April 28, 2014
RTGE Staff


Sonoco Alcore opens tubes and cores plant in Russia

Sonoco Alcore, a subsidiary of the United States-based packaging firm Sonoco, has opened a plant in Schekino, Tula, Russia. The plant is the third and largest manufacturing plant for Sonoco in Russia. Sonoco Alcore says the move will serve to consolidate its presence in Russia, which it calls one of the fastest growing European markets for industrial paper cores and tubes.

According to Sonoco, the $4 million facility will more than double annual production capacity in Russia to about 17,000 tonnes. The facility also will allow Sonoco Alcore to extend its capabilities into new markets.

Sonoco says the new site links directly to Sonoco Alcore’s technology center in Finland, which it says is able to optimize cores for any applications. The new plant will use 100% recycled fiber, recyclable glue and alcohol-based inks and all products are recyclable at end of life, according to Sonoco.

“The Russian tube and core market is estimated to be around 100,000 metric tons per year, with 4% year-on-year growth, which represents a huge opportunity for us,” says Karsten Kemmerling, Sonoco Alcore’s sales director. “In 2013, we managed to increase our existing share by 50% on the previous year—and we plan to grow this to a market-leading position of 30% by 2016,” adds Kemmerling.


Alba Group opens new export terminal

The Alba Group, a recycling and environmental services firm headquartered in Germany, has opened a new export terminal at the port of Amsterdam. The company says the new facility will facilitate sales of ferrous and nonferrous scrap, recovered paper and scrap plastics throughout the world.

Alba Group says the new terminal will be operated by its Alba Scrap Trading BV (AST) subsidiary, which is located at the new terminal. The new terminal is more than five times as big as the previous Alba site in Dordrecht, Netherlands. In the future, ships with a loading capacity of up to 50,000 tonnes and a draft of 12.5 metres will be loaded at the new terminal.

The terminal is situated on 27,000 square metres of space and it has a storage capacity of more than 200,000 tonnes. The company says it is equipped with a material handler, a wheeled loader and a mobile harbor crane (Liebherr LHM 550). The crane has a load-bearing capacity of 40 tonnes and a total reach of up to 50 metres. The site also features a storage hall and an administration building.

The company says the new terminal operates as a collection and transhipment point primarily for ferrous scrap and for other secondary materials.


REW Istanbul 2014 event set for mid-June

The 10th annual REW Istanbul event (Recycling, Environmental Technologies and Waste Management International Fair) organized by Istanbul Fuar Hizmetleri A.S. (IFO), an affiliate of London-based Tarsus Group, takes place 12-14 June, 2014.

Trade show organisers say they expect the event to attract some 400 exhibitor companies from 25 countries and around 12,500 local and international attendees. The event, designed for enterprises and professionals involved in the solid waste, water and waste water, waste gas and green energy sectors, takes place at Tuyap Beylikduzu Fair and Congress Center.

The event will be larger than the 2013 version, the organisers say, and takes place on 20,000 square metres of space in three different halls this year. Keeping with tradition, the environmental technologies event will feature new products, innovations and practices. Equipment on display is expected to include waste collection and carriage vehicles; separation, treatment and press machinery; recycling systems; renewable energy technologies; and urban environmental cleaning tools and vehicles.

According to IFO, REW Istanbul opened its doors in 2005 when there was no such established industry event in Turkey, and the event is celebrating its 10th year with growth on a year-on-year basis. Last year the fair hosted 9,196 visitors from 57 different countries.

The event’s organisers say REW Istanbul is designed to be a summit in which recycling, waste management and environmental agendas are discussed on an international scale.

Program details and information about REW Istanbul 2014 can be found at


Saica acquires Turkish paperboard producer OMK

Saica, a Spain-based paper and packaging company with paperboard mills in Spain, France and the United Kingdom, has announced the acquisition of the Turkish corrugated manufacturer OMK. The acquired company employs 260 people and has annual sales of around €20 million.

“This is an important acquisition for Saica as it not only gives us a strong position in a rapidly developing market but also enables us to better serve our key customers throughout their European operations,” says Ramón Alejandro, president of Saica.

The acquisition of OMK is the second for the company in 2014. In February, the company announced it would take over Microlan, a Spanish manufacturer of containerboard and corrugated packaging.


BMRA appoints new board members

The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA ) has appointed five new board members to fill vacancies and replace members who are retiring.

The five new members of BMRA’s board are David Barraclough, director of Robinson & Birdsell; John Boyd, managing director at JSB Metals; Susie Burrage, director of Recycled Products; John Rice, a director of Metal & Waste; and Alasdair Jackson, operations director at Recycling Lives.

The BMRA says the new members will represent the industry from a variety of geographical locations in England.

“We are delighted to welcome the new additions to the board as they bring a wealth of experience and will be able to serve our members well,” says Graham Davy, president of the BMRA.

Ian Hetherington, association secretary, says 2013 was a year of change with the implementation of the Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act.

“Now that the Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act has come into force, the BMRA will concentrate on making sure the legislation is robustly enforced by the authorities with adequate resources,” Hetherington adds.



Armco Metals, Midland Resources enter agreement

Armco Metals Holdings, the China-based steel recycling and iron ore distributor, has entered into a ferrous scrap supply agreement with Midland Resources Co. Ltd., a Hong Kong-based joint venture with Shagang Steel Group, a large importer of ferrous scrap based in China. Midland is the exclusive sales agent for steel products from Shagang Steel in Hong Kong markets. Midland sold more than 400,000 tonnes of steel products for Shagang Steel in 2013.

Under the terms of the agreement, Armco Metals will act as a sourcing agent for Midland to import ferrous scrap into China. The agreement also enables Midland to use its import licenses and financing capabilities to import steel scrap for direct processing by Armco Metals.

Armco says that processing under this method would substantially improve cash flow and expand its processing capabilities. The company also calls it a significant first step in becoming a processing base for both Midland and Shagang Steel.

Commenting on the agreement, Kexuan Yao, chairman and CEO of Armco Metals, says, “Steel scrap is the only raw material in short supply in the steel industry. However, the challenges faced by declining steel prices has placed a huge burden on the whole industry supply chain. This situation has severely hampered our working capital in the second half of 2013 as we were faced with customer defaults and declining inventory values. Our management team has reacted by implementing a strategic plan ... to help stabilize margins and achieve sustained profitability.”

Yao also says the company is seeking environmental regulatory approval to increase its importing license to 20,000 tonnes.


UK glass recyclers protest EA decision

A group of leaded glass recyclers and precast concrete manufacturers in the United Kingdom has expressed concern that a recent decision by the Environment Agency (EA) to allow the export of cathode ray tubes (CRT) from the U.K. to Holland and then permit the import of leaded-glass-filled concrete blocks from Holland back into the U.K. is potentially unlawful and an economic threat.

According to opponents, in the last year the EA has given trans-frontier shipment (TFS) approval to U.K.-based dismantlers of CRT televisions to export leaded glass to Holland for treatment by Jansen B.V. The group claims there is evidence that the Dutch company may not be treating the glass effectively and that it is encapsulating the glass into concrete construction blocks that are sold back into the U.K. market. An industry steering group has been set up to address the issue.

Patrick Watts, managing director of the electronics recycling joint venture SWEEEP Kuusakoski Ltd., says, “The law regarding the recycling of hazardous leaded waste CRT glass in the U.K. is that it should be treated to BATRRT (best available treatment recovery and recycling techniques). The companies that have invested millions to follow this law are now seriously compromised by the EA’s contradictory decision.”


Toyota works with auto dismantlers, parts makers to recycle copper from wiring harnesses

Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC), along with a number of partner firms in Japan, has developed what it claims is an innovative technology to recycle copper in wiring harnesses. The automaker, along with Yazaki Corp., a manufacturer of automobile components; Toyota Tsusho Corp., the trading arm of the Toyota Group; and eight Japan-based auto dismantling companies, has developed a method that is able to produce copper with a purity level of 99.96% from the wiring found in automobiles, according to the company. The auto dismantlers involved in the collaboration are Auto Recycle Sanri, Johoku Jidosya Kogyo Co. Ltd., Kawaguchi Shouten Co.,Ltd., Kobayashi-shouten Inc., Marudai Corp., Morita Sharyo Corp., New Iwata Corp. and Yamauchi Shoten Co. Ltd.

Toyota says when wiring harnesses are removed from end-of-life vehicles using conventional methods, it can be difficult to separate the copper from the fuse box and other components. In 2010, however, TMC, Yazaki, Toyota Tsusho and auto dismantlers began collaborating, and in 2011, TMC developed a mechanical sorting method that is designed to prevent contamination from minute impurities. Trial production involving small amounts of recycled copper began at TMC’s Honsha, Japan, plant in 2013. Once quality had been assessed by Yazaki, the copper was introduced to the wiring harness manufacturing line. Stable production involving recycled copper has been achieved, and the partner companies say annual production of recycled copper using this method will increase to about 1,000 tonnes in 2016.


Alcoa continues to cut primary production

AlcoaThe aluminium firm Alcoa has announced plans to curtail 147,000 tonnes of smelting capacity at its São Luís (Alumar) and Poços de Caldas smelters in Brazil. The aluminium firm cites challenging global market conditions in primary aluminium and increased costs that have made the two smelters uncompetitive as reasons for the decision. The curtailments are expected to be complete by the end of May 2014.

Alcoa says it cut 34,000 tonnes at Poços and 97,000 tonnes at São Luís in 2013. The new curtailments will include the remaining 62,000 tonnes of capacity at the Poços smelter, resulting in a full curtailment of its three potlines. Another 85,000 tonnes will be curtailed at São Luís.

“Across the globe, we are taking measures to curtail high-cost smelting capacity that is not competitive,” says Bob Wilt, president of Alcoa Global Primary Products. “These are difficult but necessary actions in support of Alcoa’s strategy to lower the cost base of our upstream businesses.”

As a result of the cutback, the Poços refinery will reduce production accordingly. The mine, aluminium powder plant and casthouse at Poços will continue normal operations, as will the refinery at São Luís. Once all curtailments are complete, Alcoa says it will have about 21% of its smelting capacity offline.


Eco Plastics signs long-term deal with UK Council

Eco PlasticsEco Plastics, a plastics recycling company based in Hemswell, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, has signed a long-term partnership arrangement with Gwynedd Council, which Eco Plastics describes as the first of its kind in the country. Under the agreement, Eco Plastics will receive all the mixed plastic produced directly from the residents of the council. Gwynedd Council is the governing body for the principal area of Gwynedd, one of the subdivisions of Wales.

The decision follows an investment by Gwynedd in a new material recycling facility (MRF), which will allow the council to carry out an initial sort of recyclables collected at kerbside from its 120,000 residents. Eco Plastics will purchase the material before processing it through its own plant, where it expects to produce 11 different streams of recyclable plastics. In addition, the contract is the first to include Eco Plastics’ Supplier Quality Audit (SQA), an Eco Plastics method to refine supplier processes to produce the most efficient waste streams.

Steffan Jones, Gwynedd Council’s senior waste and commissioning manager, says, “This deal creates a new revenue stream from what was previously a cost.” Jones also says the council is now well on its way to reaching the statutory recycling target of 58% by March 2016.


E-Waste Systems enters agreement with Chinese firm

E-Waste Systems Inc., (EWSI) a United Kingdom-based electronic scrap management firm, has entered into a strategic engineering agreement with Loyalty Equipment Making, an electronics recycler and technology firm in China.

“This is a multifaceted deal that enhances E-Waste Systems’ strategy in several key ways,” says Martin Nielson, founder and CEO of EWSI. “The transactions includes access to all of Loyalty’s technologies and agreements for joint branding initiatives nationally and internationally.”

Under the agreement, international orders for Loyalty-manufactured equipment will be sold under EWSI’s brand and implementations will be overseen by the Loyalty team. All sales into China will be co-branded.

“When we first started touring Loyalty’s facilities last fall, we saw a level of sophistication that was perfect for our internal and external strategies,” says Dan Feeney, senior vice president and director of EWSI’s eManagement division. “Through this partnership we have a clear path to further develop and implement our ePlant1000 technology around the world using only the most advanced processes and technologies. The ePlant1000 Series is creating a newer, higher standard for an industry that will witness tremendous advancements in the implementation of next generation automation.”

Loyalty produces electronic recycling equipment, including a line of CRT (cathode ray tube) dissemblers and processors, a PCB (printed circuit board) recycling system, refrigerator recovery units, air conditioner and washer dissemblers and office equipment processing.


China Waste Expo seeks additional exhibitors

Several Chinese government ministries and trade groups are inviting recycling and solid waste equipment makers to exhibit at the 10th China (Beijing) International Solid Waste Treatment Technology and Equipment Exhibition (known informally as China Waste Expo), taking place 24-26 July, 2014. Exhibitor setup takes place 22-23 July.

A press release from show organisers says they are seeking exhibitors from around the world in a wide variety of industry sectors, including “environmental sanitation, waste incineration, refuse processing, landfills, garbage transfer station and collection points, industry associations [and] related products manufacturers.”

The venue for the three-day exhibit is the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. The Expo is being organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China and China’s National Development and Reform Commission.

Among the sponsors of the event are the Solid Waste Treatment and Utilization Industry Association of China and the nation’s Solid Waste Disposal Industry Committee.

The show’s organizers intend to bring together recyclers and equipment providers in various sectors, including “kitchen wastes, construction wastes, medical wastes, electronic wastes [and] hazardous wastes.”

Among the types of equipment of interest to attendees are waste collection vehicles, waste compactor vehicles, waste collection and transfer equipment, outdoor waste and recycling bins, magnetic separation equipment, sorting, baling, shredding and size classification equipment, composting equipment and energy-from-waste equipment.

More information on the 10th China Waste Expo can be found at