MARCH 2009 NEWS:

Oregon DEQ approves soil removal

Georgia survey reveals strong demand for recycling programs

CPI issues call for papers and posters for fall polyurethanes conference

Recycling program earns partnership award

EPA settlement nets $12 million for cleanup of Newburgh Superfund Site

NRRA’S annual Earth Day compost bin sale

Business/Organizational Briefs

AUTO

Opportunities fuel growth in the starters and alternators aftermarket

Justice Department issues final VIN reporting rules

WASTE

Senator introduces bill to promote biogas production

Global Energy Systems acquires WoodTech

Republic scales back expansion for Ohio landfill

EPA orders company to end operations at Louisiana site

Waste Connections reports on fourth quarter

PLASTICS

Program offers recycling option for Polypropylene #5

CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION

New concrete offers lower-cost construction

METALS

Metal theft legislation threatens industry

Sims South Carolina achieves ISO 14001:2004 certification

Steel imports end year down

Aluminum cans see 50 years

Aleris files Chapter 11 while operations continue

Oregon company penalized

Steel import permits up 12%

ISRI provides internet-based system for scrap recyclers and law enforcement

Georgia utilities offer reward for identification of copper thieves

Cities recycle over 115 million cans during national challenge

EPA and Mexican agencies complete cleanup of smelter

Scrap Metals MarketWatch

Electronic Exports

Electronic waste exports monitored

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Last November, CBS’s 60 Minutes opened millions of eyes and minds to the problem of a Denver recycling company exporting container loads of whole electronic goods to the town of Guiyu in southern China, where primitive recycling was graphically shown to cause serious health and environmental hazards. While it sensationalized the unscrupulous practices of one exporter and the frightening dangers of primitive recycling techniques, it also gave a black eye to the American electronic recycling industry. It also failed to mention that China has some of the world’s most innovative, sophisticated recycling parks located throughout the country.

For example, Chinese scientists recently developed a way to recycle printed circuit boards into a strong material to make park benches and fences. Circuit boards account for approximately three percent of the weight of all electronic waste. Current recycling methods primarily recover only metals, while resins account for 70 percent of the circuit boards that currently go to incineration or landfills.     ...read more



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CRT demanufacturing receives high-tech help
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CRT Heaven’s Angel unit uses high-speed, diamond-tipped blades to separate the leaded funnel glass from the unleaded panel glass, resulting in two separate streams of specialized glass that can be reprocessed and used to manufacture new products.

Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) have been around since the dawn of television. They managed to smoothly transition to computers as monitors, and to date, billions of CRTs have been manufactured. However, they are now being rapidly supplanted by flat-screen liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and plasmas. The latest generation CRTs offer superb image quality, but they are big, heavy and deep, because the larger the screen size, the longer the tube.

The fall of the CRT has also been affected by the transition from analog to digital broadcasting that has sped the sale of DTV-ready LCDs. As a result, tens of millions of old television and computer monitors need to be handled – not go into landfills and not be exported as whole units to countries where unsound practices expose workers and the environment to toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium and PCBs. Depending on screen size, a CRT can contain several pounds of lead and interior phosphor coatings sealed in a vacuum tube. ...read more