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April 2011 News

Railroad ties cleared from Virginia site

NJ DEP to award $5.5 million in grants to counties to boost recycling efforts

Postal Service recycled 215,000 tons of material

Timken builds Ohio office

Green Mountain College adopts new program

Container shipping lines increase rates

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McDonald’s focuses on sustainability

Armstrong Environmental pays penalties

Business Briefs

Alternative Energy

California city launches trash to fuel processing facility

OneSteel to begin using MagneGas for metal working

Philadelphia plans biogas project

Steel Winds II expansion completed

Primus Green Energy raises $12 million for renewable gasoline technology

Auto Recycling

Hyundai leads in fuel-efficiency

Exide launches battery geared toward longer life

FTC affirms use of “recycled” for used parts

EPA issues 2011 Fuel Economy Trends Report


Electronic recycling programs introduced for Vermont schools

Texans love computer recycling

EPA reaches agreement with Battery Recycling Company to reduce lead pollution

New e-waste policy in effect for the Federal government


Garb Oil & Power joins e-waste partnership in Italy

EU adopts e-scrap rules that are strict

Metal Recycling

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New service organization formed in Metso North America

Covanta Energy creates alliance with Steinert US

BIR inquires about thefts

Timken invests $225 million in Ohio steel plant

Metalico posts earnings gain

Finished steel imports up 29 percent through two months

Finished steel imports rise by 31 percent in January

Indirect steel trade deficit grew 32 percent

Rubber Recycling

Liberty Tire collects tires from Atlanta neighborhoods

Plastics Recycling

$168 million buried in New Mexico landfills

New Mexico seeks applicants for recycling and illegal dumping clean up grants

Michigan cities enhance operations with RFID tagging

Illinois grants variance to Saline landfill

Clean Harbors reports revenue increase for 2011

New Waste Concepts named exporter of the year

Waste Connections offers common stock

Consolidation trend significantly affects the solid waste industryClick to Enlarge

The number of municipal landfills in the U.S. has decreased from over 8,000 in the late 1980s to about 1,600 today. By 2004, two companies – Waste Management and Republic – came to own three-quarters of permitted landfill capacity in the U.S. That consolidation trend continues, with some major assets currently in play, and the impact on solid waste and recycling is likely to be significant.

“There is always some degree of consolidation in the solid waste industry, although its reasons and pace are dependent on a variety of factors, such as the economy, company expansions, acquisition multiples and changes in the industry,” said Bruce Parker, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based National Solid Wastes Management Association.

Large national companies actively engaged in acquisition activity include Woodlands, Texas based Waste Connections, which on March 1 completed the acquisition of Alaska Waste, based in Anchorage. Toronto, Ontario based Progressive Waste Solutions acquired Waste Services, also of Toronto, in 2010. Houston headquartered Waste Management remains active as well, in February completing the acquisition of Reliable Environmental Transport (RET), which provides services to the natural gas exploration and production industry including transportation of hazardous waste. In July 2011, Waste Management made a major acquisition of Oakleaf, based in Hartford, Connecticut. more


Paper use on long-term downward trend

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Americans’ use of paper has been declining for years in a shift with important implications for the recycling industry, because paper is one of the most recycled materials. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that the amount of paper and paperboard in the municipal waste stream peaked at 87.7 million tons in 2000 and fell steadily to 68.4 million tons in 2009 before rebounding slightly to 71.3 million tons in 2010.

That blip in the last year could be good news for paper producers and recyclers. According to the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), some of the falloff in recent years is due to a softer economy, which affected demand for office papers in particular. The growth, according to the Washington, D.C.-based group, is due to continued strong containerboard and paperboard markets and an increase in tissue demand.

“Although the prolonged weakened U.S. economy has affected office papers, overall demand for paper-based products is holding steady due to strong containerboard and paperboard markets as well as an increase in tissue demand,” according to AF&PA spokesperson Jessica McFaul. The forest products industry’s growth prospects are important for the overall economy. The industry accounts for about 5 percent of total U.S. manufacturing, producing $190 billion in products annually and employing nearly 900,000 – more than automotive, chemicals and plastics.

However, it’s of even more concern to recyclers. And the trends from that perspective aren’t all good. For instance, one of the few bright spots for paper right now is “human papers,” primarily tissue and specialty pulp used in baby diapers and adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products. These sectors are particularly strong in exports to emerging economies in Latin America and the Far East.

The resilience of human papers was confirmed when Nitro, a San Francisco maker of software for reading and creating digital documents surveyed 1,000 Americans about paper use. It discovered only 6.1 percent were willing to reduce toilet paper consumption in the next 5 to 10 years. more

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