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China’s MEP announces mandatory recycling intentions

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 23:29
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) says its program to bring increased recycling activity to 46 cities in China is advancing, and tied the programs into a stated intention of reducing the nation’s dependence on imported scrap materials.

In a news release issued Jan. 2, 2018, the MEP referred to a program it says was announced in March 2018 requiring 46 cities to carry out “mandatory garbage sorting by the end of 2020.” Under the plan, all public institutions and companies are required to separate hazardous waste, kitchen waste and recyclable materials, according to the MEP.

By the end of November 2017, 12 cities had adopted laws and regulations on garbage sorting, while 24 had introduced work programs related to the issue, according to Wang Menghui, China’s minister of housing and urban-rural development.

In the same news release, the MEP says it also has “tightened control on imported solid waste, often referred to as ‘foreign garbage.” The agency refers to its July 2017 plan for banning imports “of 24 types of solid waste, including plastic waste, unsorted paper waste, crude textile waste and vanadium slag waste by the end of 2017.”

Adds the MEP, in a seeming endorsement of protectionist trade policies, “Importing garbage that can be replaced by domestic resources will be phased out by the end of 2019. The types and amount of garbage imports will be cut down steadily.”

The MEP news release refers to Guo Jing, chief of the International Department at MEP, as saying that imported scrap materials “played a part in making up for a domestic shortage of resources in the past, but as the economy and society have developed, the drawbacks of this practice have emerged, including environmental pollution and health threats.” States Guo, “Foreign garbage has been widely denounced.”

The MEP’s release also indicates that, “Despite the strict control, some companies still take risks to make profits by importing foreign garbage illegally,” and comments that several Chinese government agencies “have acted together to strengthen regulation and crack down on illicit garbage imports.”

From February to December 2017, agencies in China filed 298 criminal cases against “garbage smuggling,” investigated and verified 866,800 tons of materials involved, and detained 421 suspects, says the MEP.

While disdaining “foreign garbage,” in the same news release the MEP points to a program in Beijing's Tongzhou district involving more than 2,500 restaurants whose food scraps are being collected and consolidated.

By the end of October 2017, more than 4 million households in Shanghai had registered to get reward credits “if they throw away garbage in line with recycling requirements,” adds the MEP.

The MEP news release quotes Ying Yong, mayor of Shanghai, as saying, “Improving the city's ability in harm-free waste disposal and recycling is even more important than building a couple more skyscrapers. We should speed up the construction of terminal garbage disposal facilities.”


Handful of import licenses reportedly issued in South China

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 20:27
A scrap metals processor with operations in Guangdong Province in South China has told Recycling Today that a first batch of scrap materials import licenses and quota amounts for 2018 have been issued, with only around 40 issued so far in South China for all materials.

According to the recycler, some of the nation’s largest paper mill companies, such as Nine Dragons Paper, have received licenses to import recovered fiber.

The processor also indicated that Hong Kong-based Chiho Environmental Group (CEG, formerly Chiho-Tiande) has received a 2018 scrap materials import license and quota amount, which was confirmed to Recycling Today on Tuesday, Jan. 2, by a CEG corporate officer.

Previous announcements from China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) have indicated that the trade in scrap motors has been targeted for restrictions. However, while the recycler says CEG and one other company have been granted permission to import motors in 2018, few if any import licenses have yet been issued to processors of wire and cable scrap.

The same processor also reports that no import licenses in this first batch were issued to any companies in the Nanhai district near Guangzhou in Guangdong Province. In the 1990s and well into the next decade, Nanhai was a hub for the recycling of motors, mixed shredded metals, wire and cable and other forms of copper-bearing scrap. Its importance as a processing hub has faded as more material has been steered into government-sponsored resource parks in outlying towns designed to host scrap processing operations.


Copper thieves receive fatal jolt

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 19:56
The bodies of two men who were electrocuted during what fire department officials say was an attempt at stealing copper wiring were discovered in late December at a Detroit electrical power substation.

According to an online article by the Detroit News, Detroit Public Lighting Department workers, responding to a reported power outage on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, discovered two badly charred bodies at a substation on the city’s northeast side.

The “charred bodies” were found “fused together” according to a Detroit TV station’s report. Fire department officials have theorized that in an attempt to steal copper wiring, one of the men came in contact with a 24,000-volt conductor. The other man either attempted to help him or was near enough to also conduct voltage, according to the fire department.

A power department employee quoted by the Detroit News says the substation consists of such conductor and transmission cables and wires that are directly connected to a power generating plant.

Detroit’s police department has assumed control of the investigation, according to the Detroit News.


Plastic2Oil signs 20-year agreement with Veridisyn Technologies

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 16:33
Plastic2Oil Inc. (P20), Niagara Falls, New York, has announced that it signed a 20-year master agreement Dec. 21, 2017, with Veridisyn Technologies LLC, a Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based company engaged in development of alternative energy projects, under which Veridisyn has agreed to license P2O’s technology and purchase P2O processors.

This new strategic partnership combines Veridisyn’s extensive experience in processing scrap plastics with P2O’s proprietary technology for deriving ultra-clean, ultra-low sulphur fuel that requires no further refining, directly from unwashed, unsorted scrap plastics.

As more particularly set forth in P2O’s Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee Dec. 22, 2017, P20 says expected minimum gross proceeds to the company will be $4 million from the initial sale of two P2O processors to Veridisyn. If successful, P2O says the partnership could result in the sale and deployment of 30-40 processors at Veridisyn sites, for $90 million to $120 million in future revenues (based on a $3 million price per processor), the company says.

In addition, once the processors have been fully deployed, P2O says it will receive a royalty of 5 percent of gross fuel sales by Veridisyn, and no less than $0.50 per pound for use of its proprietary catalyst. P2O will also provide ongoing monitoring and maintenance services at agreed upon costs and rates.

Rick Heddle, P20 CEO says, “By turning waste plastic into fuel without any hazardous waste, this joint industry solution will help accelerate plastic recycling in cities, towns and industrial plants, and be a major step forward in meeting a significant environmental challenge.”

“I am very excited about moving forward with Plastic2Oil in implementing its breakthrough technology to leverage the substantial global market opportunity for plastic to fuel solutions,” says Veridisyn Managing Director Robin Curtis.

P20 is a North American fuel company that transforms unsorted, unwashed scrap plastic into ultra-clean, ultra-low sulphur fuel without the need for refinement. The company says its patent pending product with the same name, P20, is a proprietary, commercially viable, and scalable process designed to provide immediate economic benefit for industry, communities and government organizations faced with scrap plastic recycling challenges.

“With its revolutionary P2O technology, P2O has pioneered a process that has the ability to change the way the world handles waste plastic and plastic recycling. P2O is committed to environmental sustainability by diverting plastic waste from landfill and potential incineration,” the company says in a press release announcing the partnership.

The release also notes that P20 says it is focused on reducing the cost of plastic recycling programs for municipalities and businesses in the U.S.



Liberty Tire Recycling completes refinancing, concludes exchange offer

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 15:59
Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling Holdco LLC and its subsidiaries have completed the refinancing of its existing term loan and exchange offer relating to its 11 percent second lien secured notes due 2021.

The transactions substantially deleverage the company’s balance sheet, reduce interest expense, extend the maturity of its term loan and notes, and better position Liberty Tire to capitalize on growth opportunities, according to the company.

As part of the transactions, Carlyle Strategic Partners IV L.P., an investment fund managed by The Carlyle Group, became Liberty Tire’s majority equity sponsor and is partnering with Liberty to provide additional strategic resources to support its continued success.

Liberty says the transactions were completed after a successful privately negotiated exchange offer, with holders of 99 percent of the company’s second lien secured notes and more than 85 percent of the company’s common equity participating in the exchange.

“With the transactions complete, Liberty can further execute on its strategic growth plan while continuing to provide industry-leading service to our valued customers,” says Thomas Womble, CEO of Liberty Tire.  “In 2018, we have our sights set on growth and continuing to be the premier provider of tire recycling services in North America.”


Ron Carlson, chief financial officer, adds, “These completed transactions not only strengthen Liberty’s balance sheet, they also provide flexibility to capitalize on new market opportunities with a focus on growing the business.”

Liberty Tire Recycling offers tire recycling services in North America. By recycling more than 146 million tires annually, Liberty Tire reclaims about 1.7 billion pounds of rubber for products. 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. The company maintains a North American network of processing plants, and comprehensive door-to-door collection services.




California residents miffed at city’s concrete recycling operation

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 09:07
Pasadena, California residents are fed up with the city’s ongoing concrete recycling operation taking place in the stub of the 210 Freeway, according to a report from KABC.

“For two-and-a-half years, we’ve dealt with noise at all hours, construction materials and dust being kicked up into the air. There seems to be no end in sight,” Geoffrey Baum, president, West Pasadena Residents’ Association tells KABC.  

The recycling operation involves converting broken concrete from the highway construction project into smaller pieces that will be used to pave nine miles of new highway surfaces. However, the process has resulted in complaints about air quality due to the dust and noise. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been cited by the South Coast Air Quality Management District for violations.

According to the report, the city said it has been "working with Caltrans during the past year, and we have been able to share our concerns regarding the operations and the impact on our residents."

Caltrans has installed a noise barrier around the site and has used water trucks to subdue dust from the concrete piles to prevent problems in the future.

The batch plant is slated to be operation until this summer. 


CSG resolution acknowledges importance of science-based evidence in evaluating recycled rubber infill

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 08:00

The Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has announced its support of the Council of State Governments’ (CSG’s) unanimous approval of a resolution noting that scientific evidence should be paramount when assessing recycled rubber play surfaces. The resolution was presented to the CSG Energy & Environment Committee by Minnesota State Sen. Jeremy Miller in the context of recent debate surrounding the use of recycled rubber, especially given unsubstantiated reports regarding health concerns, ISRI notes.

The resolution, “Resolution on Utilizing Science-Based Evidence Related to the issue of Installation of Artificial Turf Athletic Fields Made of Recycled Rubber Infill,” calls for science to take precedence over conjecture in assessing recycled rubber and for the timely completion of the federal multiagency study that is currently underway.

“ISRI strongly supports and applauds the passage of this resolution, which will undoubtedly raise awareness among state legislators around the unsubstantiated nature of current claims made in the debate over recycled rubber,” says ISRI President Robin Wiener. “There are currently more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific studies demonstrating there is no increased health risk to athletes playing on artificial turf containing recycled rubber, without credible evidence to the contrary, and it is critical that this reality be made widely known to policymakers.”

Miller says, “As a parent and a legislator, creating a safe environment for our children to play in is a top priority. Recycling tires cleans up and preserves the environment for current and future generations. As we encourage children to take part in healthy activities and exercise more, the material from these recycled tires is a source for safe, accessible turf. Credible science has demonstrated this time and time again. It is imperative that fellow state and local lawmakers carefully review the facts when making any key decisions regarding our children and jumping to conclusions not supported by science.”

The CSG committee’s approval of the resolution followed a brief discussion on the issue and was endorsed by the CSG Executive Committee, ISRI reports.