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Access to Carton Recycling Reaches 50 Percent

At least half of U.S. households now can recycle poly-coated paperboard cartons through curbside collection and other local recycling programs, according to the Carton Council of North America (Vernon Hills, Ill.). Access to carton recycling grew from 18 percent of U.S. households, or approximately 22 million homes, in 2009 to 50 percent, or more than 58 million homes, by June 2014, the council reports. Currently, 46 U.S. states—which contain 77 of the top 100 U.S. cities—have carton recycling programs, an achievement the group credits to industry collaboration and private-public partnerships. Visit or

 U.S. EPA Revises CRT Export Rules

Exporters of used cathode-ray tubes from the United States must file more frequent, detailed, and accurate shipment information with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, D.C.), effective Dec. 26, according to 2014 revisions of the agency’s export provisions on CRTs. The revised rule defines a CRT exporter as any entity in the United States that “initiates a transaction to send used CRTs outside the United States or its territories for recycling or reuse, or any intermediary in the United States arranging for such export.” It now holds both of those parties responsible for violations that occur during the export process. Exporters also must report to the EPA all interim and final destinations of CRTs exported for recycling and send periodic notices—rather than the previous one-time notice—outlining the number of units they expect to export for reuse in a 12-month period, their destination, and how the units will be used. In addition, all exporters must submit to the EPA by March 1 each year an annual report that summarizes the quantities shipped, frequency of shipments, and ultimate destinations of all used CRTs they exported in the previous calendar year. Exporters of used, intact CRTs for reuse also must provide both the original, non-English version of business records and an English version of the records, translated by a third party, within 30 days if the EPA requests such documents. The agency says these revisions will provide more accurate information about the quantity of CRTs exported from the United States each year and allow it to “better track exports of CRTs for reuse and recycling to ensure safe management of these materials.” Visit

Consumers Confused About Plastic Recycling, Poll Shows

Sixty-five percent of respondents to a joint ISRI and Earth911 (Frisco, Texas) online poll about plastics recycling don’t understand the types of plastics they can recycle. Of the 1,177 responses, 37 percent said their confusion stems from not knowing how much food contamination is acceptable; 28 percent said they don’t know which types of plastics their municipality accepts in its curbside collection program; 18 percent said they don’t know where to recycle plastics in their area; and 17 percent said they don’t know how to interpret the recycling numbers on plastic products. According to ISRI, the poll—which Earth911 conducted on its website May 19 to July 23—demonstrates a “strong need for additional education, particularly by municipalities, on what can be recycled and how to do it.” Visit or

Haiti Program Recycles Plastics, Creates Jobs

U.S. Shredder and Castings Group (Trussville, Ala.) and a group of other businesses plan to raise $100,000 to establish four plastics recycling centers in Haiti, part of an Executives Without Borders (Boston) program to recover the plastic containers that litter the country’s landscape. The Ramase Lajan program—Creole for “picking up money”—creates local collection centers that provide Haitians with paying jobs. Sponsors buy a “recycling center,” estimated to cost about $25,000 each, and then donate it to a local organization to operate. Each center is a self-contained recycling storefront that has a scale, collection sacks, uniforms, safety gear, signage, and a manually operated baler that makes bales small enough that workers can lift and stack them by hand. The program expects each Ramase Lajan center to provide direct employment for eight to 16 people and indirectly employ the collectors of plastic containers. All centers will pay the same price for the plastics they buy. The centers sort the plastics and send the material to Haiti Recycling (Port-au-Prince) for further processing. In the past four years, the program has established 26 centers and created more than 1,600 jobs, collecting roughly 5 million pounds of plastic containers, or 80 million bottles, says Yaron Kaminski, CEO of Executives Without Borders. For more information, contact Bill Tigner,, or visit or

Zombies Liven Up Recycling in New Mexico

The New Mexico Recycling Coalition (Santa Fe, N.M.) has launched a statewide media campaign that leverages the current popularity of zombies to motivate young adults to recycle, giving them the choice to “be a mindless zombie or choose to recycle and restore.” The coalition worked with the journalism and marketing club at New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, N.M.) to develop the campaign. The television, radio, and print ads in the campaign refer to, an online, searchable directory that identifies what, when, and where residents can recycle. NMRC partnered with the New Mexico Broadcasters Association (Albuquerque, N.M.) to distribute the ads throughout the state’s media markets. The three-month campaign, which ran through August, will be available in September to local community recycling programs. The coalition also is working with its members and stakeholders to use social media to spread the campaign’s message. Supporters of the campaign include Waste Management (Houston), Friedman Recycling Cos. (Phoenix), Bio-PAPPEL International (Prewitt, N.M.), Keep New Mexico Beautiful (Albuquerque), the Northwest New Mexico Regional Solid Waste Authority (Thoreau, N.M.), New Mexico Environment Department, Solid Waste Bureau (Santa Fe), Public Service Company of New Mexico (Albuquerque), and South Central Solid Waste Authority (Fairacres, N.M.). Visit or

Mergers and Acquisitions

■ Newell Recycling (East Point, Ga.) and Blaze Recycling & Metals (Norcross, Ga.) have merged to form Newell Recycling Southeast. Newell operates 12 recycling facilities—including three shredders—and two auto-salvage yards in Georgia, and Blaze has eight scrap processing yards in Alabama and Georgia, with shredders at its Lawrenceville, Ga., and Phenix
City, Ala., locations. Visit

■ Upstate Shredding-Weitsman Recycling (Owego, N.Y.) has acquired Eastside Metals & Recycling Corp. (Fort Ann, N.Y.), giving it 17 locations in New York and Pennsylvania. Eastside, which opened in 2003 as a used auto parts vendor and grew into a full-service metal recycling and auto parts center, will retain its more than 20 employees and operate under the name Ben Weitsman of Kingsbury. The location will receive new equipment, landscaping, and fencing as well as building renovations, Upstate Shredding says. Visit

■ Wise Recycling has merged some of its operations with Source Recycling. Together the companies will operate as Wise Recycling with scrap recycling facilities in Aurora, Colo.; Pensacola, Fla.; Baltimore; Charlotte and Clayton, N.C.; and Bristol, Va., as well as 12 feeder yards in Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Baltimore-based Terrapin Recycling will continue as a division of Wise Recycling, and the location will serve as the company’s headquarters. Wise will continue to operate its yard in Kentucky and seven yards in New Mexico independently as Wise Recycling-Kentucky and Wise Recycling-New Mexico, respectively. Visit or

■ Commercial Metals Co. (Irving, Texas) has purchased most of the assets of Newell Recycling of San Antonio through its wholly owned subsidiary, Structural Metals (Seguin, Texas). CMC plans to rename the acquired assets CMC Recycling San Antonio. Newell will retain its heavy-media separation plant at the site as well as its shredding operation in Eagle Pass, Texas. CMC says the acquisition is part of its vertical integration to provide raw materials to the CMC Steel Texas mill in Seguin. Visit

■ Caraustar Industries (Austell, Ga.) has entered into an agreement to acquire The Newark Group (Cranford, N.J.), a manufacturer of recycled paperboard, linerboard, industrial tubes, cores, and other converted products. The Newark Group has about 1,500 employees and more than 20 manufacturing facilities in the United States and Canada. The acquisition expands Caraustar’s manufacturing and distribution capabilities, the company says.

Caraustar also has acquired a recycling facility in Nashville, Tenn., from SP Recycling Southeast (Atlanta), with plans to integrate the facility into its existing recycling business,
it says. Visit,, or

■ Consolidated Container Co. (Atlanta) has acquired sister companies Envision Plastics, a recycler of high-density polyethylene, and Ecoplast Corp. (Fon­tana, Calif.), a supplier of recycled and custom-compounded resins. Envision has operations at its headquarters in Reidsville, N.C., as well as Chino, Calif. CCC purchased the businesses to increase its access to recycled resin and boost the recycled content of its packaging products, according to news reports. The companies will operate as a stand-alone business under their current names as part of CCC’s Envision/Ecoplast Group. Scott Booth, who served as chief operating officer of Envision, will lead the group as senior vice president and general manager, reporting to CCC CEO Sean Fallmann. Visit,, or

■ Leigh Delaware Holdings (Wilmington, Del.), an affiliate of Leigh Fibers (Well­ford, S.C.), has acquired Industrial Conservation Engineering Recycling (Lake City, S.C.), which recycles postindustrial polymers, corrugated, paper, and metals for companies in the Southeast. The acquired company will retain its name, and its founder, Larry Gay, will serve as president. Visit or

■ Atlas Paper Mills (Miami) has acquired Accurate Paper Recycling (Tampa, Fla.), a supplier of paper recycling services to businesses and recovered fiber to mills in the Southeast. The purchase will allow Atlas to expand its capabilities and accelerate its growth, the firm says. Visit or

Openings and Expansions

■ Pull-A-Part (Atlanta) is opening a self-service used auto parts facility on a 72-acre site in West Mifflin, Pa., its first operation in the Northeast and 29th plant across 13 states. The company expects the operation, which will have about 2,000 end-of-life vehicles on site, to open in early 2015 with 20 to 25 employees, it says. Visit

■ Pratt Industries (Conyers, Ga.) has opened its third recycling facility in South Carolina, a 72,000-square-foot building on a 7.5-acre site in Rock Hill. The facility, which serves businesses, cities, and counties in a 100-mile radius, accepts residential and commercial recyclables such as paper, plastics, and metals. The plant has the capacity to produce 150 tons a day of recyclables, including 100 tons of paper and old corrugated containers, the company says. Pratt uses the paper the facility recovers in its mill in Conyers, which makes 100-percent-recycled paper and packaging. Visit

■ GlyEco (Phoenix) has expanded its services into Canada and is registered to recycle glycols—which are used in antifreeze and coolant—from customers in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, Québec, and Saskatchewan. It will recycle the material at its processing plants in Indiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, and South Dakota. GlyEco says it’s the only registered antifreeze processor in Canada capable of recycling all types of glycol to meet ASTM standards. Visit

■ Plastic Recycling (Indianapolis) is building a new facility in Indianap­olis to recycle postconsumer expanded polystyrene foam items—such as cups, takeout containers, and rigid PS products—collected through U.S. residential curbside collection programs. The company expects the facility, which has rail access, to open in the first quarter of 2015 with 25 employees
and an annual processing capacity of 25 million pounds. Visit

n Eriez (Erie, Pa.) plans to double the manufacturing space for its Xtreme metal detector at its headquarters. The firm credits high sales volume for the expansion and says the addition will help it shorten lead times and better meet demand. The expansion also will help the company meet the demand from the recycling industry for its metal loss monitor, it says. Visit

New Agreements and Partnerships

■ Green EnviroTech Holdings Corp. (Oakdale, Calif.), which converts scrap tires and mixed plastics into oil, has signed an agreement with consultant Tepia Corporation Japan Co. (Tokyo) to identify potential investors, stakeholders, or financial partners to establish GETH plants in the Asian market, assess potential needs for its oil-conversion technology, and conduct sales to appropriate stakeholders and plant operators. Visit or

■ BlueOak Resources (Burlingame, Calif.) has partnered with a consortium of European and domestic investors as well as the Little Rock, Ark.-based Arkansas Teacher Retirement System and Arkansas Development Finance Authority to build a refinery in Osceola, Ark., that will recover metals—including precious metals, copper, and rare earth minerals—from end-of-life electronics. BlueOak anticipates the plant initially will process 15 million pounds of electronic scrap a year and create 50 technical jobs. The parties made an initial investment of $35 million in the new facility, which they expect to open by the end of 2015. Visit,, or

■ Dell (Round Rock, Texas) will use recycled electronic plastics from Wistron Corp. (Taipei, Taiwan) in its upcoming computer line. Wistron, a partner in Dell’s closed-loop supply chain, collects, sorts, and refines circuitboards at its Wistron GreenTech (Texas) Corp. facility in McKinney, Texas, and produces recycled resin from end-of-life electronics plastics at its Wistron Advanced Materials plant in Kunshan, China. Its closed-loop plastic recycling process is the first in the electronics recycling industry to receive third-party certification from UL Environment (Northbrook, Ill.), the company says. Visit,, or

■ Equipment manufacturer Kormann Rockster Recycler (Ennsdorf, Austria) has joined with recyclers Stu Gamble and Brian Barlow to form Rockster Recycler North America (Fort Wayne, Ind.) to market its track-mounted crushers and screens. A parts and service center will operate out of Webster, Mass., and Fort Wayne-based Barlow Strategic Sales & Marketing will develop an independent dealer network throughout the United States and Canada to sell the equipment. Visit or

Awards and Milestones

■ The Plymouth, Utah, recycling facility of Western Metals Recycling (Salt Lake City) has received the Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program designation from the Utah Labor Commission (Salt Lake City). The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Washington, D.C.) established the SHARP award to recognize small work sites that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to workplace safety and health. WMR is a subsidiary of The David J. Joseph Co. (Cincinnati).

In related news, all four locations of Metal Recycling Services (Crescent Springs, Ky.), another DJJ subsidiary, have earned a gold Certificate of Safety Achievement for 2013 from the North Carolina Department of Labor (Raleigh, N.C.). This marks the second consecutive year the state has recognized the MRS facilities in Monroe, Marion, and Whiteville for their safety records and the first year for the firm’s Gastonia plant. To qualify for gold status, an operation must have 10 or more full-time employees, no lost-time accidents, and an incident rate 50 percent below the average for companies in its North American Industry Classification System code. Visit,,,, and

■ Schupan & Sons (Kalamazoo, Mich.) has made the 2014 list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, marking its seventh consecutive year on the list. The program recognizes businesses for their commitment to excellence in employment practices and work environment by assessing their compensation and benefits; employment enrichment, engagement, and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection, and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance. Visit or

■ The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (Washington, D.C.) has recognized five companies for developing packaging technologies and products that do not disrupt or contaminate plastic recycling streams and meet or exceed its testing guidance. American Fuji Seal (Bardstown, Ky.), Avery Dennison Corp. (Glendale, Calif.), and Polysack Flexible Packaging (Negev, Israel) received recognition for new sleeve-label technologies; Plastipak Packaging (Plymouth, Mich.) for digital technology that prints labels directly onto the surface of polyethylene terephthalate containers; and The Kennedy Group (Willoughby, Ohio) for pressure-sensitive polymer film labels that remove cleanly from PET containers and float for easy separation. Visit,,,,, or

■ The Illinois Recycling Association (Oak Park, Ill.) has selected beverage can maker Rexam (Charlotte, N.C.) as the 2014 Excellence in Recycling Award winner in the Outstanding Business Recycling Program category, which recognizes a business for recycling activities that significantly reduce its waste stream. The award honors Rexam for raising awareness of and promoting aluminum can recycling in the local communities in which it operates. Visit or

■ United Electronic Recycling has been certified to the Responsible Recycling (R2) standard at its headquarters location in Carrollton, Texas. Visit

■ Li Tong Group (Hong Kong) has received the NAID AAA Certification for Sanitization Operations from the National Association for Information Destruction (Phoenix), making it the first information technology asset management company in Asia to earn that distinction, the association says. Visit or

■ Moore & Associates (Atlanta), an international consulting firm for the paper recycling industry, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Since its founding, the company has served more than 300 clients and undertaken more than 500 projects worldwide, it says. Visit

■ Sennebogen (Stanley, N.C.) named Gibson Machinery (Oakwood Village, Ohio) the top distributor of its material handlers in the Americas for 2013. Gibson now is in its 10th year as a Sennebogen distributor. The manufacturer also recognized Alta Equipment Co. (Wixom, Mich.) and ASC Construction Equipment USA (Charlotte, N.C.) as its second- and third-place distributors, respectively. Visit,, www., or

Manufacturer Names New Distributor

Terex Construction Americas (Southaven, Miss.) has selected Sargents Equipment & Repair Service (South Chicago Heights, Ill.) as an authorized distributor of its Terex Fuchs material handlers for central and northern Illinois, including the Chicago area, as well as eastern, southern, and northern portions of Wisconsin. Sargents will provide sales and aftermarket support for the Terex Fuchs line from its headquarters and its Gilberts, Ill., branch. Visit or


■ The plastics division of the American Chemistry Council (Washington, D.C.) has created Beyond Recycling: Recovering the Energy in Non-Recycled Plastics, a four-minute, animated video that explores how to convert plastics that are not economically feasible to recycle into various forms of energy, including oil, gas, other liquid or solid fuels, and electricity. The division designed the video to help policymakers, regulators, waste management professionals, or other decisionmakers understand the value of used plastics, it says. Visit

■ Platts Dry Freight Wire—a new daily report—consolidates Platts’ prices, news, and market commentary about dry commodity shipping. The publication, which covers iron ore, coking and thermal coal, steel, alumina, polymers, and more, provides 108 dry freight rate assessments, of which 68 are new and appear exclusively in the report. The assessments—reported in U.S. dollars per ton—include ship descriptions and cargo-size definitions. Platts develops its assessments through daily surveys of ship owners, charterers, dry bulk trade analysts, and brokers, taking into account market indications, bids, and offers. Platts publishes the report as a PDF at the close of the London business day. For a trial subscription or to learn more, visit