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U.S. Plastic Bottle Recycling Inches Up

The U.S. plastic bottle recycling rate reached 30.9 percent in 2013, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 2012, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers and American Chemistry Council—both in Washington, D.C.—note in their 2013 United States National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report. That rate is based on a record 2.9 billion pounds of postconsumer plastic bottles collected for recycling in 2013, up 4.3 percent—or 120 million pounds—from 2012, against resin sales of 9.4 billion pounds. 

Looking at collections by resin type, U.S. recyclers collected roughly 1.8 billion pounds of polyethylene terephthalate bottles in 2013, up about 5 percent, giving this grade a 31.2-percent recycling rate, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 2012, the report says. The quantity of high-density polyethylene bottles collected also increased last year, to about 1.05 billion pounds, but the recycling rate for this grade remained constant at 31.6 percent. The volume of polypropylene bottles collected for recycling rose 32 percent in 2013, to 62 million pounds, boosting the material’s recycling rate 4.8 percentage points, to 31.8 percent.

A smaller proportion of U.S. postconsumer plastic bottles was exported in 2013. Exports were only 20.4 percent of all bottles collected—or 593 million pounds—compared with 28.4 percent in 2012, the report says. By grade, 163 million pounds of HDPE bottles was exported in 2013, which was 15.6 percent of HDPE bottles collected, down 38 million pounds from 2012. Exports of PET bottles reached 421 million pounds in 2013, or 23.4 percent of PET bottles collected, down from 33.9 percent in 2012. The report attributed the slowdown in exports to China’s Green Fence initiative, which more stringently enforced the country’s environmental and trade regulations. In contrast, the proportion of PP bottles exported increased from 13 percent in 2012 to 15 percent—or 9.3 million pounds—in 2013.

Among the barriers to increasing plastic bottle recycling, the report names the lack of access to away-from-home recycling options and insufficient consumer awareness of the “significant usefulness, demand, and value of recycled plastic HDPE, PET, and PP.” The lack of awareness points to the need for “sustained local education campaigns,” including discussions with municipalities about the funds they can generate by selling postconsumer plastic bottles, the report says.

Moore Recycling Associates (Sonoma, Calif.) surveyed plastic bottle reclaimers to produce the 2013 report for APR and ACC. The PET bottle recycling information in the report is based on another report Moore conducted for APR and the National Association for PET Container Resources (Florence, Ky.). Visit www.plasticsrecycling.org, www.moorerecycling.com, www.americanchemistry.com, or www.napcor.com.

U.S. UBC Recycling Rate Essentially Unchanged

The U.S. aluminum beverage can recycling rate was 66.7 percent in 2013, down slightly from the 2012 rate of 67 percent, according to data from the Aluminum Association (Arlington, Va.), Can Manufacturers Institute (Washington, D.C.), and ISRI. Last year was the third consecutive year the U.S. UBC recycling rate remained above 65 percent, compared with an average rate of 54 percent in the previous decade. The Aluminum Association began reporting an annual aluminum can recycling rate in 1972, when the rate was 15.4 percent. It estimates that $812 million worth of used aluminum cans was landfilled last year. Visit www.aluminum.org, www.cancentral.com, or www.isri.org.

New Process Recycles CRT Glass

COM2 Recycling (Carol Stream, Ill.) has developed a process that uses cathode-ray tube glass to produce manufacturing glazes for ceramic tiles and installed a production line in a 207,000-square-foot facility in Carol Stream. The process uses a mix of funnel and panel glass from CRTs to replace virgin silica and oxides, with the recycled material constituting up to 80 percent of the new tile-glaze product. The new operation, which cost $1.2 million to $1.5 million to launch, has the potential to consume 30 million pounds of CRT glass a year, the company says. It will charge a fee to accept CRT glass to cover the pre-processing the system requires, it adds. Visit www.com2recycling.com. 

EPS Recycling Rises; New Group Focuses on EPS Foodservice Packaging

The United States recycled 127.3 million pounds of expanded polystyrene in 2013, 36 percent more than the 93.7 million pounds recycled in 2012, the EPS Industry Alliance (Crofton, Md.) says in its 2013 EPS Recycling Rate Report. Postconsumer and postcommercial EPS—categories the group defines to consist of any EPS recycled after its intended end use—were 72.8 million pounds of the total, up 98 percent from the 36.7 million pounds recycled the previous year. That 34-percent recycling rate is a record for post-use EPS recycling, the report says. Postindustrial recovery, in contrast, declined roughly 4 percent, to 54.5 million pounds, in 2013. The alliance credits the overall growth in EPS recycling to ongoing advancements in collection and processing technology, new market developments, broader access to EPS recycling facilities, and successful public education efforts, which use social media and other outlets to encourage individuals and businesses to support special collection events and find EPS recycling locations near them. The report is based on information from 41 EPS manufacturers and independent recyclers in the United States, the alliance says. Visit www.epsindustry.org.

In other EPS recycling news, the Foodservice Packaging Institute (Falls Church, Va.) has formed the Foam Recycling Coalition, a group of 12 manufacturers of foodservice packaging focused on supporting the recycling of postconsumer EPS packaging. The coalition’s first project was funding a study on the end-market demand for postconsumer EPS packaging. Berkeley Research Group (Washington, D.C.) conducted the study, which identifies 137 companies in the United States and Canada that process or consume used EPS packaging: 80 firms that process it, 28 that process and consume the material, and 29 that use it to make new products. The study concludes that demand for postconsumer and postindustrial recycled EPS is likely to grow “because in many applications it is priced competitively with virgin polystyrene materials.” EPS recyclers continue to face challenges, however, such as figuring out how to reduce the volume of collected EPS to reduce transportation costs, removing contaminants from foodservice containers, and dealing with the end-use restriction that recycled EPS can’t be used in new foodware applications without federal government approval, the study says. 

The Foam Recycling Coalition plans to create and fund a grant program to help material recovery facilities recycle residential postconsumer EPS. The grants will help public and private MRF operators install equipment to recycle EPS items such as cups, containers, dinnerware, egg cartons, and transport packaging. The fund also will provide technical assistance to grant recipients. It expects to launch the program in early 2015. Visit www.fpi.org/stewardship. 

Plastics Pyrolysis Can Boost U.S. Economy, Report Says

The widespread use of pyrolysis in the United States to process used, nonrecyclable plastics into fuel oil could add roughly $9 billion in direct economic output annually, create almost 39,000 direct and indirect jobs, and divert 6.5 million tons of plastics from disposal each year, the American Chemistry Council (Washington, D.C.) says in a new report, Economic Impact of Plastics-to-Oil Facilities in the U.S. The United States could support 350 to 600 pyrolysis facilities, depending on their production characteristics and size, the report says. The estimated $9 billion of economic output consists of $3.7 billion related to increased oil production and $5.2 billion in supplier and payroll-induced impacts—those the pyrolysis plant suppliers and workers create through their spending. Other economic benefits would include $6.6 billion of capital investments to build the pyrolysis plants and $18 billion of economic output during the investment phase, the report says. The new operations could create up to 8,800 direct jobs, 17,200 jobs in related supply-chain industries, and 12,900 payroll-induced jobs, or almost 39,000 jobs in all. ACC’s economics and statistics department created the report for its Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance. Visit www.americanchemistry.com.

Mergers and Acquisitions

■ SA Recycling (Orange, Calif.) has acquired Phoenix-based Arizona Recycling Corp. and Newell Recycling Co. of El Paso (El Paso, Texas), according to news reports. ARC operates four ferrous and nonferrous scrapyards—three in Phoenix and one in Mesa, Ariz.—and has had a long-term business relationship with SA Recycling. The sites will serve as feeder yards for SA’s Phoenix shredder operation. The Newell Recycling facility in El Paso—SA’s first Texas location—has a shredder, making it SA Recycling’s seventh shredder across four states: Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas. Visit www.sarecycling.com.

■ Scrap Metal Services (Burnham, Ill.) has acquired the auto shredding operation and full-service scrapyard of 360° Metal Recycling (New Carlisle, Ind.). The 26-acre site, which has an 80-inch by 104-inch shredder from American Pulverizer Co. (St. Louis) with a 4,000-hp motor from Quad Plus (Joliet, Ill.), will receive shredder feedstock, including vehicles and obsolete scrap, from SMS’ nine retail scrap recycling facilities and auto-parts operations in northwestern Indiana and Chicago, the firm says. The company will ship the shredded ferrous by truck or rail to steel mill customers in the Midwest and will send the shredded nonferrous to its nonferrous division’s heavy-media plant in Blue Island, Ill. Visit www.scrapmetalservices.com. 

■ Allied Alloys (Houston) has acquired Blue Alloys (La Grange, Ky.), a stainless steel and specialty alloy processor, which it will operate under the name Allied Alloys Midwest. An ownership group consisting of the former management of Blue Alloys, members of Allied Alloys, and Andrew Yaffe, former president of Yaffe Iron & Metal Co. (Muskogee, Okla.), will run the company. The collaboration will allow Allied Alloys to serve customers in the Midwest and gives it a fifth processing facility, in addition to its two operations in Houston and its plants in Dallas and Los Angeles, the firm says. Visit www.alliedalloys.com or www.alliedalloysmw.com.

■ Atlas Southeast Papers (Sanford, Fla.), an affiliate of Peak Rock Capital (Austin, Texas), has acquired Roses Southeast Papers, a Sanford-based tissue paper products manufacturer. The facility produces a variety of tissue products, including bath tissue, towels, and napkins. Visit www.atlastissue.com or www.peakrockcapital.com.

■ Tomra Systems (Shelton, Conn.), a provider of reverse vending machines and sensor-based sorting equipment, has agreed to acquire Greenbean Recycle (Somerville, Mass.), a supplier of technology for RVMs that facilitates customer rewards and incentives. Tomra plans to integrate the Greenbean technology into its ReAct technology platform, a system that gives consumers rewards and incentives to recycle cans and bottles in its RVMs. The Greenbean technology will allow Tomra to provide more value to retailers that host its RVMs and grow its business in nonretail locations, the company says. Visit www.tomra.com or www.gbrecycle.com.

■ Nucor Corp. (Charlotte, N.C.) has entered into an agreement to purchase the equity of Gallatin Steel Co. (Ghent, Ky.) for about $770 million in cash. The acquisition becomes the steelmaker’s fifth flat-rolled products mill and increases its flat-rolled products annual capacity 16 percent, to about 13 million tons, the company says. The mill, which has an annual capacity of about 1.8 million tons, will operate as Nucor Steel Gallatin. Nucor says the purchase will help it better serve flat-rolled customers in the pipe and tube sector. Visit www.nucor.com or www.gallatinsteel.com.

■ Steel Dynamics (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has acquired Severstal Columbus, a mini­mill in Columbus, Miss., for $1.625 billion in cash. The mill, which has 645 employees, has 3.4 million tons of annual hot-rolled production capacity and is one of the only North American flat-rolled mills that can produce 76-inch-wide hot roll, 74-inch-wide cold roll, and 72-inch-wide galvanized sheet, Steel Dynamics says. The acquisition boosts its annual steel shipping capacity 40 percent, to 11 million tons; broadens its product offerings in the automotive and oil country tubular goods markets; and expands its market position in the southern United States and Mexico, the company says. Visit www.steeldynamics.com or www.severstalna.com.

■ Umicore (Brussels) has acquired the business and assets of CP Chemicals, a Wickliffe, Ohio-based refiner and recycler of cobalt- and nickel-containing secondary materials such as superalloy scrap as well as a recycler of rhenium from superalloy turbine blades. Umicore will integrate the company and its 40 employees into its cobalt and specialty materials business unit, operating it under the name Umicore Specialty Materials Recycling. In addition to expanding Umicore’s recycling capabilities in North America, the acquisition strengthens its position throughout the cobalt and nickel value chain, the firm says. Visit www.umicore.com or www.cpchemicalsgroup.com.

■ International Paper Co. (Memphis, Tenn.) has purchased the assets of Omaha Paper Stock Co. and its Shred Safe information destruction division, both based in Omaha, Neb. IP has relocated its existing Omaha facility to OPS’ 7-acre, 55,000-square-foot recycling facility, which contains processing and transportation equipment. The acquisition will allow IP to provide more recovered fiber to its internal mill system and improve customer service, it says. Visit www.internationalpaper.com or www.shred-safeopsc.com. 

■ Prab (Kalamazoo, Mich.) has purchased the assets of Puckmaster, which manufactures and supports briquetting systems for metal compression and coolant collection. According to Prab, it will use the Puckmaster technology as a guide for new features and controls in Dualpak briquetters, which Prab represents for manufacturer Neff Press (St. Louis). Visit www.prab.com/puckmaster, www.puckmaster.net, or www.neffpress.com. 

Openings and Expansions

■ Andersen’s Sales and Salvage (Greeley, Colo.) is installing an automotive shredder residue nonferrous processing operation at its facility. The plant, designed to process more than 50 tons an hour, will allow the company to provide ASR processing services to shredder operators in its region. The operation will focus on Andersen’s new separation method, IQASR, which uses horizontal air flow to separate heavy-fraction ASR from light-fraction waste. The plant will further process the heavy fraction with sensor, X-ray, and optical sorting equipment. The firm hired Riverside Engineering (San Antonio) to design and lay out the sorting equipment, which has downstream systems from Steinert US (Walton, Ky.), Eriez (Erie, Pa.), and MSS (Nashville, Tenn.). The plant will be able to run 24 hours a day with an automated, unattended night shift, the company says. Visit www.andersensales.com, www.megashredder.com, www.magsep.com, www.eriez.com, or www.steinertglobal.com.

■ ABC Recycling (Burnaby, British Columbia) is opening a new scrap processing and shipping facility at the Duke Point Terminal in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The operation occupies 5 acres of land owned by the Nanaimo Port Authority, and ABC has the option to add another 5 acres depending on parcel availability in the future. The company plans to process ferrous and nonferrous scrap at the new operation using shears, balers, and vehicle drainage equipment. The plant allows ABC to serve all of Vancouver Island in conjunction with its existing yard in Campbell River, British Columbia, and it gives the company the “only facility in Western Canada with the ability to bulk load steel onto ships,” the firm says. The Nanaimo facility is ABC’s ninth operation overall in Canada, joining its other seven British Columbia locations in Burnaby, Campbell River, Fort St. John, Kelowna, Prince George, Surrey, and Terrace as well as its sole plant in Grand Prairie, Alberta. Visit www.abcrecycling.com.

■ Upstate Shredding-Weitsman Recycling (Owego, N.Y.) is building a 10,000-
square-foot new-metal warehouse at its Ben Weitsman of Rochester facility in Rochester, N.Y. The warehouse, which the company expects to open in January 2015, will stock and distribute a variety of new steel, aluminum, and stainless products, including structural, flats and rounds, plate and sheet, bar stock, tubing, and pipe. The new warehouse’s services will include sawing, cutting, and shearing metal to customer specifications and fabricating rebar. The company plans to use an enterprise resource planning system to connect its four new-metal locations in New York—in Binghamton, Owego, Ithaca, and Rochester—to manage inventory levels and lower costs, it says. Visit www.upstateshredding.com.

■ Global Refining Group, a sister company of ABC Recycling (Kenbridge, Va.), will invest $4.2 million in the construction of a catalytic converter recycling operation in Kenbridge. The firm says the new operation will create 30 jobs and become “the premier East Coast location for catalytic converter recycling.” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Lunenburg County—where Kenbridge is located—with the project. In addition, the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission earmarked $145,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. The county also provided an industrial building for the operation. Visit www.abcrecyclingus.com.

■ Big River Steel (Osceola, Ark.) broke ground Sept. 22 on its new “flex mill” steelmaking complex in Osceola that reportedly will combine features of an electric-arc furnace minimill and an integrated mill. The $1.3 billion facility, slated to begin production in 2016, will have the capacity to make 1.6 million tons of flat-rolled steel products, including high-strength, lightweight steels for automotive applications, steels for pipe and tube markets, and electrical steels for the energy sector, according to news reports. The mill, which will have an estimated 450 employees, is on a 1,400-acre site close to a power station, with access to the Mississippi River, highways, and rail service. Visit www.bigriversteel.com. 

■ Novelis (Atlanta) has commissioned a coating line for beverage can end stock and expanded the recycling center at its complex in Pindamonhangaba, Brazil. The $106 million projects created more than 100 jobs and, when fully operational, will add 100,000 mt of coating capacity and 190,000 mt of recycling capacity to the operation. The new coating line will double the capacity to supply coated can end stock to the market and allows Novelis to deliver directly to customers in the region, the firm says. The plant’s recycling center—already South America’s largest, the company says—will nearly double its capacity from 200,000 to 390,000 mt a year when fully commissioned later this year. The recycling expansion supports the company’s long-term commitment to increase the recycled content in its products to 80 percent by 2020, it says. Visit www.novelis.com.

■ Vecoplan has opened a 17,000-square-foot technology center in Bad Marienberg, Germany, that has two laboratories and more than 25 machines representing a range of mechanical technologies for processing, recycling, or repurposing scrap and biomass, the company says. The center will speed research and development and allow customers to efficiently test their materials in various machines, Vecoplan says. Equipment in the center can achieve size reduction, conveying, screening, magnetic separation, nonferrous separation, optical sorting, and dust collection. The facility also has a super sack filling station. Visit www.vecoplanllc.com.

■ Bobcat Co. and Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment America—both based in West Fargo, N.D.—have opened an acceleration center in Bismarck, N.D. The center is an engineering facility for Bobcat compact equipment and will conduct some research and development for Doosan heavy equipment in the North American market. The $28 million project expanded an existing building for offices, lab space, classrooms, and demonstration areas. The two-story facility now is 190,000 square feet, and the center also has 22 acres of outside testing and product development space. The new center has modern equipment, tools, and software systems for engineering and product and process development. The facility will house 175 employees who will be responsible for product design, prototype engineering and manufacturing, computer simulation, and testing ideas and concepts. Visit www.bobcat.com or www.doosanequipment.com.

■ SwissRTec (Kreuzlingen, Switzerland) has opened wholly owned subsidiary SwissRTec America in Kensington, N.H., to help it expand sales in North America. SwissRTec designs, builds, and commissions turnkey systems and facilities for recycling electronic and metal scrap as well as automotive shredder residue. The company’s focus is shredding, delamination, and separation of raw materials from compound scrap materials such as electronic scrap, cables, printed circuitboards, ASR, white goods, mixed scrap metal, aluminum composites, and other items. The new subsidiary is at 14 Whipple Way, Kensington, NH 03833. Call 603/435-3440 or visit www.swissrtec.com or www.swissrtec.ch.

Equipment Sales and Installations

■ Ferrous and nonferrous scrap recycler Enablelink (Coseley, England) has installed a CIB 1250-10 guillotine shear from Danieli Henschel (Kassel, Germany). The machine, which replaced two lower-capacity shears, features six 90-kW motors and a 26-foot-long compression box, and it has the capacity to process up to 660 tons of scrap a day, the manufacturer says. Visit www.enable
link.co.uk or www.danieli-centro-recycling.com. 

■ AMUT (Novara, Italy) has installed a second PET bottle washing system at the PetStar bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Toluca, Mexico. The new line doubles the plant’s washing capacity and completes the second phase of its development. The AMUT system converts postconsumer PET bottles into flake suitable for use in a solid-state polycondensation system, the manufacturer says. The plant is an integrated system that consists of bottle prewashing, detection, grinding, washing, drying, and final flake detection, all in a continuous process that removes impurities while using less water and chemicals than other systems, AMUT says. PetStar’s Toluca operation is the largest bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Latin America, with a net processing capacity of more than 13,000 pounds an hour, or roughly 1.5 billion PET bottles a year, the company says. PetStar is a venture of Coca-Cola Co. (Atlanta) and Mexican investors. Visit www.amut.it or www.coca-colacompany.com.

Awards and Honors

■ Gamtex Industries (Fort Worth, Texas) is celebrating its centennial in 2014. The firm now is in its fourth generation of family leadership, with founder Jacob Gachman’s grandson, Arnold Gachman, serving as CEO and his great-grandson, Iric, as president. The company commemorated its anniversary this year by commissioning and donating sculptures to Fort Worth’s Rockwood Park. The Texas Historical Commission (Austin) recently added the firm to its list of 129 Texas businesses that are at least 50 years old. Visit www.gachman.com.

■ The Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program—INSHARP—has recognized the Greensburg, Ind., facility of River Metals Recycling (Fort Mitchell, Ky.) for excellence in workplace safety and health. To qualify for INSHARP recognition, a company must develop, implement, and maintain an exemplary worker safety and health management system and pass a comprehensive evaluation by the Indiana Department of Labor (Indianapolis). The company also must have occupational injury and illness rates below the national average for its industry. RMR is a subsidiary of The David J. Joseph Co. (Cincinnati). Its Greensburg facility handles ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Visit www.rmrecycling.com, www.djj.com, or www.in.gov.

■ The Tennessee locations of Pull-A-Part (Atlanta)—in Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville—have received 2014 environmental awards from the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Nashville) for water quality and air quality as well as certificates of recognition for environmental excellence and solid and hazardous waste management. The awards recognize the self-service auto parts operations for preventing water and air pollution, reducing waste sent to landfills, conserving resources, and general environmental excellence. Visit www.pullapart.com. 

■ The North Texas recycling complex of Republic Services (Phoenix) has received the Gold Award for recycling excellence from the Solid Waste Association of North America (Silver Spring, Md.). The award recognizes a North American facility with outstanding solid waste management practices and innovation in recycling technologies and processes. The Fort Worth facility uses a single-stream recycling system that serves more than 350,000 households in four North Texas counties and can process more than 500 tons of materials a day, or more than 140,000 tons a year, the company says. Visit www.republicservices.com or www.swana.org.

■ Electronics recycler 3S International (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) is one of Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies for 2014. That recognition honors organizations that inspire and produce green technology, improve the local and global community, and positively affect the industry and environment. 3S uses proprietary BLUBOX technology to process mercury-containing electronics on a large scale. It currently operates a facility in Tinley Park, Ill., south of Chicago, but it says it plans to open six to 10 additional facilities in the next three years, including one in southeast Michigan later this year. Visit www.3srecycling.com or www.101bestandbrightest.com/sustainable/winners.

■ Best Companies Group (Harrisburg, Pa.) has named Electric Guard Dog (Columbia, S.C.) to its 2014 list of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. Best Companies selected the company based on responses to an anonymous survey, which showed 97 percent of the company’s employees feel it treats them like people, not numbers; 97 percent believe their supervisor treats them fairly; 100 percent say the company enables diversity; 94 percent have confidence in its leadership; and 100 percent are satisfied with their jobs and intend to stay at least two more years. Visit www.electricguarddog.com or www.bestplacestoworksc.com.

■ September 2014 marked the 110th anniversary of ESAB Welding & Cutting Products (Florence, S.C.). Highlights in its history, the company says, include developing the TIG and gas metal arc welding processes, inventing the friction-stir welding machine, and setting new standards of high-speed submerged arc welding. The firm has more than 8,700 employees and operates manufacturing facilities across four continents. Visit www.esabna.com/110.

■ Oracle (Redwood Shores, Calif.) and the Reverse Logistics & Sustainability Council, a trade association of 88 corporate partners—including Oracle—as well as supply chain and sustainability professionals, have joined the R2 Recycling Leader program, which recognizes the leadership of companies and organizations in the field of electronics recycling and creates a platform for engagement on green electronics projects. Visit www.sustainableelectronics.org.

Manufacturer Moves Operations

Roll Rite has moved its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Alger, Mich., to a 68,000-square-foot facility in Gladwin, Mich. This move to a larger plant is part of the firm’s goal to expand its geographic reach and application scope for its automated tarp systems. The new facility is at 650 Industrial Drive, Gladwin, MI 48624. Visit www.rollrite.com. 

Name Change Signals Broader Focus

Far West Fibers (Portland, Ore.) has changed its name to Far West Recycling to reflect its expanded focus beyond recovered fiber to other recyclable materials, including metals, expanded polystyrene foam, plastics, glass, and electronics. The company’s outgoing e-mail domain will change to @farwestrecycling.com, but its prior e-mail addresses will continue to function. Visit www.farwestrecycling.com.

Equipment Makers Name New Distributors

■ Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. (Newport News, Va.) has renewed its 40-year dealer partnership with American State Equipment and expanded its sales territory. The company will continue to represent Liebherr’s full line of material handling and earth-moving equipment in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the upper peninsula of Michigan and now will cover Illinois through its wholly owned subsidiary, Finkbiner Equipment Co. (Chicago). American State operates five branches in Milwaukee, Wausau, and Little Chute, Wis., and Columbus and Duluth, Minn. 

Liebherr also has appointed Tracey Road Equipment (Syracuse, N.Y.) to provide sales and service for its full equipment line in New York. In addition to its Syracuse headquarters, Tracey Road has facilities in Albany, Binghamton, Rochester, and Watertown, N.Y. Visit www.liebherr.com, www.amstate.com, www.finkbinerequipment.com, or www.traceyroad.com.

■ Terex Construction Americas (Southaven, Miss.) has selected B-C Equipment Sales (Corpus Christi, Texas) to represent its Terex Fuchs material handlers in South Texas, including the San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Brownsville markets. B-C has three Texas locations in Corpus Christi, La Feria, and San Antonio. Visit www.terex.com/construction or www.bcequipment.com.

■ American Material Handling Systems (Cologne, Minn.) will serve as a factory-authorized representative of Dualpak briquetters, manufactured by Neff Press (St. Louis), and support customers of Puckmaster briquetters west of the Mississippi. Visit www.prab.com/puckmaster or www.puckmaster.net.

Resources

■ The World Steel Association (Brussels) has published the 2014 edition of its map of steel plants in mainland China. The map provides a geographic view of China’s steel industry and contains information such as crude steel production by company and province, steel product type by company, crude steel production and apparent crude steel use since 2001, apparent crude steel use per capita since 2001, and production of iron ore and coke by province. Visit www.worldsteel.org to buy the map as a PDF or poster.

■ RISI (Bedford, Mass.) has created RISI Indices, a new business division focused on price and market reporting. The division will operate separately from RISI’s forecasting and other businesses and will incorporate all of RISI’s news and price reporting staff and products. RISI Indices plans to adopt standards for price reporting from the International Organization of Securities Commissions (Madrid) as well as best practices from FOEX Indexes (Helsinki) and other commodity price reporting agencies. Those standards and practices include formal documentation of price assessment methodologies, implementation of new quality and compliance controls, and external audits of price assessment methodologies. Visit www.risi.com.

■ A group of stakeholders in plastics recycling has launched a set of resources for use in the United States and Canada to improve plastic recycling rates. “Plastics Recycling Outreach Terms” provides one set of terms for community recycling coordinators to use when educating residents about which plastics to recycle and another set to more accurately characterize recycled plastic commodities and improve tracking of plastics recycling at the local, state, and national levels. An online tool streamlines the process of matching plastics collected in a community recycling program with a common set of outreach terms. The terms, a corresponding gallery of images, and an option to create a flyer are available at RecycleYourPlastics.org. The commodity terms are designed to improve efficiency in the buying and selling of used plastics, says the American Chemistry Council (Washington, D.C.), whose plastics division sponsored the project. Goals for the resource include increasing the types and amounts of plastics recycled, boosting diversion rates of clean material, decreasing contamination, and helping meet growing demand for recycled plastics. Moore Recycling Associates (Sonoma, Calif.) is overseeing the project. Visit www.americanchemistry.com/plastics or www.moorerecycling.com.

■ The Scrap Post (Livonia, Mich.), an online marketplace for scrap dealers, brokers, and consumers, has upgraded its website, which offers new features and provides visitors with a user-friendly interface that builds on the company’s preexisting services. The site now has an advanced search tool members can use to search for products, sales, and other members in The Scrap Post community. Other new features include the ability to create and edit individual profiles, research current or historic pricing information, or receive market information. Members also have access to resources such as lists of industry conferences and events, white papers, and a company blog. Visit www.thescrappost.com. 

■ Scrap Monster (Montréal) has launched a new online physical exchange, Scrapex.com, for trading recyclables and equipment. A secure, user-friendly platform, Scrapex.com verifies that users are legitimate members with good standing in the industry and doesn’t require users to register or pay monthly fees, the company says. The exchange provides tools that allow verified traders to post listings for materials they want to buy or sell, with settings to accept bids or make instant buys via purchase orders. The exchange also allows members to create auctions for their listings. There is no cost to sell material through the site, but buyers must pay a small commission fee, the firm says. Its editorial team will publish industry news and trends in the exchange as well as provide pricing trends and analysis. Visit www.scrapmonster.com.