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Scrap Beat

  • The Northeast Recycling Council (Brattleboro, Vt.) and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (Boston) have published two new guides to recycling end markets in the Northeast. End-Markets for Used Tires in the Northeast, published in October, contains a list of 33 companies that haul or process end-of-life tires or produce tire-derived fuel.
  • The American Chemistry Council’s (Washington, D.C.) Chemical Recycling Alliance has rebranded as the Advanced Recycling Alliance for Plastics, a move it says better reflects the members’ variety of technologies.
  • The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (Abingdon, Md.) has asked the Kenyan government to reverse its decision to ban imports of secondhand clothing and shoes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Voith (Heidenheim, Germany) acquired ELIN Motoren (Weiz, Austria), a maker of electric motors and generators for industrial applications, in December.
  • After closing down its normal operations, Refried Apparel (New Bedford, Mass.)—which recovers and “upcycles” leftover inventory from retailers, particularly items sold by professional and college athletic teams—has started making face masks.
  • The Automotive Recyclers Association (Manassas, Va.) has expressed its “extreme concern” with two recent Subaru of America position statements on vehicle repair
  • The World Economic Forum (Geneva) has created a toolkit to help businesses use blockchain to improve their supply chains.
  • AO Recycling (Telford, United Kingdom) has installed a new plastics processing line with equipment from Advanced Design of Recycling Machines (Telford, United Kingdom), or Ad Rem, and Hamos (Penzberg, Germany).
  • The Association of Plastic Recyclers (Washington, D.C.) has updated its recyclegroceryplastics.org website to include a program summary flyer, an updated “how to” guidebook, and a baled material economics worksheet.
  • Curry Supply will now distribute Stellar Industries’ (Garner, Iowa) complete line of demountable products, including hooklifts, cable hoists, and container carriers, from its Gilbert, Ariz., location.
  • Geomega Resources (Boucherville, Quebec) will modify its rare earth metals recycling pilot plant at the National Research Council in Boucherville to produce hand sanitizer for retirement homes and hospitals to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
  • A lithium-ion battery recycling plant in New York can move forward with construction now that the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a required air emissions permit. SungEel MCC Americas (Endicott, N.Y.) received the permit April 1.
  • Volvo Construction Equipment & Services (Bakersfield, Calif.) is now the exclusive distributor of C.W. Machine Worx (Carroll, Ohio) dust suppression products in California, C.W Machine Worx reports.
  • A cross-functional team of employees at Volvo Construction Equipment’s Shippensburg, Pa., campus prototyped, produced, and delivered more than 1,600 face shields and ear guards to health care providers in Shippensburg and the surrounding region, and they plan to produce more in coming weeks, the company says.
  • The American Chemistry Council (Washington, D.C.) and More Recycling (Sonoma, Calif.) have launched a new online hub, the Recycling Market Development Platform, intended to strengthen the development of end markets for plastics, the groups say.
  • Brightmark Energy (San Francisco) has rebranded itself as Brightmark to better reflect its mission—“to build a world without waste”—and its products and services, including chemical recycling of plastic Nos. 1-7 and ocean plastics.
  • The Aluminum Association (Arlington, Va.), the Can Manufacturers Institute (Washington, D.C.), the Glass Packaging Institute (Arlington, Va.), and the National Association for PET Container Resources (Charlotte, N.C.)—trade associations representing aluminum, glass, and PET container manufacturers—are urging the continuation or resumption of container deposit-return systems in the 10 deposit-program states as government officials make policy decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Packaging manufacturer Cascades (Kingsey Falls, Quebec) is manufacturing pre-cut medical visor parts using recycled plastic in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Circle Economy (Amsterdam), a collaboration among textile collectors, sorters, and recyclers, is commercializing Fibersort, a near-infrared spectroscopy sorting system manufactured by Valvan Baling Systems (Menen, Belgium).
  • The Seattle-based Basel Action Network nonprofit has started a crowdfunding campaign to support migrant shipbreaking workers in Chattogram, Bangladesh, who it says are at risk of losing their jobs and of getting exposed to the novel coronavirus due to cramped working and living spaces.
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