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Lisa McKenna July 7, 2014
 

Lisa McKenna

 

You may notice some changes in the pages of this issue of Recycling Today Global Edition. As is quickly evident, this issue welcomes a bit of a graphic re-styling, in some aspects bringing the design of Global Edition into sync with the look of sister publication Recycling Today. Honors go to Managing Art Director Karen Angus for incorporating these fresh elements to the pages of Recycling Today Global Edition. We hope you’ll enjoy reading this issue as well as its new design.

The various features included in this issue point to the global aspect of our publication. Our cover story, written by Editor Brian Taylor, “Bold Pursuits,” highlights the evolution of the Indian electronics recycling company E-Parisaraa, based in Bangalore. Founder Peethambaram Parthasarathy has experienced the development of the country’s burgeoning electronics and recycling industries firsthand and has evolved his business approach accordingly. Read more about it beginning on page 20.

The recycling sector of Mexico comes into focus in “Prevailing Directions,” this issue’s Regional Spotlight. As you can read beginning on page 30, the country is ripe for growth throughout the industry, with an increasing need for recycled secondary commodities across material streams, a healthy manufacturing base and a level of economic growth that rivals many other more developed nations.

Our Processing Point feature, “Shedding Light on Black Plastics,” by Associate Editor Megan Workman, which begins on page 34, covers the changing technologies and demand-driven factors that are affecting the sorting of black plastics. New technologies are emerging to sort these plastics, which are often derived from recycled electronic equipment. The determination to do it, however, still is often predicated by a demand for the specific end products these systems can yield.

Changes in the ferrous trading market are covered in “Closer to Home,” also written by Brian Taylor. Here you can read about the apparent trend of some nations—Turkey in particular—to utilize more ferrous scrap from within their own borders as an alternative to import buying. Of course, Turkey is not the only country to have slowed its import buying in 2013. Find out more beginning on page 37.

And last but not least, beginning on page 40, you can read about many of the major developments from the Bureau of International Recycling’s World Recycling Convention, held in early June in the popular U.S. destination of Miami. Among the topics discussed there was the outlook for continued positive changes in the recycling markets for the benefit of recycling and trading companies alike.

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