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Computer refurbisher survey needs your responses

E-Scrap News Magazine - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:53
Computer refurbisher survey needs your responses

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 31, 2014

A survey seeking to garner a comprehensive look at the current landscape of the computer refurbisher industry needs your responses.

The anonymous survey – which can be accessed here – should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

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NewsBits

E-Scrap News Magazine - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:46
NewsBits

Oct. 31, 2014

An e-scrap recycling center has opened in one of the world's most notorious resting place for end-of-life electronics, Agbogbloshie, Ghana. A pilot effort launched through the Blacksmith Institute features four automated sorting lines to recover metals and plastics from electronics without needing to burn or disassemble them by hand, as has been the relied upon approach for years at Agbogbloshie's infamous e-scrap dumps.

Firms in Oklahoma are continuing to see more and more used electronics in need of end-of-life management. An article in the Oklahoma City-based Journal Record takes a look at two firms active in collecting material under the state's relatively new e-scrap recycling law, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges presented by the influx of reuse and recycling-ready gadgets. Read it here.

South Korea, faced with a rapidly increasing tide of its own e-scrap, has begun to mobilize and enhance its efforts to keep electronics out of landfills. With just about a fifth of electronics getting properly recycled nationwide, municipalities and major cities, such as Seoul, are beginning to offer collection and recycling services to help divert the devices.

 

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Coca-Cola Recycling closing shop

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:38
Coca-Cola Recycling closing shop

By Jerry Powell and Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Oct. 31, 2014

The beverage container recycling arm of The Coca-Cola Company – Coca-Cola Recycling – is "winding down," the company this week confirmed.

When asked for comment, Sheree Robinson, communications manager for Coca-Cola North America, said "yes, we are winding down Coca-Cola Recycling, LLC" and offered the following statement:

The Coca-Cola Company’s current goal is to lead the industry in packaging sustainability including PlantBottle, reducing our packaging footprint and increasing recovery, and using recyclable materials. In the U.S., we will continue to work more directly with our value chain to increase the use of recycled materials. As the industry is evolving, we no longer need to directly engage in the buying and selling of recyclable materials. We are excited about the opportunities this will create and remain committed to broad-based sustainability initiatives in North America.

Coca-Cola remains committed to using recyclable materials in our packaging and advancing recycling. We are restructuring how we procure recyclable materials and will focus on developing our sources of supply. Coca-Cola will continue to work with our suppliers, customers and the industry to increase recycled content in our packaging.

 

Coca-Cola Recycling was active nationwide in the recovery and marketing of aluminum and PET beverage containers. On the aluminum side, the firm purchased used beverage cans (UBCs) for conversion into can sheet. Some of the firm’s UBC buyers were formerly employed by Anheuser-Busch in a similar arrangement designed to help control can sheet prices. Several UBC suppliers to Coca-Cola Recycling expect this side of the operation to continue for a short period due to existing supply and melting agreements.

While the firm's moves around UBCs were lauded by some, some other aspects of Coca-Cola Recycling, particularly those surrounding PET, have been criticized. For example, the firm made what turned out to be an ill-advised investment in a PET reclamation plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Not only was the plant’s technology untested, according to some industry players, the firm had an ambitious goal by wanting to produce food-grade recycled resin solely from curbside-collected PET bottles. A competitor in the Southeast said recently at a meeting of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers that "Coke’s refusal to use some deposit-grade containers doomed the plant."

In addition to seeking curbside-collected containers, Coca-Cola Recycling also targeted out-of-home cans and bottles. Until the recent decision to end the program, the company's Reimagine Beverage Containers recycling centers employed reverse-vending machines to provide vouchers to consumers using the machines. Nonetheless, after four years, the system was only able to capture about 25,000 containers per day and, recently the company stated that "the pilot program is ending and we are closing the centers while we perform a detailed analysis of the results and determine our course of action moving forward."

The company also noted its ongoing support of the Recycling Bin Grant Program, through which it partners with Keep America Beautiful, and the company said it "has placed more than 238,000 recycle bins in communities and customer locations across North America since 2008."

Robinson further pointed out that the company joined the Walmart-led Closed Loop Fund "to help provide more Americans with access to recycling infrastructure, while decreasing the materials deposited in landfills."

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PetroChem Wire: Recycled HDPE pellets pushed down

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:33
PetroChem Wire: Recycled HDPE pellets pushed down

Oct. 31, 2014

Falling natural (dairy) scrap bales prices are pressuring natural pellet prices lower in late October.

HDPE homopolymer natural pellets sold recently for 80 to 83 cents per pound FOB southern U.S. That range was around 4 cents per pound lower than the range at the beginning of October.

Meanwhile, prices for HDPE natural bales have fallen to the lowest level since mid-April due to increased availability. Business for natural bottles from curbside was done at 47 cents per pound FOB southern U.S. last week, with slightly lower offers being heard later.

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 battle nears finish line

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:31
Massachusetts bottle bill battle nears finish line

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Oct. 31, 2014

With some pundits criticizing "demonstrably false" ads opposing the expansion of Massachusetts' beverage container deposit program to include water bottles, supporters of the bigger bottle bill are staging rallies to help pass the voter referendum.

Question 2 on the ballots that Massachusetts voters will see next Tuesday concerns the expansion of the Bay State's beverage container deposit redemption program to include all non-carbonated, non-alcoholic beverage containers, save for those containing dairy, infant formula or medications.

The possibility of a nickel deposit on water bottles and sports drinks – among others – seemingly wouldn't be front-page news in consumer media, but opponents to the measure have used what some are calling unfair or flat-out misleading advertisements.

"It's beyond me why a campaign with smart advisers and mountains of money would peddle a message so demonstrably false," wrote Boston Globe columnist Thomas Farragher, noting that bottle bill opponents were claiming 90 percent access to curbside recycling for Massachusetts residents when, according to Farragher, a more accurate figure would be closer to 65 percent.

A Tufts professor also came under fire recently for endorsing an anti-bottle bill study that stated an expanded container redemption program would cost residents almost $100 million annually – and being paid $7,000 to do so. "[The professor] should have realized that he was reviewing something that is simply propaganda,” Massachusetts Sierra Club's Phil Sego told the Globe. “And $7,000 bought an approval of bottling industry information – I’d like to say misinformation, actually.”

With election day coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 4, supporters of Question 2 are holding rallies around the state using a 25-foot inflatable bottle to help get the word out and opponents to the expansion are taking to social media to fight it.


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Scrap plastics exports still far above 2013 levels

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:25
Scrap plastics exports still far above 2013 levels

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

Oct. 31, 2014

A look at trade data from the first seven months of 2014 shows a continued rebound from Green Fence-era levels of scrap plastics exports.

July, the most recent month for which figures are available, saw a 2.5 percent decline from June 2014 export levels, with 395.16 million pounds of scrap plastics exported in July 2014. However, when matched against Green Fence-influenced July 2013 levels, the volume of plastic scrap exports was up by a robust 19.5 percent.

That year-over-year (YOY) growth was similar to June 2014 scrap plastic levels, which were up 23 percent compared with June 2013.

The weighted price of recovered plastic exports in July, at 19.63 cents per pound, was up by 1.4 percent from its June 2014 standing of 19.36. When compared with its year-over-year (YOY) level, the price was down by 3.9 percent.

Through July, at 2.72 billion pounds, the volume of recovered plastics exported was up 15.0 percent from its 2013 year-to-date (YTD) figure. At 19.66 cents per pound, however, the average price for the first seven months of 2014 was down 3.5 percent from its 2013 YTD standing.

 

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Patent watch

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:19
Patent watch

Oct. 31, 2014

A corrosive-proof coating for piping made of crumb rubber is the subject of Patent No. 8,853,303, given to King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Patent No. 8,855,809 was given to Bedford, Massachusetts' Spectramet LLC for a X-Ray fluorescence sortation device.

Dalton, Georgia's TexTile Rubber & Chemical Co., Inc. was given Patent No. 8,809,405 for a method of recycling synthetic turf.

Patent No. 8,820,666 was given to Shawano, Wisconsin's Wisconsin Film & Bag, Inc. for a method recovering and recycling post-consumer scrap film.

Universitat Ulm from Ulm, Germany, was awarded Patent No. 8,835,573 for a method of making a composite plastic from scrap materials.

Patent No. 8,835,594 was given to Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Gesellschaft m.b.H from Ansfelden, Austria for a method and apparatus for processing of plastic materials.

A device that removes labels from bottles is the subject of Patent No. 8,839,596, given to Dortmund, Germany's KHS GmbH.

Ten Cate Thiolon B.V. from Nijverdal, The Netherlands was given Patent Application No. 20140287843 for a method of preparing and shredding recovered plastics to be used as a substrate for a sports field.

Ansfelden, Austria's Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Gesellschaft M.B.H developed a method and apparatus for the continuous agglomeration of scrap plastics, the subject of Patent Application No. 20140291427. The company was also given Patent Application Nos. 20140299700, 20140287081, 20140234461 and 20140234462 for four other apparatuses that process and compound scrap plastics.

Patent Application No. 20140294238, which describes a method of inspecting containers made from recycled plastic materials for contaminants, such as glass fragments, was awarded to Krones AG from Neutraubling, Germany.

Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, was given Patent Application No. 20140296383 for a method of making printer and copier parts out of recycled flame-retardant plastics.

Electrostatic sortation of scrap plastic materials is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140299517, which was awarded to Wilmington, Delaware's Empire Technology Development LLC.

Patent Application No. 20140305853, given to Alfatect S.R.L. from Tradate, Italy, concerns an automatic screen changer for scrap plastics processing machinery.

The Boeing Company of Seal Beach, California was awarded Patent Application No. 20140308519 for a method of compounding different types of scrap plastics and other materials using thermoplastic stabilizing 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 - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:13
NewsBits

Oct. 31, 2014

Moore Recycling Associates and Dart Container have joined up to address the recyclability of foam containers and cups, charting in an 11-minute video the entire journey of the material from collection, sortation and processing to use in new products, such as frames:

Beyond asserting that foam is valuable as a recycled commodity, the video could have some impact on the current debate going on in New York City and elsewhere regarding the merit of including foam products in municipal recycling programs.

Following a global trend to ban plastic checkout bags, France has introduced legislation that would impose a country-wide bag ban by 2016. If approved by the country's Senate, it would go down as one of the most significant bans yet and could encourage other countries to consider similar legislation. California recently became the first U.S. state to ban the grocery store staple.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sent out letters to 15 makers of bags marketed as "oxodegradable," warning them that the label may be misleading consumers. "If marketers don’t have reliable scientific evidence for their claims, they shouldn’t make them," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in the announcement. "Claims that products are environmentally friendly influence buyers, so it’s important they be accurate."

Publicly traded composite lumber company Trex has released third-quarter financials for 2014, showing significant year-over-year improvement. Total revenues for the quarter reached a record $95.5 million, up 32 percent from last year's third-quarter showing, and revenues for all of 2014 are expected to near $400 million, according to market research firm Zacks.

 

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Aleris sells aluminum recycling assets

Resource Recycling Magazine - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:12
Aleris sells aluminum recycling assets

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Oct. 30, 2014

Aleris, the global aluminum company, has sold its recycling and specification aluminum alloy business to publicly traded Signature Group Holdings for $525 million.

The Aleris division operates 24 plants in North America and Europe. This includes aluminum recycling facilities in 10 states, with a presence as far west as Idaho and as far east as West Virginia. In addition to buying scrap aluminum, Aleris is a toll processor that serves a number of scrap aluminum suppliers. This includes the processing of used aluminum beverage cans.

With the sale, Aleris will now concentrate on its larger global rolled aluminum products business, which supplies metal to the construction, automotive and aerospace industries.

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No movement for HDPE bottle recycling rate

Resource Recycling Magazine - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:08
No movement for HDPE bottle recycling rate

By Dan Leif, Resource Recycling

Oct. 30, 2014

A study released by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) shows the 2013 recycling rate for HDPE bottles was 31.6 percent, identical to the 2012 rate.

The figure was identified in the "National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report," which is produced annually by the two industry groups.

Earlier this month the national PET bottle recycling rate was announced, and that figure grew by 0.4 percentage points in 2013 to reach 31.2 percent. According to the ACC and APR, PET and HDPE bottles account for roughly 96 percent of the U.S. plastic bottle recycling rate. With HDPE flat and PET up a hair, it is not surprising that the groups found the overall plastic bottle recycling rate grew by 0.4 percentage points in 2013, to 30.9 percent.

Looking at the PET and HDPE figures together, a number of trends can be ascertained.

First, exports of plastic bottles have been down sharply compared with previous years. Exports of HDPE dropped last year 19 percent compared with 2012, to 163 million pounds. On the PET front, exports were at their lowest level in 10 years.

The overall volume of plastic bottles collected as well as the overall volume available both rose in 2013. The nation is using and collecting more of these containers than ever before. Collection of plastic bottles grew by 120 million pounds in 2013, up 4.3 percent, to 2.906 billion pounds.

However, while overall resin consumption is rising, per capita resin use has yet to return to its peak, which came in 2007. Because of continuing effects of the economic recession and trends toward lightweighting among product manufacturers, per capita resin figures have grown slowly in recent years. Per capita resin use grew by 2.3 percent last year, "a welcome increase after five years of little or no growth," according to the report.

On the reclaimer front, HDPE capacity utilization rose to 72 percent in 2013, up from 68 percent the year prior. The PET report issued last week indicated reclaimers' plant utilization rate for all PET feedstock was also approximately 72 percent, an increase of 9 percentage points from 2012.

Finally, the average of reported yield values of HDPE bales to clean HDPE pellets in 2013 was 81.4 percent, up slightly from 81.3 percent in 2012. The PET report stated national yield rates for that material ranged from 75 percent for deposit bottles to 69 percent for curbside material and 77 percent for California CRV.

According to the HDPE report, "The yield situation is different for recycling HDPE and PET bottles. For PET bottles, the labels are not recovered as PET while for HDPE bottles labels may be recovered as HDPE. Contamination in bales of HDPE bottles and PET bottles presented an ongoing challenge to reclaimers."

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Coca-Cola Recycling closing shop

Resource Recycling Magazine - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:56
Coca-Cola Recycling closing shop

By Jerry Powell and Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Oct. 30, 2014

The beverage container recycling arm of The Coca-Cola Company – Coca-Cola Recycling – is "winding down," the company today confirmed.

When asked for comment, Sheree Robinson, communications manager for Coca-Cola North America, said "yes, we are winding down Coca-Cola Recycling, LLC" and offered the following statement:

The Coca-Cola Company’s current goal is to lead the industry in packaging sustainability including PlantBottle, reducing our packaging footprint and increasing recovery, and using recyclable materials. In the U.S., we will continue to work more directly with our value chain to increase the use of recycled materials. As the industry is evolving, we no longer need to directly engage in the buying and selling of recyclable materials. We are excited about the opportunities this will create and remain committed to broad-based sustainability initiatives in North America.

Coca-Cola remains committed to using recyclable materials in our packaging and advancing recycling. We are restructuring how we procure recyclable materials and will focus on developing our sources of supply. Coca-Cola will continue to work with our suppliers, customers and the industry to increase recycled content in our packaging.

 

Coca-Cola Recycling was active nationwide in the recovery and marketing of aluminum and PET beverage containers. On the aluminum side, the firm purchased used beverage cans (UBCs) for conversion into can sheet. Some of the firm’s UBC buyers were formerly employed by Anheuser-Busch in a similar arrangement designed to help control can sheet prices. Several UBC suppliers to Coca-Cola Recycling expect this side of the operation to continue for a short period due to existing supply and melting agreements.

Some observers say that the UBC market will become very interesting in the coming months. "What will Alcoa and Novelis do now, given the demise of their joint buying system [Evermore Recycling]?" said a West Coast supplier to Coca-Cola Recycling. "Will they become more active?”

Industry players say Coca-Cola Recycling was a central player in the UBC market and did not overpay for cans. “But they were always competitive,” one mid-size seller said.

Other aspects of Coca-Cola Recycling do not garner such positive reviews. The firm made what turned out to be an ill-advised investment in a PET reclamation plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Not only was the plant’s technology untested, the firm had an ambitious goal by wanting to produce food-grade recycled resin solely from curbside-collected PET bottles. A competitor in the Southeast said recently at a meeting of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers that "Coke’s refusal to use some deposit-grade containers doomed the plant."

In addition to seeking curbside-collected containers, Coca-Cola Recycling also targeted out-of-home cans and bottles. Until the recent decision to end the program, the company's Reimagine Beverage Containers recycling centers employed reverse-vending machines to provide vouchers to consumers using the machines. Nonetheless, after four years, the system was only able to capture about 25,000 containers per day, and recently the company stated that "the pilot program is ending and we are closing the centers while we perform a detailed analysis of the results and determine our course of action moving forward."

The company also noted its ongoing support of the Recycling Bin Grant Program, through which it partners with Keep America Beautiful, and the company said it "has placed more than 238,000 recycle bins in communities and customer locations across North America since 2008."

Robinson further pointed out that the company joined the Walmart-led Closed Loop Fund "to help provide more Americans with access to recycling infrastructure, while decreasing the materials deposited in landfills."

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Delaware compost facility closed over odors

Resource Recycling Magazine - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:38
Delaware compost facility closed over odors

By Dan Leif, Resource Recycling

Oct. 30, 2014

Regulators in Delaware have forced the shuttering of Wilmington-based Peninsula Compost Company, noting the firm caused an "undue burden on the quality of life" of nearby residents.

The closing order was issued last week by David Small, secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNERC). The agency stated Peninsula Compost was taking too long to process material and was also storing more material than had been allowed under permitting. Those issues as well as fires, contamination and a number of other problems prompted the action, the agency indicated.

"Peninsula Compost Company has placed an undue burden on the quality of life of residents in the City of Wilmington, parts of the City of New Castle and part of New Castle County – particularly those living in close proximity to the facility due to frequent uncontrolled odors," Small stated. "The company has been unable to maintain compliance with DNREC’s Beneficial Use Determination permit."

Peninsula has been operating with a state-issued permit since 2009 and processed around 115,000 tons of material annually.

DNERC says despite the action, state regulators want to continue to promote composting and other waste diversion initiatives. "We remain committed to aggressively pursuing recycling opportunities to preserve our landfill capacity, create jobs and reduce our reliance on raw materials to manufacture products,” Small said.

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Patent watch

Resource Recycling Magazine - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:34
Patent watch

Oct. 30, 2014

Berkeley, California's Intellergy, Inc. was given Patent No. 8,858,900 for a process and system for converting waste to energy "without burning."

Patent No. 8,862,495 was awarded to Swisscom AG from Zollikofen, Switzerland for an app-based recycling reward system.

Robert William Carlile, Jr. and Rodney Sewell, from Santa Ana, California, were awarded Patent No. 8,800,781 for a new type of disc for a disc screen sortation device for MRFs.

Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd., from Tokyo, Japan, was awarded Patent No. 8,807,438 for a RFID tag to be utilized for marking recyclable materials.

Patent No. 8,808,592 was given to Euroline S.r.l. from Maserada Sul Piave, Italy for a device that shreds asphalt for recycling.

A method for the processing and recovery of organic materials via anaerobic digestion is the subject of Patent No. 8,809,038, awarded to Recology, Inc., of San Francisco.

Shervin Moloudi, from Los Angeles, was awarded Patent No. 8,810,361 for a smart lock for trash and recycling containers.

Patent No. D711,610 was given to Austin, Texas' Balcones Resources, Inc. for the design of an ornamental recycling bin.

A manufacturing method for controlling the value of containers to maximize container recycling is the subject of Patent No. 8,813,463, given to Allen Berte of Algona, Iowa.

A method for recycling reclaimed asphalt pavement is the subject of Patent No. 8,814,464, given to Western Emulsions, Inc. from Dana Point, California.

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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Latest export numbers show more scrap ferrous declines

Resource Recycling Magazine - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:29
Latest export numbers show more scrap ferrous declines

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Oct. 30, 2014

The first seven months of 2014 showed a rebound from Green Fence-era levels of scrap plastics exports, but ferrous scrap exports still show strong declines year-over-year.

Through July 2014, the most recent month for which figures are available, 8.84 million metric tons of ferrous scrap were exported, a 20.5 percent decrease from levels from the first seven months of 2013. At $405 per metric ton, the weighted average price of exported ferrous scrap was also down – 2.5 percent from ferrous scrap export figures through July 2013.

Scrap plastics exports, meanwhile, saw a 2.5 percent decline from June 2014 export levels, with 395.16 million pounds of scrap plastics exported in July 2014. When matched against Green Fence-influenced July 2013 levels, the volume of plastic scrap exports was up by a robust 19.5 percent.

The weighted price of recovered plastic exports in July, at 19.63 cents per pound, was up by 1.4 percent from its June 2014 standing of 19.36 cents per pound. When compared with its year-over-year (YOY) level, the price was down by 3.9 percent.

Through July, at 2.72 billion pounds, the volume of recovered plastics exported was up 15.0 percent from its 2013 year-to-date (YTD) figure. At 19.66 cents per pound, however, the average price for the first seven months of 2014 was down 3.5 percent from its 2013 YTD standing.

As for other exported materials, recovered paper exports saw small improvement for the first seven months of 2014, with 11.24 million metric tons exported, a 1.5 percent increase from levels through July 2013. At $165 per metric ton, the weighted average price of exported recovered paper through June was also relatively unchanged, up just 0.2 percent when compared with its standing through the first seven months of 2014.

Lastly, the 2.14 billion pounds of aluminum scrap exported through July 2014 equated to a 8.6 percent decrease from the first seven months of 2013. At 76 cents per pound, the average price of exported aluminum scrap through July 2014 was down 4.3 percent YOY.

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NewsBits

Resource Recycling Magazine - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:23
NewsBits

Oct. 30, 2014

In its third-quarter earnings report, released Oct. 29, Waste Management showed year-over-year earnings gains from its recycling operations, despite continued price declines in the OCC market. The company, which saw overall revenue and net income fall slightly, attributed the recycling boost to contamination-mitigation efforts and changes to its customer rebate structure.

Following the lead of MRF operators in other pockets of the nation, Rumpke is reaching out to residents and media in an effort to try to curb contamination of loads headed to its facility in Cincinnati. The company says contamination levels are five times higher than what was expected.

In other industry news out of Ohio, state regulators have criticized parts of a waste management plan put forth by Medina County officials. Regulators say the county, which is currently in the final stages of choosing a MRF operator contractor, inflated its waste diversion rate.

A women's prison is Vermont was recently labeled a recycling and composting "trailblazer" for achieving state-mandated waste diversion goals a year ahead of schedule. Resource Recycling recently published an article on recycling in prisons that can be read ">here.

In its first year of single-stream recycling collection, the City of Minneapolis reported a 25 percent waste diversion rate, a notable increase for a municipality that had a 16.5 percent rate as recently as 2011. City officials also say worker injuries declined after the switch to single stream.

 

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