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Thermostat Recycling Corp. comments on Philadelphia energy report

News from Recycling Today - 6 hours 41 min ago
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania-based Thermostat Recycling Corp.’s (TRC’s) Executive Director Ryan Kiscaden offered public comments to a recent draft release of Philadelphia's vision of future energy usage.

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

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

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

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

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

The authors of the report say it is a public draft and they would incorporate feedback into a final report. Interested parties can offer feedback at www.phila.gov/green or sustainability@phila.gov.

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


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

News from Recycling Today - 6 hours 43 min ago
The Newell Recycling yard at 1359 Central Ave. in East Point, Georgia, was the site of a large fire the morning of Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. The facility is located near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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

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

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

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

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


ISRI accepts entries for 2018 Transportation Safety Awards

News from Recycling Today - 8 hours 42 min ago
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has opened the entry period for its 2018 Transportation Safety Awards. The program, now in its sixth year, recognizes those with a superior record of safety in the field of transportation, according to the association. It consists of four awards: the Best Fleet Awards, Pacesetter Awards, the Driver of the Year Award and the ISRI Golden Wrench Award.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SCS Engineers submits due diligence report for Maine MRF

News from Recycling Today - 8 hours 54 min ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Canada awards Marine Recycling Corp. contract to dismantle vessel

News from Recycling Today - 13 hours 38 min ago
The Canadian government’s Public Services and Procurement agency has awarded a contract valued at C$5.7 million ($4.6 million) to Marine Recycling Corp. of Port Colborne, Ontario, to scrap and dispose of Royal Canadian Navy vessel the HMS Athabaskan, at its vessel dismantling facility in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

The contract includes towing the vessel to MRC’s facility in Sydney, demilitarizing the ship, remediation of the hazardous waste on the vessel and recycling any remaining materials.

The HMS Athabaskan was in operation in Canada for 44 years. The vessel is currently docked at the Canadian naval base in Halifax and is the last of the country’s Iroquois-class destroyers.

The dismantling is expected to be completed by July 2019. It reportedly will be the third former Navy ship that MRC has handled at its shipbreaking facility in Nova Scotia.

“Marine Recycling Corp. has an excellent well-earned reputation, providing retirement for ships [that] have served Canadians throughout the years,” says Canadian Member of Parliament Vance Badawey of Niagara Centre, Ontario. “The MRC team can take pride in being a positive influence through the continued support of community organizations in Port Colborne and across the Niagara region.”


Coca Cola sets ambitious recycling goals

News from Recycling Today - 14 hours 3 min ago
The Coca-Cola Co. has announced a global goal of assisting in the recycling of 100 percent of its packaging by 2030. Coca-Cola says the goal, announced on Jan. 19, 2018, is part of its new packaging vision for a “World Without Waste.”

The program includes a multi-year investment designed to make packaging 100 percent recyclable.

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, along with its bottling partners, indicates it is pursuing several goals, including:

  • By 2030, for every bottle or can Coca-Cola sells globally, the company aims to help take one back so it has more than one life. To accomplish this the company states it is investing to support the collection of packaging throughout the industry, including bottles and cans from other companies.
  • To achieve its collection goal, Coca-Cola indicates it is working toward making all its packaging 100 percent recyclable globally. By 2030, Coca-Cola also aims to make bottles with an average of 50 percent recycled content. (Most of its packaging is already recyclable, according to the company.)

Coca-Cola named several partners to help it achieve its goals, including: the London-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Initiative; the Ocean Conservancy/Trash Free Seas Alliance; and the Cascading Materials Vision and Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance of the World Wildlife Fund.

The beverage company also indicates it will launch efforts with new partners at the regional and local level and that it plans to work with its customers “to help motivate consumers to recycle more packaging.”


Unifi hosts North Carolina governor

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:22
Pictured above, from left: Unifi President Tom Caudle, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael S. Regan, Poly Operations Manager for Unifi Manufacturing Barry Shore,
Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability for VF Corp. Letitia Webster, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, Unifi Chairman and CEO Kevin Hall and Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises and
Chief Sustainability Officer of UNC Chapel Hill Brad Ives

Greensboro, North Carolina-based Unifi hosted North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at its Yadkinville, North Carolina, facility, where he was able to see the economic impact the company is having on the state and nation, according to a news release from the company. Unifi makes its Repreve fiber from recycled materials, including plastic water bottles, at its Yadkinville plant.

“We’re honored that Gov. Cooper was able to see how Unifi contributes good-paying jobs for people in North Carolina,” says Unifi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Hall. “We’ve invested $130 million over the past three years to deliver on innovation and our goal to reach 20 billion bottles transformed by 2020, and more than 30 billion by 2022, as we convert them into our Repreve sustainable and performance fibers.

“We’re also excited that we were able to show the governor how sustainability can make a significant difference in our circular economy,” Hall continues. “We want to increase opportunities for North Carolina businesses to turn waste into value, thereby creating new revenue streams while continually and meaningfully reducing environmental impact.”

The tour brought together government, business and university leaders from across the state, who were able to collaborate before during a roundtable discussion prior to the tour. Those in attendance included:


The Aluminum Association responds to submission of Section 232 report to the president

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:13
The Aluminum Association, Arlington, Virginia, has responded to news that the Department of Commerce delivered to the White House its Section 232 report prepared in connection with the agency’s investigation of the national security implications of imported aluminum.

Aluminum Association President and CEO Heidi Brock says in a released statement:

“On behalf of the domestic aluminum industry, the Aluminum Association appreciates the president’s continued commitment to strong trade enforcement and a level playing field for U.S. producers. We expect that the report will recognize the significant role the aluminum industry plays in ensuring our nation’s security and welcome the opportunity to engage the administration on an appropriate remedy that will benefit the entire aluminum value chain. The association supports actions that specifically address Chinese overcapacity, and protect trading relationships between the U.S. and critical partner countries which are crucial to a thriving domestic aluminum industry.

The Aluminum Association continues to urge that any remedial actions taken by the president in connection with the Commerce Department’s report embrace the following principles:

  • The remedy should specifically address Chinese overcapacity and its effects, while avoiding unintended consequences for U.S. production and jobs.
  • Any remedy should not interfere with the current trading relationship between the United States and critical trading partner countries (including Canada, the European Union and others) that operate as market economies, support U.S. aluminum production and jobs, and are highly integrated with North American supply chains.
  • The remedy should address the needs of the domestic aluminum value chain, including both primary and downstream U.S. production. Specifically, any action should ensure that producers and fabricators of intermediate aluminum products used in manufacturing finished products experience beneficial effects.
  • The administration should adopt a monitoring system (similar to Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System) for aluminum imports and particularly for imports from countries that pose a circumvention threat (Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, etc.).
  • The U.S. aluminum industry supports 161,000 direct jobs and more than 700,000 jobs when indirect and induced impacts are considered. Further, the industry creates $75 billion in direct economic impact and $186 billion in total impact, around 1 percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). The industry has been operating in a very challenging environment for a number of years largely because of Chinese overcapacity distorting the marketplace.”

The Aluminum Association represents aluminum production and jobs in the United States, ranging from primary production to value added products to recycling, as well as suppliers to the industry.



Avangard Innovative names chief operating officer

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:55
Jon Stephens has been appointed chief operating officer (COO) at Avangard Innovative (AI). The Houston-based company provides waste and recycling optimization services to industrial and commercial customers and produces Natura postconsumer resin (PCR) from recovered plastic film. 

Stephens’ long-standing tenure with AI began in 1997 with a role plastic scrap marketing. His position grew along with the company to include equipment sales as well as marketing old corrugated containers (OCC) and metals. He served as executive vice president of sales and marketing before being named COO.

Stephens says he is proud of AI’s growth over the years and its position as a leader in the ever-evolving recycling industry.

He adds that he looks forward to this new role and the opportunities it brings. Despite the challenges that arise from a rapidly growing company in an ever-changing industry, he says he is determined to push AI’s growth.

In this new role as COO, he is spearheading the opening of the Natura PCR plant in Houston.

“Our PCR plant is a state-of-the-art facility where we have invested in technology to provide a high-quality pellet for the film and extrusion markets to further our industry’s circular economy goals,” Stephens says.

He says he also is excited about the opportunities to come from the launch of AI’s new analytics software, Sustayn, which is designed to allow the company to better serve its environmental partners on throughout the recycling process.

Stephens says in his new role he is committed to leading his team to feel empowered and inspired to learn. Ensuring that individuals grow in their careers and find personal fulfillment at AI will lead to even greater success for the company, he says.

AI employs more than 750 team members worldwide within the 13 countries. 


Ripple Glass starts commercial glass collection, recycling program

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:47
Ripple Glass, Kansas City, Missouri, has announced businesses in the Kansas City metro area can now collect and recycle their glass with a new commercial collection program.

Glass recycler Ripple Glass says it is rolling out a new commercial glass recycling program that will allow businesses in the area to recycle their glass “with ease.” The company is currently taking applications and enrolling local businesses into the program, with plans to begin collection by April 2018.

Mike Utz, president and co-founder of Ripple Glass, says, “Commercial glass consumers have been asking for direct service since our founding in 2009. We are pleased to be in position to offer this service now, furthering our mission to provide a comprehensive glass recycling system to Kansas City.”

Ripple Glass says it initially will begin with routes in the River Market, downtown, Crossroads and Westport areas, and will expand its service area as its routing and collection ability grows to meet the demands of metro businesses. 

Michelle Goth, regional program manager for Ripple says, “This program has been a long time coming. Every day, we receive phone calls from local businesses asking if we can pick up their glass, and we’re thrilled to finally have a solution for them. We hope to have this service available throughout the entire metro within a year’s time.”

Interested businesses can learn more about the program by visiting the Ripple Glass website at www.rippleglass.com/business-signup or by calling the business at 816-221-4527.

In explaining the benefits of recycling glass, Ripple Glass says in a statement, “Recycling glass saves energy and boosts the regional economy. It is estimated that recycling glass creates about 10 times more jobs than simply trashing it. Recycling glass at your business can help reduce the amount of times your dumpster is emptied, saving you some real green. Ripple Glass cleans and processes glass it receives to enable it to be remanufactured into new products, including new beer bottles and fiberglass insulation.”

Since its launch in 2009, Ripple Glass has more than quadrupled the rate of glass recycling in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and has partnered with more than 80 other municipalities throughout the Midwest.


Sonoco to increase prices for uncoated recycled board products

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 09:52
Sonoco, based in Hartsville, South Carolina, has announced that it will raise the price for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) by $50 per ton, effective with shipments in the United States and Canada beginning Feb. 19, 2018.

The company says the increase is a result of rising costs related to freight and energy, among other costs.

“A positive of the robust economy is solid backlogs at our mills,” says Palace Stepps, division vice president of sales and marketing for Sonoco’s U.S. and Canada paper and adhesives. “A challenge that the growing economy presents is inflating input costs such as we are seeing in freight, energy and a host of other papermaking consumables. Sonoco must seek to recover these inflating costs in the market.”

Sonoco is one of the largest producers of URB in the United States and Canada, producing more than 1 million tons annually from 11 mills. Globally, Sonoco has 21,000 employees working in more than 300 facilities in 33 countries.


Deep Green Waste & Recycling to implement Veolia RecyclePak program

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 06:56
Deep Green Waste & Recycling Inc., a full-service waste and recycling company headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, has entered into a distributor contract with Veolia North America, Boston, to further expand its offering of waste solution products and services for commercial properties.

Under this agreement Deep Green will include Veolia's RecyclePak waste program in Deep Green's portfolio of waste management services for its retail, multifamily, industrial and institutional client base.

Veolia’s RecyclePak is a mail-back recycling program for lamps, ballast, batteries, e-scrap and wastes containing mercury. RecyclePak users order the container online, fill it with the materials, seal the container and ship it using a prepaid, preaddressed shipping label.

"Universal waste is a huge problem and we feel that this is a valuable additional service for our clients.  It is a great solution for them for the disposal of fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, computer electronics and other mercury and heavy metal containing waste," Bill Edmonds, chairman and CEO of Deep Green, says. "Not only is this a valuable service for our customers to help them be environmentally responsible and legally compliant, but it is a naturally accretive contributor to our revenue and cash flow, one more positive thing we're doing for the environment, and a great market expander for Deep Green."

Deep Green manages the waste services and logistics of 300 commercial customers in 35 states across the Midwest, South and Eastern U.S. The company also provides waste equipment handling solutions, including design, engineering, fabrication and installation of new and used equipment as well as maintenance services through its wholly owned subsidiary Compaction and Recycling Equipment Inc., Clackamas, Oregon.


Commentary: Know your catalytic converter numbers

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 00:49
In converter recycling, the best recyclers know their numbers and partner with companies that educate. Knowing key metrics about your converter loads safeguards you against potentially misleading metrics, like your average price per unit, and increases your bottom line.

Every recycler looks at his or her average converter price. It’s an easy metric to track, but an even easier number to get wrong if you didn’t get an accurate whole-body count before you shipped. You would be surprised how many recyclers consider the average sales price as gospel, but do not take the time to count their load before selling it. Relying on your processor to count for you could be costing you.

Let’s look at an example:

  • if a Gaylord box holds approximately 100 converters and the average price per unit is $75, the box would be worth $7,500;
  • if your dismantler can only fit 80 converters in the box, due to pipes or the size of the box, and you get paid $7,500, your true average is $93.75; or
  • if your dismantler can fit 120 converters in the box, and you get paid $7,500, your true average is $62.50.

The truth is, if you don’t count the units before you sell, or if you rely on your buyer or processor to count for you, then you really don’t know your true average.

This is a simple example. The problem of determining your average price per unit is compounded by empty and metallic (foil or wire) converters that change your count and the way your average is calculated.

Let’s again consider our example above:

  • if you have a box of 100 converters, and I report to you 80 ceramic converters, 15 empties, and 5 metallic converters, and pay you $7,500, I will lead you to believe your average for the 80 ceramic units is $93.75;
  • however, if all 100 are full converters, and I pay you $7,500, then your true average is still $75 per unit, but I led you to believe it was $93.75.

The point is, if you don’t count the units, including empties and metallic converters, you don’t really know what you have in inventory, and your average is whatever we tell you it is. Educated recyclers know how important the count is to tracking profits.

The average unit price is just one of many key metrics when it comes to converter recycling. There are many more. Each key metric affects your profits and how you view and choose your processing company. Unfortunately, it is very easy to be misled in converter recycling.

To avoid common pitfalls in converter recycling, we suggest the following actions:

Know your count before you sell. Train a key person to count and inspect the converters before you package them up. Teach him or her the difference between the ceramic and metallic (foil or wire) converters. And if you are selling on assay recovery, send in the empties if they have just a little catalyst in them. A good processor will cut those and add that material. Also, if it’s genuinely empty, you and the processor will both agree that it is.

Become an educated seller. Work with a company that believes in educating you about your loads. A good company will not hesitate to explain your invoice and at how the numbers are derived. With selling on assay recovery, your results can be verified. That’s the beauty of the program. However, as with all science and commodity sales, we are taking something complex and simplifying it for ease. This lack of uniformity across companies that process and refine, makes you an easy target for skimming weight, actual value and your profits.

Audit your program. Become a data junkie. Learn all the key metrics to avoid misleading data, like your average converter price, and track true sales. You will be amazed, as you gain data points, how easy it is to get misled.

When you look at a box of converters that are ready to be sold, ask yourself whether each converter is worth $75 or $93.75. Multiply this by the number of converters you are shipping, and you will see the importance of knowing before you ship. If you’re going to live by that average price per unit, you don’t want to leave that number up to someone else’s discretion.

At United Catalyst Corporation, we educate recyclers every day. Stephen R. Covey once said, “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.” We believe data doesn’t lie if you know how to it was derived at and how to interpret it.

Becky Berube, president of South Carolina-based United Catalyst Corporation, also is co-chair of the Automotive Recycling Association’s Events Advisory Committee and is an ExCom Board Member of the International Precious Metals Institute. She can be contacted at 864-834-2003 or berube@unitedcatalystcorporation.com


NY Bottle Bill violator receives $500,000 penalty

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 00:23
State of New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Governor Andrew Cuomo have announced what they call the largest-ever penalty issued for alleged violations of New York’s Returnable Container Act, also known as its Bottle Bill.  

The court-ordered settlement, which was ordered by the New York County Supreme Court, requires New Jersey-based North Bergen Beverage to pay the state a total of $550,000 in penalties and costs – including $400,000 in new penalties on top of a previous payment of $100,000, as well as $50,000 for the cost of the state’s investigation. The $500,000 in total penalties being paid by North Bergen Beverage “is more than three times greater than the previous largest-ever penalty paid by a beverage distributor for alleged violations of New York’s Bottle Bill,” Schneiderman’s office states in a news release.

North Bergen Beverage also is required to suspend its sales in New York of all beverages covered by the Bottle Bill for three years. In addition, if the company violates the court-ordered settlement by selling any regulated beverage during the three-year no-sale period, it would be required to pay the state an additional penalty of $400,000. Penalties paid by North Bergen Beverage will be directed to New York’s Environmental Protection Fund.

Investigations by the Attorney General’s office and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers found that between 2013 and 2016 North Bergen Beverage sold millions of containers of regulated beverages in New York, for which the required deposit was not collected and placed into a dedicated account, as is required for regulated beverages intended for sale in the state. “By flooding the New York market with these beverages, North Bergen Beverage allegedly undermined the law, gained an unfair price advantage over competitors playing by the rules, and denied the state revenue,” states the press release.  

New York’s Bottle Bill regulates carbonated soft drinks, water, beer, other malt beverages and wine coolers sold in containers of less than one gallon in size.

In 2016, the law helped to recycle 5.1 billion plastic, glass and aluminum beverage containers weight a combined 336,000 tons, according to the DEC.

“Unclaimed bottle deposits support important environmental programs that protect the state’s environment, reduce waste disposed in landfills and save energy,” remarks DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Companies operating in New York have a responsibility to comply with the state’s environmental laws, and I commend DEC investigators and our partners in the Attorney General’s Office for taking decisive action in the North Bergen beverage case.”


New Jersey glass recycling plant set to begin construction

News from Recycling Today - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 14:56
A new recycling plant in Andover Township, New Jersey, that will take in glass from area sorting facilities is set to begin construction in the coming months, the New Jersey Herald reports.

Pace Glass, the Long Island City, New York-based company who will own and operate the plant, says through a spokesman that construction will begin “as soon as the weather turns.” The company has received most of its necessary approvals, but awaits approval for the site plan from the township.  

Pace Glass has designed the building to handle up to 1,500 tons of post-consumer glass per day. The plant will utilize optical scanner technology to sort the glass by color. The scanners operate by taking 1,000 pictures per second of material passing by on a conveyor belt, and then sorting the three classes of glass into appropriate chutes via jets of air.

Once sorted, the glass byproducts will then be converted to cullet. This cullet can then be fed to the facility’s glass melting furnaces or transported to neighboring manufacturing facilities. Dust from the crushing and sorting processes can be collected and either sent to a landfill or sold as filler.

Once operational, the plant will employ roughly 40 plant workers and up to another 60 truck drivers who will be responsible for picking up the glass from area sorting facilities and delivering the processed cullet. 


Say So Long to a Runway Career: Reporting From an Aircraft Boneyard

Recycling news from New York Times - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:59
For a story about the retirement of the 747, a Times journalist visits a place where airplanes go to die — and learns it’s really where they’re reborn.

Call2Recycle adds Tesla executive to board of directors

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:47
Call2Recycle Inc., a consumer battery stewardship organization based in Atlanta, has announced that Susan Repo, the corporate treasurer and vice president of finance at Tesla Inc., Palo Alto, California, will be joining the organization's U.S. board of directors.

At Tesla, Repo is responsible for shaping and building capital structure, including liquidity and liability profiles. With more than 20 years of experience in the law and finance, she's served as a leader of strategic initiatives across tax and trade globally focused on domestic and international growth, productivity and profitability. Her experience with Tesla aligns with Call2Recycle's commitment to product stewardship and sustainable practices, the organization says.

"Susan's ability to drive growth, increase efficiency and transform operations make her an ideal fit for our board," Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle, says. "In an economy that will increasingly depend on battery systems with the growth of the renewables industry, battery recycling will become all the more relevant. We're excited to engage Susan's unique industry experience and look forward to having her join our team."

In addition to her work at Tesla, Repo led Juniper Networks Inc., Sunnyvale, California, as the senior director of international tax for three years. She also serves on the board of directors for Tesla's subsidiaries globally.

"Clean, renewable energy and sustainability are passions of mine, so I am thrilled to join the board of the U.S.' premier battery recycling organization," Repo says. "Call2Recycle's first principles of efficiency, transparency and commitment to the environment align with my core values. I am eager to work with this dedicated team to elevate product stewardship and battery recycling across North America."

Call2Recycle offers more than 14,000 public drop-off sites where consumers can recycle their batteries at no cost. Since 1996, the organization has collected more than 130 million pounds of batteries.


Gershow Recycling donates scrap metal for robotics competition

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:26
Gershow Recycling has opened its Medford, New York, facility for nearly 10 years to the Long Island, New York FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics teams, including coaches, students and their parents, so they can collect aluminum scrap to use in building 120-robots. This year, 16 teams participating in Gershow’s Scrap Metal Day donation event, which was Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

Gershow has nine New York locations: Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead.

Following the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition kick-off, which was Saturday, Jan. 6, at Stony Brook University, each of the teams has six weeks to construct a robot using the aluminum and prepare for the upcoming competition, presented by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island Inc. (SBPLI). 

The 16 Long Island teams that participated in Gershow’s Scrap Metal Day were Bridgehampton High School, Central Islip High School, Center Moriches High School, Half Hollow Hills High School, Hauppauge High School, Kings Park High School, Longwood High School, Miller Place High School, North Shore High School, Patchogue-Medford High School, Plainview-Old Bethpage High School, Rocky Point/Shoreham, Townsend Harris High School, Ward Melville High School and Westhampton Beach High School. One rookie team, Mineola, also attended the event under the guidance of veteran team representatives.

Now entering its 19th season, the annual SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition is at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in late March or early April. Following record-breaking registration for the 2017 SBPLI Long Island Regional, the organization is now hosting two regional tournaments across two sets of consecutive dates, April 9 to 11 and April 12 to 14, 2018. Each event will serve as a separate regional, with different teams from across the northeast, including Long Island, New York City, Greater New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Washington, competing. Canada, Croatia and Turkey also have teams in the competition. The participants will compete in separate alliances and in tournament rounds.





Braidy Industries makes executive hires and promotions

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:27
Ashland, Kentucky-based aluminum producer Braidy Industries Inc. has announced executive hires and promotions pertaining to the 300,000 ton-capacity aluminum rolling mill it is building in Eastern Kentucky.

On the operations side, Gregg Whigham has joined Braidy Industries as general manager of the Braidy plant. He previously served as operations manager for Arconic’s Global Rolled Automotive and Aerospace Aluminum Products Division’s Davenport facility in Iowa. At the Davenport facility, Whigham managed all aspects of operations for 2,600 employees, serving 1,100 customers involving some 8,000 different product specifications, according to a Braidy news release.

David Durci is joining Braidy Industries as the operational readiness manager. He previously was employed as light metals engineering manager at Arconic’s Davenport facility.

Among promotions announced by Braidy, Retired United States Air Force Brigadier General Blaine Holt is assuming the role of chief operations officer after his previous role as executive vice president of operations. He will continue to report to Braidy Industries CEO, Craig Bouchard and will manage operations and logistics, including the company’s “war room,” and general oversight of the $1.3 billion rolling mill.

Jaunique Sealey is the new executive vice president of business development and will continue to report to Bouchard. Sealey will hold responsibility for business development and strategy, investor relations, community and government relations, corporate communications and marketing.

Dr. Eric Dahlgren has joined Braidy Industries as a vice president of research and development, focusing on mill process improvement, recycling optimization and cost reduction. Dahlgren was the co-founder and chief scientific officer of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-incubated spin-off company focusing on new processes to manipulate solidification of metallic melts for newly deveveloped materials. He received his doctorate degree from Columbia University and was a visiting scientist at MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Retired U.S. Navy Captain David Shealy is joining Braidy Industries as managing director of the war room, Braidy Industries’ operational center, which the company describes as being “dedicated to efficient lean Six Sigma enterprise management and strategy deployment.” Shealy joins following four tours at sea with the U.S. Navy, including support for Operation Desert Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Joint Task Force Liberia. He also served as commander of the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Center in San Diego and was selected to join the U.S. Military Delegation to the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Matt Rakes and Cassandra Flocker, both lifelong Eastern Kentucky residents, have assumed the roles of information and technology operations engineer and administrative assistant, respectively. Flocker’s hire resulted from her submission to the Braidy Industries website job portal, according to the company.

“Braidy Industries is making progress at an unprecedented pace,” says CEO Bouchard. “We’re currently over 160 percent pre-sold for our mill capacity, and have closed our initial land parcel acquisition. We expect to break ground roughly one year from the date of our [April 2017] announcement in Greenup County [Kentucky]. I am proud to welcome our new hires, congratulate Blaine and Jaunique on expansion of their roles, and look forward to several more exciting announcements in the very near future.”

Braidy Industries has stated its plans include the construction of a 2.5-million-square-foot aluminum mill on more than 300 acres near South Shore in Greenup County. The company says it expects construction to be completed in 2020.

Initially, the facility will produce some 300,000 tons of aluminum per year for the automotive and aerospace industries, with opportunities to expand over time. On its website, Braidy indicates it will use “minimill scrap-driven technology” and will offer “closed-loop scrap recycling for automotive companies.”


North Carolina-based RMR acquires New Jersey paper recycler

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:22
Recycling Management Resources (RMR), a Raleigh, North Carolina-based recycling company celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, has acquired the assets of National Paper Recycling (NPR), based in Camden, New Jersey. With the acquisition, RMR has added three facilities in: Camden; Wilmington, Delaware; and Richmond, Virginia. RMR now has eight facilities, processes around 450,000 tons of recyclables per year and employs more than 230 people.

After the acquisition, completed Jan. 1, 2018, RMR will relocate its existing Philadelphia facility to the newly acquired plant in Camden and close its Philadelphia plant.

Privately owned RMR operates facilities primarily on the East Coast. The company specializes in commercially generated fiber. Reece Whitley, RMR’s president and managing partner, says the company’s growth can be attributed to a “boutique” approach the company takes with handling material.

While larger MRFs may handle 10 grades of fiber, RMR is able to handle around 60 different types of recyclables. To help process the diverse range of materials, the company’s plants are equipped with roll cutters, shredders and balers, which allow RMR to provide a wide range of services to its customers, according to Whitley.

Whitely says the acquisition has allowed RMR to fill in some of the geographic gaps the company has on the East Coast.

In addition to the newly acquired plants, RMR has plant locations in Atlanta; Raleigh and High Point, North Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky; and Barton, Alabama.