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

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:14
E-Scrap 2015: Act now to save on hotel rates

July 23, 2015

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

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

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

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


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Processors say Illinois law ignores CRT recycling options

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:14
Processors say Illinois law ignores CRT recycling options

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 23, 2015

An industry group has criticized a recently signed bill modifying the e-scrap law in Illinois, saying the state failed to account for existing recycling outlets for CRT glass.

In a letter sent to the Illinois EPA on July 20, a group consisting of 13 electronics recycling companies, including some of the industry's most prominent, argues House Bill 1455 assumes "CRT glass is not recyclable."

Information from regional glass processors shows "this is not the case," the group said.

The following companies signed onto the letter: AVA Recycling, Cascade Asset Management, CJD E-Cycling, Com2 Recycling Solutions, Comprenew, ECS Refining, Electronic Recyclers International, E-Scrap Technologies, Genesis Electronics Recycling, Global Environmental Services, Novotec, Sims Recycling Solutions and Supply-Chain Services.

The bill in question was signed into law by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on July 10. In addition to increasing manufacturer recycling obligations under the state program, HB 1455 explicitly allows recycling companies in Illinois to "place glass in a retrievable storage cell, in a manner that allows it to be retrieved in the future, at a e-waste disposal site."

The bill had been framed by its supporters as a way to help alleviate the challenges local communities face in handling and recycling old CRT devices.

The storage approach, which is now being offered by Kuusakoski Recycling at a Peoria, Ill. landfill, is approved by the Illinois EPA. The letter from processors does not specifically mention the retrievable storage concept. However, it states that "allowing a landfilling provision under the guise of recycling deceives the citizens of Illinois and dishonors their best intentions to recycle."

According to the group, CRT glass recycling outlets exist in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky and have the annual capacity to recover more than 90,000 tons per year of the material. The letter points out the Illinois' e-scrap program in 2014 generated 10,325 tons of it in 2014.

"Illinois has one the best recycling markets in the U.S.," the letter states.

Illinois EPA spokesperson Kim Biggs this week told E-Scrap News HB 1455 was created as a stopgap.

"In late 2014, stakeholders expressed several concerns regarding the current issues facing the electronic recycling program," Biggs stated. "As a result of those concerns and others, HB 1455 was created to address these problems as a short-term solution."

Biggs added a long-term strategy will "hopefully" emerge as a result of planned discussions with stakeholders later this year. The goal would be to produce a report spelling out "any necessary modifications" sent to Gov. Rauner in early 2016.

The group behind this week's letter says it will make its viewpoints heard during a July 29 public hearing regarding the state program.

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California e-scrap firm pursues its first refinery

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:14
California e-scrap firm pursues its first refinery

By Jared Paben, E-Scrap News

July 23, 2015

California e-scrap processing firm Arrow Recovery received an approval to build what would be its first metals refining operation.

The company plans to erect two buildings totaling nearly 72,000 square feet in the Los Angeles-area city of Fontana. Arrow Recovery, headquartered in the Bay Area, purchased the property in October 2014, according to county property records.

The company is different from Arrow Value Recovery, a more prominent industry company that is part of publicly traded Arrow Electronics.

The Fontana Planning Commission on July 21 voted 3-0 to approve Arrow Recovery's permits for land development. The company must still obtain several permits and approvals from other government agencies.

One building would house the e-scrap receiving and sorting operations, and the other would house the refining functions, which include using various hazardous chemicals to extract valuable metals from e-scrap.

Dan Boronkay, a project manager at Arrow, told the Fontana commission the effort would be the company's first precious-metals refinery. He estimated the operation would employ 20 people to start.

Construction could begin in the fall and is estimated to take six months, according to a staff report from city planners.

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Wide world of e-scrap

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:13
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 23, 2015

A video takes a look at e-scrap in western Africa, and Vietnam begins to tackle its rising e-scrap stream.

Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has put together a video on the challenges and opportunities e-scrap presents in west Africa. It highlights a company in the Ivory Coast that collects locally generated cellphones and sends them to France for processing. To view the video, click here.

Vietnam's domestic e-scrap generation is growing 25 percent every year, according to a report in Thanh Nien News. While informal scrap dealers are active and popular in the country, little formal infrastructure exists to handle the stream, which last year produced almost 125,000 tons of end-of-life devices.

Nairobi, Kenya-based sculptor Cyrus Kabiru has begun making a creative line of eyeglasses using e-scrap. On using e-scrap in his "C-Stunners" eyewear line, Kabiru says, "I really love trash." Check out his tumblr page here.

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The Academy is in session at E-Scrap 2015

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:13
The Academy is in session at E-Scrap 2015

July 23, 2015

The upcoming E-Scrap Conference will again feature the E-Scrap Academy, a lineup of expert speakers who will help industry professionals of all experience levels get fully up to speed on the practical processing matters that affect business bottom lines right now.

This year, the E-Scrap Academy will be offered as its own track throughout the conference, giving attendees a chance to take in sessions on the topics most prevalent to their own operations and abilities. Need guidance finding the right industry partners, ushering in certification, designing facility layout or negotiating deals? All that and more will be covered by industry leaders who have been profiting in e-scrap for years.

E-Scrap 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 — the week before Labor Day — at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. Check in at e-scrapconference.com for the latest on attending, sponsoring and exhibiting.

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Certification scorecard

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:13
Certification scorecard

July 23, 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.

ARCOA of Waukegan, Ill. is now certified to the OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 standards.

TechWaste Recycling LLC of Santa Ana, Calif. achieved ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 certification.

KATANA SA of Geneva, Switzerland; Quality Shredding of Deer Park, N.Y.; Shredall Scotland of Glasgow, Scotland; and UNISHRED, Inc. of Oakland Park, Fla. have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for 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 here.

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NewsBits from E-Scrap News

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:12
NewsBits

July 23, 2015

A wide-ranging bill that would do away with North Carolina's manufacturer-funded recycling program has failed to make it through the state's House of Representatives. After passing the Senate by a vote of 31-17 earlier this month, the bill was unanimously shot down by the House on Wednesday. Members of the House and Senate are being assembled to come up with a potential compromise bill.

The reuse- and recycling-friendly Fairphone 2 smartphone is officially available for pre-order. The modular phones, which run on an Android operating system, cost under $600 (at current exchange rates) and are expected to ship sometime in November. Fairphone will present on its process at the upcoming E-Scrap Conference in Orlando.

An article on take-home lead contamination risks from e-scrap processing has been published by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Based on research conducted by NIOSH in 2012 at an Ohio CRT glass processing facility, the article points to the importance of mitigating exposure to leaded dust to prevent take-home contamination.

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Industry and supplier news

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:11
Industry and supplier news

July 23, 2015

Electronic Recyclers International has named Rich Calzada the company's first chief technology officer. For more, click here.

Publicly traded Arrow Electronics has announced it will expand its Dallas, Texas operations to handle more mobile devices. For more, click here.

Sims Recycling Solutions has been certified to the CESG Assured Service Sanitisation program in the U.K. For more, click here.

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Repreve expands recycled fiber business

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:43
Repreve expands recycled fiber business

By Bobby Elliott, Plastics Recycling Update

July 22, 2015

Textiles-from-plastics brand Repreve has announced a $10 million expansion of its existing PET bottle recycling plant to help meet increasing demand around the globe.

The company's 50,000-square-foot recycling center in Yadkinville, N.C. will more than double in size as a result of the investment. According to a press release from Repreve's publicly traded parent company, Unifi, the site will expand to 135,000 square feet and be able to process 132 million pounds of recycled PET per year, up from its current annual processing capacity of 72 million pounds.

"We are seeing the brands that we are working with use more and more Repreve," Roger Berrier, Unifi president, said in a release. "This has created an opportunity for us to keep growing."

Repreve fabric is in use by a number of major companies, including Patagonia, Ford and Adidas. The Yadkinville site has been in operation since 2011.

As for ensuring Repreve has enough feedstock to power its enhanced capabilities, Berrier told Plastic Recycling Update the company has "completed our analysis of investing in the backward integration into plastic bottle processing to feed our Repreve business."

"We are currently finalizing all the contract negotiations," Berrier said.

Eddie Ingle, vice president of supply chain and procurement at Unifi, said Repreve may soon be looking into resins beyond PET.

"We are planning in the future to expand beyond the traditional PET waste streams, as well as other polymers, which would of course supply our yarn spinning operations," Ingle said.

The expansion is expected to be completed by the spring of 2016.

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Experts detail keys to film collection success

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:42
Experts detail keys to film collection success

By Jared Paben, Plastics Recycling Update

July 22, 2015

While retail locations provide the best collection points for post-consumer film plastics, governments and haulers play a crucial role in ensuring a successful program, according to speakers on a recent webinar.

Local governments have various communications channels through which to communicate with the public, and they have local credibility, said Becky Curtis, recycling assistant at the Department of Public Works in Milwaukee.

"When the community hears from us, it makes a difference in their behavior," she said.

Curtis was participating in a webinar hosted by the U.S. EPA and focused on best practices to improve film recycling. The July 16 webinar also included Shari Jackson, director of film recycling at the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Plastics Division, and Nina Butler, managing director of Moore Recycling Associates.

The webinar focused on the efforts of the Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP), a project started in 2014 by the Flexible Film Recycling Group at ACC. Moore Recycling Associates helps manage the WRAP effort.

The WRAP project partnered with Milwaukee to boost film recycling. In 2014, collection bins and signs were installed at 10 Roundy's Supermarkets locations in Milwaukee and nearby suburbs, Curtis said. Signs told consumers that films should not be placed in curbside bins and gave examples of the types of films to be deposited in store collection bins.

In addition, 4,000 fliers were sent to the stores to be placed in customers' bags at check-out, she said. Stores already commonly communicate with customers using that method, so it was easy to incorporate the fliers into the process. Customer surveys showed the project increased awareness about where – and which types of – films can be recycled, Curtis said.

WRAP counts among its partners four retailers, one state government, 20 local governments/communities and two materials recovery facilities, Jackson said.

"Success really depends on state and municipal governments becoming more engaged and involved," she said.

Across the country, 18,000 stores accept films for recycling, Jackson said.

The U.S. recovery rate for plastic bags, wraps and sacks was about 13.5 percent in 2013, according to EPA estimates.

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Look into the future of resin pricing at Plastics Recycling 2016

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:41
Look into the future of resin pricing at Plastics Recycling 2016

July 22, 2015

The plastics recycling industry's most pivotal gathering is headed to New Orleans next February. Register now to make sure your business gets a big boost in the Big Easy.

The February 2016 gathering of top plastics recycling executives will be the 11th iteration of the conference. Plastics Recycling 2015 welcomed more than 1,500 attendees from 32 countries, and a packed exhibit hall featured nearly 200 leading companies. Expect even more education, networking and inspiration in New Orleans.

Plastics Recycling 2016 is set for Feb. 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana. Head to plasticsrecycling.com to register and find out more about exhibiting and/or sponsoring at the premier conference for plastics recovery.

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PetroChem Wire: Recycled PET pellet prices fall slightly

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:40
PetroChem Wire: Recycled PET pellet prices fall slightly

July 22, 2015

Recycled PET clear FDA pellets sold mid-July at 70 to 73 cents per pound FOB U.S. East Coast and other U.S. locations, down 1 cent per pound from the beginning of the month.

Recycled PET clear bottle grade and food grade sheet regrind was also down 1 cent per pound, with business done at 49 to 50 cents per pound FOB Midwest.

Post-consumer PET pellets still commanded at least a nickel more than U.S.-produced prime bottle/packaging grade PET, which was reported at 65 to 69 cents per pound on a delivered Midwest basis. Also in the prime PET market last week, imports of packaging grade were booked at 55 to 59 cents per pound, delivered U.S. locations.

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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New Zealand grants fund film collections, recycling facility

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:39
New Zealand grants fund film collections, recycling facility

By Jared Paben, Plastics Recycling Update

July 22, 2015

The New Zealand government will fund efforts to create a plastic film recycling infrastructure while avoiding bag bans or fees.

The island country of 4.5 million people currently has no film recycling program.

Environment Minister Nick Smith announced the government will provide a $700,000 ($465,000 U.S. dollars) grant to the Packaging Forum and a $510,000 ($339,000 USD) grant to plastics recycling company Astron Plastics Group. The money comes from the Waste Minimisation Fund.

Funding to the Packaging Forum, which operates voluntary stewardship programs, will help establish collection points over the next three years at retail locations. Films will be picked up by a program called REDcycle, which currently runs collections in Australia. Initially, bales will be shipped to Australia for recycling, until facilities can be constructed in New Zealand to recycle them, according to the Packaging Forum.

The long-term objective will be to have drop-off locations within 12 miles of 70 percent of the New Zealand population, Smith said.

Lyn Mayes, manager of the Public Place Recycling Scheme, a stewardship program under the Packaging Forum umbrella, stated in a press release the public will be able to drop off a range of films — "basically anything made of plastic which can be scrunched into a ball."

The government's grant to Astron Plastics Group will help enable recycling of up to 2,200 tons of soft plastics per year at a facility in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. With facilities in Australia and New Zealand, Astron specializes in recycling HDPE, LDPE and PP.

"We have well-established recycling infrastructure at our Auckland premises but are limited in terms of our ability to process contaminated soft plastic," Steve Mead, Astron business manager, told Plastics Recycling Update. "The government funding will be used to procure and install a MAS DRD (dry-cleaning) system so that we can pre-clean the post-consumer plastic bag material prior to our normal recycling processes (extrusion, melt filtration, degassing, pelletizing). We will then use the recycled resin to extrude sheeting products such as cable cover and flat sheet."

Environment Minister Smith, a member of the governing center-right National Party, said the funding strategy "is a more sensible approach than a ban or a compulsory levy on just plastic shopping bags."

The country's left-wing Green Party supported the recycling plan but said more needs to be done to reduce plastic bag usage.

“We still need a levy on plastic bags and to move towards an outright ban on their use – like in Australia where most states either have a ban or a levy on flimsy single-use plastic bags," Green Party spokeswoman and Member of Parliament Denise Roche stated in a press release.

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Wide world of plastics recycling

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:38
Wide world of plastics recycling

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

July 22, 2015

The British Plastics Federation calls a department store chain's decision to halt plastic water bottle sales "misguided," and a city in the UAE looks to move toward zero waste.

The British Plastics Federation is criticizing London's iconic department store chain Selfridges for its decision to stop selling water in plastic bottles. The U.K. plastics trade association said recycling is the key to preventing litter, not "indiscriminately banning products." Selfridges said its decision would remove roughly 400,000 plastic bottles per year from it stores.

Surrey County, England could save money for frontline services if every resident recycled one additional plastic container a week, county leaders said. The Surrey County Council says the jurisdiction could save the equivalent of $324,000 a year if every adult recycled just one additional bottle a week.

The Australian packaging industry is considering cutting its 70 percent recycling goal, because new calculations show the recycling rate is worse than previously thought, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. New estimates of plastics imports led to a revised recycling rate calculation significantly below the goal – one expert put the adjusted recycling rate at 29 percent.

Sharjah, part of the United Arab Emirates, aims to be the first Arab city to send zero waste to landfill. The Sharjah Environment Co. plans to open two recycling facilities: one recycling plastics and the other cardboard, according to The National.

 

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NewsBits from Plastics Recycling Update

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:36
NewsBits

July 22, 2015

Chicago's ban on plastic bags is set to begin Aug. 1, but according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times plastic bags won't disappear altogether. Under the city's ban, which passed in May 2014, retailers and grocers are permitted to provide customers with slightly thicker reusable plastic bags and companies such as Target and Jewel-Osco are planning to do just that.

A 3-D printer capable of using recycled resins in the manufacturing of new products could be headed for outer space in the not-so-distant future, reports the Christian Science Monitor. The maker of the R3DO printer, Made in Space, says the literal product launch could occur within the next 12 to 16 months and represents a key step in providing space crews with the ability to both manage their waste and produce timely products and parts during space missions.

A feather-ruffling story appearing last month in the Washington Post on the state of the recycling industry has been taken to task by Mother Jones magazine. In an article written by journalist Luke Whelan, four "big recycling myths" perpetuated by the original piece are considered and challenged, including the role plastics packaging has played in the current "crisis."

A judge rejected a request by the Natural Resources Defense Council to intervene in the legal fight over New York City's decision to ban expanded polystyrene food-service products. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 business owners have signed a petition calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to reverse the administration's decision to ban expanded polystyrene food-service products, according to the Restaurant Action Alliance. In its latest press release, the Restaurant Action Alliance, a group led by Dart Container Corp., says the city's decision hurts small businesses.

 

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Seattle food scrap law challenged

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:05
Seattle organics law challenged

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

July 21, 2015

Seattle's mandated composting program may have a legal battle on its hands after a lawsuit emerged last week challenging the constitutionality of its enforcement practices.

In a complaint filed July 16, the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) takes aim at a 2014 city ordinance banning the disposal of food scraps and yard debris and giving garbage collectors the authority to fine city residents whose garbage cans contain at least 10 percent organics. The PLF, representing eight individuals, claims Washington state's constitution "prohibits government searches of garbage cans without first obtaining a warrant."

"The City's garbage inspection law violates privacy rights on a massive scale," the suit reads.

The ordinance, which was passed unanimously by City Council members in 2014 and signed into law the next day, went into effect Jan. 1. Fines, which are expected to total $1 per violation, have been delayed until at least 2016 due to the early success of the ban.

According to PLF, which is a noted privacy rights group in the region, approximately 9,000 warning notices were handed out to Seattle residents between January and April.

In a joint statement released Monday, the city attorney's office and Seattle Public Utilities stated the ordinance "fully complies with the law, including the enhanced privacy protections afforded by the Washington constitution."

"There is no intention of opening trash bags," the statement reads in part. "Containers are only tagged if the contamination is clearly visible. The guidelines state: if you can’t see, don’t report it and don’t tag it."

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Stay at the center of Resource Recycling Conference 2015

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:05
Stay at the center of Resource Recycling Conference 2015

July 21, 2015

The Resource Recycling Conference is proud to have chosen the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown as this year's conference venue and host hotel. The Indianapolis Marriott offers premier accommodations in the heart of Indiana's capital.

To get the most out of your conference experience we recommend you stay at the host hotel, where hundreds of recycling professionals will be an open door away. Your room reservation at the conference host hotel ensures lower registration rates for current and future years.

Book your reservations here.

Resource Recycling Conference 2015 is scheduled for Sept. 28-30, 2015 at the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis. Head to rrconference.com for all the latest on attending, exhibiting and sponsoring.

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CalRecycle makes change at the top

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:05
CalRecycle makes change at the top

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

July 21, 2015

California has named Scott Smithline the director of the state's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.

Smithline, formerly the assistant director for policy development at the department (also known as CalRecycle), was appointed to the role by California Gov. Jerry Brown on July 16. Before joining the state in 2011, Smithline worked for 12 years at nonprofit group Californians Against Waste.

His appointment comes as the state is attempting to increase its recycling rate to 75 percent by 2020, a goal set forth by Assembly Bill 341, which passed in 2011.

The state's current recycling rate is 50 percent, but has remained stagnant over the past couple of years.

"Gov. Brown has established for California the most progressive environmental goals in the nation, and the strides that have already been taken have laid a strong foundation to achieve them," Smithline said in a statement sent to Resource Recycling. "That said, there is a lot of work to be done to build a better recycling infrastructure and develop more resilient in-state markets for recycled materials. We have to think about what changes need to be made to the current model in order to get where we want to be five or 10 years down the road."

Smithline's predecessor, Caroll Mortensen, served as director of CalRecycle since 2011. She is now senior environmental specialist within the Legislative and External Affairs Office at CalRecycle, the agency's spokesperson Mark Oldfield confirmed.

Mark Murray, the executive director of Californians Against Waste, was supportive of the appointment. "Scott possesses a truly unparalleled level of policy expertise, stakeholder awareness, and passion for recycling and environmental issues," Murray said in a statement.

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Phoenix takes action with recovery rate goal approaching

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:04
Phoenix takes action with recovery rate goal approaching

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

July 21, 2015

Phoenix is mulling over dozens of recycling ideas to incorporate at its planned Resource Innovation Campus. In the meantime, city government will partner with groups to recycle carpeting, mattresses and food scraps.

The city of 1.4 million people aims to divert 40 percent of its municipal solid waste stream from landfill by 2020. It currently diverts 16 percent of its residential stream from landfill, according to the city's Public Works Department.

Phoenix this spring issued a request for proposals for recovering a number of non-packaging materials: single-use batteries, mattresses, carpet and carpet foam, furniture, latex paint, palm fronds and residential food scraps.

After receiving a total of eight proposals, city staff recommended pursuing deals with the following groups, according to Public Works: Planet Recycling (to recycle carpeting and carpet foams), Goodwill of Central Arizona (mattresses) and Recycled City LLC (residential food scraps).

Staff will negotiate contracts with the organizations with the intention of returning in the fall to seek Council approval.

Meanwhile, the City last spring began working to bring projects and companies to its planned Resource Innovation Campus, to be located near an existing city-operated transfer station and ReCommunity-operated MRF. The City put out a call to innovators and is currently sifting through proposals.

Phoenix plans to dedicate at least 50 acres at the campus to innovators and manufacturers with market-ready technologies and manufacturing processes. It also plans to create a business incubator for startup technologies and processes as well as a composting facility.

The efforts are part of the Reimagine Phoenix initiative to reduce waste.

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Wide world of recycling

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:03
Wide world of recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

July 21, 2015

A recycling plant opens in Jerusalem and the latest numbers out of England point to an overall increase in waste generation in major cities.

A sprawling recycling plant in Jerusalem has opened its doors to handle a reported 400,000 tons of material annually. According to an article in the Jerusalem Post, the facility has been in construction since 2011 and will save the city nearly $4.7 million each year in avoided landfill fees.

An article on letsrecycle.com reports urban centers throughout England are seeing waste generation increase. In North London, Liverpool and Manchester, the latest figures indicate more waste being generated by residents despite a push to increase waste reduction and recycling.

The European Parliament's call for a beefed-up circular economy has received the support of the European Bioplastics trade group. In a press release issued July 14, the group commends the effort and notes the strategy creates potential for plastic packaging manufacturers to increasingly resort to, you guessed, bio-plastics.

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