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Ternium recruits graduates for high-strength steel efforts

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 01:05
Steelmaker Ternium México has been recruiting students and graduates from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) to work on projects related to advanced high-strength steels for the automotive industry.

A news release issued by Ternium notes one recent recruit is about to receive her doctorate in materials engineering at the school of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at UANL.

Working in cooperation with a Ternium product technologist, the student has helped design a tool that simulates the hot stamping process to which this new type of steel will be exposed.

Ternium has sponsored the research, which it says translates into a beneficial effect for both the industry and the academy.

Currently, there are PhD students from UANL and universities abroad who are developing their study projects in cooperation with Ternium, according to the company.

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Mexican recycling plant shut down after hygiene complaints

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 00:47
A PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic recycling plant in the state of Puebla in Mexico has been shut down after vermin and odor complaints from neighbors.

According to an online report by the municipiospuebla.mx website, the plant in Izúcar de Matamoros in Puebla was shut down by Civil Protection officials in early January 2018. It reportedly had previously been the recipient of several complaints from neighbors for a lack of cleanliness, attracting rodents and having materials that spilled out into public roadways.

The report also indicated that at least two fires had occurred at the plant in the preceding months.

The Municipios report also indicates the Civil Protection authorities intend to inspect other recycling warehouses and plants in the same neighborhood in Izúcar de Matamoros.

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Yokohama Tire makes executive changes

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 00:23
The Japan-based Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC), which has North American headquarters in Santa Ana, California, has announced three organizational promotions effective at the beginning of 2018.

  • Hideto Katsuragawa has been named chairman of YTC. Katsuragawa, a YRC board member and senior managing corporate officer, remains president and CEO of Yokohama Corporation of North America (YCNA), which oversees operations in North America and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (YRC).
  • Shinichi Takimoto, also a YRC corporate officer, has been named CEO of YTC, Yokohama Tire Canada (YTV) and Yokohama Tire Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V. (YTMX).
  • Jeff Barna (pictured), who joined YTC in January of 2017 as chief operating officer, has been named president of YTC. Barna’s expanded role will include oversight of the company’s original equipment sales, export sales and human resource functions, designed to complement his current responsibilities of sales, marketing, product management, supply chain/logistics, project management and business analytics.
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Uncertainty looms in Mexico’s future

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 23:55
Donald Trump’s open questioning of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is not the only threat to Mexico’s economy, according to a recent write-up by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Also weighing on the nation’s future are corruption and its ability to collect taxes.

In an online post titled “Mexico’s Outlook in 5 Charts,” the IMF indicates Mexico would “benefit from carrying out reforms for stronger and more inclusive growth,” with “the main areas to tackle” being inequality, corruption, obstacles holding back firms’ productivity and tax collection that would stimulate more public investment.

The combination of concerns has caused the IMF to predict a 2018 GDP growth rate of just 1.9 percent, down from 2.1 percent growth in 2017. In addition to the internal governance woes, the IMF cites “uncertainty related to the renegotiation of the NAFTA.”

In terms of suggested solutions, the IMF states Mexico “should strengthen its tax collection,” adding the nation “stands out among its peers in Latin America with its low share of tax revenues, which constrains public spending.” The organization claims Mexico could invest more in public infrastructure if it improves its tax collection, including by closing tax avoidance loopholes.”

“Strengthening the rule of law and fighting corruption should be a priority for Mexico,” the IMF report authors continue. “Swift implementation of all elements of national and state level anti-corruption plans are critical to lifting potential growth.”

The IMF concludes that the nation’s informal (non-tax collecting) sector is especially large in the southern half of Mexico. It indicates the “Pacto por Mexico (a reform agreement endorsed by the major Mexican political parties in 2012) would especially benefit southern states, and help boost productivity.”

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2017 GameDay Recycling Challenge ends in a tie

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:07
South Carolina’s Clemson University may have come within a victory of making it to the College Football Playoff National Championship, but the school’s football fans can claim to be co-champions of the 2017 GameDay Recycling Challenge (GDRC), the national collegiate football recycling competition. Clemson fans share the honor with those of the University of Akron in Ohio.

The GameDay Recycling Challenge is produced through a partnership among the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), Keep America Beautiful (KAB), RecycleMania Inc. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Clemson University was the national champion in the Total Recycling category, with 98,521 pounds of material recycled, composted or donated, while the University of Akron was the national champion in the Diversion category (recycling, plus organics composting and recovery as a percent of total trash), with a 93.57 percent diversion rate. Clemson previously won the Total Recycling category in 2014 and came in second place in 2015 and 2016. The University of Akron wins the Diversion category for the first time after previously finishing in the top five, nationally, every year since 2013, according to a news release from KAB, which is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

“Clemson set the bar high with last year’s GameDay Recycling Challenge, so beating our 2016 recycling numbers was both challenging and exciting,” says the university’s Recycling Manager Dave VanDeventer. “Participating in the competition is a way to push ourselves, and we are proud of how we improved upon last year’s system; we were able to decrease our labor hours and still increase our recycling rate.”

He adds, “We would not have been able to achieve our GameDay recycling goals without the hard work of the recycling team and the support of the Clemson community.”

The GDRC pitted 70 colleges and universities in competition designed to engage college football fans to see who could recycle the most and reduce the most waste. The competition reached 8.7 million fans at 181 games, based on reported stadium attendance numbers, KAB says. Participating schools recycled or composted 2.06 million pounds of game-day waste during the fall season, which broke down to recycling more than 1.5 million pounds of bottles, cans, paper, cardboard and other materials, KAB says. In addition, more than 540,000 pounds of organic materials were composted or recovered, including pre- and postconsumer food waste and compostable serviceware. These collective efforts prevented the emission of 2,410 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent of greenhouse gases, equivalent to removing more than 500 cars from the road for a year.

“GameDay Recycling Challenge is something my staff looks forward to participating in every year,” says Andrew Henry, University of Akron manager of recycling, grounds, special services, parking and athletic maintenance. “We are using lessons learned during the challenge, such as the strategy used to increase composting during game-day events, and using them in other campus waste diversion initiatives.”

KAB explains that the GDRC ranks participating schools based on the quantity of recyclables, food organics and other materials diverted from the landfill at college football stadiums and tailgating areas. During the competition, schools tracked weights for individual games, with the totals used to rank schools nationally and by athletic conference.

The complete list of national and conference winners is available at http://gamedaychallenge.org.

“Congratulations to the Clemson Tigers, Akron Zips and all the schools that participated in this year’s competition,” says Brenda Pulley, KAB senior vice president of recycling. “Beyond the waste recovered on game days, the full impact of these efforts comes from the fans who were encouraged to continue reducing, recycling and composting waste throughout the year.”

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National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program extended through 2021

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 08:31
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, says it has joined with other stakeholders in signing an extension to the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP). As a result, the voluntary collection program will continue operating through Dec. 31, 2021, ISRI reports in its “Leadership Update” email dated Jan. 3, 2018.

The NVMSRP is a voluntary, national program established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, automobile manufacturers and related industries in 2006. End of Life Vehicle Solutions Inc. (ELVS) is the nonprofit corporation that operates the program.

ELVS contractor, Boise, Idaho-headquartered US Ecology, provides dismantlers with storage buckets for the collection of automotive mercury switches. Once a bucket is full, the dismantlers ship them to US Ecology via UPS using prepaid UPS labels provided with the buckets. US Ecology then disposes of the mercury through recycling, retorting or by other approved disposal methods. 

While the program was scheduled to expire at the end of 2017, ISRI says evidence suggests a significant number of mercury switches has yet to be captured.

“ISRI members approved the continuation of the NVMSRP as long as the End of Life Vehicle Solutions Corp. (ELVS) maintained transportation, acceptance, recycling and liability responsibilities and the responsibilities of ISRI and participating dismantlers and recyclers remained essentially unchanged,” the association notes in its email. “The extension fulfills both these requirements.”

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Advanced Battery Concepts enters into license agreement with Exide Industries Ltd.

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
Advanced Battery Concepts, a battery technology company based in Clare, Michigan, has announced it has agreed to license its GreenSeal technology to Exide Industries Ltd., a storage battery producing and life insurance company based in India.

Advanced Battery Concepts says its GreenSeal technology simplifies lead battery manufacturing and improves lead battery performance by increasing cycle life, lowering weight, reducing recharge time, improving reliability and is fully recyclable. This improvement is achieved through reduction of lead-metal content by an average of 46 percent and more efficient working of the active materials through innovative patented design, the company explains.

Exide Industries Ltd. is a manufacturer of lead batteries used in multiple market segments, including automotive, power and telecoms. Exide Industries has a dominant market position in the growing Indian market. With annual sales of more than $1.3 billion, Exide Industries manufactures possibly a range of storage batteries supplied from its seven battery manufacturing facilities.

G Chatterjee, CEO and managing director of Exide Industries Ltd., says, “Advanced Battery Concepts’ GreenSeal technology has significant potential to enhance battery performance and reliability in India’s higher temperature environment while offering the benefit of simplifying application installations offering enhanced reliability, performance and cost of ownership for our customers. In addition, GreenSeal technology offers improvements to our manufacturing systems with resultant benefits.”

Exide Industries is the fourth licensee of Advanced’s GreenSeal technology. The other licensees are Johnson Controls Power Solutions, Milwaukee, the world largest manufacturer of lead batteries, and Trojan Battery Co., a Santa Fe Springs, California-based manufacturer of lead deep-cycle batteries. 

Advanced Battery Concepts says it is currently in licensing discussions with several other global lead battery producers and expects to have further announcements in 2018.

Ed Shaffer, CEO and founder of Advanced Battery Concepts, says, “Exide Industries is a very highly regarded and substantial international company. We are very excited and proud that they have chosen Advanced Battery Concepts’ GreenSeal technology. Exide Industries has a dominant market position in India, a market that is expected to exceed $7 billion in sales by 2022 and we strongly believe GreenSeal technology will be a major contributor to Exide Industries’ continued success and market dominance there. Exide Industries becomes our fourth licensee and demonstrates our technology readiness for mass adoption by the lead battery industry. It is an extremely exciting time for Advanced Battery Concepts with growing acceptance of our product and manufacturing technology and improved performance over conventional lead batteries.”

Advanced Battery Concepts LLC is a global battery technology development company and says it is the first company to successfully design a bipolar lead battery with a commercially viable manufacturing process for such batteries. Advanced Battery Concepts is working with existing lead-acid battery producers and engaging licensees to realize the commercial potential of its technology, as well as ongoing production of batteries and additional research from its Battery Research & Engineering Development Centre in Michigan to continue to broaden its technology portfolio.  

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West Virginia DEP distributes recycling grants

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 19:43
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has announced that 23 recipients will share $1.3 million in Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) Recycling Assistance Grant funding. The money, which comes from a $1-per-ton fee on all solid waste disposed of in state landfills, will be used to support recycling-related companies in the state.

Recipients of the grants are the following:

  • Barbour County Solid Waste Authority: $23,500 to assist with purchasing recycling trailers, fuel, baling wire, utilities and Gaylord boxes for the county’s recycling program.
  • Boone County Solid Waste Authority: $67,000 to help buy a recycling truck, utilities for the county’s recycling center, recycling bins, replace/repair loading dock, fuel and insurance for recycling truck and brochures for the county-wide program.
  • Braxton County Solid Waste Authority: $28,000 to assist with personnel/labor and collection bins for the county’s recycling program.
  • The Town of Sutton: $27, 400 to help with the purchase of a pick-up truck for the town’s recycling program.
  • Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity: $18,900 to assist with the purchase of a forklift.
  • Cabot Recycling Station, Grantsville: $149,400 to assist with wages, utilities, purchasing a new roof and a conveyor for its recycling program.
  • Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity, Lewisburg: $38,000 to assist with the purchase of a van, vehicle expenses and utilities for its recycling operation.
  • The Hancock County Solid Waste Authority: $51,000 to assist with labor and installing a retaining wall for a ramp and a sprinkler system.
  • Infinite Electronics Recycling, DeLand, Fla.: $37,500, which will be used to buy a box truck and two forklifts.
  • Corporation of Shepherdstown: $56,4500 to be used to purchase a skid loader with pallet fork and glass recycling bins.
  • KnightHorst Shredding, headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn.: $56,000 to assist with the purchase of a cargo van and skid steer.
  • The City of South Charleston: $144,000 to help purchase a recycling collection packer truck and plastic recycling totes.
  • Mountain State Waste, Charleston, W.V.: $75,000 to assist with the purchase of a forklift and front load recycling containers.
  • Marion County Solid Waste Authority: $122,800 to assist with the purchase of a recycling hook-lift truck and a pick-up truck.
  • Empire Salvage and Recycling, Princeton, W.V.: $59,400 to assist with the purchase of a skid-steer loader.
  • North Elementary School: $3,450 to assist with the purchase of recycling bins.
  • Pleasants County Solid Waste Authority: $40,500 to assist with employee wages, operating supplies, maintenance costs, fuel, utilities and education.
  • Pocahontas County Solid Waste Authority: $49,650 to assist with the purchase of a baler with a conveyor, rotating pallet fork for a skid steer, Gaylord rotator, steel storage containers, labor and transportation costs and recycling advertisements.
  • City of Kingwood: $74,640 to assist with purchase of a new roof for its recycling building, tires for a recycling truck and a skid steer loader, tie wires, recycling containers and bins and advertising for the city-wide program.
  • Sunrise Sanitation Services, Oakland, Md.: $68,600 to assist with the purchase of a used shred truck, totes and bailing wire.
  • Upshur County Solid Waste Authority: $3,940 to assist with the purchase of reusable grocery bag totes, telephone costs and paper shred event for the county.
  • Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority: $37,880 to assist with labor wages, the purchase of a truck, fuel and signage for recycling trucks and recycling carts.
  • Latrobe Street Mission, Parkersburg: $26,230 to assist with personnel, a loading ramp, vehicle maintenance and tires, bailing wire and office supplies for its recycling operation.
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NWRA joins other associations in urging Congress to invest in infrastructure

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 15:29
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia, says it has joined with a broad collection of associations calling themselves the Infrastructure Working Group (IWG) in a letter dated Jan. 3, 2018, urging Congress to make infrastructure a top priority.

Among the recommendations in the letter is the direct investment of $1 trillion throughout a 10-year period to improve the safety and efficiency of our nation’s infrastructure.

“NWRA is proud to support the Infrastructure Working Group and its call for Congress to seek a bipartisan solution to our infrastructure needs,” says Darrell Smith, NWRA president and CEO. “I believe a robust investment in our infrastructure will make our roads and bridges safer, reduce transportation costs, and make us more competitive globally.”

Additional recommendations in the letter from IWG urge Congress to improve the permitting process, encourage participation between the public and private sectors and strengthen tools that make it easier to invest in infrastructure projects at the federal, state and local levels.

A copy of the full letter can be found here.

Other signatories of the letter include the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Associated General Contractors of America, the Copper & Brass Fabricators Council, the Plastics Industry Association, Non-Ferrous Founders' Society and the Vinyl Institute

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Galfab appoints new chief financial officer

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 15:08
Nilson Winamac, Indiana-based Galfab, a manufacturing company which also has operations in Phoenix, has announced the appointment of Ian Nilson as its chief financial officer (CFO).

“It is my pleasure to welcome Ian as Galfab’s CFO,” says CEO Jerry Samson. “Ian brings over 20 years of professional financial experience. He has been involved in manufacturing his entire career and understands our environment.”

Samson adds, “The recent move to an employee-owned company and the addition of Ian as CFO strengthens our leadership and helps position Galfab’s future growth and success.”

Nilson most recently served as vice president and CFO for Destaco, a global work-holding equipment and automated tooling company based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Prior to that, he spent more than 10 years with Tyco Flow Control of Houston in a variety of leadership positions.

Nilson has a Bachelor of Science in business from Purdue University, has earned several awards for professional excellence and served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves, Galfab says. He and his family currently reside in the Chicago area.

“I am looking forward to joining Galfab’s executive team,” Nilson says. “I feel my solid combination of skills and experience will complement and support the legacy of a true industry innovator.”

Galfab is a manufacturer of cable roll-off hoists, single-axle hook hoists, open-top roll-off containers, packer receiver containers, front-and rear-load containers, self-contained compactors, self-dumping hoppers and various other products for transportation in the garbage and scrap industry.

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Illinois EPA removes scrap tires in five-county area

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 14:51
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Alec Messina has announced the completion of used tire removal activities in five counties in the Chicago region. The used tire removal actions are part of what the Illinois EPA says are its efforts to assist local governments in providing and maintaining a healthy environment.

“Illinois EPA’s Used Tire Program benefits our communities by removing hazards associated with used tires,” Messina says. “I want to thank our local partners who helped make these collections so successful.”

In total, 598.51 tons of used tires were collected in December:

  • The city of Chicago (Grand Avenue), working with the Department of Streets & Sanitation, collected 313.05 tons.
  • The city of Chicago (Stony Island), in cooperation with the Department of Streets & Sanitation, collected 105.41 tons.
  • Kane County, working with Kane County Recycling Program, collected 6.35 tons.
  • Lake County, together with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), collected 28.98 tons.
  • The village of Hopkins Park (Kankakee County) collected 22.74 tons.
  • Will County, working with the Will County Land Use Department, collected 121.98 tons.

Units of local government assist in the coordination of the collections, allowing Illinois EPA to collect and properly dispose of the used tires that have been collected from public properties, including roadsides, public parks and abandoned sites.

Through the Used Tire Program, used tires are properly disposed of at a registered, commercial used tire processing facility in Illinois. Some tires are retreaded and reused, and others are recycled into a variety of products and uses.

The Illinois EPA’s Used Tire Program is funded by a $2.50 per tire fee that consumers pay when purchasing tires at retail locations. 

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Dow and Keep America Beautiful announce Hefty EnergyBag grant recipients

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 13:37
Midland, Michigan-based Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics and Stamford, Connecticut-based nonprofit Keep America Beautiful have announced awarding two $50,000 grants to organizations in Cobb County, Georgia, and Boise, Idaho, to establish the Hefty EnergyBag program in their respective communities. The program, which aligns with Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals, offers an innovative approach to diverting plastics that are not currently recycled—such as chip bags and juice pouches—from landfills and converting the materials into valuable energy resources.

Building on a 10-year partnership through the Great American Cleanup, the largest community improvement program in the U.S., Dow and Keep America Beautiful collaborated to announce the Hefty EnergyBag grant program in July 2017, and sought applications from communities across the U.S. The two winning communities, Cobb County and Boise, rated highest on key selection criteria, which included: host city or municipality, materials recovery facility (MRF) and hauler participation; number of targeted households; availability of existing recycling carts for curbside collection; and accessibility of a suitable end market outlet that will turn the plastics collected into an alternative energy resource.

“We look forward to working with each community as they implement the Hefty EnergyBag program in their area in 2018,” Jeff Wooster, global sustainability director for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, says. “Cobb County and Boise’s adoption of the program is helping Dow and its partners expand efforts to increase plastics recovery across North America.”

The two winning communities will provide collected materials to facilities utilizing advanced non-combustion conversion technologies which can generate a liquid fuel, such as diesel. These technologies also have the longer-term potential to generate feedstocks in a closed-loop system and can be used to produce new plastics, keeping resources in use and at their highest value and thereby helping create a more circular economy.

Keep Cobb Beautiful Inc., a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, submitted the application on behalf of Cobb County. Keep Cobb Beautiful and the city of Boise will be collaborating with key local groups including a materials recovery facility, hauler, end-market user and a local brand owner/sponsor, each of which will be vital to the Hefty EnergyBag program’s success.

“Keep Cobb Beautiful Inc. is excited about this innovative program and is looking forward to bringing plastic recovery options and technology to Cobb County residents,” Kimberly White, executive director for Keep Cobb Beautiful Inc., says.

"The city of Boise is committed to sustainability. This program provides an important tool in managing our post-consumer plastics responsibly," Catherine Chertudi, environmental program manager with the city of Boise, says. "The opportunity to keep more plastics out of the landfill through this innovative recovery program is very exciting."

Dow will provide guidelines for these communities and others to implement the program, and oversee the initial planning, implementation and measurement phases. Grant recipients are ultimately responsible for managing the program and identifying and engaging key community stakeholders.

“The Hefty EnergyBag program will complement existing plastic recycling systems in each community,” Diego Donoso, business president for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, says. “By investing in resource recovery, Boise and Cobb County will be able to divert more nonrecycled plastics from landfills by turning these valuable materials into new energy resources.

To date, Hefty EnergyBag curbside and noncurbside programs, which include a 2014 EnergyBag Pilot in Citrus Heights, California, have diverted more than 17 tons of plastics from the landfill. The first full-scale Hefty EnergyBag program launched in Omaha in September 2016. In its first year, the program has collected more than 19,500 bags and diverted approximately 11 tons of plastics, the equivalent to approximately 8.6 million snack-sized chip bags, from the landfill.

 

 

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Associations sponsor free C&D webinar

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 09:20
The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), Brattleboro, Vermont, and the Northeast Waste Management Official’s Association (NEWMOA), Boston, have announced they are co-sponsoring a free webinar Jan. 17, 2018, focused on construction and demolition (C&D) materials management and markets in the Northeast.

The webinar, C&D Materials Management and Markets in the Northeast, will cover results from a couple of Northeast-focused studies that detail actions taken to increase C&D materials recovery for reuse and recycling as well as the current and future status of C&D debris management in Massachusetts.

Presenters will be Jennifer Griffith, project manager of NEWMOA; Natalie Starr, a principal at DSM Environmental Services Inc., Windsor, Vermont; and Ted Siegler, resource economist at DSM Environmental.

“C&D materials are generated in new construction, remodeling, deconstruction and demolition,” the associations say in a joint statement announcing the webinar. “Common components of new construction in the U.S. include: wood; concrete/masonry; wallboard; metal; corrugated cardboard; bottles and cans; and trash. Demolition debris includes: concrete; wood; trash; scrap iron; asphalt; brick; and roofing. There is an increased emphasis on the processing and reuse of C&D materials. Many of these materials can be recycled and made into new products—clean, untreated wood can be made into new wood products (i.e., furniture, wood chips and mulch for landscaping purposes); gypsum wallboard can be ground into a gypsum powder that is then manufactured into new plasterboard or applied as a soil amendment; and asphalt shingles can be recycled into cold patch, new shingles, or hot mix asphalt.”

This joint NEWMOA and NERC webinar will include presentations on:

  • The results of NEWMOA’s recently released analysis of data collected by the environmental agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont on architectural C&D materials disposal, processing, and recovery for reuse and recycling.
  • The results of a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) funded study that evaluated the current and future status of C&D debris management in Massachusetts, and identified and recommend potential opportunities for the diversion of a greater proportion of recyclable materials to recycling markets. NERC administered and contracted with DSM Environmental Services (DSM) to conduct the project. MassDEP has established a goal of diverting 50 percent of C&D materials from disposal, but in recent years the actual diversion rate has plateaued at around 30 percent. The primary objective of the analysis undertaken by DSM was to first assess incoming and outgoing materials at Massachusetts C&D processors and handling facilities, and to determine what the opportunities and constraints are to increase materials diversion beyond 30 percent.

 

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NWRA hires vice president of federal affairs and deputy general counsel

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 09:15
The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia, has announced that Jim Riley would lead the association’s federal affairs team as vice president of federal affairs and deputy general counsel.

“We are pleased that Jim has joined our organization and we will be relying on him to help expand our Washington, DC footprint by solidifying our relationships on Capitol Hill, within the regulatory agencies and among other DC-based entities,” Darrell Smith, president and CEO of the NWRA, says. “It is true that all garbage is local, but Washington, DC can have a strong impact on local regulations. Jim will be working to implement a number of strategies that will make our industry stronger and better recognized by lawmakers and other influential parties.”

Riley comes to NWRA from the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), Alexandria, Virginia, where he was a strong advocate for the aggregates industry in Washington. He spent the last 16 years with NSSGA, first as director and later senior director of government affairs.  As part of his duties, he oversaw the association’s political action committee, ROCKPAC. Riley also organized and directed the association’s grassroots advocacy network. Prior to NSSGA, Riley was senior analyst for civil justice reform and insurance with Citizens for a Sound Economy.

“NWRA is a great organization. There aren’t many industries like waste and recycling that impact everyone in America every day. I look forward to working with lawmakers and regulators to ensure that our industry can grow and thrive,” Riley says.

In addition to being a registered lobbyist, Riley is an attorney admitted to practice law in Washington, New York, Massachusetts and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and received his law degree from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington.

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New York diverts 520M pounds of e-waste from landfills

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:03
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act has driven the collection and recycling of more than 520 million pounds—260,000 tons—of electronic waste from 2011 to 2016.

The announcement was highlighted in DEC’s second Electronic Waste Recycling Report, which documents e-waste recycling from 2013 to 2015, and outlines the strengths and challenges of the state’s e-waste recycling program.

Commissioner Seggos says, “Over the first six years of the program, New York State has successfully diverted hundreds of millions of pounds of e-waste destined for landfills and combustion facilities to e-waste recyclers for reuse and recycling, helping conserve valuable natural resources. The e-waste report will help DEC improve New York’s strong e-waste recycling program, and the documented progress of this comprehensive product stewardship program is yet another example of Gov. Cuomo’s commitment to protecting our environment.”

The e-waste recycling report for 2013-2015 builds on data in the first report and includes information on overall collection results, collection methods, recycling and reuse rates, stakeholder participation, fees and surcharges, as well as DEC’s compliance and enforcement efforts. The report also notes continued opportunities for business development, as a number of businesses have been launched or expanded as a result of the recycling and reuse of e-waste.

From 2013 through 2015, electronic equipment manufacturers, consumers and the state of New York’s collection and recycling network successfully diverted nearly 300 million pounds of e-waste from the waste stream, which equates to a statewide collection rate averaging more than 5 pounds per capita, according to the report.

DEC says it continues its efforts to address challenges associated with e-waste collection and recycling, particularly cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and monitors by working with municipalities, industry representatives, recyclers and others to improve CRT collection and recycling. In addition, while striving for overall stakeholder compliance, DEC says it is working to improve manufacturers’ e-waste acceptance programs and continues public education and outreach, as well as enforcement, to ensure manufacturers are in compliance with the act’s requirements.

To help municipalities implement e-waste recycling over the short term, New York has made $3 million in grant funding from the state’s Environmental Protection Fund available to help municipalities across the state address the unintended costs associated with the collection and recycling of eligible e-waste. DEC is distributing nearly $1.2 million in grant funding to municipalities from the first two rounds of grant applications. Applications for the third and final round of available grant money are due to DEC by Jan. 31, 2018, for expenses incurred between April 1 and Dec. 31, 2017. Information regarding grants for municipal e-waste assistance can be found on the DEC website.

DEC says it also is developing draft regulations to clarify and strengthen provisions of the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act and will release draft regulations in early 2018. Information about the proposed e-waste regulations will be available on DEC’s website and published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin.

Sen. Tom O’Mara, chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, adds, “Actions to better address the challenge of electronic waste are among the most important actions we’ve ever taken in New York government for the benefit of local economies, environments,and taxpayers.”

O’Mara continues, “E-waste recycling has become extremely burdensome and costly for local governments and property taxpayers. Through the Environmental Protection Fund’s emphasis on e-waste and by implementing new policies, programs and regulatory reforms over the past several years, New York state has taken some very effective steps. I look forward to continue working with and urging Gov. Cuomo and his administration on short- and long-term strategies, which make important fiscal, economic and environmental sense locally, regionally and statewide.”

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RRS receives Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance contract

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 07:56
Sustainability and recycling consultancy Resource Recycling Systems Inc. (RRS), headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been awarded the material cost differentiation (MCD) contract with the Toronto-based Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) to redefine the methodology used in Canadian packaging and printed paper (PPP) recycling programs to determine the relative impacts of material characteristics on the cost of the recycling system.

CSSA is a national, nonprofit organization representing the interests of Canadian businesses and providing support services to four PPP stewardship programs across Canada. Through these stewardship programs, producers of PPP are responsible for financing some or all the costs to recycle their materials at the end of their useful lives. Stewardship organizations receive fees from businesses across Canada to meet their obligations under the extended producer responsibility (EPR) provincial regulations.

“Material characteristics—for example flexibility, size, bulkiness and abrasiveness—can have significant impact on costs in the recycling system,” says Michael Timpane, vice president of process optimization and material recovery at RRS. “This study will assist in redefining the calculation of a critical input to stewardship fees based on the impact that various material characteristics and changing material mixes cause in the recycling system.”

During this multiphased project, RRS says it will work closely with CSSA and engage with PPP program operators, supply chain partners and equipment manufacturers to develop a methodology for identifying recycling system cost impacts of PPP based on material characteristics and material mixes through research, field testing and cost modeling.

The MCD project, which was launched in October 2016, is guided by eight principles (http://www.cssalliance.ca/material-cost-differentiation-project-gets-green-light/ ) established by a CSSA working group with representatives from the following PPP stewardship organizations: Recycle BC, Multi-Material Stewardship Western, Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba and Stewardship Ontario:

  • Relativity counts. The methodology must produce results that inform stewards about the relative cost impacts of the materials they supply into the marketplace.
  • All designated materials count. All designated materials should be considered when measuring cost impacts even when those materials are supplied and/or managed in small quantities because all materials are constituents of the recycling system.
  • All material characteristics count. When differentiating the cost impacts of one material compared with another, all a material’s characteristics that can reasonably be measured should be measured because each characteristic can affect costs in different ways.
  • All activities count. All activities necessary to prepare the material to be repurposed should be considered because all materials supplied into the market should be repurposed.
  • Value counts. Commodity value attributed to a material must be consistent with the decisions applied when differentiating cost impacts.
  • System design and operations count. The MCD methodology should be rooted in measurable recycling system activities, resource usage and cost drivers.
  • Emerging trends count. The MCD methodology will consider evolving recycling technologies and practices to ensure the most current material management techniques inform cost impact measurements.
  • The material mix counts. The composition within material categories may differ according to the scope of each program and needs to be considered because such differences may result in different impacts on cost.

In a news release from 2017 announcing the principles, CSSA says, “The primary objective of the MCD Project is to develop a methodology that can differentiate the cost to manage each material in the recycling system in a way that satisfies the eight guiding principles and that will work equally well for all four programs.”

CSSA has a video that explains how steward fees are calculated and introduces the MCD Project at https://youtu.be/_AKug9Sq1sk

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Case issues call for entries for equipment grant

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 07:47
Case Construction Equipment, Racine, Wisconsin, has issued a call for entries for the 2018 Dire States Equipment Grant, which will award $25,000 in free equipment use to one selected community to repair or build local infrastructure.

Launched in 2016, the grant will award one community $25,000 in free equipment use to help offset the costs of building or repairing a critical piece of local infrastructure.

Representatives of municipal, county and other local governments are eligible to apply for the grant. Entrants will be asked to describe the project and provide a detailed assessment of how that local piece of infrastructure will benefit the community.

Submissions can be completed at www.direstates.com/grant. The deadline for entry is March 30, 2018, and winners will be announced in April. 

Case says examples of suitable infrastructure projects include: road/bridge repair or construction; utility pipe replacement; erosion control along lakes and rivers; wastewater system improvements and park/recreational construction. All projects that fall within the 16 core categories of infrastructure, as identified by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in its Infrastructure Report Card, will be considered.

Since its inception, Case says this community-building grant has been awarded to two infrastructure projects that have made a direct impact on the people of those communities: a bridge replacement in Pennsylvania and a flood mitigation program in New York.

In 2017, the grant was awarded to Quincy Township, Pennsylvania, for use on replacement and repair work on the Old Forge Bridge, a deteriorating bridge in a central location that risked access to residents, as well as fire departments, ambulances, police, school busses and other essential components of the community, Case says.

In 2016, Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Tioga County, New York, was awarded the grant. The SWCD used the grant to supplement its Environmentally Sensitive Stream Maintenance Program to mitigate damages from flooding events, which have had considerable impact on the local infrastructure and community in recent years.

The grant is named for Case’s infrastructure awareness and advocacy initiative, Dire States, which evolved from a national tour in 2013 that focused on raising awareness of America's ailing infrastructure into active campaigning for specific programs and legislation, the company explains.

All local governments in the United States are eligible to apply. A full list of rules and submission criteria are available at www.direstates.com/grant.

Case Construction Equipment sells and supports a full line of construction equipment around the world, including backhoe loaders, excavators, motor graders, wheel loaders, vibratory compaction rollers, crawler dozers, skid steers, compact track loaders and rough-terrain forklifts.

Case Construction Equipment is a brand of U.K.-based CNH Industrial N.V.

 

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CMC acquiring Gerdau assets

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 23:49
Commercial Metals Co. (CMC), Irving, Texas, has signed an agreement to acquire certain U.S. rebar steel mill and fabrication assets from Brazil-based Gerdau S.A. for around $600 million. CMC operates more than 120 recycling centers; steel mills; fabrication facilities; marketing and distribution offices; construction-related product stores; heat treating facilities and related operations in more than 12 countries.

The acquisition includes 33 rebar fabrication facilities in the United States as well as electric arc furnace (EAF) steel mills in Knoxville, Tennessee; Jacksonville, Florida; Sayreville, New Jersey; and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Combined, the mills have annual rolling capacity of 2.5 million tons.

After adding Gerdau’s melt shop capacity, CMC will have around 7.2 million tons of global melt capacity at its disposal.

“This acquisition aligns with our strategy to focus on our strength in concrete reinforcing products and leverages CMC's core competencies in rebar production and value-added fabrication services to non­residential construction customers,” says Barbara Smith, president and CEO of CMC. “In addition, these assets provide us the opportunity to optimize our product mix more fully in the U.S. As a leader in rebar manufacturing technology and customer service, we are excited to take advantage of our expertise to increase throughput, lower costs and improve the customer experience in our new operations.”

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Wisetek adds Maryland firm to its portfolio

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 23:36
DataKillers, a Maryland-based electronics recycling company, has signed an agreement to merge with the United States operations of Cork, Ireland-based Wisetek Solutions Ltd. The Irish firm provides IT asset disposal (ITAD) and data destruction services.

The combined company will become one of the largest suppliers of refurbished IT equipment in the world, according to a Wisetek news release.

“This is a key strategic move for Wisetek that supports our combined customer requirement for standardized services delivery, to ensure that their critical data destruction and IT asset disposal operations meet their stringent data security and CSR [corporate social responsibility] environmental standards,” says Sean Sheehan, Wisetek’s CEO.

Says Chris Scott, president and CEO of Computer Discounters Inc., the parent company of DataKillers, regarding the response of corporate clients, “Our joining together has already proven to be a welcome development by these combined clients to deliver the global services they require from a single source.”

DataKillers’ U.S. coverage, combined with Wisetek’s presence in Europe and Asia, is expected by the two companies to provide considerable market synergies. Additionally, DataKillers is certified to the e-Stewards standard and Wisetek is certified to Europe’s WEEELABEX recycling standard.

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TOMRA to equip Australian MRFs

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 00:05
TOMRA Sorting Recycling, a Germany-based business unit of Norway-based TOMRA Systems ASA, has announced it will supply 40 AutoSort optical sorting units to three materials recovery facilities (MRFs) operated by SKM Recycling of Coolaroo, Victoria, Australia.

TOMRA indicates SKM is building three new plants to process more than 350,000 metric tons per year of single-stream curbside collected material. The primary focus of the SKM plants is to process paper, plastics, metals and glass, sorting them into high-quality products, according to TOMRA. The plants are expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2018.

SKM’s Laverton plant “aims to become the most technically advanced and automated recyclables processing plant on the continent or even worldwide by integrating multiple steps of TOMRA Sorting technology into the sorting of paper and other recyclables,” according to TOMRA.

The sorting technology is being deployed with the intention of resulting in a greater percentage of recyclable product being extracted from the residential recycling stream; reducing materials unnecessarily ending up in landfill; and facilitating the development of new recyclable grades to meet the demands of a changing market and deliver greater environmental benefits, TOMRA indicates.

“We are convinced by TOMRA’s robust and dependable technology, but it’s their ability to support in creating the best plant concepts that made us choose to partner with TOMRA,” says Robert Italiano, business manager of SKM. “Our confidence in their technical knowledge and support is unwavering and is backed by TOMRA’s guarantee to perform. We are proud to be developing the most advanced materials recovery facilities in Australia.”

Remarks Tom Jansen, sales manager at TOMRA Sorting Recycling, “Winning such a big contract means SKM have placed a lot of trust in TOMRA and our newest technology. I’m looking forward to seeing the ultra-modern plants in operation.”

SKM Recycling, established in 1999, provides recycling services to local councils and businesses in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales.

TOMRA Sorting Recycling designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting technologies for the global recycling and waste management industry, with more than 4,900 systems installed in 50 countries worldwide. 

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