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Global crude steel production increases in October 2017

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 09:49
The 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel), Brussels, produced 145.3 million metric tons of crude steel in October 2017, a 5.9 percent increase compared with October 2016.

The crude steel capacity utilization ratio of the 66 countries in October 2017 was 73 percent, which is 3 percentage points higher than in October 2016. However, compared with September 2017, it is 0.6 percentage points lower.

The U.S. produced 7 million metric tons of crude steel in October 2017, an increase of 12 percent compared with October 2016.

At 72.4 million metric tons, China produced the most crude steel during October 2017. This was an increase of 6.1 percent compared with October 2016.

Japan produced 9 million metric tons of crude steel in October 2017, decreasing by 1 percent compared with October 2016 production.

India produced 8.6 million metric tons of crude steel in October 2017, a 5.3 percent increase compared with October 2016.

Turkey led crude steel production in the European Union in October at 3.3 million metric tons. This is an 11.1 percent increase over its October 2016 production. Italy produced 2.3 million metric tons of crude steel for the month, a 6.1 percent increase compared with October 2016. France’s 1.4 million metric tons produced in October 2017 were an increase of 1.6 percent compared with October 2016. Spain produced 1.3 million metric tons in October 2017, posting the greatest year-over-year increase in the EU of 11.9 percent.

Brazil’s crude steel production for October 2017 was 3 million metric tons, a 3.9 percent increase from October 2016. 


Genesis promotes product manager

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 09:08
Genesis Attachments, Superior, Wisconsin, has announced Mike Booth has been promoted to product manager.

In this newly created role, Booth will be responsible for internally managing the recently introduced GHB Hydraulic Breaker, GCG Cyclone Rock and Concrete Grinder product lines. He also will work with demolition, construction, road and bridge, utility, excavation and trenching customers to further develop these product lines to ensure they meet end-user needs, says Genesis.

Since January 2016, Booth has served as the Genesis Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regional manager. Prior to  joining Genesis, he worked for 18 years in the construction equipment industry where he received multiple awards and accolades for his sales accomplishments. Booth spent more than 13 of his 18 years in the construction equipment industry selling and promoting hydraulic breakers.

“His industry experience and knowledge make him a valuable customer and application resource,” Genesis says of Booth.

Genesis Attachments is a global leader in the design and manufacture of shears, grapples, concrete processors and specialty attachments for the scrap processing, demolition, material handling and offshore decommissioning industries.





Pyrowave receives grant from Foam Recycling Coalition

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 08:28
Canada-based Pyrowave, a developer of catalytic microwave depolymerization technology for plastics, has received a $50,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition to purchase equipment to allow for in-house processing of polystyrene (PS).

The Montreal-based company commercializes microwave-based equipment modules to perform depolymerization of mixed plastics. It is focusing initially on processing postconsumer PS. According to Pyrowave, the machines can depolymerize postconsumer PS into a styrene oil with up to 95 percent yield, which is then shipped to styrene buyers.

“Our initial polystyrene supply is mostly densified because not many jurisdictions know it can be recycled, so we have to source material from far locations until the movement is engaged,” says Jocelyn Doucet, CEO of Pyrowave. “With the support of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, we will have the ability to shred the densified material from our partners and reduce our costs of operation at our demonstration facility. Our goal is that once we demonstrate recyclability of polystyrene, we can see more collection programs implemented, which will increase demand for our equipment by local recyclers.”

“Companies like Pyrowave are advancing technologies to create innovative outlets for recycled polystyrene,” says Lynn Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), Falls Church, Virginia, which houses the Foam Recycling Coalition. “The beauty of the system that we’re funding is the ability to design a closed loop, taking recycled foam foodservice packaging and turning it back into a building block for future use in foodservice packaging.”

Pyrowave can process approximately 1 to 3 tons per day of postconsumer PS material, which includes foodservice packaging items such as cups and take-out containers. The company’s current capacity is estimated at 800 tons per year, providing another end market for recovered PS, the Foam Recycling Coalition says. While the company currently operates only in Montreal, Pyrowave says it plans to install additional systems in other parts of North America.

The grant was made possible through contributions to FPI’s Foam Recycling Coalition, which focuses exclusively on increased recycling of postconsumer PS foam. The coalition launched the grant program in 2015 to help fund infrastructure to collect and process these products. Its members include Americas Styrenics, Cascades Canada ULC, CKF Inc., Chick-fil-A, Commodore, Dart Container Corp., Dyne-A-Pak, Genpak, Hawaii’s Finest Products, INEOS Styrolution, NOVA Chemicals Corp., Pactiv Foodservice/Food Packaging and TOTAL Petrochemicals & Refining USA.

Pyrowave is the eighth Foam Recycling Coalition grant recipient. Nearly 1 million additional residents in the U.S. and Canada can recycle foam as a result of its funding, according to the Foam Recycling Coalition. 

The coalition says more grant announcements will be made in early 2018. To apply for a grant or for more information on previous recipients, visit www.recyclefoam.org


SWANA releases WTE safety tips

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 07:49
Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, has announced the release of a new installment to its Five to Stay Alive safety series featuring tips for waste-to-energy (WTE) employees.

WTE sites are highly mechanized environments where humans and powerful machines frequently come into contact. Although WTE employers have low injury rates, SWANA says there are safety hazards and risks throughout these facilities. The key to improving safety at these facilities involves not only proper initial training for workers, but regular refreshers to keep employees from falling into dangerous habits.    

The Five to Stay Alive safety campaign includes flyers and posters that provide a useful set of guidelines for employees to follow with the goal of reducing accidents and injuries on the job.

“I am proud of SWANA’s latest addition to its award-winning safety resources,” David Biderman, SWANA executive director and CEO, says. “More than 33 million tons of solid waste are processed annually at roughly 77 WTE facilities in the U.S., and there are a handful of WTE facilities in Canada as well. These new safety resources will help workers at these important disposal facilities work safely every day.” 

Bruce Howie, vice president at HDR, Omaha, Nebraska, and past SWANA WTE technical division director, worked with SWANA to develop the new Five to Stay Alive installment.

“WTE facility operators have long been leaders in implementing some of the most stringent and forward-thinking safety standards in the solid waste industry; however, even the strictest standards won’t protect employees if not followed by everyone, and WTE facilities are still not immune from lost time accidents and even worker deaths,” Howie says. “This reality makes this installment of the Five to Stay Alive for the WTE industry relevant for everyone from the plant’s operators to the occasional plant visitor.”

Five to Stay Alive resources are available for download on the SWANA website. To learn more about SWANA’s safety program, visit swana.org/safety.]]>

WestRock beer carton earns sustainability accreditation

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 20:59
Norcross, Georgia-based WestRock Company and its customer Denmark-based brewery the Carlsberg Group, have collaborated on a type of beverage packaging that has received Cradle to Cradle certification.

WestRock has announced it has received Cradle to Cradle Bronze certification for the Kronenbourg 1664 6-Pack Carton, made from WestRock’s Carrier Kote Coated Natural Kraft paperboard. The material is made from up to 15 percent recycled content, according to WestRock. It is designed to provide “excellent print quality with sharp, clear graphics capturing attention on the shelf and it gives optimal protection to the glass bottles, remaining strong even when wet,” the firm indicates.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard has been created to assist designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness.

The new package “is the result of deep collaboration between WestRock and Carlsberg and a shared commitment to sustainability,” WestRock states in its news release. WestRock joined the Carlsberg Circular Community (CCC) in 2014 to collaborate to “rethink product packaging to ensure quality, optimize raw material inputs, eliminate waste and improve end-of-life environmental impact.”

“Sustainable development is only possible with strong partnerships and a true commitment to innovation,” says Michael Hinrichs, chief procurement officer of Carlsberg Group. “We are proud to partner with WestRock to continue to drive new ideas that increase our customers’ enjoyment of our products and protect the environment.”

Adds Hinrichs, “We appreciate WestRock’s active contribution to the CCC and look forward to continued partnership in the coming years to achieve the ambitious targets in our new sustainability program, Together Towards ZERO.”

“Sustainability is a key part of our value proposition for customers,” says Nina Butler, chief sustainability officer of WestRock. “We value the trust that Carlsberg has put in us, and we look forward to continuing to deliver winning solutions that enhance sustainability.” 


Starlinger inaugurates new headquarters

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 19:07
Weissenbach, Austria-based equipment company Starlinger & Co. GmbH held the 2017 version of its “Dynamic Days” event in late October and inaugurated the new headquarters of its recycling technology division at the event. The building is located near the existing Starlinger factory.

Starlinger offers machinery and process technology for woven plastic bags and has a recycling technology division that has been establishing itself in the market for the past 30 years. That division had been operating from the head office in Vienna and from the Starlinger factory in Weissenbach. The construction of a separate new building started in early 2016, and by the summer of 2017, sales, engineering and other recycling-related employees moved into the new recycling headquarters in Weissenbach.

The October opening ceremony drew about 200 visitors. Andreas Pechhacker, the head of Starlinger’s recycling technology division, commented on parallels between machine setup and building design. He said the building’s lighting, fire protection, temperature control and the alarm system are integrated into a PLC (programmable logic controller) unit, and that the building is heated with 100 percent renewable energy.

Michael Otter, the CEO of international trade office Advantage Austria, praised Starlinger as an innovative family business, “hidden champion,” and global player. Starlinger Managing Partner Angelika Huemer said recycling technology is an integral part of the company. “We are committed to the future of recycling at Starlinger. Recycling is here to stay,” she commented.

Some 150 participants from 34 countries attended the customer Dynamic Days event. Starlinger technology related to odor reduction on polyolefins and polyester recycling took center stage on the first day of the event. Polypropylene (PP) regrind was processed on the recycling line recoSTAR dynamic and a sold machine with a smell extraction unit was shown in operation in one of the assembly halls.

Day 2 was dedicated to polyester recycling. For fiber production (bottle-to-fiber recycling), Starlinger demonstrated its newly developed filter, the Rapid Sleeve Changer (RSC). The filter allows for extremely fine filtration (a necessity in fiber production, says the firm) and enables a rapid change of the filter elements without having to stop production, according to Starlinger. The event concluded with a visit to Starlinger’s PET (polyethylene terephthalate) Competence Center, where rPET flakes were used as input material to produce tapes for woven fabric.


Women’s Executive Network honors Emterra Group founder and CEO

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 15:30
Throughout the past 40 years, Emmie Leung, founder and CEO of Burlington, Ontario-based Emterra Group, has led her company from a one-woman startup to a leader in waste recycling and resource management. During the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Awards in Toronto, Leung was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Winners in the entrepreneurs category.

In the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) announcement, Sherri Stevens, president and CEO of PhaseNyne, parent company of WXN, said, “The Top 100 Awards showcases the leaders that are helping to drive positive change and progress and to remind us of the importance of empowering women in our workforce.”

“This award program recognizes women who have pushed the boundaries and are in a constant pursuit of leadership excellence,” Leung said. “It is a complete honor to be included with this group of exemplary people and to be recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women.”

Judges commended Leung for growing and adapting her business to changing commodity markets and customer needs, building her team to support her vision and demonstrating her commitment to the community.

Widely recognized as a pioneer and leader in the recycling industry in Canada since 1976, Leung is credited with introducing reusable blue bags to collect old newspapers and other recyclables door to door in British Columbia, establishing that province’s first successful municipal curbside recycling program.

Today, Emterra has become a leader in green fleet management, investing millions in environmentally friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and a network of public CNG fueling stations across Canada, introducing Emterra into an entirely new line of business while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution.

Emterra Group also includes Canadian Liquids Processors, which provides one-of-a-kind confidential destruction of consumer products and liquids, and Emterra Tire Recycling, which hauls, processes and collects used tires in the province of Ontario.

Today, Emterra Group is a multimillion dollar, international family of companies with more than 1,100 employees spread across 31 locations in Canada and the state of Michigan. Joining her in the day-to-day operation are her daughters, Paulina, who is vice president of corporate strategy and business development, and Vivian, who is manager of materials, next life.

“At Emterra, we look at things differently,” Leung says. “Our business is 100 percent the result of diverting waste and transforming it into valuable commodities and green energy.”

Employment diversity also earned Leung marks in the awards program. As a young female immigrant for whom English was a second language, establishing herself in a male-dominated industry wasn’t easy. Therefore, Leung says she ensures the work environment at Emterra values and includes everyone. For the last two years, Emterra was a finalist in BC’s Workplace Inclusion Awards for its willingness to focus on diverse talent pools. Emterra also was nominated for an Innovative Labour Solutions Awards for considering and accommodating adults with developmental disabilities. The company also has been recognized by trade and stewardship organizations, along with employment programs across the country.

Leung’s community contributions target increasing sustainability and healthy living. Under Emmie’s leadership, Emterra’s Community Care program focuses on activities with dual goals: furthering recycling while supporting local social and health-related endeavors. Among these initiatives is Make Your Contribution at the Curb, which encourages residents and businesses in Ontario’s Niagara Region and those in Courtenay and Comox on Vancouver Island to recycle more to support local health care services.

Regarding Emterra, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016, she says it “is an endeavor worth committing my life to because I profoundly believe that we, as a society, must not be wasteful, and we must strive to live zero waste lives.”

Leung says she has found motivation in this recent award. “We must continue to look towards the future and challenge the norm, ask questions and create new goals. There is no time to stop—we have so much to do and we need to inspire and motivate each other to get it done.”

Among Leung’s other honors are 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Special Citation for Pioneering Contributions, 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ontario award for Energy and Cleantech, 2013 Canadian Waste Sector Executive of the Year in the large private business category by the Ontario Waste Management Association, 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs, the 2012 Rosie Award from Waste & Recycling News in recognition of women in business and the 2012 Environmental Award for Personal Achievement, Recycling Council of British Columbia. 


MetalX breaks ground on Delta, Ohio, facility

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 14:45
MetalX, headquartered in Waterloo, Indiana, recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility in Delta, Ohio. The proposed $35 million investment will fund the development of a scrap processing plant that will create more than 75 new jobs to handle more than 500,000 tons annually in its first phase. MetalX says it expects the facility to be fully operational within one year and plans to begin certain operations as early as next summer.

In July 2017, MetalX purchased M&K Metal Processors in Delta. In August, the company announced its plans to build a greenfield scrap processing plant in Delta on a 60-acre site across the street from North Star BlueScope’s flat-rolled steel mill.

MetalX says key ferrous scrap processing operations will include a heavy-duty shredder and recovery system, a production baler, mobile shears and a high-capacity staging and distribution yard for prepared grades. Nonferrous operations will focus on shredded aluminum recovery and industrial scrap processing. The company says it also will operate a full-service fleet transportation hub to support industrial and wholesale suppliers.

As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, Dean Monske, president of the Regional Growth Partnership for Northwest Ohio (RGP), Toledo, Ohio, offered his thanks to the company for bringing new jobs and investment to Fulton County. In conjunction with JobsOhio, the RGP facilitated an Ohio Jobs Creation Tax Credit and a JobsOhio Grant. MetalX also received an Ohio Rail Development Commission Grant and a local Jobs Creation Tax Credit from the village of Delta.

“Companies from around the world are finding that northwest Ohio offers high-value advantages at a low cost of doing business,” Monske said. “Together with Jobs Ohio, we look forward to working with MetalX in its continued growth.”

Also speaking at the ceremony were State Rep. Rob McColley and Fulton County Commissioner Jeff Rupp.

Other dignitaries in attendance included State Rep. Derek Merrin; Fulton County Commissioners Jon Rupp and Bill Rufenacht; York Township Trustees Robert Trowbridge and Jeff Mazurowski; Delta Mayor Dan Miller; Delta Village Manager Brad Peebles; Delta Village Council members Art Thomas, Frank Wilton, Bob Gilbert and Ashley Todd; Delta Chamber of Commerce President Janelle DeBacker; and Fulton County Economic Development Corporation Chairman Rich Menzel.

Matt Gilroy, executive director of the Fulton County Economic Development Corp., said, “MetalX executives have a long and successful history in the metals recycling business. In addition to the company’s potential for growth, this project also offers tremendous opportunities for the community. The company will provide a valuable service to area businesses and individuals, will generate substantial tax revenues for the community and the state of Ohio and provide folks in the area with new, stable and well-paying employment opportunities.”

He continued, “Company officials have been great to work with through the entire process and they’ve selected the optimal location for their investment. This site is served by the Genesee and Wyoming short line railroad, an excellent highway infrastructure that includes State Route 109, State Route 20A, and the Ohio Turnpike, plus the company will have access to the highly skilled and hard-working workforce of northwest Ohio.”

MetalX President and CEO Danny Rifkin said, “We continue to be overwhelmed by the warmth with which we’ve been welcomed to this community and the resounding support for this project. Even though this is the ‘official’ groundbreaking ceremony, we actually started moving dirt on Oct. 27. Aside from the fact that we couldn’t wait to get started, that date is special to us, as it marked the fifth anniversary of the day we first opened in 2012!”

Rifkin added, “This project is a big undertaking and a sizeable investment. We are confident that this will be a success for us all. We truly appreciate the encouragement of the North Star BlueScope team, the special effort made by area officials to work through the process in an expeditious timeframe, the guidance and support of Matt Gilroy and the Fulton County Economic Development Corp., who have assisted us through the entire process, and of course, those people within our own company who have been so committed to getting this done.”

MetalX is a privately held scrap metal recycling business founded in 2012 by Danny and Neal Rifkin, third- and fourth-generation members of the Rifkin family, who have a long history in the scrap metal industry. MetalX is a full-service scrap metal recycling company engaged in the business of recycling, processing, and trading of scrap and secondary metals, as well as providing consulting and management services to industrial companies throughout the U.S. The company says it is focused on creating value through relationships with suppliers and consumers. MetalX currently employs more than 200 people in six locations.


Ecube Labs files patent infringement suit against Bigbelly

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 09:02
Ecube's filed its patent infringement against Bigbelly (system pictured above) several months after Bigbelly filed patent infringement complaints against ECube and EconX.


Seoul, South Korea-based Ecube Labs Co. Ltd., a smart solar-powered waste and recycling station provider specializing in data-driven smart waste management and recycling solutions, has announced that it has filed a suit against Bigbelly Inc. for patent infringement in connection with an ongoing lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Ecube alleges in the suit that Bigbelly infringes Ecube’s U.S. patent No. 9,821,955, which covers Ecube’s system of smart waste management. Ecube’s patented technology enables its licensed partners to operate a smart waste and recycling management system using smart solar-powered compactors. 

In August 2017, Needham, Massachusetts-based Bigbelly Inc., a manufacturer of waste and recycling systems that feature compacting stations with sensors that offer real-time reporting via its software, filed patent infringement complaints against ECube and EconX. The company had filed a complaint with the U.S. Central District Court in California and the German Court alleging Ecube Labs Co. Ltd. (South Korea), Ecube Labs Co. (U.S.) and EconX Waste Solutions B.V. (Netherlands) infringe on two Bigbelly patents covering energy management technologies for solar powered compactors.

The company said at the time that it requested that the U.S. and German courts issue rulings confirming that certain Ecube and EconX products infringe Bigbelly’s U.S. and European patents.

“Ecube Labs is proud of the technology we have developed. We have leveraged deployments in smart city initiatives around the globe to develop the world’s leading smart waste management system,” says Sean Gwon, CEO of Ecube Labs, in a news release announcing the suit. “The patent we are asserting in this case represents the important technologies in our IP portfolio, which are vital to the autonomous and intelligent functions of a smart solar-powered compactor. We filed this suit to stop Bigbelly’s unauthorized use of our patented technologies.”

Ecube’s November 2017 statement mirrors that of Bigbelly’s in August 2017 when Brian Phillips, CEO of Bigbelly, said, “Bigbelly is proud of the technology we have developed. We have leveraged critical customer installations in regions around the globe to enable us to develop the world’s leading smart waste and recycling system. The patents we are asserting represent important technologies in our IP portfolio and are vital to the basic function of a solar powered compactor.  They enable Bigbelly to operate with or without direct sunlight and in any location. These lawsuits seek to stop infringement of our patented technologies.”


LyondellBasell, Suez partner to purchase European plastics recycling company

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 07:35
LyondellBasell, headquartered in the Netherlands and one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Paris-based waste and recycling company Suez to purchase a 50 percent stake in Quality Circular Polymers (QCP).

QCP is a high standard plastics recycling company based in Sittard-Geleen, Netherlands. The company was founded in 2014. Its Sittard-Geleen facility, near Maastricht, can convert consumer waste into 35,000 tons of polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) per year starting in 2018.

This transaction marks the first time that a major plastics and chemicals company partners with a leader in resource management to contribute to circular economy objectives, say the companies.

“As the circular economy increases in prominence and importance, we believe that demand for recycled materials will continue to grow,” LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel and Suez CEO Jean-Louis Chaussade say in a shared statement announcing the joint venture. “This acquisition combines LyondellBasell’s European market presence and technical capabilities with Suez’s ability to collect and recover waste into new materials. We believe that this new venture will provide a strategic platform for future sustainable growth.”

LyondellBasell will market QCP materials following the completion of the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval. LyondellBasell and Suez say they are seeking to secure regulatory approval by the end of this year.

LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. The company sells products into approximately 100 countries and is the world’s largest licensor of polyolefin and PP technologies.

With 90,000 employees on five continents, Suez says it is a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. The group recovers 17 million tons of waste per year and produces 3.9 million tons of secondary raw materials.

QCP manufactures polymers of high quality based on recovered plastics.


Sorting Castoffs and Finding Renewal

Recycling news from New York Times - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 07:00
After a rough decade and trouble finding work, a Marine Corps veteran and machinist, Steve Bavier, landed a job with a junk removal company that hires mostly vets.

US Army Corps of Engineers recycles wood and metal during Puerto Rico cleanup

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 05:30
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Washington, is recycling metal and wood chips in its debris removal efforts across the island of Puerto Rico. 

Through cooperation with the leaders at local municipalities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and USACE's Debris Planning and Response Team makes the collection process possible with teams working in nine separate locations. For example, in the city of Ponce more than 48 trucks have been used to haul 3,700 loads of debris.

"We have been actively removing debris from Ponce since Oct. 23," Jasmine Smith, the debris mission manager from the New Orleans District, says. "We have removed more than 76,000 cubic yards via curbside pickup and temporary disposal sites.”

The estimated total debris in Ponce is estimated to be more than 100,000 cubic yards, enough to fill Yankee Stadium more than two feet high. 

John Fogarty, debris subject matter expert out of the New Orleans District, says USACE estimates more than 3 million cubic yards of vegetative debris will be generated from Hurricane Maria. Approximately 630,000 cubic yards will be reduced and used for compost, landfill cover, slope protection and more.

"There is an estimated 1.3 million cubic yards of construction and demolition debris such as lumber and household furniture which will yield approximately one million pounds of recyclable metals," Fogarty says. 

Additionally, USACE forecasts that close to 9,000 appliances are part of the debris, which may produce about half a million pounds of metals for recycling. According to Fogarty, USACE is also teaming up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to handle freon removal from refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners and to coordinate the collection and disposal of household hazardous wastes.

Currently, the Debris Planning and Response Team, in cooperation with FEMA and working closely with leaders of 54 municipalities, has removed approximately 284,000 cubic yards of debris.

"We continue to make strides with our community partners and endeavor to remove debris in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner," Smith says. "Debris removal continues to be a high priority mission for FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers."

John Lawrie Group acquired by its management team

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 00:19
(Photo courtesy of the John Lawrie Group.)

The John Lawrie Group, based in Aberdeen, Scotland in the United Kingdom, has been acquired by members of its management team in partnership with London-based Rubicon Partners and investment firm Grovepoint, also based in London.

In the news release announcing the transaction, Lawrie Group says the move will help as it “gears up for an expansion of its business in the U.K. and United States.” Following the acquisition, all existing staff will remain with the company, according to the firm.

Lawrie Group was founded in 1930 by metal merchant John Lawrie in Aberdeen, and now bills itself as one of Scotland’s largest privately-owned businesses, with bases in Montrose and Evanton, Scotland, and in Houston in the U.S.

Four members of the company’s management team – CEO Vic Sinclair, Financial Director Charlie Parker, Operations Director Dave Weston, and Tubulars Director Iain Laing – have bought out the former majority shareholder in partnership with Rubicon Partners and Grovepoint.

The four executives, who previously had been minority shareholders, credited Bank of Scotland and Santander for providing banking services to support the acquisition.

John Lawrie has three divisions that provide metal recycling and reprocessing, decommissioning and steel tubular services to the oil and gas, construction and utility sectors in the U.K. and to the North American market from its U.S. bases in Houston, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

“The commitment of the senior management team has helped make John Lawrie the industry leader it is today,” says CEO Vic Sinclair. “We enter this exciting new era as a financially strong and ambitious business backed by new investors who will help us drive further organic growth in both the U.K. and U.S. across all three of our divisions. We also intend to pursue new markets, including through acquisitions, in this partnership with Rubicon and Grovepoint.”

Comments Charlie Parker, finance director of the firm, “John Lawrie is a business with a proud past and an exciting future. We have a clear strategy for growth and that’s good news for all our stakeholders.”

The management team says opportunities for growth have been identified across the three divisions, and that a key focus for the Lawrie Group will continue to be the North Sea decommissioning sector, in which an estimated £17 billion ($22.5 billion) will be spent during the next decade.

The company indicates it has “progressively developed its decommissioning expertise over the past two decades [and] has carried out a wide range of projects involving the deconstruction, processing, recycling and disposal of redundant subsea materials.”


LiuGong hosts 2017 Global Dealer Conference

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:33
China-based LiuGong hosted its 2017 Global Dealer Conference Nov. 13 in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.

With the theme of “Innovation Creates the Future,” LiuGong shared its 60 years’ heritage as well as the future expectations with more than 1,000 attendees from more than 70 countries. Attendees included government officials, industry leaders, LiuGong dealer representatives, LiuGong employees and media.

Established in 1958, LiuGong says it has evolved into an international company with 15 product lines, providing equipment and service globally.

“All the achievements couldn’t have been done without LiuGong’s perseverance and innovation in both technology and management,” says Zeng Guang’an, chairman of LiuGong Group, said in his opening address.

After the launch of its Global R&D center in 2015, LiuGong recently launched its European R&D Center in Warsaw, Poland, in September, which also is supported by the Poland National R&D Center. Together with LiuGong R&D centers in the United States and India, and the industrial Design Center in the U.K., LiuGong provides technical support to its customers worldwide. As a result, LiuGong’s H series wheel loaders and E series excavators, which are both new generation products with unified family appearance, have been well-received around the world, according to the company. At 2016 dealer conference, LiuGong launched the vertical lift wheel loader, which is the first for an articulating frame loader, the company says.

Speaking of the global expansion, LiuGong representatives said the company boosts one of the most extensive sales networks among Chinese CE manufacturers in its 15-years of globalization. LiuGong has nearly 300 dealers across six continents in more than 100 countries, “providing localized and professional service to LiuGong customers and ensuring the parts and service availability,” the company says. To support its worldwide business, LiuGong has set up a global layout comprising of 12 regional subsidiaries, nine parts distribution centers and three overseas manufacturing plants.

“With the increasing proportion of its overseas business, which reached more than 30 percent in 2016, LiuGong is also expanding its overseas assets,” the company says in a news release. “In 2017, LiuGong had its Brazil manufacturing plants started volume production. In September, LiuGong opened new European headquarters in Warsaw and announced the new production capabilities at LiuGong Dressta Machinery, enlarging its pipe-layer operations and manufacturing LiuGong loaders and excavators for supply throughout Europe.”

On the occasion of LiuGong's 60th anniversary and in conjunction the with national initiative of “One Belt and One Road,” LiuGong held a launch ceremony for its 60th Anniversary Global Tour and Fulfillment of “The Belt and Road Initiative” Strategy at this year’s dealer conference. Additionally, LiuGong showcased its 60th anniversary commemorative models and arranged a factory tour at LiuGong’s Changzhou factory, as well as at LiuGong’s modern manufacturing plants for excavators, bulldozers and mining equipment in eastern China.


The Aluminum Association updates green building guidelines

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:07
The Aluminum Association, Arlington, Virginia, has released the 2017 version of “Aluminum in Green Buildings—A Guide to Environmental Declarations” as part of its series of guidelines for the building and construction market sector.

The association says the updated guidelines detail how life cycle assessments and environmental product declarations are awarded for green building credits in major rating systems, and what architects and designers can do to meet the requirements.

The guidelines, created by the Aluminum Association for the building and construction market, reflect the latest development of environmental declaration requirements in major green building codes and rating systems, including:

The guide is available at the association’s website at www.aluminum.org

“Our industry is committed to utilizing aluminum’s many benefits to advance sustainability efforts in the building and construction sector,” says Heidi Brock, president and CEO of The Aluminum Association. “The guide’s updates will help stakeholders in every stage of the process make informed decisions regarding environmental declarations as well as what aluminum can bring to the process.”

The guide looks at different stakeholders along the building product manufacturing value chain and how roles and responsibilities vary for each when it comes to meeting credit requirements using LEED v4, the latest version of the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system, as an illustration.

The Aluminum Association says the updated guidelines provide stakeholders further information crucial to producing meaningful declarations on aluminum building products.

The association released the first set of guidelines, A Guide to Green Building Development, in 2015 at Greenbuild in Washington, which focused on guiding stakeholders to better use aluminum’s material properties and life cycle characteristics to maximize green building credits.

The Aluminum Association represents aluminum production and jobs in the United States, ranging from primary production to value-added products to recycling, as well as suppliers to the industry.


Reserve scrap firm to invest $20 million in new Ohio location

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 01:14
Metals and electronics recycling firm Reserve Management Group (RMG) will reportedly consolidate its northern Ohio operations in a 540,000-square-foot building in Stow, Ohio.

According to an online news report from Ohio-based Gatehouse Media, Stow’s city council has endorsed an income tax sharing grant agreement with RMG to entice it to relocate to a former adhesives manufacturing facility with some 500,000 square feet of plant space.

If the agreement goes through, RMG may invest some $20 million to make the space suitable for some 350 employees engaged in scrap metal and electronics recycling activities. Those employees currently work in one of two RMG sites in Solon and Twinsburg, Ohio. RMG also operates offices and facilities in Toledo, Ohio, as well as in Chicago, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New York state and Wisconsin.

A Stow economic development official is quoted by Gatehouse Media as saying RMG anticipates having “450 people working full time in Stow by [its] third year of operation, with an estimated annual payroll of $17 million.”

On its website, RMG describes itself as having been formed in 1981 and consisting of “a family of distinct but related businesses involved in recycling, scrap metal processing (ferrous Metals, nonferrous metals, electronic scrap, plastic scrap), material handling, equipment sales and purchasing and property management.”


Nucor to build “micro mill” in Missouri

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:58
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Nucor Corp. has announced it will build a rebar “micro mill” in Sedalia, Missouri, about 90 miles east of Kansas City. The new micro mill will cost approximately $250 to build and is expected to start operating in 2019, pending the finalization of state and local incentives and receiving the required permits and regulatory approvals.

“This rebar micro mill project is consistent with our long-term strategy for profitable growth and builds on our position as a low-cost producer,” says John Ferriola, chairman, CEO and president of Nucor. “Strategically positioning this micro mill in the Kansas City area will give us a sustained cost advantage over other domestic steel producers supplying rebar from outside the region.”

Rebar supply to the Kansas City, Upper Midwest and Plains States markets currently travels long distances, giving the micro mill in Sedalia a logistical advantage, according to Nucor. The company also indicates the location will allow it “to take advantage of the abundant scrap supply in the immediate area provided by Nucor's scrap business, The David J. Joseph Company.”

A Nucor executive also has disclosed the steelmaker is seeking a site for a second rebar micro mill. “We are encouraged by the tremendous support received by the state and local community in Missouri, and Nucor has decided to pursue an additional micro mill project,” says Dave Sumoski, executive vice president of merchant and rebar products at Nucor. “Two regions are currently under consideration in the southeastern United States for this additional project.”

Following its approval by the Missouri Development Finance Board, the project was formally announced by Nucor in late November 2017 at an event attended by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. The rebar micro mill investment is expected to create 255 full-time jobs as well as 450 temporary construction jobs.

“We would like to thank state and local officials who have assisted us with the project, including Governor Greitens, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the City of Sedalia, Pettis County, and Kansas City Power & Light,” says Sumoski. “Our bar mills have been the foundation of our company, and we believe strategically supplying underserved markets will allow our bar business to continue to generate significant value in the future.”


November RMDAS figures show regional disparity

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:30
Ferrous scrap mill buying prices, collected and averaged out by the Raw Material Data Aggregation Service (RMDAS) of Pittsburgh-based MSA Inc., show mills in the RMDAS North Midwest Region paid as much as $17 per ton less for scrap compared to their counterparts in other regions.

The transaction figures collected by RMDAS occurred from in the first three weeks of November 2017. The RMDAS North Midwest region includes mills and melt shops in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.

Scrap prices in the North Midwest region typically lag behind those in the RMDAS North Central/East region, which includes Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, the rest of Indiana and the Mid-Atlantic and New England states.

The North Midwest prices are usually comparable with those in the RMDAS South region, however. In May 2017, mills in the two regions paid within $4 per ton on average for all three grades tracked by RMDAS: prompt scrap, shredded scrap and No. 1 heavy melting steel (HMS).

In November, buyers in the South were able to get No. 1 HMS for just $3 per ton more on average compared to their counterparts in the North Midwest. However, Southern mills paid $9 more per ton for prompt scarp and $17 per ton more for shredded scrap.

With pricing and, in all likelihood, scrap flows having fallen in October, Southern mill buyers may have had to up their bids in November to attract scrap from other regions.

Transportation costs also may have played a role. Both rail and barge lines tend to provide additional capacity to agricultural customers during the harvest season, potentially at the expense of southern mills dependent on scrap shipped from the north.

Barge traffic also has experienced weather-related disruptions in the fall of 2017, perhaps causing some scrap to move by more expensive rail or truck options from north to south.

The Washington, D.C.-based Waterways Council Inc. reported in mid-October that a portion of the Ohio River near a Lock & Dam 52 (L&D 52) was closed for “nearly a week due to rising river stages that exceeded the maximum locking stage of 20.7 feet.” Precipitation from Hurricane Nate prompted the rising river level and closure in October, but L&D 52 was closed Sept. 6-14 because of an unscheduled maintenance outage at the 89-year-old lock.

According to the Waterways Council, as of mid-October there were 58 vessels with 658 barges waiting to transit L&D 52. “This backup [was] over roughly a 20-mile stretch of river,” the group reported.


PSI opens application period for scholarship fund

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:02
The Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has announced applications for its scholarship fund are available to download on the association’s website.

High school seniors bound for college are eligible to apply for the PSI/ISRI Recycling Research Foundation scholarship here. The 2018 PSI Scholarship Fund is open to high school seniors of any member company’s recycling division and will award eight $2,000 scholarships.

The deadline for the scholarship fund applications is March, 31, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early summer 2018.

For more information and eligibility requirements, visit  PSI's website at www.paperstockindustries.org


Spectro Alloys to invest $5.5M in aluminum recycling facility

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:48
Spectro Alloys Corp., Rosemount, Minnesota, has announced it will invest $5.5 million to expand recycling capabilities at its Rosemount aluminum recycling facility.

The investment will add jobs, expand recycling capabilities and improve melting safety and efficiency - reducing gas and electricity needed in the recycling process, says Spectro Alloys. The project, which will be implemented by mid-2018, includes a new building addition that will house a 21-ton rotary furnace capable of melting a wide range of aluminum scrap. It will incorporate new technology, including a filtration plant that will reduce emissions from the recycling process, according to the company.

“We are now hiring to fill 10-plus new full-time production and maintenance positions as a result of this expansion,” says Spectro Alloys. “Spectro plant employees average over $50,000 in gross wages, with excellent health benefits, 401(k) matching and profit sharing bonuses. The planned expansion has received support from the state of Minnesota’s Job Creation Fund, which provides a grant once investment and job creation goals are met.”

This investment will allow Spectro to recycle a wider range of locally and regionally sourced aluminum products, improving the environmental footprint of recycling in Minnesota even further, the company says.

Spectro Alloys President Luke Palen says, “We are committed to investing in programs and technology that support the domestic aluminum supply chain, build value for our customers and suppliers, and improve our environment. This is phase one of a multiyear investment plan aimed at achieving those goals. Much more to come.”

Aluminum recycled at Spectro Alloys is shipped to regional die casters and foundries and made into new products, including lawn mower engines,  ATV components, car parts and other products.