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December 2011 News

Truck stop owners to pay $80,000 penalty

Waste Management earns more than 100 Wildlife Habitat Council Certifications

Georgia Power’s refrigerator recycling program helps customers save money

EPA highlights recycling efforts

Miami-Dade County has record-breaking year

Soles4Souls partners with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

One million tons of ash become an opportunity

PepsiCo’s Dream Machine arrives in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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America Recycles Day 2011 video contest winners chosen

RailAmerica reports October 2011 monthly carloads

Mid-Atlantic municipalities partner with Dart Container

Virginia’s recycling rate increases

Business Briefs

Alternative Energy

U.S. Navy’s alternative fuel test successful

Sundrop Fuels builds new biofuels facility

Partnership to build new solar generation landfill facility

Renewable energy planned for Price’s Pit Landfill

DTE biomass project begins operation


Seats in Ford Focus Electric made from recycled bottles

Advanced steels enable automakers to meet vehicle emissions standards

Live auction bidding now available via mobile apps

AAEQ makes name change to A&A Midwest

Automotive Lift Association holds annual elections


Winners of the 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition declared


Forecasters call for growing e-waste recycling

Metech Recycling approved as 2012 e-waste consolidator

Best Buy eliminates e-waste fee

LG Electronics USA collects 10 million pounds of e-waste in 2011

Sunnking Electronics changes leadership


Novelis to invest $50 million for new coating line in Brazil

World’s largest biomass Stirling plant commissioned

Partnership takes on tire recycling

Scottish company expands into US

Recycling center to be built at Alunorf

Harmony Enterprises expands with European office

Metal Recycling

Scrap Metals MarketWatch

2011–2012 FeMET grants awarded

Finished steel imports up 4 percent

Novelis reports strong second quarter fiscal year results

Aluminum Association signs MOU with India

Steel import permits down


AF&PA paper reports

Maine executive order puts forest certification on equal footing

Plastics Recycling

California Attorney General challenges manufacturers use of ‘biodegradable’ claim

Plastics Recycling

Federal agencies track Japan tsunami debris

Violations at Hawaiian landfill addressed

Casella Waste reports second quarter results


Auto recycling: Rough roads aheadClick to Enlarge

The biggest problem in the automobile recycling business boils down to one thing – lack of cars. “Salvage acquisition continues to be the number one issue affecting the industry,” said Michael E. Wilson, chief executive officer of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA).

The ARA is a national trade group for salvage yards, used parts dealers and scrap processors. Wilson says there are about 8,400 United States auto recycling businesses, generating about $23 billion worth each year.

The industry does a lot of good, both economically and environmentally. About 95 percent of vehicles retired from use are recycled. The process saves an estimated 85 million barrels of oil per year that would have been used to manufacture replacement parts.

Engines and transmissions are the most valuable and popular parts. However, virtually everything from upholstery to tires can be recycled into other products. In practice, about 84 percent of each vehicle is recycled one way or another.

An engine and transmission from a single car can be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars. Smaller parts, such as catalytic converters, can be worth up to $250 each due to the platinum used in the converter. more


Composting accident won’t slow industry’s growth
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The October 2011 deaths of two California composting company workers raise safety concerns just as the industry appears ready to grow. State and local mandates for more solid waste recycling require more food and yard waste composting. But air and water quality regulations are also tightening. And the recent deaths, coming three years after a similar fatal accident in British Columbia, mean the industry has to clean up its image to fulfill its promise.

Michael Virga thinks the challenge is surmountable. “This was an isolated incident in California,” said Virga, executive director of the US Composting Council in Ronkonkoma, New York. While this case, involving two brothers one of whom died trying to rescue the other, is particularly tragic, Virga noted that all manufacturing industries experience unfortunate and sometimes fatal incidents.

“No matter how well you do and drill into employees the safety protocols, sometimes you have accidents,” he said. “We’re tracking this and thinking about how we can get better and offer more training opportunities.”

The outcome for the California company where the workers died, Community Recycling & Resource Recovery Inc. of Lamont, is uncertain. The accident occurred October 12, when a worker cleaning out a drainage tunnel inhaled a fatal dose of hydrogen sulfide. His brother went into the 8’ deep shaft to rescue him, but was also overcome and later died.

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