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May 2011 News

NJ State Senate passes fracking waste ban

Republic Services invests millions to upgrade St. Louis recycling facilities

NJ awards $16 million in litter grants

Study shows foam food containers make up 1.5 percent of litter
New recycling initiative wins recycling award

WTSA raises cargo rates

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Local charities receive donations from recyclers

Equipment company expands

Backhus now part of Eggersmann

NDA awards 2012 scholarships

Business Briefs

Auto Recycling

Principal Solar sought solutions for Texas’ energy lack

ANSYS makes electric vehicle batteries more practical

First Wind begins new construction in Maine


GM marks 100th landfill-free facility


E-Waste Systems signs letter of intent

Vintage Tech opens operations center in Midwest

Vermont renews contracts with NRRA for e-recycling

International News

SEE Algae Technology sells algae farm to Brazil’s Grupo JB

Quebec to hike bottle deposits in hope to increase recycling

Ludgate Environmental Fund invests in resource efficiency

Metal Recycling

Scrap Metals MarketWatch

Georgia Recycler’s Association creates secondary metals compliance guide

FeMET, StEEL and Premier name internship placements

Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman to build new wire chopping plant

Costa Concordia: structural integrity key to success of salvage operation

June imports decline by five percent from May 2012

Skyline Steel acquired by Nucor

Novelis recognized for sustainability leadership

Aleris implements new strategies

2012 Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge ends

Nucor-Yamato Steel to expand hot rolled sheet piling production

Paper Recycling News

Business Leadership Paper Recycling Award presented

AF&PA paper reports posted

Pratt Industries opens facility in South Carolina

Recycled plastic product competition open for entries

Bottle recycling pays off for soccer teams

NextLife and 300 Recycling partner

Plastic package recycling increases by 15 percent across Canada


Electronics recycling industry consolidation trend heats upClick to Enlarge

A consolidation trend among electronics recycling companies has spurred several notable acquisitions recently, with more likely to follow. This year, Arrow Electronics, a $21 billion sales electronics distribution company headquartered in Inverness, Colorado, acquired Asset Recovery Corporation, a $20 million sales electronics recycler based in St. Paul, and TechTurn, a $50 million sales Austin, Texas recycler. Avnet Inc., a $26 billion sales electronics distributor based in Phoenix, acquired Austin-based Round2 Inc., a $40 million e-recycling firm.

Those are just some of the larger and more recent consolidations. There are still more than 1,500 firms in the electronics recycling field, and it remains highly fragmented, with most firms generating less than $1 million per year in sales. The number of firms is likely to decline, experts say, thanks to the confluence of several powerful forces on the e-recycling field.

Acquisitions are hot right now, in part, because corporations are sitting on lots of cash that isn’t earning much because interest rates are low, and with business and consumer activity still soft it’s often easier and faster to buy companies than to grow internally, said Dave Karnofel, managing director of business development at New York investment banking firm BCMS Capital Advisors. more


Mining project hunts treasure in old landfills

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To most people, a landfill is a place where trash goes to stay forever. For advocates of landfill mining, however, a landfill is a temporary storage place for materials that may not be recyclable at the moment. As recycling technology improves, the thinking goes, someday a landfill will be seen as a repository of value, not waste.

While the idea makes some sense, and sporadic landfill mining projects have occurred here and there, no full-scale landfill mining project to strip the value out of a landfill has been demonstrated. But in Belgium, it appears that such a full-scale project may be underway. There, at the Remo Milieubeheer landfill site in Houthalen-Helchteren, a consortium of European firms aim to dig out the tons of contents in the site, convert some to energy and the rest to valuable materials, and then turn the land into a nature park.

According to Group Machiels, the Belgian environmental construction and development company that owns the site and is spearheading the effort, it will take 20 years and more than $280 million dollars to complete. Machiels said the site contains more than 16 million tons of waste, of which 45 percent can be recycled as material. The balance will be converted to energy through a gas plasmafication process supplied by its partner, Advanced Plasma Power of London. more

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