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Bolder Industries receives Colorado grant

News from Recycling Today - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:29
Boulder, Colorado-based Bolder Industries has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Waste Tire Market Development Fund of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

At its Maryville Carbon Solutions (MCS) facility in Missouri, Bolder Industries makes products from end-of-life tires, including Bolder Black, which it describes as a carbon black alternative that can exceed performance expectations in some applications. Carbon black is a powder processed from heavy petroleum that reinforces rubber products and is used primarily in tires.

Bolder Industries indicates it will use the funds to develop specialty applications for Bolder Black in rubber goods by creating and testing custom compounds that offer unique performance characteristics. Such compounds can allow rubber manufacturers to develop new products or improve existing ones, according to the firm.

“We now have empirical evidence that Bolder Black delivered a new level of performance across a wide variety of rubber goods, which is a first in the reclaimed carbon world,” says Tony Wibbeler, CEO of Bolder Industries. “This means we have a solid market advantage and the ability to collaborate with rubber industry partners to reach new and exciting places.”

Carbon black reclaimed from tires has mostly been viewed as a sustainable and cost-effective substitute in rubber and plastics manufacturing, the company indicates in a news release. However, Bolder Industries claims it has now demonstrated performance benefits from the use of its carbon black alternative in custom compounds used to make several rubber products, including conveyor belts, fluid industry diaphragms, agriculture harvesting equipment and forklift tires.

Bolder Industries indicates it expects to complete the funded research effort in early 2018 and will then bring its new compounds to manufacturers of rubber hoses, belts, diaphragms, roofing materials, non-passenger tires and black masterbatch pigment additives. 


SRS reaches settlement with DTSC

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:47
Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), a leading provider of global information technology asset disposition (ITAD) services, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) have reached an agreement to resolve issues resulting from Summary of Violations (SOVs) issued following August 2011 and March 2015 site inspections at the SRS facility in Roseville, California.

The settlement relates to large-scale indoor electronics shredding operations that were previously conducted at the facility. SRS says the settlement consists of a $275,000 civil penalty and a payment of $125,000 to reimburse DTSC for its costs incurred in this matter.

“Long before the settlement was reached, Roseville had promptly addressed any issues identified by DTSC and as of last year no longer operates the Roseville shredder,” SRS says.

DTSC says the violations include, but are not limited to, the illegal treatment, storage, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste containing mercury, copper, lead, nickel and zinc, among other compounds, and failure to operate its facility in a manner to minimize the release of hazardous waste.

“Compliance with hazardous waste laws is critical in protecting public health and the environment, and we take these violations very seriously,” says Keith Kihara, chief of DTSC’s Enforcement and Emergency Response Division.

As is typical of all DTSC court-approved settlements, DTSC filed a complaint after settlement was agreed-to, as a means of lodging the settlement Stipulation with the court. The Stipulation settles all the claims made by DTSC in that complaint. While Sims agreed to settle this matter through the Stipulation, it did not admit to any of the allegations or claims made in the complaint or Stipulation. Most of those claims related to dust, either “baghouse dust” collected from the shredding process or fugitive dust that was present in the air around the shredder, SRS explains.

Based on prior DTSC concurrence going back to 2007, SRS says the Roseville facility assumed it was entitled to manage the baghouse dust as an “excluded recyclable material” based on the valuable recoverable metals that are contained in the dust. According to DTSC, it subsequently changed its interpretation of the recycling provisions and withdrew the earlier approval, but it did so without advising Roseville. DTSC also asserted that the use of an atomized water misting system to control temperature and remove residual dust from the air around the shredder violated a prohibition against the addition of water to the “treatment” (shredding) process.

Steve Skurnac, president of SRS, says, “All issues have long since been resolved and SRS has since moved on from that Roseville shredder-based business.”

SRS is a global leader in electronics reuse and recycling. As a part of Sims Metal Management Ltd., the world’s leading publicly listed metal and electronics recycler with headquarters in New York and Sydney, SRS 20 years’ experience in IT asset disposition (ITAD) and mobile device refurbishment and recycling services either directly or through acquired businesses. Sims provides disposition services for all types of retired electronic equipment to local, national and global customers in every business sector including data centers, health care, financial service and technical organizations.


ERI teams with Recology, city of Seattle for free recycling collection event

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:36
ERI, Fresno, California, has teamed up with Recology and Seattle Public Utilities to host a free community recycling collection event Dec. 9 for Capitol Hill and Central District residents of Seattle.

This opportunity for local residents to dispose of their unwanted items, including electronics, for free will take place on Sat., Dec. 9 at the Giddens School parking lot on 700 20th Ave. S in Seattle between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Electronics will be collected as part of a larger recycling event for the community. The electronics recycling portion of the event will include free collection of nonfreon appliances and electronics, including TVs, computers, printer items and cellphones. ERI says it will “responsibly and securely recycle all e-waste collected for this event, destroying all data from electronic devices in the process.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to partner with our friends at Recology and Seattle Public Utilities to benefit the good people of Seattle,” says John Shegerian, co-founder and executive chairman of ERI. “The work we will be doing this Saturday to prevent unwanted electronics from ending up in landfills, and partnering with forward-thinking, environmentally concerned organizations exemplifies what can be accomplished when great organizations pool their resources for the common good.”

Other items being collected at the event include fluorescent tubes and bulbs, household batteries, used bicycles and bike parts, clothing and linens, styrofoam, furniture and household goods.

Recology is an integrated resource recovery company headquartered in San Francisco. The company collects and processes municipal solid waste, reclaiming useful materials that would have otherwise been buried in a landfill.

ERI, a leading recycler of electronic waste and an information technology asset disposition (ITAD) and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, is certified to demanufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner. ERI processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations, serving every zip code in the United States. 


Sims Recycling Solutions promotes transparency in gold supply and production

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:20
Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), headquartered in West Chicago, Illinois, has announced that for its Eindhoven, Netherlands, facility it is has signed the Dutch Gold Sector International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) agreement along with electronics and jewelry manufacturers, gold recycling firms, civil society organizations and the Dutch government. The aim of the agreement is to ensure greater respect for human rights, the environment and biodiversity from the mining to the recycling of gold materials.

Currently, it is difficult to ascertain the origin of gold and where the gold eventually ends up, says SRS. Transparency among all who handle gold products and byproducts as well as their customers, can help improve both environmental and working conditions worldwide, the company explains.

“As the first such agreement of this kind we look forward to watching businesses place more focus on ensuring responsible sources for their gold,” says Steve Skurnac, president of SRS. “We are proud to be a part of this effort and hope it marks the beginning of a global movement.”

“Know, Show and Improve” are the three pillars of the agreement, whose purpose is to have a deeper understanding of the origin of gold and if and how businesses may be involved. From this information improvement plans will be developed as a code of conduct to aid and ensure gold transparency for businesses. More information can be found on the IRBC website at www.internationalrbc.org/gold.

SRS focuses on recycling or reusing electronics to ensure recovery of commodities throughout the world. As part of this agreement, SRS, together with other signing partners, says they are developing a collection system for mobile phones in Africa to ensure proper recycling and gold recovery in the region.

SRS is a global leader in electronics reuse and recycling. As a part of Sims Metal Management Ltd., the world’s leading publicly listed metal and electronics recycler with headquarters in New York and Sydney, SRS 20 years’ experience in IT asset disposition (ITAD) and mobile device refurbishment and recycling services either directly or through acquired businesses. Sims provides disposition services for all types of retired electronic equipment to local, national and global customers in every business sector including data centers, health care, financial service and technical organizations.


Manitou Group board renews position of president and CEO

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:07
The board of directors for Ancenis, France-based Manitou Group, a manufacturer of rough terrain material handling equipment, has unanimously voted to renew the mandate of Michel Denis as president and CEO of Manitou Group for an additional four years.

Denis will remain president and CEO until the Annual General Assembly in 2022 that will approve the financial statements of 2021.

Jacqueline Himsworth, president of the board, says, “We wish to thank Michel Denis for the work achieved since his arrival at Manitou Group in 2014. Over this period, the group has experienced a strengthening of its market position, improved profitability, accelerated innovation and the introduction of many new services. All these achievements enabled the group to be able to project with confidence and ambition for the continuation of this development for the future.”

Denis adds, “It is a great honor to continue to lead the development of Manitou Group. The work with the team of  women and men of Manitou, our dealer network and our partners, allows us to offer products and solutions always more innovative and answering their needs.”



ArcelorMittal acknowledged for circular economy measures

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:31
The Circulars awards program, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, has commended Luxembourg-based steelmaker ArcelorMittal for what the awards committee calls leadership and innovation in applying circular economy principles.

Among the practices noted by the awards committee was ArcelorMittal paving more than 650 kilometers (400 miles) of roadways in 20 Brazilian municipalities with more than 1.5 million metric tons of Revsol and Revsol Plus. The products, made from steelmaking slag byproduct, can replace newly mined materials such as gravel.

Other initiatives cited by The Circulars awards committee include:

  • Partnering with other firms on carbon capture technology, resulting in Steelanol, a biofuel made from waste carbon monoxide with the help of microbes. The ethanol product can be used for transportation and to make plastics. The company anticipates Steelanol could create 2,000 direct and indirect jobs and generate an income of €300 million ($353 million) per year by 2025, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 5 million metric tons per year by 2025.
  • Manufacturing what ArcelorMittal calls a low-carbon cement branded as ECOCEM from its slag and selling it directly to customers. In France the practice has reduced the cement industry’s CO2 emissions by nearly 2 million metric tons, according to ArcelorMittal. From 2018 onward, it is projected to reduce emissions by a further 1 million metric tons per year. Selling the byproduct generates more than €100 million ($117 million) in revenue each year.
  • Allocating additional resources to detailed life cycle assessment of its products and developing a new sustainability assessment tool.
  • Designing processes and products to maximize efficiency and minimize waste in its own production process and that of its customers.
  • Stretching product life cycles by leasing sheet piles for short-term projects, rather than selling them – and then leasing them again. The company’s comparative studies show reusing sheet piles have 86 percent less global warming potential than permanent steel sheet piles and 90 percent less global warming potential than a concrete retaining wall.
  • Similarly, through a circular building, exhibited at the London Design Festival 2016, the company indicates it demonstrated the concept of steel reuse for entire steel structures, when they are designed, dismantled and reused with the circular economy in mind.
  • Using torrefied (dried and roasted) scrap wood and using it to replace coal in its blast furnaces, thus harnessing and using energy that may otherwise have been lost. In doing so, the company expects to recycle 2 to 4 million metric tons of scrap wood each year by 2025, saving it approximately €100 million ($117 million) per year.

The Circulars 2018 will be presented at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting Jan. 23-26 in Davos, Switzerland. The awards recognize individuals and organizations deemed to be making notable contributions to the circular economy.

“Being highly commended by the Circulars 2018 is a fantastic achievement and highlights how far we have come as a steel company to change not only the way we do things, but also the way we are perceived as a corporate citizen,” says Alan Knight, ArcelorMittal general manager and head of corporate responsibility and sustainable development. “We have long talked about the value steel brings to people’s lives and its unparalleled recyclability, but now we are finding ways to take those ideas further and become a zero waste company by integrating circular economy principles into everything we do.”


Grupo Simec reports reduced income

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:03
Guadalajara, Mexico-based steelmaker Grupo Simec, S.A.B. de C.V. http://www.gsimec.com.mx/ has reported a 52 percent decrease in net income for the first three quarters of 2017 compared to its results in the first nine months of 2016.

Year-to-date, the company says its net sales have increased 12.2 percent to 21,892,000,000 pesos ($1.16 billion) in the first nine months of 2017 from 19,514,000,000 pesos ($1.03 billion) in the first nine months of 2016. The company’s cost of sales, however, increased by 14 percent year-on-year and its operating income has decreased by 4 percent.

Shipments of finished steel products decreased one percent year-on-year at Grupo Simec, although the average sale price for its steel increased by approximately 13 percent, says the firm.

Referring to those circumstances and others, the company states in remarks accompanying its financial results, “As a result of the foregoing, the company recorded a decrease in net income of 52 percent” in the first nine months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.


Peruvian city announces e-scrap collection well in advance

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:53
The city of Trujillo, in northwestern Peru, has announced a publicly funded e-scrap collection event for June 5, 2018.

The city’s deputy manager of environmental quality, in announcing the event, acknowledged that publicity is starting early, but she said getting the word out is important.

“We have to be aware of the danger of storing electrical appliances in our homes, because it means a latent danger if we do not have the proper treatment,” Rosa Santa Cruz tells La Industria in an online article The media outlet is based in the Peruvian city of nearly 700,000 people.

Santa Cruz, in the article, refers to electronic scrap as “more harmful” than many other discarded materials because it can emanate toxic materials if not handled properly.

“Reciclafest Trujillo 2018” is the third edition of the collection event, and the city’s government is seeking private recycling companies with which to work.

The collection area will be in a public park on June 5, 2018, and will coincide with a seminar on electronic scrap recycling.


Coca-Cola upping its recycled content use in Bolivia

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:40
As Coca-Cola is celebrating 75 years of doing business in Bolivia, a corporate manager in that nation says the beverage maker is continuing to increase its recycling goals.

Quoted in an online article by the Bolivia-based La Razón, General Manager of Coca-Cola Bolivia Guillermo Gonzales touts the soft drink maker’s growing use of recycled content in its plastic bottles.

“In 2010 we were pioneers in using recycled material in bottling plants,” he tells La Razón. “We started with 10 percent, we continue with 30 percent and we hope in the future to reach 50 percent.”

Coca-Cola works closely with two bottling firms in Bolivia, combining to operate five plants in the nation, according to the newspaper. Gonzales indicated the companies are also combining to recover 100 percent of wastewater generated at its plants.

In addition to addressing recycling as a cause, the Bolivian general manager said Coca-Cola Bolivia has a goal of boosting sugar-free products to 50 percent of its sales in the nation, helping to combat obesity.


“Low gear” is IMF’s description of Latin America’s economy

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:13
The Washington, D.C.-based International Monetary Fund (IMF), in an economic outlook report released in October 2017, indicates economic activity in Latin America remains on track to recover gradually in 2018 and 2019, but that rebound will not be distributed evenly.

The IMF also states that “recessions in a few countries in the region [have] come to an end.” The organization also contends that “long-term growth remains weak, hampering income convergence toward advanced economy levels.”

The report’s authors state that “fiscal space to support demand is limited, particularly for commodity exporters, but monetary policy can play a supportive role because inflation has been moderating rapidly.” They urge governments in the region to “press ahead with much-needed structural reforms to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth.”

Add the authors, “Priorities include closing infrastructure gaps, investing in human capital, encouraging female labor force participation, reducing labor market informality, enhancing governance and curbing corruption, and furthering trade and financial integration.”

Reviewing the performance of current governments, the report states, “While Brazil’s structural balance is expected to deteriorate throughout the projection horizon, Mexico and Argentina are expected to continue to adjust during 2018 and 2019. The adjustments in Chile and Peru are expected to be more backloaded, starting in 2018 and 2019.”

While the report can be considered mildly optimistic, the authors also express concern about the slow pace of economic growth in the region. “Despite this ongoing recovery, prospects for strong long-term growth in Latin America and the Caribbean look dimmer now than they did a few years ago. In the medium term, Latin America is projected to grow 1.7 percent in per capita terms. This growth rate is almost identical to the region’s performance over the past quarter century—a figure that is well below the rates observed for emerging market and developing economies (3.25 percent) and vastly below the growth rate in China (9 percent). Worryingly, these growth rates are only marginally better than those in advanced economies.”

Argentina is expected to perform slightly better than the 1.7 percent regional average, with the report’s authors forecasting GDP growth in 2018 roughly equivalent to its 2.5 percent growth in 2017. “Private domestic demand continues to gradually improve amid tight macroeconomic conditions, reflecting the beginning of fiscal rebalancing and still-high real interest rates, consistent with the disinflation process,” the report’s authors write relative to Argentina.

Brazil’s GDP growth is anticipated to lag at 0.7 percent in 2017 and 1.5 percent in 2018. “Ongoing weakness in investment and an increase in political and policy uncertainty led to a downward revision of the 2018 forecast by 0.2 percent,” the IMF report authors write of Brazil. “A gradual restoration of confidence—as key reforms to ensure fiscal sustainability are implemented—should raise growth to 2 percent in the medium term.”


Steel output remains steady in Latin America

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:02
World crude steel production in October 2017 was 145.3 million metric tons a 5.9 percent increase compared to October 2016, according to the Brussels-based World Steel Association (Worldsteel).

South America lagged behind that October pace with just 2.6 percent growth year-on-year. For the first 10 months of 2017, however, South America has increased its output by 7.4 percent compared to the first 10 months of 2016.

Year-to-date, South America’s 7.4 percent output boost also is ahead of the global average of 5.6 percent.

Among Latin America’s largest steel producing nations in October, Mexico reported a drop in steel output compared to October 2016, although the tonnage figure it submitted to Worldsteel is an estimate. Year-to-date through October 2017, Mexico’s output was up 6.4 percent.

Brazil produced 3 million metric tons of crude steel in October 2017, up 3.9 percent compared to October the year before. Year-to-date through October, Brazilian steelmakers had produced 8.5 percent more steel—nearly 2.3 million metric tons more—compared to the first 10 months of 2016.

China’s crude steel production of 72.4 million metric tons in October 2017 entailed a 6.1 percent increase compared to October 2016. United States steelmakers also boosted output in October, checking in with a 12 percent increase in tons produced compared to October 2016. Year-to-date, the U.S. had produced 3.9 percent more steel through October 2017.

In October 2017, Worldsteel also released a short-term outlook for the global steel industry, looking ahead into 2018. “Developing countries are benefitting from the global recovery and economic reforms, but to varying degrees,” the association stated.

Worldsteel singled out Brazil, Argentina and Mexico (along with Egypt and India) as nations with “reform agendas” that “are expected to enhance their growth potential over time.”

The association also indicated that “countries in South America have been slow so far to benefit from the recovery in the global economy. In Brazil, continuing depressed construction activity has held demand recovery back in 2017, but a stronger recovery is expected in 2018.”


Bio Pappel sees smaller profit margins

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:41
Mexico City-based paper producer Bio Pappel has reported third quarter 2017 results that include increased sales but a thinner profit margin.

“It has been a difficult year for the paper industry due to extraordinary increases in raw materials and energy costs,” says Miguel Rincón Arredondo, the company’s CEO. “For this reason, Bio Pappel has developed cost efficiencies and high value-added products to offset these increases.”

The company’s net sales increased by 10 percent in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter in 2016, but its profit margin shrank by more than 10 percent, or some 135 million pesos ($7.1 million).

Year-to-date, Bio Pappel sales have increased by more than 1.5 billion pesos ($79.4 million) while its profits have receded by 163 million pesos ($8.6 million).

In comments accompanying its financial results, the company describes the paper industry in the third quarter of 2017 as “being impacted by the high prices of raw materials.” The company indicates that the “operative efficiencies in our own collection centers and a more efficient mix of national and imported raw materials allowed the company to [experience] less impact than the average of the industry.”

The company also indicates it has made an investment in a cogeneration power plant. “Within the program of sustainability and reduction in energy costs, Bio Pappel invested 779 million pesos ($41.2 million) during the first nine months of 2017, 504 million pesos ($26.7 million) with its own resources and 275 million pesos ($14.5 million) were long-term financed by machinery suppliers in the power cogeneration plant of Scribe, in the Chihuahua plant and the Tizayuca high-quality graphics plant,” the firm indicates.

Bio Pappel describes itself as an integrated producer of containerboard, uncoated free sheet, newsprint, corrugated boxes, cut size paper, notebooks, paper sacks and other types of paper products. The company operates 30 production facilities and 13 recycled fiber collection centers in Mexico, the United States and Colombia. Bio Pappel employs more than 11,000 people and produces about 3.2 million tons of recycled-content paper and packaging material each year.


International Automobile Recycling Congress organizer announces keynote speakers, program

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:54
Switzerland-based conference organizer ICM AG has announced the three keynote speakers and session topics for the 18th International Automobile Recycling Congress (IARC 2018), which will be held in Vienna, March 14-16, 2018, at the Vienna Marriott Hotel.

DI Christian Holzer, head of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, will focus his speech on “How Austria Enforces its Regulations Regarding Car Recycling.”

Joseph M. Holsten, chairman of the board for Chicago-based LKQ Corp., will discuss “The World of Dismantling—Bigger Than You Think.”

Christophe Pillot, director of Paris-based Avicenne Energy, will present on “The E-Mobility Market: A Challenging Future for Batteries.”

ICM AG says the annual event brings together 250 delegates to discuss and present news and challenges of the manufacturing and end-of-life vehicle (ELV) business, including car manufacturers, metal and plastic scrap traders, recyclers, shredder operators and policymakers from across the world.

The main topics at IARC 2018 include:

  • benefits of the circular economy for car manufactures and recyclers;
  • country reports and updates on new laws and regulations regarding take-back quotas;
  • safety aspects of collection and recycling of electric vehicles (cars, trucks, buses, bikes);
  • update on future cars and their impact on recycling;
  • autonomous driving vehicles’ impact on car recycling;
  • next-generation recycling processes and equipment;
  • innovations in dismantling, shredding and sorting;
  • how to recycle new materials used in future cars;
  • recycling of batteries and other hazardous components; and
  • reuse and refurbishment in data security.

In addition to these session topics, IARC 2018 features an exhibition area, cocktail receptions and a networking dinner.

Participants of IARC 2018 also will have the opportunity to visit the following recycling plants March 16, 2018:

ICM organizes conferences specializing in the fields of recycling cars, electronics and batteries.

ICM AG is a Swiss company that has organized conferences in Europe, North America and Asia since the year 2000. The company was founded by Jeanette Duttlinger. Her team consists of 12 employees who speak German, English, Spanish, Italian, French and Chinese.


Kraft Heinz releases inaugural corporate social responsibility report

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:04
The Kraft Heinz Co., with offices in Pittsburgh and Chicago, has released its inaugural corporate social responsibility (CSR) report. In addition to the report’s release, the global food company has announced its efforts to transition to 100 percent cage-free eggs in all global operations by 2025.

Kraft Heinz says the report is a key element of the company’s commitment to CSR performance and a two-way dialogue with stakeholders.

“At Kraft Heinz, we’re focused on addressing the most critical environmental and societal challenges affecting our industry and global communities, and finding ways to drive meaningful change—today and in the future,” says Bernardo Hees, CEO of Kraft Heinz. “We began our CSR journey back in 2015—grounded in the ideals of our founders, J.L. Kraft and H.J. Heinz—and are proud to share the steps we’ve taken to improve our planet and its people.”   

The Kraft Heinz CSR strategy “prioritizes the issues that matter most to the company’s business and stakeholders and focuses on the areas where it can have the greatest impact,” the company says. It includes four key pillars:

  • Better Supply Chain—creating a sustainable, global supply chain by establishing responsible farm-to-market ingredient and material sourcing policies;
  • Better Environment—promoting environmental sustainability by managing and reducing the company’s resource needs to minimize its impact on the planet and preserve natural resources;
  • Better Products—meeting the needs and demands of today’s consumers by improving the nutritional and wellness profiles of Kraft Heinz products; and
  • Better Communities—strengthening communities around the world by making a sustainable difference in the fight to end global hunger and malnutrition.

The strategy also builds upon CSR goals and policies Kraft Heinz announced earlier this year aimed at eliminating global hunger and malnutrition, creating a more sustainable supply chain and reducing its environmental footprint, as well as a more recent commitment to raise standards for treatment of broiler chickens in its U.S. supply chain.

In the report, Kraft Heinz introduces two new, global goals within its Better Supply Chain and Better Products pillars. In the first, Kraft Heinz will expand its previous commitments to source cage-free eggs in North America, Europe and Latin America, and will transition to a 100 percent cage-free egg supply globally by 2025. To date, the company has transitioned one-third of its global egg supply to cage-free.

“We congratulate Kraft Heinz for extending its leadership on animal welfare globally,” says Chetana Mirle, senior director of farm animals at The Humane Society International. “This new commitment ensuring their supply chains, including those in Asia and Africa, are 100 percent cage-free by 2025 provides further encouragement for egg producers throughout the world to transition to cage-free housing systems. We look forward to supporting Kraft Heinz in the implementation of this policy.” 

Additionally, Kraft Heinz says it will expand its product nutrition guidelines globally, with a target to achieve 70 percent compliance by 2023. As the foundation of the company’s nutrition and wellness approach, the guidelines recommend limits on calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar; encourage positive vitamins and minerals, as well as nutritious food groups like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy; and favor wellness attributes like natural and organic.

Additional highlights from the report include:

  • delivering training and resources to more than 2,000 Honduran coffee farmers to help them increase their yields and incomes;
  • ending the use of fish aggregating devices (FAD) for all tuna sourcing activities in Australia, putting the company on track to use 100 percent FAD-free tuna in all Greenseas products by the end of 2017;
  • reducing waste to landfill by 9.5 percent;
  • achieving landfill-free operations at six Kraft Heinz facilities: Albany and New Ulm in Minnesota; Ft. Smith, Arkansas; Suffolk, Virginia; Mt. Royal, Quebec, Canada; and Pudliszki, Poland;
  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 5.1 percent;
  • implementing renewable energy projects at three manufacturing sites: Fresno, California; Albany, Minnesota; and Aligarh, India;
  • reformulating Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Oscar Mayer hot dogs to remove artificial flavors, dyes and/or preservatives;
  • reducing sodium and sugar levels across the company’s U.K. product portfolio, improving the nutritional profiles of core products like Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup (34 percent less sugar and 62 percent less sodium) and Heinz Beanz (27 percent less sugar and 52 percent less sodium); and
  • supporting the donation of more than 124 million meals to people in need, including 24 million meals to U.S. food banks.

Kraft Heinz’s complete 2017 CSR Report can be viewed here.


Closed Loop Partners appoints VP of Closed Loop Oceans

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 09:59
Closed Loop Partners, New York, has announced the appointment of Grant Collins as vice president of Closed Loop Oceans, its initiative to develop a new funding mechanism to prevent plastic materials from leaking into the world’s oceans. 

Closed Loop Oceans is a collaborative initiative in partnership with Ocean Conservancy, the Trash Free Seas Alliance, Closed Loop Partners, 3M, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, The Coca Cola Co., the American Chemistry Council and the World Plastics Council.

Research indicates that the majority of plastic debris originates from five fast growing economies in Asia —Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and China, says Closed Loop Partners. As a result, the initiative will focus on galvanizing investment in waste management and recycling solutions in Southeast Asia.

Collins, who has spent more than two decades in the international capital and commodities markets as a financier and a lawyer, joins Closed Loop Partners from Charlotte Square Consulting, where he focused on the development of innovative risk management and investment products with ethical or socially responsible objectives.

“With his multidisciplinary expertise in a broad range of developing economies, particularly those in Asia, as well as his deep knowledge of various investment products,” says Rob Kaplan, managing partner of Closed Loop Partners. “Grant is ideally positioned to lead this complex and impactful initiative to bring capital market solutions to bear on a global challenge—improving environmental, social and economic outcomes across the region.”

Collins says, “I am delighted to be joining Closed Loop Partners and to have the opportunity of contributing to the development of a funding strategy that will facilitate new sources of public and private investment in Southeast Asia’s waste management and recycling ecosystem while also demonstrating positive investment returns and tangible environmental impact.”

At the Our Ocean 2017 conference, a global gathering of world leaders held Oct. 5-6 in Malta to address some of the world’s most pressing ocean challenges, the Closed Loop Oceans initiative was announced. This initiative is designed to fund waste management and recycling solutions in Southeast Asia, with a focus on investments to improve collection, sorting and recycling markets. Nearly half of the plastic that flows into the ocean every year—an estimated 8 million metric tons—escapes from waste streams in just five rapidly developing economies in Asia and Collins will be leading this work, Closed Loop Partners says.


CieTrade mobile app lets drivers manage dispatch jobs from the road

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:39
Stamford, Connecticut-based cieTrade Systems Inc., a global provider of business software for trading and recycling companies, has launched cieDispatch, a mobile app for truck drivers to manage dispatch jobs. They can instantly retrieve a list of assigned tickets, get directions to service locations, update job statuses, record notes and even capture photos, the company says.

“Many of our clients still use the old paper ticketing system, which can be cumbersome, not to mention, drivers then have to call into the office if there’s an issue, and we have to rely on their self-reporting of load status, job completion and partially scribbled down location notes,” says Dan Martin, cieTrade senior recycling plant specialist. “cieDispatch was designed as a productivity tool for the back office to manage drivers, get real-time load status updates and reduce the amount of calls to the office and reduce data-entry at the end of the day.”

Information from the driver is instantly updated in cieTrade, saving time and making it easier to manage services while eliminating double entry at the end of the day, the company says. The back office is alerted when a load is completed or if it is canceled, along with the reason why, making it easier to process claims and issue invoices. Primary contact information and site-specific instructions are displayed for the drivers, including turn-by-turn directions with Google Maps. Any associated photos or files of the location are uploaded and attached to that load, making retrieval for billing purposes streamlined and efficient, cieTrade says.

To learn more about cieDispatch or about cieTrade’s business management software for recycling plants, email cieTrade at hello@cietrade.net or call 877-895-2781. 


Yale introduces attachment-ready trucks

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:31
To streamline installation and improve reliability of its integrated solutions, Yale Materials Handling Corp., Greenville, North Carolina, has announced a new line of attachment-ready trucks. Engineered with a modified front end, these trucks allow Bolzoni Auramo paper roll and bale clamp attachments to fit on a broad range of Yale cushion tire and pneumatic tire lift truck models.

The truck-to-clamp interface is designed to minimize installation inconsistencies and can enhance attachment performance, Yale says. Yale attachment-ready trucks help assure that operations consistently use proper hydraulic hose sizing, hose routing and hydraulic fittings. This can extend the useful life of the lift truck and attachment by reducing the risk of hydraulic and engine overheating and engine component stress, the company says. 

“Every minute in customer operations is critical. They simply can’t afford unexpected downtime and depend on their equipment to be up and running to meet demanding productivity schedules,” says Chris Murtha, brand manager for Yale. “This is especially true for operations that rely on specialized solutions like clamp-equipped forklifts. The attachment-ready trucks offered by Yale exemplify a commitment to meet our customers’ needs for integrated solutions that keep critical operations moving.” 

Bolzoni Auramo paper roll and bale clamps specifically are designed for use in heavy-duty applications such as paper and recycling. Controlled clamp force, customized opening ranges and a wide selection of arm lengths and configurations are available to fit operational requirements, Yale says.

Yale Materials Handling Corp. markets a full line of materials handling lift truck products and services, including electric, gas, LP-gas and diesel-powered lift trucks; narrow aisle, very narrow aisle and motorized hand trucks. Yale trucks are manufactured in an ISO 9001:2008 registered facility and range in capacity from 2,000 to 36,000 pounds.

Yale is a division of Hyster-Yale Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc., Cleveland.


Fairbanks Scales releases desktop scale instrument

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:09
Kansas City, Missouri-based Fairbanks Scales Inc. has released the FB4000 desktop scale instrument, available in a NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) 12 desktop enclosure and a NEMA 4X stainless steel wash-down enclosure. Each FB4000 features a highway system application, enhanced inbound/outbound application and the kernel application. Users select and configure the desired application during initial FB4000 setup, the company says.

At the heart of the FB4000 is a single board computer (SBC) running a Windows operating system. This adds flexibility for adding accessories and peripheral devices to the FB4000, Fairbanks says. Featuring a wide variety of output and interface ports, the SBC can connect to Ethernet, RS-232, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports.

The FB4000 features a 10.4-inch graphics display and an integrated touch screen. It can operate up to eight scales, managed in groups of four. Ethernet connectivity makes connecting a scale instrument to customers’ existing Ethernet networks easy, Fairbanks says. An optional wireless Ethernet accessory offers plug-and-play configuration to the customer’s existing wireless Ethernet network. Users can directly interface up to two IP cameras to the FB4000 applications and capture, store and print on-screen images, the company says.

The FB4000 offers a high-speed mode when connected to standard Smart Sectional Controllers (SSCs) using Intalogix technology. This allows individual load cell information to be processed at higher speeds than typical truck scale applications, Fairbanks says. The FB4000 also offers diagnostics capability, expanded load cell diagnostics, load cell diagnostic flags and optional email notification for error conditions. The FB4000 can be attached to a network printer or to a PC network for sharing data.

Available accessories for the FB4000 include Intalogix or analog scale Interfaces, a relay interface card, PLC interfaces and a serial expansion card. Also available are passive and active 4-20 mA cards and an accessory expansion card.


Shred Nations announces scholarship program

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:09
Shred Nations, a secure shredding company headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado, has announced the establishment of the Shred Nations Scholarship Program. The program will provide financial assistance for an annual higher education scholarship for members, associate members, employees and families of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), Phoenix.

Applicants will be required to submit a nomination from a NAID member. NAID members will be comprised of any employee or owner of a NAID member company. Applicants must have completed secondary school, or currently be a senior in a secondary school, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 with an interest in business, environmental studies or the shredding and recycling industry.

The Shred Nations Scholarship is a one-time annual award of up to $5,000, the Shred Nations website says. The scholarship can be divided into two separate payments to be paid directly to the chosen accredited university, college or trade school.

Shred Nations will begin accepting applications on June 1 of the preceding year the scholarship is offered. Applications must be received by the posted deadline, which is typically not less than 45 days prior to the NAID Annual Conference. The winner will be flown to the NAID Annual Conference to be presented their scholarship award.

“NAID’s associate members have been a big part of NAID’s success for more than two decades,” Eric Haas, NAID president, says. “To their credit, we deeply appreciate that Shred Nations is supporting the membership in such a unique and meaningful way.”

“Shred Nations recognizes the benefits of continuing higher education,” Rand LeMarinel, vice president of marketing at Shred Nations, says. “As a member of NAID, Shred Nations supports the independent shredding industry and believes in giving back to providers by implementing a scholarship to students seeking higher education.”

Shred Nations is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2018/19 school year. The application deadline is Feb. 26.


Worldsteel releases ‘Steel Statistical Yearbook 2017’

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 06:32
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel), Brussels, has announced the release of its “Steel Statistical Yearbook 2017.”

The publication, which is available as a free PDF from www.worldsteel.org/publications/bookshop/product-details.~Steel-Statistical-Yearbook-2017~PRODUCT~SSY2017~.html, presents a cross-section of steel industry statistics. It contains comprehensive statistics from 2007 to 2016 on crude steel production by process, steel production byproduct, steel trade byproduct, apparent steel use and production of pig iron and direct reduced iron.

The publication also includes data on production and trade of iron ore and trade of scrap as well as data on indirect exports and imports of steel and true steel use.

The statistics were collected from members of Worldsteel and various international organizations.