US Appeal Rejected by WTO
Geneva, Switzerland- An appeal by the United States to a World Trade Organization panel has been rejected. Japan had filed a complaint to the WTO that the U.S. had acted illegally in increasing duties on steel imports from Japan.
The complaint was that the U.S. had acted inconsistent with articles under the Anti-Dumping Agreement of the WTO. The panel upheld most of the complaints by Japan. India and the European Union have also filed similar complaints.
Vehicle Pick Up Points Guide Available
Indialantic, FL - Where are the lifting points on cars and light trucks? Anyone who uses a frame-engaging or swing-arm type automotive lift faces this concern. Some technicians may go to the vehicle manufacturer's service manual to look up the official recommendations; others may go by the guess and shake method.
A quick-reference single-source manual for this lifting point information as recommended by the OEMs is available. As an industry service, the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) issues annually its LP-Guide "Vehicle Lift Points for Frame Engaging Lifts" covering 20 model years of domestic and imported cars and light trucks.
Prepayment of $5 for the LP-Guide may be sent to: ALI, PO Box 33116, Indialantic, FL 32903. Visit ALI's website, www.autolift.org or call 321-722-9993 to get quantity discounts, and for information on other manuals and standards sponsored by the lift manufacturers who support ALI.
Waste Management Partners with NASCAR
Houston, TX - Waste Management, Inc. and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced an exclusive partnership that marks the beginning of a new national marketing strategy for the company.
"This is a very exciting day for Waste Management, our 57,000 employees and our millions of customers across the country," said Jim Trevathan, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Waste Management. "We're proud to join the NASCAR family, and to make NASCAR a key part of our branding strategy." Waste Management will sponsor several events on the premier Winston Cup Series circuit this year and use the NASCAR brand in advertising, promotional and merchandising programs.
ASP Opens Copper Reclaim Facility
Armonk, NY - SEMX Corporation announced that its subsidiary, American Silicon Products, Inc. (ASP) is now reclaiming copper wafers in the new facility they have established for this purpose.
Having passed several qualifications and receiving numerous orders, the company is now in production mode. This separate facility was necessary for stripping the copper in order to avoid contamination of their silicon reclaim operations. After stripping, but prior to further processing, the wafers are tested for trace metals as a further safeguard against contamination.
Skinner Appointed EPA Region 5 Administrator
Chicago, IL - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christie Whitman appointed Tom Skinner, 39, administrator for EPA Region 5. As regional administrator, he will manage environmental programs in six Great Lakes states; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. He also will manage EPA's Great Lakes National Program.
Mr. Skinner is the first former state environmental commissioner to serve as Region 5 administrator. Since January 1999, he has directed the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and served in the cabinet of Governor George Ryan. Prior to that, Mr. Skinner was a partner in the environmental law department of the Winston and Strawn law firm in Chicago for eight years. He was a special assistant to Illinois Governor James Thompson from 1988 until 1991.
An alumnus of Lawrence University and the Northwestern University School of Law, Mr. Skinner is a member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Council of the States and chair of its Air Committee. He is the elected Village President of Lake Bluff, Illinois.
Grand Canyon National Park and Taos, NM - Visiting the Grand Canyon National Park, most people are probably not thinking about where recycled glass goes, but all they have to do is take a look around them. During the last four years, Grand Canyon National Park has been using the Andela Glass Pulverizing System to turn all types of glass, including glass containers, into sparkling sand and gravel used all around the park.
The glass is pulverized into silica/aggregate material that has no sharp edges. Solid Waste and Recycling Superintendent Peter Steinkopf, said the glass is being screened and used in many different ways, daily landfill cover, pipe bedding and cover. The national park used larger pulverized glass in its soft clay soil as a base for its maintenance roads. When it rains or snows the clay-glass base stays compacted and resists the moisture much longer, much like an asphalt-hard surface, said Mr. Steinkopf. This glass is also used as an underlay for the park's walking trails. When used as an underlay, the glass firms up the path base, keeping the upper trail cover from sinking as quickly into the soil below.
The town of Taos, New Mexico has used the silica/aggregate created by the glass pulverizer in their hiking and jogging paths, helping the town win the State Awards for Park Beautification twice. Taos has added the fine silica to wet paint in pedestrian crosswalks for reflectivity. Glass, pulverized into sand is used in ashtrays and in sand traps on the golf course. Aggregate is used for drainage and backfill with great success. Ice Melt is mixed with the glass and spread on icy, snow-covered roads in the winter. Archie Trujillo, Taos director of transportation and recycling, said his staff enjoys finding new, inventive ways to use their recycled, pulverizer glass.
Other uses for pulverized glass, according to Cynthia Andela of Andela Products, Ltd., include a sparkling mixture of pulverized glass, sand and gravel, which makes a material for gardens. It also can be used in dirt parking lots to hold down the dust. She explained that the filtration properties of pulverized glass are superior to natural sand and gravel, creating uses for filter water or providing bedding material for drainage and utility piping. Local road and bridge departments can mix pulverized glass with sand and gravel to create roadbeds, she added.
Grand Canyon and Taos have created many uses for pulverized glass created by the Andela Glass Pulverizers. Recycling the glass this way means no shipping costs to landfill or distant markets and the products benefit the communities.
Scrap Tire Bill Signed in Oregon
Oregon - The bill that establishes a 13-member task force on scrap tire recycling was signed by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber on June 27. House Bill 3909, which originally would have placed a fee on all new replacement tires sold in Oregon, instead charges the task force with finding long-term market solutions for the recovery of tires. Recommendations are due to an interim legislative committee by September 30, 2002. The task force will include representatives from state and local government, scrap tire end uses, tire dealers, recyclers and other non-profit stakeholders.
The bill was sponsored by Representatives Deborah Kafoury, Bruce Starr and Carolyn Tomei. The Association of Oregon Recyclers supported the bill. The state's tire recovery rate has declined from 83 percent in 1995 to just 33 percent in 1999. Reprinted from the AOR Newsletter, July 2001.
Massachusetts Puts Recycling Service Directory On-line
Massachusetts - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection website recently posted its first web-based version of the popular Recycling Services Directory and Markets Guide for Massachusetts. The Directory, jointly produced by WasteCap of Massachusetts and, has been in print for more than seven years. The 2001 directory is available both in print and the new web version.
The web directory enables users to search, by major materials categories (i.e. paper, scrap metal and white goods; wood, construction and demolition (C&D), computers and electronic equipment, and others). Companies who process or collect material are listed both by their city/town location and the geographic area(s) of the state they serve.
The on-line Directory lists the DEP's regional recycling coordinators and the Municipal Recycling Incentive Program (MRIP) coordinators. Companies who wish to be added to the Directory can utilize an on-line form that can be emailed directly to WasteCap for inclusion in future editions of the Directory.
The web-based directory provides a user-friendly format for the information and has cut in half the number of paper directories produced each year (a nice source reduction initiative while poviding recycling information). Visit the Northeast Recycling Coalition website, www.nerc.org, for more information.
New Jersey to Test Old Tires for Bridge Construction Baffles
New Jersey - New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) hopes to see the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) use old tires to construct baffles to prevent scouring of bridge piers. Steve Rinaldi , NJ DEP, met with Continuum Dynamics Inc. and the DOT Project Management Team at the two bridge sites targeted for this treatment. Access to the sites, permitting and other project details were discussed. It is estimated that the demonstration field test will take place in the spring of 2002.
Senate Finance Committee Supports 201 Investigation
Washington, DC - The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), on behalf of its U.S. member companies, commended the Senate Finance Committee for approving a resolution that requests a steel industry-wide investigation of imports under Section 201 of U.S. trade law, supports the Presidentially-initiated 201 investigation already underway and supports the Administration's multilateral steel initiative to reduce world steel overcapacity and address market-distorting practices in steel.
"AISI appreciates this action by the Senate Finance Committee. It recognizes the importance of the domestic steel industry to the U.S. economy and national security, and expresses serious concern about the unprecedented import injury that has occurred in the U.S. steel market," Duane R. Dunham, AISI chairman, and chairman, president and CEO of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, said. "Today's action reflects the fact that there is strong support in the Congress for the new steel trade policy announced by the President on June 5 - both for the Presidential-initiated 201 case, which should lead to a sustained period of steel import stability, and for the President's multilateral initiative, which is needed to reduce foreign steel overcapacity and address market-distorting practices. This new steel trade policy and these efforts deserve the support of all Americans who promote free trade and a restoration of market forces in the steel sector worldwide."
Andrew G. Sharkey, III, AISI president and CEO, said, "AISI's U.S. member companies are grateful for this latest Congressional support, and we greatly appreciate the active and continuous engagement of Steel Caucus members and others involved in government efforts to resolve the steel crisis. The thing to keep in mind is that the steel 201 case, and the finance committee resolution which endorses it, both support market forces and rules-based free trade. In this regard, the steel 201 should not be viewed as an end in itself. It is needed to provide space for the domestic industry to recover and become more competitive, but it is also part of a broader U.S. government effort. The aim is to restore market forces to the international steel market, to get governments out of steel-making and to achieve a solution to the steel crisis."
Sebastian Rejoins Harris
Cordele, GA - Douglas Sebastian was appointed vice president of parts and project services at The Harris Waste Management Group, Inc., Peachtree City, Georgia. Mr. Sebastian returns to Harris after spending the last year as asset manager for Metal Management, Inc. Chicago, Illinois. He previously held the position of vice president, ferrous sales for Harris's Press and Shear Division.
Mr. Sebastian will be responsible for developing the global Harris parts business and Harris-Parts.com, Harris' on-line parts/service resource. He also will be responsible for coordinating and managing Harris' non-traditional revenue opportunities.
BTI Improves Hydraulic Pulverizer Series
Solon, OH - BTI (Breaker Technology, Inc.) has engineered new features in the MCP Series of hydraulic pulverizers, used on secondary demolition and concrete recycling jobs.
Designed with the industry's demolition and recycling challenges in mind, the MCP Series offers: single tooth for better penetration; and cutter blade repositioning for improved performance; higher working pressure limits for additional force.
These hydraulic pulverizers have a fixed mounting that allows for handling of loads that are not centered. Equipped with a large diameter hydraulic cylinder, the MCP Series of hydraulic pulverizers does not require a hydraulic intensifier.
The MCP Series is lightweight, rugged and provides lower noise and vibration. They can be used to fragment and separate steel wire from concrete materials, which makes recycling a primary application.
The company also introduced the HG Series of Demolition Grapples. Designed for installation on medium to large excavators, these BTI Grapples are high strength and wear resistant for sorting and loading demolition debris. The grapples mount as a pin-on or with a pin style quick coupler for speed and ease in changing from other attachments. They do not separate when mounting pins are removed.
The tins are made from a solid piece of steel. The number of tines varies by the series size and extra long tines are available. Visit www.rockbreaker.com.
Three Join QRP
Schofield, WI - Rhodes Auto S/S/S of Streator, Illinois, Speedway Auto, Ltd., of Joliet, Illinois, and Calumet Auto Parts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin have joined the Quality Replacement Parts (QRP) Network of Auto Recycling Businesses.
For over 15 years Rhodes Auto has been supplying high quality recycled auto parts to collision and mechanical repair facilities throughout central Illinois. Jim Rhodes and his staff of professional auto recyclers process in excess of 900 vehicles annually.
Rhodes Auto has a staff of five sales representatives and a fleet of six delivery vehicles servicing the recycled parts needs of customers within a 100-mile radius of Streator. This includes parts of Indiana and the Chicago area.
Speedway Auto is owned by Paul and Sean Krause and they have been in the auto recycling business for 32 years. Speedway processes approximately 300 late model vehicles annually. Their experienced team of nine employees services the recycled parts need of repair facilities throughout the greater Chicago area.
With over 26 years of experience, Calumet Auto Parts has built a loyal customer following. The Calumet team consists of owner Claudio Pelc and 13 professional auto recyclers who process over 500 late model vehicles annually. Other QRP partners will now distribute the inventory generated from these vehicles throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. Calumet Auto Parts has a fleet of four delivery vehicles that provide timely delivery of auto repair facilities in the five county areas surrounding their northwest Milwaukee location.
The QRP service area has now expanded to include the Twin Cities of Minnesota, all of Wisconsin and north and central Illinois. QRP is a group of 21 independently owned auto recycling businesses working closely together, sharing inventory and other resources to offer quality recycled auto parts and customer service, while retaining the personal business relationships with their customers.
Buck Designs Pallet Forks
Buck Equipment offers its latest design of skid steer pallet forks. The features of this attachment include: rigid backframe that offers a maximum load carrying capability up to 35% stronger than standard designs; unique backframe configuration ensuring secure lifting without compromising visibility; fully forged and heat treated tines rated with a true 3 to 1 safety factor and 1.5" x 4" x 48" tines with adjustable clamps, able to handle various widths of material.
Buck Pallet Forks come in a 44" width that can handle up to 4,000 pounds of material. Buck Equipment offers a complete line of forks and attachments for skid steer loaders of all makes and models. They can be reached at 800-848-1307.
Schred Max 56 Latest Addition to Protoworks Line
Collingwood, Ontarion, Canada - Protoworks Inc., the company that introduced Schred Max, a new family of slow-speed shredders to handle construction and demolition, transfer station, recycling operations, product destruction and industrial waste reduction tasks has launched the Schred Max 56.
The Schred Max 56 XHD handles most material fed into it. The shredder can handle electronic product destruction, pallets, crating, stumps, railroad ties, constructions and demolition waste including wood, drywall, paint cans and cable spools.
It is powered with either a 50 horse-power diesel or electric motor, a nine-inch single solid shaft with two and one-half-inch thick bi-directional cutting teeth. The slow speed hydraulically driven cutter shaft can power through white goods, floor joists and cinder blocks. Slow speed shredding means that dust and potential dangerous flying objects from the hopper are eliminated.
The four-cubic-yard hopper can be loaded with a compact wheel loader, a skid steer or an excavator. The Schred Max 56 sets up over a 4-yard tip bin and roll-off containers or can discharge directly to the ground for loader removal. The shredder also can be placed over a conveyor or radial stacker for easy stockpiling. A remote control is standard.
For more information call 705-444-1199 or visit www.schredmax.com.
Columbus McKinnon Receives Grainger Award
Amherst, NY - Columbus McKinnon was awarded a Grainger 2000 "Customer Focused Quality 1 (CFQ1) Award." Grainger presents the award annually to suppliers who achieve excellence in several categories, including: cost improvement, delivery, overall commitment, product information, quality and responsiveness.
A designer and manufacturer of material handling products, Columbus McKinnon was one of a select group of suppliers recognized by Grainger, the leading North American supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies.
Mequon, WI - With a goal to provide "every attachment for every job," CE Attachments, Inc. (CEA), officially opens for business, following a year of product research, distribution partner development and inventory planning. The attachment distributor boasts the most extensive range of compact equipment attachments currently available in the industry. From buckets and breakers to trenchers and tree handlers, CEA offers attachments for virtually every brand of compact equipment and virtually every job site need.
By logging on to www.ceattach.com, equipment dealers are linked to detailed catalog search options, enabling them to submit an order or to prepare a comprehensive quotation for a customer on a sophisticated Web site that displays "real-time" product availability.
CEA will initially focus on skid-steer loader and compact excavator attachments and accessories, with plans to expand its product categories to include other types of compact construction equipment in the near future.
San Antonio, TX - General Iron Industries, Chicago, Illinois purchased a 122112 Newell*Riverside Millennium Series MegaShredder from Newell*Riverside of San Antonio, Texas. Scheduled to be delivered in January 2002.
The MegaShredder order includes a 122112 shredder, feed ramp, SDFR super double feed roll, a Four-Arm Riverside Double-Pin Spider Rotor, an isolation spring system, shredder maintenance platform with hydraulic pin puller, rotor turning and brake system, drive shaft, operator's control cabin, an under-shredder oscillator, and a computerized shredder control and management system.
In addition, the Millennium Series design features several state-of-the-art technical innovations collaborated on by both companies. These innovations include, heavier construction in the feed chute and Super Double Feed Roll, integrated feed chute and shredder housing to reduce spillage of scrap and increase its strength, increased grate area to maximize throughput, redesigned shredder castings to reduce cost per ton, and improved hydraulic systems to increase the shredder's productivity.