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Alter Trading announces leadership changes

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 06:18
Pictured above, from left: Michael Goldstein, Robert Goldstein and Jay Robinovitz

Alter Trading Corp., headquartered in St. Louis, has announced changes to the company’s leadership team that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Jay Robinovitz has been promoted to the role of chief executive officer of Alter Trading Corp., replacing Robert Goldstein. He will retain his prior title of president and also will become a member of the company’s board of directors. His leadership at Alter during the past eight years, coupled with his long history of success in the recycling industry, makes him uniquely qualified for his new role, according to the company.

Alter says Robinovitz’ promotion is an important step in the company’s succession planning process and assures strong leadership that supports continued profitable growth.

Michael Goldstein has been promoted to the new role of corporate vice president of operations. He will report to Robinovitz and will oversee the daily operations of all 60 operating and processing facilities. Michael Goldstein joined the company in 2009 and has taken on numerous assignments, giving him broad exposure to metals recycling operations, domestic and international ferrous and nonferrous marketing, mergers, acquisitions and related integration activities. He represents the fifth generation of the Alter & Goldstein families in executive roles at the company, and this assignment positions him in a key leadership role, according to the company.

Robert Goldstein will transition to the role of executive chairman of Alter Trading. He has been with the company since 1969 and most recently serves as chairman of the Alter Trading board and as chief executive officer. He also serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer for Alter’s parent company, the Goldstein Group, and held the position of chairman of the Isle of Capri Casinos until its divestiture earlier this year. Robert Goldstein will continue to chart the course for the metals recycling business and will work with the fourth and fifth generations of the family to pursue new business interests, according to Alter Trading.

Alter says it considers itself an organization that constantly evolves to meet the challenges of the recycling industry. “The changes outlined above will allow the company to provide the highest level of leadership both today and into the future, providing stability to our shareholders, our employees and to the communities in which we operate,” the company adds.

Founded in 1898, Alter is one of the largest scrap processing companies in the country, with trading offices and processing plants across the central United States.

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Ettlinger filter designed to handle recyclable polymers

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 01:01
Königsbrunn, Germany-based Ettlinger Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH is now offering the ERF350 filter for what it calls “contaminated polymer feedstock.” The company indicates the new model is the first in what will be a “performance-enhanced generation of the ERF series suitable for processing all standard polyolefins and polystyrenes as well as numerous engineering plastics.”

Among the engineering resins the ERF350 can handle, according to Ettlinger, are styrene copolymers, thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The filter is capable of removing foreign particles such as paper, aluminum, wood elastomers or high-melting polymer composites containing up to 18 percent contaminants, according to Ettlinger.

Depending on the type and level of contamination in the material to be cleaned and the selected screen size, the ERF350 can obtain a maximum throughput of 3,800 kilograms (8,375 pounds) per hour in combination with what Ettlinger calls “ultra-low melt losses.”

“Users of our new ERF350 melt filter very soon realize that their investment pays for itself in minimal time owing to the clearly superior performance,” says Volker Neuber, Ettlinger’s managing director. “It’s a highly efficient way for recycling plants to strengthen their competitiveness in terms of costs and performance in what is a fiercely contested market constrained by price tags. Companies [that] process large quantities will particularly profit from the new technology. Compounders where PP (polypropylene) is converted for use in the automotive sector or manufacturers of, say, LPDE (low-density polyethylene) packaging films, are only two examples.”

The EFR350’s capacity has been confirmed during “the first few months of practical duty with pilot customers,” according to Ettlinger. The firm also contends users will “profit from more productivity when recycling contaminated waste plastics from industrial or consumer sources [and] energy consumption is about as low as that of the (earlier introduced model) ERF250 despite the far better efficiency.”

The company also calls the ERF350 self-cleaning. It works with a rotating, perforated drum, through which there is a continuous flow of melt material from the outside to the inside. Screen sizes offered range from 80 micrometers (.003 inches) to 1,300 micrometers (.05 inches). A scraper has been designed to continuously remove contaminants that are held back on the surface and feeds them to an exit screw or discharge shaft.

Ettlinger Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH was founded in Germany in 1983 and in 2013 opened a sales and service subsidiary in Atlanta. The company focuses on the development and manufacture of injection molding machines and melt filters, including filters designed for the continuous filtration of feedstock with contaminants such as paper, aluminum, wood, silicone or high-melt-temperature polymer composites. Ettlinger’s injection molding machines are targeted toward the production of polymer moldings up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) in weight, such as plastic pallets, fittings or manholes.

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Rubicon Global hires new president

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 14:55
Rubicon Global, Atlanta, has announced the appointment of Elaine Richards as its new president, effective Dec. 4, 2017.

Richards most recently worked at Cars.com, where she served as the executive vice president of business operations. In this position, she was responsible for operationalizing the long-term vision for Cars.com, focusing on initiatives that support future growth. This included overseeing the integration and onboarding strategies for new company acquisitions, as well as leading the strategy to ensure alignment of Cars.com’s operational touch points. Richards also led the operations division, including customer support, account management and fulfillment where she was focused on client retention and customer service.

“Elaine is a truly transformative leader. She has challenged the status quo in the automobile and technology industries and now brings her strong leadership skills to Rubicon Global and the waste and recycling industry,” says Morris, Rubicon Global founder, chairman and CEO. “Elaine’s extensive experience in the technology space and unparalleled track record in customer service, retention and growth make her the perfect addition to our executive leadership team as we continue to drive the circular economy to Main Street America.

Morris adds, “The timing of Elaine joining us couldn’t be better, given the many exciting developments at Rubicon. We recently completed one fundraising round and are in the middle of another. SMB [small and midsize business] organic growth has increased 300 percent year-to-date (with reduced acquisition costs) and we expect to have close to 5,000 SMB customers by 2018. We successfully rolled out our smart cities proprietary technology in major cities, with a planned expansion in 2018. Finally, we have transformed our leadership, with the addition and promotion of seasoned leaders to improve our internal functional teams and enhance our customer experience and hauler relationships.” 

Prior to joining Cars.com, Richards served as the vice president of strategic initiatives, network sales and operations for McClatchy Interactive where she managed local sales across a publisher network of more than 30 daily newspapers and 100 websites nationwide.

“Elaine has a proven record in the digitization of legacy industries,” continues Morris. “Her experience and success at Cars.com gives her invaluable insight and tools to help Rubicon Global as we work to transform another legacy industry. We are excited to have her join us in fulfilling Rubicon’s mission of providing significant environmental benefits with less trash in landfills, more livable communities from smarter cities, and lower prices and more choices for consumers and small business owners.”

Rubicon is based in Atlanta and has offices in Lexington, Kentucky, and in New York City and San Francisco.

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CPM acquires Proline Engineering

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:56
CPM Holdings Inc., Waterloo, Iowa, a supplier of process equipment and technology to the food, fuel and engineered materials industries, has acquired Proline Engineering, based in Manchester, U.K.

Founded in 1996, Proline is a supplier of high-speed, high-volume conveyance solutions, installation and aftermarket services for the metal packaging industry.

Proline will join Greenbank Technology, which is also based in the U.K., in CPM’s metal packaging solutions platform.

“Proline brings terrific synergies to our metal packaging offering,” says CPM President Ted Waitman. “Proline’s bespoke material handling solutions complement CPM’s leading position in washer and thermal technologies for the two-piece can industry. Most importantly, Proline shares CPM’s core values, operating philosophies and unyielding customer commitment.”

Former Proline owners Ivan Wroe, Stephen Rimmer, Colin Timms and Gary Jones will continue to serve Proline in leadership and management roles.

“With CPM, Proline will accelerate its global growth and development,” Wroe says. “We will build on our industry-leading conveyance technology to connect critical process equipment to create bespoke systems solution to customers around the world.”

CPM says the Proline acquisition significantly expands its metal packaging product portfolio, which includes washers, dryers, curing ovens and conveyance solutions. Proline will maintain its operations in Manchester while leveraging CPM’s global operational base. CPM says it will invest resources and align business processes to support the company’s global growth. 

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CMC to add second spooler at its Arizona micromill

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:34
Commercial Metals Co., based in Irving, Texas, has announced that it will invest in a second spooler to produce hot-rolled, spooled rebar at its micromill in Mesa, Arizona. This investment is in addition to the January 2017 announcement of CMC’s first spooler in the United States, which will be located at the company’s new micromill in Durant, Oklahoma. CMC says it expects to begin shipping spooled rebar from the Oklahoma mill in the spring of 2018 and from the Arizona mill about one year later.

"We are excited to expand our production capabilities of spooled rebar in the United States,” says Tracy Porter, executive vice president, CMC operations. “The ability to produce and sell spooled rebar from both Oklahoma and Arizona will allow us to reach a broader geographic market. The micromill technology lends itself well to spooled rebar production and allows us to offer spools from 1.5 to 4.8 tons.”

Porter adds, “CMC remains committed to supporting and servicing the concrete reinforcing industry with new and innovative products.”

CMC and its subsidiaries manufacture, recycle and market steel and metal products, related materials and services through a network including four electric arc furnace (EAF) minimills, an EAF micromill, a rerolling mill, steel fabrication and processing plants, construction-related product warehouses, metal recycling facilities and marketing and distribution offices in the United States and in strategic international markets.

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Cone Denim uses Repreve fabric in its S Gene denims

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:12
Cone Denim and Unifi Inc., both headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, have introduced the S Gene with Repreve, combining the advanced stretch technology of S Gene denims with the sustainability and performance of Repreve recycled polyester fiber.

S Gene with Repreve denims use as many as three postconsumer plastic bottles in one pair of jeans.  They offer “sustainable superior stretch to the market” while providing denim brands the ability “to offer and promote the advanced performance of S Gene technologies and Repreve recycled fibers,” according to a news release issued by both companies.

“It is very exciting to continue our celebration of 10 years of S Gene technology with the addition of S Gene with Repreve,” says Kara Nicholas, vice president product design and marketing for Cone Denim. “This newest addition to Cone’s Sustainblue collection of fabrics maintains the authentic look and feel of traditional denim while offering advanced stretch, recovery and durability in an eco-friendly fabric that is increasingly more important to consumers today. S Gene with Repreve offers the best of both worlds.” 

Cone Denim’s Sustainblue collection of fabrics is comprised of denim constructions using recycled cotton, recycled polyester and other sustainable yarns.

“We are proud that Cone Denim has chosen Repreve, the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, for its sustainable collection of S Gene denim,” says Jay Hertwig, vice president of global brand sales for Unifi.  “This collaboration brings together two global leaders in the textile industry aimed at driving innovation in the denim market.”

Cone Denim is part of International Textile Group Inc. (ITG), with manufacturing capabilities in China and Mexico and marketing and sales support throughout the world, including offices the U.S. and Hong Kong. 

Through Repreve, one of Unifi’s proprietary technologies and a global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, Unifi has transformed more than 10 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new clothing, shoes, home goods and other consumer products. 

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Mavrix Welding Automation upgrades its dual-torch hard-surfacing system

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 07:37
New Berlin, Wisconsin-based Mavrix Welding Automation Inc. has redesigned its dual-torch shredder disc rebuild system. The company says the system features an improved mounting system and open carriage design that reduces installation time to 30 minutes or less. The dual-torch system can apply 50 pounds of weld metal per hour, significantly shortening downtime, the frequency of maintenance events and the cost per ton of scrap, according to Mavrix.

Mavrix says it custom builds its systems so they can be integrated with all hammer-type shredders with disc rotors, including those from Metso-Texas Shredder, Riverside Engineering, Newell, TSC, Wendt and American Pulverizer. Mavrix says it has installed systems around the country, working closely with many manufacturers to ensure its products fit precisely to the shredder system.

The dual-torch disc rebuild system includes two weld carriages that support the weld arm and adjustable open arc torches, wire feeders and 60-pound coils of wire. The carriage with the new opening design allows the main beam and legs to be installed first and the carriages second, significantly reducing the weight of the system and making installation easier.

Mavrix says it has consolidated the controls into a single hand-held pendant that allows the operator to be mobile yet maintain control. The pendant frees the operator to maintain a safe distance from welding fumes yet keep complete control over voltage, amperage, rotation speed and circumferential step-over. With remote start/stop, the operator can pause at any time to inspect the work and simply begin again without out worrying about “wire whiskers” because a built-in burn-back circuit eliminates the welding wire sticking to the work piece, according to the manufacturer.

The disc rebuild system works well with Stood 110MC, a modified high-chromium-manganese-steel-metal-cored wire designed for parts subject to severe impact loading. This wire allows the system to be used in a single wire welding solution; there is no need to build up with one product and then change over to a hard-facing wire, Mavrix says. A single-wire solution reduces stocking requirements and eliminates concern with residual hard facing material when returning for subsequent build events.

Stoody 110MC has great welder appeal, low slag, goes down softly and work hardens to 55 HRC (Rockwell Scale of Hardness, part C), according to Mavrix, which is an authorized distributor of Stoody wire products.

Mavrix is a specialty manufacturer of automated hard-facing and metal buildup systems used to resurface equipment in the shredding, pulverizing, grinding, crushing, steel mill, ID/OD pipe, hard banding and custom welding automation applications. More information is available from President and owner Glen Senger at glen@mavrixweld.com or by calling 262-439-8477. 

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California funding goes to plastics, glass recyclers

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 19:33
The Sacramento-based California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has awarded $9 million in new California Climate Investments (CCIs) to three projects in Kern, San Joaquin, and Los Angeles counties.

CalRecycle’s Recycled Fiber Plastic and Glass Grant Program is part of CCI, a statewide initiative that taps into cap-and-trade dollars. CCI funding is directed toward projects that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the state’s recycling infrastructure. CalRecycle indicates the projects also are expected to create more than 200 jobs in the state.

The three companies or entities receiving the newly announced CCI funding are:

  • rPlanet Earth Los Angeles LLC, which has received $3 million to help build a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) reclaiming facility in Vernon, California, to process PET thermoforms and extrude them into new food-contact grade thermoformed packaging;
  • Revolution Plastics LLC, based in Kern, California, has received $3 million to help it increase its collection capacity for low-density polyethylene (LDPE) agricultural film and irrigation tubing, and to develop a facility in Bakersfield, California, to clean, process, and remanufacture the film into plastic can liners, new mulch film or plastic lumber; and
  • SiONEER Stockton LLC has received $3 million to build a plant in Stockton to process recycled glass into a material that can replace fly ash (a coal combustion product) as an ingredient in the concrete manufacturing process.

“Recycling materials eliminates greenhouse gas emissions produced when mining and refining new materials,” says CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline. “These latest investments not only bring us closer to our recycling and greenhouse gas reduction goals, but show how California’s core values of environmental protection, public health and safety, and economic vitality can coexist to benefit communities throughout our state.”

$9 million was allocated to CalRecycle’s RFPG Grant Program for 2016-17. The agency indicates it received 13 eligible applications requesting $30.6 million in funding. It then granted funds to the three highest-scoring applicants based on criteria including greenhouse gas reductions, materials diverted from landfills, benefits to disadvantaged communities and project readiness. 

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Pyrowave and Ineos enter into polystyrene recycling venture

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 19:16
Montreal-based Pyrowave and INEOS Styrolution America LLC, an Illinois-based subsidiary of London-based INEOS, have announced a partnership to support Pyrowave’s North American polystyrene (PS) recycling project.

The project is being set up to demonstrate the recyclability of post-consumer polystyrene packaging using Pyrowave’s catalytic microwave depolymerization (CMD) technology. The project will Involve “various actors from the value chain of the polystyrene industry,” the two companies indicate, with INEOS being the first manufacturer to join the consortium.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Pyrowave in this project,” says Ricardo Cuetos, vice president of standard products at INEOS Styrolution America. “At INEOS Styrolution, we are committed to exploring ways toward a circular economy. Polystyrene is a too valuable [of a] material to end up in landfills. Pyrowave’s North American project is a significant component in our efforts to recycle polystyrene taking advantage of innovative technologies,” adds Cuetos.

Pyrowave states that its principal advantage is the modularity of its technology, which is intended to be installed and operated at existing sorting facilities, similar to other recycling equipment. Its microwave technology is intended to operate at commercial scale and generate “high yields of monomers with very low energy consumption,” according to the firm.

Pyrowave spent three years testing the technology on post-consumer PS scrap, and is now operating what it calls a “full scale” machine in Montreal. Pyrowave’s next phase is to deploy units in the field and demonstrate its business model with companies within the PS use and recycling chain.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the support of INEOS Styrolution in the project as it shows strong leadership from the polystyrene industry, [which] wants to improve the life cycle of polymer products,” says Jocelyn Doucet, CEO of Pyrowave. “We believe that plastics are meant to stay in our modern world and to continue delivering broad span benefits during their use phase. However, this must include end-of-life-solutions. We believe the future of plastic is circular. Our technology combined with the support of the industry will help improve our world’s resource efficiency for the good of future generations,” adds Doucet.

Pyrowave describes itself as a pioneer in CMD techniques for discarded plastics, a microwave technology that unzips plastics back into their initial constituents. The process is designed to create a range of end products from PS scrap, such as recycled wax, oil and monomers.

INEOS Styrolution describes itself as a leading, global styrene products supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, PS, ABS Standard and styrene-related specialties. The company provides styrene products to several industry sectors, including the automotive, electronics, construction, health care and packaging sectors. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,200 people and operates 16 production sites in nine countries.

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Liebherr earns German Design Award

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:31
The Liebherr Group, with corporate headquarters in Bulle, Switzerland, has announced it has received the 2018 German Design Award in the “Excellent Product Design” category for its T46-7 telescopic handler and its XPower L 550 to L 586 wheel loaders.

Liebherr says judges were impressed by the “optimal visibility and the dynamic appearance of the telescopic handler, as well as the intelligent and functional design of the XPower wheel loaders.” The German Design Award is one of the most highly recognized design competitions worldwide, says the equipment manufacturer.

More than 5,000 submissions are observed during a two-day judging session at the German Design Awards.

Liebherr presented one of its eight new T46-7 telescopic handler models that are available in 26 versions.

“The application-specific demands required by telescopic handler operators resulted in the final design criteria for the new Liebherr telescopic handlers. The Liebherr developers placed the main focus on creating optimal visibility as well as intuitive and convenient operation,” says Liebherr.

“The overall machine design was aimed at ensuring maximum visibility of the load at the front to give enhanced productivity, as well as to the side and rear, for maximum safety,” the company explains. “This was primarily achieved thanks to the very low pivot point of the telescopic boom, as well as the sloping sides of the handler and an engine hood that follows the line of sight. With its continuous windscreen and internal slim-line ROPS/FOPS grid, adapted to the operator’s sight line, the cab design also helps ensure maximum visibility of the load.”

The company continues, “Additional design focus was placed on intuitive operation, comfort and ergonomics. The 5-in-1 joystick fitted in the Value models and the multifunctional joystick in the S-models, make it possible to perform all essential work functions with single-arm operation. This means the left hand stays securely on the steering wheel at all times, which is important in guaranteeing safe and efficient work.”

The German Design Award is the third design price that Liebherr has been awarded for its wheel loaders, including the iF and Red Dot prizes. 

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The Perils of Peanut Butter

Recycling news from New York Times - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:24
How clean does a jar for your sandwich spread need to be for recycling efforts?

Don’t Follow Kenya’s Example on Plastic Bags

Recycling news from New York Times - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:24
The Plastics Industry Association takes issue with an editorial.

Diverting Food Waste

Recycling news from New York Times - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:24
The Solid Waste Association of North America says New Yorkers should be willing to spend a little to ensure that their waste is managed safely.

Digging the Graveyard of Oil’s Past

Recycling news from New York Times - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:24
As the energy industry evolves, production platforms in the North Sea, once a crucial source of crude oil, are being dismantled and sold for scrap.

What if Your Environmentally Correct Shoes Were Also Cute?

Recycling news from New York Times - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:24
Recycled plastic water bottles are transformed into Rothy’s ballet flats in just six minutes.

How New York Is Turning Food Waste Into Compost and Gas

Recycling news from New York Times - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:24
City officials hope to divert organic refuse from landfills. Where will it all go?

Review: In ‘Canners,’ One Man’s Trash Is Another’s Nickel Treasure

Recycling news from New York Times - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:24
A documentary follows bottle and can collectors in New York as they toil to fill their carts for $30 or $40 a day.

Repair Cafes

Recycling news from New York Times - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:24
Do you own anything that’s broken that you wish you could fix? What’s the likelihood you’ll get it fixed instead of just throwing it away?

Germany Gleefully Leads List of World’s Top Recyclers

Recycling news from New York Times - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:24
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germans sort 65 percent of their waste into an array of color-coded bins.

California Resource Recovery Association issues call for papers

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:19
The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) has announced the July 26-29, 2018, date for its 42nd annual conference in addition to a call for papers related to speakers and sessions. The CRRA’s Annual Conference and Tradeshow is set to be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, California.

The association is currently accepting submissions in two formats: individual speakers or complete sessions. This call for papers, the CRRA says, is an invitation to participate in and contribute to CRRA’s 2018 event. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15, 2018.

The CRRA says abstracts are welcome for an array of zero waste topics, including but not limited to: 

  • addressing climate change;
  • California mandates;
  • illegal dumping, stormwater and marine debris;
  • looking beyond California for inspiration;
  • response to China’s National Sword; and
  • starving landfills to feed communities.

For 42 years the CRRA says its annual conference has been “among the most comprehensive and dynamic events dedicated to sustainable materials management.”

The CRRA was founded in 1974 with a mission to provide its members with resources to advance local, regional and statewide waste reduction efforts that result in critical environmental and climate protection outcomes.

For full details and instructions on how to submit a proposal, visit www.crra.com/conference.

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