The Recycling Today Media Group entered into the conference organizing business in 2000 with the introduction of the Paper Recycling Conference that June in Atlanta. The paper recycling sector responded well to the event, so as a media group we have worked hard to improve and broaden this flagship event while also introducing companion events in other parts of the world.
Prompted by Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based publishing company Media Fusion, we partnered with the firm to introduce the Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Middle East in February 2012. The event received a gratifying response from traders and recyclers not only from that region but also from the Indian subcontinent, Europe, North America and East Asia.
In addition to hosting the second annual Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Middle East in March 2013, we introduced the Middle East Metals Recycling Conference last year.
As with the paper and plastics sector, metals recyclers from the region participated in significant numbers at the conference, as did traders from other parts of the world, again including India, China, Europe and North America.
In just a few weeks, the Recycling Today Media Group and Media Fusion are looking forward to hosting recyclers in Dubai again, as the two events take place consecutively during the week of March 2-5, 2014.
The recycling market in the Middle East remains widely varied from country to country, with a booming construction sector in places such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia generating significant amounts of scrap metal. Additionally, nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council region are paying increasing attention to landfill diversion and the recycling of paper and plastic. The opportunities in the Middle East in 2014 are considerable.
Secondary commodity buyers in India have long used the relatively short Arabian Sea water route to buy materials from Dubai, but traders from within the Middle East and from other parts of the world also are finding new opportunities to engage in commerce.
However, the region also has its challenges, including scrap metal export restrictions in some nations. The programming at our March 2014 conferences in Dubai will not shy away from touching on these challenges while also presenting information on the opportunities (along with numerous receptions and meals allowing traders to network and interact).
The Middle East offers global scrap traders and recycling service providers an opportunity to make new connections and open new doors. I invite individuals interested in finding out more to visit www.metalsrecyclingme.com and http://middleeast.paperrecyclingconference.com and consider making plans to join us in Dubai.
Lights, copper, action
Companies worldwide are dedicated to recycling just about everything; from metal, paper and plastic to electronics, textiles and even Christmas tree lights. In Adam Minter’s new book Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade, the son of a Minnesota scrap yard owner describes how the southern Chinese town of Shijiao started recycling copper from America’s old holiday lights, according to a Nov. 13, 2013, NPR article, “Christmas lights make slippers in global junk yard economy.”
Minter tells NPR that Christmas tree lights are an ideal basic commodity for Chinese scrap recyclers to bring in, despite copper making up only about 28 percent of a load of lights.
“In the United States, where there’s a lot of recycling of copper wire, the American recyclers prefer to recycle wire and cable that was generally more than 80 percent copper. So what they’ll do is export this stuff to China, where there’s huge demand for copper,” Minter tells NPR.
About 43 percent of the global copper demand is in China, he adds.
In Junkyard Planet, Minter profiles a recycling plant in Shijiao that recycles the insulation off of Christmas tree lights, which is then transformed into slipper soles.
“They’ll shred the Christmas tree lights and they’ll use a system that, basically … uses water to float out the insulation and it will be collected and they’ll sell it to a slipper sole manufacturer,” Minter says.
For more information, visit Minter’s website at www.shanghaiscsrap.com.
The city of Boulder, Colo., has completed its decade-long “Recycle Row” concept after Eco-Cycle and its Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) moved to 6400 Arapahoe Ave. Eco-Cycle, a nonprofit recycler, says the new location is easier to find and closer to other zero-waste facilities.
For 33 years, Eco-Cycle worked out of its facility on Old Pearl Street, not too far from its new location. The recycler opened CHaRM in 2001, and it is the first facility of its kind in the nation, Eco-Cycle says. The facility recycles electronics, books, toilets, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, cooking oil, yoga mats and numerous other unusual materials. CHaRM also accepts single-stream recycling, compost materials and scrap metal with or without Freon.
While the street is not named Recycle Row, the 1.2-mile stretch from 63rd Street and Valmount down to CHaRM’s new site is home to every current zero-waste facility in town, according to Eco-Cycle. Next door to CHaRM is Resource, the city’s nonprofit retailer of new and used building material.
Residents can drop off traditional recyclables around the corner on 63rd Street at the Boulder County Recycling Center and also can leave hazardous materials at the Boulder County Hazardous Material Management Facility next door. At the end of Recycle Row, the Boulder County/City of Boulder Yard Waste and Wood Waste Drop-Off Center completes the stretch of zero-waste facilities.
“This process began over a decade ago,” says city of Boulder Environmental Action Project Manager Kara Mertz. “The city of Boulder wanted to create ‘Recycle Row,’ a place where all zero waste facilities were as close to each other as possible to make it convenient for residents and businesses to take care of all their recycling and reuse needs in one place. Moving Resource three years ago and now CHaRM brings two vital community programs into this area.”
Mertz says CHaRM’s move is important to the city’s Zero Waste Master Plan with Eco-Cycle, which is committed to diverting 85 percent or more of its waste from landfill.
Eco-Cycle’s former Executive Director Eric Lombardi says the company looks forward to future innovations in resource conservation. “Here’s to a future of carpet recycling, mattress recycling, and who knows what else,” Lombardi says.
For more information about Recycle Row, visit www.ecocycle.org/recycle-compost-reuse/maps.
Drink pouch brigade
Since 2007, the international recycling and upcycling company TerraCycle, Trenton, N.J., has partnered with Capri Sun to collect and recycle the laminated aluminum foil beverage pouches through the Drink Pouch Brigade. The nationwide campaign has diverted more than 200 million drink pouches from landfills and has donated nearly $4 million to schools and charities, according to TerraCycle.
For each piece of waste returned, participants earn points toward gifts or cash donations to schools or charities of their choice. The program is free, and all shipping costs are paid.
To celebrate communities recycling millions of pouches, Capri Sun has announced a significant increase in prizes and benefits for participants in the new Drink Pouch Brigade Milestone program.
In addition to earning points for each piece of waste collected, participants now have the chance to win recycled products, including a park bench and a playground made entirely from recycled drink pouches, the company says.
Terracycle has made various products from recycled Capri Sun pouches, such as backpacks, purses, wallets, totes and pencil cases.
For more information about the Drink Pouch Brigade Milestone campaign, visit www.terracycle.com/brigades.
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Upstate Shredding to install auto shredder at new Albany, NY, plant
Upstate Shredding, headquartered in Owego, N.Y., has purchased a metal shredding and downstream sorting system for the company’s scrap yard and port facility in Albany, N.Y. Upstate Shredding says the new equipment at the facility, opened in August of 2013, should be operational by early April of 2014.
“We’ve spent years building our metals recycling network in New York and Pennsylvania into a highly efficient system,” Adam Weitsman, president of Upstate Shredding – Ben Weitsman, says. “We have ambitious goals for our Albany yard, and this shredder is the next step in putting that plan of expansion into motion.”
The company says the project represents a $25 million investment that is being funded privately through the company. Weitsman says the company did not seek any government assistance on the project.
The company says several million dollars more could be spent during the next several years to create and develop a network of recycling facilities to feed the new shredder.
“It took us years to build up our feeder yard system around our Owego shredder, and this new shredding location, in addition to our shredder in New Castle (Pennsylvania), which will be operational in the second quarter of 2014, will be the launching pad of the next phase of our expansion,” Weitsman explains. “We’ve examined the markets surrounding the Albany facility, and we plan to make several new acquisitions of scrap yards in the region to develop the network of yards to feed the Albany shredder.”
Wendt Corp., Buffalo, N.Y., will build the shredder and downstream sorting system. Although the installation is smaller than Upstate’s Owego shredding and sorting system, the company says several technological advances have been included, such as separation technologies to recover wire, plastics, nonferrous metals fines.
“We are pleased to have been selected by Upstate Shredding to construct a new state-of-the-art shredding plant at the Albany port facility,” says Tom Wendt Jr. of the Wendt Corp. “It’s a pleasure to be part of Adam Weitsman’s continued growth and success.”
In May 2013, Upstate announced that its second shredder would be installed in New Castle. The company acquired the New Castle yard in December 2012 and says the location provides access to new scrap and steel manufacturing markets.
All Metals Market commissions shredder
All Metals Market, a Fremont, Neb.-based third-generation scrap metal recycling firm, is operating a new auto shredder from the Italian firm Bonfiglioli at its yard in Fremont.
Kevin Yount, president of the company, says the shredder's installation reflects the company’s growth over the past three years. Yount says the equipment primarily will be used to shred sheet metal and other types of scrap.
The shredder is the sixth of its type manufactured by Bonfiglioli that has been installed in the United States, the company says.
The system includes an input hopper, the shredder mill, two drum magnets for sorting ferrous metals and a configuration of conveyors and eddy current magnetic systems. A walkway connecting the components was designed by Facilities Manager Todd Hoppe, who oversaw the system’s installation.
Yount says the decision to install the Bonfiglioli shredder follows All Metals Market’s purchase of a 2,000-ton gravity-feed shear from the company in early 2013. He says it is the first of its type in use in the U.S.
“We have been very pleased with the shear, so we decided to purchase an auto shredder as well,” Yount says. When fully operational, he says the shredder will be able to process between 20 to 30 tons of metal per hour.
The decision to expand All Metals Market’s services follows strong growth for the company over the past three years, Yount says. “We have a clean facility. We are noticing lots of people are staying away from the large city yards. They come to our yards here, and they are not intimidated by the operations.”
Yount also says All Metals Market makes customer service a priority. “If they call us we are out there right away,” he says.
While All Metals Market has seen strong improvement in its retail business, the company says it also has seen a sharp increase in its industrial business. The company has 400 boxes at various locations as well as trailers to quickly service customers. All Metals Market also recently expanded its warehouse.
The Bonfiglioli shredder, purchased through Alan Ross Machinery Corp., features a unique rotor design, dynamic throttling of feedstock and a semiportable downstream nonferrous recovery system, the company says.
E.L. Harvey opens single-stream MRF
E.L. Harvey & Sons, a family-owned recycling firm headquartered in Hopkinton, Mass., has opened a new single-stream recycling facility to serve residents in the Massachusetts cities of Hopkinton and Westborough as well as surrounding areas. Eugene, Ore.-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) designed, manufactured and installed the material recovery facility (MRF). The system is housed in a new 80,000-square-foot building and is permitted to process up to 600 tons of recyclables per day.
The MRF includes screening and optical sorting technology from BHS and NRT and is built to recover more than 95 percent of the available recyclables.
Ben Harvey, president of E. L. Harvey & Sons, says, “This project will help communities and businesses throughout eastern Massachusetts increase recycling rates, decrease disposal costs and lessen the use of traditional disposal sites. It is a step toward helping the commonwealth of Massachusetts Solid Waste Master Plan reach its 56 percent recycling goal.”
“We chose BHS after an intensive comprehensive analysis,” says Steve Harvey, executive vice president of the recycling firm. “A great deal of research and site visits went into the decision; the deciding difference was the superior design and performance of the BHS screens, which gave them the competitive advantage.”
“The Harveys have been leaders in this industry and in their community for decades, and it's an honor for them to place their trust in BHS,” says BHS CEO Steve Miller. “E.L. Harvey & Sons has a great story and a long track record of excellence in operations. I have no doubt that this system will deliver performance for years to come for their business and the communities that they serve.”
Harvey adds, “We have a very good working relationship with BHS. The field support, installation and engineering crews have been top-shelf. The project engineer, Bob Fry, was always available for me. All of our calls, questions and requests have been handled with first-class professionalism and in a very timely manner. They have provided 24-7 service to me, and, believe me, I have tested it.”
USA Hauling & Recycling upgrades its Murphy Road MRF
USA Hauling & Recycling, based in Enfield, Conn., is currently upgrading its Murphy Road Recycling facility in Bridgeport, Conn., with equipment from Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, Stamford, Conn. The commercial single-stream plant was expected to start up in December, 2013.
Owners Frank and Jerry Antonacci chose Van Dyk to help them keep up with tightening market requirements with regard to end product quality.
To meet Murphy Road Recycling’s specific needs, Van Dyk provided a custom-designed solution to improve the facility’s efficiency and end product quality. The upgrade includes infeed conveyors, a Bollegraaf old corrugated containers (OCC) screen and a TITECH optical sorter. According to Van Dyk, the optical sorter will allow the facility to make quick adjustments driven by fluctuating market dynamics.
Van Dyk Recycling Solutions is a North American supplier of recycling and recovery technology and the exclusive distributor of Bollegraaf, Lubo and TITECH machinery.
MOD shortens delivery times on container orders
Material handling product manufacturer Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (MOD), based in Ashtabula, Ohio, says it has cut its average lead time for delivering standard recycling collection carts, bulk trucks and bulk containers in quantity to three weeks from order to arrival.
Approximately 50 percent faster than the commonly accepted delivery time, the MOD speedy deliveries help recycling and waste management companies begin serving commercial recycling program accounts quickly without delaying contract implementation pending arrival of new carts and containers, the company says.
MOD says the shorter average lead time is made possible by its experienced manufacturing team producing consistent, quality-controlled carts and containers using state-of-the-art rotomolding machines. In addition, deliveries are sent from multiple plants throughout the U.S., says MOD President Robert Dunne. The company’s East Coast, West Coast and Midwest plants permit manufacturing to be performed as close to a customer’s facility as possible for direct savings in transit times and freight costs, the company reports.
The short lead times are typically achieved on the entire line of MOD recycling carts and containers, including the Poly-Trux 50P16R collection cart, the 54P-20R electronic waste collection cart and the Ship Shape series reusable bulk containers. Most of the carts and containers nest, stack and cube out trucks and trailers for additional efficiency in transport, the company says.
Rumpke opens new MRF
The waste and recycling company Rumpke, based in Cincinnati, has officially opened its new material recovery facility (MRF) in St. Bernard, Ohio. The MRF replaces Rumpke’s facility that was destroyed by fire in April 2012 and is expected to serve more than 4.5 million residents in the Cincinnati area.
Rumpke invested $32 million in the 100,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres. When fully operational, the MRF will be able to process 55 tons of recyclables per hour. The volume is a significant increase from Rumpke’s earlier facility.
Steve Sargent, director of Rumpke Recycling, says the company built the MRF with future growth in mind.
The equipment used at the facility was designed by Machinex, Plessisville, Quebec.
“Machinex is extremely proud to partner with Rumpke on its state-of-the-art recycling facility,” says Pierre Paré, Machinex CEO. “This system is the achievement of a work team where both companies’ know-how and expertise have been combined. Machinex provided a custom design system that combined with the latest technologies on material separation.”
The facility includes six optical scanners, two eddy current separators and hundreds of spinning discs.
Southern Metals Co. adds eddy current separator
Southern Metals Co., based in Charlotte, N.C., has invested in a new Eriez RevX-E model eccentric eddy current separator (ECS) featuring an eccentric rotor design. The company was previously using an older concentric model ECS in need of repair work. Eriez’s sales representative Dominion Carolina Sales recommended the new ECS.
The RevX-E uses a smaller diameter magnetic rotor offset at the top of a larger outer shell. According to Eriez, this design allows the rotor’s repelling force to be focused in the area closest to the outer shell. Although the eccentric rotor radiates a more focused surface area for separation, Eriez says, this new design reduces ferrous buildup by releasing it from the belt after it has passed through the field.
“The new unit is probably 50 percent more efficient than our older eddy because of the new rotor design,” says Bobby Helbein, owner of Southern Metals. “The eccentric eddy has more throughputs, and it makes a cleaner job of separation.”
After ferrous scrap prices took a considerable upward turn in November, sellers were able not only to hold on to those gains in December but also to fetch several more dollars per ton from domestic consumers.
Sellers of ferrous scrap are benefiting from steady-to-strong purchases by domestic mills, though in some regions they are confronted with winter weather disruptions to supply. Blasts of winter weather moved through the Northeast in particular in December, causing the types of driving and outdoor working conditions that keep some peddlers indoors and smaller yards from seeing much traffic.
Some of the same collectors and small dealers made less active by the weather also have shown an inclination to hold on to material in a rising market, opting to see if there may be a few more dollars per ton to be had in the new year.
This combination of factors helped the American Metal Market (AMM) Midwest Index No. 1 heavy melting steel (HMS) grade receive a healthy boost of more than $23 per ton in December.
Auto shredding plant operators also must have been pleased with December mill purchases, as AMM’s research indicated mills paid an average of nearly $415 per ton for shred, up $25 dollars compared with November.
No. 1 busheling rose the least in the AMM Midwest index in December, but it not only held on to its $30-per-ton November gain but added another $5 per ton to its selling price. At $436 per ton in December, No. 1 busheling finished the year with its highest value in all of 2013.
Heading into 2014 the per-ton price gains are not guaranteed to be long-lived. On the supply side, higher scale prices could draw out more scrap, and there are no guarantees that heavy snowfall will provide numerous disruptions in January or February.
December’s snowfalls were not especially wide ranging, with a recycler based in the center of the country west of the Mississippi River saying his yard had received “just a dusting.” He described activity at his facility in mid-December as “steady—good but not great.”
On the demand side, overseas buyers of U.S. ferrous scrap are still buying sporadically rather than in volumes that would spur additional price gains or even provide a quick floor on pricing.
AMM’s export pricing figures show that buyers off of the East Coast have been particularly reluctant to match domestic prices, with No. 1 HMS selling for just $357 per metric ton in December—well below the price fetched from domestic mills.
As it has for the past few years, the state of the U.S. economy and the steelmaking sector in particular remains difficult to gauge. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Washington, D.C., in the week ending Dec. 14, 2013, domestic raw steel production was 1.82 million net tons, down slightly from the 1.83 million tons produced the week before.
But the week’s output total and capability utilization rate of 75.9 percent were both improvements over the identical week in 2012. Twelve months earlier, weekly production was 1.79 million tons at a capacity rate of 71.7 percent.
With figures now in for all but the last two of the year’s 52 full weeks, it is clear the U.S. will not match its 2012 steelmaking output in 2013. Through mid-December 2013 U.S. mills had churned out 92.35 million tons of steel, down 1.4 percent from the 93.69 million tons produced in the same timeframe in 2012.
Recyclers enter 2014 with many of the same concerns they have had the past few years—fierce competition for material, excess processing capacity in many regions, narrow-to-nonexistent profit margins and a construction sector that is not producing the volume of scrap it was before 2008.
At the end of 2013, new auto shredder plants were being announced and commissioned in Albany, N.Y., and Fremont, Neb., at the same time that Sims Metal Management has reportedly idled shredders in Mobile, Ala., and North Haven, Conn., and OmniSource Corp. has temporarily shut down a shredder in Wilmington, N.C.
The moves seem to indicate some processors have invested for a future rebound while others are trying to line up their operating capacity with the current scrap flows they are experiencing.
Whether scrap flows will change depends in part on construction and demolition activity, as the property development and building industries have continued to lag most other economic sectors in the past three years.
Mike Taylor, executive director of the National Demolition Association (NDA), Doylestown, Pa., says his demo contractor members are seeing gradual improvement. “There is definitely an upswing in the amount of demolition activity,” he says. “Most of our members have some work, and their backlogs are beginning to grow. We still have a ways to go before we reach pre-Great Recession numbers, but things are definitely looking up for the demolition industry in both the U.S. and Canada.”
Additional RMDAS (Raw Material Data Aggregation Service) pricing from Pittsburgh-based Management Science Associates (MSA) is available on the Recycling Today website at www.RecyclingToday.com/RMDAS/Default.aspx.
The American Metal Market (AMM) Midwest Ferrous Scrap Index is calculated based on transaction data received that are then tonnage-weighted and normalized to produce a final index value. The AMM Scrap Index includes material that will be delivered within 30 days to the mill. Spot business included after the 10th of the month will not be included. The detailed methodology is available at www.amm.com/pricing/methodology.html. The AMM Ferrous Scrap Export Indices are calculated based on transaction data received that are then tonnage-weighted and normalized to produce a final index value. The detailed methodology is available at www.amm.com/pricing/methodology.html.