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NWRA releases position on China’s proposed ban on recyclables

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:34
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia, has announced its position on China’s proposed ban on recyclables.

The positions states: “On July 18, 2017, the Chinese government notified the World Trade Organization of their plans to ban 24 ‘solid waste’ materials by the end of 2017. These materials include various types of plastic and unsorted paper. According to the Chinese, the ban is being enacted to protect its environment and reduce pollution resulting from managing these materials.

“The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) supports the efforts of the Chinese government to improve environmental protection and standards within its recycling infrastructure. However, the decision to ban the import of recyclable materials would have a significant impact on the waste and recycling industry. Not only will the ban impact the recycling industry in the U.S. but also the Chinese manufacturing industry that relies on those materials.”

Although the ban has identified a number of different materials, the NWRA says confusion remains about which products will be affected. At this point, mixed paper and postconsumer plastics appear to be included in the ban. In the U.S., a significant amount of those materials is exported to China.

In 2016, approximately 41 percent of paper recovered in the North Americas was exported, with about one-quarter being exported to Chinese mills. Similarly, more than 20 percent of postconsumer bottles and 33 percent of nonbottle rigid plastics from the U.S. were exported in 2015. 

“With the amount of recyclables currently transported to China, the ability of the American markets to absorb the banned materials would be strained,” NWRA says. “At a minimum, this is anticipated to affect the costs of these materials. However, it could result in the lack of markets for some of the materials altogether, forcing material to be landfilled.”

The NWRA adds, “The U.S. recycling industry relies on the mostly volunteer efforts of the public to separate their recyclables from their waste. Should banned materials end up landfilled, the public confidence could be shaken creating long-term consequences in material quality and segregation efforts.”

The association says it has been working with its members and other associations to raise awareness in the U.S. and Chinese governments. The NWRA has encouraged the Chinese government to reconsider the implementation and to discuss using strict international standards to control the quality of recyclable materials rather than pursue an outright ban these materials.

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Eco Green Equipment expands sales staff

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 07:59
Godongwana

Salt Lake City-based Eco Green Equipment, a designer and manufacturer of tire recycling systems, has announced the addition of two new sales representatives to serve Canada and South Africa.

Keld Andersen, previously with Performance Management Pro, based in Ontario, has joined the Eco Green Equipment Team as sales representative for Canada, while Ziboneni Godongwana, formally of East Rand Water Care Co. (PTY) Ltd. (ERWAT) and Kusaga Taka Consulting (PTY) Ltd., has joined the team as sales representative for South Africa.

Andersen has a diverse background in textiles and petrochemicals and has more than eight years in the tire recycling industry, Eco Green says. He was a recipient of an Environmental Excellence award from former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Andersen holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and an SME in predictive maintenance.

“After years in the tire recycling industry, I experienced some common weaknesses in operations and equipment,” Andersen says. “After learning of Eco Green Equipment, discussions with partner Brad Swenson and visiting their facility in Salt Lake City, I concluded that they had developed some very innovative ways to address all the problems I had experienced. In essence, I was excited to join them and start promoting these key solutions they offer to the tire recycling industry in Canada.”

Andersen can be reached at keld@ecogreenequipment.com.

Godongwana is a seasoned professional and senior manager with extensive industrial experience in wastewater treatment, solid waste management and scientific research, Eco Green says. His professional roles included research initiatives to improve and maintain a competitive advantage in wastewater treatment and solid waste management, and his responsibilities included all aspects of project development, execution and finalization.

Godongwana holds bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biochemistry and a doctorate degree in chemistry. His background includes heading a university research initiative to promote and develop tire recycling in South Africa.

“I am excited to be part of a team that offers a true turnkey recycling solution from shreds to powder,” Godongwana says. “Eco Green Equipment manages the complete process of design to installation. … Their assistance will provide a number of jobs in South Africa as a result. I am excited to be part of the team.”

Godongwana can be reached at ziboneni@ecogreenequipment.com.

“Eco Green Equipment is excited to have Keld and Ziboneni on the team to help expand our global presence,” says Swenson, president of Eco Green Equipment. “Customers will be pleased to meet both representatives and see how knowledgeable they are about the industry, equipment and markets.

“Our customers are looking for new areas of processing and secondary uses for rubber material, and both of these representatives have in-depth, hands-on, experience and knowledge about their respective regions.” 

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Enevo secures $12M in funding to accelerate waste services expansion

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 07:58
Enevo, with U.S. offices in Boston, has the company’s expansion into waste and recycling services. Building upon its dumpster sensor technology and waste analytics business, Enevo now offers full management of waste services for new and current restaurant, retail and commercial property customers.

Enevo received $12 million in its latest funding round, led by Lifeline Ventures and existing international investors, accelerating the introduction of waste services in North America and key European regions earlier this year.

“Enevo started as a sensor company providing data from dumpsters. We soon learned that was only half of our story,” says Fredrik Kekalainen, founder and CEO of Enevo. “What our customers need isn’t more data or new technology to manage. The true value we offer is the peace of mind that comes with Enevo as their single point of contact for waste services.”

Using proprietary analytics software, Enevo account managers monitor around-the-clock sensor data to manage alerts, compare dumpster pickups against collection schedules and work with haulers to adjust service levels to meet actual needs. Most customers see significant waste management cost savings within the first month after starting service.

In onboarding new customers, Enevo says it found that about 9 percent of scheduled waste collections are missed without their knowledge, and 21 percent of sites need service levels adjusted. Within the first 90 days of working with Enevo, these numbers improve, according to the company.

“Our customers and hauler partners no longer rely on assumptions to predict waste needs,” Kekalainen says. “Enevo is uniquely positioned to handle all waste operations for our customers. We work with hauler partners to make data-driven, site-specific changes, resulting in simplified, less expensive waste management for restaurant, retail and commercial property operators.”

Enevo works with its customers to transform the financial, environmental and social impact of waste. Founded in 2010, Enevo began in Finland providing waste data from dumpster sensors using its proprietary analytics software. Enevo now provides full management of waste and recycling services for restaurant, retail and commercial property customers throughout North America. Enevo has raised more than $34 million in private equity funding to date and continues to invest in technology and new processes. 

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Eriez recognizes Adams Brothers with dealer award

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 20:22
Atlanta-based Adams Brothers Inc. has been named as the winner of the 2016 Merwin Sales Award by Pennsylvania-based Eriez. Eriez presents the award annually to honor the U.S. field sales office “that represented the company in the most outstanding way over the previous year by demonstrating exceptional sales performance and providing first-rate customer service and support,” according to Eriez and its Vice President of Sales and Marketing Charlie Ingram.

Adams Brothers has represented Eriez since 1963, and during the 24 years the Merwin Award has existed, this is the third time Adams Brothers has achieved the recognition. Previous wins for Adams Brothers were in 1995 and 2008.

Adams Brothers was selected from 23 field sales offices that qualified as Merwin Award finalists based on their sales performance in 2016. “While the past year was particularly extraordinary for Adams Brothers, their team has been consistently successful throughout our 54-year partnership,” says Ingram. “They reliably achieve outstanding sales results while operating with the utmost integrity and professionalism,” he adds. 

Adams Brothers is based in Atlanta and maintains branch offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The company’s team includes Steve Middour, Charles Lee, Malcolm Marsh, Brain Stanley, Blake Gordon, Micki Dargan, Phil Croft, Philemon Croft Jr., Cindy Wood, Toby Harris and Lou Pratt.

Eriez designs and manufactures magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, fluid filtration, flotation, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment used by several industry sectors, including the recycling, metalworking, packaging, plastics, food, rubber, mining and aggregate industries.       

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US Chamber Foundation selects Orlando for regional recycling project

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:35
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and its partners have announced that the city of Orlando, Florida, will serve as the location for its multistakeholder pilot project, Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for A New Economy.

The project aims to increase the current 34 percent recycling rate in the United States by providing a scalable model for improving recycling and recovery rates. The goal of the project is to help communities, cities and businesses across the country create a more sustainable future, says the foundation.

“Orlando is an ideal city to begin the Beyond 34 project,” says Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “Its strong private sector engagement, innovative culture and robust sustainability goals were all factors that contributed to its selection. We look forward to engaging with local leaders throughout the project, and we are confident that Beyond 34 will help support the Orlando area’s mission to advance sustainability and economic growth.”

Factors contributing to the selection of the city of Orlando as the pilot city location included its high degree of readiness for recycling and reuse system development, community engagement, project partners and key relationships, according to the foundation.

“Orlando is committed to reducing our environmental impact, and as a result we have a goal to become a zero waste community by 2040,” says Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We’re making significant strides toward that commitment by providing our residents and businesses with the tools and strategies necessary to divert more waste from our landfills, including offering weekly recycling collection, quarterly e-waste drives, free backyard composters to residents and a commercial food waste collection program that is diverting millions of pounds of organic waste per year.”

The project will be implemented as a private-public partnership between the U.S. Chamber Foundation; sustainability and recycling consultancy RRS (Resource Recycling Systems), headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce; and the city of Orlando. RRS will facilitate development of a recycling business plan for the Orlando region and its stakeholders that keeps high-value recyclable material out of landfills. The plan also will identify greater economic reuse opportunities material generated in from commercial, industrial and residential sources.

“As the fastest growing region in the country, Orlando has a unique opportunity to show the world how large-scale sustainable growth can be achieved,” says Jim Thomas, executive director of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Orlando is already paving the way in sustainability initiatives on a number of fronts including infrastructure, neighborhoods, recreation, transportation and energy. Business and community leaders here are committed to planning for a sustainable future; we are excited to support the Beyond 34 project in order to equip these business leaders with the tools and resources they need to achieve their sustainability goals.”

The project is made possible through support from the Dow Chemical Co., Republic Services, Target, Walgreens Boots Alliance and the Walmart Foundation. More information on Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for A New Economy is available here.

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Association of Oregon Recyclers issues call for proposals

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 08:28
The Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR), Portland, Oregon, has announced it is seeking presentation and workshop ideas on issues affecting the recycling industry for its 40th annual conference.

Sustainable Oregon 2018 will be held June 13-15, 2018, in Eugene, Oregon.

AOR says in its call for proposals it is especially interested in presentations from outside the state of Oregon “to bring a new, fresh perspective to attendees.”

Presentations are welcomed from government (state/local/regional), nonprofits, materials processors, consultants and educators who are engaged in all aspects of sustainable materials management, including but not limited to:

  • improving material quality and reducing commodity contamination (recycling and composting);
  • expanding domestic recycling markets in the wake of China's National Sword;
  • innovations in collection and processing;
  • case studies/success stories for promoting behavior change;
  • increasing diversion and/or market development for new/difficult-to-manage materials in U.S. material streams;
  • metrics—how do we measure success beyond the tons collected?;
  • leveraging partnerships to improve programs/markets/your success story here;
  • reuse/repair—promoting/program integration and/or development;
  • recycling economics of today’s markets; and
  • sustainable/thoughtful consumption.

Proposals are due Oct. 13, 2017, and will be chosen by the conference planning committee. Selected proposals will be notified in November 2017. To submit a proposal, click here.

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SWANA honors Republic’s Oregon composting facility

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 08:12
Republic Services Inc., Phoenix, has announced the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, has named the company’s Pacific Region Compost Facility (PRC) in Corvallis, Oregon, the winner of the Silver Excellence Award in the Composting Systems category.

The award was presented at SWANA’s annual conference Wastecon Sept. 26 in Baltimore. 

As one of the largest composting facilities in Oregon, the PRC processes more than 120,000 tons of residential yard waste, residential organics and commercial food scraps each year, producing a compost used for area agricultural, landscaping and gardening purposes. In 2010, the PRC became the first Oregon compost facility to be approved for special types of organics composting (known as Type 3), including proteins, dairy and all food scraps, according to Republic.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” says Shawn Edmonds, general manager of Republic’s western Oregon operations. “Organics are a fast growing part of an evolving waste stream and represent nearly 30 percent of what Americans discard daily. Running a composting facility of this magnitude and caliber is a major undertaking, and this recognition could not have happened without the support of our team members and many local leaders and community partners.”

SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to using effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations, says SWANA.

Republic Services announced in June 2017 that the Oregon Recycling Association had recognized its PRC facility with the Recycler of the Year Award. The award was presented at the Association of Oregon Recyclers’ annual conference in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.

Republic Services is a U.S. recycling and nonhazardous solid waste company. Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills focus on making proper waste disposal effortless for its 14 million customers.

 

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BHS launches MRF investment video series

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:44
Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), Eugene, Oregon, has launched the BHS Value Series, a series of six videos that outlines value drivers behind a materials recovery facility (MRF) investment. The story is told through dozens of interviews with the people of BHS, Nihot Recycling Technology, Amsterdam; National Recovery Technologies (NRT), Nashville, Tennessee; and Zero Waste Energy (ZWE), Pleasant Hill, California. The first chapter, titled Integration, is available on BHS’ website. 

“The decision to invest in a recycling system, like any investment, inherently carries a certain degree of risk,” Steve Miller, BHS CEO, says. “Our customers are under increased pressure from their stakeholders to increase recovery and are simultaneously facing downstream pressure to increase end-product quality. This series examines the prepurchase factors a MRF buyer should consider to find the integrated solution that mitigates risk and drives superior financial results.”  

The most important consideration, BHS says, is performance—recovery, purity, throughput and uptime—but there are other considerations that determine success. Potential customers should look for a partner that can design and deliver a high-performance solution and be supportive and collaborative throughout the life of the system, the company says. The Value Series explores these various considerations to assist buyers in making this decision. 

“In 2014 we launched our MSW Video Series which received excellent feedback from the industry,” Peter Raschio, BHS marketing manager, says. “With the Value Series, we’re taking it a step further, featuring a wide variety of interviews from different disciplines and in a completely unscripted format. This series explores the factors that MRF buyers should consider so that they gain a competitive advantage in their business.” 

The six chapters are titled Integration, Innovation, Design, Execution, Performance and Collaboration. Chapters two through six will release in one-month increments. To view the chapters as they’re released, go to the BHS LinkedIn page and YouTube channel.

Watch the first chapter of the video series below:

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Liebherr USA adds to Concrete Technology division

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:33
Newport News, Virginia-based Liebherr USA Co.’s Concrete Technology division has announced Clint Nichols has joined the company as a regional sales manager.

In his role, Nichols will develop and manage sales activities for concrete pumps and mixing technology customers in the Southeast region. He will create local and regional marketing plans to support the sales strategy for the Southeast region and ensure the plan aligns with the division’s overall strategic goals, says Liebherr.

In addition to serving as the liaison between the company and customers, Nichols will represent the Concrete Technology division at trade association meetings and industry events and conduct assessments and reports on market conditions, competitor activities, product developments and other topics. This position requires Nichols to oversee the technical integration of Liebherr Concrete Pumps and Mixing Technology into the North American market and its adaptation to local U.S. standards. 

“The Liebherr name is synonymous with quality and customer service. I am excited to be a part of this company and team,” Nichols says. “I look forward to helping grow Liebherr’s presence in the USA and providing the highest quality equipment to our customers.”

Nichols’ extensive background in management and sales within the concrete pumping industry well-prepared him for his role with the company, Liebherr says. He previously held regional sales and management positions, as well as a vice president of operations with several companies within the heavy equipment and concrete pumping industry. These roles have equipped Nichols with negotiation, sales and customer relationship building skills and demonstrates his successful track record, while maintaining company goals and profitability, says the company.

In his new role with Liebherr, Nichols will report to Sebastien Hegy, divisional director of Liebherr USA Co. Concrete Technology division.

Established in 1949, the Liebherr Group, part of the holding company Liebherr-International AG, headquartered in Switzerland, is a leading manufacturer of earthmoving equipment and a supplier of user-oriented products and services in many other fields. The family-owned company employs more than 40,000 people in more than 130 companies worldwide in 50 countries on every continent.

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Recleim opens Ohio recycling facility

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 07:07
Recleim, a company that provides collection, transportation, demanufacturing and resource recovery services for end-of-life appliances, HVAC units and vending machines headquartered in Atlanta, has partnered with American Electric Power Ohio (AEP Ohio), Columbus, Ohio, to open a new recycling facility in Lima, Ohio.

AEP Ohio’s Eeconomic and Business Development team spent the last year working on the move with Recleim, Allen County Economic Development Group, the Regional Growth Partnership, JobsOhio and the city of Lima.

“We are proud to have the fortune of presenting Lima and Allen County as competitive locations for businesses like Recleim, and look forward to helping them and our customers throughout the area continue to grow,” says Julie Sloat, AEP Ohio president and chief operating officer (COO).

Recleim will work closely with AEP Ohio and other Ohio utilities to offer removal services and rebates to properly recycle their old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers. It is one of three Recleim plants in the U.S. designed to capture and process ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases that are found in the lining of expired appliances.

“Recleim is an important business partner for AEP Ohio, as they will be processing the appliances we collect through our appliance recycling program—one of many energy efficiency programs AEP Ohio offers to our customers,” Sloat says.

Recleim says it’s a demanufacturer that recovers approximately 95 percent of commodity components in the old appliances it recycles while disposing of hazardous chemicals.

“Our team has spent the last year working on this project and we’re excited to open the doors of our new facility in Lima,” Steve Bush, Recleim CEO, says. “With the facility bringing in 100-plus new jobs and a significant investment in machinery and facility upgrades, we believe the project will be rewarding for all of the community partners involved.”

To celebrate the grand opening of the facility, AEP Ohio is inviting its customers to recycle outdated refrigerators or freezers and receive a special $50 incentive through its appliance recycling program.  The special promotion is available beginning Oct. 1 through the end of November.

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Machinex Technologies gets new CEO

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 06:01
Pierre Paré, chairman and president of the Plessisville, Quebec-based Machinex Group of companies, announced that Chris Hawn has been promoted to the role of CEO with Machinex Technologies Inc. (MTI), the U.S. division of the group.

Hawn has worked at Machinex since 2010, starting as the North American sales director. He was appointed to executive vice president of sales and business development in May 2016. During his time with the company, Machinex says Hawn has helped to broaden sales and business development in the North American market for the company. In his new position, he will grow the company’s sales team while also leading the development of alternative markets and ensuring a stronger presence in North America.

“In recent years, the sales department of the company has evolved considerably and the structure has been expanded with the addition of new employees and new methods,” Paré says. “In my vision of the new structure of the sales department, it was imperative that MTI, the USA division of Machinex, required a CEO, and Chris was perfectly suited for this position.”

Machinex develops sorting, waste management and recycling technology. Over the years, the company has designed and installed more than 350 turnkey facilities in partnership with leading material recovery facilities (MRFs) in Canada, the United States and Europe.

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Verichek offers beginner’s guide to scrap recycling

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 22:04
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania-based Verichek Technical Services Inc. has created a “Scrap Metal Recycling 101” Web page, designed to introduce the industry to potential new collectors and sellers of scrap metal.

The multi-section guide describes the environmental benefits of recycling before engaging in a description of how scrap is collected, processed and consumed.

Verichek’s guide recommends that would-be scrap collectors always carry a magnet and supply themselves with several containers to store different types of metal separately. “If you mix them together, the scrap yard will either tell you to separate the metals and come back, or pay you based on the least valuable metal in the bunch,” say the guide’s authors.

The guide then goes on to offer an overview of the most common types of ferrous and nonferrous metals and alloys and in what applications they might be found. Also included are safety guidelines and tips for identifying and upgrading scrap materials.

Verichek Technical Services provides support services to users of spectrometers and other metal analyzing and identification equipment.

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Sennebogen celebrates 65th anniversary

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 14:46
Sennebogen, Straubing, Germany, is celebrating its 65th anniversary by expanding its plant at the port in Straubing by 37,000 square feet. On the company’s anniversary, it will celebrate the inauguration of the new production space while also presenting a showcase of 10 completely new products.

Sennebogen has 1,400 employees worldwide at three sites in Bavaria, plus a production site in Hungary and branches in the U.S. and Singapore. A sales and service network comprising 150 dealers around the world is responsible for selling the cranes and material handlers. The original site in Pilling, Lower Bavaria, is near the current production facilities in Straubing, and Wackersdorf is close as well. Sennebogen continues to be a family company, run today by Erich and Walter Sennebogen, the second generation of the founding family.

"A lot has changed over the past 65 years. It is not just the machines that have kept getting bigger. Our portfolio is constantly growing and we always need to be thinking about future developments. At the same time, the economic conditions are changing,” Managing Director Erich Sennebogen says. “Our markets in the material handling and crane sectors have evolved. The business areas have become more diverse and the requirements our customers have with regard to quality products are constantly increasing. In today's globalized markets, we supply products to customers in over 100 countries on all continents. In order to stay ahead of the competition, we invest in our range and our sites every year and undertake modernization and expansion work."

The largest construction project in recent years began in 2015 at Straubing Plant 2. Less than 10 years after the plant opened in the industrial port area in 2008, the production space has undergone extensive expansion work. Over two years, the expansion has seen the construction of new production and storage spaces spanning 37,000 square feet in total as well as a production hall covering 7,200 square feet. Machine shipping has been restructured, storage spaces extended and shipping processes optimized, the company says. Trucks now drive directly under the specially developed Sennebogen 5500 gantry crawler crane for loading. With the movable gantry, the crane is made to cover a storage area of 10,800 square feet. Components with a length of up to 115 feet are given a protective coating in the new paint booth, and space has also been made in the new halls for finishing and customizing.

Company founder Erich Sennebogen Sr. opened the plant in Straubing in 1959. The 1,000th material handler came off the assembly line in 1960 and was followed by many new developments, from the fully hydraulic duty cycle crane to the GAUH articulated boom. In 1973, the company expanded into new markets in the Arabic counties and Africa and constructed a plant in Wackersdorf. In 1996, a Hungarian steelwork supplier integrated with the Sennebogen Group and construction of Plant 2 in the Straubing Port industrial area was completed in 2008. In 2014, the Sennebogen Academy was founded. This was also followed by extensive expansion and modernization work at the sites in Hungary and Wackersdorf in 2015 and 2016.]]>

ArcelorMittal Weirton LLC resolves hazardous waste violations

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 14:11
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a settlement with ArcelorMittal Weirton LLC related to alleged hazardous waste violations at the West Virginia facility.

In addition, the EPA says the company has certified the facility’s compliance with federal hazardous waste laws. The tin plate operation is located on the northern panhandle of West Virginia along the Ohio River in the city of Weirton.

EPA cited ArcelorMittal for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA is designed to protect public health and the environment, EPA says, and avoid long and extensive cleanups, by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste.

Among the concerns noted during an EPA inspection of the electroplating facility were uncontained toxic hazardous waste, such as lead, cyanide and chromium—a known carcinogen -- on equipment, the facility floor and outside the building.

The settlement reflects the company’s compliance efforts and its cooperation with EPA’s investigation, according to the agency. As part of the settlement, ArcelorMittal Weirton has not admitted liability. Under the settlement, ArcelorMittal Weirton will pay a $93,288 penalty.

By failing to properly manage hazardous waste, EPA says there is the potential for employees to be exposed to hazardous constituents or result in the release of hazardous constituents into the environment via soil or groundwater. The inspection did not identify any releases into the environment.

EPA cited ArcelorMittal Weirton for violations including:

  • failure to ship a variety of hazardous wastes off-site in a timely manner;
  • failure to minimize the risk of release of hazardous waste;
  • failure to make a hazardous waste determination; and
  • failure to properly label and date spent batteries.

ArcelorMittal Weirton LLC is part of Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal, a leading supplier of steel products in all major markets, and a major iron ore producer. The facility employs more than 850 workers and makes tin plate, cold-rolled sheet, serving the distribution and packaging markets. 

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Software firm pitches in at Pennsylvania charity event

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 22:09
The 2017 version of Project Big Love was held in late July 2017 for students and their families in south central Pennsylvania. The president of recycling industry software provider ScrapRight, based in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, helped create and now helps manage Project Big Love.

Shon Duty, the president of ScrapRight, and his wife, Tammy, helped start the Project Big Love charity event to help children and their families prepare for the upcoming school year by providing a variety of things they may need, ranging from backpacks and school supplies to shoes and groceries.

In late July 2017, more than 2,500 people gathered at the fairgrounds in Mont Alto, Pennsylvania, to accept groceries or a “back to school” care package that includes a backpack, clothing, school supplies, snacks and toys.

The organizers and sponsors of Project Big Love assemble a team of some 1,000 volunteers to help conduct the event. The 2017 event, which took place and garnered good participation despite rain weather, was the fifth Project Big Love event.

The volunteers helped assemble more than 12,500 bags of groceries and other care package items and served more than 2,500 hot meals at the event. Participants and sponsors included more than 60 businesses and nearly 100 churches.

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PRE urges fundamental plastics recycling changes

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 20:52
Announced restrictions on plastic scrap imports in China have put a spotlight on the notion that “Europe’s waste management systems have been actively supporting and assisting the treatment of low-quality plastic [scrap] in China,” according to Brussels-based Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE).

“The market is oversupplied with low qualities of plastics waste due to China’s restrictions on imports,” says Ton Emans, PRE’s president. “These low qualities used to be exported as a cheap end-of-life solution for badly collected and sorted waste. This unfair practice, in terms of economic, social and environmental implications, is at the edge of the legal requirements imposed by the Waste Directives. As a matter of fact, exporters should have demonstrated that the exported waste is treated according to the EU standards.”

PRE says much of the plastic scrap that had formerly been shipped to China now “is unable to be totally absorbed in the EU, as it does not meet the quality requirements” of European plastic scrap consumers. “This abrupt change in the market conditions demonstrates the urgency needed to implement a real and sustainable waste market in Europe,” says the organization.

The group says the time is right for changes and investments to be made, comment, saying the scrap can only be consumed in Europe “by driving the quality upwards [through] changes in design for recycling, collection and sorting.”

“Industry, policy makers and society must now urgently bring a common solution to the table to allow immediate implementation of enhanced design for recycling, harmonized collection and investment in highly efficient sorting centers in order to increase the EU’s recycling capacity,” states PRE.

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Bühler breaks ground on R&D facility

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 20:03
Uzwil, Switzerland-based Bühler celebrated a ground breaking for what it is calling its Innovation Campus in Uzwil in late September 2017. The building is scheduled to be complete in the first quarter of 2019 and will cost an estimated 50 million Swiss francs ($51.8 million) to construct.

“This innovation campus will reinforce our innovation power and market leadership,” said Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler, at the ground-breaking. “It will help us bring together the smartest minds of the industry to create innovations for a better world.”

The new facility will consist of what Bühler calls upgraded technology labs and a new innovation building. The new building will “build a bridge between the engineering and business world in the existing towers and the upgraded application labs,” says the company.

The Innovation Campus will serve as the home for project teams of employees, clients, start-ups, students and apprentices. It will include an auditorium that can seat up to 300 people as well as collaboration and a “maker space”, a media center and a co-working floor with open and secured spaces for more than 100 people. Bühler says its apprentices will benefit from a dedicated apprentice center with several training rooms.

“This building is focused on collaborative innovation,” says Ian Roberts, chief technology officer at Bühler. “We are creating a collaborative space for all functions, all ages, and all knowledge holders. It will allow us to live and foster our innovation culture and test future work practices.”

Bühler focuses on mechanical and thermal process engineering technologies for several industries, including sorting methods and equipment for recyclers.

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Mr. T to celebrate anniversary

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 19:59
Mr. T Carting, based in the Glendale neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York City, is hosting an event in early October 2017 to celebrate its 70 years in business.

The company is holding a breakfast reception at Terrace on the Park in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens on Wednesday morning, Oct. 4. Attending the reception will be 91-year-old Thomas Joseph Toscano, the founder of Mr. T. Carting, along with employees, customers, representatives from other waste firms and local elected officials.

Mr. T Carting describes itself as one of the six largest private carting companies in New York and one of the 10 oldest family-owned businesses in the borough of Queens. The company was founded in 1947 by Toscano.

The company engages in residential and commercial hauling of solid waste and recyclables and operates two recycling facilities in Brooklyn.

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Metso Metal Recycling Americas appoints shear/baler wear and spare parts specialist

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 19:37
Fenton Vicki Fenton has been appointed to the new position of hub product specialist for shear/baler wear and spare parts at Metso Metal Recycling Americas, based in San Antonio. This is in line with Metso Metal Recycling’s commitment to support the shear, baler and N-series markets in North America with strong service and parts support, the company says.

In her new role, Fenton will be responsible for defining market area strategic product planning, development and sales and marketing support. She will manage the various product categories throughout the products’ life cycles, gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision and working closely with engineering. She will drive growth and profitability by acting as a primary advocate for the products in North America, Metso says.

Fenton has more than 30 years of experience working with Metso in the metal recycling area from the customer side, where she has performed several duties, including her previous role as customer service representative. 

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Lytx products provide fleet operations managers video evidence

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 06:00
San Diego-based Lytx, a provider of video solutions for commercial and government fleets, says it is making it possible for fleet and operations managers to virtually be in a vehicle or in the field with its new Lytx Video Services.

Lytx Video Services, a combination of an event recorder and video cameras – all cloud-connected – are designed to eliminate fleet and operations blind spots.

The video evidence Lytx Video Services provides can be useful in a variety of ways, says the company, including:

  • Evaluation: Video evidence can help companies evaluate both driving and nondriving processes and procedures to improve the effectiveness of their operations.
  • Verification: Video evidence can provide proof or confirmation of the true story, such as load delivery.
  • Discovery: Video evidence can help reveal new revenue-generating opportunities or opportunities to improve customer service.

Available as an integrated service enhancement to the DriveCam safety program, which helps organizations pinpoint and extract risk from their fleet, Lytx Video Services has a host of video functionality that the company says is as much about the ease of using the video as it is about where that video may be captured.

“Late in 2016, we introduced the Unisyn ‘video without limits’ platform and immediately went into beta testing where we discovered that with some key enhancements the Unisyn platform could broaden into a host of services offering many more benefits than the original concept,” says Lytx Chairman and CEO Brandon Nixon. “The key, we discovered was giving our clients the ability to easily – and quickly -- go back to a specific point in time to see exactly what happened, from any view they desired. This ability to see more – and therefore know and do more — about what’s happening in the vehicle and in the field could completely transform how a fleet operates.”

The DriveCam program with Lytx Video Services uses the new Lytx ER-SF64 event recorder equipped with features to give the user an abundance of video and data including:

  • a driver-facing lens that captures only 12- or 20-second exception-based video clips, triggered when a driving event occurs, such as a hard brake or a sudden swerve;
  • an outside lens that has continually recording video plus the option to livestream video to your location when you need to see what’s happening in real time;
  • an onboard, cloud-connected digital video recorder (DVR) with a 64-gigabyte memory – enough to store video for about a week’s worth of vehicle operations;
  • the advanced sensors used by other Lytx event recorders to capture critical data about driving events, including accelerometers to detect speed, gyroscopes to detect motion, and GPS to detect location; and
  • easy connections to third-party PAL- or NTSC-based cameras, including those already installed on client vehicles, enabling 360-degree views in and around the vehicle. With the addition of a small piece of hardware called the Lytx Hub™, Lytx Video Services can accommodate up to 12 additional camera views – four cameras per hub, and 3 hubs per vehicle -- as well as the ER-SF64.

Data and video from the DriveCam program and Lytx Video Services are accessed via the new Lytx Workspace, a web-based command center, to efficiently manage fleet safety and operations functions, the company says. The Workspace has an enhanced DriveCam program dashboard with prioritized coaching events, at-a-glance driver ranking and other features.

For Lytx Video Services, users can live-stream video in the Workspace, as well as customize and manage their program settings in the Workspace to streamline what recorded video they choose to watch and/or download.

“No two fleet operations are the same, and that’s why we engineered in the ability to customize services to solve a fleet’s unique challenges,” said Nixon.

Lytx Video Services uses a highly configurable system of tagging – including cloud-based triggers from third-party systems for fleet tracking, critical events and limitless custom configurations -- to organize video, allowing the user to search and find video clips related to specific tags, says the company. From there, users can choose the length of the video clip they desire, and download it. Clips from all continually recording camera views, including third-party cameras, are gathered, synchronized and delivered to the user’s Workspace dashboard for review.

“We’ve solved the most daunting challenge of having hours upon hours of video, and that’s the time it takes to find the exact video clip you need,” said Nixon. “Your video views are served up quickly in seconds to a single screen, revealing a fuller picture of a single event.”

Lee Robledo, vice president of safety and loss control for logistics firm NFI Industries, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, says Lytx Video Services has helped with efficiencies. “We’ve had the experience where our managers have gone to a live feed once they’ve been notified by their driver that they’re having an issue with the customer,” he said. “Now you have concrete proof that you can talk to your customer about.”

Lytx Video Services will be available in the first quarter of 2018.

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