations or remain stored in our households, ISWA says.

Jakob Rhyner, vice-rector, UNU, adds, “The world’s e-waste problem continues to grow. Improved measurement of e-waste is essential to set and monitor targets, and identify policies. National data should be internationally comparable, frequently updated, published, and interpreted. Existing global and regional estimates based on production and trade statistics do not adequately cover the health and environmental risks of unsafe treatment and disposal through incineration or landfilling.”

On a per-capita basis, the report shows a rising trend as well. Falling prices now make electronic and electrical devices affordable for most people worldwide while encouraging early equipment replacement or new acquisitions in wealthier countries. As a result, the average worldwide per capita e-waste generated was 6.1 kilograms, up 5 percent from 5.8 kilograms in 2014.

The highest per capita e-waste generators (at 17.3 kilograms per inhabitant) were Australia, New Zealand and the other the nations of Oceania, with only 6 percent formally collected and recycled.

Europe, including Russia, is the second largest generator of e-waste per inhabitant with an average of 16.6 kilograms per inhabitant. However, Europe has the highest collection rate at 35 percent.

The Americas generates 11.6 kilograms per inhabitant and collects 17 percent, the report says, comparable to the collection rate in Asia at 15 percent. However, at 4.2 kilograms per inhabitant, Asia generates only about one-third of America’s e-waste per capita, the report shows. Africa, meanwhile, generates 1.9 kilograms per inhabitant, with little information available on its collection rate.

“We are very proud to have played an important role in this ground-breaking E-Waste monitor,” ISWA says.

The report calls for stepped-up global efforts to better design components in electrical and electronic equipment to facilitate reuse and recycling, greater capture and recycling of old equipment, and better tracking of e-waste and the resource recovery process, says UNU.

UNU continues, “Encouragingly, more countries are adopting e-waste legislation, the report says. Today 66 percent of the world’s people, living in 67 countries, are covered by national e-waste management laws (up from 44 percent in 61 countries in 2014)—an increase caused mainly by India’s adoption of legislation last year.”

UNU points out that still, only 41 countries quantify their e-waste generation and recycling streams officially, and “the fate of a large majority of e-waste (34.1 of 44.7 Mt) is simply unknown,” the report states.

The study says, “Having a national e-waste management regime in place does not always correspond to enforcement and setting the measurable collection and recycling targets essential for effective policies.”

Meanwhile, UNU says the type of e-waste covered by legislation differs considerably throughout the world, highlighting the need for “harmonization.” 

“Without better statistics on e-waste, and closing the main data gaps of current e-waste statistics, it is impossible to measure the effectiveness of existing and new legislation to show any potential improvements in the future” the report says.

The groups involved in the publication of The Global E-Waste Monitor 2017 study describe it on its website as, providing “the most comprehensive overview of global e-waste statistics and an unprecedented level of detail, including an overview of the magnitude of the e-waste problem in different regions. The report includes up-to-date information on the amounts of e-waste generated and recycled, makes predictions until 2021, and provides information on the progress made in terms of e-waste legislation. The e-waste volumes are indicative of the recycling industry’s potential to recover secondary resources, as well as setting environmental targets for detoxification. The report highlights the need for better e-waste data and information for policymakers to track progress, identify the need for action, and to achieve sustainable development, including the sustainable development goals (SDGs).”

In a separate press release, Itronics Inc., Reno, Nevada, reports that the study shows $22 billion of gold (500 metric tons or 16 million troy ounces) was thrown away worldwide in electronic waste in 2016.

Itronics says that according to the World Gold Council, 146.9 million troy ounces of gold (4,571 metric tons) were produced worldwide in 2016. About 70 percent, or 104 million ounces, were mined, and about 30 percent or 42 million ounces were recycled. In 2016 the amount of gold thrown away in e-waste worldwide was equal to 15 percent of world mine production, “a very significant amount of loss,” the company says.


10 tips for staying safe in winter weather

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:48
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), in partnership with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), distributed guidelines Jan. 8 to help collection workers stay safe in winter weather. These guidelines are meant to help collection workers reduce the risk of injury in icy and snowy conditions.

10 Tips for Staying Safe in Winter Weather
  • Wear a high-visibility safety vest to make yourself easier to see in storm conditions.
  • Wear insulated boots with good grip that provide support and traction.
  • Dress in layers consisting of a base layer (not cotton), insulating layer and a waterproof outer layer. Also wear a hat and gloves to maintain body heat.
  • Slow down. Walk carefully and cautiously. Plant your feet securely on each step and use handrails for added support when possible.
  • Anticipate ice. What appears to be a wet surface may actually be black ice.
  • Enter buildings with caution. Anticipate wet and slippery surfaces.
  • Don’t put your hands in your pockets. Use your arms and hands to maintain balance.
  • Don’t overload yourself, which could cause you to lose balance.
  • Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is just as big an issue in cold winter weather as it is in the summer.
  • When shoveling snow, push instead of lift. If you must lift a loaded shovel, use your legs. Consider taking smaller scoops to avoid heavy lifting.

In addition to the above safety tips, NWRA and SWANA stressed the importance for managers to hold regular safety meetings with employees to prepare for winter weather.  Critical issues to address in these meetings include training employees to recognize the dangers of slippery surfaces; emphasizing the importance of three-points of contact; and ensuring every vehicle is equipped with ice scrapers, emergency supplies and warning devices such as triangles and cones. 


CMC segment sees six-year quarterly high in Q1 of fiscal 2018

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:04
Commercial Metals Co. (CMC), Irving, Texas, has announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter ended Nov. 30, 2017, which show net earnings of $36.8 million, 31 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $1.2 billion.

CMC President and CEO Barbara Smith says in a press release announcing the financial results that the company’s Americas Recycling segment had the highest quarterly results since 2012. This was supported by rising nonferrous pricing and a continued strong demand for ferrous material, Smith reports.

She adds that the Polish operations recorded the highest quarterly profits since 2008.

The net earnings reported for Q1 of fiscal 2018 compare with net earnings of $6.3 million, or 5 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $1 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Earnings from continuing operations were $38.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 compared with $4.9 million for the same period of fiscal year 2017. For the three months ended Nov. 30, 2017, earnings from continuing operations included a net after-tax benefit of $1.8 million, or 2 cents per diluted share, related to the exit of the International Marketing and Distribution segment.

Because of the Aug. 31, 2017, sale of CMC Cometals, the results of this division have been reflected as discontinued operations for all reported periods, according to the company. CMC sold its Cometals division to the Traxys Group, a Luxembourg-based physical commodity trader and merchant in the metals and natural resources sectors. The business markets, distributes and processes metal, ores, concentrates, industrial minerals, ferroalloys, chemicals and industrial products worldwide.

CMC says its liquidity position at Nov. 30, 2017, remained strong, with cash and cash equivalents of $130.2 million and availability under the company’s credit and accounts receivables sales facilities of approximately $617.5 million.

CMC President and CEO Barbara Smith says, “We delivered strong financial results during our first fiscal quarter of 2018. In both the Americas Mills and International Mill segments, demand from the construction sector remained robust, which resulted in very good earnings. In fact, the Polish operations recorded the highest quarterly profits since 2008. The Americas Recycling segment also had the highest quarterly results since 2012, supported by rising nonferrous pricing and a continued strong demand for ferrous material.”

Jan. 2, 2018, the board of directors of CMC declared a quarterly dividend of 12 cents per share for shareholders of record Jan. 16, 2018. The dividend will be paid Jan. 31, 2018. This cash dividend reflects CMC’s 213th consecutive quarterly dividend.

The company’s Americas Recycling segment recorded adjusted operating profit of $9.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 compared with an adjusted operating loss of $5.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. The improvement in adjusted operating profit compared with the same period in fiscal 2017 was primarily the result of strong volumes and nonferrous prices, which rose during the quarter. Shipment volumes in comparison to the same period of the prior fiscal year increased by 44 percent as a result of higher domestic steel manufacturing utilization rates and the impact of the acquisition of yards completed during fiscal 2017.

CMC says its Americas Mills segment recorded adjusted operating profit of $40.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 compared with adjusted operating profit of $36.9 million for the corresponding period in fiscal 2017. 

“We had a strong shipping quarter as nonresidential construction activity remains high,” says CMC. “While metal margins were relatively flat in comparison to the same period in the prior fiscal year, they increased for the second consecutive fiscal quarter and were $14 per ton higher than the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.”

Its Americas Fabrication segment recorded an adjusted operating loss of $4.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 compared with adjusted operating profit of $6.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2017.  The average selling price for the Americas Fabrication segment was similar to the same period of fiscal year 2017; however, raw material rebar prices have increased resulting in the losses suffered during the recent quarters. The company reports that it is experiencing strong bidding activity for fabrication work, “but strong competitive pressures and the availability of low-cost import material have not provided a market dynamic for the increased raw material costs to be passed on to customers in the form of increased selling prices.”

CMC’s International Mill segment in Poland recorded adjusted operating profit of $23.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 compared with adjusted operating profit of $10 million for the corresponding period in fiscal 2017. Shipments from this operation increased by approximately 27 percent in comparison to the same period of the prior fiscal year, supported by continued strength in construction activity in this market, which also has resulted in improved margins.

Smith says, “During our second quarter we normally experience lower shipment levels due to winter weather conditions impairing construction activity as well as a reduced number of shipping days. However, we see strength in the underlying market fundamentals supporting each of our segments as we enter calendar 2018. End markets in both nonresidential construction and original equipment manufacturers are forecasting growth, and we are seeing that reflected in our shipment volumes.”

“This is an exciting time for Commercial Metals Co.,” Smith continues. “We are pleased to report that commissioning activities at our new micromill in Durant, Oklahoma, are progressing very smoothly, and we look forward to the mill contributing to our results during the second half of fiscal 2018. In addition, [Jan. 2], we announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire certain U.S. rebar assets from Gerdau S.A., including four minimills and 33 rebar fabrication facilities. We believe this is an ideal strategic fit with CMC given our existing expertise in concrete reinforcing products and services. We see significant opportunity for cost synergies and value creation for our customers and shareholders.”

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


TerraCycle, HNA Hospitality Group partner for zero waste campaign

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:47
Tangla Hotel Beijing


Chinese hotel operator HNA Hospitality Group has achieved initial success with its new zero waste campaign, a partnership with Trenton, New Jersey-based TerraCycle, by recycling 1,323 pounds’ (600 kilograms’) worth of discarded toiletries from three company hotels in four months.

TerraCycle is a leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle postconsumer materials.

Beijing-based HNA Hospitality Group says its zero waste campaign underscores the company’s “commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development.”

From July 24 to Nov. 30, 2017, HNA Hospitality collected used cotton swabs, shower caps, shaving kits, bath supplies, toothbrushes and other waste from the three Tangla hotels and recycled them into resalable products, “eliminating the pollution that would have come as a result of discarding them and purchasing replacement items,” the company says.

“We are extremely pleased with the results from this first phase of our zero-waste program,” Steven Song, president of HNA Hospitality, says. “Thanks to our partnership with TerraCycle and the diligence of the staff at our Tangla brand hotels, we were able to prevent a significant amount of waste from entering the environment. This program, along with our recent improvements in food and water safety at all of our hotels, is further evidence of our brand’s excellence and proof of our commitment to providing a comfortable, convenient and safe stay for all of our guests.”

The company notes that the zero waste campaign is its most recent CSR effort. Since 2013, the group has implemented a series of measures, such as increased recycling and adopting sustainable design and construction, to reduce the carbon footprint of its hotels, whose energy consumption rate has dropped considerably for four consecutive years, according to the company.

HNA says it plans to expand the zero waste program to more of its hotel in the coming months.

“We will continue to explore new approaches and adopt new techniques to help lower costs and make our services more environmentally-friendly,” says Song. “We look forward to building wide awareness of our brand as one that is seen as a pioneer of sustainable hotels in China and around the world.”

Founded in 1997, HNA Hospitality Group is the hotel investment and management arm of HNA Tourism that is focused on creating a mid- to high-end global hotel network. HNA Hospitality Group says it is China’s largest private hotel group. The group operates or invests in about 8,600 hotels with more than 1.3 million rooms around the world.


Aleris signs multi-year contract with Embraer

News from Recycling Today - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 23:44
Cleveland-based aluminum rolled products company Aleris has signed a multi-year contract with Brazil-based airplane manufacturer Embraer to supply aluminum flat-rolled products for use in Embraer aircraft. The renewed contract agreement includes the supply of what Aleris calls technically advanced alloys, and extends the portfolio of products for different applications.

“Our continued investment in growing our technical capabilities has enabled us to further expand our relationship with Embraer, and we look forward to working with them to achieve their aircraft manufacturing and design goals,” says Sean Stack, Aleris chairman and CEO. “With a world-class aerospace aluminum plate facility in Asia Pacific, we are also uniquely positioned to help them meet aerospace demand in the region, which is projected to experience the most significant growth.”

The contract includes the supply of material from the company's facilities in Koblenz, Germany, and Zhenjiang, China, the latter of which represents a greenfield project Aleris opened in 2013.

Embraer is the third largest airplane manufacturer in the world.


ERI teams with CTA, Samsung for free e-waste event in Las Vegas

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:57
ERI, Fresno, California, has teamed up with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Arlington, Virginia, and Samsung Electronics America Inc., Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, to offer a free public electronic waste collection event in Las Vegas Jan. 6, 2018, prior to CES 2018, which will take place Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas.

Sponsored by the CTA, the owner and organizer of CES, and Samsung, this e-waste recycling event is free to the public and will allow visitors to properly dispose of unwanted electronics in an environmentally responsible way, says ERI.

The e-waste collection event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Salvation Army Family Store drop-off location on 2035 Yale St. in North Las Vegas. Accepted items include computer equipment, televisions and mobile devices.

For this manufacturing take-back program, ERI says it will responsibly and securely recycle all e-waste collected, destroying all data from electronic devices in the process. The public, both Las Vegas residents and CES attendees, are welcome to drop off unwanted consumer electronics.

“It is an honor to serve as the official recycler for many of the largest companies at CES, truly, the world’s premier electronics industry event,” says John Shegerian, co-founder and executive chairman of ERI. “The work we will be doing this weekend to prevent unwanted electronics from ending up in landfills, and partnering with forward-thinking, environmentally concerned organizations like our good friends at Samsung and CTA exemplifies what can be accomplished when great organizations pool their resources for the common good.”

Mark Newton, head of environmental, regulatory affairs, and sustainability at Samsung Electronics America, says, “We’re committed to educating consumers on how to safely manage electronic waste and are offering free and convenient recycling opportunities such as this one as part of our Samsung Re+ program. As one of the world’s biggest recyclers of e-waste, we understand the significance of responsible recycling and the positive impact events like these have for our environment.”

Walter Alcorn, vice president for environmental affairs and industry sustainability at CTA says the association is proud that this partnership will help to recycle old electronics.

“CES 2018, the global stage for innovation, will feature more than 3,900 exhibiting companies unveiling technologies that will change our lives for the better,” says Alcorn. “These products are becoming lighter than ever, using fewer materials and requiring less energy. We’re proud that Samsung and ERI are here helping consumers recycle their older products through this community recycling event.”

ERI bills itself as the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world’s largest information technology asset disposition (ITAD) and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company. It is certified to demanufacture and recycle every type of e-waste in an environmentally responsible manner. ERI processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations.


Eriez launches new website

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:33
Erie, Pennsylvania-based Eriez, a leader in separation technologies, announces the launch of its redesigned and mobile-friendly website, www.eriez.com. The updated website offers improved functionality and easier navigation to provide users with a more intuitive experience, the company says.

Visitors can quickly find solutions to their toughest processing challenges with the ability to navigate through the site by product or industry. They can also explore Eriez' resources, which include equipment brochures and manuals, videos, feature articles and more. An improved search function ensures the information visitors seek is right at their fingertips, according to the company.

“The Eriez team collaborated with some of our top customers and sales representatives to gather their feedback on how to deliver a better, more user-friendly experience,” Eriez Director of Corporate Marketing Communications John Blicha says. “We believe our new website positions us well as we continue to grow and increase our global market presence in the diverse industries we serve.”

The company’s magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, fluid filtration, flotation, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment have application in the process, metalworking, packaging, plastics, rubber, recycling, food, mining, aggregate and textile industries. Eriez manufactures and markets these products through 12 international facilities located on six continents.


Britain Considers a ‘Latte Levy’ to Cut the Use of Coffee Cups

Recycling news from New York Times - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:54
Lawmakers are calling for a tax of as much as 25 pence on disposable cups, hoping to induce consumers to switch to reusables, as they did with plastic bags.

Graphic Packaging finalizes merger of International Paper's North America consumer packaging business

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 08:34
Graphic Packaging Holding Co. has completed the combination of Atlanta-based Graphic Packaging's existing businesses with Memphis, Tennesse-based International Paper's consumer packaging business in North America. Graphic Packaging owns 79.5 percent of the combined company and will be the sole manager, while International Paper owns 20.5 percent of the combined company. Graphic Packaging also has assumed $660 million of International Paper debt and concurrently has amended and restated its senior secured credit agreement.

Graphic Packaging says it has made no changes to its board of directors or leadership team following the merger.

International Paper has a two-year lock-up on the monetization of its ownership interest and cannot purchase Graphic Packaging shares for a period of five years, subject to limited exceptions.

On a combined basis, Graphic Packaging is now a leading integrated paper-based packaging company with approximately $6 billion of projected revenue and approximately $1 billion of projected EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). Graphic Packaging is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and paper-based foodservice products in the United States, has strategic folding carton and foodservice converting positions globally and holds leading market positions in solid bleached sulfate paperboard, coated unbleached kraft paperboard and coated-recycled paperboard.

"We are excited to close this transformative transaction at the start of the new year, and the timing reflects the significant effort of both Graphic Packaging and International Paper employees," says Graphic Packaging Holding Co. President and CEO Michael Doss. "We are very enthusiastic about the platform for future growth created by this combination and expect the transaction will significantly increase our mill production and converting scale. The combination meaningfully increases our exposure to the growing foodservice market, provides significant runway to realize synergies and will drive strong financial results."

He adds, "The $75 million in synergies is compelling and will be driven by cost reductions, increased paperboard integration and procurement and mill efficiencies."


Kice appoints technical sales manager

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:26

Hosman Kice Industries, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, has announced Wade Hosman has been hired as the company’s technical sales manager. He will be based out of Stuttgart, Arkansas.

In this role, Hosman will be responsible for the oversight of sales throughout the Southeast, providing support for the diverse product lines Kice offers.

Hosman is a graduate of Arkansas State University and has an MBA from Sam W. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining Kice, he spent more than 15 years with Riceland Foods Inc.

“We are excited to welcome Wade to Kice Industries,” says Andy Forrester, director of sales, Kice Industries. “He will be a great asset for us as we support our customers in this region. Wade has a proven track record of delivering customer-focused solutions and technical expertise to customers. We look forward to him building strong partnerships with customers in this region.”

Founded in 1946, Kice Industries is a fourth-generation, family-owned business based with approximately 300 employees. Kice designs complete industrial air systems and builds most of the equipment specified for these systems. Applications include pneumatic conveying, dust control and aspiration. 


Case makes Michelin X Tweel SSL airless radial tires a factory option for its skid-steer loaders

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:07
Case Construction Equipment, Racine, Wisconsin, has announced the availability of Michelin X Tweel SSL all-terrain airless radial tires as a factory-approved/supplied option on all skid-steer loader models the company offers. Airless radial tires perform just like a pneumatic tire, but without the risk and costly downtime associated with penetrations and impact damage, Case says, noting it is the first skid-steer loader OEM to offer the Michelin X Tweel SSL from the factory.

The Michelin X Tweel SSL is one single unit, replacing traditional tire/wheel/valve assemblies. No complex wheel/tire mounting equipment is needed, and no air pressure must be maintained once each tire is bolted on. The AT models feature a deep open tread design to provide cleaning and traction and a deep layer of undertread, allowing the core to be retread many times, according to Case.

“CASE offers a broad range of skid-steer tires to meet the needs of a variety of applications, from general dirt work and landscaping to road-building, excavation and mining/aggregate environments,” says George MacIntyre, product manager, skid-steer loaders, Case Construction Equipment. “The addition of airless radial tires to our lineup of factory-available options expands our current offering and shows our commitment to advanced technology, as well as our dedication to providing our customers with a growing array of machine options that can have a positive impact on total cost of ownership.”

The Michelin X Tweel SSL provides stability and enables a skid-steer loader to work rapidly with more comfort for the operator, reducing driver fatigue while improving productivity, Case says. It delivers a consistent footprint with strong wear life that is two-to-three times that of a pneumatic tire at equal tread depth. The proprietary design provides great lateral stiffness while also resisting damage and absorbing impacts. Additionally, the unique energy transfer within the high-strength polyresin spokes reduces the “bounce” associated with pneumatic tires, according to Case.

More information on the Michelin X Tweel SSL is at www.michelintweel.com. More information on Case skid-steer loaders can be found at www.casece.com.      


Unclaimed vehicles await their fate in Argentina

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 01:23
As many as 40,000 vehicles—predominantly motorcycles and scooters—may soon face a salvage and scrap process, according to police officials in Gran Mendoza, Argentina, and nearby towns.

An online report by the Los Andes website indicates some 30,000 vehicles are parked in open lots in the Gran Mendoza and San Agustín districts of Argentina, with another 11,000 vehicles in storage facilities.

As many as 80 percent of the vehicles have been stolen, and a high number of them go unclaimed by their original owners even after criminals have abandoned them.

Authorities charged with clearing up the status of the vehicles indicate that many of them were stolen, the process for the victims to reclaim them can be costly and difficult.

In same cases, they complain, owners are essentially expected to pay costs that can equate to half or even the entire value of the vehicle. They also say a combination of dealership and buyer complicity can make ownership status unclear.

Meanwhile, storage costs accumulate that no one wants to pay. The article’s authors did not include any information as to when the vehicles may be cleared for auction, salvage or scrapping.