Steel Production Grows 7.5 Percent
World steel output reached
1.3 billion mt in 2007, a 7.5-percent increase from 2006 and the fifth
consecutive year that world crude steel production grew more than 7
percent, the International Iron and Steel Institute (Brussels)
reports. Though 2007's overall output remained high, growth did slow
throughout the year, with year-on-year growth peaking at the end of
the first quarter in nearly all the major producing countries and regions.
2007 steel production reached 489 million mt, a 15.7-percent increase
from 2006. This is a smaller year-on-year increase than China had in
previous years, but the country remains the driver of world steel production
figures: Without China, world crude steel production would only have
grown 3.3 percent. Other BRIC countries maintained moderately high growth;
India and Brazil experienced 7.3-percent and 9.3-percent increases,
respectively. Russian production grew 2 percent.
U.S. steel production fell in the first three quarters of 2007, it turned
around in the fourth with three consecutive months of growth. Total
U.S. crude steel production last year was 97.2 million mt, a 1.4-percent
decrease from 2006. EU steel production, at 210.3 million mt, grew 1.7
percent from 2006.
other IISI news, the organization reports that the steel can is still
the world's most recycled packaging material, according to 2006 data.
During that year, 35 countries reported recycling 6.6 million mt of
steel cans, preventing approximately 11.9 million mt of carbon dioxide
emissions, IISI said. The can recycling rate grew from about 65 percent
in 2005 to 67 percent in 2006.
United States recovered 1.3 million mt of postconsumer steel cans for
recycling, while China, a first-time survey participant, recycled an
estimated 1.2 million mt. The 27 member countries of the European Union
recycled 2.5 million mt of cans that year.
Cities Honored for UBC Collections
approximately 19 pounds of aluminum cans per resident, Des Plaines,
Ill., was one of four winners of the fourth annual Cans for Cash: City
Recycling Challenge, sponsored by Novelis (Atlanta), the U.S.
Conference of Mayors (Washington, D.C.), and Keep America Beautiful
(Stamford, Conn.). Des Plaines, with a population of 58,720 according
to the most recent census, recycled 1.12 million pounds of aluminum
cans to win its population division. The other division winners were
Milwaukee (1.39 million pounds recycled), Fontana, Calif. (774,614 pounds),
and Richmond, Ind. (43,381 pounds). Each city received a $5,000 award.
More than 50 cities competed in the October 2007 contest, collecting
a total of more than 4.5 million pounds of aluminum.
Raises the Bar for Aluminum Recyclers
(Pittsburgh) wants to raise the used beverage can recycling rate in
North America from 52 percent to 75 percent by 2015, the company says.
About 800,000 mt of an annual 1.5 million mt of used beverage cans is
currently recycled in the United States. After peaking at 68 percent
in 1992, the U.S. UBC recycling rate has fallen steadily, Alcoa reports.
The global average is 60 percent.
company outlined several possible approaches to increasing North American
aluminum can recycling rates, including encouraging behavior changes,
making recycling and collection more convenient, creating technical
improvements for processing coated materials, and enhancing commercial
alliances across the industry. Further, it is spending $22 million to
expand the recycling capacity of its Knoxville, Tenn., operations by
nearly 50 percent.
EPA Standards Address Mercury Switches
EPA issued standards Dec. 20, 2007, that require U.S. electric-arc furnace
steel mills to purchase scrap only from recyclers participating in the
National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program, which requires
participants to remove certain mercury-containing switches from scrap
vehicles before they are flattened, shredded, or melted. EPA estimates
that the new requirement will prevent the release of 5 tons of mercury
emissions each year.
Battery Recycling Up in 2007
and Canadian residents recycled more than 6.3 million pounds of rechargeable
batteries in 2007 through the Call2Recycle program, up 12 percent
from 2006, according to the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp.
(Atlanta). The program collects and recycles old cell phones and used
rechargeable batteries from cordless electronic products, including
power tools, two-way radios, cordless and cellular phones, laptop computers,
digital cameras, and camcorders. The program attributes the increase
in collection numbers to several efforts, including Circuit City's
expanded recycling campaign, a new New York City rechargeable battery
recycling law, New Mexico's recycling awareness month, and RBRC's
10-year anniversary in Canada.
Marks 80th Birthday
Bros. Co. (Kansas City, Mo.) is celebrating its 80th anniversary
as a metal recycler this year. Beginning in 1928, Harry Mallin led a
horse-drawn wagon through Kansas City, buying recyclables such as bottles,
rags, magazines, copper, aluminum, and scrap iron. Over the years, the
company expanded under the direction of Harry's son and current CEO,
Larry Mallin. Today, the firm has a shredding operation and one of the
country's largest copper and aluminum wire-processing facilities.
Harry Mallin's grandson, Jeffrey Mallin, now serves as the firm's
Nucor Corp. (Charlotte, N.C.) is acquiring The David J. Joseph
Co. (Cincinnati) from SHV North America Corp. for approximately
$1.44 billion, the company announced in February. DJJ will become a
wholly owned subsidiary of Nucor and will maintain its headquarters
in Cincinnati. Nucor says the acquisition will complement its raw materials
strategy and enable it to process approximately 4 million tons of ferrous
scrap annually. The purchase also gives Nucor access to DJJ's large
private railcar fleet in North America and expands its ability to source
a variety of steelmaking raw materials through DJJ's extensive brokerage
- In related news, DJJ has agreed to buy Galamba Metals Group (Kansas
City, Mo.). Galamba operates 16 full-service scrap processing facilities—including
two automobile shredders—in Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas, and it
employs 385 people. Galamba's employees and management will remain
with the company, which will become DJJ's fifth wholly owned regional
scrap processing company.
Schnitzer Steel Industries (Portland, Ore.) is purchasing J.T.
Knight (Columbus, Ga.) through its subsidiary, Schnitzer Southeast,
formerly Regional Recycling. The acquisition is the company's third
in a continuing effort to expand its presence in the Southeast. Upon
the deal's completion, Schnitzer will have 12 metal recycling facilities
in Alabama and Georgia. Its Georgia facilities are in Atlanta, Bainbridge,
Cartersville, Gainesville, Rossville, Albany, and Columbus. Its Alabama
facilities are in Attalla, Birmingham, Selma, and Dothan.
Icahn Enterprises (New York) has bought PSC Metals (Mayfield
Heights, Ohio) from Philip Services Corp. (Houston) for $335
million in a cash transaction. In the 2007 fiscal year, PSC had revenues
of approximately $776 million.
Alter Trading Corp. (St. Louis) has acquired Doggett Auto &
Miss.). Doggett will expand its operations from solely car and truck
processing to buying and processing all grades of ferrous and nonferrous
metals. It will now be Doggett Recycling, a division of Alter Metal
Recycling. Owner Jerry Doggett will continue his active involvement
in the business, and Cody Waite, formerly manager of Alter's Norfolk,
Neb., facility, will serve as facility manager at Doggett.
AMG Resources Corp. (Pittsburgh) has purchased Midwest Steel
& Alloy (Cleveland), which has a commercial office in Yorkville,
Ill., and a Youngstown, Ohio, 50-acre processing facility with CSX and
Norfolk Southern railroad service. The company specializes in railcar
dismantling and parts reclamation, mill roll processing, and heavy burning.
Midwest President Bob Wallens will continue his responsibilities as
head of the company, and AMG will operate the business as Midwest Steel
& Alloy, a division of AMG. The company and its affiliates now operate
14 scrap metal processing facilities and 14 brokerage offices throughout
the United States and United Kingdom.
Interseroh (Köln, Germany) has purchased a 25-percent share of
ProTrade Group (Hudson, Ohio) in an agreement that allows it to
increase the share to 75 percent in the future. With an electronic scrap
shredder in Florida, two auto shredders in the Midwest, and several
trading offices, ProTrade trades more than 1 million tons of scrap a
year and has annual revenues of $250 million. Interseroh, which has
more than 70 locations and nearly 1,700 employees in Europe, will use
this acquisition to enter the U.S. steel scrap market with a volume
of about 60 million tons a year.
Austin, Texas-based paper recycler Balcones Resources is merging
with document destruction service provider Austin Shred (Austin).
The new company, Austin Shred, a Balcones Resources company, will operate
Austin Shred as the Central Texas arm of Balcones' secure document
destruction operation. Austin Shred Vice President Shane Mericle will
serve as vice president of operations for the new company, which will
inherit Austin Shred's 350 customers and processing capacity of more
than 1,000 tons a month.
www.balconesresources.com or www.austinshred.com.
White Birch Paper Co. (Greenwich, Conn.) is purchasing newsprint
producer SP Newsprint Co. (Atlanta) from Cox Enterprises (Atlanta),
McClatchy Co. (Sacramento, Calif.), and Media General (Richmond, Va.)
for $350 million in an all-cash transaction. The acquisition includes
the firm's paper recycling division, SP Recycling Corp., and
its mills in Dublin, Ga., and Newberg, Ore., which produce approximately
1 million tons of newsprint annually. White Birch is the second-largest
producer of news-print in North America, with production totaling about
1.4 million mt.
KMR Group subsidiary KMR Stainless (Dordrecht, Netherlands) has
acquired the stainless steel scrap operations of Capricorn Stainless
from its owner, Fondel Commodities (Rotterdam, Netherlands).
KMR will now operate its stainless business under the name Oryx Stainless.
This acquisition reportedly makes the KMR Group the world's third-largest
stainless steel scrap dealer.
AERC.com (Flanders, N.J.) has acquired the secure data destruction
and disposal system operations, contracts, and management software of
DynTek (Irvine, Calif.). The sale includes the transfer of DynTek's
secure asset management software program and related intellectual property
and the company's secure data destruction contract with Virginia.
AERC says that DynTek's SSDS operations will complement its Com-Cycle
electronics recycling subsidiary.
Meretec (London) has sold its East Chicago, Ind., plant, along with
a 10-year license to use its dezincing technology in the Chicago area,
to CMA Corp. (Sydney, Australia) for $17.5 million over 10 years.
CMA will use the East Chicago plant and technology to sell and market
steel and zinc in the United States. Meretec's Knowledge Center, which
supports licensees of the dezincing technology and promotes new licenses
worldwide, will continue to operate its research and marketing activities
from the East Chicago facility, and Meretec will share in the plant's
www.cmacorp.com or www.meretec.com.
AbitibiBowater (Montréal) is selling its Snowflake, Ariz., recycled
newsprint mill to Catalyst Paper Corp. (Richmond, British Columbia)
for $161 million, excluding about $19 million of working capital AbitibiBowater
is retaining. The Snowflake facility has the capacity to produce about
375,000 mt of newsprint annually. The U.S. Department of Justice mandated
the facility's sale as a condition of the merger of Abitibi Consolidated
www.abitibibowater.com or www.catalystpaper.com.
Sims Group's Sims Recycling Solutions division (West Chicago,
Ill.) has purchased electronics recycler Accu-Shred (Mississauga,
Ontario), positioning it for further growth in Canada, the firm says.
Umicore (Brussels) has acquired Imperial Smelting & Refining
Co. (Toronto), which currently employs 70 people and generated revenues
of $8.5 million in 2006. Umicore will integrate the company into its
jewelry and electroplating business unit, which has locations in Belgium,
Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and Asia. Imperial will continue
to trade under the same name. The purchase gives Umicore an entry into
the North American jewelry market, the company said.
Sets Aluminum Recycling Target
on its previous goal to recycle or reuse 100 percent of its PET plastic
bottles, The Coca-Cola Co. (Atlanta) announced a long-term target
to recycle or reuse 100 percent of its aluminum beverage cans in the
United States. The company currently uses an average of 60 percent recycled
aluminum in its beverage cans. By the end of this year, the company
expects to recycle more than 100 million pounds each of aluminum and
Is Now Cronimet
CRONIMET Group (Karlsruhe, Germany) will integrate CRONIFER
(Moerdijk, Holland) under the CRONIMET Holding umbrella and operate
it under the CRONIMET name.
Openings and Expansions
Blaze Recycling &
Metals (Norcross, Ga.) will open its second yard in Alabama on a
22-acre site in Montgomery. The company will operate a full-service
ferrous and nonferrous buying yard, possibly adding an automobile shredder
in the future. The yard will provide access to southern Alabama and
northern Florida markets and will serve as a feeder yard for the company's
shredder under construction in Phenix City, Ala.
AA Midwest (Chicago) has begun constructing a new 80,000-square-foot
auto-dismantling facility in Blue Island, Ill., to help meet increasing
export demand for vehicle parts. The company will dedicate more than
50,000 square feet
the space to its automotive recycling business, which processes about
40 vehicles a week.
Sonoco (Hartsville, S.C.) has relocated its Charleston, S.C., recycling
operation to a new, 30,000-square-foot building on a 5-acre site 1.5
miles away in North Charleston. The new facility, which will have an
annual capacity of approximately 250 million pounds of recyclables,
accepts and processes most OCC and other paper grades as well as metals
and plastics. It will accept public drop-offs and offers flatbed pickup
of baled material; van service for loose, palletized, or baled material;
and roll-off service for 30- to 40-yard open- and closed-top containers.
Xstrata Copper (Brisbane, Australia) plans to double its electronic
scrap recycling capacity at its Horne smelter (Rouyn-Noranda, Québec).
Once completed, the smelter will have an annual capacity of 100,000
mt. The company expects the expansion's first phase to be up and running
by January 2009 and the second phase by January 2010.
Allied-Gator, a manufacturer of hydraulic attachments and other
tools for material handling and processing, is constructing a 469,000-square-foot
manufacturing facility (below) just behind its headquarters in Youngstown,
Ohio. With a workspace nearly 40 times larger than the firm's current
facility, the operation will span nearly 11 acres under its roof. It
will house 22 overhead cranes ranging in capacity from 10 to 120 tons,
the largest of which will span 130 feet with a 336-foot runway and maximum
rail height of 47 feet. The first section, which will open in May 2008,
will host warehouse, assembly, machining, and heavy machining bays.
The second section, scheduled to open by the end of 2008, will house
fabrication and heavy fabrication, plate burning, detailing, and heavy-equipment
Vecoplan (High Point, N.C.) will add approximately 15,000 square
Shred Truck manufacturing facility in Archdale, N.C., to keep up with
demand for the company's VST-32 shred trucks. The company is also
expanding to accommodate new technologies it plans to add to its mobile
document destruction systems line.
Carrier Vibrating Equipment (Louisville, Ky.) has opened an 8,400-square-meter
manufacturing facility in Shanghai to enhance its ability to serve its
Pacific Rim clients. The state-of-the-art facility will support local
service and sales personnel that have operated in China for more than
City Combines Subsidiaries
City IMS Corp. (Glassport, Pa.) has merged its Tube City and International
Mill Service operating subsidiaries. The newly merged company is Tube
City IMS. The new company will continue to operate under the trade names
Tube City Division, Tube City IMS, and IMS Division, Tube City IMS.
The company has renamed its Canadian subsidiary from International Mill
Service to Tube City IMS Canada. The firm's existing operations and
structure are not affected.
Nini Krever, president of scrap paper export brokerage company Traders
International Corp. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), will manage export
sales for Wilmington Paper/Recycling Management Systems (Wilmington,
Del.), a scrap paper company that handles fiber from folding carton
plants across North America and Europe. Krever will run this new division
from the Traders office in Florida.
European Metal Recycling (Warrington, England) and MBA Polymers
(Richmond, Calif.) are building and operating a state-of-the-art plastic
recycling facility in the United Kingdom under the name MBA Polymers
UK. MBA will be majority owner of the company, which will recover
plastics from upgraded automobile and electronic shredder residue. Scrap
processors around the world dispose of more than an estimated 10 million
tons of plastics from shredders annually, the company says. Under the
new venture, EMR will concentrate the plastic fraction of the shredder
residue from its large-scale metal recycling operations throughout the
UK. The new facility will clean, sort, and upgrade the plastics, which
MBA will then sell to its customers. The additional processing will
capture a higher percentage of metals and help EMR meet stringent EU
requirements for vehicle and electronics recycling. Scheduled to commence
operations in early 2009, the new facility will have a 60,000-mt annual
capacity. The companies anticipate that for every ton of virgin plastic
the facility replaces, it will save 2 to 3 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
www.emrltd.com or www. mbapolymers.com.
The U.S. Transportation Department's Maritime Administration (Washington,
D.C.) has awarded contracts to Marine Metals and Esco Marine,
both of Brownsville, Texas, for removing and scrapping four ships from
the James River national defense reserve fleet in Newport News, Va.,
and one from the Beaumont reserve fleet in Texas. The federal government
will pay the firms more than $2.5 million to dismantle the ships.
ArcelorMittal's ALZ Genk stainless steel works (Genk, Belgium)
has awarded Harsco Corp.'s (Camp Hill, Pa.) MultiServ mill
services division a nine-year contract valued at more than $100 million.
MultiServ will manage ALZ Genk's complete scrap and slab yard operations.
MultiServ already provides this and another ArcelorMittal stainless
steelworks location with a range of ser-vices that includes on-site
slag pot transport, metal recovery, slab grinding, and scrap oxycutting.
also will increase its on-site mill services to seamless tube producer
V&M do Brasil (Barreiro, Brazil), part of Vallourec & Mannesmann
Tubes, under a five-year contract valued at more than $30 million. Under
the new contract, MultiServ will provide on-site product handling, warehouse
support, and management of the mill's internal yards. The company
has provided on-site transport of the mill's finished and semifinished
products since 2002.
other MultiServ news, the firm received 10-year contract extensions,
expected to generate more than $75 million in additional new revenues,
from two major steel plants. At the Corus IJmuiden strip product
works (IJmuiden, Netherlands), the firm will further develop its on-site
slag handling and processing systems. At the Nucor Yamato works
(Armorel, Ark.), MultiServ will expand its role to include transporting
ladles on site to the mill's new strip casting facility.
Terex Crane (Westport, Conn.) has named ALL Erection & Crane
Rental Corp. (Cleveland) a tier-one dealer for all of its brands
in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The company
will have exclusive territory responsibility in all of these states
LBX Co. (Lexington, Ky.) has named H&E Equipment Services
(Baton Rouge, La.) as the authorized dealer of its Link-Belt material
handlers in Mississippi, western Tennessee, and the Memphis, Tenn.,
trade area. Link-Belt also recently named the company its distributor
in the mid-Atlantic region.
www.he-equipment.com or www.lbxco.com.
Sales and Installations
Harris Waste Management Group (Peachtree City, Ga.) has installed
a new-generation Badger two-ram baler at Prince Recycling (Great
Dunmow, England). The machine replaces a Harris HRB 1 the company had
operated since 1988.
further Harris news, Yaffe Cos. (Muskogee, Okla.) has purchased a Harris
HS 80115 shredder system for its Glickman Metal Recycling (Wichita,
Metso Minerals Industries (San Antonio) will supply a complete metal
recycling plant to European Metal Recycling's Minneapolis facility.
The system comprises a metal shredder with a ferrous downstream and
a customized emission filtration system, a nonferrous plant system,
and a standalone scrap shear. When completed, the fully enclosed shredder
will have the capacity to process slightly less than 100 tons of scrap
an hour. Metso's AutoPilot control system will regulate the system's
Consolidated Scrap Resources (Harrisburg, Pa.) has installed nonferrous
separating system upgrades from Metal Shredding Solutions (San Antonio)
to supplement its existing eddy-current machines at its Harrisburg location.
The new equipment includes a double-deck bivi-TEC 1900 x 7M pre-ferrous
magnetic separator, 80-inch-wide Steinert eddy-current fines separator,
two 80-inch-wide Steinert ISS metal poppers, a motor control center,
eight conveyors, and platforms and enclosures.
SA Recycling (Anaheim) has installed a Dust Control Technology
(Peoria, Ill.) Dust Boss DB-60 at its Anaheim and Terminal Island operations.
The high-volume ducted fan dust suppressor, mounted on a moveable carriage,
releases 50- to 200-micron water droplets into a 21,000-square-foot
area. The facility plans to use the equipment when loading or moving
Midrex Technologies (Charlotte, N.C.) and Technip Germany
(Düsseldorf, Germany) are establishing Midrex direct-reduction plants
in Egypt and Algeria for Ezz Steel (Cairo, Egypt). Midrex and
Technip will provide turnkey services to the proposed 1.65 million mt
per year Midrex Megamod plants. The planned Egyptian direct-reduction
plant will be at Ezz Steel's existing Ain Sokhna, Suez, site to provide
an additional captive supply of DRI for local melt shop use. The plant's
construction will begin in late 2008.
Steel currently owns three Midrex plants in El Dikheila, Egypt. The
companies will announce the Algerian plant's location and construction
The Tube City IMS Granite City, Ill., operation has received
ISO 9001:2000 quality management system certification from Steel Related
Industries Quality System Registrar (Wexford, Pa.).
Triple M Metal (Brampton, Ontario) and Barrie Metals Group
(Barrie, Ontario) were identified as two of Canada's 50 best-managed
companies for the second year in a row. Sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC
Commercial Banking, National Post, and Queen's School of Business,
the honor recognizes businesses that have demonstrated sustainable growth
through their strategy, capability, and commitment.
www.triplemmetal.com or www.barriemetals.com.
Andreas Pinkwart, minister of innovation for the German state of North
Rhine-Westphalia, recently honored Steinert Elektromagnetbau
(Köln, Germany) and its separation technology business unit for their
innovation in both product development and international market development
at an event hosted by nonprofit Förderverein Zenit.
Energy Management Systems (Indianapolis) recently presented Wastequip
Indiana (Winamac, Ind.) with its Environmental Stewardship Award
for the company's commitment to saving energy in its operations. After
upgrading its lighting and installing better HVAC controls, the firm
saved more than $250,000 in energy costs, reduced carbon dioxide emissions
by more than 600 tons, and in the lighting upgrade alone saved more
than 61 percent on energy costs annually.
Office Depot (Delray Beach, Fla.) has received the Environmental
Partner Award from Webster Industries (Peabody, Mass.) for its sales
of ReClaim trash bags, which Webster produces. In 2006, Office Depot's
sale of ReClaim bags—which contain 75-percent recycled material—10
percent of which is postconsumer—helped keep more than 813,794 pounds
of plastic out of landfills and incinerators, the company says.
Cans for Habitat, a national partnership between Habitat for Humanity
International (Americus, Ga.) and the Aluminum Association (Washington,
D.C.), has recognized Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity
(Grand Island, Neb.) as the top can recycler in 2007 with a $30,000
grant. The organization judged Habitat affiliates applying for the grant
in two areas: total pounds recycled and publicity efforts to promote
local recycling programs. Grand Island HFH recycled 54,820 pounds of
cans in 2007, earning more than $35,650 it will use with the $30,000
grant to build HFH homes in partnership with families in need.
2007, more than 80 HFH affiliates participated in the grant program,
recycling 492,660 pounds of cans and generating more than $337,360.
Quanex Corp.'s (Houston) subsidiary Nichols Aluminum Davenport
(Davenport, Iowa) received a Return on Environment Award from General
Electric Water & Process Technologies (Trevose, Pa.) for saving
millions of gallons of water and $60,000 in wastewater treatment costs
through collaborative efforts with General Electric.
www.gewater.com or www.quanex.com.
Panasonic Corp. (Secaucus, N.J.), Sharp Electronics Corp.
(Mahwah, N.J.), and Toshiba America Consumer Products (Wayne,
N.J.) have formed the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management
Co. (MRM) to help electronics manufacturers meet state e-scrap mandates.
The joint venture will serve the needs of electronics manufacturers
responsible for the takeback of their products under new recycling laws
such as those in Minnesota. The company also hopes to make electronics
recycling more convenient for consumers. Electronics manufacturers including
Hitachi, JVC, Mitsubishi, Philips, Pioneer, and Sanyo have hired MRM
to provide collection and recycling services and plan recycling programs
in states with and without takeback legislation, the companies say.
The EPA's Plug-In to eCycling program has joined with cell
phone manufacturers, service providers, and retailers to launch the
Recycle Your Cell Phone. It's An Easy Call campaign, which encourages
Americans to recycle or donate their unwanted cell phones. The campaign's
print public service announcements highlight the convenience and environmental
and social benefits of recycling a cell phone, and downloadable podcasts
feature electronics recycling experts discussing the many ways consumers
can reuse and recycle their electronics. EPA says it has targeted cell
phones in this new endeavor because consumers still do not seem to know
where or how they can recycle them.
ReCellular (Dexter, Mich.) processed more than 6 million used cell
phones in 2007, the most ever by a recycling company, it says. The company
gets its phones from corporate, charitable, and grassroots programs,
refurbishing and reselling more than half of them and processing the
rest at its facilities in Michigan, Texas, Hong Kong, and Brazil. In
doing so, it raised more than $20 million for its 50 nonprofit partners.
company recycled 768,434 pounds of phone components in 2007 and 242,667
pounds of corrugated, paper, and plastic packaging material to meet
its zero-waste policy standard.
American Retroworks (Middlebury, Vt.) kicked off its Mexican partnership,
Retroworks de México, with an electronics recycling collection
event in Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 5. Held in conjunction with Tucson Clean
& Beautiful, the event collected TVs, home entertainment equipment,
computers, monitors, printers, cell phones, and other electronics.
de México (Sonora, Mexico) is a joint venture between American Retroworks
and a Mexican women's cooperative. The partnership aims to provide
affordable electronics recycling to residents in Arizona and Mexico
while creating jobs in a depressed region of Mexico.
ASL Recycling (San Jose, Calif.) is launching 49 GREENspot drop-off
locations in Northern California as part of its GREENetwork endeavor
to unite key stakeholders in electronics recycling efforts. The locations
accept TVs, monitors, computers, cell phones, and other electronics
from businesses and consumers at no cost. GREENetwork, which aims to
be the first statewide network of electronics drop-off locations, plans
to open more locations throughout California in the coming months.
Implementation of the EU's waste electrical and electronic equipment
directive has so far been a failure, according to “Toward Sustainable
WEEE Recycling,” a January 2008 report from the European Electronics
Recyclers Association (Arnhem, Netherlands). Among the report's
criticisms are that less than 30 percent of WEEE materials are being
collected; that uneven interpretation and enforcement have led to “an
uneven playing field with shady business practices”; that exporters
are illegally sending end-of-life electronics to non-OECD countries
under the false heading of reuse; that substantial volumes of WEEE are
untracked because they're categorized as business-to-business use;
and that unscrupulous traders are selling WEEE materials without ensuring
that their downstream processing is done in an environmentally sound
manner. The report proposes nine improvements that include harmonizing
WEEE implementation and interpretation across the EU; better controlling
the electronics reuse market through separate regulation; basing mandated
collection rates on each country's electronic sales volume, with a
minimum rate of 50 percent; further regulating end-of-life business-to-business
electronics; and placing more of a burden on producers and retailers
to prove their WEEE is recycled properly.
other EERA news, the association, along with the European Committee
of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers and the WEEE Forum, have agreed
on a voluntary standard pertaining to collecting, transporting, storing,
and treating end-of-life household cooling and freezing appliances that
could contain chlorofluorocarbons, hydrochlorofluorocarbons, and hydrofluorocarbons.
The standard complements the EU's WEEE directive on electronic equipment
and Regulation 2037/2000 on substances that deplete the ozone layer.
The standard is available free from the three organizations.
www.eera-recyclers.com, www. weee-forum.org, or www.ceced.eu.
Announces Patronage Dividend
(New Philadelphia, Ohio), the purchasing cooperative for the recycling
industry, has declared a 1.5-percent patronage dividend in 2007. Calculated
on the purchases a member or associate made at the cooperative, the
dividend further reduces the purchase price of supplies and equipment.
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associations and organizations, government agencies and regulators,
product and service providers, publications, libraries, conferences
and trade shows, and more. One section of the book summarizes major
environmental issues Canada currently faces, including regulatory trends
and a month-by-month chronology of events. The 900-page book is available
in print for $315 plus shipping or online as part of a subscription
to the publisher's Canada Information Resource Center.
MinorMetals.com (London) is launching a free service that provides
market professionals in the minor metals sector with market prices on
their mobile phones or personal digital assistants. Users can view the
latest contributed prices, chart images, a price history, and the latest
foreign exchange rates under this new service, which is compatible with
any web-enabled mobile device.
The National Demolition Association (Doylestown, Pa.) is offering
free copies of a study conducted under the aegis of the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers that looks at the connection between lead on painted buildings
and lead in aggregate produced from those buildings' demolition. The
report found that there is no environmental or health risk to workers
involved in crushing and recycling concrete containing lead-based paint,
so long as they follow lead-compliance work protocols. The report, “LBP
Concerns in Producing Recycled Concrete Aggregate from Former Fort Ord
Housing,” or the Cosper report, is based on a study of the demolition
of family housing at Fort Ord, Calif., which is typical of older Army
U.S. EPA has released two publications to help immigrants understand
their role in creating cleaner and healthier communities. The first,
Teach English, Teach about the Environment, is a curriculum to help
teach adults English while introducing basic environmental concepts
and individual environmental responsibilities. The second, Working Together
for a Healthy Environment—A Guide for Multi-Cultural Community Groups,
helps community organizations plan and execute events promoting reduce,
reuse, and recycle.
www.epa.gov/epaoswer/education/teachers.htm or www.epa.gov/osw/community.htm.
Iraqis Get Scrapping
Iraqi workers have begun reducing
damaged and unusable U.S. military vehicles into scrap metal that the
U.S. Defense Reutilization Material Office will sell to an Iraqi steel
business to melt in its foundry. The 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment's
Regimental Support Squadron “Muleskinners” has been working with
the Iraqi Business and Industrial Zone and the Defense
Reutilization and Marketing Service to create employment opportunities
in Iraq and provide Iraqi workers with technical oversight, escort,
and transportation support. After an initial orientation, safety courses,
and demonstrations, the team of 14 Iraqis demilitarized 16 Humvee turrets
in a few hours. At full capacity, the team should be able to process
several quarter-ton trucks or equivalent vehicles daily, officials said.
It's a Dirty Job, But Someone's
Got to Do It
The popular Discovery Channel
series Dirty Jobs recently returned to Cash's Scrap
Metal & Iron (St. Louis) to film a second episode at the company's
river terminal. The show previously visited the yard in August 2005
for a segment on processing and salvaging scrap. During that visit,
host Mike Rowe (right) operated cranes, loaded railroad cars, and sheared
bridge beams at Cash's headquarters. In the most recent episode, which
aired Jan. 15 but will repeat, Rowe helped Cash's employees cut up
a barge before heading north to St. Louis-based Alton Steel, where he
worked in the steel mill. Cash's President
Stuart Block (left) said he was "delighted" that his company was
twice featured on the national series—though he ended up on the cutting-room
floor both times.
Scrap "Can" Be Art
Red Bull (Santa Monica,
Calif.) is accepting entries for its 2008 Red Bull Art of Can national
juried exhibition, July 11-25 in Houston. Sculptures, paintings, digital
and graphic designs, and various forms of mixed media inspired by Red
Bull or incorporating the Red Bull can are eligible for the contest.
All artwork must be submitted by April 6. A panel of judges from the
Houston art community will review each piece based on creativity, execution,
and construction. Red Bull will feature entries with the highest marks
in the 2008 Red Bull Art of Can exhibit, will give them national recognition
and exposure, and might use them in an advertising campaign.
contest's first prize includes an all-expense-paid trip for two to
Art Basel in Switzerland; the second prize is an all-expense-paid trip
for two to Art Basel in Miami Beach; and the third prize is a custom
local art experience.
Grants Target Tire-Pile Cleanups
of Environmental Quality has launched a $3.9 million initiative
to clean up piles of scrap tires in the state. It is awarding the grants
based on the estimated number of scrap tires on a property, allotting
$1 for each tire at a site. The state expects work to begin at the sites
in the next couple of months, and property owners have until Aug. 31
to properly dispose of the tires, though the state can grant extensions.
Environmental Rubber Recycling
(Saginaw, Mich.) will receive most of the tires and shred them into
2-inch chips for use as cover in landfills throughout Michigan. It also
sells the material out of state for tire-derived fuel or asphalt rubber
Michigan started its efforts
to clean up discarded tires in 1991, when lawmakers passed a scrap tire
law in response to a series of tire fires that released pollutants into