The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, has announced that Indiana-based Cambridge Cos. has been named the winner of the SWANA Bronze Excellence Award in the Transfer Station category. The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual Wastecon, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, in Indianapolis.
New York-based lightweight metals company Alcoa has released the second quarter 2016 results for its future Alcoa Corp. and Arconic segments.
A report calling for any vessel calling at any EU port have a ship recycling license has failed to generate support by the shipping industry.
The report, Financial instrument to facilitate safe and sound ship recycling, was written by Ecorys, DNV-GL and the Erasmus University School of Law. The report, submitted and recommended by the European Commission, looks into the possibility of introducing a financial incentive to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling practices. The report notes that requiring a recycling license would incentivize sustainable ship recycling efforts. The steps also would introduce a provide a safe and environmentally sound recycling policy by many companies.
According to the report, ship recycling license fees would be earmarked to cover the cost-gap between substandard and sustainable end-of-life ship management. The capital amount accumulated during the operational life of the vessel would be set aside for the ship and only paid back to the last owner of the vessel as a premium if the ship is recycled in a sustainable facility approved by the E.U.
The 2013 EU Ship Recycling Regulation requires all vessels sailing under an EU flag to use an approved ship recycling facility. A major shortcoming of the regulation, however, is that ship owners can circumvent the law by simply flagging out to a non-E.U. flag.
The report notes, “Last year, Bangladesh, where human rights abuses and pollution caused by shipbreaking activities are known to be the worst, was the preferred destination for end-of-life ships. EU owners account for around one third of the end-of-life tonnage beached in substandard yards in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Thus, the EU is the single largest market sending end-of-life ships for dirty and dangerous shipbreaking and has a particular responsibility to regulate ship recycling.”
“EU shipping companies should not circumvent E.U. environmental laws and not utilize practices that would never be allowed in Europe,” says Sotiris Raptis, shipping and aviation officer at the environmental group Transport and Environment. “EU flag-neutral measures, which apply equally to all ships calling at E.U. ports, are necessary to increase environmental protection.”
“We call on the European Commission to follow-up this report with a legislative proposal,” says Stephane Arditi, Products & Waste Policy Manager of the European Environmental Bureau. “The effective implementation of European environmental policies has been dependent on making the polluter pay. If the EU is serious about its commitment to sustainable ship recycling, all ship owners trading in Europe need to be held financially liable.”
To be effective in terms of recycling behavior, the capital amount would need to bridge the revenue gap between the revenues for a ship owner opting for ship recycling in compliance with the Ship Recycling Regulation and the situation in which the ship owner opts for the more lucrative option of non-regulation-compliant ship recycling.
However, ship owners have rejected the proposals put forth in the report. In a statement, the ship owners claimed that the licenses would undermine efforts made by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
In its statement, the ship owners group note that if proposals to establish an EU ship recycling fund were taken forward, they would cause serious problems with the EU’s trading partners, including China, India, Japan and the United States.
The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represent more than 80% of world merchant tonnage – insist that the concept of the ship recycling license, developed by consultants for the European Commission, must be firmly rejected.
According to a proposal now being considered by the EC, the money that visiting ships would have to pay into a proposed EU Fund, including those flying the flag of non-EU nations, would only be returned at the end of the vessel’s working life, many years later, when it will probably have a different owner, and only on condition that the ship is recycled at a yard approved by the European Commission.
“As well as being unduly complex, widely impractical and very difficult for the EU to administer, the establishment of such a fund will be an affront to the international community, which has adopted the Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling, whose standards have already been incorporated into a similar EU Regulation” says ECSA Secretary General, Patrick Verhoeven.
ICS Secretary General Peter Hinchliffe adds, “Such a draconian unilateral measure, especially if applied to non-EU ships, is likely to be seen by EU trading partners as anti-competitive interference into the conduct of international shipping. There is a real danger that other nations would apply retaliatory measures.”
ECSA and ICS argue that the EU should concentrate its efforts on getting EU Member States to ratify the IMO Hong Kong Convention, and to recognize the efforts being made by recycling yards in Asia to gain certification in accordance with IMO standards. They insist these yards should be given a fair chance to be included in the EU list of approved recycling facilities that is being established under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation.
Enevo, an Espoo, Finland, waste management solutions provider, has announced that waste industry veteran Ric Hobby has been appointed president and general manager for Enevo North America, with U.S. offices in Boston and San Francisco. In his new capacity, Hobby will oversee Enevo’s rapidly growing sales and operations efforts in North America.
Fredrik Kekäläinen, Enevo CEO, says, “I’m very pleased to wecome Ric Hobby to lead our fast-growing North American team. Ric’s extensive experience in the waste and recycling industry perfectly positions him to help our broad and growing customer base transform their operations with data-driven, efficient solutions. Ric and his team have a mission to support the industry with smart technology that unlocks significant efficiency and cost savings.”
With more than 16 years of successful waste industry leadership, Hobby’s previous roles have been with such organizations as The Miner Corp., HAVI Global Solutions, SMS Assist, Waste Management/Oakleaf Waste, Republic Waste Services and Wastequip.
Hobby says, “In my long career working in and around the waste industry, I’ve never seen a more intuitive technology platform than what Enevo can deliver. I’m excited about the positive changes Enevo can bring to any business serious about sustainability or in maximizing the efficiency of how they manage waste. The actionable data Enevo provides, alongside the powerful reporting and predictive analytics platform, can make an immediate and significant impact on our customers’ bottom line. “
Charbel Aoun, chief sales and strategy officer, Enevo, adds, “Ric’s mission as a leader is to expand our customer footprint, continuing and accelerating the growth we are seeing in the North American market. We’re also confident that his background in the waste industry will help our customers more quickly understand the benefits they can realize through embracing our technology to harness new efficiency and value from their waste management operations and businesses.”
Founded in 2010, Enevo describes itself as a forward-thinking company with a vision to transform the financial, environmental and social impact of waste. By collecting and analyzing data from refuse containers across the world, Enevo is able to create efficiencies and cut the cost of waste collection and recycling.
Sustainability and recycling consultancy, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is celebrating 30 years of providing environmental solutions in 2016.
Even before RRS’ incorporation, the company’s founding members were making strides in recycling by launching the first curbside recycling program in Michigan in the late 1970s.
Incorporated in 1986, RRS started with a focus on recovery infrastructure at the municipal level. As the company matured, RRS says it looked across the full recovery value chain and developed a proficiency in connecting the activities and effects of each player—from development to recovery to next life—with the aim to form a closed-loop, circular economy.
RRS says some of its past and current notable projects include:
- Beaumont Hospital Food Waste Diversion;
- Carton Council Nationwide Carton Recycling Access;
- Continuous Improvement Fund Ontario Processing System;
- Emmet County Commercial Food Waste Pilot;
- FPI (Food Packaging Institute) Foam Polystyrene Recycling;
- Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF);
- Michigan Recycling Index;
- Michigan State University Flexible Facility;
- MRF Material Flow Study;
- ReFED Roadmap to Reduce Food Waste; and
- SERDC/TDEC Tennessee Recycling Economy.
RRS offers solutions in waste recovery, organics management and corporate sustainability to a variety of organizations, including municipalities, government, recycling service providers, universities, health care, manufacturing, retail, trade associations and collaborative groups.
Jim Frey, RRS co-founder and CEO, says, “When we first started out with a handful of people, it was about the passion of making a difference in the world. Today, that passion is still at the heart of our business, attracting talent and clients with the same thirst to ensure the highest and best use of our resources.”
Leaders from the business, community and recovery sectors have shared their past experiences with RRS, as well as their congratulatory sentiments.
“We have been fortunate to tap into the 30 years of experience the RRS team brings to its clients,” says Lynn Dyer, president of Foodservice Packaging Institute, Falls Church, Virginia. “Their expertise, connections in the recycling industry and ability to bring collaborators together for mutual benefit have been instrumental in getting more paper and plastic foodservice packaging recycled.”
Elisa Seltzer, public works director for Emmet County, Michigan, says, “RRS has propelled Emmet County Recycling forward at critical growth points over our past 26 years. We have benefited from their depth and breadth of experience when partnering on everything from policy and ordinance drafting, MRF (material recovery facility) design and development, collection system right-sizing and organics collection business case studies.
“Congratulations to RRS on their 30th year anniversary,” she adds.
“RRS brought a data-driven approach, deep recycling expertise and tireless work effort to help lead the analysis behind A Roadmap to Reduce Food Waste by 20 percent, the first multistakeholder economic assessment of the action needed to cut food waste at scale nationwide,” says Jesse Fink, co-founder and nonexecutive chairman of MissionPoint Capital Partners, Westport Connecticut.
“It would be difficult if a company that is so close to our namesake wasn’t as spectacular as Resource Recycling Systems is and has been for three decades,” says Dylan de Thomas, editorial director of Resource Recycling Inc., Portland, Oregon. “The work that RRS has done and continues to do makes them the class of the industry and we look forward to working with them for the next 30 years.”
DeAnne Toto, managing editor of Recycling Today, says, “I’d like to congratulate RRS on 30 successful years in business. The company is a valuable resource for the various constituents in the recycling supply chain and has orchestrated a number of notable initiatives.”