Do you ever wonder where old Amtrak train seats end up?
When it’s time to update train cars, the old seats are taken to Atlanta to get disassembled. The cushions go to a carpet recycler in Indianapolis and the leather seats arrive at People for Urban Progress (PUP), an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that recycles materials for urban reuse projects.
PUP’s recycling team takes the worn leather seats, cleans them up using an eco-friendly dry cleaning process, cuts them down and turns them into high-end handbags.
The seats were dirty. Some had gum, coffee and ice cream smears, but out of that came something beautiful.
“One of the main objectives of this upcycling project is to divert as much waste from landfills as possible,” Angotti says. “We have set a corporate recycling target of 20 percent by 2020 and this project will help us achieve that goal.”
The project is also an opportunity to give leather scraps a new life.
“When we look at cities, they’re surrounded by resources and there needs to be conversations about what we're going to be doing with all these resources once their original purpose has been met,” Cowley says. “It’s all about rethinking cities and waste and what were can do with it to make it useful.”
The Amtrak project will salvage more than 12,000 pieces of leather or 6,000 train seats from landfill. The organization looks forward to working with larger brands and making an impact beyond Indy.
Badger Materials Recycling installs CM tire processing system
Wisconsin company adds whole-tire-to-chip system that includes a CM Dual Speed Chipping Shredder.
Badger has planned to launch a tire recycling program serving Wisconsin and the greater Milwaukee area by late 2018. The flagship equipment for Badger Recycling’s program is centered around a new CM Dual Speed Chipping Shredder. CM says the machine is one of the most popular shredders in its lineup.
The system can be configured for mobile or stationary use, as it is in this case, and is capable of processing passenger, truck, SUV and semitruck tires down to a 2-inch chip that is sold as tire-derived fuel and feedstock for crumb rubber production, according to CM.
The Dual Speed Chipping Shredder is equipped with CM’s patented “Multi-Stack” knife configuration. This system uses replaceable knife inserts made of through-hardened tool steel. The knives can be reground, repositioned and used a total of three times. On average, the knives will be able to process 320,000 PTEs (passenger tire equivalents) per use, or 960,000 PTEs per knife set. This patented feature also uses the closest knife to knife tolerances possible, according CM, allowing the system to produce the cleanest cut chips with the least exposed wire.
Michael Ettner, president of Badger Materials Recycling, says one of the many contributing factors to purchasing the CM equipment was meeting and working with the CM team. “I found the management team for Columbus McKinnon to be very helpful and experienced with assisting us with the startup and commissioning of the equipment,” he says. “I would certainly recommend CM to someone who is serious about tire recycling; our experience with CM has been an incredibly smooth venture.”
J.R. Miller & Associates hires principal
Kevin McCarthy, a solid waste industry leader, joins JRMA.
J.R. Miller & Associates (JRMA), an architectural and engineering firm that specializes in the design of solid waste recycling and transfer stations, material recovery facilities (MRFs) and anaerobic digestion and biogas plants (AD), appointed Kevin McCarthy as a principal in its solid waste market sector. In addition to providing senior-level advisory and leadership skills, McCarthy will focus on growing JRMA’s solid waste group’s regional and national footprint in designing facilities that meet public and private customers’ financial, operational and environmental needs.
As an executive in the private and public sector, JRMA reports that McCarthy has an extensive industry influence in the San Francisco Bay Area and exceptional track record designing and implementing small- to large-scale, recycling, organics and solid waste collection and processing programs and services. His efforts have been recognized with numerous local, state and national awards and certifications.
According to a JRMA news release, McCarthy has served in a variety of management roles throughout his career including: providing operational oversight, management and environmental compliance at solid waste transfer stations and MRFs; management of a national electronics recycling business; and executive director for a 12-member public joint powers agency (SBWMA) in California representing nearly 500,000 residents and 10,000 businesses. He has also developed and negotiated dozens of contracts ranging from municipal franchise agreements, processing and disposal agreements to end-of-life asset management agreements with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
“Kevin is a successful leader with a true commitment to client engagement, operational excellence and creating projects of extraordinary value,” says Jim Miller, CEO of JRMA. “Along with the rest of the leadership group we are delighted that someone with his drive, knowledge, creativity and clear sense of project purpose is taking on this important leadership role.”
In the new position, McCarthy will be working closely with the solid waste team to manage projects and grow new clientele.
“I am honored to join such an amazing team of professionals that understands the solid waste business and how to design and integrate facility improvements so seamlessly and can also lead facility masterplans that get implemented,” McCarthy says. “Not only do we find practical solutions for our clients, we are also focused on designing high diversion facilities of the future to meet zero-waste goals.”
Bandit Industries completes ESOP sale to employees
Bandit Industries announced that it finalized its transition to a 100 percent employee stock ownership plan company Nov. 1.
Bandit Industries, Remus, Michigan, has announced that it finalized its transition to a 100 percent employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) company Nov. 1.
Former owners Mike Morey Sr., Dianne Morey and Jerry Morey announced their intention to sell the company in an ESOP over the summer of 2018—a move that was celebrated by Bandit’s employees and customers. The move ensures the corporate culture that has made Bandit a success for 35 years will remain intact, the company says.
The ownership transition won’t impact the day-to-day management of the company, according to Bandit, as the management team that has been guiding the company for the last several years will remain in place.
“We’re excited to begin this new era in Bandit’s history,” Jason Morey, Bandit North American sales manager and member of Bandit’s management board, says. “We continue to grow, expand and gain market. We’re putting the finishing touches on two new building expansions that will increase our capacity and efficiency for our parts departments and final assembly.”
In addition to growing in capacity, Bandit has also been expanding its worldwide dealer network and customer base, growing in virtually every market share. Bandit recently announced a joint venture with German company ARJES GmbH, a producer of slow-speed shredders and crushers, expanding the company’s presence in a new market.
“We’re constantly changing, growing and moving forward,” Jason Morey says.
Scott Parks, the plant manager and member of Bandit’s management board, says the future of Bandit looks bright.
“I can see us continuing to grow because we work as a team here at Bandit,” he says. “It’s not just one person that does anything and everything, it’s teamwork.”
Jamie Morey, the Bandit parts and service manager, echoes Parks’ sentiment.
“As we move forward with Bandit now an ESOP company, myself and the rest of management are excited to keep pioneering and moving forward with the legacy that was left to all of us,” she says. “As a granddaughter and management board member, I couldn’t be more proud of what Mike, Di[anne] and Jerry have chosen to do. It’s been a real honor to watch this company transform into what … it is today.”
“It’s going to be a great opportunity for all of our employees,” Jerry Morey says. “They’ll all have a share in the business, with a lot of incentive to continue to add to what we’ve already built. Bandit’s employees will continue to make this company even stronger.”
Recology, Agilyx, Oregon town partner on polystyrene recycling program
McMinnville City Council approves recycling rate increase to support program costs.
McMinnville, Oregon, residents will soon be able to recycle polystyrene thanks to a partnership between Recology Western Oregon, the city’s waste hauler, and Agilyx Corp., Tigard, Oregon.
Recology Western Oregon had asked city council in November to approve a 5 percent increase in monthly trash collection rates next year because of rising recycling costs; but, before the increase was approved, the issue of polystyrene foal recycling arose from Zero Waste McMinnville, which has a goal to make McMinnville the first city in Oregon to divert 90 percent of waste from landfill by 2024.
Agilyx Corp. offered to reprocess the city’s discarded polystyrene foam if Recology agreed to establish a drop-off site at its transfer station and provide the hauling services. Recology returned to council to request a 5.5 percent increase rate for 2019 to support the extra costs of the new program.
“We took another hard look at this and we’re very pleased to propose a Styrofoam program,” Recology Western Oregon General Manager Carl Peters told city council. “We saw three options: To not have a program, to approve the program and associated costs but delay the implementation or to approve the program and associated costs and get this off the ground.”
McMinnville City Council Tuesday approved the 5.5 recycling rate increase and commended Recology for proposing a program that fit the city's recycling needs.
Under the program, Recology will accept “polystyrene foam, block Styrofoam packaging material, coolers, meat trays, egg cartons,” single-use cups, utensils and plates and food containers from residents and small commercial businesses at the drop-off site.
The hauler thanked Agilyx Corp., Zero Waste McMinnville and McMinnville City Council for support in what it calls a one of a kind venture.
“I see an opportunity to work with our Zero Waste team and the customer base to look at special collection projects,” Peters said. “We need to be strategic in our approach. Those items are out there though, and we do need to get at them.”
“I want to continue to watch the industry pressure to shift businesses away from Styrofoam,” he added. “We’re already seeing some of that with Amazon going to the bubble packaging. Some things are moving in that direction.”
Peters mentioned the potential of the program expanding to nonpolystyrene materials as well as to large commercial businesses.
“We will be ready to accept Styrofoam starting the day after Christmas,” he said. “The need is there, and we want to be the partner to help get it done. This is a realistic and doable program. We want to do small steps first. I think this really addresses a need for the residents.”