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Lowe’s joins in rechargeable
battery recycling endeavor
Atlanta, GA— Lowe’s Companies, Inc.,
the world’s second largest home improvement retailer, and
the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit,
public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable
batteries, announced that they have a new agreement that integrates
RBRC’s recycling program into Lowe’s stores throughout
In August 2004, consumers could find RBRC battery
collection boxes in Lowe’s stores across the U.S. Lowe’s
will recycle all used portable rechargeable batteries commonly found
in cordless electronics products such as: cordless power tools,
cordless and cellular phones, two-way radios, laptop computers,
electric toothbrushes, camcorders and handheld mini vacuums among
Lowe’s joins a long list of national retailers
who support the environment by placing battery collection boxes
in their stores.
Small roadway bridge created
A one-lane bridge in southern New Jersey was made
with I-beams and other structural components made of recycled plastic,
according to a recent posting in the Waste Recovery Report.
The materials are made with HDPE, the #2 plastic
of which milk jugs are made, and polystyrene. While strong, HDPE
is not stiff enough for structural applications. Polystyrene is
stiff enough, but too brittle. They work well when combined.
The material is easy to work with, according to
Thomas Nosker, the Rutgers University professor who co-developed
the technology with fellow professor Richard Renfree. Nosker said
it took “three PhDs, a maintenance guy and a few helpers”
just 11 days to finish the span.
Costs were competitive. The 36-foot span with two
10-foot abutments cost just $75,000. The same job using conventional
wood would have cost an estimated $350,000.
Plastics search engine launched
Laramie, WY— IDES has responded to the need
for finding lower cost, better performing resins with the introduction
of an all new Prospector plastics search engine. Prospector Pro
now makes finding the optimal resin faster and easier than ever.
The new Prospector Pro contains virtually everything
a designer, molder or purchasing agent needs to know about every
resin on the market. “Our customers think of IDES Prospector
as the Google for plastics,” said Mike Kmetz, president of
IDES. “This release of Prospector is significant because a
user can find, specify and initiate a purchase all from one central
More information about the new Prospector plastics
search engine can be found at: www.ides.com/pro.
Wire rod to be produced in
Georgetown, South Carolina
Richfield, OH— International Steel Group
Inc. announced that its ISG Georgetown Inc. subsidiary has begun
producing wire rod at its facility in Georgetown, South Carolina.
ISG acquired the facility in June 2004 from the
Georgetown Steel Company. The plant has annual steelmaking capacity
of 1 million tons and rolling capacity of 800,000 tons, along with
the capacity to produce 500,000 tons annually of direct reduced
iron (DRI), a scrap substitute. The facility had been idle since
Georgetown Steel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October 2003.
“We made a commitment to the employees and
the community of Georgetown to resume operations at the facility,
and thanks to the support and hard work of everyone involved, we
have done so,” said Rodney B. Mott, ISG’s president
and chief executive officer.
The Georgetown plant will produce high-quality
wire rod products, which are used to make low-carbon fine wire drawing,
wire rope, tire cord, high-carbon machinery, and upholstery springs.
O-I agrees to sell plastic
Toledo, OH— Owens-Illinois, Inc. announced
that it has entered into an agreement with Graham Packaging Company
of York, Pennsylvania to sell its blow-molded plastic container
operations. The agreement includes facilities in North America,
South America and Europe.
There are 24 plastics manufacturing plants in
the United States, two in Mexico, three in Europe and two in South
America affected by the sale. The plants supply plastic containers
to consumer products customers in the food, beverage, household,
chemical and personal care industries.
IESI Corporation shows second
Ft. Worth, TX— IESI Corp. reported strong
growth in the second quarter, with revenue and earnings both up
The solid waste service company reported net income
of $2.9 million on sales of $82.8 million for the quarter ended
June 30. The figures are an improvement over a net loss of $24,000
on revenue of over $60 million for the same period last year.
According to Mickey Flood, president and CEO of
the firm, “Without a doubt, this quarter was one of the best
periods in our history. We experienced strong internal growth as
a result of both volume and price increases during the quarter.”
N-Viro, Toledo renew wastewater
Toledo, OH— N-Viro International Corp. and
the City of Toledo have agreed to extend their wastewater treatment
contract for an additional five years beginning January 1, 2005.
N-Viro president Phil Levin said the Toledo city council passed
a measure extending the current contract, which expires at the end
of this year.
Earlier this year, the city said it did not plan
to renew the contract with N-Viro. The contract accounts for about
one-third of the firm’s revenue, which totaled $5.4 million
last year. In response, N-Viro reduced transportation, distribution
and other costs to offset reduced revenue from the revised contract,
Levin said. N-Viro develops and licenses technology to treat wastewater
sludge and other bio-solids converting wastewater sludge and other
organic waste into fertilizer and soil enhancement products.
Heil Environmental names
new quality officer
Chattanooga, TN— Heil Environmental Industries
has named Richard Mills to the new position of chief quality officer.
In this position, Mills, who also retains his title as director
of process improvement engineering, is responsible for developing
a new system to drive processes throughout the business to build
and sustain the industry’s highest quality products. The position
covers all Heil Environmental Industries operations, including the
Refuse Equipment Group, Truck Equipment Group and Parts Central.
In 2001, Mills added product engineering to his
responsibilities and assisted in leading a team in obtaining ISO
9001:2000 certification. In 2002, his responsibilities were expanded
to cover all Heil manufacturing facilities as corporate manufacturing
SWANA teams with EPA to boost
Silver Spring, MD— John Skinner, Ph.D., SWANA
executive director and CEO, announced SWANA’s support of the
United States Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced
Methane to Markets Partnership. Under this partnership, the
U.S. will join efforts with countries around the globe to boost
the recovery and use of methane gas, reducing greenhouse gas emissions
and providing significant environmental benefits.
Goldtech Mining Corp. acts
on world tin shortage
Seattle, WA— Goldtech Mining Corporation’s
strategic acquisition of a 12,463 acre tin and tantalum property
(the formerly producing Golpejas Mine) near Salamanca, Spain shows
an evaluation of $240,000,000 USD supported by 3.5 million tons
of reserves blocked out thus far. This “open-pit” mining
property has the entire infrastructure required, including hydro
electric power and paved roads to sea ports and railway access.
The world’s tin shortage is presently in
near crises proportions with the price of tin rising from $3,000
per ton to over $11,000 per ton in less than one year. The demand
for tin has been caused by the ever-increasing uses of countries
becoming industrialized, such as China and India, the outlawing
of lead for soldering and alloying processes and the increase of
products requiring tin, such as computers, cell phones, electronics,
Gibson named dealer of the
year by Sennebogen
Charlotte, NC— Gibson Machinery LLC of Oakwood
Village, Ohio was recently named 2003-2004 dealer of the year by
Sennebogen North America. In business since 1940, Gibson employs
more than 25 people and is equipped with complete in-service bays
and has five service vehicles providing on-site service and support
for customers throughout the region.
Lee Gibson received the award from both Constantino
Lannes, president of Sennebogen LLC and Erich Sennebogen, managing
director of Sennebogen GmbH and the son of the founder of the parent
for waste reduction program
Landover, MD— Giant Food LLC recently received
an Unsaleable Innovation Award which was presented at the Grocery
Manufacturers of America 2004 Joint Industry conference held in
Miami Beach, Florida, on July 22, 2004. Giant was selected as the
retail winner for its Waste Reduction initiative, conducted in partnership
with Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (AERT).
Giant collects and re-sells polyethylene grocery
bags, shrink film from packaging waste and corrugated packaging
materials. These materials are converted into home building products
manufactured by AERT for companies such as Lowe’s and Weyerhaeuser.
“Through our waste reduction program, Giant has been able
to divert over 100 million pounds of waste materials from going
into landfills in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware,” said Brian
Jacobe, Giant’s recycling supervisor. Giant also receives
benefits from the waste reduction initiative, including a positive
buy-back revenue stream and a landfill diversion tax credit.
Teleconference provides insight
on intricate laws
Top policy expert David Perchard will provide an
overview of new and existing producer responsibility (EPR) laws
in Eastern Europe September 13 at 12:00 PM EDT at the second Take
It Back! Teleconference, produced by Raymond Communications, publisher
of Recycling Laws International (www.raymond.com).
The focus of the event is on coping with new packaging requirements.
Future teleconferences will cover implementation
of the Restrictions on Hazardous Substances directive; WEEE/ RoHS
in China; EPR laws in South Korea, and other compliance issues.
The next regular Take it Back! Conference is March 7-8 2005 in Alexandria,
Genesis Attachments designates
Superior, WI— Genesis Attachments has announced
the establishment of a new company division dedicated solely to
the demolition market. Headed up by Mark Ramun, formerly Genesis’
Great Lakes regional manager and product specialist, the newly formed
demolition division will focus on new products and strategies designed
to impact the demolition contractor.
The new demolition division will use as its model, the success enjoyed
by Genesis’ XP and Pro Series mobile shears, attachments that
have become a de facto standard in the scrap recycling industry.
Florida waste workers vote
yes to unionization
Washington— On July 23, 2004, 64 workers
at Allied Waste/BFI in Pensacola/Fort Walton Beach, Florida, voted
to join Teamsters Local 991. The unit consists of residential drivers,
roll-off drivers, front-end drivers, forklift operators, welders,
equipment operators and painters.
The Teamsters are conducting a national organizing
campaign for the waste industry. The new members in Pensacola and
Fort Walton join other new members in Atlanta and the Bay Area in
Steve Passage to present
Lawrence Lecture at WASTECON 2004
Silver Spring, MD — SWANA announced Steve
Passage, chief executive officer of Montenay Power Corporation,
as the 2004 Lawrence Lecturer. Passage’s lecture, scheduled
for Wednesday, September 22 at 9:30 a.m., will present the role
of waste-to-energy in the nation’s energy policy and its proven
beneficial effects on waste reduction and community recycling rates
to WASTECON 2004 attendees.
Passage has been with Montenay Power for 16 years,
and served as rotating chairman of the Integrated Waste Services
Association for over 12 years.
5 Star Consolidated acquired
Cleveland, OH— Wastequip, Inc. recently acquired
5 Star Consolidated and renamed it Wastequip St. Louis.
Wastequip St. Louis is located in East St. Louis,
Illinois and manufactures roll-off containers and scrap trailers
for the waste hauling and scrap industries. 5 Star’s former
management, headed by general manager Kevin Lolling, will continue
to lead the company.