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Metal recycling safety found lackingClick to Enlarge

In metal recycling, management is naturally focused on production and profits – sometimes at the sacrifice of safety.

Employee, customer and visitor safety should be the number one priority. Unfortunately often times it is not, compared to other dangerous industries.

“I am ashamed to report that the refuse and recycling collection industry (SIC Code 5093) is the fourth deadliest industry in America, behind commercial fishing, logging and private plane pilots,” reported John Gilstrap, director of safety at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). ISRI represents more than 1,700 companies nationwide that process, broker and industrially consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics and textiles.

“We kill workers at the rate of 41.3 fatalities per 100,000 workers. To put that in perspective, miners get killed at a rate of 15.8 per 100,000 workers. In other words, we are 260 percent more deadly than an industry that sends people a mile underground to deal with cave-ins and natural gas leaks,” said Gilstrap. more


LEED change impacts C&D recycling

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A new rule expected from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) this summer will stop giving construction and demolition recyclers credit for the recycling technique most widely used to win green certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system.

“That’s thrown our industry into a tizzy,” said Jason Haus, chief executive officer of Dem-Con Companies, a Shakopee, Minnesota, recycling and disposal company. Haus said the new draft of LEED has some improvements. However, he is concerned that less material will be recycled as a result.

The new USGBC rule is part of a recent revision of the LEED ratings system. The revision was supposed to have been issued last year. But after critical response to an early draft from the recycling community and other stakeholders, it was delayed.

Recyclers still aren’t happy. “We disputed it but it doesn’t do any good,” said William Turley, executive director of the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA), a national industry group based in Aurora, Illinois. Turley said the result of the rule change will be that some recyclers and some projects will be unable to claim the LEED credits they could have in the past. more

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