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Waste Management starts Green Broward initiative in Florida

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 08:14
Waste Management Inc.’s (WM’s) Florida branch has launched Green Broward, a local initiative designed to engage and educate the Broward County community on sustainability efforts. Green Broward is designed to highlight ways to recycle right, offer opportunities for the community to get involved in sustainability efforts and serve as an informational hub on WM’s sustainability initiatives.

“Green Broward has been in the planning stages for a few months, but in the wake of Hurricane Irma it is more important than ever that we come together as a community to help build a sustainable future by maximizing the capabilities of our regional assets,” Tim Hawkins, area vice president, WM of Florida, says. “Our Green Broward is a multifaceted effort in Broward County to teach people to recycle right, include the public in our sustainability mission and further engage our own team with the community in programs that will help make a difference here in South Florida.”

Green Broward was originally going to launch the week after Labor Day before Hurricane Irma struck. Immediately following the storm, the WM team had to restore collection services and still receives debris from Hurricane Irma at many of its regional facilities.

“We considered postponing longer, however, there was a collective belief among our team that the Green Broward initiative could play a part in the recovery effort,” Hawkins says. “This is our home, these are our neighborhoods and one way we can give back is to bring our professional knowledge and talents off the trucks, out of the transfer stations and into the community during this time of recovery.”

WM has launched www.GreenBroward.com, a website with tips on recycling, renewable energy and other efforts WM has already implemented.

“Our recycling education encourages residents and businesses to recycle more of the material that has an environmental benefit and a viable end market such as paper and cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs and aluminum and steel cans,” Dawn McCormick, director of communications for WM, says. “Increasing the collection of ‘good’ recyclables and keeping noncurbside recyclables such as plastic bags, food waste and electrical cords and hoses out of household recycling containers will help ensure the environmental and economic sustainability of recycling.”

Different aspects and programs of the initiative will be announced in the coming weeks.

ISRI MRF Council Forum meeting focuses on quality

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:07
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ (ISRI’s) MRF Council held a forum during the association's board of directors meeting this week on the potential recyclability of several consumer products packaging items. Included among the 60-plus people participating in the meeting were plastics, paper and metals recyclers; private, for-profit material recovery facility (MRF) operators representing more than 200 MRF and recycling facilities across the country; municipal MRF operators; recycled material end users, including paper mills and plastics reformulators; brokers; and trade associations.

“Tuesday’s meeting was an important first step in bringing together representatives of key sectors in the recycling chain for a discussion focused on the potential challenges, as well as the opportunities, presented by the ever-changing stream of consumer products entering recycling in order to develop mutually agreeable solutions,” says Robin Wiener, president of ISRI, which is based in Washington. “Successful recycling requires that everyone, from the manufacturers to the recyclers (including the MRFs) and ultimately to the material end users and consumer brand companies, come together to better understand the technical, economic and other requirements of each stage of the chain.”

ISRI invited three organizations to present regarding the work each has done to date related to recycling:

  • Keurig Green Mountain Inc. for its K-Cup pods;
  • the Foodservice Packaging Institute to discuss paper and plastic cups and takeout containers; and
  • the “Energy bag” program regarding flexible film packaging.

Discussions followed regarding the potential impact these items could have on the curbside recycling stream and current and future efforts to improve their potential recyclability. The discussion was centered on balancing the desire of consumers to purchase and use products that will get recycled with the challenge recyclers and end users face from increased contamination and processing costs.

ISRI says it made no decision regarding the recyclability of these items or how they would fit into its “Scrap Specifications Circular" during the meeting. The association says it plans further discussions and collaboration with these organizations and others in the future.

“Given the current high levels of contamination at curbside, combined with China’s significant reduction in allowable ‘carried waste’ in recyclables entering its market, the need to work together before any new materials enter the recycling stream has never been more important,” Wiener says. “ISRI’s specifications are an important tool to help facilitate those discussions and ensure that the needs of the global market are met.”

She continues, “While there is a common desire to increase recycling with a greater volume of materials, a successful curbside recovery program also requires a high-quality stream so the products produced from recycling can meet the exacting specifications rightfully demanded by the end users. Introducing new products without proper vetting could only further increase levels of contamination, which is why ISRI is grateful for the work and involvement of all those in attendance on Tuesday.”

ISRI’s MRF Council says it will continue efforts to work with brands, manufacturers and other trade associations to better establish the recyclability of different products and to develop tools and policies. 


Domtar’s Kingsport mill awarded for million-hour safety mark

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:37
Pictured, left to right: Terry Hughes, Kingsport mill safety manager; Keith Kiker, Kingsport mill Union president; Bill MacPherson, Kingsport mill manager; James Flanagan, assistant administrator for Tennessee OSHA; and David Blessman, Volunteer STAR Recognition Program manager.

Montreal-based papermaker Domtar has announced its Kingsport, Tennessee, paper mill has been awarded the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety.

The safety award recognizes outstanding achievement in employer-employee safety programs for the prevention of workplace injury. As part of its qualification criteria, Domtar’s Kingsport mill had to accumulate 1 million hours worked without a lost-time or restricted-duty incident.

While this is the first public recognition for the Kingsport mill, Bill MacPherson, manager of the mill, says it has achieved the 1-million-hour milestone several times in the past.

“Safety is a core value at Domtar, and we’re proud that TOSHA has recognized our efforts in this way,” says MacPherson. “We’re grateful to say that while this is the first time our Kingsport mill has been publicly recognized, thanks to our employees, the 1-million-hour milestone has been reached multiple times in the past by both the Kingsport mill and by our Ridgefields converting facility.”

Guests and speakers at the Nov. 8 event awarding the Kingsport mill included James Flanagan, assistant administrator for TOSHA; David Blessman, Volunteer STAR Recognition Program manager; and Randy Cassell, president of Kingsport’s safety council, among others.

“Domtar’s Kingsport mill has demonstrated a strong commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace,” says Flanagan, who presented the Governor’s Award of Excellence. “The evaluation criteria for this award are challenging, and this company has worked extremely hard to meet and exceed the standards the award requires.”

Domtar ranks as Kingsport’s third-largest manufacturing company, with approximately 400 employees at its mill and Ridgefields Converting facility.

“We’re very thankful for the dedication of our employees,” MacPherson says. “Milestones like these are possible because of their ongoing commitment to safety awareness.”

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products, including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. The company has two corporate offices, one in Montreal and another in Fort Mill, South Carolina.


Republic Services opens hauling facility in north Texas

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:15
Republic Services has unveiled what it describes as its newest and most advanced hauling facility, which is expected to serve customers throughout north Texas for generations. The new 25,000-square-foot-facility located in Lewisville, Texas, features contemporary and collaborative workspace for employees, various employee amenities and modern infrastructure to support hauling and maintenance operations, the company says.

"We're devoted to our customers and passionate about providing simple solutions to their emerging needs," says Bryan Boyer, area president of Republic Services. "For us, it all begins with great people who are engaged and resourced appropriately. This impressive facility represents a strong commitment to our customers in the area. By ensuring that our drivers, technicians and support teams are equipped with a working environment that's second to none, we're better enabling our team to continually enhance local operations and meet the growing needs of our customers."

The new facility was designed as a model for future Republic hauling divisions, incorporating sustainability principles into both planning and construction. This involved using recycled steel in the building frame, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and an LED lighting system. In addition to contemporary employee workspaces and sustainability features, the facility is home to a modern eight-bay truck shop and maintenance area. This includes stylish, custom lockers for front line personnel that are equipped with USB chargers and multiple storage compartments for personal belongings. 

Republic Services of North Texas employs more than 1,400 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This team serves approximately 53,000 commercial and industrial customers as well as roughly 423,000 residential customers, including 96 community collection agreements. Throughout the Metroplex, Republic owns and operates 655 collection vehicles, including 105 vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), eight hauling divisions, six active landfills and one recycling center.

According to the Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University, the economic impact of Republic's operations in Texas is more than $771 million annually. Researchers attribute more than 8,600 direct and indirect jobs, and over $118 million in annual tax revenues for state and local governments, to Republic operations statewide.


International Congress for Battery Recycling issues call for papers

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:36
Switzerland-based conference organizer ICM AG has issued a call for papers for the International Congress for Battery Recycling (ICBR) 2018 conference in Berlin Sept. 26-28, 2018.

The call for papers for speakers is open until Jan. 31, 2018. The organizer says it is looking for contributions on the topics of battery recycling technologies, materials supply in a circular economy, transport and safety, the Batteries Directive revision and a review of worldwide battery recycling activities.

As in previous years, the 23rd ICBR will bring together numerous experts and decision-makers from the battery recycling value chain, such as battery manufacturers, battery recyclers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) from the electronics and e-mobility industry, collection schemes operators, service and transport companies, policymakers and many others, says ICM AG.

“The ICBR Steering Committee wants to build on the resounding success of the recent congress in Lisbon in September 2017,” ICM AG says. “More than 250 experts from almost 30 countries worldwide attended the ICBR 2017, a new record. Most of the delegates came from the battery recycling industry and from national collection organizations. OEMs, professional associations and consultants were also strongly represented.”

As the assessment of this year's congress shows, ICM AG says the participants confirmed their interest in new recycling technologies and future challenges for the battery industry. Safety aspects in the storage, transport and recycling of batteries continue to attract interest.

The main topics for the ICBR 2018 will be the following:


  • How to recycle batteries from e-cars, e-bikes and other e-vehicles.
  • Recycling of batteries from energy storage systems of power plants.
  • Collection and recycling of batteries from cordless tools and electronic devices.
  • Best available recycling technologies for batteries.


Materials Supply in a Circular Economy

  • Battery materials supply and demand or “when recyclers meet raw materials suppliers.”
  • The role of battery recycling in a circular economy.
  • Eco-design: A critical approach to battery removability?
  • The e-mobility and energy storage markets: An opportunity for new battery technologies?


Transport and Safety

  • Update of the transport regulations on batteries.
  • Safety of lithium batteries: Risks and opportunities.
  • Evolution of packaging requirements for lithium batteries.


The Batteries Directive Revision

  • Update on the review process of the Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC.
  • The efficiency of battery recycling: The need for a new “optimum” approach.
  • The efficiency of battery collection: Considering urban mining and waste generation.
  • Challenges faced by the second life of lithium batteries: performances, transport and safety, and producer responsibility.
  • Impact of changes in hazardous waste regulations.


Worldwide Activity Review

  • Worldwide updates on battery take-back, collection schemes and recycling.


Interested speakers are invited to send a short abstract of their key messages to the congress organizer ICM via email at info@icm.ch. The title of the presentation should be mentioned with the author’s name.


Machinex adds new sales manager for Canada

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 08:58

Machinex Industries Inc., Plessisville, Quebec, has announced that Matt Risko has been appointed as the company’s Canadian sales manager. He has worked as a sales representative at Machinex Recycling Services (MRS), a service division of Machinex, in Pickering, Ontario since 2009.

In his new role with Machinex, Risko will help to develop sorting system solutions for material recovery facilities (MRFs) with customers and will ensure customers’ satisfaction while supporting them in their future needs, Machinex says. He will cover the Canadian territory, except for the province of Quebec, which is supported by the internal sales team at Machinex headquarters.

When Risko joined Machinex Recycling Services in 2009, he sold baling wire before quickly moving up to sell balers and peripheral equipment, such as conveyors, optical sorters and compactors. He also worked on notable projects, such as a source-separated organics facility for the city of Toronto in 2011, a MRF upgrade with a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) optical sorter for Northumberland County in 2015 and a PET optical sorter project for the city of Hamilton, Ontario, in 2016, the company says.


Risko graduated from the University of Toronto in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in city studies and political science. He’s also a member of Ontario Waste Management Association.

“I feel like I have got the call to the big leagues,” Risko says. “I am very excited for the opportunity and look forward to continuing to grow with Machinex.”

“The management of Machinex was very happy with the work Matt has done during the last years at MRS by developing the market, his good comprehension of the industry and his dedication to customer satisfaction,” says Chris Hawn, Machinex executive vice president sales and business development. “We consider Matt as a valuable member of our Machinex sales team, and we are confident that he will greatly serve the Canadian customers.”

Machinex develops sorting, waste management and recycling technology. Over the years, the company’s experts have designed and installed more than 350 turnkey facilities in partnership with leading MRFs in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. 


Columbia Industries introduces Horizon tipper

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 08:52
Columbia Industries, Hillsboro, Oregon, has recently released its next generation Horizon 50/65 T tipper. Originally introduced to the solid waste and recycling industries in the 1960s, the company says tippers have found market acceptance throughout the world.

The new Horizon 50/65 T tipper is designed with features such as automated leveling, digital joystick controls, greater accessibility for maintenance, expandable electronic monitoring, a new spill through chute and a single platform design that will accommodate 50 or 65-ton loads.

Columbia says the tipper will be manufactured for less cost than former designs, allowing the company to introduce a substantial upgrade at a lower price. Additionally, Columbia says its manufacturing and assembly facility in Hillsboro is an American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) qualified facility.

The company has released three new products over the past year: a Sprinter rig walking system, remote power steering and the Horizon 50/65 T landfill tipper.

Ken Van Raden, chairman and company cofounder, will be at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the tipper on Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. He will cut the ribbon to celebrate the release of the Horizon 50/65 T tipper.

Van Raden, his brother Fred and business partner Ken Brattlie founded Columbia in 1976.]]>

Australian researchers use plastic dialysis waste to produce durable concrete

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 08:52
Deakin University, Burwood, Australia, recycling project that’s turning hospital waste into longer-lasting concrete.

A team at Deakin's School of Engineering is behind the new project, which could ultimately save from the scrap heap the thousands of tons of plastic waste created in Australia each year through dialysis treatment.

Project leader Dr. Riyadh Al-Ameri, a senior lecturer in structural engineering, says the project could solve two problems in one, with corrosion of steel bars used in concrete construction a major issue for the industry.

The project is a collaboration between Al-Ameri and nephrologists Dr. Katherine Barraclough from the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Professor John Agar from Barwon Health's University Hospital Geelong, and came about when the specialists approached Deakin to find a practical solution to their waste issue.

Al-Ameri says his project team was hoping to use the shredded plastic waste to help better protect structural concrete from corrosion. "Concrete can crack and damage the internal bond, which can then lead to water penetration and corrosion of the steel bars, critical for providing the strength and integrity of concrete structures. If we are able to facilitate production of new types of concrete that will offer better protection, give structures longer life and better performance, as well as help recycle plastic waste, that will be a great achievement."

Barraclough says each dialysis treatment created between 1 and 3 kilograms (2 to 5 pounds) of plastic waste, and with more than 12,000 Australians on dialysis, that added up to about 5,100 metric tons of plastic waste per year.

"Haemodialysis (the most common type of dialysis) involves making a circuit where blood is pumped from a patient's bloodstream through a machine then back to the patient. This removes toxins and excess water and is life sustaining for patients with kidney failure," she says.

"For safety reasons, both the tubes that carry the blood and the dialyser (the part of the machine that cleans the blood) are made of plastic designed for single use only. The result is large amounts of plastic waste generated from each dialysis treatment.

"Because the waste is potentially infectious, it must be either burnt or sterilized before being thrown away. This not only costs a lot of money, but also causes significant harm to the environment.

"With increasing numbers of people requiring dialysis in Australia and worldwide, we need to work out ways to reduce the costs of care delivery, as well as play our part in ensuring a healthy environment for future generations."

As part of some initial testing, Al-Ameri's team added the shredded plastic waste to a concrete mix at concentrations of 0.5 percent and 1 percent by weight of concrete, with results showing this made a product that was more durable and significantly more water-proof.

"The 30 percent decrease in water absorption we found is significant and would be expected to improve resistance of concrete to corrosion," Dr Al-Ameri says.

Now thanks to funding from industry partner Fresenius Medical Care, a Germany-based global provider of dialysis products and services, Al-Ameri and his team hope to conduct more rigorous testing to see if this new concrete mix can stand up to harsh conditions.

"We will use our accelerated weather corrosion tanks in the concrete lab to simulate a marine environment," Al-Ameri says. "One month in the lab is equivalent to approximately one year outside, so we can observe the behavior of the material quickly and efficiently.

"Wet and dry cycles can have a big impact on the durability of the concrete, and sea water has chloride, which is very harmful to both concrete and steel reinforcement.

"So we're looking for innovations that will help concrete construction of off shore rigs for oil and gas, observation towers, concrete buildings in coastal areas that are exposed to humidity, and marine structures such as retaining walls that are in contact with water."


Indiana port to receive federal grant

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:34
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor says U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has confirmed the port will receive one of the nation’s 10 FASTLANE (Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-Term Achievement of National Efficiencies) small project grants for 2017.

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor serves the largest steel-producing region in North America. Major cargoes handled by the port include steel, coal, limestone, fertilizer and grain.

Port operations generate an economic impact of $4.9 billion per year and support more than 39,000 total jobs.

The FASTLANE Discretionary Grant program is part of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which allows the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in highway, rail, port and intermodal freight and highway projects. FASTLANE applicants compete for funds and must detail the cost-effectiveness of the proposed project and the effect it will have on mobility in the state and region.

In August of this year, Secretary Chao told Congress the Department of Transportation was recommending approval of a $9.85 million discretionary grant for the port. After a 60-day review period, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved all the projects. The port will apply its grant is toward a $19.7 million infrastructure expansion that will increase cargo handling capacity and multimodal capabilities.

The port expansion will include construction of a new 2.3-acre cargo terminal with multimodal connections for handling cargo transfers between ships, barges, rail cars and trucks. In addition, 4.4 miles will be added to the port’s existing 14-mile rail network. Two new rail yards will create rail storage for 165 rail cars, accommodate a 90-car unit train and provide rail car switching within the port, which will improve operating efficiencies for port companies, the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor says in a news release regarding the grant. Improvements to the west dock, including extending a retaining wall and paving a dock apron, will result in an additional 1,200 feet of usable dock space. The project scope also includes a new 6-acre truck marshalling yard that is designed to relieve congestion along port roads.

“With these investments, companies using water to move cargo will have new options for their inbound raw materials, outbound finished products and transferring shipments between ships and barges, rail cars and trucks,” says Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper. “Strategic investments in port infrastructure produce a foundation for long-term growth, bring a positive economic impact to the area and support trade throughout the state.”

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor says it handled nearly 2.6 million tons of cargo in 2016, completing the highest three-year total in the port’s history. Ship traffic through the port was up nearly 20 percent for the first nine months of 2017, while total shipments were up nearly 11 percent compared with the same time last year.

“Indiana’s ports are critical hubs for jobs and economic growth and this expansion will help our state attract even more business to northwest Indiana,” Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb says. “This new investment will not only improve the region’s economic vitality but also the international competitiveness of our entire state.”

“Improving infrastructure is one of the best ways we can foster growth, and our federal and state governments continue to make investments to attract new business and help existing businesses expand,” says U.S. Sen. Todd Young, a member of the Senate Transportation and Commerce Committee. “Our ability to move raw materials and finished products is critical for economic success, and this FASTLANE grant will help our Lake Michigan port strengthen the Hoosier economy.”

U.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky adds, “This port is an essential component of a strong and growing northwest Indiana economy and these federal funds will help improve its ability to create jobs and generate additional economic activity throughout our region and our state.”


ISRI opens registration for its 2018 convention

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:27
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has announced that registration is open for its annual convention and exposition, ISRI2018.

Washington-based ISRI says the event is the world’s largest annual gathering of scrap recycling professionals. It is scheduled for April 14-19 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

“ISRI2018 is set to provide scrap recyclers from around the world with the educational and networking opportunities, product showcases and industry news needed to maximize their time, dollars and return on investment,” the association says.

“The ISRI show has become the most important meeting in the industry each year with participants typically coming from all 50 U.S. states and from more than 50 countries across the globe,” says Chuck Carr, vice president of convention, education and training for ISRI. “The show’s value comes from how well it is programmed to meet the present needs of the industry.”

The ISRI2018 Opening General Session keynote speaker is Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, who has business experience and a knowledge of commodities as the former CEO of the Kellogg Co. He also served as Secretary of Commerce in the George W. Bush administration, where he showed he understands the world of business, ISRI says. As the nation’s top commercial advocate, Gutierrez helped open global markets for U.S. companies and was a champion of efforts to build new trade partnerships in Latin America. Today, he serves as co-chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group and sits on the board of Time Warner Inc.

Workshops this year will focus on putting the business “odds in your favor” for a more successful future. Topics will include international trade, human resources compliance, business valuation and commodity specific areas.

ISRI2018 features the widely attended Commodity Spotlight series, covering ferrous, copper, aluminum, nickel/stainless, paper and tires, and providing the most up-to-date market analysis available, the association says.

ISRI’s exhibition hall features a comprehensive trade show floor, with many exhibitors featuring software and equipment designed to lower operating costs and improve productivity.

Reservations in the ISRI room block at Mandalay Bay, The Delano Las Vegas and Luxor are open. ISRI encourages early booking, saying hotels will fill up fast. The ISRI rate for hotels is available only through the ISRI convention website, https://isri2018.org/schedule, as are additional details on the schedule and registration. 


Lakeshore Recycling Systems acquires sixth Chicago-area collection company

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 09:11
Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), Morton Grove, Illinois, has acquired DC Trash of Illinois (DCT), an independent waste and recycling collection provider serving 30,000 customers in Chicago's western suburbs headquartered in Cortland, Illinois. DCT represents LRS' sixth acquisition of a Chicago-area independent waste and recycling company over the last 4 years.

DCT, founded by Dan Christensen, brings to LRS waste and recycling collection and roll-off dumpster rental capabilities. Because of the acquisition, LRS says it will add six new residential municipal contracts, a large customer subscriber base, an expansive roll-off service area and commercial waste and recycling services. LRS also will add 40 DCT employees and 30 vehicles to its growing fleet.

In less than five years, LRS has grown annual sales to over $170 million and now counts more than 760 employees across greater Chicagoland. LRS continues to seek acquisitions in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota and Southwest Michigan.

"Dan (Christensen) and his team have done an outstanding job building DCT into a company recognized for quality and dependable service. We welcome DCT customers to the larger LRS family and look forward to working with DCT as they continue to provide exceptional residential and business waste disposal and recycling services," Alan Handley, LRS CEO, says. "The companies we acquire share our values, celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and, in turn, we impart those values into the quality and care our customers expect."

Handley says DCT will continue to operate as a standalone entity serving the western suburbs of Chicago. Financial terms were not disclosed and the acquisition is effective immediately.

"I am thrilled to join forces with Lakeshore, an independent powerhouse who understands the waste, recycling and sustainability industry better than the larger landfill-centric public companies," Christensen, who will take over as regional vice president at LRS, says. "I'm excited to introduce to our customers an organization like LRS that shares our passion for great service. Our customers and prospective customers stand to profit from a menu of services previously not available, and as always, they'll be delivered by the same employees who live in and care for our communities."

Denver Broncos debut first official NFL cap made with Repreve fabric

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:49
New Era Cap, the official on-field hat of the National Football League (NFL), has announced the debut of its first-ever official NFL cap made with Repreve fiber. Repreve, a Unifi brand, is made from recycled plastic water bottles.

Starting Nov. 12, fans will be able to purchase these Buffalo, New York-based New Era caps at the Broncos Team Store at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium during Broncos games. The Repreve-based caps will come in multiple styles, including the 9Fifty and 9Twenty. Retailing for $34.99 for the 9FIFTY and $24.99 for the 9TWENTY silhouette, each hat is made using four plastic bottles.

“We are thrilled to have two great partners in Repreve and New Era coming together to produce a unique and eco-friendly Broncos product for our fans. These hats are well-designed and represent our brand well,” says Darren O’Donnell, vice president of business development, the Denver Broncos.

“The synergy between Repreve and New Era Cap represents one of incredible quality, performance and a commitment to eco-friendliness,” says Mark Maidment, vice president of creative for New Era Cap. “Not only does New Era Cap value environmental consciousness, but our consumers are also increasingly looking for products with a transparent sustainability story. We are excited to expand our eco-friendly product offering to the NFL with an exclusive launch with the Denver Broncos.”

“We are excited to extend our relationship with New Era and the Broncos,” says Jay Hertwig, vice president of global brand sales for Unifi, which is based in Greensboro, North Carolina. “The collaboration will help us continue to spread the word that recycled plastic bottles can become high-performance products when they’re made with Repreve.”

Unifi also is teaming up with the Denver Broncos to envelop fans in eco-friendly messaging prior to and during the game. Repreve-focused messaging will run on stadium boards during the game. Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, Unifi’s custom-designed, interactive Repreve #TurnItGreen mobile tour will be at the stadium for fans to visit prior to kickoff to learn how their recycled plastic bottles can be transformed into high-performing gear.


Green Works expands oil filter recycling program

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:28
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit in Detroit, has expanded its used oil filter recycling program to now include a collection service in partnership with Green Arbor Environmental, Deerborn Heights, Michigan.

Green Works' used oil filters recycling service now offers a "milk run" style pickup service of both used oil filters and used motor oil from metro Detroit quick change/oil change shops and automotive dealerships. The operation of two SB-600 oil filter crushers from Oberg, Monroe, Washington, is designed to process up to 400 tons of  Goodwill's Green Works filters per month.

In keeping with Goodwill Detroit's mission to support and employ people with employment challenges, Green Works, along with the organization's job training program Flip the Script, has trained several of the region's returning citizens to operate the Oberg SB-600, which will result in multiple shifts of uninterrupted operation and the creation of new jobs.

"Our catalog of services at Green Works is designed to provide support to businesses that prioritize cost effective, environmentally sustainable practices," Jay Wilber, president of Goodwill's Green Works, says. "The oil filter recycling program began nearly four years ago servicing customers from Michigan's neighboring states of Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. The addition of the pickup convenience will allow more local auto care providers, along with those throughout the region, to keep their steel and oil waste from being disposed in landfills, which is one of our primary goals."

To request a pickup and recycling for used oil filters and motor oil, please contact Jay Wilber, president Goodwill's Green Works, at 313-499-3100 and jwilber@ggw-us.org or Moe Diab, president of Green Arbor Environmental, at 248-632-7202 and moe@greenarborenv.com.]]>

ISRI reports Chinese government has released import permit guidance

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:47
The Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) says it has learned that the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has released two sets of guidelines to Chinese scrap importers and processors. The documents present eligibility requirements and proper use of scrap import permits and quotas, ISRI reports in its “ISRI Weekly Leadership Update” email dated Nov. 7, 2017.

ISRI says it is in the process of having the documents translated and posted to www.isri.org. However, the association says several industry contacts it has talked with have led ISRI to understand the guidelines are intended to crack down on sharing import licenses and quotas. One of the documents is a general regulation for all scrap companies and the second is specific to paper scrap processors, ISRI reports.

China already had launched an effort to address these practices.

People who have additional information on the documents or questions about them can contact ISRI’s Adina Renee Adler at aadler@isri.org


SWACO to host election yard sign recycling event

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 13:15
The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), Grove City, Ohio, has announced it will host an election yard sign recycling event Nov. 11 from 8-11 a.m. at the Bill McDonald Athletic Complex in Columbus.

All paper and plastic signs, including coroplast, and accompanying metal stands will be accepted for free from Franklin County residents. All of the materials accepted during this event will be recycled, says SWACO.

“This week Franklin County residents have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote and protect the environment by recycling their election signs,” says SWACO Communication Manager Hanna Greer-Brown. “We’re inviting residents to stop by the Bill McDonald Complex on Saturday morning and drop off any unwanted signs. We’ll make sure any signs we receive are kept out of the landfill and are recycled into new products.”

Every year, Franklin County residents and businesses landfill over 1 million tons of material, SWACO says. Fifty percent is comprised of fiber (such as carboard and paper), plastics and metals.

The election yard sign recycling event will take place from 8-11 a.m. at the Bill McDonald Athletic Complex located at 4990 Olentangy River Rd. in Columbus.


AF&PA presents sustainability awards

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:28
Front row (left to right): Ryan Lichwell, Seaman Paper Co.; Scott Igoe, American Eagle Paper Mills; Sarah Manchester, Sappi North America; Seth Kursman, Resolute Forest Products; Bob Feeser, WestRock Co.; Jeremy Poirier, International Paper; and Drew McAlpin, WestRock Co.


The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, has presented its 2017 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards at the association’s annual meeting Nov. 3 in Greensboro, Georgia.

Six AF&PA member companies received seven awards from 23 outstanding submissions across the industry. The complete list of award winners is available at www.afandpa.org/sustainabilityawardwinners.

“Our members’ award-winning projects demonstrate their ingenuity, drive and commitment to continued improvement of the sustainability of their operations,” says AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “We commend their efforts and support toward meeting the industry’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 goals.”

2017 AF&PA Sustainability Award Winners:

  • Leadership in Sustainability—Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction
  • Resolute Forest Products: GHG Reduction Program
  • Leadership in Sustainability—Sustainable Forest Management
  • International Paper: Certified Forest Management LLC
  • Leadership in Sustainability—Safety (Large Company)
  • Sappi North America: Over Two Million Hours Worked Without Lost Time Injury
  • Leadership in Sustainability—Safety (Small Company)
  • Seaman Paper Co. of Massachusetts Inc.: Raising the Reels for Safety
  • Leadership in Sustainability—Water (Large Company)
  • WestRock Co.: Covington Mill Power Boiler Ash Handling Systems
  • Leadership in Sustainability—Water (Small Company)
  • American Eagle Paper Mills: Project Phoenix
  • Innovation in Sustainability
  • WestRock Co.: Moving Products the Green Way

Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, AF&PA says its annual awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.

Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leadership” category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety and Water. The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically.

AF&PA releases its sustainability report every other year. The 2016 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals, according to the association. 


Itronics increases silver bullion production using e-scrap

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:22
Itronics Inc., Reno, Nevada, has announced it has increased per-melt silver bullion production by 24 percent using e-scrap as a refining melt ingredient.

The company says it is continuing to expand silver bullion production using e-scrap—ground up computer circuit boards—as a “cost reducing” precious metal bearing raw material. Per-melt silver bullion production has been increased by 24 percent due to process improvements that have been made since May 2017, and is on track to increase 11 percent for a total of 35 percent by year-end, according to the company.

Itronics says it is now conducting a third refining campaign to produce its third silver bullion shipment this year. This bullion shipment is expected to be settled in the first quarter of 2018. The pilot scale refining is ongoing and is regularly producing silver bullion and silver-bearing glass, which are being sold, the company says. This production is nonseasonal and will stabilize Itronics’ sales as production expands.

Itronics says it also has made a shipment of silver-bearing matte and a second shipment of silver-bearing glass to its refiner this quarter. The matte shipment is expected to settle before the end of the year. The glass shipment is expected to be settled either by the end of December 2017 or in early January 2018. These shipments are from inventory generated during prior years by test refining to develop the breakthrough refining process. Sales generated by the shipments that are settled in the fourth quarter will be reported as part of fourth quarter sales and will significantly contribute to continued expansion of silver sales, which has been underway this year, Itronics explains.

Improvements to the refining operation are being made to further increase per-melt production from the furnaces by another 11 percent for a total of 35 percent in the fourth quarter, the company says. Plans are being implemented to further expand per-melt production by an additional 40 percent in the second quarter 2018 by adding an e-scrap grinder to the operation. The company says that further production expansion using the existing furnaces will be achievable as more operating experience is gained.

“In 2017 the prices of copper, zinc, silver, gold and palladium have increased sharply, in some cases, to multiyear highs,” Itronics says in a press release. “Many forecasters are predicting that gold and silver prices will significantly increase from current levels. Copper and tin are at multiyear highs. Itronics is now positioned to benefit significantly as production is expanded and these metal prices continue to increase.”

Itronics says it “is aggressively advancing development of its sustainability maximizing portfolio of new zero waste technologies whose objective is to create new nonseasonal lines of business using the company’s core technologies. The focus of the hydromet and pyromet technology extensions is on expanding pilot scale refining of materials that contain silver and other precious metals, along with zinc and other base metals. Development of the KAM-Thio cyanide remediation and silver/gold recovery technology is underway and is progressing rapidly.”

Through its subsidiary Itronics Metallurgical Inc., Itronics says it is the only company with a fully permitted “beneficial use photochemical, silver and water recycling” plant in the United States that converts 100 percent of spent photoliquids into Gold’n Gro liquid fertilizers, silver bullion and silver bearing glass. The company is developing a portfolio of environmentally beneficial zero waste processing and mining technologies.


Metsä Board opens registration for international packaging design competition

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 09:55
Finland-based Metsä Board, a leading European producer of paperboards, including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraft liners, has announced it has opened registration for the Better with Less—Design Challenge packaging design competition.

Registration for the packaging design competition runs from Nov. 7, 2017, to March 31, 2018. Entries can be submitted at www.betterwithless.org/participate.

“Billions of consumer packages are consumed globally every day, and the amount is growing,” says Metsä Board in a press release. “The Better with Less—Design Challenge is challenging packaging designers to create ever more environmentally friendly, functional packaging solutions for everyday goods. The international competition jury includes renowned packaging design experts.”

The company adds, “The high amount of plastic used in packaging is an international concern, in part because globally the plastic waste inputs into the oceans amount annually to almost nine million tons.”

Organized by Metsä Board, the company says the international packaging design competition aims to find new packaging solutions for some of the world’s most frequently used and fastest growing types of consumer packages. These areas include cosmetics, dry food, e-commerce, takeaway meals, wellness and “wild card,” an area Metsä Board says can include “design packaging for consumer goods of your choosing.”

The competition will be judged by an international jury, including a number of renowned packaging design experts, says Metsä Board, including, Terri Goldstein, branding and packaging design professional; Peter Désilets, strategist and specialist in packaging sustainability aspects; Marianne Rosner Klimchuk, packaging design expert and chair at Communication Design Pathways Department of Fashion Institute of Technology; Lars G. Wallentin, packaging designer who has worked with worldwide known brands; and John B. Mahaffie, futurist with primary expertise in future packaging solutions.

Cyril Drouet, design and innovation director, Metsä Board, says, “Packaging design can have a big impact on the environment. We need to come up with new solutions and consider future generations—and think of ways we can create better consumer experiences that create less impact on the environment.”

Drouet, who also serves as competition jury chairman and member of the competition jury, adds, “With this competition, we aim to help advance innovative and sustainable packaging design in the world.”

The main prize for the Better with Less—Design Challenge is €$10,000.

The competition also is open to students. As an additional prize, Metsä Board says it will offer the opportunity of an internship for one student with its packaging services team in Shanghai.

The finalists and the winners will be announced in spring 2018.


Plastic bottle recycling rate declines by 2.4 percent in 2016

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 09:16
Plastic bottle recycling in the U.S. declined by 2.4 percent to slightly more than 2.9 billion pounds, according to figures released by the Washington-based Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC), also based in Washington. The “27th Annual National Postconsumer Plastic Bottle Recycling Report, ” conducted for the organizations by More Recycling, formerly Moore Recycling Associates Inc., Sonoma, California, indicates the 2016 overall recycling rate for plastic bottles was 29.7 percent, down from 31.1 percent in 2015.

The five-year compounded annual growth rate for plastic bottle recycling was 2.1 percent, according to the report, which also notes that the total for all bottles in the marketplace increased by 202 million pounds, or 2.1 percent. The study notes that PET bottles accounted for almost all the growth in bottles on store shelves and that 2016 was a positive year for total bottle usage, with a small per capita increase.

Following more than 20 consecutive years of growth, factors that contributed to the recent decline in plastic bottle recycling included a slight drop in material collected for recycling, changing export markets and increased contamination, according to the survey. Additionally, growth in the use of plastic bottles in packaging was offset by continuing progress in lightweighting and increased use of concentrates with smaller, lighter bottles.

In 2016, polyethylene terephthalate (PET, No. 1) recycling decreased by 44 million pounds. The collection of high density polyethylene (HDPE, No. 2) bottles, which includes bottles for milk, household cleaners and detergents, fell by 31.7 million pounds (2.8 percent) to slightly more than 1.1 billion pounds for the year, the study notes. The recycling rate for HDPE bottles slipped from 34.4 percent to 33.4 percent.

According to the study, exports of HDPE bottles rose nearly 5 percent from 184 million pounds in 2015 to 193 pounds (or 16.4 percent of total HDPE bottles collected) in 2016, while the amount of HDPE processed in the U.S. fell by 37 million pounds (or nearly 4 percent) to slightly less than 993 million pounds.

“Some U.S. recyclers are seeing these short-term challenges as opportunities to innovate and invest in our plastics recycling infrastructure,” says Steve Alexander, APR president. “The key to continued growth lies in improving our sorting and collection technologies to deliver consistent, high-quality yields that strengthen our global competitiveness.”

“Plastics recycling has a track record of long-term growth spanning 25 years,” says Steve Russell, ACC vice president of plastics. “Postuse plastics are valuable materials that have weathered many cycles and different growth factors. From resin suppliers to recyclers to brand owners, the plastics value chain is working together to continue to create new opportunities and long-term solutions.”

The survey found the collection of polypropylene (PP, No. 5) bottles rose nearly 15.3 percent to reach 36.6 million pounds in 2016, with the PP collection rate increasing to more than 20 percent. (PP caps, closures and nonbottle containers are widely collected for recycling in the United States, and these data are presented in a separate report on recycling nonbottle rigid plastics, which will be released in the coming months.)

Together, PET and HDPE bottles make up 97.1 percent of the U.S. market for plastic bottles, with PP comprising 1.8 percent, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) 0.7 percent and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) 0.3 percent, the study notes. 

Data on PET bottle recycling referenced in the report were separately funded and published by APR and the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), Florence, Kentucky. A separate report, “Report on PET Container Recycling Activity in 2016,” is available at www.plasticsrecycling.org/images/pdf/resources/reports/NAPCOR-APR_2016RateReport_FINAL.pdf


Retech installs vacuum metal technology in France

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:51
Retech, a Ukiah, California-based company that is part of Seco/Warwick Group, Poland, has announced it is the main supplier of vacuum metal technology for the EcoTitanium plant in France.

Located in Saint-Georges-de-Mons, Auvergne, in France, EcoTitanium is a European recycling and refining plant for titanium alloys focused on aviation. This is the first titanium-producing plant in Europe to make titanium ingots with scrap from major manufacturers of aircraft and their subcontractors.

“EcoTitanium is a €48 million investment that will lead to the creation of more than 60 direct jobs as well as a significant number of indirect jobs. The plant started up industrially in the first half of 2017 with the launch of accreditation phases. Production will begin in 2018,” says the project’s website.

The inaugural ceremony was held by the plant’s shareholders: UKAD, a joint venture by Aubert & Duval (a subsidiary of Eramet) and the Kazakh group UKTMP International; the French environment and energy management agency ADEME; and the regional bank Crédit Agricole Center. They were joined by Benjamin Griveaux, Secretary of State for Economics and Finance; and Christel Bories, president and CEO of Eramet, a French multinational mining and metallurgy company; and Pawel Wyrzykowski, president of Seco/Warwick Group; Artur Wiechczynski, melting furnace department director; Earl Good, managing director of Retech Systems USA; and Nathaniel Slinker, product director of vacuum arc remelt (VAR).

As highlighted by EcoTitanium, the inauguration is the final step in creating the first integrated titanium source in Europe that opens the door of the aerospace industry to new options that are independent of existing American and Russian suppliers.

“With our complete and tailor-made solutions, our partners, including EcoTitanium, are gaining competitive advantage in the industry,” says Wyrzykowski, president of Seco/Warwick Group. “It’s all thanks to our modern technologies and equipment in the field of vacuum metallurgy. This knowledge and experience enables us to meet the strictest requirements, passion and drive for innovation on the other hand—allow finding individual and optimal solutions.”

Earl Good, managing director of Retech, says, “Active and long-standing cooperation with representatives of various market sectors has allowed us to learn and understand their specific needs and requirements. As a result, we know how to best meet their expectations. At the same time, as the most integrated furnace manufacturer in the world, we give our customers access to a wide range of custom solutions including technology, material and process.”

Good continues, “The device that our EcoTitanium partner has been equipped with consists of three metallurgical units: a plasma arc melting (PAM) furnace for melting plasma or plasma gas inert gas, and two VAR arc furnaces for titanium melting. At the moment, the first arc furnace is installed. Construction and delivery of the second is planned in the next stage.”

For 50 years Retech has designed and implemented vacuum metallurgy, conducted research and development (R&D) projects, and constructed, built and tested equipment for customers in the global markets.

The Seco/Warwick Group provides equipment and technologies to the world’s leading aerospace, automotive and power companies, enabling the production of lightweight and durable components. The company says benefits of using vacuum metallurgy include, high efficiency, process reproducibility, process automation, modern control system with monitoring of each parameter and precise feed system.