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Data points show Texas-Mexico ferrous friendship

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 01:07
Economic and trade data point to steady and growing steel industry-related trade between the United States and Mexico, with the state of Texas being a leading player.

Becky Hites of Pittsburgh-based steel industry consultancy Steel-Insights LLC, in a mid-2017 presentation to the to the American Institute of Steel Technology (AIST) in Monterey, Mexico remarked, “The trade relationship between Texas and Mexico is worth nearly $200 billion per year,” and that “more than one-third of Texas’ exports go to Mexico, more than three times the next leading destination.”

NAFTA as currently configured means recyclers in Texas and other states within advantageous freight range can supply ferrous scrap to Mexico’s growing steel industry, which is heavily invested in scrap-fed electric arc furnace (EAF) production. According to Hites, who cited statistics from CANACERO (a Mexican steel industry association), more than 14 million tons of the steel produced in Mexico in 2015 was via the EAF route, compared to about 6 million tons of basic oxygen furnace (BOF) output.

Trade data gathered by the Census Bureau U.S. Department of Commerce and published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows the Texas-Mexico connection specific to steel and scrap is strong.

In the first five months of 2017, Mexico was behind only Turkey as a destination for ferrous scrap exported from the United States. In those five months, some 718,000 metric tons of ferrous scrap valued at $189 million was shipped from the U.S. to Mexico.

Pertinent to Texas, Census Bureau data also shows the Laredo and Houston-Galveston customs districts as the busiest in the USGS Gulf Coast region for ferrous scrap shipped across the border in those five months. Those two customs districts shipped out 308,000 of the 479,000 metric tons that left the region, or 64.3 percent.

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Brazilian app aims to modernize scavenging sector

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 00:47
The creators of a new app being tested in São Paulo, Brazil, are hopeful the service it provides can help peddlers and scavengers seeking recyclable materials increase their incomes.

According to a September 2017 online article by London-based The Economist, the app called Cataki was introduced in July 2017 with the intention of “matching people who have [discarded materials or items] with catadores operating in their neighborhoods.” Catadore is the Portuguese term for small peddlers who collect metal, old corrugated containers (OCC) and other recyclable materials for resale to scrap dealers.

A peddler named Gabriel Cazuza is described by The Economist as having a “two-wheeled, metal-framed” cart that he pushes through the streets of São Paulo on a nightly basis. The publication describes him as “one of tens of thousands of catadores” in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, and as part of a collective of nearly 400,000 poorer Brazilians who have been engaged in the practice since the 19th century.

In the newly developed Cataki app, peddlers and their carts are tracked as purple icons in a manner similar to how Uber customers see that app’s drivers. The Economist quotes Thiago Mundano, a street artist who helped create Cataki, says a future version of the app will allow people will to photos of their discarded, and catadores will accept or reject it by swiping right or left—similar to the Tinder dating app.

The article cites a report from earlier this decade by the Brasília-based Insituto de Pesquisa Economico Aplicada (IPEA) which estimated the government of São Paulo itself recycles just 300 metric tons out of each 12,000 metric tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated each day (2.5 percent).

Catadores, meanwhile, help ensure that some 98 percent of Brazil’s aluminum used beverage containers (UBCs) are recycled, and as a group may collect as much as 80 percent of São Paulo’s recycled materials.

Cataki founder Mundano tells The Economist he has high hopes for the app, although so far “just 1,000 householders and 300 catadores have downloaded” it, according to the publication. Potentially, though Mundano believes the app could help the estimated 1 percent of the world’s urban population who act as peddlers or scavengers connect to a broader market more efficiently.

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Turkish mills reportedly scale back scrap purchases

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 22:14
Demand and pricing for ferrous scrap exported to Turkey is heading down in September, according to tracking performed by Metal Bulletin.

In late September, the United Kingdom-based publication reported that its daily index for exported European scrap had fallen by more than $10 per metric ton during the final week of the month.

The publication says prices dropped because steel mills in Turkey were attempting to “protect their profit margins from any threat of lower finished steel prices.”

The trigger for the $10 price drop, added the publication, was the lower bid accepted for a mixed cargo from North America to Turkey. Metal Bulletin says its sources are indicating, however, that the price drop could be short-lived because of underlying fundamental demand for Turkish steel and the scrap used to make it.

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ArcelorMittal to expand Mexican mill complex

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 21:14
Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal has announced a $1 billion, three-year investment program at its Lázaro Cárdenas steelmaking complex in Mexico. The company says the investments will be focused on the mill’s downstream capabilities, plus “sustaining the competitiveness” of ArcelorMittal’s mining operations and “modernizing its existing asset base.”

The main investment will be the construction of a new hot strip mill. Construction will take approximately three years and, upon completion, will enable ArcelorMittal Mexico to produce about 2.5 million metric tons per year of flat-rolled steel. Coils from the new hot strip mill will be supplied to domestic, non-auto, general industry customers, says ArcelorMittal. The company says further investments will be made at Lázaro Cárdenas “to improve the quality and productivity of the asset base, with additional investment in the group's Mexican mining operations.”

The investments have been designed to enable ArcelorMittal Mexico to meet the anticipated increased demand requirements from domestic customers and to “realize in full ArcelorMittal Mexico's productive capacity of 5.3 million metric tons and significantly enhance the proportion of higher-value added products in its product mix, in-line with the company’s Action 2020 strategic plan,” the company comments.

The announcement follows confirmation that the Mexican government has established five Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in southern Mexico to attract infrastructure investment in areas considered to be of undeveloped economic potential. Lázaro Cárdenas, home to ArcelorMittal Mexico's primary steelmaking operations, was named as an SEZ.

“In order to make investment decisions of the scale we have announced today, we need both a favorable investment environment and confidence in long-term domestic growth prospects,” says Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal. “I therefore warmly welcome the confirmation of the Special Economic Zones by the Mexican government, which establishes a positive regulatory investment framework aimed at facilitating economic and infrastructure development in the south of the country. Our investment program is aligned with the Mexican government’s objectives, and will enable us to benefit from the anticipated increased demand for higher-added value steel products from domestic Mexican customers. It reinforces our long-standing presence in Mexico, will support the creation of approximately 800 new jobs and play an important role in bolstering economic activity in the region.”

Adds Victor Cairo, CEO of ArcelorMittal Mexico, “Construction of the new hot strip mill, alongside the other projects in our investment program that are geared toward enhancing the efficiency and quality of our operations, will enable us to optimize our asset base and increase the proportion of finished steel products for our domestic customers.”

ArcelorMittal Mexico currently produces about 4 million metric tons of steel per year. Following completion of the investment program, production could grow to about 5.3 million metric tons per year, with the proportion of finished steel for the domestic Mexican market significantly expanded. Flat-rolled steel production would total about 2.5 million metric tons, long steel about 1.8 million metric tons, with the remaining 1 million metric tons made up of semi-finished slabs.

Lazaro Cardenas is Mexico’s largest steel mill and slab exporter. On its website, ArcelorMittal refers to the site as “the only dedicated slab producer in the world using the DRI-EAF (direct reduced iron-electric arc furnace) continuous casting method for its entire production.” While the four EAF production lines are fed with some scrap, the facility uses DRI as its primary metallic input for steelmaking.

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Wastecon/ISWA World Congress 2017: Baltimore transitions to municipal trash cans

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 15:41
By introducing municipal garbage carts, the city of Baltimore has addressed its problems with rats and trash in the city while also increasing its recycling rate.

Baltimore served as the host city for the combined Silver Spring, Maryland-based Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Wastecon and Wien, Austria-based International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress. The event was held at the Baltimore Convention Center Sept. 25-27. Representatives from the city’s Department of Public Works Bureau of Solid Waste addressed attendees of the session Welcome to Baltimore: Exploring Charm City’s Waste Programs, which took place Sept. 25.

Yvonne Moore-Jackson, solid waste chief with Baltimore’s Department of Public Works Bureau of Solid Waste, said rats have been a problem in the city for years, with the rodents’ population estimated to be at 8 million. The city’s Rat Rubout program was introduced in 2014 to address this problem in a proactive rather than a reactive manner.

With the introduction of the program, staffing was increased from eight people to 16 so that the various districts of Baltimore could be treated on a 30-day cycle, Moore-Jackson said. The teams also check for other sanitation issues while they are treating the rats.

They can treat alleys and public spaces on the spot if a complaint is called in, she said. However, if the rodents are on private property, a right of entry form must be completed by the resident so the property can be treated if the resident is not home when the crew arrives.

Moore-Jackson said that citizen complaints regarding rats have declined from 8,500 to 4,300 since the program was introduced. Rat burrows also declined from 51,284 in fiscal 205 to 40,257 in fiscal 2017.

“The rat population was one of the driving reasons we went to municipal trash cans,” said Tanya Simmons, division chief, Baltimore Southeast Quadrant, Department of Public Works Bureau of Solid Waste. Another objective of the program was reducing calls to the department for dirty streets and alleys. 

The department piloted the trash can program in two neighborhoods on the east and west sides of the city in 2014. At the same time the trash carts were delivered, so was a free recycling bin, Simmons said. The objective was to stop residents from putting out bags of trash, which can attract rodents.

During the pilot, Simmons said calls requesting rat eradication and cleanup of dirty alleys increased originally. She attributed this to increased education, saying that prior to the pilot, residents didn’t know they should be calling in these issues to the city.

In the pilot areas—Belair Edison and Mondawin—recycling increased as a result of the trash can program, Simmons said. Belair Edison saw a 32 percent increase, while Mondawin saw an 11.6 percent increase.

The municipal trash cart program expanded citywide by the end of 2016. Simmons said residents are not obligated to use the city-supplied trash carts as long as they used a cart with a tight-fitting lid. Residents don’t have to pay for the carts, which are city property, that are assigned to their homes. They are allowed one free replacement cart and two complimentary repairs, she added.

Bob Murrow, acting chief of the Baltimore Bureau of Solid Waste, said the city, which covers 80 square miles and is not part of the surrounding county, had a recycling rate of 17.8 percent in 2015 and a waste diversion rate of nearly 22 percent. He added that the areas north of the city tend to do a better job of recycling than the Inner Harbor area does.

Challenges to recycling in the city include lack of space, pests, poverty and education. Murrow said the lack of discretionary income forces residents to by single-use items, which creates more waste, while other residents are overwhelmed by the list of what can and cannot be recycled.

However, he added that even in the most recycling challenged areas of the city, residents are still recycling, which Murrow said gave him hope. “Kids will lead the way,” he said. 

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Wastecon/ISWA World Congress 2017: A huge shift is coming

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 14:59
The findings of a global survey into the future of waste management were presented during the Silver Spring, Maryland-based Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA’s) and the Wien, Austria-based International Solid Waste Association’s (ISWA’s) combined Wastecon/ISWA World Congress event Sept. 25-27 in Baltimore.

During a keynote session titled, Smart Technologies and Their Impact on Collection & Transportation of Waste, speakers from technology firms weighed in on the study titled,” The Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the Waste Management Sector” available for download at www.iswa.org and their impressions of the waste industry’s embracing of technology.

The survey heard over 1,000 of the industry's leading CEOs, scientists, professionals and decision-makers. ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos, shared that 97 percent of the participants believe that the waste industry will be affected by technology and 50 percent of these believe that the impact will already be significant by 2030, reflecting the feeling that changes are already on the way.

“We wanted to make the industry aware that a huge shift is coming,” said Mavropoulos. “If waste management industry thinks it will be kept out. They are making a big mistake.”

The results show that there is also an opportunity in emerging and developing economies to develop waste management infrastructure which is fit for the future; and the investment opportunities are also manifold.

"The survey highlights the hope that the 4th Industrial Revolution will deliver solutions to several challenges related to waste management, from eco-design to waste prevention and circular economy around the world" said ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos, considering the positives and potential of this broad change.

ISWA's survey anticipates that the largest impacts will be on fully robotic waste sorting and recycling plants and digitalized consulting and engineering, amongst many others.

For more than 80 percent of the respondents the 4th Industrial Revolution will make circular economy a reality for most of consumer goods and for around 50 percent Mobile Apps, New Sensors, Social Media and Big Data will attract most of the investments during the coming years.

“The 4th Industrial Revolution will impact upon all industries and waste management won't escape this, ISWA said in a news release. “It made clear that the industry must respond in an integrated and comprehensive manner, involving all stakeholders of the global policy.”

Among the speakers, Vivek Agrawal, advisor, Kanak Resources Management Ltd., and trustee, Centre for Development Communicaiton, India, noted whether technology is positive or negative remains to be seen. He acknowledged that efficiency may improve but that it may “displace people of their lively hood,” which he said was “a bit chilling for companies like ours.”

Don Diego Padilla, vice president of FleetMind, Canada, said the industry “hasn’t been a high-tech market for a very long time.”

Wastecon/ISWA World Congress was Sept. 25-27 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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The ReWall Co. to double its manufacturing

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:59
The ReWall Co., Des Moines, Iowa, has announced it is doubling its manufacturing capacity of roofing products and other construction materials made from recycled food and beverage cartons.

The manufacturer of green building materials, which are 100 percent recyclable, says this move is in response to growing demand for its products.

Founded in 2008, ReWall converts cartons into sustainable building materials through its low-energy, ecofriendly recycling technology. In July 2017, ReWall installed new equipment to expand the capacity of its manufacturing facility in Des Moines. This increases its need for recycled cartons from about 200 tons a month to approximately 600 tons a month, “and likely to even higher,” says the company.

“We have discovered that the unique properties of cartons—such as strength, durability and resistance to mold and moisture—make cartons an ideal material for creating high-quality building materials,” says Jan Rayman, CEO of The ReWall Co. “With demand growing for our products, our focus is on expansion and identifying additional North American locations for our next facility.”

Sharing a joint interest to increase carton recycling, the Carton Council of North America says it has been a longtime supporter of ReWall with the goal to expand carton recycling nationwide by growing infrastructure for recycling aseptic and gable-top cartons. The Carton Council has worked with ReWall to provide financial and technical support to help expand this innovative end market for cartons used for many common food and beverage products, the organization says.

Through innovative technology developed specifically for ReWall’s needs, the company says the process uses no water, formaldehyde glues or hazardous chemicals. No waste is generated, and every part of the carton is incorporated into the finished products, which include roof cover board, exterior sheathing, wallboard and floor underlayment. The life cycle of the cartons will continue as the building materials also can be recycled, ReWall says.

“ReWall’s success clearly demonstrates that the use of recovered cartons has evolved,” says Jason Pelz, vice president of recycling projects for the Carton Council of North America and vice president, environment, for Tetra Pak Cluster Americas. “We are excited about the growth of this innovative end market for food and beverage cartons.” 

There are 800 half-pint cartons in each 4-inch-by-8-and-a-half-inch roof cover board. This means that each truckload of finished ReWall products prevents nearly 600,000 cartons from going to landfills, according to the company.

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

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Galfab announces employee stock ownership plan

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:49
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Mosaic Capital Partners LLC, has announced that it has led the structuring and funding of the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) buyout of Galfab, a manufacturing company with locations in Indiana and Arizona that was previously owned by Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions LLC, Bolingbrook, Illinois.

Mosaic Managing Partner Keith Butcher says, “Our team at Mosaic was honored to be selected to partner with Jerry Samson, the management and employees in Galfab’s transition to employee ownership. Galfab is recognized throughout the industry as a premier designer and manufacturer of waste equipment of all types.”

Samson, Galfab CEO, says, “We were very thorough in our process to choose the right partner. It became evident that Mosaic offered our employees, our customers and our growth strategy the best opportunity. The desire to create an ownership opportunity in Galfab for our over 150 employees was always the top priority for us. Our employees are the heart and soul of Galfab. We feel our corporate philosophy respects their individual skills, cooperative spirit and dedication to exceptional quality and service. This company was founded by Don Galbreath and built on his reputation in the industry. Taking care of all the employees was foremost on our mind. Galfab is well-known as an industry innovator and this new structure will position Galfab as a leading-edge manufacturing employer.”

Dave McKeon, COO of Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, says, “We are very proud of Galfab’s growth and success under Wastebuilt’s ownership, and we look forward to partnering with Jerry and his team as Galfab becomes an independent, employee-owned company. Wastebuilt will continue to focus on its core business of providing parts, service and equipment to the refuse industry, with Galfab as an important partner for our company.”

Galfab is based in Winamac, Indiana, and in Phoenix. The company manufactures cable roll-off hoists, single-axle hook hoists, open-top roll-off containers, packer-receiver containers, front- and rear-load containers, self-contained compactors, self-dumping hoppers and various other products for transportation in the garbage and scrap industry. 

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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.

AEP Ohio customers can visit AEPOhio.com/Recycle to learn more and schedule free pick-up of their appliances.]]>

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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