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Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 22:30
Wide world of recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Jan. 20, 2015

Small trash receptacles have equated to big jumps in recycling in Scotland's capital. Grab the details in our global look at the industry.

By reducing the size of garbage cans, officials in Edinburgh, Scotland have increased the recycling rate to 85 percent, according to the Edinburgh Evening News. A pilot project deployed half-size garbage cans at 140,000 households, and plans are in place to expand the effort throughout Scotland's capital city. Households within the test area recycled 7.7 pounds per week, compared to the citywide average of 4.4 pounds.

A researcher working out of a small, collegiate lab in Hong Kong says he's making progress in "cracking" the recycling of mixed plastics. Stephen Chow, a professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, has been working on breaking down a variety of mixed plastics in just 10 minutes, two to six times quicker than traditional approaches.

While the European Commission (EC) has announced it will table and replace its Circular Economy program in the near future, a majority of members of the European Parliament have said they oppose the plan. They were, however, unable to reach an accord to formally oppose the step in a Jan. 15 vote, meaning the EC will likely be able to continue as planned.


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NewsBits

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 22:21
NewsBits

Jan. 20, 2015

Tech startup Rubicon has managed to raise $30 million in funding to put toward its recycling software and business model. Using the software platform known as Caesar, the company allows haulers to bid on a wide range of recycling and waste contracts throughout the world, then assists and supports them in diverting as much material as possible at the best possible rate.

The top college or university when it comes to being "green," according to OnlineSchoolsCenter.com: American University in Washington, D.C. The school is followed in the ranking by Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) and University of California, Santa Barbara. OnlineSchoolsCenter.com's list is partly based on institutions’ recycling programs.

Newport, Rhode Island is considering a local law that would require special events have marked recycling bins available. The proposed ordinance would require applicants for a special event license have a plan for the collection of waste and recyclables. All recyclables would be delivered and weighed at a recycling facility. Newport has a recycling rate of 23 percent.

Employment in the waste and recycling industry reached a new high of 383,000 jobs in 2014, according to the National Waste & Recycling Association. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures showed that employment increased by 8,700 over the course of the year. The statistic was for workers in a broad category that includes waste collection and disposal personnel, water treatment workers and recycling industry staff, among others.

A new technology employed at a U.K. recycling plant uses microwaves to separate materials in plastic-aluminum laminates so they can be recycled. A commercial-scale plant in Luton, U.K. is now in operation and can recycle up to 2,204 tons of packaging annually. Plastic-aluminum laminates, commonly a food and drink packaging that’s growing in popularity, are otherwise not recyclable. The plant is partly funded by Nestle and Kraft Foods/Mondelez International.

The government of Alachua County, Florida has taken over operations at its local MRF after SP Recycling of Dublin, Georgia reorganized and decided to get out of the paper recycling business. An outside firm estimated the county could earn an extra $500,000 per year by assuming control of the MRF.

A first-of-its-kind recycling rewards program in Dayton, Ohio has come to an end, four years after it started entering residents who recycled into cash drawings. The city didn’t meet its goal of doubling recycling through the program, but it did increase tonnages by 18 percent.

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PC market continues downward spell

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:13
PC market continues downward spell

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 15, 2015

Despite strong showings from top device makers, worldwide shipments of PCs failed to improve in 2014.

According to research firm IDC, global shipments of PCs during the year fell by 2.1 percent and totaled 308 million units. Those numbers are roughly in line with last week's projections by Gartner, which reported 318 million units shipped in 2014.

2014 marks the third consecutive year of declining volumes, IDC analysts say, with tablet and smartphone markets continuing to chip away at demand for PCs. Such trends indicate a future e-scrap stream dominated by mobile devices.

Four of the top five market leaders in the PC arena did see year-over-year growth. Lenovo, with close to 60 million units shipped in 2014, continued to lead the pack in overall shipments and saw a 10.1 percent boost during the year. HP, a close second to Lenovo in overall shipments, shipped almost 57 million units in 2014, good for an 8.9 percent growth rate. Dell, approaching 42 million units shipped, notched 10.3 percent growth.

Acer Group, representing the fourth most popular vendor in volume, was the only market leader to see volumes drop, shipping just over 24 million units in 2014, or 1.6 percent below 2013 totals. Rounding out the top five list, Apple saw the biggest gains of the year, with nearly 20 million units shipped, 15.7 percent higher than in 2013.

PC companies outside of the top five, IDC research shows, were hit hardest in 2014, accounting for a third of overall device shipments but 17.5 percent fewer than in 2013.

By region, the U.S. and Europe reported growth in 2014, IDC's report suggests, while Asian, Pacific and Japanese markets continued to see year-over-year declines.

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Washington may have reached peak in collection volumes

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 23:22
Washington may have reached peak in collection volumes

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 15, 2015

The preliminary numbers are in, and officials in Washington say it's a good thing lower volumes of electronics were recycled in 2014 than in 2013.

"This is not an indication of a good program in decline nor is it a surprise," E-Cycle Washington said in announcing the 2014 figures. "From the onset in 2009, the Washington State Department of Ecology expected at some point to reach a peak in annual collections knowing that consumers had a significant volume of unused electronics stored in their homes."

E-Cycle Washington reports approximately 44.4 million pounds of electronics were recycled in 2014 through the state's e-scrap program, which is funded by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For comparison, about 45.2 million pounds of e-scrap were diverted in 2013.

The main cause of the 1.8 percent decline appears to be falling computer monitor volumes and stabilizing TV totals. Just 5.1 million pounds of monitors were recycled in 2014 compared with 6.4 million pounds in 2013, while growth of TV recycling by weight was just 1.5 percent year-over-year after increasing by nearly 11 percent between 2012 and 2013.

Together, monitors and TVs still made up 93 percent of the weight collected through Washington's program during 2014.

Miles Kuntz, E-Cycle Washington's program manager, suspects soon-to-be-released numbers will indicate the program is taking in more flat panel devices and fewer of the heavy CRT products. In-depth figures showing collection totals by product type will be shared soon by the Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority (WMMFA), the group responsible for coordinating OEM recycling efforts.

"I think those estimates could be very interesting," Kuntz said. "If overall CRT poundage is falling and flat screen poundage is increasing – and I think that is the case – it will be a pretty good indicator that the backlog of consumer electronics coming out of storage has peaked."

WMMFA did not return a request for comment.

Since the program started in 2009, E-Cycle Washington efforts have led to the collection of nearly 52 million pounds of monitors and more than 180 million pounds of TVs. The vast majority of that volume has come in the form of CRT devices, the nemesis of most state programs due to the high cost and labor involved with getting them properly recycled.

Unlike most other state programs, Washington's program does not set individual recycling goals for manufacturers to meet each year. Instead, Washington's program requires OEMs, under the WMMFA, to fund the recycling of all electronics garnered through the program's drop-off sites and collection events.

According to Kuntz, WMMFA has remained active in promoting the program and boosting drop-off sites.

"The number of collection sites actually increased very slightly from 2013 to 2014," Kuntz said. "The WMMFA has done a good job of advertising the program over the years through a variety of methods."

If state officials are accurate in their analysis of annual data, Washington's e-scrap program could be one of the first in the nation to have worked through its backlog of CRT devices. While estimates vary on the remaining tonnages throughout the country, the Consumer Electronics Association last year suggested 3.5 million tons of CRT devices still need to be recycled.

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Nulife announces second US facility

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 23:17
Nulife announces second US facility

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 15, 2015

Nulife Glass is investing close to $6 million to build a CRT glass processing facility in Virginia.

The $5.9 million deal was announced by Virginia's governor, Terry McAuliffe, and promoted as a big jobs lift for the City of Bristol, where Nulife will set up shop in a former food processing facility.

"I am thrilled to announce this new project for the City of Bristol, which will create new jobs in a region that has experienced challenging economic headwinds," Gov. McAuliffe said. "In order to build a new Virginia economy, we must continue to recruit innovative companies like Nulife Glass to locate in the commonwealth."

Nulife, which is currently installing a furnace to process CRT glass at its facility in Dunkirk, New York, expects to hire 46 employees in Bristol, located in the relatively sparsely populated southwest section of Virginia near the Tennessee border. Nulife is based in the U.K.

Simon Greer, the company's president and CEO, told E-Scrap News the company will begin accepting CRT glass as soon as next month, with plans to install a furnace once Nulife gets proper air permits. Greer expects that process could take up to 8 months.

"We’re excited to be opening this new operation in Bristol," Greer said of the new site.

In addition to receiving glass and intact CRT tubes, which the company will demanufacture, the Bristol site will also serve as a manufacturing hub, using recycled, "de-leaded" glass in a variety of "building products," Greer noted.

Nulife's approach to recycling CRT glass differs somewhat from traditional smelters, which are only able to recover the lead from the leaded glass. According to the company, Nulife manages to recover both the lead and the glass for sale and use in future products by using a proprietary "pyrochemical process."

As part of the company's own $5.9 investment in the operation, Nulife also received $110,000 in grant funding from the Governor's Opportunity Fund and $190,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

According to Greer, the Bristol furnace will have a lifespan of about eight years, handling an estimated 5,000 tons of CRT glass annually. The company expects to continue to build similar, strategically placed operations throughout the U.S.

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ERI, Wharton School forge learning partnership

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 21:46
ERI, Wharton School forge learning partnership

By Jared Paben, E-Scrap News

Jan. 15, 2015

A partnership between one of the nation’s top business schools and one of the largest e-scrap companies aims to yield real-world solutions to electronics recycling problems.

The Wharton School’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) has partnered with Electronic Recyclers International (ERI). The Wharton School is part of the University of Pennsylvania.

“To me, what greater opportunity and honor could there be than this?” John Shegerian, ERI chairman and CEO, said in an interview. “The next generation of sustainability leaders are at great educational institutions like Wharton. So there’s no greater opportunity than for me to have a role there and have a chance to further evangelize [about] e-waste recycling and all the benefits when it comes to energy, resource management and resource retention and cyber security and corporate responsibility.”

The goal isn’t just to inspire the next generation of sustainability leaders, but to hire some of them when they graduate, according to Shegerian.

“The next generation is so on fire for sustainability and what that means for making the world a better place,” he said.

Through the partnership, the organizations will share information with each other, as well as analyze ERI’s innovations. ERI plans to invite students to tour a facility. The only monetary exchange will be ERI’s plans to hire professors to help produce white papers, according to Shegerian.

Shegerian has also been given a seat on the IGEL Advisory Board.

Partnerships with industry leaders are essential to IGEL’s research, teaching and thought-leadership efforts, Joanne Spigonardo, senior associate director of business development at IGEL, stated in a press release.

“This collaboration can yield practical real-world results and cutting edge solutions for problems ranging from curbing the glut of e-waste entering our waste stream to digital security to electronic recycling best practices in general,” she said.

According to Shegerian, the partnership began not from the top down, but from the bottom up. A year ago, he was in a business meeting with a potential client, who brought along three interns, all from Wharton. He started talking with them, and they followed up with him after the meeting. They introduced him to Spigonardo and urged a partnership with the school.


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PC market continues downward spell

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 21:43
PC market continues downward spell

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 15, 2015

Despite strong showings from top device makers, worldwide shipments of PCs failed to improve in 2014.

According to research firm IDC, global shipments of PCs during the year fell by 2.1 percent and totaled 308 million units. Those numbers are roughly in line with last week's projections by Gartner, which reported 318 million units shipped in 2014.

2014 marks the third consecutive year of declining volumes, IDC analysts say, with tablet and smartphone markets continuing to chip away at demand for PCs. Such trends indicate a future e-scrap stream dominated by mobile devices.

Four of the top five market leaders in the PC arena did see year-over-year growth. Lenovo, with close to 60 million units shipped in 2014, continued to lead the pack in overall shipments and saw a 10.1 percent boost during the year. HP, a close second to Lenovo in overall shipments, shipped almost 57 million units in 2014, good for an 8.9 percent growth rate. Dell, approaching 42 million units shipped, notched 10.3 percent growth.

Acer Group, representing the fourth most popular vendor in volume, was the only market leader to see volumes drop, shipping just over 24 million units in 2014, or 1.6 percent below 2013 totals. Rounding out the top five list, Apple saw the biggest gains of the year, with nearly 20 million units shipped, 15.7 percent higher than in 2013.

PC companies outside of the top five, IDC research shows, were hit hardest in 2014, accounting for a third of overall device shipments but 17.5 percent fewer than in 2013.

By region, the U.S. and Europe reported growth in 2014, IDC's report suggests, while Asian, Pacific and Japanese markets continued to see year-over-year declines.


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Certification scorecard

E-Scrap News Magazine - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 21:35
Certification scorecard

Jan. 15, 2015

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.

Access in Jacksonville, Florida; Access in Kona, Hawaii; Commercial Records Center of El Paso, Texas; Document and Network Technologies of Fenton, Missouri; and UltraShred Technologies, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, Materials Processing Corporation in Mendota Heights, Minnesota has earned 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 - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 21:31
NewsBits

Jan. 15, 2015

Increased recycling of rare earth minerals is threatening China’s monopoly on production of the elements, which are used in everything from smartphones to fishing reels. Other factors quickly reshaping the rare earth sector include the opening of new mines as well as the use of alternative materials and smuggling operations, according to a story by Adam Minter of Bloombergview.com.

A new study found that a majority of counties in Illinois are harmed by the expense of recycling CRTs, according to Pantagraph.com. Of the counties that responded to a survey, nearly one-quarter said they absorbed the additional costs of recycling CRTs in their budgets, and nearly one-third reduced collection locations and events to compensate. Meanwhile, a change to state law has been proposed that would require electronics manufacturers to pay 100 percent – up from the 70 percent – of an electronics recycling goal.

At least one New York recycling company is enjoying a recently enacted law that makes it illegal to throw electronics into the trash. Maven Technologies reported that it is seeing an increase in people recycling electronics since the law went into effect at the beginning of the year. Last year, the company recycled more than 20 million pounds of electronics.

Electronics recycling company 3S International in March will begin operations out of a 68,000-square-foot property in the Detroit, Michigan area. The company uses a recycling technology called Blubox to shred complex electronics, remove toxins and separate materials for resale. 3S International representatives said Blubox, which it developed along with MBT Recycling, was born from the growing volume of flat panel displays and lamps containing mercury entering the waste stream. The company plans to begin operating out of the facility in March.

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Oregon plastics recovery drops after record high year

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 21:41
Oregon plastics recovery drops after record high year

By Jared Paben, Plastics Recycling Update

Jan. 14, 2015

Oregon recovered 4.4 percent less plastic from its waste stream in 2013 than it did during the historically high year before, according to a state report.

A recently released Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) report showed 54,884 tons of plastics were recovered from the municipal waste stream in 2013, down from 57,403 tons the year before.

Peter Spendelow, materials management specialist at DEQ, said he didn’t know exactly why plastics recycling decreased, but “the most logical explanation would be it was associated with the Green Fence in China.”

Operation Green Fence, the customs enforcement action which spanned from February to November in 2013, was an effort by China to reduce imports of lower quality plastic bales. The customs crackdown sent ripples throughout the North American plastics recycling sector.

“If they don’t have a market for it and China isn’t accepting it anymore, they probably simply turned around and got rid of some of the stuff that was already collected,” he said.

In 2013, decreases were seen across all four of the tracked plastics recycling categories: composite plastic, plastic film, other plastics and rigid plastic containers. Various types of beverage containers are included in the rigid plastic containers category.

The weight of plastics recovered in 2012 was the highest since the state began tracking in 1992, largely because of a 26.7 percent increase in film recycling versus the year prior. While film volumes dropped slightly in Oregon in 2013, the total was still well above historical levels, coming in at 14,583 tons.

Spendelow noted that increased availability of bag drop-offs could be contributing to high numbers. Some decreases in film recycling volumes might be expected because Portland, Oregon's largest city, has enacted a ban on plastic bags. But Spendelow urged keeping the bag ban in perspective: Portland represents only about 15 percent of the state’s population, and bags are only a portion of films.

“A lot of the film recycled isn’t plastic bags,” he said. “Much of it is stretch wrap, dry cleaner bags, furniture bags. You have there people generating a lot of clean commercial film.”

Oregon’s recovery rate includes materials recycled, burned for energy recovery and composted.

The state’s overall recovery rate hit a record high 53.9 percent in 2013.

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Plastics Recycling 2015: Time running out for discounted hotel rate

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 21:31
Plastics Recycling 2015: Time running out for discounted hotel rate

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Jan. 14, 2015

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

Up until Jan. 30, attendees can book a room at the Hyatt at the discounted rate of $198 plus taxes. However, once that date passes – or the conference room block sells out – room prices will increase. Act now and book your hotel room here.

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

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NYC: Curbside foam can't be recycled

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 21:19
NYC: Curbside foam can't be recycled

By Bobby Elliott, Plastics Recycling Update

Jan. 14, 2015

In a controversial move, New York City has banned foam foodservice products on the grounds that they cannot be efficiently recycled through a curbside collection system.

"After consultations with corporations, including Dart Container Corporation, nonprofits, vendors and other stakeholders, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has determined that expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam cannot be recycled, which led to the ban," the city announced in a Dec. 8 press release. "DSNY has also determined that there currently is no market for post-consumer EPS collected in a curbside metal, glass and plastic recycling program."

It is widely known that post-consumer EPS can be recycled for use in picture frames and a variety of other products, and most communities that offer EPS collection do so through a drop-off format. While ban opponent Dart Container had secured an Indianapolis-based buyer for the New York City material, DSNY internal documents show the agency was not convinced of the long-term viability of an alternative plan to collect all polystyrene items curbside.

The ban was presented as an environmental victory by the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, who had first proposed to outlaw select foam products in 2007 when he was a member of City Council.

"By removing nearly 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene waste from our landfills, streets and waterways, today's announcement is a major step towards our goal of a greener, greater New York City," de Blasio said in a statement.

Starting July 1, establishments throughout New York City will no longer be able to offer or sell foam food service products, such as cups and clamshell takeout trays. Foam packing peanuts will also be banned and compostable plates will be the new norm at the city's public school cafeterias. All other rigid polystyrene products will continue to be landfilled.

The decision was challenged by foam manufacturer Dart, which lobbied hard against the ban and pushed for the addition of all PS to the city's curbside recycling program.

"In the year since the ban was first proposed, foam manufacturers like Dart were given an opportunity to prove that foam foodservice items could be economically and logistically recycled within the city’s five boroughs," a press release from Dart reads. "Dart conducted real world tests that unequivocally proved this feasibility."

The foam ban was approved by City Council members in late 2013, but it included a compromise that gave Dart and others a year to prove recycling foam curbside could be effective within the city. The DSNY had until Jan. 1 to make a decision on whether to push through the ban or go with Dart's alternative proposal.

The decision to ban, as outlined in a letter to de Blasio from DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, came down to several reservations administrators had regarding Dart's proposed recycling plan and timeline for recycling curbside PS and EPS.

The City estimates roughly 60,000 tons of polystyrene products enter the waste stream each year, with about half that total being EPS.

Under Dart's plan, all PS and EPS would have been collected curbside by DSNY, optically sorted and baled by Sims Municipal Recycling and sold to Plastics Recycling, Inc. (PRI) in Indianapolis. Dart agreed to fund the addition of sorters at Sims' Brooklyn MRF and the expansion of PRI's facility. In addition, Dart secured a five-year guarantee from PRI to buy New York City's post-consumer PS, including foam foodservice packaging.

But Garcia's letter shows city leaders felt putting such an infrastructure in place would take too much time. DSNY contends the addition of sorters at Sims' facility would take up to two years to complete. "As such, EPS would not be recycled until late 2016 or early 2017," Garcia's letter states.

In addition, PRI's necessary expansion wouldn't be completed until "late spring 2015," DSNY says. According to the letter, question marks continue to surround the company's ability to process post-consumer PS and EPS.

And, Garcia warns, if PRI were to decide after five years to ditch the endeavor, DSNY and Sims "would still have to manage the costs and complications of having designated EPS as recyclable."

However, a representative from PRI maintained in an interview that EPS recycling from curbside is very much a viable solution for the company.

"Post-consumer foam is a growing market, there's more demand for it than there ever has been," Brandon Shaw, PRI's marketing manager, told Plastics Recycling Update. "People are just told it can't be recycled and they believe it, but we do it every day. The new plant just allows us to do it more efficiently and on a larger scale"

According to Shaw, the company already recycles 60 million pounds of PS per year. A third of that total is post-consumer and mostly garnered from drop-off sites, Shaw said.

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Wide world of plastics recycling

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 21:07
Wide world of plastics recycling

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Jan. 14, 2015

A U.K. industry group makes headway on a study on the ways black PET food service trays can be better identified and sorted at processing facilities. We color in the details in our global rundown.

U.K.-based waste prevention group WRAP tells Plastics Recycling Update results from a study on using a new colorant in black PET trays is slated for a February release. The colorant was incorporated into food service trays used by major U.K. grocery stores during the summer and aimed at improving the detectability of the trays at materials recovery facilities.

Liquidators are working to sell equipment from the now-defunct plastics recycling company GFSL. The U.K.-based firm had an annual capacity of 100,000 tons and was processing about 20,000 tons of rigid plastics per year. Click here to see photos and a video of the firm’s equipment.

A German plastics recycling firm is planning a $9.54 million expansion to its facility. MTM Plastics is already building two additional logistics facilities as part of the expansion of a warehouse, work that is scheduled to be completed by the end of February. In addition, over the next five years, MTM Plastics plans to build a second plant.

 

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PetroChem Wire: Recycled PE weakens in New Year

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 20:59
PetroChem Wire: Recycled PE weakens in New Year

Jan. 14, 2015

Prices for recycled HDPE softened during the first two weeks of January, reflecting weakening prime and off-grade HDPE as well as a seasonal demand slowdown.

Weakening demand has been met with ample supply due to steady recycling rates. HDPE dairy pellets (homopolymer) were sold in early January at 71.5 to 76 cents per pound FOB southern U.S., down 3.5 to 4 cents per pound from late 2014. LDPE pricing was weaker too, with film grade pellets offered at 42 to 45 cents per pound attracting little buying interest.

In California markets, PC HDPE gray/natural pellets, 50/50 mix, were offered last week at 62 cents per pound FOB Los Angeles/Long Beach, down as much as 8 cents per pound from business done in December.

U.S. domestic prime HDPE, blow molding, dropped from just below 80 cents per pound in early December to 69 cents per pound on Jan. 12.

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Plastics Recycling 2015: Analyzing plastics-to-oil opportunities

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 20:54
Plastics Recycling 2015: Analyzing plastics-to-oil opportunities

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Jan. 14, 2015

Member companies of the newly established Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance will grace the stage at Plastics Recycling 2015 to dig deep into the current state of PTO in the recycling landscape.

Is this sector truly on the verge of explosive growth? The American Chemistry Council has stated PTO technology has the power to generate up to $9 billion in annual U.S. economic output, and this session will look into strategies that aim to make such growth a reality.

PTO could be an opportunity to divert millions more tons of non-recycled plastics each year, so this is a conversation you can’t afford to miss.

Plastics Recycling 2015 is taking place Feb. 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas. More than 1,775 attendees from 30 countries were on hand at the 2014 edition, and a similar turnout is expected in Dallas. Head to plasticsrecycling.com for all the information on attending, exhibiting and sponsoring.

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NewsBits

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 20:43
NewsBits

Jan. 14, 2015

Lobbyists for the beverage industry are once again pushing changes to Maine’s 38-year-old bottle bill, according to this post from the Portland Press Herald. Bottle bill opponents in 2011 tried to get lawmakers to exempt large bottles from the deposit law, but the effort failed. Now, the industry has a new proposal regarding large bottles, although details weren’t available.

A recycling group in Pennsylvania has helped launch a year-round program to collect and recycle expanded polystyrene. The Pennsylvania Resource Council and NOVA Chemicals have launched the the program with three drop sites in the Pittsburgh area.

The owner of a Kansas plastics recycling company pleaded guilty to negligent exposure to a hazardous air pollutant, after he illegally dumped paints and solvents on his company’s grounds. Brian Riley of Andover reportedly had the materials dumped after realizing the state was investigating Integrated Plastics Solutions’ waste handling. He was ordered to pay $118,000 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and he’ll be sentenced March 30.

In the San Jose, California area, some plastic bags that are collected for recycling end up on the side of highways anyway. Some readers of the San Jose Mercury News discussed the problem of unsecured loads from trucks hauling recyclables in this Q&A.

 

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NYC: Curbside foam can't be recycled

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 20:53
NYC: Curbside foam can't be recycled

By Bobby Elliott, Resource Recycling

Jan. 13, 2015

In a controversial move, New York City has banned foam foodservice products on the grounds that they cannot be efficiently recycled through a curbside collection system.

"After consultations with corporations, including Dart Container Corporation, nonprofits, vendors and other stakeholders, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has determined that expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam cannot be recycled, which led to the ban," the city announced in a Dec. 8 press release. "DSNY has also determined that there currently is no market for post-consumer EPS collected in a curbside metal, glass and plastic recycling program."

While ban opponent Dart Container had secured an Indianapolis-based buyer for the material, DSNY internal documents show the agency was not convinced of the long-term viability of an alternative plan to collect all polystyrene items curbside.

The ban was framed as an environmental victory by the city's mayor Bill de Blasio, who had first proposed to outlaw select foam products in 2007 when he was a member of City Council.

"By removing nearly 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene waste from our landfills, streets, and waterways, today's announcement is a major step towards our goal of a greener, greater New York City," de Blasio said in a statement.

Starting July 1, establishments throughout New York City will no longer be able to offer or sell foam food service products, such as cups and clamshell takeout trays. Foam packing peanuts will also be banned and compostable plates will be the new norm at the city's public school cafeterias. All other rigid polystyrene products will continue to be landfilled.

The decision was challenged by foam manufacturer Dart, which lobbied hard against the ban and pushed for the addition of all PS to the city's curbside recycling program.

"In the year since the ban was first proposed, foam manufacturers like Dart were given an opportunity to prove that foam foodservice items could be economically and logistically recycled within the city’s five boroughs," a press release reads. "Dart conducted real world tests that unequivocally proved this feasibility."

As the Dart release notes, the foam ban was approved by City Council members in late 2013, but included a compromise that gave Dart and others a year to prove recycling foam curbside could be effective within the city. The DSNY had until Jan. 1 to make a decision on whether to push through the ban or go with Dart's alternative proposal.

The decision to ban, as outlined in a letter to de Blasio from DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, came down to several reservations administrators had Dart's proposed recycling plan and timeline for recycling curbside PS and EPS.

The city estimates roughly 60,000 tons of polystyrene products enter the waste stream each year, with about half that total constituting EPS.

Under Dart's plan, all PS and EPS would have been collected curbside by DSNY, optically sorted and baled by Sims Municipal Recycling and sold to Plastics Recycling Inc. (PRI) in Indianapolis. Dart agreed to fund the addition of sorters at Sims' Brooklyn MRF and the expansion of PRI's facility. In addition, Dart secured a five-year pact with PRI to guarantee a buyer for New York City's post-consumer PS, including foam foodservice packaging.

But Garcia's letter shows city leaders felt putting such an infrastructure in place would take too much time. DSNY contends the addition of sorters at Sims' facility would take up to two years to complete. "As such, EPS would not be recycled until late 2016 or early 2017," Garcia's letter states.

In addition, PRI's necessary expansion to take on the material is not expected to be completed until "late spring 2015," DSNY says. According to the letter, question marks continue to surround the company's ability to process post-consumer PS and EPS.

Calling the PRI addition "a first of its kind in scale and operation," DSNY concluded the company might not be able to actually find buyers for the material once it is sorted and ready for reuse in new products. Without buyers, the material would have to be landfilled.

And, Garcia warns, if PRI were to decide after five years to ditch the endeavor, DSNY and Sims "would still have to manage the costs and complications of having designated EPS as recyclable."



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NYC: Curbside foam can't be recycled

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 20:53
NYC: Curbside foam can't be recycled

By Bobby Elliott, Resource Recycling

Jan. 13, 2015

In a controversial move, New York City has banned foam foodservice products on the grounds that they cannot be efficiently recycled through a curbside collection system.

"After consultations with corporations, including Dart Container Corporation, nonprofits, vendors and other stakeholders, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has determined that expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam cannot be recycled, which led to the ban," the city announced in a Dec. 8 press release. "DSNY has also determined that there currently is no market for post-consumer EPS collected in a curbside metal, glass and plastic recycling program."

It is widely known that post-consumer EPS can be recycled for use in picture frames and a variety of other products, and most communities that offer EPS collection do so through a drop-off format. While ban opponent Dart Container had secured an Indianapolis-based buyer for the New York City material, DSNY internal documents show the agency was not convinced of the long-term viability of an alternative plan to collect all polystyrene items curbside.

The ban was framed as an environmental victory by the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, who had first proposed to outlaw select foam products in 2007 when he was a member of City Council.

"By removing nearly 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene waste from our landfills, streets, and waterways, today's announcement is a major step towards our goal of a greener, greater New York City," de Blasio said in a statement.

Starting July 1, establishments throughout New York City will no longer be able to offer or sell foam food service products, such as cups and clamshell takeout trays. Foam packing peanuts will also be banned and compostable plates will be the new norm at the city's public school cafeterias. All other rigid polystyrene products will continue to be landfilled.

The decision was challenged by foam manufacturer Dart, which lobbied hard against the ban and pushed for the addition of all PS to the city's curbside recycling program.

"In the year since the ban was first proposed, foam manufacturers like Dart were given an opportunity to prove that foam foodservice items could be economically and logistically recycled within the city’s five boroughs," a press release reads. "Dart conducted real world tests that unequivocally proved this feasibility."

As the Dart release notes, the foam ban was approved by City Council members in late 2013, but included a compromise that gave Dart and others a year to prove recycling foam curbside could be effective within the city. The DSNY had until Jan. 1 to make a decision on whether to push through the ban or go with Dart's alternative proposal.

The decision to ban foam, as outlined in a letter to de Blasio from DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, came down to several reservations administrators had Dart's proposed recycling plan and timeline for recycling curbside PS and EPS.

The city estimates roughly 60,000 tons of polystyrene products enter the waste stream each year, with about half that total constituting EPS.

Under Dart's plan, all PS and EPS would have been collected curbside by DSNY, optically sorted and baled by Sims Municipal Recycling and sold to Plastics Recycling Inc. (PRI) in Indianapolis. Dart agreed to fund the addition of sorters at Sims' Brooklyn MRF and the expansion of PRI's facility. In addition, Dart secured a five-year pact with PRI to guarantee a buyer for New York City's post-consumer PS, including foam foodservice packaging.

But Garcia's letter shows city leaders felt putting such an infrastructure in place would take too much time. DSNY contends the addition of sorters at Sims' facility would take up to two years to complete. "As such, EPS would not be recycled until late 2016 or early 2017," Garcia's letter states.

In addition, PRI's necessary expansion to take on the material is not expected to be completed until "late spring 2015," DSNY says. According to the letter, question marks continue to surround the company's ability to process post-consumer PS and EPS.

Calling the PRI addition "a first of its kind in scale and operation," DSNY concluded the company might not be able to actually find buyers for the material once it is sorted and ready for reuse in new products. Without buyers, the material would have to be landfilled.

And, Garcia warns, if PRI were to decide after five years to ditch the endeavor, DSNY and Sims "would still have to manage the costs and complications of having designated EPS as recyclable."


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Resource Recycling Conference 2015: Meeting and learning

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 20:43
Resource Recycling Conference 2015: Meeting and learning

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Jan. 13, 2015

Several pre-conference workshops and events will be available in conjunction with the sixth annual Resource Recycling Conference, allowing attendees to get even more value out of North America's leading municipal recycling gathering.

The extra education opportunities include: GRRN Zero Waste Training, the National Recycling Coalition Annual Membership Meeting and Board Meeting, the third annual Recycling Innovators Forum, Re-Trac Connect Training and more.

Resource Recycling Conference 2015 is taking place Sept. 28-30 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana. Check rrconference.com for information on attending, exhibiting and sponsoring.

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Resource Recycling Conference 2015: Meeting and learning

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 20:43
Resource Recycling Conference 2015: Meeting and learning

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Jan. 13, 2015

Several pre-conference workshops and events will be available in conjunction with the sixth annual Resource Recycling Conference, allowing attendees to get even more value out of North America's leading municipal recycling gathering.

The extra education opportunities include: GRRN Zero Waste Training, the National Recycling Coalition Annual Membership Meeting and Board Meeting, the third annual Recycling Innovators Forum, Re-Trac Connect Training and more.

Resource Recycling Conference 2015 is taking place Sept. 28-30, 2015 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana. Check rrconference.com for information on attending, exhibiting and sponsoring.


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