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Sennebogen celebrates 65th anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

ArcelorMittal Weirton LLC resolves hazardous waste violations

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

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

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

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

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

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

EPA cited ArcelorMittal Weirton for violations including:

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

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

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Software firm pitches in at Pennsylvania charity event

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

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

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

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

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

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PRE urges fundamental plastics recycling changes

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

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

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

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

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

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Bühler breaks ground on R&D facility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mr. T to celebrate anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lytx products provide fleet operations managers video evidence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Paper industry urges NAFTA caution

News from Recycling Today - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 23:59
Donna Harman, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) joined other business leaders in late September 2017 at a press briefing to “underscore the importance of retaining investor protections ahead of the upcoming round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations.”

The American Petroleum Institute (API) hosted the press briefing where Harman and other participants focused on the need to retain investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) as NAFTA is renegotiated with Canada and Mexico.

“NAFTA countries account for 45 percent of forest products industry total exports, making them a hugely important market for our industry,” Harman said at the event. “Our interconnected supply chain benefits U.S. consumers and rural and urban communities across the country, where our industry directly employs 900,000 men and women. That’s why it’s critical to maintain and expand robust market access and investment protections as NAFTA is renegotiated with Mexico and Canada.”

Continued Harman, “ISDS is a strong trade enforcement mechanism that ensures U.S.-owned assets aren’t subject to unfair government investment practices by our trade partners. It is an essential part of a new and improved NAFTA for the future. She cited an example when an AF&PA member company “faced expropriation of assets by a Canadian provincial government action. The company was able to use the NAFTA ISDS provision to challenge the expropriation of its property to reach a $130 million settlement with Canada in 2010. Without ISDS, the government in Canada would have taken the asset without any compensation to the U.S.-based company.”

Regarding NAFTA overall, Harman added, “Some of our members also export paper packaging materials from their U.S. mills to converting plants in Mexico where they manufacture corrugated shipping containers. They do this to be close to their converting facilities, which serve local customers in the produce industry and other manufactured products.”

In addition to the API and the AF&PA, other organizations taking part in the press briefing were the American Chemistry Council, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the U.S. Council for International Business.

AF&PA says it represents producers of pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products that manufacture more than $200 billion in products annually.

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International Paper will convert Alabama line to packaging grades

News from Recycling Today - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 23:54
Memphis, Tennessee-based International Paper (IP) has announced plans to invest approximately $300 million to convert its No. 15 paper machine at the Riverdale Mill in Selma, Alabama, from producing uncoated freesheet to instead make whitetop linerboard and containerboard. The conversion is targeted for completion by mid-year 2019 and will add 450,000 tons of annual capacity, with flexibility to shift between containerboard products, says IP.

“Our customers expect us to support their growth, and this machine conversion will meet their needs,” says Tim Nicholls, IP's senior vice president, Industrial Packaging the Americas. “Our Industrial Packaging business continues to focus on our customers in strategic channels, including our box business, domestic and export containerboard and specialty grades.”

Nicholls says IP’s Industrial Packaging mill system allows the business to optimize product mix, increase service and reduce costs. “Our system runs most effectively when there is flexibility, and this conversion will also help us define a more streamlined and balanced system overall.”

Because of the machine conversion, the company will reduce its annual uncoated freesheet capacity by 235,000 tons. The remaining machine at the Riverdale Mill will continue to produce uncoated paper products for the communication paper markets.

“International Paper’s uncoated freesheet business remains a strategic part of the company, and we are well positioned to support current and future customer demand,” says Mike Amick, Jr., IP’s senior vice president, Paper the Americas & India. “This investment proactively repositions Riverdale No. 15 to serve our growing packaging business, while enabling us to optimize our North American Papers business.”

On its website, IP refers to itself as “the largest user of recycled fiber in the United States, with 90 percent of our mills using some level of recovered fiber in the products they manufacture and three mills making products with 100 percent recovered fiber.”

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Ohio-based equipment rental company opens third location

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:41
Vandalia Rental, an equipment rental company that offers lifts, skid steers, material handling equipment and earth mover rentals based in Vandalia, Ohio, has announced that it will officially open its Sharonville, Ohio, location for business on Oct. 2.

The third-generation family owned and operated business was founded in 1961. The rental company will now service the Cincinnati/northern Kentucky area with this latest expansion to Sharonville.

“As our customer base continues to rise we will continue to supply the demand by growing together,” says Kurt Barney, the current owner and grandson of the founder.   

This expansion in Sharonville will be the third rental facility for the company. Vandalia Rental started in the town of Vandalia and in June 2016, the company opened a second rental equipment center in Franklin, Ohio.
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Carpet recycling measure gains ground in California

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:01
The California legislature in mid-September 2017 has passed a bill that its backers say will require manufacturers to increase recycling and address environmental concerns posed by the production and disposal of carpet. A coalition of local governments, environmental, public health, carpet industry and union organizations support the legislation, and is now urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign it into law.

“AB (Assembly Bill) 1158 represents a major victory for California and the nation,” says Heidi Sanborn, executive director of the National Action Stewardship Council, a supporter of the bill. “By mandating the carpet industry increase the amount of carpet [it recycles] and ensuring consumers aren’t unknowingly funding carpet disposal, we can increase green jobs, improve public health and protect the environment.”

Carpets are comprised of 99 percent plastic, say the bill’s supporters. In 2016 in California more than 128,000 tons of carpets were disposed of in landfills and some 10,000 tons of carpeting was burned in incinerators, just in California, says the groups.

In 2010 California began requiring carpet manufacturers to implement a stewardship program to increase the recycling of carpet (AB 2398). Since passage, the carpet industry has failed to achieve meaningful progress, say backers of AB 1158.

“The program has collected over $45 million in consumer fees to date, yet has barely increased recycling,” says Miriam Gordon with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. “AB 1158 will put an end to consumers paying an assessment in good faith that their discarded carpet will be recycled, when it fact it’s not.”

AB 1158 would mandate the industry increase the carpet recycling to 24 percent by 2020. “AB 1158 enacts a series of common sense reforms to the state’s struggling carpet recycling program, and, most importantly, it will finally deliver the real recycling that California consumers have been paying for since 2011,” says Nick Lapis with Californians Against Waste.

Carpet companies including Interface and Tarkett say they have proven that the market has an increasing demand for safer, environmentally friendly, sustainable products. “As one of the carpet industries’ recycling pioneers, Tandus Centiva is in support of this bill,” says Len Ferro, president of Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett company. “The proposed legislation aligns with our parent company Tarkett’s sustainability principles, which include taking back product for recycling through our ReStart program.”

Says Matt Miller, president of Interface Americas, “Interface supports this bill because it is an important step forward toward a stronger carpet stewardship program in California. Recycling carpet at end of life is especially difficult in this era of low petroleum prices, making it economically challenging. As a result, a robust stewardship plan is that much more important today.” 

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Gershow Recycling makes charity donation

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 21:43
Medford, New York-based Gershow Recycling sponsored and donated $2,000 to help defray the costs of hosting the ninth annual Play for Peace/Jugando Por La Paz Soccer Tournament, which was held in August 2017 at the Patchogue-Medford Youth Soccer Complex in Medford.

The goals of Play For Peace are to bring together diverse nationalities within the community for a full day of World Cup-style soccer and to use sports as a way for people from different ethnic backgrounds to find common ground, according to a news release from Gershow Recycling. The annual tournament is organized by the office of Suffolk County (New York) Legislator Robert Calarco.

The tournament was first organized in 2009 through the office of then-Legislator Jack Eddington in conjunction with the Patchogue-Medford Youth Soccer League as a response to an incident in 2008, when Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero was beaten to death. In 2011, when Legislator Calarco was elected, he carried on the tradition of presenting the tournament. Joselo Lucero, Marcelo’s brother, spoke to the crowd about the importance of having an event such as this to bring the community together.

Approximately 500 spectators came to the free event. Fourteen teams — seven men’s teams and seven women’s teams — participated in the tournament. In the men’s division, Patchogue-Medford Youth Soccer League was the winning team, while Suffolk Federal Credit Union won the women’s division. The Best Sportsmanship Awards went to Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association in the men’s division and The Calarco Team in the women’s division.

“Gershow Recycling is pleased again to support this year’s ‘Play for Peace,’” says Kevin Gershowitz, president of the company. “We salute former Legislator Eddington for establishing this event and Legislator Calarco for continuing it, as an effort to bring members of our diverse communities together and build understanding through sports.”

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ISRI urges restraint on auto salvage regulations

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 20:30
The Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has adopted what it calls a new position on vehicle seller licensing and a new policy position on the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP).

The ISRI board of directors has ratified a new policy on the “appropriate regulation, registration, permitting or licensing of sellers of vehicles for scrap or parts only.”

According to ISRI, while scrap metal processors often purchase vehicles in a mechanically crushed or flattened condition, many also are purchased in whole form. Whole vehicle sellers who are in the business of removing parts or scrap metal from these cars for re-selling the parts are typically already regulated as dismantlers or scrap metal processors.

ISRI’s new policy states it “supports [the] reporting of whole vehicles sold for scrap or for parts in accordance with state and federal laws, and opposes overreaching or duplicative regulations, registrations, permitting or licensing requirements placed on the sellers of whole vehicles that are sold only for scrap or for parts, if the vehicles are sold to properly licensed, registered, or permitted (as regulated or required by state law) scrap metal processors or automotive dismantlers.”

Regarding mercury switches, NVMSRP was created by a 2006 memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will expire at the end of 2017. The MOU currently provides that auto manufacturers fund the End of Life Vehicle Solutions Corporation (ELVS), which supplies recyclers with buckets to collect mercury switches and covers the cost of shipping the buckets and recycling the mercury, as well as providing indemnification for participants once the switches are packaged and shipped.

ISRI’s newly adopted position states it “supports a continuation of NVMSRP through the end of 2021, conditioned upon the following sections of the 2006 MOU remaining essentially unchanged:

  • the transportation, acceptance, recycling and liability language regarding the End of Life Vehicle Solutions Corporation (ELVS) under Section V.1.C, subsections 3 through 6; and
  • language regarding the responsibilities of ISRI and participating vehicle crushers, scrap processing facilities, brokers and vehicle dismantlers, as well as their interactions with other parties.”
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LA County selects BHS for new MRF

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:23
The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD) has selected Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), Eugene, Oregon, to design, manufacture and install a new materials recovery system (MRF) at its Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility (PHMRF). The system will process both commercial and residential streams – including dry commercial waste, commercial Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), multifamily MSW, and single-stream recyclables – and increase the districts’ processing capacity to 600 tons per day (TPD), according to BHS.

The system is designed to provide the flexibility to process various input streams while maximizing recovery and end-product quality. The high-tech equipment includes a Max-AI Autonomous QC (AQC) in a quality control role on the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that is recovered by the system’s NRT SpydIR-T optical sorter.

Max-AI is an artificial intelligence developed with deep learning neural network technology, and is able to recognize materials similar to the way a person does, according to BHS. Max targets non-PET items, including non-California Refund Value (CRV) PET, which the AQC’s robotic sorter removes at levels that consistently outperform manual sorting, BHS adds. The demand to increase the quality of fiber will be addressed through optical sorting technology, including a NRT FiberPure optical sorter that recovers clean mixed paper. Another FiberPure optical sorter recovers the smaller and increasingly prevalent cardboard in the system.

The latest AI, robotic and fiber optical technologies add to BHS’ mixed waste recovery capabilities, a patented process that has been implemented throughout the world including at several operational facilities in California. The process includes BHS metering and bag opening technologies, Tri-Disc screens, Nihot air density classification and NRT In-Flight Sorting optical technology. The PHMRF design includes the built-in flexibility to run several material types on the same line, from dry single-stream recyclables to organics-rich MSW at high rates of throughput, recovery and uptime, according to BHS.

“The BHS system will cost-effectively improve our recycling efforts, which will help our member cities meet recycling requirements,” says Habib Kharrat, Supervising Engineer for the LACSD. “We wanted a system to increase recovery from both mixed-waste and single streams by capturing a high percentage of the available recyclables using state-of-the-art technology.”

The PHMRF is permitted to accept a maximum of 4,400 TPD and a maximum of 24,000 tons per week of waste. It is permitted to receive, process and transfer waste and recyclable materials 24 hours per day, Monday through Saturday. It currently receives waste from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and operates 24 hours per day, Monday through Saturday.

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Illinois EPA seeks recycling data from Illinois counties

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 06:43
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Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Alec Messina has announced the agency has released a statewide survey to county recycling coordinators to identify the types of items recycled or collected and what type of collections are available throughout the state. The information will be used to develop an online statewide locator tool for residents to identify recycling options in their area. Surveys must be completed and returned to the Illinois EPA by Oct. 19, 2017.

County recycling coordinators may participate in the Waste Recycling Survey by completing a hard copy or an electronic form that may also be submitted online. Participants are asked to identify whether any of the following items are recycled or independently collected in their counties: aluminum, batteries, carpet, comingled recyclables, compostable materials, construction and demolition debris, electronics, food scraps, glass, household hazardous waste, landscape waste, metals, paint, paper, plastics, tires and white goods. Respondents also should provide information on the type of collections available (curbside, drop-off or one-day collection events) and any fees associated with participating in those collections.

The Illinois EPA says it intends to use the survey as a reference to develop a statewide recycling and collection availability tool to publish on the agency’s website. In addition, Illinois EPA says it anticipates using the responses to identify areas of the state that are not adequately served by relevant collection locations.

By completing the survey, participants will ensure that information related to their county/counties is taken into account when the Illinois EPA develops its collection availability tool and identifies underserved areas of the state. If a county recycling coordinator has not received a survey from Illinois EPA, the electronic form can be accessed at www.epa.illinois.gov/Assets/iepa/forms/land/waste-management/waste-recycling-survey.pdf.

The agency says it anticipates publicizing the results in conjunction with the development and completion of the online collection availability tool, which is expected to be published in early 2018.

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Sims Metal Management celebrates 100 years in business

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 06:20
Metals and electronics recycling company Sims Metal Management Ltd. (SMM), with headquarters in Sydney and New York, is celebrating 100 years in the recycling business in 2017. Albert Sims founded the company in 1917 with a single small yard in Sydney. Since that time, SMM has evolved into a global business, recycling more than 250 million metric tons of metal and generating revenue of more than $100 billion, the company says.

Sims initially collected material by bicycle before graduating to horse and cart, which then gave way to motor vehicles and mechanized equipment, the company explains. By the late 1930s, the company known as Albert G. Sims Ltd. had metals recycling operations across Australia.

By 1948 Albert G. Sims had been listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

The seeds of Sims’ current global trading operations were planted as early as the 1950s, the company says. In 1956, the company chartered the MV “Swan Hill,” exporting the first cargo of steel scrap to Japan. By the end of the 1960s, Sims’ overseas ferrous scrap markets had expanded to include Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Bangladesh.

By the late 1980s, Sims entered the U.S. market with the acquisition of LMC Corp., San Francisco. Its expansion in the U.S. included the Richmond Steel Recycling joint venture in 1996, the merger with Hugo Neu in 2005, the formation of the Sims Adams Recycling joint venture in 2007 and the merger with Metal Management in 2008, the company notes.

In the United Kingdom, SMM established itself in 1995 with the formation of Sims Bird Ltd., which was followed by the acquisition of McIntyre Metals in 1996, Philips Services in 2000 and Dunn Bros. in 2011, according to the company.

The full international scope of the business was realized with the creation of Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) in 2004. Through numerous key acquisitions and investments spanning countries that included the U.K., the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, the U.S., India, Austria, Dubai and South Africa, the company says, SRS achieved true global scale.

“I am proud to be a part of an organization with such a long and successful history,” says Alistair Field, SMM group CEO and managing director. “The world has changed a lot since Albert Sims started his small business in 1917. We’ve experienced two world wars and carried on through great advances in technology, great social transformations and the globalization of the international economy. Through each turn, the company has adapted and thrived.”

He continues, “It speaks volumes to the resilience and commitment of our people that not only are we still here, but we have prospered with each new change. Our focus on optimization and continuous improvement, with internal investments in our operations, functions and people, will continue to ensure we maintain our solid path for years to come.”

Today, SMM is a world-leading publicly listed metals and electronics recycler and an emerging player in the municipal recycling and renewable energy industry. The company employs 4,500 people across 200 facilities in more than 20 countries.  

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China’s pullback leading to fiber price plunges

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 01:21
Recyclers in late September 2017 are reporting having difficulty finding any buyers for mixed paper grades, and prices for all grades are showing signs of plummeting as the month passes.

In mid-September, scrap paper sellers in Hong Kong began reporting prices as being slashed in half, as well as having difficulty making any sales to mills in the People’s Republic of China. For several days in mid-September, member companies in one Hong Kong recycling organization stopped collecting fiber—allowing it to pile up in shops and warehouses—as a way to get the government’s attention to the matter.

By the middle of the week of September 18-22, it was becoming clear to traders in other parts of the world that the September market was going to be a difficult one. A trader based in the Netherlands tells Recycling Today, “Prices are dropping over here and none of the Chinese buyers is in the market.”

Sources in the United States are offering similar portrayals of the market, with one recycler in the southeastern United States saying prices for mixed paper are nearing zero.

Causes of the price drop are focusing on China, with rumors swirling that major Chinese mill buyers are staying on the sidelines until the scrap import license situation for the rest of 2017 and into 2018 becomes clearer.

Throughout 2017, the government of the People’s Republic of China has conducted inspections and announced policy directives targeted toward restricting the amount of and types of scrap materials that are shipped into China. (Shipments from Hong Kong, considered a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, are not exempt from those restrictions.)

The inspections hit hard at the plastics and low-grade metals recycling segments, but did not spare paper recyclers. Among the hundreds of companies inspected and cited in July 2017 were Hangzhou Jinminyuan Paper Co., Ltd., Shandong Stora Enso Huatai Paper Co. Ltd. and Shandong Huatai Paper Co. Ltd. The Hangzhou company was faulted for a sewer-related problem while the two companies in Shandong Province were cited by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) for “hazardous waste”-related violations.

The president of a Hong Kong-based recycling association told a reporter from the South China Morning Post in mid-September, “If this issue is not solved by the end of October, the whole industry will come to a stop regardless. This will be several times more serious.”

As it stands, the series of inspections and import license suspensions has meant recyclers and paper mills alike in China whose business models revolve around using recovered fiber are facing an uncertain future.

In the rest of the world, buoyant recovered fiber demand and pricing boosted by China’s major presence in the market is likewise a victim. This is especially true for mixed paper grades, which throughout the past two decades have found a home almost exclusively in China.

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WestRock to build corrugating plant in Brazil

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:06
Norcross, Georgia-based WestRock Company www.westrock.com has announced plans to build a new corrugated box plant in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. The company says the facility will help meet growing demand from WestRock’s customers in South America, and it will be supplied with paper from WestRock’s virgin fiber containerboard mill in Três Barras, Brazil.

“WestRock’s corrugated packaging business in Brazil continues to perform well, with strong relationships with customers in attractive growth markets,” says Steve Voorhees, CEO of WestRock. “Our new corrugated packaging plant will enable our exceptional team in Brazil to serve these customers even better in the future, with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that will provide new capabilities and efficiencies for our customers, and to further integrate the containerboard that we manufacture in Brazil.”

The new facility will be located in Porto Feliz, Brazil, and will serve industry segments and markets in Sao Paulo and in other areas in Brazil’s southeast region. Construction is expected to begin in late 2018 and be completed in mid-2019.

When completed, the Porto Feliz plant will replace the company’s existing Brazilian corrugated operations in Valinhos, Brazil. The plant will be integrated with the forestry and paper production operations of the Três Barras (Santa Catarina) mill and will increase the consumption of the mill's virgin fiber HyPerform corrugated paper, says WestRock.

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Don’t Follow Kenya’s Example on Plastic Bags

Recycling news from New York Times - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:57
The Plastics Industry Association takes issue with an editorial.

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