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Resource Recycling Conference 2015: Meeting and learning

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:50
Resource Recycling Conference 2015: Meeting and learning

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Dec. 9, 2014

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. Registration opens next month. Check rrconference.com for information on attending, exhibiting and sponsoring.


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Recycling Industries Coalition opposes "dirty MRF" concept

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:48
Recycling Industries Coalition opposes "dirty MRF" concept

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Dec. 9, 2014

A newly formed group of recycling organizations and stakeholders is weighing in on the effects of mixed waste processing on recycling.

"Coalition members know that a facility processing waste and recyclables mixed together, known as a dirty MRF, will not improve and may harm recycling," the policy statement from the newly formed Recycling Industries Coalition (RIC) reads. RIC is made up of recycling stakeholders from across the country and initially formed to combat an Indianapolis project centered around a mixed waste processing facility, or dirty MRF.

While that facility was eventually approved by city officials, RIC "continues as a way to educate policy makers, local officials and the community about the potential negative consequences of multi-material processing facilities," the group writes in an official release.

Mixing solid waste and recyclables, according to RIC's official policy statement on the approach, "will severely degrade them to the point that they will only be usable for incineration, landfilling or energy recovery, which is not recycling."

RIC members include a number of large industry groups and stakeholders, including: American Forest & Paper Association, Glass Packaging Institute, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Knauf Insulation, Newark Group, Owens-Illinois, Inc., Paper Recycling Coalition, the Steel Recycling Institute and Waste Management.

The group's position has been supported by the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) as well.

"NRC supports the policy adopted by the RIC in highlighting concerns with the implementation of dirty MRFs," an NRC post states. "The NRC agrees with concerns with dirty MRFs that RIC highlighted and other concerns. Instead of relying on dirty MRFs, NRC urges communities to implement best practices for the separate collection of recyclables."

While the mixed waste processing approach is not new, it has seen a resurgence in interest among some U.S. cities looking to boost relatively low recycling rates. Beyond the Indianapolis project, a $35 million mixed waste processing facility for residential waste opened earlier this year in Birmingham, Alabama. Houston has also continued looking into the merits of the "all in one bin" approach. According to equipment maker Bulk Handling Systems, which has released a six-part video series on the issue, mixed waste processing has evolved significantly and can now effectively separate recyclables from a mixed municipal waste stream.

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Scrap export stats show mixed bag

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:46
Scrap export stats show mixed bag

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Dec. 9, 2014

The most recent figures on exports of most scrap materials show decreases year-over-year in both volume and price, though scrap plastics continue to bounce back from Green Fence-influenced levels.

Exports of scrap plastics in September 2014, the most recent month for which data is available, dropped from August levels, but overall scrap plastic exports are still up from 2013 through the first three quarters of 2014.

September saw a steep 9.2 percent month-to-month decrease from August 2014 export levels, with 403.40 million pounds of scrap plastics exported. When matched against September 2013 levels, the volume of plastic scrap exports was up by a robust 18.3 percent.

The weighted price of recovered plastic exports in September, at 20.86 cents per pound, was up slightly from its August 2014 standing by 1.9 percent. When compared with its year-over-year (YOY) level, however, the price was up by 5.9 percent.

Year-to-date (YTD) figures for scrap plastics showed strong gains as well. With 3.57 billion pounds exported through the third quarter of 2014, the volume of recovered plastics sent outside of U.S. borders was up 16.7 percent from its YTD 2013 figure. At 19.90 cents per pound, however, the average price for the first nine months of 2014 was down by 2.3 percent from its 2013 YTD standing.

As for other exported materials, recovered paper exports continued to see small improvement through the first nine months of 2014, with 14.27 million metric tons exported, a slight 1.2 percent increase from levels through the third quarter of 2013. At $165 per metric ton, the weighted average price of exported recovered paper through September was also flat, down just 0.3 percent when compared with its standing through the first nine months of 2014.

Ferrous scrap exports continued to show strong declines YOY, with 11.58 million metric tons exported through September 2014 amounting to a sharp 19.4 percent decrease from levels through the first three quarters of 2013. At $407 per metric ton, the weighted average price of exported ferrous scrap was also slightly down – 0.9 percent from ferrous scrap exports figures through September 2013.

Lastly, the 2.83 billion pounds of aluminum scrap exported through September 2014 equated to a 6.8 percent decrease from the first nine months of 2013. At 77 cents per pound, the average price of exported aluminum scrap through September 2014 was also down by 4.0 percent YOY.


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Celebrate the season with recycled materials

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:19
Celebrate the season with recycled materials

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Dec. 9, 2014

The December issue of Resource Recycling's print edition once again features a rundown of gift-worthy products made with recovered plastic, paper or other commodities. Take a peek at some of the latest offerings from American Apparel, TerraCycle and others that allow you to spread some cheer while supporting the industry.

See the full spread here. And happy holidays from all of us at Resource Recycling.

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NewsBits

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:13
NewsBits

Dec. 9, 2014

Chinese recovered paper imports in the first 10 months of 2014 fell 6.5 percent to 25.1 million tons, according to a recent report from RISI. Suppliers of old corrugated containers from Europe, Japan, North America and other regions saw Chinese demand slump 6.2 percent in the ten-month period to 14.2 million tons. Mixed paper purchasing by Chinese mills, however, rose slightly, by 240,000 tons.

The extended producer responsibility advocacy organization Upstream (formerly known as the Product Policy Institute) is making changes at the top. Bill Sheehan, the group's founder and long-time executive director, recently announced he is reducing his role with the group and handing the leadership reins to Matt Prindiville, the group's current associate director.

Manchester, Connecticut has launched a textile recycling program, which allows residents to drop off used clothing at a transfer station in the town. The effort is a partnership between Massachusetts-based Bay State Textiles, Inc. and the Central Connecticut Solid Waste Authority.

A Massachusetts musician is looking to finance a new album using a unique model: She's gathering bottles and cans to turn into cash through the state's deposit program.

Speaking of redemption programs, Oregon's system will soon be adding its 11th Bottle Drop site. The new location, slated to open Dec. 18, will be the first in the Portland city limits. BottleDrop locations use mechanized sorting and allow residents to quickly drop off bags of redeemable containers – the applicable cash redemption total is added to a user's account within two days.

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AT&T fined $52 million for dumping e-scrap

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:41
AT&T fined $52 million for dumping e-scrap

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Dec. 4, 2014

Telecommunications giant AT&T has reached a $52 million settlement with the state of California for illegally dumping scrap electronics in state landfills.

The settlement was announced on Nov. 20 by California's attorney general and was decribed by state officials as their first e-scrap management enforcement action against a telecom company.

"This settlement holds AT&T accountable for unlawfully dumping electronic waste,” Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said in the release. “The illegal disposal of hazardous waste can lead to serious environmental and health risks for California communities. AT&T will be required to implement strict compliance measures at its facilities that set an example for other companies to safeguard our communities against hazardous waste.”

The settlement, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, calls for the company to pay $23.8 million in fines. In addition, AT&T has committed to spending an additional $28 million over the next five years to further improve its compliance.

However, AT&T is not required to recover material it has been accused of already disposing. It is not known how much material was landfilled in California by the company.

In a statement sent to E-Scrap News, AT&T spokesperson Marty Richter said the company will be putting significant resources toward improving management of e-scrap.

"We take environmental stewardship seriously, and we’ve cooperated closely with the state and Alameda County to resolve this issue in a way that is in the best interests of the environment, our customers and all Californians," Richter said in the statement. "The settlement recognizes the company for taking prompt action, dedicating significant additional resources toward environmental compliance, and improving our hazardous and universal waste management compliance programs. "

In 2011, representatives from California's Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office conducted a series of inspections at various AT&T facilities throughout the state. Those inspections led to the conclusion that the company had been knowingly disposing of electronics, some of which contained hazardous materials, for nine years.

"The inspections revealed that AT&T was routinely and systematically sending hazardous wastes to local landfills that were not permitted to receive those wastes," last month's attorney general announcement states.

Upon being informed of the inspection results, "AT&T immediately agreed to cooperate and promptly implemented measures to halt the removal of regular trash until it could be inspected to remove any potentially hazardous wastes before they reached municipal landfills," the notice adds.

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E-Scrap 2015: Your Labor Day is safe

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:38
E-Scrap 2015: Your Labor Day is safe

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Dec. 4, 2014

E-Scrap 2015 is scheduled to take place earlier than in years past – Sept. 1-3, 2015. But fear not, beach goers and grill masters: You won't have to decide between maintaining Labor Day weekend traditions and attending the best networking event in electronics recycling.

In 2015, Labor Day is Sept. 7, the week after E-Scrap 2015. That means you can get to the conference, be home in time to share all you learned with colleagues and then have your usual Labor Day fun. (Or maybe you can use that weekend to reach out to all the potential partners you connected with at the conference!)

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

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Illinois amendment aims to fix e-scrap program

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:35
Illinois amendment aims to fix e-scrap program

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Dec. 4, 2014

Elected officials in Illinois are mulling an amendment to the state's e-scrap legislation that would lead to higher manufacturer recycling goals and protections for local governments.

Introduced by Rep. Emily McAsey, a Democrat representing Illinois' 85th District, the legislation picked up four chief co-sponsors in recent weeks following a reading in the Illinois House Environmental Committee.

“If some changes are not made, I’m concerned [some programs] will cease to be able to operate,” McAsey said during the meeting, according to the Joliet, Illinois-based Herald News. “There’s the possibility of widespread illegal dumping [of electronics].”

Rep. McAsey did not return a request for comment from E-Scrap News.

At its core, McAsey's amendment would signal three significant changes to the state program currently in place. The first change would be to double the current manufacturer recycling requirement from 50 percent to 100 percent of what each company sells in the state. (Individual manufacturer goals are based on sales of electronics in the state "two years before the applicable year," the law states.) In addition, the legislation would stiffen the penalty against OEMs failing to reach that 100 percent goal. The legislation also aims to ensure recycling firms and collectors don't charge municipalities for collecting or taking material unless they offer specialized services, such as home pick-up.

Mark Denzler, vice president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA), told E-Scrap News the group opposes the amendment but will engage in talks next year as part of a planned review of the program set forth by current legislation.

"The IMA opposes the current amendment that requires manufacturers to double their goals and significantly increase costs for the collection of e-waste," Denzler said. "The original law was carefully negotiated and includes a mandatory review of the program in 2015. Our members are committed to sitting down with Rep. McAsey and local government officials to review the overall e-waste program with a goal of making it better for both manufacturers and consumers."

One of the main challenges of the current legislative framework, proponents of the amendment say, is that manufacturer goals, at 50 percent, are too low and leave towns and cities with excess electronics to recycle. With CRT devices representing the vast majority of the end-of-life consumer electronics stream by weight in Illinois (and nationwide), that excess material is costly to process and responsibly recycle, causing municipalities to discontinue collection programs. Recycling firms, meanwhile, have begun to avoid the residential stream.

"We already have millions of people without service," Marta Keane, a recycling specialist for Will County, told E-Scrap News. She said Will County's recycling contractor, Vintage Tech, has continued to service the area despite no longer receiving manufacturer funding to do so, while numerous other counties, Keane noted, including DuPage County, are now without service. "Any day we could lose service," Keane said.

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PC shipments expected to finish 2014 down 2.7 percent

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:31
PC shipments expected to finish 2014 down 2.7 percent

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Dec. 4, 2014

With the year coming to a close, 2014 global shipment expectations for PCs, tablets and smartphones are in, giving the industry a glimpse of the consumer electronics waste stream to come.

PC shipments worldwide during 2014 appear to have been higher than originally expected. For the year, the International Data Corporation (IDC) is now expecting a 2.7 percent drop in shipments from 2013 compared to original expectations of a 3.7 percent drop.

In total, IDC says 163.9 million PCs will ship worldwide during 2014. Looking ahead to 2018, IDC says 161.9 units will ship, with mature and emerging markets continuing to veer toward tablets and smartphones.

On the tablet front, IDC is estimating a 7.2 percent growth rate for the year in overall shipments. That growth rate, while still positive, is far behind 2013's torrid year-over-year growth rate of 52.5 percent. IDC says to expect 235.7 million tablets to ship worldwide in 2014.

By 2018, IDC anticipates 285.9 million units will ship annually.

From a percentage point perspective, smartphone shipments grew the most in 2014. Up 26.3 percent over 2013 shipments, smartphone shipments are anticipated to reach 1.3 billion units this year.

IDC predicts 1.4 billion smartphone units should ship in 2015, while 2018 will see as many as 1.9 billion units. The research firm has not released a 2015 forecast for PCs or tablets.


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Survey says … discrepancy

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:28
Survey says … discrepancy

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Dec. 4, 2014

What percentage of Americans are actively bringing old devices to recycling outlets? It depends whose numbers you go by.

A survey by office supply chain Staples indicates 92 percent of Americans have a TV, 72 percent have a laptop and 70 percent have a smartphone. In addition, the survey found just 8 percent of respondents recycled unwanted devices, with the majority of those gadgets (24 percent) collecting dust in American closets and basements.

Those figures seem to contrast the data of another recent survey, one released last month by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). That study found that a much higher percentage of Americans – 30 percent – had recycled at least one electronic device in the past year.

For more on CEA's study, click here.

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Certification scorecard

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:27
Certification scorecard

Dec. 4, 2014

With the roster of companies attaining third-party certifications or audits continuing to grow, E-Scrap News has compiled a roundup of the firms announcing certification this past week.

The San Antonio facility of Advanced Technology Recycling is now certified to the ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 standards.

Battery Solutions of Howell, Michigan is now certified to the R2:2013 and RIOS standards.

Call2Recycle, Inc. of Atlanta is now certified to the R2:2013 standard.

1st Choice Document Destruction, Inc. of Milaca, Minnesota; The Arc of Madison County Shredding Svc. of Huntsville, Alabama; ATI SecureDocs of Atlanta; Data Shredding Services of Texas, Inc. of Houston; Data Shredding Services of Texas, Inc. III of San Antonio; Goodwill So CA San Bernardino of San Bernardino, California; Hanna Paper Recycling, Inc. of Mansfield, Massachusetts; InfoShield LLC of Englewood, New Jersey; Kent Record Management – Muskegon of Muskegon, Michigan; Land Shark Shredding, LLC of Bowling Green, Kentucky; Proshred of Northern Virginia of Sterling, Virginia; Shred Right (A Rohn Industries Co.) of St. Paul, Minnesota; Shred With Us of West Columbia, South Carolina; The Shredders of Commerce, California; and Shred Defense of Richmond, California have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, Cascade Asset Management of Madison, Wisconsin and Cascade Asset Management – Indianapolis of Indianapolis have achieved their NAID Certifications for Hard Drive Sanitization as well as Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

E-Scrap News has added OHSAS 18001 and NAID AAA into its certification directory, as well as moved the directory online. If your firm recently completed these certifications, a CHWMEG audit or an ISO 9001, ISO 14001, R2, RIOS or e-Stewards certification, e-mail dleif@resource-recycling.com to be included in this section and in E-Scrap News' directory. The full directory is available at www.tinyurl.com/Certified-E-scrap.

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NewsBits

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:21
NewsBits

Dec. 4, 2014

According to Materials Recycling World, Sims Recycling Solutions is implementing its strategy to reduce its processing footprint in the U.K. (subscription required). The firm’s e-scrap plant in Newport, Wales should be fully closed by early 2015, with some 100 workers being released. One other U.K. plant will be shuttered and another facility will see reduced operations. The company earlier this year made it clear a U.K. consolidation was forthcoming.

Recent research shows a combination of two sorting technologies is effective in separating plastics from obsolete electronics, especially those plastics containing brominated fire retardants. Two researchers at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy tested a new way to detect bromine compounds in plastics. Rosa Taurino and Maria Cannio found that X-ray spectroscopy alone can estimate bromine concentrations, although with a degree of uncertainty. Taurino and Cannio determined that using Raman spectroscopy along with X-ray spectroscopy improved sortation accuracy to a purity level that complies with new European hazardous substances regulations.

Clover Holdings, an electronics reseller and refurbisher based in Illinois, is the subject of a feature over at Crain's Chicago Business journal. The publication highlights Clover's quick rise from a $1.7 million recycling firm to a $1 billion reseller and refurb hub. The company's latest moves has been a drive to take gently used models of the iPhone from customers and businesses upgrading to the iPhone 6.

E-scrap is the subject of a recent Newsweek article by reporter Lauren Walker. Walker primarily looks to the growing amounts of it we, as individuals and as a country, produce and the challenges and opportunities that poses for the recycling industry. "Transparency is key to responsible recycling," John Shegerian, CEO of Electronic Recyclers International, tells the publication. To read the article in its entirety, click here.

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