Plan will allow Arizona recycler to ship fiber on rail cars to West Coast port.
The Arizona Daily Star has reported that the paper recycling firm America Chung Nam Inc. (ACNI) , City of Industry, California, has entered an agreement with Arizona’s Port of Tucson, to purchase the recovered fiber collected through the city’s collection program.
The recyclables collected through the city is processed by ReCommunity, Charlotte, North Carolina. While only material collected through Tucson’s collection program is being shipped via rail from Tucson to the Port of Long Beach, California, a spokesman for ReCommunity says that they will look at market opportunities for other locations it operates in Arizona, depending on the price differences between truck and rail shipments to the West Coast.
The Daily Star notes that ACNI will export up to 100 containers of recovered fiber through the program. The port is benefiting from its designation as a dry seaport that can service ocean fright. Prior to the designation, all ocean cargo had to be loaded onto trucks and driven to ports on the West Coast before they were loaded on vessels and exported to Asian mills.
ReCommunity, which processes the recovered fiber produced by the city, has worked with ACNI at several other facilities.
ReCommunity’s 10-year contract with the city began in July 2012. The company ships about 2,500 tons of paper and cardboard per month from the Tucson facility, according to Will Herzog, marketing manager for ReCommunity’s West Coast.