Pennsylvania's Land Recycling Program Awarded
Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania's Land Recycling Program has received the Ford Foundation's Innovations in American Government Award. The Land Recycling Program works with businesses to prepare contaminated sites for commercial use.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary David E. Hess and Executive Deputy Secretary Barbara A. Sexton accepted the award. This initiative is one of only 15 programs that have been honored a second time with this award.
"We knew the Land Recycling Program was something special when the Ford Foundation first honored it in 1997," Mr. Hess said. "Being chosen among the Top 15 programs is an honor and a real reflection on the fine people at our agency who make it all work.
Pennsylvania's Land Recycling Program, now in its sixth year, has cleaned up 1,000 old industrial sites— sites where more than 25,000 Pennsylvanians now work.
Institute of Scrap Recycling Elects Officers
Las Vegas, NV - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) held its annual convention in March in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to ISRI more than 2,100 attended this year's convention. There were 180 booths for attendees to visit. ISRI was happy with the convention, in terms of the turnout of attendees, exhibitors and the programs.
Election of officers were held. Charles Williams, Jr., president, Charles Williams and Son, Inc., Richmond, Virginia, was elected to a two-year term as national chair. Mr. Williams had served as ISRI's Chair-Elect since 2000.
Other officers elected to two-year terms were: chair-elect, Joel Denbo, chief manager-operations, Tennessee Valley Recycling L.L.C., Decatur, Alabama.; vice chair, Frank J. Cozzi, president, Metal Management Midwest, Inc., Cozzi Division, Chicago, Illinois; and secretary/treasurer, George Adams, Adams Steel, Anaheim, California.
Revisions Made to California Vehicle Scrappage Regulations
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to approve vehicle scrappage revisions that will allow parts recovery for non-emissions-related and non-drivetrain parts. Before the revisions took place, policy disallowed any recycling of parts from scrapped vehicles.
CARB has also significantly enhanced both the advanced notice period and the mandatory holding period for vehicles that are submitted for scrappage. There will now be a 10-day advanced notice of vehicles being submitted for retirement. Make, model and year - along with a partial vehicle identification number (VIN) - will be automatically forwarded by e-mail to interested parties on a daily basis. Individuals interested in a vehicle will have an additional seven days to act. CARB is also considering the repeal of a provision that allows a vehicle owner to prohibit resale of the vehicle or its parts.
Reprinted from APRA electronic newsletter.
Revised Electronics Recycling Guide Available
The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) has available "Setting Up and Operating Electronics Recycling/Reuse Programs: A Manual for Municipalities and Counties— Revised."
The final version incorporates changes and suggestions from the many readers who volunteered comments over the past few months.
The changes include some data and grammatical corrections and reformatting of graphics. The full document is available for downloading from the NERC website, www.nerc.org. Paper copies may be ordered at no cost from Chris Beling of EPA Region 1, 617-918-1111.
For those interested in a complete database of survey responses, these are provided in Microsoft Access 2000 on computer disk for $15 per copy. Simply send a check made payable to NERC, along with shipping instructions, to NERC, 139 Main Street, Suite 401, Battleboro, VT, 05301-2800.
Reprinted with permission from the NERC electronic newsletter, April edition.
Pennsylvania Awards Boy Scout Troop for Recycling Program
Newport, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary David E. Hess awarded 'Recycling Works' badges to members of Duncannon Boy Scout Troop 64 for their curbside recycling program.
"These scouts have done a tremendous job with this program," Mr. Hess said. "Through their efforts, and the dedication of their leaders, they have developed a successful voluntary curbside program in the Duncannon community."
The scout troop collects recyclables including colored glass, plastic, aluminum and steel cans, and newspapers each month.
Timken Announced Bar Price Increases
Canton, OH - The Timken Corporation announced price increases on selected sizes of carbon and alloy steel bar products. Price increases for affected grades will range from $5 to $40 per ton in sizes 6.25 inches and smaller. The new pricing structure is effective with new orders scheduled for shipment beginning May 1, 2002.
RecycleNet Acquires Global Recycling Network
Guelph, Ontario, Canada - Paul Roszel, chairman and CEO of RecycleNet Corporation announced the acquisition of Global Recycling Network. The acquisition of Global Recycling Network (GRN) reinforces the efforts of two of the oldest and well-established recycling portals on the Internet.
John A. Robb has been appointed president of the Global Recycling Network (GRN) business unit within RecycleNet. Mr. Robb said, "This is an excellent opportunity for us to increase our predominance in the recycling sector as we can now offer, through the GRN website, more targeted resources and services for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) managers." In addition to providing valuable resources for MSW managers the GRN website will also become an information hub for waste exchanges.
U.S. Plastic Lumber to Sell Clean Earth, Inc.
Boca Raton, FL - U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp. has received stockholders approval of the sale of Clean Earth, Inc. (CEI), its environmental services and recycling division, to New CEI, Inc., a corporation recently formed by Founders Equity, Inc., an investment group headquartered in New York. USPL previously announced its agreement to sell Clean Earth, Inc. to New CEI on January 2, 2002. The closing of this transaction is subject to the completion of certain conditions to closing which have yet to be satisfied.
GreenMan Buys Utah Tire Recycler's Iowa Operations
Lynnfield, MA - GreenMan Technologies, Inc. has completed the acquisition of all Iowa based tire collection and processing operations of Utah Tire Recyclers, Inc. (UT), a Utah based company in the business of collecting, processing and marketing scrap tires. GreenMan will manage the operations under its newly formed wholly-owned subsidiary, GreenMan Technologies of Iowa, Inc. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
UT established it's Iowa presence in 1993 and currently processes over 2 million tires per year making it Iowa's largest tire processor. In addition, UT and GreenMan have teamed to process over seven million illegally stockpiled tires in the state of Iowa over the past three years.
Mark Maust, GreenMan's Vice President of Operations and President of GreenMan of Iowa, said "The acquisition of UT's Iowa operations is an integral step in our midwest expansion efforts. Not only does this acquisition solidify our existing market position in the midwest by adding new processing capacity of up to 5 million tires per year but also provides us with an installed crumb rubber production capacity of over 15 million pounds per year."
Weyerhaeuser Announces Company Appointments
Federal Way, WA - Weyerhaeuser Company appointed four vice presidents to fill positions created by retirement, vacancies or organizational changes made following the acquisition of Willamette Industries.
Robert W. Boyd Jr. becomes vice president, procurement and supply management, filling an open position.
Lee T. Alford assumes the newly created position of vice president, softwood lumber.
James M. Branson, a 23-year veteran of Weyerhaeuser, will step into Alford's former role as vice president, southern timberlands, from his current position as vice president, plywood.
Effective May 31: Arnfinn Giske will assume the position of vice president, pulp, replacing Carl W. Geist Jr., who is retiring.
Paper Traders Launch New Company
New York, NY - Three former employees of Perry H. Koplik & Sons Inc., a New York City-based scrap paper brokerage firm, have founded their own company-Progressive Fiber Strategies L.L.C. (ProFiber).
Dave Young, who has 14 years of paper industry experience, is acting president of the firm. Chris Monroe, a 10-year veteran of the paper business, will serve as senior vice president, continuing to manage the secondary fiber supply at Stora Enso's Interlake Fiber operations in Appleton, Wisconson. The third ProFiber member, Rick Mason, will join the company after his release from a no-compete contract.
ProFiber will be the exclusive secondary fiber supply agent for the West Carrollton, Ohio, plant of Appleton Papers Inc., Appleton, Wisconsin and will continue to supply a number of Stora Enso facilities in North America.
American Forest and Paper Names Director of Fiber Recovery, Utilization
Washington, DC - Remy Esquenet has been named director of fiber recovery and utilization of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), announced Cathy Foley, vice president of the paper group.
Before joining AF&PA, Mr. Esquenet was an attorney in private practice working on issues of environmental law. Prior to that, he worked at the White House Office of the Federal Environmental Executive where he dealt with policy issues relating to recycling, procurement and waste prevention.
NAPCOR Names New Officers
Charlotte, NC - The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) announced Frank Mechura, executive vice president of Crown, Cork & Seal Company, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will serve as chairman of the board of directors for 2002. Crown Cork & Seal is the parent company of PET bottle manufacturer Constar. Mike Dewsbury, vice president of Wellman, Inc. Charlotte, North Carolina will serve as vice-chairman. Dominique Potelle, manager-sales, Am-cor PET Americas, will serve as treasurer. Ralph Simmons, a partner with Keller & Heckman, Washington, DC, will remain secretary/general counsel.