More Materials Excluded from Ban
The range of non-hazardous secondary metals which should be excluded from the provisions of the Basel Convention has been extended. Meeting in Kuala Lumpur in April, the Technical Working Group of the convention decided that clean, uncontaminated secondary beryllium, selenium, tellurium and lead in bulk finished form – including alloys – should not be subject to the scheduled 1998 ban on shipments from Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development countries to non-OECD countries.
The meeting also confirmed the group’s previous decision that uncontaminated secondary iron and steel, copper, nickel, aluminum, tungsten, molybdenum, manganese and precious metals – along with paper and paperboard, textiles, solid plastics, and rubber and glass in non-dispersible form – should be excluded from the ban.
The group also recommended the exclusion of granulated iron and steel slags, some precious metal ashes from the incineration of printed circuit boards, zinc drosses and skimmings, precious metal-bearing residues in solid form, cleaned spent precious metal catalysts and electronic assemblies including printed circuit boards. But it decided to maintain the ban on lead-acid batteries, mercury, arsenic and arsenic compounds, thallium and thallium compounds, some PCB-contaminated precious metal ashes and shredder fluff.
The TWG sought further information before it made a decision on copper com-pounds, zinc compounds, used batteries other than the lead-acid type, residues from aluminum production, copper slags, aluminum skimmings and used pneumatic tires.
Paper Markets Remain Weak; Mills Suffer
Problems with office paper deinking mills con-tinue to crop up across the country. Slumping prices for pulp are putting pressure on many deinking facilities, forcing some to take extended downtime in hopes that the pulp market will come back into balance.
In addition, there are questions about the viability of many of these operations. There have been reports of some pulp being sold for as little as $300 a metric ton on the East Coast. With pulp prices so low, it is impossible for many deinking facilities to sell their product and even break even. Pulp operations electing to take downtime include Stone & Webster’s Auburn, Maine, project; American Fiber Resources’ West Virginia plant, and E.B. Eddy’s Blue Water project in Fort Huron, Mich.
Despite any downtime, there still haven’t been signs of an improvement in many of the high grades. Across the world, pulp producers are closing down to pull excess material off the market. However, there also are a number of new operations which are continuing to dump more material on the market, contributing to the continuing imbalance.
Newark Purchases Nelson-Ball Paper
The Newark Group Inc., Cranford, N.J., has purchased Nelson-Ball Paper Products Inc., Longview, Wash. Nelson-Ball Paper owns and operates facilities in Mira Loma and Stockton, Calif.; Woodburn, Ore.; Longview and Vancouver, Wash.; and Sandy, Utah. The company also has a majority interest in another operation in Canada.
"Nelson-Ball is a major producer of tubes and cores, headers, roll wrap and allied products as well as a paper and paperboard converter for the western states," says Fred von Zuben, president and CEO of The Newark Group. "These operations and their people do an outstanding job for their existing customers and no major changes are anticipated by The Newark Group."
Riverside/Met-Pro Form Joint Venture
Riverside Products, Moline, Ill., makers of the Riverside Rotor, alloy and manganese hammers and various wear parts for the scrap industry, and Metpro Machinery Ltd., Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, U.K., producers of recycling equipment for the scrap metal processing industry, have formed a joint venture. The resulting company, Metpro/Riverside Ltd., is headquartered in Mid Glamorgan and provides products to operators of shredding equipment, including Lindemann, British and Newell.
"The addition of a European site will help us maintain both our in-house production capability and our quick delivery edge," says Claude Robinson, president and chief executive officer of Sivyer Steel Corp., Riverside Products’ parent company.