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Dr Pepper reports on recycling and lightweighting

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:42
Dr Pepper reports on recycling and lightweighting

By Bobby Elliott, Plastics Recycling Update

Aug. 22, 2014

Dr Pepper Snapple Group says its sustainability efforts are being done "with flavor" and reports that recycling initiatives continue to grow.

The company's recenlty issued "We Do Things with Flavor: 2014 Sustainability Report" provides 2013 data on manufacturing recycling and offers an update on the beverage maker's attempts to drive municipal recycling of its packaging.

According to the latest figures, Dr Pepper recycled 85 percent of its manufacturing waste in 2013.

"Improvements were achieved through thorough examinations of each site's total waste stream, not just PET and aluminum," the report reads.

The 85 percent mark represents a three percentage point increase from 2012's rate. In addition, the company appears to be on track to meet a 2015 goal of recycling 90 percent of manufacturing waste.

Outside of internal manufacturing recycling efforts, Dr Pepper points to a total of $600,000 in funding given out to Keep America Beautiful (KAB) since 2013 to help "support consumers and communities in their recycling efforts." Those funds have been used to fund public space recycling bins deployed by KAB and its affiliates across the country. Beverage giant Coca-Cola has engaged in a similar partner with KAB for almost a decade.

Since 2007, Dr Pepper says, it's cut down on PET consumption by 60.7 million pounds due to lightweighting efforts. With the "lightest 2-liter bottle in the industry," Dr. Pepper is "continuing to investigate new technology and supply options for lowering our PET use," the report states.

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2014 Recycling Innovators Forum: Finalists announced

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:37
2014 Recycling Innovators Forum: Finalists announced

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Aug. 22, 2014

The organizers of the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum have identified the eight proposals that are moving on to the final presentation stage as they compete for a combined $40,000 in cash prizes.

Complete information on each of the concepts and the individuals behind them can be found here. The competition is divided into two categories — Enterprise/Institution and Garage Innovator — and four finalists were selected on each side. The competition, which is in its second year, received more than 60 proposals.

The final presentation round will take place Monday, Sept. 15 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside during the first day of the Resource Recycling Conference. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception where all Innovators Forum presenters will be on-hand to answer questions and develop industry contacts.

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Will legislators push through bag ban in California?

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:31
Will legislators push through bag ban in California?

By Bobby Elliott, Plastics Recycling Update

Aug. 22, 2014

The latest attempt to ban plastic checkout bags in California appears headed for a late-inning legislative vote.

After being approved by the state's Assembly Appropriations Committee on Aug. 14, SB 270 is expected to be taken up by state legislators before the 2014 legislature adjourns Aug. 28. The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla earlier this year, will need to gain 41 votes from the 80-member state Assembly and 21 votes from the 40 member state Senate before that deadline.

The Assembly would vote first on the bill. If it passes in that chamber, it would move to the Senate for consideration.

California lawmakers have twice voted down similar efforts — in 2010 and 2013.

The current bill calls for a statewide ban on plastic checkout bags and initiates a minimum 10-cent charge for reusable or paper bags offered at grocery and convenience stores. Opponents of the measure claim the law would bring about numerous detriments.

"The Assembly Appropriations Committee has made a shortsighted decision in supporting a bill that will hurt the environment, consumers and workers," Lee Califf, executive director of the SPI-funded American Progressive Bag Alliance, said in a statement. "This decision is a direct threat to the jobs of the nearly 2,000 hard-working Californians employed by the state’s plastic bag manufacturing and recycling industry."

To help respond to such criticism, Padilla's measure cordons off $2 million in one-time loans from an existing state loan fund, the Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ), to provide bag makers support in switching over to a reusable bag-focused enterprise, John Mann, Padilla's communications director, told Plastics Recycling Update.

"The $2 million will be made available for the specific purposes as stated in the bill," Mann explained. "Additionally, any funds from the $2 million that are not disbursed will be placed back in the fund after one fiscal year."

Any loan given out through the RMDZ program will be contingent upon the recipient retaining any manufacturing employees they would otherwise have to let go of due to ripple effects of a bag ban.

Mark Murray, who serves as the executive director of Californians Against Waste, an outspoken supporter of the legislation, said Padilla's bill is just one vote shy of a lock in the state Assembly.

"It's going to be a close vote, but there's growing confidence that there will be 41 votes in the Assembly and we're pretty assured there will be 21 votes in the state Senate," Murray said.

The two legislators identified by Murray as key but undecided votes in the Assembly – Steven Bradford and Shirley Weber — both voted in favor of advancing the bill out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Bradford's press secretary, Matt Stauffer, was noncommittal when asked whether Bradford would support the measure once it heads to the full Assembly floor.

"Bradford voted yes on SB 270 when it came before the Appropriations committee," Stauffer stated. "He will be studying the debate as it goes to the floor, but I can’t say what his vote will be until he casts it."

Weber, whose San Diego County held off on passing an ordinance of its own, has not publicly stated whether or not she will back the bill. Her press contact, Joe Kocurek, did not return a request for comment on the issue.

If a statewide bill is passed, it would not affect the 116 local ordinances already in place. Those ordinances, which touch major California populations in Los Angeles and San Francisco, would continue as laws of their own. About one-third of California residents live in municipalities or counties with bag ban ordinances in place.

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Scrap plastics export figures up significantly from year ago

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:27
Scrap plastics export figures up significantly from year ago

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Aug. 22, 2014

In our monthly look at exports of scrap materials, the first half of 2014 has shown a rebound from Green Fence-era levels in the plastics realm.

June saw a 4.7 percent decline from May 2014 export levels, with 405.26 million pounds of material exported in June 2014. But when matched against Green Fence-influenced June 2013 levels, the volume of plastic scrap exports was up by a robust 23.2 percent.

The weighted price of recovered plastic exports in June, at 19.36 cents per pound, was down by 2.1 percent from its May 2014 standing of 19.78 cents per pound. When compared with its year-over-year (YOY) level, the price was down by 4.3 percent.

At 2.32 billion pounds, the volume of recovered plastics exported in 2014 through June was up 14.3 percent from its 2013 year-to-date (YTD) figure. At 19.66 cents per pound, however, the average price for the first half of 2014 was down 3.5 percent from its 2013 YTD standing.

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Colleges set sights on football fans' plastic discards

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:19
Colleges set sights on football fans' plastic discards

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Aug. 22, 2014

The GameDay Recycling Challenge, an annual materials diversion competition, has opened up its registration process for the 2014 season.

That means some of the largest colleges and universities in the country will be battling at the bin again this fall as they attempt to collect plastics and other recyclables.

The GameDay concept asks each participating school to pick one, or more, of its football team's home games and to track how much material goes into recycling or compost receptacles at stadiums and tailgate areas.

Plastic containers of all shapes and sizes are typically a big draw for the gameday recycling events.

Schools compete against their conference rivals in categories such as total amount diverted and recycling rate, and national winners are recognized at the end of the season.

Nearly 90 colleges and universities participated in the GameDay competition last year, an effort that led to 1.46 million pounds of material being diverted from landfill.

The competition is managed by CURC, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Wastewise Program, Keep America Beautiful and RecycleMania, Inc.

Interested schools can register for the 2014 edition here.


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PetroChem Wire: Recycled HDPE prices steady in August

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:15
PetroChem Wire: Recycled HDPE prices steady in August

Aug. 22, 2014

HDPE fractional melt post-consumer dairy pellets were steady in the first half of August at 84 to 87 cents per pound FOB Eastern U.S. locations, following sharp price rises in response to thin natural scrap bale supply.

These higher prices encouraged some buyers to seek alternative materials. Early/mid-month, one HDPE natural end-user reported buying railcars of wide-spec HDPE dairy prime material at 77 cents per pound delivered to the Midwest.

Prices for U.S. Gulf prime spot blow mold HDPE rose a bit in the first half of August from 79 cents per pound on July 31 to 80 cents per pound on Aug. 14.

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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NewsBits

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:11
NewsBits

Aug. 22, 2014

PET production capacity is rapidly outpacing demand for PET worldwide. David Swift, managing director of PCI PET Packaging, Resin & Recycling, recently told attendees at the Latin America PET Markets conference demand for PET will grow annually by about 1.1 million tons while production capacity will grow by 5.5 million tons in 2014 alone — this trend could push prices downward for both prime PET and recycled PET resins.

The Green Biz blog recently took an in-depth look at the Closed Loop Fund, the Walmart-headed public-private effort that has committed to investing $100 million in municipal recycling. One new piece of information about the Fund the article uncovers: An independent "investment committee" with representatives from the recycling, environment, finance and municipal spheres will give the final approval on whether a proposed project will get Closed Loop dollars.

Plastics-to-oil technology company Agilyx will continue to work on a pilot project capturing a California city's hard-to-recycle plastics for conversion into oil. Questions about the project — which is sponsored by Dow Chemical, Republic Services and the Flexible Packaging Association — were raised when Waste Management closed its Agilyx-powered plastics-to-oil plant in Portland this summer, citing a need for newer technology currently in development stages at Agilyx's Oregon headquarters.

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Grant watch

Resource Recycling Magazine - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:12
Grant watch

Aug. 20, 2014

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and publicly traded Waste Management announced eight $10,000 grants that are going to KAB affiliates nationwide. The merit-based, Think Green grants support projects that KAB affiliates implement locally, such as recycling and waste diversion education programs. The recipients are: Keep Charleston (South Carolina) Beautiful, Keep Clinton (Mississippi) Beautiful, Keep Detroit Beautiful, Keep Durham (North Carolina) Beautiful, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (Reno, Nevada), Keep Virginia Beautiful, Metro Beautification & Environment Commission (Nashville, Tennessee) and OKC Beautiful (Oklahoma City).

Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality has awarded $2.5 million to nine universities and municipalities for road-related projects that leverage scrap tires. Michigan Technological University nabbed the largest grant, one worth $1.192 million.

Two Alabama municipalities have announced six-figure grants from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Gadsden nabbed $122,911, which will be deployed to purchase recycling trailers and other equipment to bolster the city's program. The City of Eufaula, meanwhile, was awarded $187,500 for a collection truck and bins.

The Deep East Texas Council of Governments has offered up seven grants worth a combined $131,130 to counties and cities aiming to improve recycling and hazardous waste collection programs.

The Deep East Texas Council of Governments has offered up seven grants worth a combined $131,130 to counties and cities aiming to improve recycling and hazardous waste collection programs.

Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology have received a National Science Foundation grant worth $300,854 to study the environmental impact of nanomaterials found in solar cells, cosmetics and some other products. Part of the research will investigate how these materials affect landfill and recycling systems.

The Arizona Recycling Coalition has opened the application process for its 2014 grant program. Interested parties must apply by Oct. 6 and can get more information here.

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Scrap ferrous and aluminum exports still down

Resource Recycling Magazine - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:06
Scrap ferrous and aluminum exports still down

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Aug. 20, 2014

In our monthly look at exports of scrap materials, the first half of 2014 has shown a rebound from Green Fence-era levels in the plastics realm, but ferrous and aluminum scrap exports are still steeply down year-over-year.

On the scrap plastics front, June saw a 4.7 percent decline from May 2014 export levels, with 405.26 million pounds of material exported in June 2014. When matched against Green Fence-influenced June 2013 levels, the volume of plastic scrap exports was up by a robust 23.2 percent.

The weighted price of recovered plastic exports in June, at 19.36 cents per pound, was down by 2.1 percent from its May 2014 standing of 19.78 cents per pound. When compared with its year-over-year (YOY) level, the price was down by 4.3 percent.

At 2.32 billion pounds, the volume of recovered plastics exported in June 2014 was up 14.3 percent from its 2013 year-to-date (YTD) figure. At 19.66 cents per pound, however, the average price for the first half of 2014 was down 3.5 percent from its 2013 YTD standing.

As for other exported materials, recovered paper saw small improvement for the first six months of 2014, with 9.68 million metric tons exported, a 1.3 percent increase from levels through June 2013. At $165 per metric ton, the weighted average price of exported recovered paper through June was also relatively unchanged, up just 0.6 percent when compared with its standing through the first half of 2014.

Ferrous scrap exports saw strong declines YOY, with 7.59 million metric tons exported through June 2014, amounting to a sharp 23.5 percent decrease from levels from the first half of 2013. At $404 per metric ton, the weighted average price of exported ferrous scrap was also down – 3.2 percent from ferrous scrap export figures through June 2013.

Lastly, the 1.80 billion pounds of aluminum scrap exported through June 2014 equated to a 10.0 percent decrease from the first six months of 2013. At 77 cents per pound, the average price of exported aluminum scrap through June 2014 was down 3.8 percent YOY.

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More losses for E-Waste Systems

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:14
More losses for E-Waste Systems

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

Losses continue to pile up for E-Waste Systems, Inc. as newly released financials show operating losses of almost $2 million for the second quarter of 2014 and $7 million for the year thus far.

Publicly traded E-Waste Systems' (EWSI) second quarter results for 2014 were released Aug. 19. Between April 1 and June 30, the company generated revenues of $545,226 — largely offset by $483,531 in cost of sales expenses — while operating losses for the quarter came in at $1,919,333.

Operating losses for the first six months of the year have equaled $6,939,586 — four times higher than losses during the first six months of 2013. Revenues for the first six months of 2014 have totaled just over $1 million.

"These quarterly results do not meet our expectations, but our goals for establishing a strong platform for growth are completely intact and we expect to move forward with laser-focus to accomplish our plan," CEO Martin Nielson stated in an August 20 press release.

The quarterly results come just weeks after the company re-stated financials for 2013, an action the firm took after concluding it should not have consolidated revenues from XuFu, a Chinese partner. EWSI has also not been able to count revenues from another Chinese company, Tanke, which EWSI has said will generate $50 million in revenues for the company this year.

The company's stock price has fallen from a 2014 high of more than a nickel in January to less than one-fifth of a penny at press time.

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E-Scrap 2014: Policies and programs around the world

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:11
E-Scrap 2014: Policies and programs around the world

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

Attend this fall's E-Scrap Conference and improve your company's global competitiveness by getting the latest information about the development of electronics recycling in foreign markets.

Ofira Varga of international consulting firm 1cc GmbH will offer an overview of current e-scrap legislation in all Latin American countries, with an in-depth look at Colombia and Costa Rica. In addition, Subrata Barman of International Finance Corporation will detail the Clean E-India initiative, which seeks to leverage the formal and informal processing sectors to recycle more scrap electronics in the world's second-most-populous nation.

Finally, a host of experts from the academic, government and NGO realms will help cover the ever-evolving e-scrap export situation.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. The 2013 edition saw more than 1,300 attendees and 125 exhibiting companies, so plan now to secure your spot at this fall's conference. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.

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Expert offers tips on breaking into refurb

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:06
Expert offers tips on breaking into refurb

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

For those e-scrap operators who want to expand into the refurbishment side of the business, reuse veteran Peter Sobotta has some advice: Start small.

Sobotta, founder and president of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania-based RecoupIT, Inc., was the featured speaker on a webinar this week that aimed to guide recycling professionals who may be thinking of entering the electronics refurbishment field. Sobotta laid out the basics on getting the right personnel in place and finding key distribution channels for products that are ready for resale.

But he was also quick to note that while profiting in the refurb game may seem like a simple proposition, hopeful operators should begin by experimenting with a few, high-quality recovered assets to see if the process goes as smoothly as expected.

"You might want to build the business as a side project to start," Sobotta said during the webinar, which was organized by the National Recycling Coalition and the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center. "Put enough resources behind it to give it a fair shot, and then do a test. Then you'll have data."

Sobotta also recommended moving cautiously into the online realm to connect with consumers who are looking for refurbished computers and other items. Amazon and eBay are both strong marketplaces, he said, but sellers looking to build up credibility there should make sure they are only selling their best wares and backing it up with proper service.

If customers have bad experiences with a refurb seller, they'll note that in reviews and Amazon and eBay administrators will be quick to act. "They'll flag your account," said Sabotta. "Don't damage your reputation."

Refurbishers just entering the market may also want to focus on the business-to-business sector, where sellers will be able to move greater quantities of material at a lower profit margin, Sobotta noted. He recommended a handful of online resources that can connect companies to that wholesale space, including Liquidation.com, B Stock Solutions and Tech Liquidators.

In a Q-and-A following Sobotta's presentation, he offered some helpful ideas when it comes to deciding which operating system to install on refurbished PCs. Once firms become part of the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program, they can gain licenses to Windows 7 and Windows 8 at discounted prices. Having a Windows operating system installed, not surprisingly, makes those machines more marketable.

But Sobotta also explained his firm has done tests in which similar computers are equipped with different operating systems — some with Windows and some with open-source Linux — and then put in front of consumers in the same marketplace and priced equally. Sobotta found the computers with Windows would typically sell quicker but ultimately all would sell, an indication that interest in Linux is reasonably robust.

"You could load Linux on them," he suggested, "and then offer Windows as an upsell."

For individuals looking for more information about entering the refurb sector, Sobotta recommended attending the International Computer Refurbisher Summit, scheduled for Nov. 10-12 in Denver.

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Staples and ERI target enterprise stream

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:58
Staples and ERI target enterprise stream

by Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

Staples and Electronic Recyclers International have launched a business-to-business electronics take-back program.

The program, announced Aug. 14, will be offered through the Staples business-to-business division, Staples Advantage, and allow clients across the U.S. to send in old and obsolete electronics for recycling.

Staples is promoting the move as a first for the industry and a trusted route to take for businesses that need data properly removed from devices and obsolete technology recycled by a certified partner.

"Now we’re the first to provide a way for our corporate customers to easily and responsibly recycle old electronics," said Al Zoldos, Vice President of Sales, Staples Technology Solutions, in a press release. "From provisioning new equipment, then providing services to manage it and now an easy way to handle end-of-life recycling, we’re offering a true life cycle approach to technology management."

The enterprise sector has lately emerged as a particularly enticing area for e-scrap processors. With state take-back programs seeing electronics streams dominated by CRT devices, e-scrap firms are beginning to look elsewhere for material that's revenue positive and more easily recycled.

Through the Staples-ERI arrangement, businesses pay to ship electronics based on the size of boxes ordered through the program. Boxes as small as 9-by-5-inches are available, through the service will handle loads as large as a full pallet. Prices range from $15 per box to $300.

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Certification scorecard

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:56
Certification scorecard

Aug. 21, 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.

Adelante Document Destruction Services of Albuquerque, New Mexico; American Document Securities of Carrollton, Georgia; Assured Document Destruction of Phoenix; DocuGuard of Enid, Oklahoma; Kard Recycling Service, Inc. of New Berlin, Wisconsin; and KATANA SA of Geneva, Switzerland 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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2014 Recycling Innovators Forum: Finalists announced

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:54
2014 Recycling Innovators Forum: Finalists announced

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

The organizers of the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum have identified the eight proposals that are moving on to the final presentation stage as they compete for a combined $40,000 in cash prizes.

Complete information on each of the concepts and the individuals behind them can be found here. The competition is divided into two categories — Enterprise/Institution and Garage Innovator — and four finalists were selected on each side. The competition, which is in its second year, received more than 60 proposals.

The final presentation round will take place Monday, Sept. 15 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside during the first day of the Resource Recycling Conference. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception where all Innovators Forum presenters will be on hand to answer questions and develop industry contacts.

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NewsBits

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:35
NewsBits

Aug. 21, 2014

The team over at iFixit got its hands on one of Google's new tablets and, as is their way, proceeded to take it apart. The online tech repair hub's Project Tango Tablet Teardown presents a 21-step guide to taking apart the device and gives the device a four out of 10 on the Repairability scale (in which 10 represents easiest to work with).

Sims Recycling Solutions has recognized corporate client Unisys for its recycling efforts in 2013. The IT solutions company diverted more than 1.1 million pounds of electronics during the year — most, if not at all, of which was sent to Sims, who serves as Unisys' primary asset disposal vendor.

Scientists in South Korea believe they may have found a way to make use of the 5.6 trillion cigarette butts we dispose of worldwide each year. According to the team, the discarded items can be successfully converted into a high performing coating for supercapacitors commonly found in a host of electronics.

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Grant watch

Resource Recycling Magazine - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:59
Grant watch

Aug. 20, 2014

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and publicly traded Waste Management announced eight $10,000 grants that are going to KAB affiliates nationwide. The merit-based, Think Green grants support projects that KAB affiliates implement locally, such as recycling and waste diversion education programs. The recipients are: Keep Charleston (South Carolina) Beautiful, Keep Clinton (Mississippi) Beautiful, Keep Detroit Beautiful, Keep Durham (North Carolina) Beautiful, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (Reno, Nevada), Keep Virginia Beautiful, Metro Beautification & Environment Commission (Nashville, Tennessee) and OKC Beautiful (Oklahoma City).

Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality has awarded $2.5 million to nine universities and municipalities for road-related projects that leverage scrap tires. Michigan Technological University nabbed the largest grant, one worth $1.192 million.

Two Alabama municipalities have announced six-figure grants from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Gadsden nabbed $122,911, which will be deployed to purchase recycling trailers and other equipment to bolster the city's program. The City of Eufaula, meanwhile, was awarded $187,500 for a collection truck and bins.

The Deep East Texas Council of Governments has offered up seven grants worth a combined $131,130 to counties and cities aiming to improve recycling and hazardous waste collection programs.

The Deep East Texas Council of Governments has offered up seven grants worth a combined $131,130 to counties and cities aiming to improve recycling and hazardous waste collection programs.

Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology have received a National Science Foundation grant worth $300,854 to study the environmental impact of nanomaterials found in solar cells, cosmetics and some other products. Part of the research will investigate how these materials affect landfill and recycling systems.

The Arizona Recycling Coalition has opened the application process for its 2014 grant program. Interested parties must apply by Oct. 6 and can get more information here.

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Scrap ferrous and aluminum exports still down

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:19
Scrap ferrous and aluminum exports still down

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Aug. 20, 2014

In our monthly look at exports of scrap materials, the first half of 2014 has shown a rebound from Green Fence-era levels in the plastics realm, but ferrous and aluminum scrap exports are still steeply down year-over-year.

On the scrap plastics front, June saw a 4.7 percent decline from May 2014 export levels, with 405.26 million pounds of material exported in June 2014. When matched against Green Fence-influenced June 2013 levels, the volume of plastic scrap exports was up by a robust 23.2 percent.

The weighted price of recovered plastic exports in June, at 19.36 cents per pound, was down by 2.1 percent from its May 2014 standing of 19.78 cents per pound. When compared with its year-over-year (YOY) level, the price was down by 4.3 percent.

At 2.32 billion pounds, the volume of recovered plastics exported in June 2014 was up 14.3 percent from its 2013 year-to-date (YTD) figure. At 19.66 cents per pound, however, the average price for the first half of 2014 was down 3.5 percent from its 2013 YTD standing.

As for other exported materials, recovered paper saw small improvement for the first six months of 2014, with 9.68 million metric tons exported, a 1.3 percent increase from levels through June 2013. At $165 per metric ton, the weighted average price of exported recovered paper through June was also relatively unchanged, up just 0.6 percent when compared with its standing through the first half of 2014.

Ferrous scrap exports saw strong declines YOY, with 7.59 million metric tons exported through June 2014, amounting to a sharp 23.5 percent decrease from levels from the first half of 2013. At $404 per metric ton, the weighted average price of exported ferrous scrap was also down – 3.2 percent from ferrous scrap export figures through June 2013.

Lastly, the 1.80 billion pounds of aluminum scrap exported through June 2014 equated to a 10.0 percent decrease from the first six months of 2013. At 77 cents per pound, the average price of exported aluminum scrap through June 2014 was down 3.8 percent YOY.

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Commercial and multifamily bog down San Diego recycling

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:05
Commercial and multifamily bog down San Diego recycling

By Dan Leif, Resource Recycling

Aug. 20, 2014

A recent audit of San Diego's waste diversion efforts finds nearly 60 percent of commercial and multifamily properties are not reaching mandated recycling requirements.

The report from the city's auditor's office goes on to recommend higher diversion demands on private haulers serving those sectors.

"Significantly increasing the diversion rate for commercial and multifamily properties — which combined, make up the largest source of waste generation in the City — is necessary to achieve the City’s recycling goals," the auditor's report notes. "We found that the City’s current enforcement strategy, which focuses on holding the property owner responsible for complying with recycling requirements, is unlikely to succeed without concurrently requiring each franchised hauler to achieve minimum recycling rates."

Increasing diversion in California's second largest city (San Diego has a population of 1.3 million) has become a growing concern for city officials in recent years as the Miramar Landfill, the only city-operated waste disposal site, nears capacity. The city recently unveiled a goal to reach 75 percent waste diversion by 2020 and "zero waste" by 2045.

The city posted a 68 percent waste diversion figure in 2012, bolstered in large part by programs that have led to 85 percent diversion in the construction and demolition category.

Since 2007, the city has operated with a citywide recycling ordinance, which requires residents and businesses to separate recyclable material. Businesses and multifamily buildings are required to hit a recycling rate level of 30 percent or 40 percent, depending on their size.

However, the auditor's report indicates 5,621 of the 9,555 of the commercial and multifamily entities held to those recycling standards failed to comply. That equates to a 58.8 percent failure rate.

The report says to solve that problem, the city should develop mandates for private haulers. Though the municipality handles refuse and recycling collection for single-family homes, 21 private haulers serve the commercial and multifamily sector through a non-exclusive franchise system. In that setup, haulers enter into agreements with commercial and multifamily clients, and the haulers can vie for business in any section of the city.

San Diego's Environmental Services Department collects disposal statistics from the haulers serving the commercial and multifamily sector, and officials determined only 26 percent of waste from those generators was diverted in 2013. The auditor's report includes the following chart showing the haulers that handle the most commercial and multifamily material as well as the recycling rates associated with each firm.

The report suggests the possibility of San Diego following the lead of cities such as San Jose and Pasadena, both of which have required private haulers to hit diversion rates above 60 percent in the commercial sphere and have seen strong results since implementation.

The auditor recommends setting an initial 35 percent diversion requirement for commercial and multifamily haulers and to periodically increase that number.

"Even as technology improves to recover these materials," the report reads, "haulers will likely have little incentive to invest in infrastructure to recover compostable and other potentially recoverable materials and encourage customers to recycle them unless franchise agreements are revised to require diversion rates exceeding 35 percent in the future."

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2014 Recycling Innovators Forum: Finalists announced

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:02
2014 Recycling Innovators Forum: Finalists announced

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Aug. 20, 2014

The organizers of the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum have identified the eight proposals that are moving on to the final presentation stage as they compete for a combined $40,000 in cash prizes and valuable industry exposure.

Complete information on each of the concepts and the individuals behind them can be found here. The competition is divided into two categories — Enterprise/Institution for entries that came from a larger company and group and Garage Innovator for proposals from small startups and teams — and four finalists were selected on each side. The second annual competition received more than 60 proposals.

The final presentation round will take place Monday, Sept. 15 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside during the first day of the Resource Recycling Conference. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception where all Innovators Forum presenters will be on hand to answer questions and develop industry contacts.

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