U.S. Paper Recovery Rate Steps Up
The U.S. paper recovery rate rose from 63.5 percent in 2013 to 65.4 percent in 2014, its second-highest level ever, the American Forest & Paper Association (Washington, D.C.) reports. That rate is based on U.S. paper and paperboard recovery of roughly 51.2 million tons—up 2 percent from 2013—compared with overall supply of 78.2 million tons, which essentially matched the previous year. Domestic mill consumption of recovered fiber increased 1.9 percent, to 30.5 million tons, while net exports grew 1.5 percent last year, to 20.2 million tons, AF&PA says.
Looking at the data by grade, the old corrugated container recovery rate rose from 89.4 percent in 2013 to 89.7 percent in 2014. U.S. mills boosted their OCC consumption 3.4 percent, to 20.5 million tons and exports remained stable, at 9.2 million tons. The recovery rate for old newspapers grew from 67.5 percent to 68.9 percent, while printing-writing paper saw its recovery rate jump from 53 percent to 57.8 percent, AF&PA notes. The U.S. paper industry has set a paper and paperboard recovery goal of more than 70 percent by 2020. Visit www.afandpa.org or www.paperrecycles.org/statistics.
Global DRI Production Slips Slightly
World production of direct-reduced-iron products in 2014 totaled 74.55 million mt, down roughly 370,000 mt—or less than 1 percent—from 2013 production, Midrex Technologies (Charlotte, N.C.) reports. Factors behind the decline include natural gas shortages and production cuts in India—the world’s largest DRI producer—as well as operational disruptions in other DRI-producing regions and a general downturn in steel market conditions, the company says. In contrast, Russia, Canada, and four countries in the Persian Gulf region—Bahrain, Iran, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia—set new national DRI production records in 2014. In addition, the United States started producing DRI for the first time in five years, with Nucor Steel Louisiana’s new DRI operation in Convent, La., producing 1.3 million mt.
According to Midrex, world DRI production “should bounce back next year as new, recently commissioned capacity ramps up toward full production.” Additional DRI capacity is being added in facilities under construction in Egypt, India, Russia, the United States, and Venezuela, it says. Demand for DRI will continue to expand as more steel is produced in electric-arc furnaces, which use DRI to dilute contaminants in their ferrous scrap, Midrex notes. The firm also sees growing use of DRI in blast furnaces, especially in Europe and other areas where steelmakers seek to limit their carbon dioxide emissions by using purer feedstocks. The era of inexpensive natural gas—which will “continue for decades,” Midrex says—and the broadening use of other fuel sources, such as coal gas, to power DRI production facilities will further support DRI demand. Visit www.midrex.com to download the company’s 2014 World Direct Reduction Statistics.
Report Touts Aluminum Can’s Sustainability Features
The aluminum can is the most-recycled and highest-value beverage container on the market, according to a recent report from the Aluminum Association (Arlington, Va.) and the Can Manufacturers Institute (Washington, D.C.). According to “The Aluminum Can Advantage: Key Sustainability Indicators 2015,” the consumer aluminum can recycling rate was up 2 percentage points in 2014, to 56.7 percent, its highest rate since 1997. In comparison, consumer recycling rates for glass and plastic bottles were in the low- to mid-30-percent range, the report states. The industry aluminum can recycling rate—the amount of used can scrap recycled as a percentage of U.S. shipments—was flat in 2014 at 66.5 percent.
In 2008, when the industry recycling rate was 54.1 percent, the Aluminum Association announced its goal of raising that rate to 75 percent by 2015. In the past six years, the industry recycling rate has risen more than 12 percentage points to the current “historically high” level of 66.5 percent, the report says.
An aluminum can contains an average of 70-percent recycled content, which is three times more than the recycled content of a plastic or glass bottle, the report adds. Further, recycled aluminum cans are worth 300 percent more a ton than plastic or glass—$1,491 compared with $385 for plastic and $0 for glass. Visit www.aluminum.org/aluminum-can-advantage.
Policy Statement Urges Better Paper Recycling Practices
The International Council of Forest & Paper Associations (Washington, D.C.) has released a paper recycling policy statement intended to encourage governments to pursue best practices for increasing paper recycling and finding recovered fiber’s highest end use. Some developed countries have achieved a paper recycling rate of up to 75 percent, but the global rate is around 58 percent, the group notes. The statement recommends educating citizens on recycling’s importance, allowing the marketplace to determine recovered fiber’s best end use, burning recovered fiber only when it is no longer usable in new products, and preventing extended producer responsibility systems from interfering with functioning markets. “Recycled fiber markets are complex, efficient, and dynamic and are not served by regulations or prescriptive approaches to specify the use of recycled fibers or dictate what type of recovered fiber is used in products,” the statement says. Visit www.icfpa.org/uploads/Modules/Publications/icfpa-statement-on-paper-recycling.pdf.
New Zinc Contract Debuts
CME Group (Chicago) opened trading June 29 on a new physically delivered zinc futures contract. Each contract represents 25 mt of high-grade zinc at 99.995-percent purity, with the contracts priced in U.S. dollars, beginning with the October 2015 listed month, CME says. The contracts will be physically delivered to approved warehouses across the United States, with sites in Baltimore, New Orleans, Chicago, and Detroit applying for approval as of May, the group says. The contracts are available for electronic trading via CME Globex and by submission or clearing through CME ClearPort. Visit www.cmegroup.com/metals.
Mergers and Acquisitions
■ Electronics recycler Sunnking (Brockport, N.Y.) has acquired Coast 2 Coast Electronic Recyclers (Syracuse, N.Y.). The deal will expand the data-destruction and other services available to Coast 2 Coast’s customers and allow Sunnking to better serve the central New York market, the company says. Visit www.sunnking.com.
■ Metallix Refining (Shrewsbury, N.J.) has purchased a Umicore (Brussels) precious metals recycling facility in Maxton, N.C., that can process 4 million pounds a year of ceramic catalytic converters and 3.5 million pounds of metal foil converters. Metallix will use the four-year-old facility to increase its catalytic converter recycling capacity and will keep most of the Umicore employees. The acquisition also will expand the newly launched PGM Pipeline program, a strategic alliance of companies—including Metallix—that aims to accelerate platinum group metals refining and recycling. Visit www.metallixrefining.com or www.umicore.com.
■ Northshore Manufacturing (Two Harbors, Minn.) has sold its Builtrite material handler line to TJM Capital Partners (Chicago). The business will continue to design and manufacture material handlers and attachments under the new name of Builtrite Manufacturing. The company’s administrative and manufacturing operations will continue in a Two Harbors–based facility leased from Northshore. Visit www.builtritehandlers.com or www.tjmcapitalpartners.com.
■ Bulk material processing and handling equipment manufacturer Superior Industries (Morris, Minn.) has acquired MFE Manufacturing (Miramichi, New Brunswick), which builds portable plants for construction, aggregate, and material handling industries. The deal allows Superior to expand its portable plant design offerings and add MFE’s 25,000-square-foot plant to its existing operations in the U.S. Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, and Midwest. Superior also has acquired Clemro Western (Calgary, Alberta), a manufacturer of jaw and cone crushers, incline and horizontal screens, and belt and grizzly feeders. This acquisition augments Superior’s bulk-handling portfolio and gives it a strong, family-owned company with high production values and technological advances, the firm says. Visit www.superior-ind.com, mfe. superior-ind.com, or www.clemro.superior-ind.com.
■ Camso (Magog, Québec), which makes off-road tires, wheels, rubber tracks, and undercarriage systems, has acquired Eastwood Tyres (Auckland, New Zealand), marking its first brick-and-mortar venture in the New Zealand market. Camso anticipates expanding its service network throughout New Zealand thanks to Eastwood’s existing footprint in the industrial tire and wheel-rim market. Visit camso.co or www.eastwood.co.nz.
Recycler Closes Three Facilities in Indiana
Scrap Metal Services (Burnham, Ill.) has idled its SMS Paul’s Auto Yard operations in Demotte, Elkhart, and Westville, Ind., adding to its closure of the SMS Paul’s facility in Coloma, Mich., earlier this year. The three new closures affect about 25 employees, the company says. The three remaining SMS Paul’s locations in Indiana—in South Bend, Gary, and Lake Station—will continue to offer full-service auto yard and recycling services, the firm says, and its automobile shredding operation in New Carlisle, Ind., also will remain open. Visit www.scrapmetalservices.com.
Workplace Recycling Needs Improvement, Study Finds
Recycling rates are higher at home than at work, pointing to the need for measures to boost workplace recycling, according to the “Recycling at Work” study, which Action Research (Oceanside, Calif.) conducted for Keep America Beautiful (Stamford, Conn.). The study focuses on how office collection-bin placement affects recycling rates and material contamination, finding that making bins more accessible and convenient increased the likelihood that workers would recycle. The most successful model, the researchers found, is providing each employee with a desk-side recycling bin along with a trash bin. Recycling rates also grew when the desk-side trash bin was smaller than the recycling bin, as that discouraged workers from throwing away larger recyclable items.
The study also analyzes the types of materials recycled at work. Although office paper is the most frequently recycled item, it still appeared in the trash in 50 percent of the offices. Plastic and aluminum beverage containers showed up equally in recycling and trash bins. Researchers discovered many workers putting paper towels in the recycling bins even though food contamination makes that material unrecyclable, indicating confusion over how to dispose of certain items.
The researchers recommend that offices make recycling easy for workers, particularly through efficient bin placement. They also suggest keeping recycling programs consistent throughout an entire office building to minimize confusion among workers and cleaning staff. Visit www.recyclingatwork.org.
Michigan Provides Funds for Scrap Tire Market Development
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (Lansing) has awarded $2.8 million in grants to develop new scrap tire markets through research, road, and equipment projects. Research projects will seek new and better ways of incorporating scrap tires into asphalt and concrete. Road projects will use rubber-modified asphalt in construction and repairs on Michigan roads, with all scrap tire rubber used for these projects derived from Michigan sources. Equipment projects will explore new ways to create commodities from scrap tire rubber and to increase production of existing recycled rubber products, such as floor tiles and footwear.
DEQ distributed two research grants to Michigan State University (Lansing), four grants to private businesses for equipment projects, and 15 grants to local jurisdictions for road projects. Visit www.michigan.gov/deq.
Group Urges Kraft to Rethink Drink Packaging
Shareholders of Kraft Foods Group (Northfield, Ill.) defeated a proposal asking the company to evaluate the environmental and operational effects of its nonrecyclable packaging and to develop a timeline for phasing it out. At issue was Kraft’s foil and plastic laminate packaging used for such brands as Capri Sun drinks, which cannot be recycled into new pouches, according to the environmental advocacy group As You Sow (Oakland, Calif.). Instead, the drinks could be distributed in recyclable PET, glass bottles, paper cartons, or aluminum cans, As You Sow said in the proposal it presented for Kraft’s annual shareholder meeting in May.
Although the proposal received support from only 29.2 percent of shares that were voted, support among Kraft investors was slightly higher than that for the same proposal As You Sow presented to Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati). Despite that proposal receiving only 25 percent of shareholder support, P&G agreed last year to make 90 percent of its packaging recyclable by 2020. Visit www.asyousow.org or www.kraftfoodsgroup.com.
Guidelines Seek to Improve Residential Recycling
The National Waste & Recycling Association (Washington, D.C.) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (Silver Spring, Md.) have released new guidelines for best contracting practices for municipal recycling programs. A joint advisory team devised the guidelines to improve local residential recycling programs’ effectiveness while addressing challenges private industry and public agencies face. The guidelines address best practices for improving the quality and quantity of recyclables while ensuring that recycling programs are economically viable for local agencies and private industry.
Municipal recycling contracts should be designed so they are feasible and reflect shared risks and rewards for both the municipalities and the service provider, the advisory team concludes. The guidelines also recommend that contracts include compensation provisions for both parties due to market fluctuations, provide for public education and outreach programs, and recognize that the residential recycling stream is dynamic and evolving. Visit wasterecycling.org/images/documents/resources/SWANA-NWRA-Recycling-Doc.pdf.
Grant Provides Equipment for EPS Recycling
Alpine Waste & Recycling (Commerce City, Colo.) plans to purchase equipment to densify expanded polystyrene foam items into bricks thanks to a $45,000 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition, an offshoot of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (Falls Church, Va.). In addition to being the first company in Denver to provide EPS recycling services, Alpine is the first recipient in FRC’s funding program, which is designed to increase the collection, processing, and marketing of postconsumer EPS foam. Alpine plans to develop a structure of operations that will encourage companies and organizations in the Denver area to provide foam—such as food-service packaging and meat trays—to its Altogether Recycling Plant. Visit www.fpi.org/recyclefoam or www.alpinewaste.com.
Verizon Beats E-Recycling Goal
Verizon Communications (New York) has collected 2 million pounds—or 1,000 tons—of end-of-life electronics since 2010, reaching that goal eight months ahead of its target deadline of the end of 2015. The company now plans to collect another 2 million pounds of e-scrap by 2020. Verizon says it has a zero-landfill objective for the collected materials, with all materials it collects being either reused or recycled.
The company announced this achievement at its electronics recycling rally in Wilmington, N.C., in May. These rallies, which Verizon has held in 17 states, benefit its HopeLine program, which diverts working mobile phones from landfills and donates them to domestic violence prevention and support organizations. The firm has collected more than 9 million mobile phones through the program since 2001. Visit www.verizon.com.
Connecticut Launches Mattress Recycling Program
Connecticut has become the first state to implement a mattress recycling program. As of May 1, all new mattress and box spring sales in the state incur an additional $9 fee that funds the transportation and recycling of end-of-life mattresses.
In 2013, Connecticut was the first state to pass a mattress stewardship law; California and Rhode Island have since passed similar laws. The Mattress Recycling Council (Alexandria, Va.)—a nonprofit organization formed to operate states’ mattress recycling laws—will implement Connecticut’s statewide mattress stewardship program.
Dedicated recycling facilities can recover up to 90 percent of a mattress, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (Hartford). Processors typically sell the wood to chippers for fuel applications, the metal springs to ferrous recycling companies, and the cotton and foam to insulation and carpet padding manufacturers.
MRC says the program will help Connecticut municipalities manage the more than 175,000 mattresses discarded annually in the state. The Product Stewardship Institute (Boston) estimates the state’s new program will save local Connecticut governments about $1.3 million in mattress management costs each year. Visit www.ct.gov/deep or www.mattressrecyclingcouncil.org.
Equipment Sales and Installations
■ U.S. Shredder and Castings Group (Mackinaw, Ill.) is building a nonferrous recovery system at the Kansas City, Mo., shredding facility of Midwest Scrap Management (St. Joseph, Mo.). The system, designed to handle 45 tons an hour, will consist of four different lines and will include a trommel, double-deck screen, and single screen for sizing. Equipment from Steinert US (Walton, Ky.)—its NES 5009, 6119, and 6119 4T models—will separate Zorba, downstream ferrous, and “ferrous waste,” U.S. Shredder says. The system also will include equipment from SICON (Hilchenbach, Germany), such as cascade and air-knife sifters and technology to extract stainless steel and insulated copper wire. Midwest says the new system will allow it to recover more ferrous and nonferrous metals from the residue from its shredding operations in Kansas City, Mo., and Park City, Kan.; create an end use for the remaining residue; and have excess processing capacity to handle residue from outside sources and its planned shredder in Oklahoma City. Visit www.midwestscrap.com, www.usshredder.com, www.steinertus.com, or sicontechnology.com.
■ REDWAVE (Gleisdorf, Austria) has designed and built a paper sorting line at the Stora Enso Langerbrugge paper mill in Ghent, Belgium. The new sorting plant, which separates the paper and paperboard fractions using volumetric and mass-specific analysis, is designed to ensure efficiency and quality without manual quality control, REDWAVE says. The plant can handle 36 mt an hour, or up to 40 mt with the right mix of materials. The installation includes REDWAVE optical sorting machines, a dosing bunker, a corrugated cardboard screen, fine screens, and paper spikes. There also is a recovery line to achieve a maximum paper yield, the company says. Visit www.redwave.at or www.storaenso.com.
■ Hamm (Perry, Kan.) has installed a single-stream sorting system from Stadler Anlagenbau (Altshausen, Germany) at its materials recovery facility in Lawrence, Kan. The facility, which can process 10 mt an hour, features a Stadler STT5000/101 ballistic separator; an OCC screen, glass breaker, and wind sifter from DB Technologies (Oldenzaal, Netherlands); an optical sorter, magnet, and eddy-current separator from Steinert Elektromagnetbau (Köln, Germany); and a flip-flop screen from Joest (Glen Ellyn, Ill.). The facility, which came online this year, plans to increase its capacity to 20 mt an hour, Stadler says. Visit www.nrhamm.com or www.zars-usa.com/stadler.php.
■ Andritz MeWa (Gechingen, Germany) is rebuilding and modernizing Remondis Electrorecycling’s (Lünen, Germany) refrigerator recycling plant in Berlin. Andritz MeWa is supplying the QZ 2500 cross-flow shredder for the plant, which will process about 35,000 tons of scrap annually. The companies expect the new equipment to be operating by the fourth quarter. Visit www.andritz.com or www.remondis-electrorecycling.de.
■ Aeiforos (Thessaloniki, Greece), a subsidiary of steel manufacturer Sidenor (Athens, Greece), is upgrading its scrap recycling plant in Thessaloniki. The facility already uses the SICON-100 system from SICON to process end-of-life vehicles, and it is adding the SICON VariSort M system to sort Zurik into copper, stainless steel, and aluminum streams. Visit www.aeiforos.gr or sicontechnology.com.
Awards and Milestones
■ The Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (Aurora, Ill.) has selected E.L. Harvey & Sons (Westborough, Mass.) as C&D Recycler of the Year, recognizing the company for the 76-percent recycling rate its construction and demolition operations achieved in 2014 and for actively promoting recycling throughout its region. Visit www.elharvey.com or www.cdrecycling.org.
■ Automotive company JM Family Enterprises (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) has received a Recycling Recognition Program award from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Tallahassee, Fla.) for its recycling efforts in 2014. To receive the award, companies must have a recycling rate at or above the state’s recycling goal of 50 percent. JM Family Enterprises achieved a 64-percent rate at its three Florida facilities—in Deerfield Beach, Margate, and Jacksonville—by recycling aluminum and other metals, glass, paper, plastic, textiles, and wood. FDEP started the Recycling Recognition Program in 2012 to encourage businesses, institutions, schools, organizations, and the public to increase recycling to reach Florida’s goal of a 75-percent recycling rate by 2020. Visit www.jmfamily.com or www.dep.state.fl.us.
■ The State Electronics Challenge, a national environmental stewardship program, recognized 12 entities as its 2014 winners. The challenge encourages state, local, and tribal governments, as well as schools and universities, to reduce the environmental impact of their electronic office equipment. Nine groups earned the gold designation for implementing green procurement practices, conserving energy and paper, and responsibly recycling computers and imaging equipment. The challenge recognized two silver award winners for green procurement and responsible electronics recycling, and it named one bronze recipient for its green procurement activities. The Northeast Recycling Council (Brattleboro, Vt.) administers the challenge, with funding from several electronics manufacturing, advocacy, and certification groups. Visit www.stateelectronicschallenge.net.
■ Carpet America Recovery Effort (Dalton, Ga.) has named Dalton-based Tandus Centiva its Recycler of the Year for employing the carpet recovery industry’s first closed-loop recycling program, which is designed to reclaim and recycle postconsumer flooring, installation scrap, and product samples. Through its ReStart program, Tandus Centiva has recycled more than 268 million pounds of flooring material, CARE says. Visit www.carpetrecovery.org or www.tandus-centiva.com.
■ Platts (London) recognized 12 companies with 13 awards at its Global Metals Awards ceremony in May, naming Alcoa (New York) Metals Company of the Year and recipient of the Industry Leadership Award—Aluminum. NEMAK’s premium alloys unit (García, Mexico) received the Industry Leadership Award—Scrap & Recycling, while Teck Resources (Vancouver, British Columbia) earned the Corporate Social Responsibility Award. For a full list of winners, visit gma.platts.com.
■ The New Mexico Recycling Coalition (Santa Fe) seeks to raise the state’s recycling rate to 50 percent with a $5,000 Think Green grant from Keep America Beautiful and Waste Management (Houston). NMRC says it plans to use the grant for its Increasing Recycling project, which will research what other states and communities have done to get greater recycling participation from businesses and increase the amount of material diverted from landfills. Other topics NMRC will research include construction and demolition recycling, state agency recycling, and how to fund and measure recycling. The group will present its research and get feedback from stakeholders during a meeting this fall, it says. Visit www.recyclenewmexico.com, www.kab.org, www.wm.com, or www.thinkgreen.com.
■ The Defense Logistics Agency (Washington, D.C.) has named NAACO Materials Handling Group (Cleveland), a manufacturer of lift trucks and aftermarket parts, as a silver-level superior supplier as part of the Department of Defense’s Superior Supplier Incentive Program. The honor recognizes NMHG as one of the department’s top-performing supply contractors for the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years. DLA chose NMHG and 39 other companies out of 153 candidates based on their Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System ratings. Visit www.nmhg.com or www.dla.mil.
■ Edison Universe (Palos Park, Ill.) has recognized Bridgestone Americas (Nashville, Tenn.) with a 2015 Edison Gold Award for innovation in automotive solutions. Bridgestone launched an initiative to diversify the global natural rubber supply by using rubber derived from guayule, a desert shrub native to the U.S. Southwest and Mexico. The company is researching how to develop guayule-derived rubber for use in tires. This work is part of Bridgestone’s “long-term vision of manufacturing products from raw materials that are fully renewable and sustainable by 2050,” the company says. Visit www.bridgestoneamericas.com or www.edisonawards.com.
■ Packaging and industrial product company Sonoco Products Co. (Hartsville, S.C.) has recognized its Tulsa, Okla., tubes and cores plant with a gold-level Sonoco Sustainability Star Award for achieving landfill-free status. The plant achieved that goal by initiating a recovery program for nonrecyclable coated tube scrap and diverting it to a sourcing company. The operation also reduced its overall facility costs. Visit www.sonoco.com.
■ The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, D.C.) has given a 2015 U.S. EPA Environmental Champion Award to Re-Clothe NY (Albany, N.Y.), a campaign that promotes clothing and textile reuse and recycling in New York. Municipalities across the state collected more than 100,000 pounds of textiles during the program launch on America Recycles Day in November 2014, and the campaign continues to expand through additional special collection events. Visit www.nysar3.org or www.epa.gov.
■ Tile manufacturer Crossville (Crossville, Tenn.) recycled nearly 14.3 million pounds of fired porcelain in 2014, bringing its total to nearly 53.5 million pounds since the launch of its Tile Take-Back program in 2009, the company says. That total includes fired porcelain scrap from Crossville’s plants, scrap and postconsumer tiles from renovation projects, and preconsumer scrap from toilet manufacturer TOTO USA (Morrow, Ga.), which partnered with Crossville in 2011. In 2014, Crossville ground and reused more than 6 million pounds of the fired scrap from its plants; it recycled nearly 161,000 pounds of scrap and postconsumer tile from renovation projects; and it consumed nearly 8.1 million pounds of TOTO’s scrap porcelain. Last year marked the fourth consecutive year Crossville achieved “net waste consumption” in which it used more recycled materials than it generated during production. Visit www.crossvilleinc.com or www.totousa.com.
■ Mettler-Toledo (Columbus, Ohio) earned two recognitions in the 2015 Weighing Review Reader’s Choice Award contest: Best Weighing Company and Best Laboratory Scale/Balance for its XPE precision balances with SmartPan technology. The online poll encompassed 32 weighing companies and 50 weighing products. Visit www.us.mt.com or www.weighingreview.com.
■ Plant Engineering (Oak Brook, Ill.) gave Hyster Co. (Greenville, N.C.) a 2014 Silver Product of the Year Award in the material handling systems category for its Fortis S80-120FT lift-truck series. The magazine’s readers, who vote for the new products that best improve safety, efficiency, and productivity on the job, recognized Hyster’s Fortis series for boosting performance and reducing downtime in heavy-duty applications. Visit www.hyster.com or www.plantengineering.com/magazine.
Openings and Expansions
■ PalFleet Truck Equipment Co. (Tiffin, Ohio) is expanding its services and sales support in the Northeast from its location in Trenton, N.J. The planned expansion will offer local sales support, installations, field service, operator training, and inspections for Palfinger products in the region. The Trenton location also will serve as the headquarters and manufacturing operations base for Palfinger American Roll-off. Visit www.palfleet.com.
■ Hyster Co. has opened its new Experience Center in Charlotte, N.C., a 51,000-square-foot facility that features multiple training rooms and an applications showcase area where customers can learn about the company’s services. The center also offers a heritage gallery on Hyster’s history and innovations. Visit www.hyster.com.
Manufacturer Moves Operations
RMT Equipment, a producer of onboard weighing and backup camera systems, has moved its headquarters in Québec from Fabreville to a 6,000-square-foot office and warehouse facility in Blainville. The new site provides three times the warehouse space for product and part inventories as its previous location, as well as space for product development and parts and service support, the company says. The new location also has a training center for dealers and customers that features hands-on learning and interactive media. RMT manufactures products such as VEI loader scales, Track-Vision backup camera systems, metal detectors, and BRT onboard truck scales. Reach the company at 30 Émilien-Marcoux, Suite 101, Blainville, QC J7C 0B5 Canada, or visit www.rmtequip.com.
Companies Make Corporate Changes
■ TOMRA Sorting Recycling (Asker, Norway) has renamed its product portfolio as a final step in its rebranding process. The company, formerly known as TITECH, began rebranding in 2012 to align with its parent company, TOMRA Systems, it says. The last step in the rebranding process is to remove the word TITECH from the names of its sorting systems. The company’s TITECH Autosort, for example, now is named AUTOSORT, and each of its machines now carries the TOMRA logo. The firm began changing its equipment names in May, with plans to complete its rebranding efforts by the end of the year. Visit www.tomra.com/recycling.
■ Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (Ashtabula, Ohio), a manufacturer of rotationally molded plastic products, has changed its name to MODRoto. The new name, which took effect April 15, consolidates several company names and brands to more uniformly present the products to different markets, the firm says. Product names and model numbers remain the same. Visit www.recyclingcarts.com.
■ Used clothing and footwear recycler I:Collect (Baar, Switzerland) has restructured within the SOEX Group (Bad Oldesloe, Germany). Nicole Kösegi, SOEX Group chief operating officer for collection and procurement, and Christoph von Hahn, I:Collect logistics and finances manager, will jointly lead the management at I:Collect. Former CEO Stephan Wiegand, I:Collect’s co-founder, will be a company consultant. Visit www.ico-spirit.com or www.soexgroup.de.
Students Show Their Recycling Mettle in Competitions
Students from a one-room elementary school in Cody, Wyo., collected and recycled 11,035 pounds of used aluminum beverage cans, which earned them first place in this year’s Great American Can Roundup School Challenge, a contest of the Can Manufacturers Institute. Valley Elementary School, which has just five students, received a $5,000 prize, plus an additional $1,000 for coming in first place in its state. Each of the five students collected more than 2,200 pounds of cans, CMI reports.
More than 38,000 students from schools in 36 states participated in the challenge, recycling about 142,000 pounds of cans. The school in each state with the most pounds of cans recycled also received a $1,000 prize.
CMI created the can recycling challenge to build awareness of the environmental benefits of recycling UBCs. Based on an aluminum can price of 50 cents a pound, the competing schools raised about $71,000 to spend on school activities, charities, special causes, or outreach programs of their choice, CMI says. Visit www.cancentral.com.
In another recycling competition, students at 394 U.S. colleges and universities recycled and composted more than 80 million pounds of material in February and March during the 15th annual RecycleMania competition, a Keep America Beautiful program. Antioch University Seattle was Grand Champion for generating only 4 percent waste and composting or recycling the remaining 96 percent of recovered materials. Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) earned Per Capita Classic honors for achieving the highest average weight of recyclables collected per capita, at 74 pounds. North Lake College (Irving, Texas) earned the Waste Minimization mantle for generating the least overall waste—3.3 pounds—per person. This year’s competition also featured a new 3R Actions Challenge that rewarded students for reducing, reusing, and recycling and then sharing their efforts via text, Twitter, or a mobile app. The national winners in each of the competition’s 13 categories received an award made from recycled materials. For a full list of results, visit www.recyclemania.org.
Companies Forge New Partnerships
■ Spichers Appliance (Hagerstown, Md.) is the first independent appliance retailer to join the GE Appliances (Louisville, Ky.) product recycling program. Spichers has pledged to work with ARCA Advanced Processing (Philadelphia) to responsibly recycle about 10,000 appliances annually, reducing the amount of refrigerator scrap that goes to landfills from the typical 55 pounds to 8 pounds per recycled appliance. Visit www.ge.com/appliances, www.spichers.com, or www.arcaap.com.
■ Covanta (Morristown, N.J.) has teamed with RecycleForce (Indianapolis) to partially staff its $45 million Covanta Advanced Recycling Center in Indianapolis, for which it expects to break ground this year and open in 2016. RecycleForce provides formerly incarcerated individuals with jobs and training in recycling. The new recycling center will have about 60 permanent, full-time employees. RecycleForce will provide workers who will serve in quality-control positions examining materials that pass through the center’s automated recovery process. Covanta says the new recycling center will increase the city’s recycling rate fivefold and will recover 80 to 90 percent of recyclables—including paper, corrugated, plastics, and metals—at no cost to the city or its residents. The center, which will be adjacent to Covanta’s energy-from-waste facility, will create a “first-of-its-kind, next-generation” waste management and recycling system, the company says. Visit www.covanta.com or www.recycleforce.org.
■ Unifi (Greensboro, N.C.), manufacturer of Repreve recycled fiber, and Feld Entertainment (Palmetto, Fla.), which produces Marvel Universe LIVE!, have donated $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Atlanta) to support a nationwide program to teach youth the importance of recycling and taking care of the environment. Visit www.unifi.com, www.feldentertainment.com, or www.bgca.org.
Unilever Promotes Recycling Bottles From Bath Products
Unilever (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.) has launched a program called “Rinse. Recycle. Reimagine.” to encourage Americans to recycle the plastic bottles from their bath and beauty products. The campaign comes in response to a Unilever-sponsored survey indicating Americans’ recycling habits lag when it comes to bathroom product packaging.
The survey, which KRC Research (Washington, D.C.) conducted, notes most Americans know bath and beauty product bottles are recyclable, but only 34 percent always recycle them, The survey also finds that 22 percent of respondents say they wouldn’t walk across their home to recycle a bath or beauty bottle.
Unilever estimates the average American household has eight plastic-bottle products in the bathroom that residents could recycle rather than discard. Visit www.brightfuture.unilever.us.
Manufacturer Expands Dealer Network
Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. (Newport News, Va.) has added two new distributors for its lines of material-handling and earth-moving equipment. Hoffman Equipment (Piscataway, N.J.) will handle sales and service in New Jersey and New York, while International Iron (Apopka, Fla.) will represent Liebherr in central and northern Florida. Visit www.liebherr.com, www.hoffmanequip.com, and www.intiron.com.
■ The World Steel Association (Brussels) has published the 2015 edition of World Steel in Figures, which provides 30 pages of statistical breakdowns on crude steel production, steel use, steelmaking raw materials, steel trade, and indirect trade. In addition to noting the major steel-producing countries and apparent steel use per capita, the publication reviews production of direct-reduced iron from 2007 to 2014 as well as trade in ferrous scrap in 2013 and 2014. Download a free PDF or order the printed document from the worldsteel online bookstore at www.worldsteel.org.
■ The American Chemistry Council (Washington, D.C.) has released a three-minute animated video aimed at making recycling professionals and others aware of the Plastics Recycling Terms & Tools app it released last year. The video, titled “New Communications Tools for Recycling Professionals,” uses illustrations on a whiteboard-type surface to show how using a common set of plastic recycling terms industrywide can improve communication with residents, reduce their confusion about which plastics are recyclable, and boost household plastics recycling. Visit youtu.be/zbcVQ2_8UU4 or www.recycleyourplastics.org.
New Techniques for Recovering Rare Earths
Researchers at the Critical Materials Institute (Ames, Iowa) are making it easier and more cost effective to recover rare earth metals from consumer electronic scrap. Rare earths such as neodymium and dysprosium are difficult and costly to mine, which creates incentives to recover them from discarded devices. Rare earth recycling also is difficult, however, and it needs to be considered throughout the manufacturing chain, says CMI scientist Ryan Ott.
Building on previous research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, the CMI technique is a two-step liquid metal separation process that capitalizes on the solubility of different elements. The scrap metals with lighter atomic weights, like neodymium, bind to magnesium when melted in an induction furnace, leaving iron and boron behind. Then a vacuum distillation process separates the rare earths from the magnesium.
The second, more critical step uses another material to bind with rare earths with a heavier atomic weight, such as dysprosium. “Extraction of the heavier rare earths was always the difficulty of this process, and those materials are the most valuable,” Ott says. “So finding a way to do that successfully was the key to making it more economically viable as a large-scale recycling method.”
The efficient and economical recovery of rare earth metals will be essential for boosting the manufacturing of electric vehicles, wind turbines, energy-efficient lighting, and other clean-energy technologies, CMI says. Visit cmi.ameslab.gov/research.
Manufacturer Puts NASCAR Sponsorship Into High Gear
Vecoplan (High Point, N.C.) is on the fast track to expanding its NASCAR presence after sponsoring a Chevrolet Camaro at the NASCAR Xfinity Hisense 300 race in May. JD Motorsports (Gaffney, S.C.) fielded the #0 Vecoplan Industrial Shredders Camaro during the race May 23 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Vecoplan says it has expanded the car’s sponsorship by giving honorary sponsorships to two of its customers, VLS Recovery Services (Hockley, Texas) and Piranha Paper Shredding (New Berlin, Wis.). Visit www.vecoplanLLC.com, teamjdmotorsports.com, or www.piranhapaper.com.
Recycler Gets the Lead Out of Firing Ranges
A Colorado company is marketing two services in one to shooting clubs and firing ranges: It will collect and recycle lead bullets and bullet fragments while monitoring firing range soil for lead content.
Firing range maintenance and lead reclamation company MT2 (Arvada, Colo.) reports it has collected more than 1 million pounds of lead from firing ranges across the country, including those at private clubs and law enforcement agencies. The firm says it has paid more than $4 million to range owners from recycling lead from their firing ranges over the past 10 years. It has also worked with the ranges to create best management practices for removing and recycling lead bullets and bullet fragments, including small quantities of brass and copper from bullet casings. The program also samples, analyzes, monitors, and treats soil and groundwater conditions at firing ranges to protect the environment. Visit www.mt2.com.