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Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 23:24
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Oct. 14, 2014

The City of Boulder, Colorado and nonprofit recycling group Eco-Cycle have launched a unique effort to get businesses in the municipality to boost their materials diversion efforts. Residents have been given recycling cards that they can hand off to the businesses they frequent – the cards offer praise for the establishment's recycling activity or encourage them to do more. City statistics show businesses in Boulder currently divert 28 percent of their waste, a figure that is far below the residential recycling and compost rate of 60 percent.

In an effort to highlight the extensive use of disposable coffee cups, the Canadian group Binners' Project recently offered 5 cents for each one of the products turned in during a one-day rally in Vancouver. The effort collected 55,000 cups, which were brought to a local recycling facility.

After a string of late-summer fatalities at U.S. recycling facilities, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has declared Oct. 15 Safety Stand-Down Day and is encouraging firms and employees to dedicate time on that date to focus on safety education. "Since early August, we have suffered at least 11 fatalities and multiple critical injuries at facilities owned by, or associated with, ISRI members and at some non-ISRI member owned facilities," the group said in a press release. "This is a disturbing trend that must be stopped."

A large residential and research development planned at Cambridge University in the U.K. is slated to feature an underground holding system for recyclables. The plan calls for 450 subterranean bins that will serve roughly 3,000 homes, and the receptacles will be outfitted with sensors that allow haulers to track material levels at each site.

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Family ties threaten Creative Recycling equipment deal

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:41
Family ties threaten Creative Recycling equipment deal

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Oct. 9, 2014

The counsel for fallen processor Creative Recycling Systems has raised questions about familial connections between Creative and the firm slated to buy $700,000 worth of equipment from it.

In a court document dated Oct. 6, Creative's legal representative, Jay Verona, writes that "additional facts" have surfaced regarding the relationship between Creative and 3S International, the firm interested in purchasing Creative's Bluebox technology. Tampa, Florida-based Creative filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August, and a Florida judge approved the Bluebox deal on Sept. 30.

3S International's minority owner, Verona's subsequent research has found, is Joe Yob, the former senior vice president of Creative and the brother of Creative founder Jon Yob. Another family member formerly employed by Creative — Gina Yob, a cousin of Joe and Jon Yob — also works for 3S as vice president of sales and marketing.

Jon Yob served as president at Creative for 18 years before selling the company to an investor group in 2012.

According to Verona, the Yob family connections were not known prior to the Bluebox sales agreement but could raise questions surrounding original claims that Michigan-based 3S was "neither an 'insider' nor an 'affiliate' of CRS."

Verona said 3S' lawyer, Michael Watkins, "stated that Jon Yob is not affiliated with 3S" when Verona inquired on the possible business connection.

Verona added the family connections do not make the deal illegal or void. "It’s just one of many factors that the bankruptcy court would consider in determining whether the sale is in the best interests of the bankruptcy estate," he said.

Originally, Creative had requested and gained approval from the Florida judge to sell the company's Bluebox equipment to 3S for $700,000.

In a court document, Creative stated the $700,000 price tag "is fair and adequate," adding that "it is unlikely that a higher sale price for the Bluebox would be achieved through a competitive bidding process and/or individual sales."

The acquisition would make 3S the sole owner of the two Bluebox machines in operation in the U.S. The machine crushes and separates flat panel display devices as well as fluorescent lamps and tubes.

Creative, meanwhile, is in the throes of an $18.7 million lawsuit and recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company's court-appointed receiver, Robert Swett, is currently attempting to salvage and sell off company assets.

Jon Yob, who served as president of the firm for 18 years, had faced a separate lawsuit in which he was accused of misrepresenting the value of the company when it was sold in 2012. That suit, however, was recently dismissed.

Creative continues to operate out of locations in Florida and North Carolina, but has shut down numerous other sites, most along the East Coast.

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E-Scrap 2014: A global get-together

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:37
E-Scrap 2014: A global get-together

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 9, 2014

This month's E-Scrap Conference will be a great representation of the increasingly international nature of electronics recycling.

With two weeks left before the conference kicks off, attendees have registered from 46 states, six Canadian provinces and 34 other countries. In addition, the conference sessions will feature presentations on the transboundary flows of scrap electronic material and also touch on policies and collection programs being implemented in different nations around the world.

Be sure to head to E-Scrap 2014 to connect yourself to the global e-scrap trade and better understand how the market is developing both here and abroad.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Orlando's Rosen Shingle Creek. The 2013 edition saw more than 1,300 attendees and 125 exhibiting companies. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.


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Illinois firm to use CRT glass to manufacture ceramic tiles

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:32
Illinois firm to use CRT glass to manufacture ceramic tiles

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Oct. 9, 2014

Com2 Recycling Solutions says a new production line has been installed at its expanded Carol Stream, Illinois headquarters to use both panel and funnel CRT glass as a flux and lead oxide to make ceramic tiles.

"With glass-to-glass and smelting options shrinking, we knew we had to figure out a way to economically recover the glass ourselves," Com2's CEO Saheem Baloch said in a release earlier this month.

The company, which has processed e-scrap for a number of years, says its CRT pricing "is expected to be quite competitive with other options" and claims it will be able to process 15,000 tons of CRT glass each year. Production will start either in late October or early November, said the company's vice president of sales and marketing, Mark Medic. Testing has shown the tiles "pass the hazardous waste test for all substances," according to the company.

Medic noted that there are "serious limitations" when it comes to current outlets for U.S. glass, a situation that is expected to worsen if Videocon, the lone glass-to-glass recycling option, discontinues processing glass as some in the industry have speculated.

Com2 had been sending glass downstream to Videocon, but began developing its own process once it became clear the firm "wasn't going to be in the CRT business much longer," Medic said.

The announcement comes on the heels of the U.S. EPA's approval of the tile manufacture process, which is also being employed in Spain through Camacho Recycling, as "legitimate recycling." While noting that states had the authority to issue more stringent policies, the federal stance is expected to trickle down to local governments attempting to handle the CRT-dominant consumer electronics waste stream.

Coms's Carol Stream facility is certified to the R2:2008 standard, according to the certification website. The company's Mississauga, Ontario facility is certified to both R2 and e-Stewards.

Com2's emergence in the CRT recycling field comes as the space continues to expand. Com2's Illinois competitor Kuusakoski U.S. is working with a landfill to turn glass into alternative daily cover – a process the federal EPA, many states and both certification standards deem disposal, not recycling – while Nulife Glass and Closed Loop Refining and Recovery are taking on glass feedstock in preparation to run CRT glass smelting operations. Another company, newcomer Recovered Energy, has plans to process glass using plasma processing at sites in Idaho and Florida.

Com2 says it was able to secure financing from a bank for the $1.2 million to $1.5 million project.


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Wide world of e-scrap

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:29
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 9, 2014

Australian authorities have recently uncovered a number of export containers holding old electronics without proper permits, and a short film available online attaches a human face to the Ghana e-scrap issue.

The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported authorities in Australia have over the past five years intercepted 21 containers holding used electronics that were being shipped from the nation to ports in Africa and Asia without proper hazardous waste permits. Australian officials have not prosecuted any individuals or firms in connection with the attempted shipments, however.

A nine-minute documentary about the daily activities of a group of teenage boys surviving in an infamous e-scrap dumping ground in Ghana has been moving across the Web recently. The film is called "Regolith" and was created by Image Fiction Films.

A story in the U.K.-based Guardian recently delved into the range of technologies being developed by researchers and companies around the globe to try to make the valuable components inside of mobile devices more easily recoverable once the gadgets reach end-of-life. The story details modular phone concepts from Google as well as a group called Clever in the U.K. Another intriguing development is the EU's Associated European Research and Technology Organisations (AERTOs) project, which is developing systems to separate mobile device components using water, chlorine and even mushrooms.

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Certification scorecard

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:27
Certification scorecard

Oct. 9, 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.

Bargain Bytes of Sioux Falls, South Dakota has achieved the following certifications: e-Stewards, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2: 2013.

The Frederick, Maryland-based firm e-End is now certified to ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

T3 Office Recycling Solutions of Rancho Cordova, California is now certified to ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

A1 Shredding and Recycling, Inc. of Marietta, Georgia; Access of Chico, California; Access of Madison, Wisconsin; Blue-Pencil Mobile Shredding, Inc. of Oakville, Ontario; Business Records Management, Inc. of Clearwater, Florida; Commonwealth Document Management, Inc. of Danville, Virginia; Infoshred LLC of East Windsor, Connecticut; Lower Shore Enterprises, Inc. of Salisbury, Maryland; MARCK Recycling of SWMO, LLC of Republic, Missouri; Montana Records Management, LLP of Helena, Montana; Norfolk Disposal of Waterford, Ontario; Piranha Paper Shredding LLC of Neenah, Wisconsin; Proshred Security of Clearwater, Florida; Proshred Security of Raleigh, North Carolina; Shred Masters of Ogden, Utah; Sugar House Archives & Shred of Salt Lake City; Texas Security Shredding of Houston; and Total Destruction of Alamogordo, New Mexico have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, Supply-Chain Services, Inc. (SSI) of Lombard, Illinois has renewed their NAID Certifications for Computer Hard Drive Sanitization and 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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E-Scrap 2014: Get up to speed on CRTs

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:22
E-Scrap 2014: Get up to speed on CRTs

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 9, 2014

Discussion of downstream options for CRT glass —— and the associated pricing —— has consumed the electronics recycling industry for several years, and at E-Scrap 2014, the CRT debate will get its due treatment.

To help clarify the current situation and anticipate where it's headed, the conference will offer a full rundown of the North American processors still standing and those hoping to get in on the notoriously narrow-margin market. Distinguishing "established" and "emerging" operations, as well as pointing out who's amassing stock versus who's actually processing it, conference presentations and discussions will provide attendees with a complete picture of the CRT landscape.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Orlando's Rosen Shingle Creek. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.


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NewsBits

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:18
NewsBits

Oct. 9, 2014

E-scrap reclaimers can blame weak precious metals prices for the slump in the value of scrap printed wiring board. Gold is at a four-year low in terms of price, silver has fallen to a 52-month low and palladium is at a five-year bottom. Commodity investors are pushing down prices because of a fear the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates (higher interest rates typically dampen the demand for metals such as gold). In addition, the continuing improvement in the U.S. economy, coupled with a strong dollar, lowers the desire for investors to put money into protective assets, such as precious metals.

After a string of late-summer fatalities at U.S. recycling facilities, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has declared Oct. 15 Safety Stand-Down Day and is encouraging firms and employees to dedicate time on that date to focus on safety education. "Since early August, we have suffered at least 11 fatalities and multiple critical injuries at facilities owned by, or associated with, ISRI members and at some non-ISRI member owned facilities," the group said in a press release. "This is a disturbing trend that must be stopped."

Apple has released a tool that allows prospective buyers of used Apple devices to check to make sure the product in question has not been marked lost or stolen by a previous owner. Apple had previously installed an Activation Lock function on devices that required a user to enter a code once the lock was activated, but hackers found a way to circumvent that system.

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PET bottle recycling rate holds steady in 2013

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:29
PET bottle recycling rate holds steady in 2013

By Dan Leif, Plastics Recycling Update

Oct. 8, 2014

A just-released report shows the U.S. PET bottle recycling rate was 31.2 percent last year, a slight rise from 2012's 30.8 percent mark.

The recycling rate was determined by a pair of industry groups and announced in a report made public today.

In 2013, 1.798 billion pounds of PET bottle material was collected for recycling, an 80 million pound increase from the previous year. Representatives from the groups behind the study — the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) — note those collection increases were a product of upticks in material from states with bottle deposit legislation, as well as continued growth in single-stream and commercial recycling programs, which brought more PET into materials recovery facilities (MRFs) nationwide.

The study also notes that due to reduced demand for mixed plastic bales brought about by China's Green Fence policy (which hit its peak in 2013), "MRFs may have been incentivized to move materials from mixed resin bales to PET bales."

The trend toward lighter and smaller bottles among beverage makers is again noted as a factor holding back recycling rate growth in the PET arena. The report also indicates some states with developed curbside recycling programs reported declines in total weight collected.

China's Green Fence also seems to have made an impact on the tonnages of PET bottle material exported from the U.S. Roughly 469 million pounds of collected material, or 26 percent, was exported in 2013. That's the lowest volume since 2004 and the lowest by percentage of total collection since 2000.

U.S. reclaimers, however, increased consumption of U.S. bottles by 17 percent, compared with 2012.

"Despite very real challenges for PET recyclers due to limited supply and decreasing bale yields, this report shows a maturing, entrepreneurial industry that continues to innovate and find new material sources and process efficiencies," said Scott Saunders, APR chairman and general manager at KW Plastics Recycling Division. "Notably, domestic recyclers are contributing more than 790 million pounds of material back into U.S. production of new PET packaging; this is a significant demonstration of domestic closed loop manufacturing."

Over the past decade, U.S. PET bottle recycling rates have climbed each year. The 0.4 percentage point climb between 2012 and 2013 is the second-smallest increase the industry has seen in that time frame. The only time it was smaller was between 2010 and 2011, when the rate went from 29.1 percent to 29.3 percent, according to figures supplied in the most recent report.

Between 2011 and 2012 the rate increased from 29.3 percent to 30.8 percent.

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Closed Loop Fund to move fast on initial projects

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 22:12
Closed Loop Fund to move fast on initial projects

By Dan Leif, Plastics Recycling Update

Oct. 8, 2014

The leader of the $100 million Closed Loop Fund says the initiative's submission period will officially open next week, and by the end of this month, administrators will begin reviewing proposals.

Ron Gonen, CEO of the Closed Loop Fund, spoke Monday on a webinar organized by the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center. He said his group's website, ClosedLoopFund.com, will go live on Oct. 15 and at that point parties interested in submitting proposals to nab funding will be able to do so.

He added that Fund decision-makers will be meeting Oct. 29 to discuss the first crop of proposals and to start determining which will receive financing from the group. Fund representatives will then be meeting on a quarterly basis to review and greenlight more submissions.

"We're looking to be aggressive and put carts out on the street and help MRFs advance recycling," Gonen said.

The Closed Loop Fund, which was announced in April, is backed by Walmart, Procter & Gamble and several other giants in the consumer packaged goods realm. On Monday, Gonen also confirmed Colgate-Palmolive recently joined the list of backers, and he said he expects more corporate entities to be joining soon.

Those companies say they have struggled to consistently source enough recovered material to meet their recycled content goals.

Using contributions totaling more than $100 million from those corporate partners, the Closed Loop Fund will over the next five years be making zero interest loans available to municipalities looking to finance projects that can significantly bolster diversion rates and bring more material into the market. Gonen has mentioned a number of example initiatives that would fit the Fund's parameters, such as transitions from bins to carts, construction of new MRFs and anaerobic digestion development.

On Monday, Gonen said he envisions most loans to be in the $500,000 to $5 million range, and he said the loans are open to municipalities and business entities throughout North America as well as the Caribbean.

While municipalities will be eligible for zero interest loans, any loans from the Fund to business groups would be subject to interest rates. Gonen noted those interest rates would be "below market."

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PetroChem Wire: Tight recycled LDPE supply reflects strong exports

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 22:09
PetroChem Wire: Tight recycled LDPE supply reflects strong exports

Oct. 8, 2014

U.S. recycled LDPE film pellet prices have risen in recent weeks due in part to healthy demand from Asian export markets and the resultant tighter supply.

LDPE film grade repro in mixed colors rose 1-2 cents per pound to 46-50 cents per pound FOB Eastern U.S. LDPE injection regrind (flake) business was done at 46 cents per pound FOB Eastern U.S. for natural and 43 cents per pound for mixed color.

The U.S. Gulf market for prime LDPE, film grade, domestic resale (DER) was steady at 92 cents per pound in late September and early December.

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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Massachusetts bottle bill foes accused of fudging facts

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 22:07
Massachusetts bottle bill foes accused of fudging facts

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Oct. 8, 2014

Opponents of bottle bill expansion in Massachusetts are under fire for possibly grossly overstating the percentage of state residents who have access to curbside recycling.

In TV ads trying to convince voters to shoot down the expansion, the beverage-industry-backed "No On Question 2" group says 90 percent of Massachusetts residents have curbside access. The group argues such high access levels makes expanding the deposit legislation to bottled water and other drinks unnecessary.

After environmental groups and other supporters of the bottle bill initiative voiced concerns over the validity of the 90 percent number, the group began attributing the statistic to the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

But in a lengthy story this week by the Boston-based State House News Service, the statistic was questioned by officials from the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which is part of the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and maintains waste-related figures.

"I like to have the right data out there in these kinds of discussions and that doesn't seem to be the right data," DEP Commissioner David Cash told the News Service. Another DEP spokesperson quoted in the story said his department's numbers show 64 percent of residents have curbside access.

So far opponents of the bottle bill have raised nearly $8 million for their fight against the ballot proposal. Supporters of bottle bill expansion in the Bay State, meanwhile, have raised just over $500,000.

That financial disparity and the resulting messaging coming to voters seems to be making a difference in the arena of public opinion. An August Boston Globe poll found 62 percent of respondents supported the bottle bill expansion. A poll held at the end of September, however, found a majority of respondents said they would vote against expansion.

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Wide world of plastics recycling

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 21:52
Wide world of plastics recycling

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Oct. 8, 2014

An Australian firm has launched with the goal of turning reclaimed plastic film into a variety of products, and a startup in Mexico is using recycled HDPE in decking material.

A recently launched Australian company, Plastic Forests, is aiming to reduce the amount of plastic film that ends up landfilled or incinerated by processing the material and turning into products such as electric cable casings and garden edging. The firm began as an effort from Sydney-based Global Renewables.

The U.K. county of Surrey is trying to make a clear connection between recycling and economics in a push to get more residents to divert their plastic bottles. The campaign materials state that if each one of Surrey's 983,000 adults recycled one more plastic bottle each week, the county would save 200,000 pounds (roughly $322,000) annually in waste disposal costs.

Two college students in Mexico have launched a company that manufactures decking materials from recycled plastic. The firm, called Madenova, will start with a focus on consuming HDPE.

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Patent watch

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 21:50
Patent watch

Oct. 8, 2014

A group of researchers led by Frank J. Levy, from Quogue, New York, was given Patent No. 8,794,552, which describes an apparatus and process for separating carpet fibers.

A method of manufacturing recycled crosslinked vinyl-alcohol polymer coated films is the subject of Patent No. 8,795,811, awarded to Toray Plastics (America), Inc. from North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Patent Applications No. 20140209716 and 20140209725 were awarded to the Wisconsin Film & Bag, Inc. from Shawano for post-consumer scrap film recycling systems and processes.

Asker, Norway's Tomra Systems ASA was given Patent Application No. 20140210967 for a system and method of reading features on recyclable containers for reverse vending machines.

A multi-function device for separating and washing scrap plastics is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140213159, given to Yubin Feng from Guangzhou City, China.

Patent Application No. 20140213740 was given to Omaha, Nebraska's Columbia Insurance Company for a method of recycling PET plastic materials.

For more information on these or any patents, please consult the U.S. Patent Office database online.

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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NewsBits

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 21:45
NewsBits

Oct. 8, 2014

Officials in Medina County, Ohio are set to continue using a system in which recyclables are separated from trash at a dedicated facility. The county, which is located south of Cleveland and has a population of roughly 172,000, has utilized the "dirty MRF" concept for over a decade, and officials recently announced they are considering bids from two firms that would continue the arrangement for at least seven years. One of the bidders, Vexor Technology, says it will invest $11.5 million to renovate the county's processing facility.

In its latest sustainability report, Coca-Cola stated it has used more than 25 billion PlantBottles in 40 countries since the packaging concept was launched five years ago. The PlantBottle is a PET container that can be recycled in traditional PET streams, but part of the plastic in the bottles is derived from sugars instead of petroleum.

A Denver-based company called Higher Standard Packaging has launched a line of 100 percent recycled HDPE containers for, you guessed it, marijuana. Nearly 300,000 pounds of legalized pot is expected to be sold in Colorado this year alone, and Higher Standard says it has successfully developed the first FDA-approved, recycled packaging for the drug.

The former president of recycling at Waste Management has joined become CEO of WCA Waste Corporation, the Texas-based firm has announced. After leaving Waste Management last month, Bill Caesar will take control of WCA and focus "on executing a successful long-term growth strategy and building WCA into a leading non-hazardous waste services company," according to a press release. Before entering the waste management industry in 2010, Caesar had worked for 13 years as a principal at consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

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Massachusetts (ready or not) rolls out organics ban

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 23:09
Massachusetts (ready or not) rolls out organics ban

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Oct. 7, 2014

The Boston Globe Magazine recently ran an in-depth look at how state agencies and commercial food scrap generators are scrambling to develop the necessary infrastructure to support a statewide organics landfill ban that went into effect this month.

The story highlights the on-the-ground struggles that can come with implementing a massive organics shift.

First, the facts. The Massachusetts organics landfill ban that went into effect Oct. 1 applies to businesses and institutions that generate at least 1 ton of food scrap material per week. Approximately 1700 such entities exist in the state. According to the Globe landfill tipping fees in the Bay State run between $75 and $90 per ton, and fees for organics processing are roughly 20 percent lower.

Capacity has emerged as one of the key organics issues yet to be solved. The current annual capacity of licensed composting and anaerobic digestion facilities in the state is only about half of what the ban is expected to divert. Regulations around opening new processing locations (and fears about their profitability) have kept new development slow, but "Massachusetts has recently announced several programs to kick-start the business, including offering grants and low-interest loans, as well as access to land at two state prisons," the article states.

The state also hoped to begin implementing a biogas program at a site operated by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The initiative's potential is described as "blockbuster" by one official, but its pilot phase has been stymied by a nearby community that has refused to allow tanker trucks holding the diverted material to regularly roll through its streets. Officials are now aiming to push ahead a barge-based transportation effort.

The Globe makes clear the long-term benefits of the now-enacted ban can be huge. But food scrap generators, administrators and processors are still in the midst of finding ways to make the process work in a cost-effective manner. "This year," the story explains, "the race has been on to sort it all out."


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E-Scrap Academy 2014: Expand into electronics recycling

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 23:07
E-Scrap Academy 2014: Expand into electronics recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Oct. 7, 2014

Jumping into the electronics recycling business can be daunting, but e-scrap newbies now have a crash course to help them make the right moves from day one. At the inaugural E-Scrap Academy, beginners will learn how to maximize profit margins in the e-scrap space as well as get all the basics on material markets and operating best practices.

The creators of the annual E-Scrap Conference have launched E-Scrap Academy to help usher in the next wave of industry professionals. Established experts will show attendees the most important facets and tools of the business, opening the door to informed business decisions and quick growth.

E-Scrap Academy 2014 will be held Oct. 23, 2014 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. Head to www.e-scrapacademy.com for more information on this unique event.

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Closed Loop Fund to move fast on initial projects

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 22:58
UPDATED: Closed Loop Fund to move fast on initial projects

By Dan Leif, Resource Recycling

Oct. 7, 2014

The leader of the $100 million Closed Loop Fund says the initiative's submission period will officially open next week, and by the end of this month, administrators will begin reviewing proposals.

Ron Gonen, CEO of the Closed Loop Fund, spoke Monday on a webinar organized by the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center. He said his group's website, ClosedLoopFund.com, will go live on Oct. 15 and at that point parties interested in submitting proposals to nab funding will be able to do so.

He added that Fund decision-makers will be meeting Oct. 29 to discuss the first crop of proposals and to start determining which will receive financing from the group.  Fund representatives will then be meeting on a quarterly basis to review and greenlight more submissions.

"We're looking to be aggressive and put carts out on the street and help MRFs advance recycling," Gonen said.

The Closed Loop Fund, which was announced in April, is backed by Walmart, Procter & Gamble and several other giants in the consumer packaged goods realm.  On Monday, Gonen also confirmed Colgate-Palmolive recently joined the list of backers, and he said he expects more corporate entities to be joining soon.

Those companies say they have struggled to consistently source enough recovered material to meet their recycled content goals.

Using contributions totaling more than $100 million from those corporate partners, the Closed Loop Fund will over the next five years be making zero interest loans available to municipalities looking to finance projects that can significantly bolster diversion rates and bring more material into the market. Gonen has mentioned a number of example initiatives that would fit the Fund's parameters, such as transitions from bins to carts, construction of new MRFs and anaerobic digestion development.

On Monday, Gonen said he envisions most loans to be in the $500,000 to $5 million range, and he said the loans are open to municipalities and business entities throughout North America as well as the Caribbean.

While municipalities will be eligible for zero interest loans, any loans from the Fund to business groups would be subject to interest rates. Gonen noted those interest rates would be "below market."

Note: An earlier version of this story stated Closed Loop Fund administrators would this month be choosing initial projects to finance. Closed Loop Fund has since clarified that it will be reviewing submissions at the Oct. 29 meeting but will not necessarily be making final funding decisions at that point.

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Resolute Forest Products sells recovered paper assets

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 22:55
Resolute Forest Products sells recovered paper assets

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Oct. 7, 2014

A major international consumer of recyclable paper has sold its fiber collection and processing assets.

Resolute Forest Products has sold its paper recycling arm – known as AbiBow Recycling – to EWJ International, an affiliate of Jordan Trading, the longtime player in the recovered fiber business.

The transaction includes 16 processing centers. However, paper packing plants in Boston and Thorold, Ontario were not included in the deal, and Resolute is expected to separately sell these operations.

According to a RISI story (subscription required), Jordan sold the business to processors immediately after buying. The company "is not in the collection and processing business and didn't want to compete with our suppliers," a Jordan official said.

The agreement calls for EWJ to supply fiber to Resolute mills in Georgia, Ontario and South Korea.

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Wide world of recycling

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 22:53
Wide world of recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Oct. 7, 2014

Comparing recycling rates across the U.K. just got a whole lot easier, and Novelis opens a massive recycling center in Germany.

U.K. waste management firm SITA has released an interactive map detailing county-by-county recycling rates in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Most recycling rates in the region fall between 30 and 60 percent, with just a few counties below or above that range. SITA has also released specific maps for London and some other cities.

Aluminum maker Novelis has officially unveiled its $258 million recycling center in Nachterstedt, Germany. Novelis says the new facility will process up to 440,000 tons – or 400,000 metric tons – each year. Novelis CEO and president Phil Martins has stated the move represents a shift "from a traditional linear approach to an increasingly closed-loop model."

Despite steady recycling rate increases in recent years, the Welsh city of Cardiff saw its recycling rate fall by 2 percentage points in 2013, new figues show. Going from 52 percent in 2012 to 50 percent during 2013, Cardiff will need to increase recycling going forward to avoid stiff fines of as much as $33 million and meet a government-mandated 75 percent recycling rate target.


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