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ISRI urges China to reconsider scrap restrictions

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Plastic bottle recycling campaign boosts recycling rate in Raleigh Durham Triangle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ScrapTheftAlert.com now available on Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 06:26
The Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has announced that ScrapTheftAlert.com is now available on the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP). LEEP’s more than 60,000 registered users in law enforcement, intelligence groups and criminal justice now have access to the alert system, which assists in the fight against materials theft, ISRI says.

“Since it was created by the recycling industry nearly 10 years ago, ScrapTheftAlert.com has become a proven tool in identifying and apprehending criminals, sharing intelligence across jurisdictions and recovering stolen property,” says ISRI President Robin Wiener. “Strengthening the relationship between recyclers and law enforcement is top priority for the recycling industry. As a service provider on LEEP, law enforcement has better access to broadcast information out about stolen materials. And recyclers will be better informed to be on the lookout for such materials. It is a win-win for everyone except criminals.”

ScrapTheftAlert.com is a free online alert system that allows registered users to send broadcast email alerts out to users within a 100-mile radius of a theft (the area can be expanded if needed). Detailed descriptions and photos can be uploaded so nearby recycling facilities can be on the lookout for stolen materials. In addition, it contains enhanced search features for vetted law enforcement officials. Since its launch in 2008, more than 18,500 alerts have been issued by more than 21,000 active users. The system has helped recover more than $2.1 million in property, ISRI says.

LEEP is a gateway for thousands of users in the criminal justice, intelligence and military communities to gain access to critical data protected at Controlled Unclassified Information level in one centralized location. With one click, users can securely access national security, public safety and terrorism information contained within dozens of federal information systems, including cybercrime investigative resources, situational awareness tools, nationwide criminal justice records, national gang information, training tools, secure file sharing, national security and suspicious activity reporting data and geospatial tools, as well as tools to report crime statistics and police data. Consistent with the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding, LEEP also connects users to other federations serving the United States intelligence community, the criminal intelligence community and homeland security community. LEEP gives users the ability to transfer and use information efficiently and effectively in a consistent manner across multiple organizations and systems to accomplish operational goals, according to ISRI.

Earlier this year, ISRI also became a service provider on the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) to make ScrapTheftAlert.com available through the RISS network. That agreement provided access to the alert system to more than 117,000 law enforcement officers in almost 9,000 agencies that are members of RISS.

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Appliance Recycling Centers of America anticipates continued profitability

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 06:00
Appliance Recycling Centers of America Inc. (ARCA), a Minneapolis-based provider of utility appliance recycling programs, has announced that the company anticipates increased profitability following recent corporatewide efforts to reduce costs and streamline operations.

The company says it recently launched an initiative to increase productivity and streamline operations, which ARCA management says should result in increased profitability. As part of this initiative, ARCA management conducted an extensive audit of current costs to determine areas where cuts could be enacted, which led to an 18 percent reduction in overhead costs, which the company recently reported for the quarter ending July 1, 2017.  In addition, several areas were identified where systems could be streamlined. The result was a significant cost savings, ARCA says, which will garner continued profitability going forward. This initiative is expected to continue in the coming quarters.

American Metal Market (AMM), referencing earnings results released on August 21, reports that ARCA swung to a $2.06 million profit, compared with a $2.1 million loss in the year earlier quarter, on a 4.1 percent increase in revenues—up to $25.78 million from $24.76 million.

AMM reports the company’s recycling segment posted $705,000 in operating income on $11.3 million in revenues for the three months ended July 1, compared with a $606,000 operating loss on $8.7 million in revenue in the second quarter 2016.

“With the sale of the equity stake in its Philadelphia appliance-shredding joint venture, the company expects to be financially stronger. ARCA’s interest expenses on the recycling division, which includes the now-divested shredder, came to $422,000 for the first six months of the year,” AMM reports Aug. 24.

Tony Isaac, CEO of ARCA, says, “It is essential that we regularly evaluate our operations to maintain efficiency, making cuts that we anticipate streamlin[e] our operations. We believe that these strategic cost reductions will naturally result in efficient operations and potentially increased profitability, which, of course, translates to increased shareholder value.”

ARCA’s two business components are positioned in the industry to work together to provide a full array of appliance-related services. ARCA’s regional centers process appliances at end of life to remove environmentally damaging substances and produce material byproducts for recycling for utilities in the U.S. and Canada. Eighteen company-owned stores under the name ApplianceSmart Inc. sell new appliances directly to consumers and provide Energy Star options for energy efficiency appliance replacement programs.
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IO partners with HiTech Assets to retire IT devices

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 05:53
Phoenix-based IO, a leading global provider of data center services, has partnered with Oklahoma City-based HiTech Assets, a nationwide provider of information technology asset disposition (ITAD) services, to help customers securely retire enterprise IT assets. The data center decommissioning services enable IO.Phoenix and IO.Scottsdale customers to secure, remarket and recycle old IT and network equipment.

IO operates data centers for customers that include Goldman Sachs, LexisNexis and Arizona State University.

The new offering helps organizations respond to government and corporate initiatives for secure data destruction, sustainable technology recycling and responsible redistribution of IT equipment, according to a news release issued by IO. The company says it has partnered with HiTech Assets, an industry leader that “adheres to the highest standards of enterprise IT asset disposition and data center asset disposition (“DCAD”) with a unique focus on environment, compliance and cybersecurity.”

“HiTech Assets has a strong commitment to providing best-in-class data center decommissioning services with a track record of excellent customer service and environmental responsibility,” says Rick Crutchley, chief operating officer at IO. “Our partnership with HiTech Assets demonstrates our fundamental desire to help our customers advance their initiatives to manage data responsibly and protect the global environment.”

HiTech offers certificates of data destruction and audit trail reporting through its customized enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and ensures zero waste disposition of all technology assets. HiTech’s certified processes and remarketing expertise can help IO’s customers remarket assets they no longer need and can generate revenue to fund their entire ITAD program.

HiTech is R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices), RIOS (Recycling Industry Operating Standard), ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified.

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Krones and Erema to collaborate on PET recycling solutions

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 05:35
Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany, and Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH, Ansfelden, Austria, have announced that they will collaborate in the field of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic recycling. Through the alliance, the companies seek to incorporate their technical expertise into the planning and design of PET recycling lines and factories. More detailed information on the partnership will be available during this year’s Drinktec in Munich from Sept. 11-15 at Krones booth in Hall B6 and at Erema’s stand in Hall A4.346.

The companies say their corporate experience and product portfolios complement each other: Erema is a market leader in manufacturing plastic recycling systems, and Krones is a leading manufacturer and turnkey vendor of filling and packaging technology. Krones’ product portfolio, however, comprises not only machines and lines for filling and packaging beverages and liquid foods but also machines for producing PET bottles, plus modules and lines for the recycling process. The collaborative arrangement also will focus on planning entire factories, which Krones is already offering to beverage bottlers and PET recyclers from feasibility study all the way through to the finished factory.

Krones offers a comprehensive product range, which includes MetaPure W hot-wash technology developed specifically for PET and validated by performance in the field. This technology coupled with Erema’s Vacurema technology developed for PET, will enable the two companies to offer customized job sections for washing and/or decontamination technology all the way through to complete factories for PET plastics recycling, handling them as a turnkey vendor.

According to Krones, “By collaborating with Erema, we now have an opportunity to progress the recycling of PET plastic packages in the beverage and liquid food sectors as well.”

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AMP Robotics, Carton Council install second robot for carton sorting

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 05:10
Carton Council of North America and AMP Robotics, Denver, have announced that a second installation of the AMP Cortex robot used to sort food and beverage cartons has been installed at Dem-Con Cos., a Minnesota-based recycling, processing and disposal company. 

The AMP Cortex identifies, grabs and sorts food and beverage cartons from the recycling stream. These cartons are made into new products, such as tissues, paper towels and other paper materials, as well as building and construction materials. Once fully operational, the robot will be able to pick up 60 cartons per minute (or more), more than a human’s average pickup rate of 40, says AMP Robotics. (Read more about the AMP Cortex in the August 2017 Recycling Today feature, “Taking (quality) control” here.) 

“We are constantly looking at innovative ways to maximize recycling, and the AMP Cortex is a perfect example,’’ says Bill Keegan, president of Dem-Con Cos. “We were already recycling cartons recognizing their value, however our method wasn’t as efficient as it could be. This system will assure we are sorting every carton.’’ 

The pilot for the AMP Cortex was launched at Alpine Waste & Recycling in Denver in early 2017. (Read Recycling Today's August cover story on Alpine, “Forward focus,’’ here.) Through artificial intelligence (AI), everything learned about identifying cartons can be transferred to other systems. The robot is currently working 16 hours a day continuing to accumulate data. The Carton Council says the success at the Alpine facility led to this second installation, as the robot continues to become better at identifying and sorting more cartons in various shapes and brands. 

“AI offers great opportunities for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of carton recycling,’’ says Jason Pelz, vice president of recycling projects for the Carton Council of North America and vice president, environment, for Tetra Pak, cluster, Americas. “We view the growth of the AMP Cortex as a cost-effective, long-term way to continue to expand carton recycling, including making it possible for more facilities to come on board with carton recycling.’’ 

“While the AMP Cortex is currently sorting only food and beverage cartons, it is learning from all the materials that pass below it and getting smarter each day,” says Matanya Horowitz, founder of AMP Robotics. “In the future, it will be able to not only sort other recyclables but also be programmed to pick out contaminants, such as plastic bags, leading to a more cost-effective and safer MRF (material recovery facility) environment for the humans working on the line.” 

The installation was made possible through a grant from the Carton Council as part of its ongoing efforts to improve and expand carton recycling. The Carton Council says it has a comprehensive strategy in place to further grow access and drive the recycling of aseptic and gable-top cartons that includes ensuring strong end markets and sorting performance, deploying school recycling programs, participating in relevant policy and legislative dialogues and motivating consumers to recycle.

The Carton Council is composed of four leading carton manufacturers, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Evergreen Packaging and Tetra Pak, as well as an associate member, Nippon Dynawave Packaging. Formed in 2009, the Carton Council works to deliver long-term collaborative solutions in order to divert cartons from the landfill. Through a united effort, the Carton Council says it is committed to building a sustainable infrastructure for carton recycling nationwide and works toward its continued goal of adding access to carton recycling throughout the U.S.

Dem-Con Cos. is a third-generation family-owned company that has been servicing the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota since 1965. Dem-Con’s facilities and services include a construction and demolition (C&D) MRF, single-stream recycling MRF, shingle processing yard, wood processing facility, metals processing facility, municipal solid waste and C&D transfer stations, roll-off container services, two lined disposal facilities, and its Green Grades Educational Program.
 
AMP Robotics develops robotic systems for the recycling industry.

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Shaw releases annual sustainability report

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 05:00
The carpet and flooring manufacturer Shaw Industries Group, Dalton, Georgia, has released its 2016 sustainability report highlighting progress toward its 2030 sustainability goals and other key metrics and initiatives. 

Chief among its accomplishments, the company says 85 percent of the products it manufactures are now Cradle to Cradle Certified (based upon sales unit volume).

This achievement is a result of the recent addition of the company’s polyester carpet products to the expansive portfolio of Cradle to Cradle Certified products. A third-party assessment program, Cradle to Cradle Certified signifies the company’s strong performance in material health as well as recyclability, energy, water and social fairness, Shaw says.

“This report reflects our daily quest to help create safe, healthy spaces that foster innovation, promote healing, encourage learning and bring people together,” says Paul Murray, Shaw vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs. “We are dedicated to carefully evaluating each advance in technology, chemistry, manufacturing and processes to ensure that we are good stewards, using shared resources wisely to meet the diverse needs of all those who step foot on our products.”

Titled “Creating a Better Future” (a reflection of Shaw’s corporate vision statement, the company says), the report covers Shaw’s comprehensive approach to sustainability. 

“It demonstrates the company’s commitment to transparency and to being nimble and responsive to the market while focusing on achieving the ambitious 2030 sustainability goals,” the company says of its sustainability report. 

Progress toward the company’s 2030 sustainability goals include:

  • a 36 percent reduction in actual versus modeled water intensity since 2011, toward a goal of 50 percent;
  • a 34 percent reduction in waste intensity since 2008, toward a goal of 100 percent;
  • a 25 percent reduction in actual versus modeled greenhouse gas emissions intensity since 2010, toward a goal of 40 percent;
  • a 16 percent reduction in actual versus modeled energy intensity since 2011, toward a goal of 40 percent; and
  • a 40 percent reduction in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) incident rate since 2005, toward a goal of 100 percent.


“Shaw is continuing to invest and evolve to succeed amidst ever accelerating change in every market in which we compete,” says Vance Bell, Shaw chairman and CEO. “Sustainability will continue to be an important catalyst for the sort of innovation that will drive our enduring success.”

An industry leader and the largest employer in many of the communities in which it operates, Shaw says it plays a significant role in creating rewarding careers that contribute to economic prosperity. In 2016, the company:

  • Opened a new carpet tile manufacturing facility in Adairsville, Georgia, an $85 million investment that adds production capacity and recycling capability. Currently employing more than 200 associates, more than 500 new jobs will be created at this facility once it reaches full capacity in the coming years.
  • Broke ground on its Create Centre in Cartersville, Georgia, a collaborative environment that will house approximately 150 marketing, design and innovation associates from the commercial division, slated for move-in by the end of 2017.
  • Further expanded its position in the resilient luxury vinyl tile and hard surface markets through the acquisition of USFloors.
  • Brought its $100 million resilient manufacturing facility in Ringgold, Georgia, fully online. The facility, which will ultimately create more than 240 new jobs, currently employs more than 100 associates, with further expansions planned for 2017 in support of the USFloors business.
  • Provided an average of 50 hours of training per associate, for a total of more than 1 million training hours. These and other associate programs and benefits contributed to Shaw being recognized among Forbes’ America’s Best Large Employers 2016, Elearning magazine’s Learning100! and Training magazine’s Top 125.
  • Contributed more than 43,000 hours of volunteer time and more than $5.3 million to organizations that impact people’s lives in the communities where the company operates.


Shaw’s sustainability report follows the Global Reporting Initiative framework and is third-party assured by Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Shaw Industries Group Inc. offers a diverse portfolio of carpet, resilient, hardwood, tile and stone, and laminate flooring products, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.


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Lindner introduces higher output shredder models

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 00:52
Austria-based Lindner-Recyclingtech has introduced its Micromat HP (High Performance) model shredders, which it calls “extremely efficient universal shredders for processing plastics and other [materials].”

 

While the machine sizes and technology are similar to Lindner’s existing Micromat 2000 and 2500 systems, the company says increases in output of up to 30 percent “are now a reality” thanks to the HP upgrades. The new Micromat HP single-shaft shredders, like the existing ones, can be flexibly configured to any desired purpose and boast a low-energy design with minimal maintenance requirements, says the company.

 

Lindner says it has re-designed the rotor geometry to allow the knives to be used more efficiently per rotation. An optimized Siemens control unit also contributes toward that goal, meaning the Micromat machines are ideal for shredding plastic scrap and all other kinds of municipal, industrial and commercial scrap “to an exact, pre-defined grain size,” says the company.

 

Micromat HP shredders can be equipped with either a 132 kilowatt (kW) or 160 kW motor to drive the rotor with a speed of 105 RPM. The design of the gearbox and a connected safety clutch means “damage to the machine caused by foreign objects and obstructions can be avoided, meaning no more long machine downtimes,” according to Lindner.

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Port of Houston out of commission

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 21:55
The steady downpour of rain in and near Houston has caused that city’s network of port facilities to have been closed starting from mid-day Friday, August 25 through at least August 30, 2017. The hurricane and tropical storm named Harvey has dumped 30 or more inches of rain in and near Houston.

 

On the Port Houston website, a scrolled message declares, “ERT (Emergency Response Team) Notice: All Port Houston facilities will remain closed on Wednesday, August 30th due to the weather impact across Houston. We will be continuing to monitor weather conditions to determine when operations can safely resume. At this point [there are] no indications from the U.S. Coast Guard on when the Houston Ship Channel will reopen for vessel transits. Updates will be provided as more information is available.”

 

The Port of Houston handles some 240 million tons of cargo and 8,200 vessels annually, divided between container ships and breakbulk vessels. The Port describes itself as holding the first rank in foreign export breakbulk tonnage.

 

Statistics from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) show some 343,000 metric tons of ferrous scrap were exported from the Houston-Galveston Customs District in 2016, placing it only behind Laredo, Texas (a land crossing) in the Gulf Coast region. In the first four months of 2017 more than 90,000 metric tons of ferrous scrap were exported from the Houston district.

 

Exported paper, plastic and nonferrous scrap also moves through Houston’s port facilities via its container terminals. 

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MCS receives tire recycling permit in Missouri

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 20:24
Scrap tire processor Maryville Carbon Solutions (MCS) says it has been granted a Scrap Tire Processing Facility Operating Permit by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in early August 2017, and is now one of 21 permitted processors in the state. MCS is a Maryville, Missouri-based facility owned by Colorado-based Bolder Industries, the producer of Bolder Black, which it describes as a sustainable alternative to traditional carbon black.

 

“It’s absolutely a benefit to our communities to get tires out of our environment,” Kirk Mitchell, environmental specialist at the Missouri DNR, says of the new facility. “The city of Maryville has fully embraced MCS, and our department is very optimistic about their contributions to the northwest portion of the state and the local community.”

 

MCS says its facility will convert scrap tires into “valuable products” and it will operate as “an environmentally-friendly, net energy positive facility.” The company plans to process from 1 to 2 million tires annually to produce Bolder Black, oil, steel and various types of crumb rubber.

 

The facility will charge an individual rate for tires and a bulk rate for loads of more than 15 tires. It will accept tires during weekday hours by appointment only, MCS says in a news release.

 

MCS describes itself as operating a proprietary closed-loop technology that recycles end-of-life tires into high-performance, environmentally responsible products in a facility that is “90 percent more efficient in terms of water and electricity consumption than commercial alternatives.” MCS anticipates diverting nearly 25,000 tons of material from entering landfills each year.

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Gerdau names new CEO

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:15
Gerdau has appointed Gustavo Werneck its new chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Werneck is currently the executive director of operations in Brazil and has previously held a variety of roles at the company, including the corporate director of information technology and industrial director of Gerdau in India. 

Werneck will replace current CEO André Gerdau Johannpeter, who will remain part of the company’s board of directors.

“We are confident of the differentiated management skills and adherence of Gustav Werneck to Gerdau’s new corporate culture,” Johannpeter says. “In all its positions, always focused on results, Werneck won important challenges, leveraged results and built high performance teams from Gerdau Johannpeter family, we understand that we have built an important legacy in the direct management of the business, consolidating the company as a leader in long and special steel in the Americas, in addition to marking the entry into the segment.

He continues, “Over the last few years, in the face of the global challenges of the industry, we have reverted to positive results, optimized assets, implemented an unprecedented digital innovation in the steel industry and modernized the company’s culture. Starting in January 2018, we will leverage our executive experience to further focus on defining Gerdau’s medium and long-term strategies to generate value for our stakeholders and support our executives in the implementation process.”

Werneck adds, “It is a great honor to take on the challenge of leading a company with the history, size [and] quality of its team and the culture of Gerdau. In taking on the new position, our focus will be to continue and accelerate the transformations that the company has been going through in recent years, seeking to increase the profitability of our operations and generate more value for our shareholders.”

The company says it will focus the rest of 2017 to the transition of new governance “to ensure the smoothness of the process, as well as subsequent definitions in the company’s executive functions and processes.”

Gerdau is a leader in the long steel segment in the Americas and one of the world’s leading suppliers of specialty steels. In Brazil, the company also produces flat steel and iron ore, activities that increase the mix of products offered to the market and the competitiveness of operations. In addition, the company says it is the largest recycler in Latin America, and worldwide it transforms millions of tons of steel scrap annually.

Gerdau has more than 100 locations in North America and employs approximately 9,000 people in the United States and Canada.

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Machinex adds UK business development manager

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:08
Machinex, a recycling systems supplier based in Plessisville, Quebec, has announced that it has engaged Ian Smith as its business development manager for the United Kingdom. He will help to develop sorting and preprocessing solutions for new and existing customers.

Smith Smith has more than 30 years of experience in the recycling, construction and electrical engineering industries, with a solid background in design and project management. He has worked on a number of multimillion-pound turnkey material recovery facility (MRF) installations within Europe and has consulted on small projects for independent recycling companies to large projects for major waste management companies, councils and local authorities. Smith also has experience managing teams of project managers, engineers and officers with a wide range of experience and ability.

He joined PPS Recovery Systems, Peterborough, England, in 1999 and has been at the forefront of the company’s development within the mixed dry recycling industry, primarily within the U.K. During this time, he worked with Machinex on projects within the U.K. as the technical consultant / project manager for the company or for the client. Some examples of his work with Machinex equipment include installations for UPM in North Wales, Norfolk Environmental Waste Services (NEWS) in Norwich, Norfolk, and Swindon Commercial Services in Swindon.

More recently, Smith has worked on specific projects as a technical consultant for Machinex and was involved in the Levenseat project in Lanark, Scotland, the Shanks Wakefield project in South Kirkby, U.K., and the Swindon project. During this time, the company says, he has developed an excellent understanding of the Machinex equipment and forged a strong working relationship with the company’s team and clients.

“Following a close working relationship on numerous projects, the choice of Ian was obvious as a business development manager,” says Jonathan Menard, Machinex executive vice president of sales and strategic positioning, says. “He has strong interpersonal skills and is extremely well-experienced within the recycling market. Ian is a highly motivated manager who constantly strives to deliver the best practices and innovative solutions in a constantly diversifying market. He is a natural leader and communicator with a proven ability to manage and complete projects to the highest standard. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, MRF operations and design, commodity sales, bids, logistics and meeting customer expectations. Ian continues to be an important asset to Machinex as he helps broaden U.K. sales and business development.”

“Becoming a member of the Machinex team is a form of continuity for me, and I am very pleased with my new role,” Smith says. “Between the energy and creativity of the engineering team, along with the company’s commitment to providing premier customer service to our partners, I am confident that we will be able to offer effective and economic solutions for our customers’ waste processing and diversion projects.”

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DuPont and Archer Daniels Midland receive bioplastics honor

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:49
The Bioplastics Division of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), Washington, has announced DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) as the winners of the 2017 Innovation in Bioplastics Award. The two companies developed a method to produce furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME), a biobased monomer, from fructose derived from corn starch.

This is the fifth-annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award, an honor that goes to companies applying bioplastics to innovative, purposeful product design, PLASTICS says.

The new FDME-producing technology is more sustainable and results in higher yields and lower energy and capital expenditures than traditional conversion methods, PLASTICS says. Biobased FDME has the potential to replace petroleum-based materials in many applications with high performance, renewable materials in industries like packaging, textiles and plastics engineering.

“The breakthrough process developed by DuPont and ADM provides a simpler, more efficient approach to producing FDME that will make bioplastics a competitive option in more applications across various industries,” says Patrick Krieger, assistant director of regulatory and technical affairs at PLASTICS. “We are excited to honor a partnership that has opened the door to new possibilities for bioplastics.”

One of the first materials under development using the new FDME process is polytrimethylene furandicarboxylate (PTF), a 100 percent renewable and recyclable polymer with improved gas barrier properties that can be used to improve shelf life and lighten the weight of products in the beverage packaging industry. With lighter plastic bottles that offer a high gas barrier, costs to the transporter and negative environmental impacts would decrease on a global scale, according to the association.

“This molecule is a game-changing platform technology,” says Michael Saltzberg, global business director for biomaterials at DuPont. “It will enable cost-efficient production of a variety of renewable, high-performance chemicals and polymers with applications across a broad range of industries, including textiles, auto parts, food packaging and more. A demonstration plant for the technology in Decatur, Illinois, will be online later this year, and we look forward to making this breakthrough a reality on a commercial scale.”

Paul Bloom, vice president of process and chemical research for ADM, says, “This project is a great example of how ADM is able to create value by providing innovative new sustainable solutions that address unmet needs for customers. Our unique partnership with DuPont is helping bring an innovative new product to customers that uses renewable feedstocks but also helps improve performance, and we are excited about the team’s continued progress as we near completion of construction of the demonstration project.”

The Innovation in Bioplastics Award is announced annually during PLASTICS’ Bioplastics Division’s Bioplastics Week. In 2017, Bioplastics Week was Aug. 21-25. The campaign—driven on social media using the hashtag #BioplasticsWeek—was created to educate people about the many benefits of bioplastics by increasing their visibility, the association says. In addition to announcing the award winner, PLASTICS released a new series of videos and promoted infographics and blog posts to educate about bioplastics throughout the week.  

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Trex names The Kroger Co. Polyethylene Supply Vendor of the Year

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:39
Trex, a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, has named The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, as the company’s 2016 Polyethylene Supply Vendor of the Year. 

Trex says with the support of local community and retailer recycling programs, the company is able to keep more than 400 million pounds of plastic and wood scrap out of landfills each year. The company says it is one of the largest plastic film recyclers in the United States.

For its efforts in collecting plastic film for recycling and longstanding commitment to Trex, the company says Kroger’s participation in Trex’s recycling programs collected more than 16 million pounds of plastic film in 2016. This includes plastic bags, films and wraps for recycling. As Polyethylene Supply Vendor of the Year, Trex awarded Kroger a plaque and bench made from Trex decking for its corporate headquarters in Ohio.

“From our wood-alternative outdoor products to our green manufacturing process, the value of recycling is evident in everything we do as a company,” says Dave Heglas, senior director, material management, for Trex. “This commitment expands to our ongoing partnerships with forward-thinking organizations like Kroger, whose efforts have saved millions of pounds of plastic waste from ending up in landfills.”

Kroger grocery stores, which include Dillons, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, King Soopers/City Market, Roundy’s, and Smith’s, currently participate in Trex recycling programs.

In addition to Kroger, Trex works with schools, community programs and corporations across the U.S., to collect and send polyethylene (PE) plastic to its plant locations in Winchester, Virginia, and Fernley, Nevada, where the plastic is turned into outdoor living products.

“We are always forming new education efforts and work closely with businesses and community members who want to help,” says Heglas. “All of these relationships help us to further our recycling mission and provide us with the materials we need to continue providing high-performance, beautiful decking for today’s eco-conscious homeowners.”

For more information on Trex recycling programs, and to find a nearby collection center, visit www.trex.com/recycling/recycling-programs.

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Sadoff Iron & Metal adds to scrap trading team

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 06:59
Sadoff Iron & Metal Co., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, has announced the addition of Karen Eckert to the company’s scrap trading team. 

Eckert has 24 years of experience with Nemak (formerly J.L. French), a global automotive parts manufacturing company headquartered in Greater Monterrey, Mexico. Starting in general production at Nemak, Eckert was promoted from junior buyer to her most recent role as senior metal buyer during her time at Nemak.

Eckert joins Sadoff as an account representative and will handle industrial accounts along with leveraging her knowledge of scrap dealers and processors nationally for ferrous and nonferrous trading, says the company. 

“We are very excited for Karen to join our team,” says Mark Lasky, Sadoff CEO. “Several of our current staff has known and worked with Karen for many years and we have always been impressed by her knowledge and integrity.”

Eckert will be based out of Sadoff’s Sheboygan, Wisconsin, office and will start Sept. 7, 2017.

Sadoff Iron & Metal Co., founded by Edward Rudoy in 1947, is a ferrous, nonferrous and electronic scrap metal processing company. The company has nine recycling facilities located throughout Wisconsin and Nebraska. Sadoff provides scrap metal recycling, processing and scrap management services to industry, foundries, steel mills and smelters. The company conducts business in 42 states as well as in  Canada, Mexico, China, India, Taiwan and South Korea.

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Liberty Tire names new CEO

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 21:16
Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling has appointed Thomas Womble to serve as its CEO. Womble has been with Liberty Tire since 2001 and previously served as the company’s chief operating officer, overseeing day-to-day operations of its 28 manufacturing sites in in the United States and Canada.  

 

“Thomas Womble is a veteran Liberty Tire Recycling executive and highly-experienced waste services professional,” says Nils Larsen, board chairman of Liberty Tire Recycling. “He understands the complexities of our business and the value proposition we bring to the marketplace – to remove millions of scrap tires from the waste stream, recycle them and transform them into sustainable products that provide smart solutions for communities and organizations of all kinds.”

 

Womble succeeds Scott Whitney, who joined Liberty’s board and was appointed CEO in June 2015. “Scott served Liberty Tire Recycling well, providing a steady hand during a time of change and adjustment for the company,” says Larsen. “He ends his tenure as CEO with the company in a better position to take advantage of the many opportunities before us, and we are grateful for his service to Liberty Tire.”

 

Remarks Whitney, “It was my privilege to have the opportunity to lead such a great organization over the past two years. I am confident that Liberty Tire will have continued success under Thomas’ leadership.”

 

Liberty Tire Recycling handles more than 140 million tires annually, reclaiming some 750,000 tons of rubber annually. The recycled rubber produced by Liberty Tire is used as crumb rubber and industrial feedstock for molded products; as tire-derived fuel for industrial kilns, mills and power plants; and as rubber mulch for landscaping and playgrounds. 

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World crude steel production increases in July

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 15:54
World crude steel production for the 67 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel), Brussels, was 143.2 million metric tons in July 2017, a 6.3 percent increase compared with July 2016.

Turkey’s crude steel production showed the greatest increase relative to July 2016, growing by 27.8 percent to 3.3 million metric tons.

China’s crude steel production for July 2017 was 74 million metric tons, an increase of 10.3 percent compared with July 2016. Looking at the rest of Asia, Japan produced 8.6 million metric tons of crude steel in July 2017, a decline of 4.3 percent compared with July 2016. India produced 8.4 million metric tons of crude steel in July 2017, an increase of 3.5 percent compared with July 2016. South Korea produced 6.2 million metric tons of crude steel in July 2017, an increase of 2.3 percent relative to July 2016.

In the EU, Germany produced 3.5 million metric tons of crude steel in July 2017, an increase of 3.6 percent from the prior year.

The U.S. produced 7.1 million metric tons of crude steel in July 2017, an increase of 5.6 percent relative to July 2016.

Brazil’s crude steel production for July 2017 was 2.8 million metric tons, an increase of 1 percent from July 2016.

The crude steel capacity utilization ratio of the 67 countries reporting to Worldsteel in July 2017 was 72.1 percent, which is 3.2 percentage points higher than in July 2016. However, compared with June 2017, it is 1.5 percentage points lower.

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Glass Recycling Coalition announces results of 2017 Glass Recycling Survey

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 15:33
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Ninety-six percent of residents and consumers expect to be able to recycle glass, according a survey conducted by the Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) of more than 250 public sector representatives, glass industry professionals and material recovery facility (MRF) representatives. The survey results, released at the Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis, found that the top priorities among public sector respondents for recycling programs are fulfilling resident satisfaction, meeting sustainability goals and reducing contamination. 

“The GRC strives to better understand challenges and attitudes about glass recycling from those in the industry and local and state governments,” says Lynn Bragg, president of the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), Arlington, Virginia, and founding GRC member. “This survey will help GRC support local needs and address concerns to grow glass recycling,” she says.

Thirty-one MRF representatives were asked to list the top end-markets for recycled glass: glass containers (cullet), fiberglass and road base aggregate led the list. According to MRFs, the top three factors in selecting an end market for glass are transportation costs, prices paid per ton and lowest cost per ton and highest and best end use. 

Of the respondents with glass recycling concerns, lack of end markets, contamination and transportation barriers are identified as challenges to glass recycling. Financial resources, such as public-private partnerships and grants, could be beneficial in addressing these concerns. More than 50 percent of respondents say they believe costs associated with recycling should be shared among manufacturers, haulers, the public sector, MRFs and end markets.  

GRC says it plans to conduct this survey annually to measure industry changes in attitudes, track progress in improving glass recycling and guide the direction of the GRC.

The full report of the 2017 Glass Recycling Survey can be downloaded here

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ISRI elects three directors-at-large

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 15:13
During its summer 2017 Board and Governance Meetings, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, elected three directors to its board. Re-elected board members David Borsuk of Sadoff Iron & Metal Co., headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and Colin Kelly of Schnitzer Steel Industries, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, are joined by newly elected Adam Dumes of Cohen Recycling, Middletown, Ohio, as directors-at-large, serving two-year terms ending in 2019.

© Art Dickenson Dumes “The addition of David, Adam and Colin to ISRI’s board of directors brings added leadership and expertise that will help lead our organization over the next two years and beyond,” says ISRI President Robin Wiener. “I look forward to working with them and have no doubt that their variety of backgrounds and perspectives will add a wealth of knowledge to ISRI as a whole.”

Borsuk is currently the manager of industrial marketing and environmental affairs at Sadoff Iron & Metal. In addition to having been with Sadoff Iron & Metal Co. for 47 years, he is currently chair of the ISRI Audit Committee and Airbag Working Group. He also serves as a member of ISRI’s Circle of Safety Excellence Steering Committee. Borsuk is a member of the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Planning Commission and the Greater Oshkosh EDC Industrial Development Committee. He and his wife have three adult children.

Dumes is a vice president at Cohen Recycling and CEO of Cohen Electronics Recycling. He earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and anthropology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After completing his education, he joined the family business as the fourth generation to be involved with the company. Dumes started in the nonferrous operations and managed outside projects until becoming a ferrous buyer. He then became a general manager, spearheaded Cohen’s marketing efforts and helped found Cohen’s e-scrap recycling division. He currently oversees the commercial side (buying and selling) of multiple Cohen products and services, including ferrous metals and electronics. In addition to his recent appointment of director-at-large, Dumes serves as the chair of ISRI’s State Sub Committee. He is active in the community and supports many sustainability organizations and projects, such as Green Umbrella and The Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council (GCGBC). Other interests include golf, playing guitar and chasing around his two young sons.

Kelly is the corporate director of public affairs at Schnitzer Steel Industries. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1984 from Suffolk University in Boston. Kelly displayed an interest in community service early on in his career and was elected to the Everett Common Council in 1989, where he served for 11 years. During those years, he developed and ran several restaurants in the greater Boston area and retired from the food industry in 2004. Since then he has contributed much of his time to community service and charitable organizations. In 2006 Kelly joined Schnitzer Steel Industries as the government relations manager for the Northeast. He is married to Robin, and they have two children, Ryan and Taylor, and reside in Middleton, Massachusetts.

ISRI’s Summer Board and Governance Meetings were July 17-20, in Washington. 

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