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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.

To learn more and register for the Forum, click here.

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College football recycling contest back again

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:00
College football recycling contest back again

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Aug. 20, 2014

Some of the largest colleges and universities in the country will be battling at the bin this fall.

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

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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Resource Recycling 2014: Book your hotel room now

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:43
Resource Recycling Conference 2014: Book your hotel room now

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Aug. 20, 2014

The Resource Recycling Conference is proud to have chosen the Hilton New Orleans Riverside as this year's venue. Conference attendees will receive a special room rate of $139 plus taxes for single/double occupancy, and government attendees will receive the current government per diem rate.

However, to get the discount price, reservations must be made by Aug. 25, so act now to ensure the best value for your stay.

Hotel reservations can be made directly with the Hilton New Orleans Riverside online or by calling 504-561-0500.

Resource Recycling Conference 2014 is taking place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Sept. 15-17. Head to rrconference.com for more information on attending, sponsoring and exhibiting.


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NewsBits

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:39
NewsBits

Aug. 20, 2014

Aluminum giant Novelis announced the completion of a $106 million expansion to a complex it runs in Brazil that the company says will add 190,000 metric tons of annual recycling capacity. Novelis has a goal of reaching 80 percent recycled content in all its products by 2020.

New York CIty is significantly expanding a pilot program that converts collected food waste to natural gas used to heat residents' homes. Officials had been processing around 2 tons per day of collected organics at a plant in Brooklyn's Greenpoint area — that number will now increase to 50 tons per day.

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.

Officials in the Massachusetts town of Ashland say they've saved nearly $1 million in disposal fees since instituting a pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) recycling structure eight years ago. The recycling rate in the town during that timeframe has increased from 17 percent to 33 percent. The town partnered with the firm Waste Zero to implement PAYT.

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Metech hit with stormwater lawsuit in California

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:39
Metech hit with stormwater lawsuit in California

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Aug. 15, 2014

A national e-scrap processing and metals refining firm that often notes its environmental stewardship credentials in marketing has been sued by a California nonprofit group for alleged water pollution violations.

Metech Recycling, Inc. and Metech International LLC were named in a civil suit filed Aug. 1 by the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), a Woodland, California-based organization that works on local water quality issues.

The lawsuit focuses on Metech's Gilroy, California facility and alleges "defendants discharge pollutant-contaminated stormwater from the facility" into several nearby waterways that flow into the Pacific Ocean's Monterey Bay. It also alleges the firm has failed to implement an adequate stormwater pollution prevention plan at the Gilroy facility and that the operation "lacks essential structural controls such as grading, berming and roofing" that would prevent rain and stormwater from coming into contact with contaminants.

The suit claims the company's actions are in violation of several California water-quality statutes as well as the federal Clean Water Act, and it asks for civil penalties of $37,500 per day per violation going back to Jan. 12, 2009.

Metech's California-based quality and security manager, Joseph Fulton, is also named in the suit.

Fulton and other Metech representatives did not respond to requests for comments. Likewise, CSPA did not respond to requests for comments, and the lawyer representing CSPA, Andrew L. Packard, was not available to comment on the case.

In addition to the California facility, Metech operates e-scrap processing facilities in Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah. According to Metech's website, all five facilities are certified to the e-Stewards environmental, health and safety standard as as well the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards.

As a refiner, the firm does a number of metal processing tasks, and handles far more than just e-scrap, including dental and jewelry scrap.

CSPA frequently files lawsuits against corporate entities over pollution concerns. In early July, the organization filed a similar stormwater-violation lawsuit against Northern Waste & Recycling of Paradise, California.



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E-Scrap 2014: Top execs point the way

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:36
E-Scrap 2014: Top execs point the way

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 15, 2014

The chief decision-makers from five leading companies will be on one stage together at this October's E-Scrap Conference, and they'll help provide a holistic view of the industry, touching on big trends, key issues and projections for the future of e-scrap.

The executives scheduled to be part of this must-see session include Cindy Erie of E-World Online, Dag Adamson from LifeSpan Technology, John Shegerian of Electronic Recyclers International, Cascade Asset Management's Neil Peters-Michaud and Steve Skurnac from Sims Recycling Solutions.

Jerry Powell, the founder of the E-Scrap Conference and E-Scrap News will elicit their invaluable perspectives in a casual, interview-style setting. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your pressing questions answered by the top brass in e-scrap.

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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E-Waste Systems revises down 2013 financials

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:29
E-Waste Systems revises down 2013 financials

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Aug. 15, 2014

After determining that 2013 quarterly statements "should no longer be relied upon," E-Waste Systems, Inc. has released restated financials that show revenues were millions of dollars less than what the company initially reported.

Restated quarterly reports for the first, second and third quarter of 2013 show E-Waste Systems (EWSI), a publicly traded e-scrap company that operates facilities in Ohio and New York, misreported its revenues by nearly $8 million. Actual revenues for the first nine months of 2013 came in at $434,536, compared with the $7,862,216 the company first publicly reported – and heralded – to investors and the media toward the end of 2013.

In a recently issued press release, company CEO Roger Nielson explained that a new auditor, RBSM LLP, reviewed 2013 financials alongside EWSI and concluded the earnings information needed to be revised.

"After our audit review of the 10K to be filed with the SEC for the year ended December 31, 2013, which included the fully audited results for the entire calendar year of 2013, we found that it would be necessary to revise each of the previous quarters for 2013," Nielson said in the statement. "The quarterly statements have been revised to conform to the audited results and filed as amendments to each of the quarterly filings."

EWSI was the subject of a feature-length profile in the June 2014 print edition of E-Scrap News (a Resource Recycling sister publication). Read it here.

The crux of the recent accounting issue, SEC documents show, centers on a Chinese partner, XuFu, which was originally included as a "Variable Interest Entity" in filings. On Aug. 1 of this year, the company stated it should not have consolidated XuFu interests, adding "the quarterly statements for the periods ending March 31, 2013, June 30, 2013 and September 30, 2013 should no longer be relied upon and should be restated."

In his comments on the refilings, Nielson suggested "accounting treatment is only one factor in the business decision" and refers to the newly issued reports as "housekeeping."

Nielson indicated optimism for the company going forward.

"The promising preliminary results of the recently ended quarter and a commitment to an aggressive strategy to take advantage of the increasing electronics disposal issues are building blocks for our creation of a world-class organization," Nielson stated, "providing a real, sustainable, end-to-end solution."

After reaching a 2014 high of just over 5 cents a share in January, EWSI's stock price has been hovering around a quarter of a penny in recent weeks. EWSI decided in July to increase its share count by 500 million shares.

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Is India the world's latest e-scrap hotspot?

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:25
Is India the world's latest e-scrap hotspot?

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Aug. 15, 2014

While sections of China and Africa have long been pegged as "dumping grounds" for e-scrap, India has recently become a bigger part of that conversation, thanks to a spate of media reports that have articulated end-of-life electronics worries in the world's second most populous nation.

This week, for instance, a number of news outlets reported on a study from the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ACCII), which alleged the amount of e-scrap ending up in the Delhi area is growing by 25 percent annually.

The group also said 42 percent of India's e-scrap imports come from the U.S. and that "less than 2 per cent of India's total electronic waste gets recycled due to absence of proper infrastructure, legislation and framework." A press release from the ACCII does not explain the methodology used to develop the report's findings.

Those stories came just a week after the BBC took readers to "India's e-waste village," a section of Calcutta where an informal electronics processing sector thrives. And several months after India-based nonprofit group Toxics Link released a report that argued India is on its way to a CRT glass crisis.

That all follows an earlier ACCII report that was reported on by the Guardian and painted a dire picture of the overloaded e-scrap recycling system in the tech-heavy city of Bangalore.

However, not all recent analysis of India's e-scrap sector has been negative. In February, a Yale environmental publication framed the global e-scrap ecosystem as one where innovative startups and established informal collection systems can both safely recycle material and improve local economies — in that story, writer Mike Ives highlights work being done by groups near New Delhi and Bangalore.

In addition, when R2 Solutions, the housing body for the R2 environmental standard, morphed into SERI this June, the group made it clear it was going to start taking an active role helping to push forward e-scrap processing infrastructures in developing countries across the world, and India was one of two countries the group was targeting immediately (Kenya was the other).

According to the SERI website, the group's projects in India will focus on helping small and medium electronics recyclers develop environmentally sustainable practices.


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Certification scorecard

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:22
Certification scorecard

Aug. 15, 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.

The Reno, Nevada facility of Arrow Global Asset Disposition has achieved e-Stewards certification.

Capitol Asset Recovery of Lanham, Maryland is now certified to the following standards: e-Stewards, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

Closed Loop Refining and Recovery is now certified to ISO 14001 and R2:2008 at its facility in Columbus, Ohio.

Dynamic Recycling renewed its ISO 14001 and NAID Computer Hard Drive Sanitization certifications for its facility in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

1st Choice Document Destruction, Inc. of Milaca, Minnesota; Absolute Document Destruction & Storage of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Ace Data Storage, Inc. of Gulfport, Mississippi; Advanced Information Management of Springdale, Arkansas; Allshred Services of Maumee, Ohio; American Data Security, Inc. of Oak Park, Michigan; American Document Shredding LLC of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Apex Shredding, Inc. of Berthoud, Colorado; Assured Document Destruction, Inc., of Las Vegas; ATI SecureDocs of Austin, Texas; Business Records Management LLC of Clearwater, Florida; Crown Information Management of South Daytona, Florida; Datashredder Corp of Roxboro, Massachusetts; First-Shred LLC of Fridley, Minnesota; Five Star Shredding of Alpharetta, Georgia; Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas of Lubbock, Texas; In Confidence P/L of North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Jayhawk File Express LLC of Topeka, Kansas; Lambert Record Center of Florence, Alabama; Marshall Shredding Co. of Schertz, Texas; Midcon Data Services of Edmond, Oklahoma; Office Paper Systems, Inc. of Gaithersburg, Maryland; On-Site Information Destruction Services of Iowa LLC of Waterloo, Iowa; Proshred Security of Paoli, Pennsylvania; Records Keeper LLC of Fargo, North Dakota; Rock Solid Data Management of Little Rock, Arkansas; Rogue Shred LLC of White City, Oregon; Secure Records Management Systems of Sanford, Maine; Secure Shred Solutions LLC of Carroll, Iowa; Secured Document Shredding, Inc. of Midland, Texas; Shred Quick of Bradenton, Florida; Shred Right (a Rohn Industries Co.) of St. Paul, Minnesota; Super Save Shredding of Surrey, British Columbia; and The Shredding Company, Inc. of Walkersville, Maryland have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, PCs for People of St. Paul, Minnesota has renewed its NAID Certification 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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NewsBits

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:14
NewsBits

Aug. 15, 2014

An article in Albany, New York's Times Union newspaper indicates a growing number of CRT TVs and monitors are bogging down the Empire State's e-scrap collection system. The problem of the increased costs associated with properly dealing with the devices has been felt in other states with e-scrap laws on the books, and according to the Times Union New York recycling firms are being pushed to the brink of insolvency and some are telling residents to just leave CRTs in their basements for now.

Sony has announced it will begin selling its flame retardant recycled e-plastic to a host of manufacturers, including its own competitors. According to the company, the material contains up to 99 percent recycled plastic and has appeared in Sony electronic devices since 2011 as SORPLAS. Sony expects to begin marketing the proprietary plastic in October in markets worldwide.

Sri Lanka has begun to address its own growing tide of e-scrap through government-mandated projects aimed at collecting and recycling used electronics. While details remain fairly scant, Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha told the Sri Lankan Parliament one project had already been completed during a two-week collection and said that "steps have been taken to regulate the disposing of e-waste."

Sri Lanka has begun to address its own growing tide of e-scrap through government-mandated projects aimed at collecting and recycling used electronics. While details remain fairly scant, Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha told the Sri Lankan Parliament one project had already been completed during a two-week collection and said that "steps have been taken to regulate the disposing of e-waste."


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Will Congress push for higher recycled plastic content?

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 22:06
Will Congress push for higher recycled plastic content?

By Bobby Elliott, Plastics Recycling Update

Aug. 13, 2014

A bill recently introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives aims to up the national recycling rate by requiring manufacturers to use more recycled materials in their products.

Introduced July 30 by Mike Honda, a Democrat representing California's 17th District in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Land Based Marine Debris Reduction Act of 2014 would give the U.S. EPA the authority to "to require the manufacturer of the product or packaging to use recovered materials of that or another category in the product or packaging." These new regulations would go toward achieving a 50 percent national recycling rate by 2020 and a 65 percent recycling rate by 2030, according to the bill, and lead to reductions in landfilling and littering.

"Making people aware of the problem is the first step," Rep. Honda said in a press release. "The second is letting people know they can be part of the solution. By encouraging industry to use more recycled materials, we safeguard the sustainable use of our precious natural resources."

Chaz Miller, the director of policy and advocacy at the National Waste & Recycling Association, framed Honda's municipal solid waste (MSW) legislation in historical terms. "This is the first MSW recycling bill to be introduced on the Hill in 20 years," Miller said. "It's a statement from Congress to get the U.S. EPA to focus on MSW," Miller said.

He also noted that the recycling rate goals attached to the legislation are "aspirational." Just to get close to a 50 percent recycling rate, Miller stressed, U.S. residents would need to recycle 100 percent of product packaging generated, a fact that demonstrates the high level of organics in the MSW stream.

Robin Wiener, president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), issued a statement to Plastics Recycling Update regarding the legislation.

"ISRI commends Congressman Honda for his efforts to keep recyclable materials, including product packaging, out of solid waste landfills and waterways," Wiener stated. "Directing these materials to recycling facilities where they can be recycled into secondary raw materials used to make new products is good for the environment and creates jobs. The recycling industry is committed to working with Rep. Honda, his staff and others to strengthen this legislation to better differentiate between recyclables and solid waste and in other areas to help it meet its intended goals."

The bill, which Miller said likely will not be taken up until next year, has been referred to the influential Committee on Energy & Commerce (E&C), a 54-member group made up of 30 Republicans and 24 Democrats. It will likely head to the E&C subcommittee on the Environment and Energy, led by Illinois Republican John Shimkus.

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Resource Recycling Conference 2014: The export effect

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 22:02
Resource Recycling Conference 2014: The export effect

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Aug. 13, 2014

A year after the peak of China's Green Fence customs crackdown, plenty of questions remain when it comes to the movement of recovered plastics. Are recycling operations finding new domestic end market opportunities or sticking with the same foreign destinations? Will Chinese plastics processors set up facilities in the U.S.? What's the role of energy recovery technologies?

At this September's Resource Recycling Conference, attendees will get some answers to those plastic puzzlers. SPI's Recycling Committee has been exploring the complex relationship of export markets and the domestic plastics recycling industry, and industry expert Kim Holmes will share the results of this critical research.

Resource Recycling Conference 2014 is taking place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Sept. 15-17. Head to rrconference.com for more information on attending, sponsoring and exhibiting.

Also, be sure to act now to book your hotel room and ensure the discounted conference rate of $139 plus taxes for single/double occupancy. This offer expires Aug. 25 — book fast to save your cash.


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KW Plastics' recycled PP approved for direct food contact

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:58
KW Plastics' recycled PP approved for direct food contact

By Dan Leif, Plastics Recycling Update

Aug. 13, 2014

Alabama-based KW Plastics will likely be increasing its consumption of recovered polypropylene after receiving a non-objection letter (NOL) that expands allowable usage of a post-consumer resin made by the firm.

The copolymer polypropylene resin had previously received an NOL from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in food contact crates and pallets. That letter was received last September.

The latest NOL allows the material to be used for the manufacture of items including disposable cutlery, soup containers and hot and cold drink cups.

"The tote and crate market was our first step," said Scott Saunders, general manager of KW Plastic Recycling Division. "As we got involved in those applications, customers said, 'What about cutlery and some of these other applications?' We reviewed the data with our technical people and felt we would qualify and, in fact, we did qualify."

Saunders praised the company's analytical team for moving quickly to gain the expanded FDA approval. "Achieving our second FDA NOL within 12 months is a testament to the investment and research KW Plastics commits to growing our industry,” he said.

According to the company's website, KW is the world's largest reprocessor of HDPE and PP resins. The firm, which operates a facility in California in addition to its Alabama headquarters, supplies post-consumer resins to the following industries: agriculture, automotive, beauty and personal care packaging, paint and coatings packaging, pipe, and sheet.

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PetroChem Wire: Recycled HoPP prices show summer strength

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:56
PetroChem Wire: Recycled HoPP prices show summer strength

Aug. 13, 2014

U.S. East Coast prices for recycled HoPP held steady in early August, having made overall gains since early July.

HoPP black pellets were at 55 to 57 cents per pound in the first week of August, up from 51 to 52 cents per pound at the beginning of July. Similarly, HoPP mixed-color pellets were at 54 to 56 cents per pound the first full week of August, up from 50 to 52 cents per pound the first few weeks of July.

Flake prices for the same grades of HoPP were also higher in August than July, though by a slightly smaller margin.

Prime HoPP, which was steady around 79.5 to 80 cents per pound for most of July was closer to 81.5 to 82 cents per pound in early August.

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Wide world of plastics recycling

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:50
Wide world of plastics recycling

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Aug. 13, 2014

New Zealand's government is aiming to keep more recovered plastics within its borders and has pumped millions into a PET recycling project. That's just one development we cover in this week's global look at the industry.

New Zealand's Waste Minimisation Fund has awarded $4 million (US$3.38 million) to a plastics recycling venture that will capture PET and recycle it back into food grade packaging. The project is the first of its kind in New Zealand and will be able to cut down on PET exports, most of which go to Asia, by about 50 percent.

A new recycling facility in Bulgaria will target the nation's polyethylene (PE) waste stream. The plant, run by Megaport, is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment that can process about 4,000 pounds of PE per hour to produce approximately 2,650 pounds of PE granulate primed for reuse.

An public-space recycling push in Wales has led to the collection of roughly 550 tons of material since late 2012. The government-funded effort has brought more than 1500 bins to 156 sites across the country.

More recycled-content rail ties are heading to Australia following a $471,000 purchase order netted by AXION, the publicly traded firm that produces the items. The most recent announcement from the Zanesville, Ohio-based company follows a string of purchase orders from abroad, including Russian and Chinese contracts and one to outfit a major transit system in Europe.

 

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Patent watch

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:47
Patent watch

Aug. 13, 2014

Hermann Schwelling, from Salem, Germany, was awarded Patent No. 8,783,173 for a device that compresses empty plastic and aluminum beverage containers.

Patent No. 8,794,447 was awarded to Optiserve B.V. from Maarheeze, The Netherlands, for an optical sortation device.

Dungannon, Great Britain's Terex GB Limited was given Patent Application No. 20140202835 for a recyclable material processing apparatus with a deployable feed conveyor.

Patent Application No. 20140203177, concerning an infrared resin identification scanning device, was awarded to the Mitsubishi Electric Corp. from Chiyoda-ku, Japan.

A method for managing the energy consumption of a PET recycling operation is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140207692, given to Neutraubling, Germany's Krones AG. Krones was also awarded Patent Application No. 20140209545 for an apparatus and method of purifying recovered thermoplastic polymers.

Nike, Inc., headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, was awarded Patent Application No. 20140209233, which describes a method of joining textiles to recycled thermoplastic 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, 08/12/2014 - 21:44
NewsBits

Aug. 13, 2014

Arlington, Washington-based MicroGreen Polymers has raised $17 million to put toward a process that uses recycled PET to make cups for hot and cold beverages. Ditching the paper cup model, MicroGreen has found success marketing their plastic cups to a variety of buyers, including major airliners. Waste Management was one investor in the new round of funding for the company.

In the coming months Taiwanese plastics recycling and equipment firm Boretech Group will open a plastics recycling facility in Stockton, California. The plant is currently being constructed and will eventually employ 45 workers to lead a PET recycling venture set on capitalizing on the state's abundant material stream.

Sony has announced it will begin selling its own flame retardant recycled plastic to a host of manufacturers, including its own competitors. According to the company, the material contains up to 99 percent recycled plastic and has appeared in Sony products since 2011 as SORPLAS. Sony expects to begin marketing the proprietary plastic in October both in Japan and abroad.

 

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Indianapolis gives final approval to Covanta MRF

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:14
Indianapolis gives final approval to Covanta MRF

By Dan Leif, Resource Recycling

Aug. 13, 2014

Despite fierce opposition, all-in-one-bin recycling and trash collection has overcome its final hurdle in one of the Midwest's largest cities.

The Board of Public Works in Indianapolis last week approved a contract that hands municipal recycling collection to Covanta for 14 years. That firm, which already collects trash in the city, has committed to build a $45 million facility that will sort recyclables from garbage.

Such plants, sometimes called dirty MRFs, have become an industry talking point as more municipalities consider the sorting technology. The process is touted as a method to increase recycling tonnages in areas that have historically seen low participation rates or have limited funding to put behind traditional curbside recycling efforts.

Critics of all-in-one bin collection, however, say dirty MRFs struggle to spawn materials that are of high enough quality for many companies looking to integrate recycled materials into their products. In recent months, the Indiana Recycling Coalition, alongside Alcoa, Pratt Industries and other consumers of recyclable materials, pushed Indianapolis decision-makers to consider other recycling options.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has also recently come out in opposition to all-in-one-bin collection.

The Covanta contract was negotiated by the administration of Indianapolis' mayor, Greg Ballard, and the Board of Public Works approved it by a 4-1 vote. All three members of the board who were appointed by the mayor voted for the measure.

The contract requires the Covanta system to achieve an 18 percent recycling rate, though Covanta has said its facility could lead to the recovery of more than 80 percent of recyclables. There is no penalty to Covanta should the company not reach the 18 percent recycling rate.

"Today’s vote marks a giant leap forward for Indy’s efforts to boost recycling rates," Melody Park, director of the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, said in a statement obtained by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Carey Hamilton, executive director of IRC, said the group is "disappointed" with the deal, and she noted the new contract precludes the private sector from working with the city to boost recycling activity. "As we have stated, this plan is a major step backwards for recycling in Indianapolis," Hamilton said in a statement. "Having in recent days received access to the agreement, we now know it is a bad deal for taxpayers as well."

Currently, curbside recycling collection in Indianapolis is available through a subscription plan, which is offered by Republic Services. That program, which has seen participation rates only around 10 percent, will continue alongside implementation of the Covanta system, though if the participation rate of the subscription program increases more than 5 percent per year, the city will be financially penalized under the new contract.

The editorial staff of the Indianapolis Business Journal also criticized the deal for not going before the full city-county council, in particular singling-out some of the more onerous penalties attached to the Covanta contract. "If a better program, or better technology, comes along in the next 14 years," the staff wrote, "the city won’t be able to adopt it without paying Covanta more than $333,000 a month in damages."

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