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May 2011 News

AEMP honors 2012 Fleet Masters with awards

Maryland signs recycling bill

Michael Deane named 2012 C&D Recycler of the Year

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Safelite AutoGlass begins national recycling program

Montefiore launches system wide sharps recycling program

Borough of State College noted for food recycling program

AFRA launches guide for recycling aircraft materials

RecycleMania hit campuses

Business Briefs

Auto Recycling

Honda to recycle hybrid car batteries

Auto financial services recognize Manheim and ADESA with awards

EPA to allow a percentage of renewable fuel in gasoline

Ford Fusion customers can support eco-charities and recycle plastic bottles


Extreme Recycling earns certification

Governor Hickenlooper signs electronic recycling jobs act

7,800 pounds of batteries collected for recycling

Metal Recycling

Scrap Metals MarketWatch

Finished steel imports up 11 percent in April

Worldwatch Institute: Global metals production recovers

Nucor reports quarterly results

Timken large bar quality increases

Gerdau’s chief named 2012 AIST Steelmaker Of The Year

Paper News

U.S. recovered paper consumption at 66.8 percent

Naval air station wins paper recycling award

Global Green USA to develop and pilot recyclable produce boxes


Analysts lower industry outlook to “stable”

Waste industry professionals honored

GHG emissions continue to fall for solid waste industry

Walmart to end landfill waste by 2025

Country of Turkey tops the list of U.S. scrap metal consumersClick to Enlarge

As China’s once voracious appetite for scrap metal has moderated, Turkey’s has sharply increased. As a result, the country of 74 million has become the world’s largest consumer of scrap metal from U.S. recyclers. Turkey’s consumption of more than 5.6 million tonnes – each tonne equals 1.1 tons or 2,205 lbs. – of U.S. ferrous scrap during 2011 was up 29.2 percent from less than 4.4 million tonnes (4.8 million tons) in 2010, according to a report by American Metal Markets.

As recently as 2009, the picture was very different. With 24.6 tons of scrap metal exported that year, the U.S. was the world’s dominant supplier, producing almost as much as the total of the next two on the list, namely, the European Union with 16.8 million tons and Japan with 10.3 million tons. While in 2009 Turkey was already the top purchaser of EU-sourced scrap metal, consuming a robust 8.3 million tons, it was well behind China when it came to taking U.S. scrap.

In that year, China imported 6.8 million tons of U.S. scrap metal. Turkey was well behind in second at 4.1 million tons, closely followed by South Korea with 3.4 million tons. Taiwan, with 2.4 million tons and India, 1.1 million tons, rounded out the top 5 purchasers of U.S. scrap.

Turkey is headed for a 2012 repeat as the largest offshore buyer of U.S. ferrous scrap, with nearly 1 million tons purchased in the year’s first 2 months. That was up more than 60 percent from Turkey’s take during the same period in 2011. more


Inexpensive natural gas spells trouble for future of alternative energy subsidies

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Low prices for natural gas and uncertainty about continuation of federal subsidies is spelling trouble for the future of alternative energy. Recyclers could be affected because of, among other things, the industry’s ties to alternative energy through natural gas-fueled vehicle fleets and projects to burn landfill bio-gas to generate electricity.

The alternative energy industry, which generates power from solar, wind, biofuel, geothermal and other energy sources, has been in a challenging period of late. Perhaps the clearest evidence is the recent history of prices investors pay to own shares of companies in the business. The Ardour Global Alternative Energy Index, which tracks the performance of investments in public companies in the alternative energy industry, is valued today about where it was three years ago, while values in the overall stock market have more than doubled during that period.

One of the biggest reasons for alternative energy’s stagnation is a historic drop in natural gas prices. The discovery of huge fields of natural gas in the U.S., along with the development of new techniques to extract the gas, has caused the price of natural gas to hit all-time lows, especially in comparison to other fuels. more

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