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February 2011 News

Steady increases in recycling for ACH Foam Technologies and EPS Packaging Industry

More toxic chemical releases seen in the Northwest

EPA finalizes 2012 renewable fuel standards

City of Scranton sewer authority penalized

Revend launches bulb recycling machines

New York recyclers awarded at annual conference

RailAmerica reports November freight carloads

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Nominations sought for annual Environmental Quality Awards

Recyclebank begins program for schools

Essroc Cement to pay penalty and invest 33 million in upgrades

EPA releases options for Gowanus Canal clean up

Union County Utilities deal saves municipalities millions

Business Briefs

Alternative Energy

Approval to build the largest commercial airport-based solar power farm granted

TGEG signs substantial green energy supply contract

Flex OC installs and operates methane to energy project


Sims joins coalition limiting toxic e-waste exports

California workshop explores solutions to fluorescent lamp management problem


European economy can be boosted by recycling

Synthesis Energy provides update

Metal Recycling

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Steel imports down 10 percent in November

Finished steel import permits up

Nucor plans to close Nuconsteel

Franklin foundry illegally stored hazardous waste

Commercial Metals amends credit agreement

Mechel completes acquisition

Plastics Recycling

Coca-Cola partners for solutions to PlantBottle packaging

Grand Canyon plastic bottle ban gets green light despite opposition

Plastics Recycling

Three New England organizations recognized for reducing waste

WCA Waste Corporation to be acquired by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners II

Ohio proposes new C&D rules

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San Francisco’s rules for construction and demolition require companies to recycle or reuse at least 65 percent of materials generated from a job. Across the country in New Hampshire, activists are urging the legislature to rewrite the state’s recycling rules to ban all construction and demolition (C&D) materials from landfills. And in some states such as Connecticut, rules forbid trucking any materials, including C&D materials, for disposal in other states.

The situation presents an obstacle and an opportunity for an industry that, according to estimates, annually recycles hundreds of millions of tons of materials left behind by building and demolition projects. On one hand, the restrictions, including steadily increasing tipping fees on disposing of C&D debris encourage recycling. On the other, there are challenges finding uses for recycled materials, along with tighter rules about popular applications such as burning salvaged wood for fuel.

Mike Taylor, executive director of the National Demolition Association, is confident that solutions will be found. “Recycling has always been part of demolition and construction,” he said. “We remain the largest source of recycling feedstock around the world, and we have been adding materials into the stream.”

Currently, recyclers make use of concrete, wood, sheetrock, plastics, shingles, glass, carpeting and metals such as rebar, wiring and flashing. Concrete, metals, wood and asphalt are especially recycle-ready. And Taylor said recycling the rest is quite feasible. “Simply put, in the right set of circumstances with the right market, you can recycle just about everything that comes out of a building,” he said. more


Car recyclers see market rebound
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After a 2011 that represented a rebound from the lows of the recession years, auto recycling industry members and suppliers are hoping for a return to stability and greater prosperity. The near future, according to interviews with executives in the field, will be driven by new markets, new technologies and the ultimate replacement of the country’s aging fleet of automobiles.

“2011 was not a record-breaking year, but it was close,” said Curt Spry, scrap sales manager at Al-Jon Manufacturing, Ottumwa, Iowa, which manufactures metal recycling and landfill compaction equipment. “And we look for 2012 to be the same.”

At OverBuilt, Inc., a maker of car crushers and baler-loggers in Huron, South Dakota, sales manager Jeff Hebbert said 2011 continued a trend from 2010 of modest recovery from the lows of 2009. “Predicting how long that’s going to last is like predicting the stock market,” Hebbert said. “But all indications are that the people in the recycling industry are very optimistic about 2012.”

That’s not to say the industry doesn’t face challenges. Competition from foreign buyers and unregulated domestic salvage operations continues to drive up prices for salvage vehicles. Meanwhile, manufacturers of new parts are, in some cases, matching prices for used parts, catching recyclers in something of a bind.

However, auto recycling remains an estimated $23 billion industry with more than 8,000 participants. The Vehicle Recycling Partnership (VRP) of the United States Council for Automotive Research, a joint technology research venture by Chrysler Ford General Motors, said Americans discard approximately 13 million end-of-life vehicles (ELV) each year. About 95 percent go through some form of recycling, resulting in the recycling of about 84 percent by weight of each vehicle, according to VRP. more

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