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ERI, iFixit work together to recover, sell parts

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:40
ERI, iFixit work together to recover, sell parts

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

July 30, 2015

Electronic Recyclers International has teamed up with iFixit to move further into reselling working parts and pieces of devices instead of shredding them.

First reported by The Wall Street Journal, the partnership will see ERI's operations across the country set aside large quantities of tested and working parts for iFixit to resell online alongside its traditional offering of tools and free repair manuals.

A pilot project launched earlier this year with iFixit was "massively successful – far exceeding expectations," John Shegerian, ERI's CEO, told E-Scrap News.

"Through this pilot program, ERI was able to contribute full sets of replacement parts for nearly 100 different kinds of devices, from tablets to cameras and even smart watches," Shegerian said.

Those parts, after undergoing testing and a complete data wipe, are now being sold by iFixit through its newly unveiled Parts Store. Details of the financial parameters of the project have not been revealed, but Shegerian noted it's "designed to benefit both entities while also meeting consumer demand."

For ERI, which has always made parts harvesting and refurbishment a part of its business, the move is an attempt to "explore new potential growth areas" for the company, Shegerian said.

For iFixit, it will help the company provide consumers with the parts they need to keep their devices working. Kyle Wiens, iFixit's CEO, explained consumers and communities may have the guides they need to repair their gently used electronics, but not the parts.

"We have repair manuals for a lot of products that we don't have a parts option for, and when we think of how we can solve that problem, the recycling community immediately comes to mind," Wiens said. "People really understand how rare and new this is to have these parts available."

Wiens said the duo will continue to work with ERI's Fresno, Calif. processing facility before it spreads to sourcing parts from the rest of the company's operations.

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In My Opinion: The future of recycling and the digital right to repair

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:39
In My Opinion: The future of recycling and the digital right to repair

July 30, 2015
By Willie Cade, Founder and CEO, PC Rebuilders and Recyclers

I've been in this business long enough that I shouldn’t be surprised that I need to fly 3,000 miles to give a speech to 150 state legislators about the fight for the right to repair what I own, but I am.

On Tuesday Aug. 4 at the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), I will be representing the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and will speak on the "Future of Recycling." Obviously this is no small task – and they have also asked that I not use any PowerPoint slides and do it all under five minutes.

For those of you that can't make it to the meeting in Seattle next week and aren't that familiar with the way the fight for the right to repair began, let me give you a little background.

Back in the heyday of the file-sharing service Napster, when 80 million registered users were uploading and downloading music by the gigabyte, the company was sued under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for allowing folks to violate copyright law. It worked. Napster shut down its network in July 2001.

That part of the DMCA was fairly straightforward – it was intended to fight piracy; you can't post music that you don't own the copyright to and share that music with others.

Which brings us to another portion of the DCMA (section 1201 to be exact). This section contains what are called “anti-circumvention” provisions, which refer to technical protection measures which prohibit the circumvention of technological barriers for using a digital product in certain ways which the copyright holders do not wish to allow.

What does this mean? In the case of the used cell phone in your hand, it means that the copyright holder is the maker of the phone. And that copyright holder can say that you can't bypass the activation lock to wipe it and sell it to someone else.

So here’s the rub …

Even though you bought the device, the business that sold you the device still controls your use of the item. So if they don’t want you to repair it, they can add locks to prevent that. Thanks to the DMCA, those locks are illegal to pick – forcing you to buy a new device. And to add insult to injury, you also aren't allowed to make, sell or distribute any technology that is designed to circumvent the controls that are keeping you from fixing your phone.

I know of no software in use today that was released without a need for updating either for performance issues or for security concerns. As owners of these devices, users need to be able to fix or repair these devices and not just throw them away because the original or contracted manufacturer has moved on to a new model, which I am sure they would love for you to buy.

It’s no longer acceptable for manufacturers to say to toss that “old” device and buy our new “better” one. The carbon investment in making the devices is just too large. Besides, I don’t want to spend hours and hours setting up my new cell phone!

The good news is this – the good fight is being fought. There have been victories in cases as seemingly small as winning a decision in front of the Librarian of Congress and as large as President Barack Obama signing a cell phone unlocking bill into law that protects the digital right to repair.

But we need e-scrappers' help. Go to www.digitalrighttorepair.org to find out what you can do to further the right to repair the stuff that you own. Because this fight is up to us: either we take a stand now, or we may not have a business in the future.

Willie Cade founded PC Rebuilders & Recyclers, LLC over 15 years ago. The company is a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher repairing and refurbishing computers both as an practicing environmentalist and to bridge the Digital Divide.

 

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Act now to save on hotel rates for E-Scrap 2015

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:38
Act now to save on hotel rates for E-Scrap 2015

July 30, 2015

Between pre-and-post conference workshops, early morning sessions, networking opportunities and evening receptions, E-Scrap 2015 will feature hours of potentially business-boosting activity. All events will be held exclusively at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. To get the most out of your conference experience, we recommend you stay at the host hotel, where thousands of recycling professionals will be an open door away.

Your room reservation at the conference host hotel also ensures lower registration rates for current and future conferences.

To receive the conference discount room rate of $175 plus taxes for single/double occupancy, hotel reservations must be made by August 11. The group rate is available for the dates of Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

Book your hotel room by clicking here.

E-Scrap 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. Last year's conference brought together more than 1,300 attendees from 35 countries and similar numbers are expected for the upcoming iteration. Check in at e-scrapconference.com for all the latest information on exhibiting, sponsoring and attending.

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Survey: What is the state of e-scrap?

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:37
Survey: What is the state of e-scrap?

July 30, 2015

As the e-scrap industry continues to expand, one of the most interesting questions is: "How is our e-waste industry maturing?"

To better answer this question, we are asking E-Scrap News readers to complete a short, 10-15 minute survey.

Click here for the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/e-waste-2015.

Findings from the survey will be presented at the E-Scrap Conference, September 1-3, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

This survey has been conducted over the past few years and has been upgraded in response to feedback from past respondents. Last year’s findings are available at http://arcadiansolutions.com/products-downloads/reports/.

As a thank you for participation, respondents will be given a copy of the research findings, after publication.

Please respond by August 6, 2015.

Click here for more information about the survey.

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Patent watch

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:36
Patent watch

July 30, 2015

Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. was given Patent No. 9,051,625 for a method of precious metals recovery via a leaching process.

Patent No. 9,053,451, which describes a consumer electronics buy-back method, was awarded to Fort Worth, Texas-based ATC Logistics & Electronics, Inc.

A method of recycling rare earth magnets is the subject of Patent No. 9,067,284, given to Urban Mining Technology Company, LLC, based in Perryville, Md.

Schenectady, N.Y.-based General Electric Co. was awarded Patent No. 9,090,816, which describes a method of recycling fluorescent lamps.

Patent No. 9,090,985 was given to Keelung, Taiwan's UWin Nanotech. Co., Ltd. for a method of recovering gold from shredded electronic scrap.

For more information on these or any patents, please consult the U.S. Patent Office database at http://patft.uspto.gov/.

Copies of patents can be ordered by number for $3 each from the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA, 22313-1450.

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Wide world of e-scrap

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:36
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 30, 2015

Computer dealers in the Indian state of Goa welcome new e-scrap rules requiring retailer take-backs but say they need help implementing them, and police in China raided a factory producing fake iPhones from scrap.

The Basel Action Network (BAN) is calling on the executive secretary of the Basel Convention to force Canada to comply with its convention obligations. Jim Puckett, executive director of BAN, writes that Canada has not complied with the international treaty in allowing shipments of garbage to remain in the Philippines despite being tied to a Canadian exporter.

Police in China raided a factory producing fake Apple products, including counterfeit iPhones, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company in Beijing, operating under the guise of an electronics repair facility, made iPhones worth an estimated $19.4 million. The company owners bought used mobile mainboards from foreign countries and combined them with fake parts purchased from the southern China tech hub of Shenzhen.

A photo of a small child in China sitting among e-scrap made it on Greenpeace's top 12 list of photographs that grabbed the world's attention. The photo, of a child sitting among cables in Guiyu, brought the world's attention to the issue of e-waste, according to Greenpeace.

New Zealand's Croxley Recycling has signed a deal with Ricoh New Zealand to recycle all of Ricoh's e-scrap, stuff.co.nz reports. Croxley Recycling, which is an arm of stationary company Croxley, already operates 14,000 e-scrap collection points around the country.

Computers dealers in the Indian state of Goa welcome the government's new e-scrap rules but need guidance to implement them, according to the Times of India. Recently released e-scrap regulations would require retailers to register with the Pollution Control Board and take-back electronics for recycling. Most e-scrap recycling in India occurs in an unregulated, gray market, and critics have said the new regulations ignore the market's recycling potential.

A committee of the Indian Parliament says extended-producer responsibility regulations for e-scrap need to be strengthened, and the e-scrap recycling infrastructure bolstered, according to The Economic Times. A parliamentary standing committee noted the gap between the volume of e-scrap being generated in the country, about 882,000 tons, and the only 126 registered dismantlers/recyclers available to process it. In India, most e-scrap is processed in the unregulated sector.

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Boost your facility's output via E-Scrap 2015

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:35
Boost your facility's output via E-Scrap 2015

July 30, 2015

At the upcoming E-Scrap 2015 Conference, noted experts will help attendees design and utilize processing plants that push profits and outperform the competition.

The "Anatomy of An Efficient Facility" session will feature Rafael Reveles of Sims Recycling Solutions, Hamid Karbasi of Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, HOBI International's Mike Shuck, and Bob McCarthy of Greeneye Partners. Together, they'll explain key points when it comes to harnessing technology, navigating layout, maximizing safety and incorporating certifications.

Don't miss this exclusive chance to hear experienced insiders articulate the basic blueprint you need to process success.

E-Scrap 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. Last year's conference brought together more than 1,300 attendees from 35 countries and similar numbers are expected for the upcoming iteration. Check in at e-scrapconference.com for all the latest information on exhibiting, sponsoring and attending.

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NewsBits from E-Scrap News

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:34
NewsBits

July 30, 2015

The National Football League has upheld the four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his alleged involvement in deflating footballs during a playoff game last season.  So why is E-Scrap News talking about it, you ask?  According to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a key piece of evidence against Brady, who has maintained his innocence, was his destruction of a cellphone on the very day league investigators interviewed the star athlete. It's unclear at press time whether the phone was properly recycled or simply destroyed and disposed of.

The worldwide e-scrap market is estimated to grow an average of 21 percent each year through 2020, according to a new study. The market was estimated at $1.66 billion in 2014, according to a study by MarketsandMarkets, which examined metals, plastics, glass and other materials recovered from e-scrap.

The federal government has published the results of a study showing e-scrap recycling workers can expose their families to toxic substances they inadvertently bring home from work. The study, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, covered a case in Ohio in which a father who works recycling CRTs inadvertently brought lead back home, leading to highly elevated levels of lead in his children's blood. After he quit the job, the children's lead levels decreased.

The town of Saugus, Mass. will build a collection depot for hard-to-recycle items, according to The Daily Item. The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, dubbed CHaRM, will accept electronics and difficult-to-recycle plastics, among other items, but it won't accept materials collected at the curb. It will be the first such facility in the state, according to town manager Scott Crabtree.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released its first-ever comprehensive guide providing safety information for recycling industry workers, including e-scrap workers. Among the manual guidelines are those for battery breaking; respiratory, vision and noise protection; shredder safety; lifting awkward loads, record keeping and more.

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Industry and supplier news

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:33
Industry and supplier news

July 30, 2015

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), home of the R2 standard, has revamped its website. Among other changes, the website includes a new recycler directory that's updated daily and includes more details on services provided by firms. For more, click here.

SERI also plans to make Chinese and French translations of the R2:2013 standard available this summer. The standard is currently available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. For more, click here.

Sims Metal Management's Australian operations will upgrade recycling business software to the latest version of a recycling platform made by commodity software company Brady Plc. For more, click here.

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Santa Fe adds plastics

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:20
Santa Fe adds plastics

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

July 29, 2015

As part of a new partnership with Friedman Recycling, New Mexico's Santa Fe County has added plastics numbered 3-7 to its curbside and drop-off recycling services.

The addition, agreed to earlier this month, will allow residents of the county, which includes the city of Santa Fe, to place a wide array of plastic packaging into their recycling bins. It's also expected to save the Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Authority, which oversees and operates waste and recycling services for the county, roughly $200,000 annually through a revenue sharing clause in the deal, according to the Authority's announcement.

In addition to long-time program recyclables PET and HDPE, residents will now be able to include a wide array of plastics products and packaging in bins, including:

  • All plastic containers including water bottles, milk jugs, laundry soap containers, clamshells, yogurt containers and other plastic packaging materials
  • All milk / juice cartons and drink packaging

As with most curbside recycling collection programs, residents are not permitted to place plastic bags or expanded polystyrene in their bins. While the county continues to eye a move to single-stream recycling collection, residents will still be required to separate glass recyclables from paper and plastic.

As part of the agreement, all recyclables will be sent to Friedman's Albuquerque facility for sorting and processing. Previously, a limited list of recyclables had been sent to the Management Authority-operated Buckman Recycling Center, but the city and county had faced pressure to expand its list of recyclable items to increase its recycling rate from its current standing of about 11 percent.

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Plastics Recycling 2016: Best in the business

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:20
Plastics Recycling 2016: Best in the business

July 29, 2015

Next February marks the 11th iteration of the Plastics Recycling Conference, and our event's staying power is a testament to the innovative opportunities and business-boosting environment offered at the conference every year.

Plastics Recycling 2016 is produced by Resource Recycling, Inc., the publisher of Plastics Recycling Update and other recycling journals. Our editorial staff analyzes and investigates plastics recycling like no other organization. And that means the Plastics Recycling Conference is able to bring fresh, objective viewpoints that guide attendees into the sector's current and future profit centers.

In addition, our staff's relationships with individual attendees, recycling firms of all sizes and hotel and logistics groups give the Plastics Recycling Conference an edge when it comes to personalized service, competitive pricing and networking needs.

As you plan your event and trade show calendar for next year, choose Plastics Recycling 2016, the industry conference with a proven track record of business-boosting content.

Plastics Recycling 2016 is set for Feb. 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. Head to plasticsrecycling.com to register and get all the facts on exhibiting and/or sponsoring at the premier conference for plastics recovery.


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Exports of scrap plastics robust

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:18
Exports of scrap plastics robust

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

July 29, 2015

Exports of scrap plastics from the U.S. continued to climb for the third consecutive month.


May saw month-to-month increase of 10.1 percent from April 2015 export levels, with 495.12 million pounds of scrap plastics exported in May 2015. When matched against May 2014 levels, the volume of plastic scrap exports was also up by a robust 16.5 percent.

The weighted price of recovered plastic exports was flat in May, at 18.38 cents per pound, up just 0.1 percent from its April 2015 standing. When compared with its year-over-year (YOY) level, the price was down by 7.1 percent.

Through May, at 1.94 billion pounds, the volume of recovered plastics exported was up 1.0 percent from its 2014 year-to-date (YTD) figure. At 18.49 cents per pound, the average price through May was down, however, by 6.3 percent from its 2014 YTD standing.

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CORRECTION: PetroChem Wire: Recycled polypropylene prices drop

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:17
CORRECTION: PetroChem Wire: Recycled polypropylene prices drop

July 29, 2015

Edit: A price for mixed color extrusion grade HoPP flake was erroneously reported as injection grade. The corrected version of the story follows. 

HoPP extrusion-grade flake prices dropped 1 to 2 cents per pound for the week ended July 24.

Mixed color extrusion grade was reported at 25 to 28 cents per pound delivered Upper Midwest. HoPP injection grade also fell, though less sharply, with mixed colors regrind selling for 40 cents per pound FOB U.S. East Coast, down a half a cent.

In the domestic prime grade polypropylene resale market toward the end of the week, off-grade HoPP IM was heard at around 64 to 65 cents per pound railcar delivered.

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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Procter & Gamble to increase recycled content in fabric care containers

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:16
Procter & Gamble to increase recycled content in fabric care containers

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

July 29, 2015

Global consumer products company Procter & Gamble plans to boost the amount of post-consumer resin in its Fabric Care line of product containers.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) will boost the recycled content to up to 50 percent for 230 million containers, which represents a portion of the Fabric Care containers, P&G announced. The containers will hit store shelves starting in 2016. They include the brands Ariel, Dash, Lenor and Unstopables.

The move will mean using an additional 4,190 tons of post-consumer recycled plastics per year, according to the press release. The announcement covers both HDPE and PET containers, Global Fabric Care Sustainability spokesperson Katrin Meincke told Plastics Recycling Update.

P&G currently uses at least 25 percent PCR in various categories of product containers, including laundry detergents, fabric softeners, hard surface cleaners, and others, she said. Starting next year, bottles on shelves will range from 25 percent to 50 percent PCR. In the U.S., Downy Unstopables containers, for example, will increase from 35 percent to 50 percent PCR, Meincke noted.

"This announcement calls on organizations and households to ensure they recycle, adding more recycled material to the supply chain," Meincke said. "This is just the start of our journey and we are excited to work with suppliers to increase the scope in the future."

Meanwhile, letsrecycle.com reports P&G is in discussions to buy recycled HDPE from a U.K.-based supplier.

P&G's goal is to double its use of post-consumer recycled content in plastic packaging by 2020, compared to a 2010 baseline. The company has taken steps to encourage increased recycling of plastics. It joined the American Chemistry Council's Flexible Film Recycling Group, industry-funded efforts The Recycling Partnership and the Closed Loop Fund and is a member of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers.

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Patent watch

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:16
Patent watch

July 29, 2015

Patent No. 9,061,443 was awarded to Neutraubling, Germany-based KRONES AG for a plastics sortation method and device.

SABIC Global Technologies, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has developed a high-heat recycled polycarbonate resin, the subject of Patent No. 9,062,196.

A separation process for removing plastics from mixed materials is the subject of Patent No. 9,067,214, awarded to Evansville, Ind.-based Berry Plastics Corporation.

Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike, Inc. was given Patent No. 9,074,061 for a method of recycling scrap ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam.

Patent No. 9,074,092, which describes a method of producing polyester using recycled PET materials, was awarded to the Eastman Chemical Company, based in Kingsport, Tenn.

For more information on these or any patents, please consult the U.S. Patent Office database at http://patft.uspto.gov/.

Copies of patents can be ordered by number for $3 each from the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA, 22313-1450.

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"I Want To Be Recycled" video contest winners announced

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:15
"I Want To Be Recycled" video contest winners announced

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

July 29, 2015

Don't make fun of John, the plastic soap container who wants to become a hair brush in another life, because he could very well realize his dream.

That's the comical message behind one of the winners of a video contest connected to the "I Want To Be Recycled" campaign. The contest, launched as part of Keep America Beautiful's ongoing outreach campaign, sought videos from consumers to show trash given another life through recycling.

The contest is part of the campaign's latest phase launched in March, which targets recyclable items that are commonly found in bathrooms. And the winner of the "I Want To Be Recycled" video contest targets that very subject.

The first place overall winner is a clip called "Potty Talk" and involves bathroom objects discussing how important recycling is.

 


 

John the plastic bottle is featured in "Did You Guys Hear About John," the winner in the contest's "Upcycling Made Beautiful" category.

 


Keep America Beautiful and The Ad Council jointly announced the winners of the video contest, which aims to encourage increased recycling. The videos will be shared through the groups' communications channels, and the winners will share in a cash prize pool of $25,000.

According to the group, the campaign, originally launched in 2013, has "generated nearly $90 million in donated media to date," and leads consumers to the campaign website, IWantToBeRecycled.org, which includes information on recycling and an online MRF game.

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Wide world of plastics recycling

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:14
Wide world of plastics recycling

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

July 29, 2015

While many jurisdictions debate whether to impose levies on thin plastic bags, officials in Botswana disagree on whether one was actually put in place years ago. And an environmental anthropologist says New Zealand needs its own levy on bags to reduce their usage.

Years ago, Botswana imposed a levy on thin plastic retail bags, an attempt to reduce their usage. Or did it? Mmegionline.com reports there's confusion and disagreement in the sparcely populated southern Africa country over whether a levy was actually imposed and, if it was, which department should collect it. Stores are charging for bags, but one source says the government isn't collecting the money, which was supposed to pay for environmental projects.

The U.K.'s Axion Polymers is urging car manufacturers to consider simpler plastics that are more easily recycled than complex composites. Keith Freegard, director of Axion, said there aren't currently recycling options for complex composites, and they may be relegated to being burned for energy recovery. He urged companies to consider recycled polymers, including those produced by his company.

The New Zealand government's plan to establish a thin plastic bag recycling collection and recycling infrastructure will fail to divert much plastic, an environmental anthropologist says. Trisia Farrelly of Massey University says efforts need to be taken to reduce bag usage in the first place, because citizens are likely to find it more convenient to throw out bags after one use.

The Basel Action Network (BAN) is calling on the executive secretary of the Basel Convention to force Canada to comply with its convention obligations. Jim Puckett, executive director of BAN, writes that Canada has not complied with the international treaty in allowing shipments of garbage to remain in the Philippines despite being tied to a Canadian exporter.

The European Bioplastics industry is praising a French law mandating plastic bags meant for holding fruit and vegetables be made with biobased plastics and be compostable at home starting in 2017. The law also prohibits plastics with additives that break the bag into smaller pieces but aren't fully biodegradable.

 

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NewsBits from Plastics Recycling Update

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:13
NewsBits

July 29, 2015

More than 600 people listened in on a recent U.S. EPA-hosted webinar focused on plastic bag recycling programs, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The webinar, part of the EPA's Sustainable Materials Management series, included Shari Jackson from the ACC's Flexible Film Recycling Group, Becky Curtis from the Milwaukee, Wis. Department of Public Works and Nina Butler, managing director of Moore Recycling Associates.

The town of Princeton, N.J. is looking to expand collection of plastic bags, reports NJ.com. The Princeton Merchants Association is partnering with retailers and nonprofits to open additional retail collection locations for the bags. The collected bags will be sent to plastics recycling company Trex for use in plastic building materials.

Hawaii will reduce the fee it charges manufacturers, distributors and importers of beverage containers, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser. The Hawaii Department of Health will reduce the fee from 1.5 cents to 1 cent starting in September. The reduction in the fee, which is separate from the 5 cent deposit consumers pay, was automatically triggered by a falling redemption rate.

 

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Industry and supplier news

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 16:13
Industry and supplier news

July 29, 2015

Plastics recycling firm Global Polymers is now certified to the ISO 9001:2008 certification. For more, click here.

German beverage filling and packaging company Krones has named Michael Andersen as its finance chief. For more, click here.

 

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Communities in action

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 08:32
Communities in action

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

July 28, 2015

Santa Fe, New Mexico residents can now recycle plastics numbered 3-7, and a Boston-area town is set to build a collection depot for hard-to-recycle items.

Santa Fe, N.M. residents can now recycle plastics numbered 3-7 at the curb, after the city signed a deal to send materials to an out-of-town MRF. That's according to the Santa Fe Reporter, which said the change also allow other materials, including cartons and additional fibers, to be deposited in recycling bins.

The town of Saugus, Mass. will build a collection depot for hard-to-recycle items, according to The Daily Item. The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, dubbed CHaRM, will accept electronics and difficult-to-recycle plastics, among other items, but it won't accept materials collected at the curb. It will be the first such facility in the state, according to town manager Scott Crabtree.

The Kansas City, Kan.-area town of Prairie Village will see the return of curbside glass collections. Deffenbaugh Industries plans to start a glass recycling pilot project reaching 200 households, according to The Kansas City Star. The move comes amid increased demand for glass from nearby client Ripple Glass.

The St. Petersburg, Fla. public works director will no longer supervise the department, after what The Tampa Bay Times called a "botched" rollout of curbside recycling. Public Works Administrator Mike Connors also will no longer oversee the city's purchasing department, which bought recycling trucks that reportedly can't fit through alleys.

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