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California firms receive reminder on downstream due diligence

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:16
California firms receive reminder on downstream due diligence

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Dec. 19, 2014

In another sign of the increasingly tight CRT glass market, regulators in California have asked registered e-scrap firms to exercise caution when planning to send glass beyond state lines.

"If your company is shipping CRTs or CRT glass out-of-state, you should understand the difference between a destination that remanufactures CRT glass and/or engages in lead smelting, and an intermediate facility," the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) wrote in a Dec. 10 advisory notice. "Most CRT processing facilities in other states are intermediate facilities. Your company bears responsibility under California law for material while it is at an intermediate facility, and until it reaches its final destination for recycling."

The notice urges recycling firms to "ask hard questions of out-of-state facilities in order to avoid potentially crippling liability for material mishandled downstream." It also references the costly clean-up of Dow Management's Yuma, Arizona CRT glass operation, which had received and stockpiled large quantities of glass from California and Washington. The company later went out of business, and California firms were required to retrieve glass sent to Dow and have it sent elsewhere for final processing.

"DTSC does not want to see such a scenario happen again — either for the sake of the environment or for the sake of California recyclers," DTSC's Rita Hypnarowski wrote in a follow-up email.


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Kuusakoski acquires processing firm

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:14
Kuusakoski acquires processing firm

By Dan Leif and Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Dec. 19, 2014

Illinois-based Vintage Tech Recycling has been purchased by Kuusakoski, a central player in the ongoing industry debate over CRT glass management.

A U.S.-based Kuusakoski executive confirmed the deal in an interview with E-Scrap News this week. Kuusakoski USA's parent company, Finland-based Kuusakoski Recycling, which has owned 40 percent of Vintage Tech since 2011, has acquired the remaining 60 percent of the company's shares.

Vintage Tech was founded in 2005 and operates six processing facilities (two in Illinois and one each in California, Michigan, Missouri and Pennsylvania). Most of those facilities carry both e-Stewards and R2 certification, and the company is active in several state take-back programs. Karrie Gibson, the processing firm's president, told E-Scrap News Vintage Tech operates more than 1,000 permanent collection sites nationwide.

"In 2014, Vintage Tech collected and recycled more than 110 million pounds of electronics in the U.S. marketplace, and Kuusakoski will continue to grow that volume and maximize the value of the materials while following all compliance under state legislation and certifications," Gibson said.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The two companies will be run separately with a "shared executive team," Gibson said. Gibson and her husband, Todd, Vintage Tech's vice president of sales and marketing, will remain in their current leadership roles "for as long as it takes to assure a smooth transition for our customers and employees," she said.

Kuusakoski has positioned itself as a potential downstream option for CRT glass. The company, in partnership with an Illinois landfill, employs a technology that "stabilizes" lead within processed CRT glass so that it can be used as alternative daily cover (ADC) at the landfill site.

Few state regulators have allowed CRT glass destined for ADC to be counted toward state-program pound quotas. The U.S. EPA has suggested the process is disposal, not recycling.

Kuusakoski representatives said the CRT-to-ADC operation is at about 25 percent capacity, having processed roughly 12,000 tons of material in 2014, versus the 50,000 tons they had hoped to garner.

Kuusakoski leaders said the decision to buy Vintage Tech was driven by a desire to cut deeper pathways into the North American e-scrap sector, including the refurb space. They said glass currently collected through Vintage Tech contracts won't necessarily head into the ADC pipeline.

"The OEMs that Vintage Tech serves chose the destination for the glass produced under their respective programs, and this will not change," said Rich Hipp, CEO and president of Kuusakoski USA. "With the acquisition of Vintage Tech we will now become a coast-to-coast service company with front end collection networks and fully integrated customer service and operations that will provide that true one-stop-shop service to our customers."

Kuusakoski USA and Vintage Tech both have their headquarters in Plainfield, Illinois.

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Deadline for transitioning to R2:2013 draws closer

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:12
Deadline for transitioning to R2:2013 draws closer

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Dec. 19, 2014

About a quarter of firms certified to the R2 standard have yet to transition to the latest version of the certification.

With a Dec. 31 deadline looming, 414 of the 550 facilities certified to the R2 standard are R2:2013 certified, Patty Osterberg told E-Scrap News. Osterberg serves as the Director of Education and Outreach at SERI, the group that manages the R2 standard.

“It is a significant achievement for companies to successfully implement the rigorous requirements of the R2:2013 standard," Osterberg said in a statement. "We are extremely pleased that so many have made the transition, and are especially encouraged by the growing global footprint of the R2 Standard."

According to Osterberg, companies certified to the standard are now operating in 19 different countries.

SERI expects 80-85 percent of the 550 facilities in its system to gain the R2:2013 certification by Dec. 31.

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Arkansas sees e-scrap tonnages fall

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:10
Arkansas sees e-scrap tonnages fall

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Dec. 19, 2014

Arkansas' annual review of recycling performance shows the state has increased its overall recycling rate to 39 percent, but e-scrap recycling is noticeably down.

E-scrap recycling tonnages fell during the state's fiscal year (July 2013 through June 2014) by about a quarter, a report from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality states. In 2014, 2,919 tons of electronics was reported recycled, compared with 3,917 in 2013.

"We've made a conscientious effort here throughout the state to clear out all of that stuff in people's homes that they'd been holding onto," Robert Hunter, the recycling and marketing manager at ADEQ, told E-Scrap News. "We've been counting electronics for several years and we've made a real push with grants to sponsor collection events for free so residents could get rid of that bulky stuff."

Hunter says collection events are now seeing fewer of the heavier monitors and televisions and more lightweight electronics.

Arkansas is not among the 25 states that currently have laws mandating e-scrap recycling programs.

On the whole, overall landfilling of waste generated in the state fell 5 percent in the most recent fiscal year, coming in at 3,265,463 tons, while recycling was up 13 percent, reaching 1,086,820 tons. Waste generation was slightly up during the year at 5,352,283 tons.



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Long-haul shipping prices could drop next year

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:07
Long-haul shipping prices could drop next year

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Dec. 19, 2014

An amendment included in the $1 trillion spending bill passed last weekend by Congress suspends two provisions of a trucking rule that long-haul firms say have crunched efficiency. That could mean lower logistics prices for export buyers and some other e-scrap entities.

The trucking provisions in the bill relate to hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that were introduced in 2013 and which many trucking firms and groups have fiercely opposed.

Here's how industry publication Transport Topics characterized the change brought about by the spending bill: "The legislation suspends the requirement that all qualifying restarts contain two consecutive periods of time between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., and that it can only be used once every 168 hours (or seven days). In other words, the restart rule reverts back to the simple 34-hour restart in effect from 2003 to June 2013."

The HOS requirements will be dropped for a year, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will conduct a study showing the impact of altering the legislation. With the regulations suspended, long-haul truckers will be able to increase their weekly maximum driving hours from 70 to 82.

From an e-scrap perspective, the move will most affect firms that buy and collect material in one section of the country and pay long-haul services to transport it to distant processing or warehouse sites. Companies that buy material for export could also see lower prices – those companies typically pay to have material shipped to U.S. ports before it is moved into foreign markets.


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Certification scorecard

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:04
Certification scorecard

Dec. 19, 2014

With the roster of companies attaining third-party certifications or audits continuing to grow, E-Scrap News has compiled a roundup of the firms announcing certification this past week.

Spectrum Ecycle Solutions, Inc. of St. Louis is now certified to OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

Crown Information Management of South Daytona, Florida; Gagnaeyðing ehf of Reykjavik, Iceland; and Proshred Security of Crestwood, Illinois have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

E-Scrap News has added OHSAS 18001 and NAID AAA into its certification directory, as well as moved the directory online. If your firm recently completed these certifications, a CHWMEG audit or an ISO 9001, ISO 14001, R2, RIOS or e-Stewards certification, e-mail dleif@resource-recycling.com to be included in this section and in E-Scrap News' directory. The full directory is available at www.tinyurl.com/Certified-E-scrap.

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NewsBits

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:02
NewsBits

Dec. 19, 2014

The U.S. EPA has begun reminding industry stakeholders of a new CRT export policy set to go into effect the day after Christmas. As of Dec. 26, U.S.-based exporters of CRT devices or glass will be required to provide the EPA with more detailed tracking data as well as annual records of the amount of material shipped outside the U.S. For more information on the changes, click here.

In a separate move, the U.S. EPA has pushed ahead with a revision to the 2008 Definition of Solid Waste document. The update focuses on a series of "regulatory lapses" identified by the EPA and various stakeholders that will be remedied through new requirements for firms handling hazardous secondary wastes, including those found in various electronics and parts. For more on that, click here.

Oregon's electronics recycling take-back program is gearing up to expand its reach. Starting Jan. 1, Oregon E-Cycles will accept used keyboards, mice and printers alongside computers, monitors and TVs. The move could be a sign of things to come for state programs throughout the country, as the consumer e-scrap stream evolves.

The U.K.'s Environment Agency (EA) has announced imported concrete blocks containing leaded CRT glass have been put under "waste controls." The blocks, primarily made by Dutch firm A Jansen, reportedly failed a new series of testing for hazardous content and EA has requested additional information from the company as part of the regulatory action.

Despite inroads made by U.S. and Australian firms, China continued its reign as the world's biggest producer of rare earth metals in 2014. Preliminary statistics for the year show the country has largely avoided the negative effects of a March 2013 World Trade Organization ruling that stated Chinese officials were not implementing export quotas.



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Study: 5.25 trillion plastic pieces in ocean

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:43
Study: 5.25 trillion plastic pieces in ocean

By Bobby Elliott, Plastics Recycling Update

Dec. 18, 2014

A study released by an anti-pollution organization frames the world's plastic marine debris issue in stark terms.

The report, published in journal PLOS ONE and undertaken by the 5 Gyres Institute, suggests "a minimum" of 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic weighing roughly 269,000 tons can be found in the world's oceans.

The research team says the abundance of plastic pollution and its effect on ocean ecosystems "provid[es] further rationale to monitor (and take steps to mitigate) the global distribution and abundance of plastic pollution."

First discovered in 1988, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area of floating and swirling plastics debris in the North Pacific Ocean, has been the subject of increased scrutiny from environmental activists and, of late, scientists. The 5 Gyres Institute is also an activist group focused on reducing the flow of discarded plastics into waterways and oceans.

The group's study is the first to estimate a global marine debris figure for plastics "of all sizes," researchers say. Data was collected through 24 expeditions between 2007 and 2013. During those trips, researchers collected plastics debris samples and used them to arrive at the overall estimate through detailed computer models.

According to the American Chemistry Council, 185 projects have been undertaken voluntarily by 60 associations around the world to reduce marine debris litter. Those associations recently banded together to issue the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter.

Researchers from the 5 Gyres Institute did find "an apparent dearth of microplastics" during their expeditions. "This study also found a 100-fold discrepancy between expected microplastic weight and abundance and their observations, indicating a tremendous loss of microplastics," the study states.

UV degradation, biodegradation, ingestion by organisms, decreased buoyancy due to fouling organisms, entrainment in settling detritus, and beaching are cited as possible causes of the lack of micro plastics found. The group is holding firm to its expectation that 40,000 tons of microplastics are still out there to be detected.

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Plastics Recycling 2015: Book your hotel room and save

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:41
Plastics Recycling 2015: Book your hotel room and save

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Dec. 18, 2014

To get the most out of the upcoming Plastics Recycling Conference, be sure to stay at the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion. All the conference events will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency, so by booking your room there, you'll ensure your place at the center of the networking and deal-making action.

Plus, if you book before the conference room block is sold out, you can get a room at the discounted rate of $198, plus taxes. In addition, staying at the host hotel helps guarantee lower lodging costs for future iterations of the Plastics Recycling Conference. Book your hotel room here.

Plastics Recycling 2015 is taking place Feb. 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas. Head to plasticsrecycling.com for all the information on attending, exhibiting and sponsoring.


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Sonoco offers details on its plant-based HDPE

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:38
Sonoco offers details on its plant-based HDPE

By Dan Leif, Plastics Recycling Update

Dec. 18, 2014

Another global plastics player is producing bottles derived in part from plants, further indication that packaging heavyweights see recycling as only one part of the sustainability equation.

Earlier this month, South Carolina-based Sonoco announced it had begun production of plant-based HDPE in a packaging partnership with cleaning products brand Ecover.

According to Sonoco, 75 percent of the molecular weight of the bottles comes from bio-based sources and the remaining 25 percent is made using post-consumer recycled material. The products can be recycled in traditional HDPE streams, a company executive said in an email interview.

"Anywhere that accepts HDPE will accept this material," wrote John Wilson, Sonoco product manager. "Bio-based HDPE retains the same properties as petroleum-based HDPE and therefore it does not contaminate the recycling stream."

The development of bio-based HDPE follows a similar project from Coca-Cola in the PET realm. The beverage giant has in recent years pushed its PlantBottle packaging into a growing number of markets around the world.

Like Coca-Cola, Sonoco and Ecover use sugar cane as a starting point in the generation of the plant component of the HDPE resin, which they call Plantplastic.

"We take sustainably harvested sugarcane and refine it into sugar," Wilson said. "The sugar is then fermented and distilled to produce ethanol. The ethanol is dehydrated to produce ethylene, which is polymerized to produce the plastic. We chose sugarcane specifically because sugar drives the fermentation process."

The extrusion blow-molded Ecover bottles using Plantplastic first became available to consumers in August 2014 and thus far, rollout has occurred only in the North American market. According to Wilson, Ecover and Sonoco worked together to develop an "optimal blend" and Sonoco procures material from resin suppliers and manufacturers the bottles.

The push toward bio-based plastics has sparked criticism from some recycling advocates, who say packaging companies have backed off of recycled content claims as they've moved ahead on plant-based plastic technologies.

Plastic producers counter they view packaging sustainability holistically and that plant-based resin offers significant environmental benefits. In a press release announcing the Plantplastic product, Sonoco stated, "The bio-resin … uses up to 90 percent less energy and emits 75 percent less greenhouse gases compared to petroleum-based virgin resin."

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Poly pipe holds back Arkansas recycling rate

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:35
Poly pipe holds back Arkansas recycling rate

By Bobby Elliott, Plastics Recycling Update

Dec. 18, 2014

Arkansas' annual review of recycling performance shows the state has increased its recycling rate to 39 percent, with plastics the only major material category to see decreases.

Representing a 4 percentage point increase from last year's rate, the 2014 rate, covering July 2013 through June 2014, was buoyed by new markets for glass in the state as well as bolstered paper and metal recycling figures, a report from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality states.

On the plastics side, however, a wet year meant less demand within the agricultural industry for irrigation, a system reliant on poly pipe, or polyethylene. Poly pipe recycling tonnages came in at 66,111 during the year, a nearly 25 percent decrease from 2013 totals of 87,397 tons.

"When you have a wet year you're going to have less use of that pipe," Robert Hunter, the recycling and marketing manager at ADEQ, told Plastics Recycling Update. "That makes a huge difference."

The decrease in poly pipe recycling was enough to push overall plastics recycling down by about 16 percent.

That said, PET (up 110 percent percent), HDPE (up 49 percent) and LDPE (up 21 percent) all saw increases in diversion during the year in Arkansas.

"I think communities are making larger public awareness campaigns and I think we're also seeing programs where we had source separation come on-line to curbside in the last year or so," Hunter said.

On the whole, overall landfilling of waste generated in the state fell 5 percent, coming in at 3,265,463 tons, while recycling was up 13 percent, reaching 1,086,820 tons. Waste generation was slightly up during the year at 5,352,283 tons.


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PetroChem Wire: Nylon 6 price falls on weak demand

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:33
PetroChem Wire: Nylon 6 price falls on weak demand

Dec. 18, 2014

Prices for recycled nylon 6 post-industrial pellets dropped in the first half of December by at least 2 cents per pound to 79-81 cents per pound FOB Eastern U.S.

The price weakness is attributed to competition from imports and sluggish demand.

Prices for nylon 6 bales are under downward pressure, further contributing to the weakness in the overall nylon picture. Offers of natural nylon 6 fiber bales were reported at 58-60 cents per pound mid-month, with offers at 62 cents per pound FOB Eastern U.S. rejected by would-be buyers.

In the prime nylon market, nylon 6 made in China was offered at 91 cents per pound ex-works around the second week of December, delivery not included.

For a free trial to the Repro/Regrind Resin Report or to see sample issues of all PCW reports visit the PetroChem Wire website at www.petrochemwire.com. You can also contact Cindy Bryan at cindy@petrochemwire.com or (713) 385-1407.

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Long-haul shipping prices could drop next year

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:30
Long-haul shipping prices could drop next year

By Dan Leif, Plastics Recycling Update

Dec. 18, 2014

An amendment included in the $1 trillion spending bill passed last weekend by Congress suspends two provisions of a trucking rule that long-haul firms say have crunched efficiency. That could mean lower logistics prices for mills and export buyers.

The trucking provisions in the bill relate to hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that were introduced in 2013 and which many trucking firms and groups have fiercely opposed.

Here's how industry publication Transport Topics characterized the change brought about by the spending bill: "The legislation suspends the requirement that all qualifying restarts contain two consecutive periods of time between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., and that it can only be used once every 168 hours (or seven days). In other words, the restart rule reverts back to the simple 34-hour restart in effect from 2003 to June 2013."

The HOS requirements will be dropped for a year, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will conduct a study showing the impact of altering the legislation. With the regulations suspended, long-haul truckers will be able to increase their weekly maximum driving hours from 70 to 82.

From a recycling perspective, the entities most likely to be affected are mills and other companies that buy material from one section of the country and pay long-haul services to transport it to their manufacturing bases. Companies that buy material for export could also see lower prices – those companies typically pay to have material shipped to U.S. ports before it is moved into foreign markets.


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NewsBits

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:26
NewsBits

Dec. 18, 2014

Jamaica has launched its first PET recycling project, encouraging residents to drop off plastic beverage containers at various sites on the island, the Jamaica Observer reports. Officials will establish depot centers where PET containers will be accepted and baled. The project aims to recover nearly 4,700 tons of PET containers and create more than 3,000 jobs over the next three years.

A Germany-based investment firm has purchased U.K.-based plastics recycling company Eco Plastics, PRW.com reports. Under the deal, the purchaser, Aurelius, will become the full owner of the Continuum recycling joint venture it established with Coca-Cola Enterprises two years ago. The partnership ensures Coca-Cola Enterprises bottles in the U.K. will contain a minimum of 25 percent recycled content.

A $1 million competitive grant has been awarded to a California plastics recycling firm, according to the Turlock City News. The grant from CalRecycle’s Recycled Fiber, Plastic and Glass Grant Program will enable Peninsula Plastics Recycling to recover nearly half of the byproduct created from its current recycling process and recycle it into landscaping material.

Officials in a major plastics recycling region of China are reportedly acting to move processors to government-sanctioned industrial areas that have pollution controls. According to Plastics News' The China Blog, regulators in the city of Guangzhou are no longer approving new plants, a development that may indicate an increased focus on cleaning up the country's scrap processing sector.

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Long-haul shipping prices could drop next year

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:50
Long-haul shipping prices could drop next year

By Dan Leif, Resource Recycling

Dec. 17, 2014

An amendment included in the $1 trillion spending bill passed last weekend by Congress suspends two provisions of a trucking rule that long-haul firms say have crunched efficiency. That could mean lower logistics prices for mills and export buyers.

The trucking provisions in the bill relate to hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that were introduced in 2013 and which many trucking firms and groups have fiercely opposed.

Here's how industry publication Transport Topics characterized the change brought about by the spending bill: "The legislation suspends the requirement that all qualifying restarts contain two consecutive periods of time between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., and that it can only be used once every 168 hours (or seven days). In other words, the restart rule reverts back to the simple 34-hour restart in effect from 2003 to June 2013."

The HOS requirements will be dropped for a year, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will conduct a study showing the impact of altering the legislation. With the regulations suspended, long-haul truckers will be able to increase their weekly maximum driving hours from 70 to 82.

From a recycling perspective, the entities most likely to be affected are mills and other companies that buy material from one section of the country and pay long-haul services to transport it to their manufacturing bases. Companies that buy material for export could also see lower prices — those companies typically pay to have material shipped to U.S. ports before it is moved into foreign markets.

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Resource Recycling Conference 2015: A networking hotbed

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:48
Resource Recycling Conference 2015: A networking hotbed

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Dec. 17, 2014

"This was the best networking conference I've ever attended." That was the feedback offered from one industry executive at the close of this year's Resource Recycling Conference, and the upcoming edition will offer the same opportunities for key connections.

Resource Recycling Conference 2015, scheduled for next September, will be attracting top industry decision-makers to Indianapolis for a full slate of education sessions as well as a number of co-located events, including the National Recycling Coalition's annual members meeting and Re-TRAC Connect workshops. The array of programming simply cannot be found at any other North American recycling gathering.

If you want your municipality or firm to be part of the conversations shaping the future of materials diversion and sustainability, mark your calendar now for Resource Recycling Conference 2015.

Resource Recycling Conference 2015 is scheduled for Sept. 28-30, 2015 at the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis. Head to rrconference.com for all the latest on attending, exhibiting and sponsoring.


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Arkansas finds glass market – and higher recycling rate

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:45
Arkansas finds glass market – and higher recycling rate

By Bobby Elliott, Resource Recycling

Dec. 17, 2014

Arkansas' annual review of recycling performance shows the state has increased its recycling rate to 39 percent. And a surprising material is fueling the growth.

Representing a 4 percentage point increase from last year's rate, the 2014 rate, covering July 2013 through June 2014, was buoyed by new markets for glass in the state, a report from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) states.

According to the latest figures, glass recycling increased by 166 percent in 2014. A total of 9,352 tons of glass went toward recycling during the year compared with 3,513 tons in 2013.

"We haven't had a market for it in so long," Robert Hunter, recycling and marketing manager at ADEQ, told Resource Recycling . "And now we have a market that's providing free transportation and no costs to the communities, so it's being added to curbside programs."

Hunter said a Kansas City company, Ripple Glass, is taking mixed glass from the state and using much of it in the production of new bottles and fiberglass.

"We don't have to do anything but put it into bunkers and load it into trailers, which are provided for free and picked up," Hunter said.

Metals and paper recycling activity was also up in Arkansas during the most recent fiscal year.

During the year, 1,494,092 tons of metal was recycled in the state. That total is nearly 20 percent higher than the 2013 total of 1,246,734 tons.

On the paper side, recycling volume came in at 239,777 tons, up about 27 percent compared to 2013's recovery of 189,078 tons of the material. Cardboard, newsprint and the "other" category, including rolls of paper, consumer board and paper board, all saw sizable year-over-year increases.

Plastics, with poly pipe recycling down due to lower demand from the agricultural industry, was the only major category to see decreases in 2014. PET, HDPE and LDPE plastics all saw increases in diversion during the year.

Overall landfilling fell 5 percent, coming in at 3,265,463 tons, while recycling was up 13 percent, reaching 1,086,820 tons. Waste generation was slightly up during the year at 5,352,283 tons.



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Industry spreads diversion tips alongside cheer

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:43
Industry spreads diversion tips alongside cheer

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Dec. 17, 2014

As the gift-giving season heats up, recycling advocates are making their case for a waste-conscious holiday.

A new poll conducted by ecoATM suggests 74 percent of Americans would like to reduce their waste generation this season. In addition, 8 percent of survey respondents said they are avoiding "holiday excess," including wrapping paper, ribbons and packaging.

Citing U.S. EPA data pointing to average household waste generation increasing by 25 percent during the holidays, Republic Services has released a national Holiday Recycling Checklist advisory. Republic reminds residents to keep items like bubble wrap, packing peanuts and "anything on the Christmas tree" out of the bin.

What to do with your end-of-life Christmas lights? Well, the answer varies depending on where you live in the U.S., but communities across the country, including municipalities in Wisconsin and Kentucky, are taking a proactive approach in encouraging residents to bring in their used Christmas lights for recycling at select stores and drop-off locations.

The U.S. EPA has put together a series of tips to cut down on holiday waste. Click here to read through them and don't forget to check out Resource Recycling's annual holiday gift guide for some recycled content gifts with pizzazz.

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Grant watch

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:40
Grant watch

Dec. 17, 2014

A $1 million competitive grant has been awarded to a California plastics recycling firm, according to the Turlock City News. The grant from CalRecycle’s Recycled Fiber, Plastic and Glass Grant Program will enable Peninsula Plastics Recycling to recover nearly half of the byproduct created from its current recycling process and recycle it into landscaping material.

Four Indiana companies that recycle materials including metals and discarded wood will receive grants from the state’s Recycling Market Development Program, according to the Associated Press. The state is awarding grants ranging from $125,000 to $175,000 to the following companies: GreenCycle of Indiana, Technology Recyclers, Petoskey Plastics and Reflective Industries. They will use the grants to buy equipment, and the companies receiving the grants agreed to commit nearly $2.9 million to their operations.

E-scrap processing in Arkansas received a shot in the arm with three state grants totaling $200,000, according to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. The state awarded the following grants: $100,000 to Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, $50,000 to the city of Texarkana and $50,000 to Esco Processing and Recycling. Goodwill Industries will use the funding for development of an operations center in Little Rock. Texarkana will use its grant to help expand its e-scrap collection center. Esco Processing and Recycling of Rogers will use the money for collecting and processing cathode ray tubes.

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Resource Recycling print edition: Complete your collection

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:37
Resource Recycling print edition: Complete your collection

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Dec. 17, 2014

A longtime industry firm is doing some holiday office cleaning and has the last 20 years worth of Resource Recycling print magazines available for anyone willing to pay the cost of shipping the stacks. If you're interested in having hard copies of two decades of industry analysis, send an email to news@resource-recycling.com Hooray for print media!


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