Noticias breves en inglés sobre RAEE

Scrapyard Security Makes Copper Theft Complicated (TX) (07/17/14). Keegan Buchanan, manager at Amarillo Recycling in Amarillo, Texas, says criminals will have a hard time profiting from selling stolen scrap metal. For example, he says the copper coils found in air conditioning units are frequently stolen but are worth just $1 a pound due to being a mixture of copper and aluminum. Copper prices were at their peak in 2012 when pure copper was worth about $4 a pound, Buchanan says, but the price has fallen to about $3 a pound. He adds that in order to sell this type of regulated material, a valid state-issued identification is required, which is scanned into a database system. Vehicle information also is taken, including the make, model, color, and license plate tag. Next, the materials being sold are set on a scale and weighed, with cameras monitoring the type of materials laid out. “In addition to that, once the customer comes in to get paid, we take a facial photo of them standing at the counter in close proximity,” Buchanan says. All of the collected data is sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety. A metal theft and trespass list issued by local law enforcement is used by employees to catch potential thieves. Buchanan notes that if any suspicious person or known suspect attempts to sell materials to a scrapyard, they can be easily identified, and the police can be notified to pick up the subject.

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Upstate Shredding Acquires Firm in Capital Region

Central New York Business Journal (07/17/14) Reinhardt, Eric. Upstate Shredding, along with its sister business Ben Weitsman & Son, has acquired Eastside Metals & Recycling Corp. in Fort Ann, N.Y. The firm expects the all-cash transaction will close within 60 days. Eastside’s 20 employees will be retained, but its name will likely be changed to Ben Weitsman of Kingsbury, according to a news release. The family-owned and -operated Eastside Metals & Recycling was founded in 2003, initially as a recycled auto-parts vendor. Eastside eventually expanded to become the region’s “premier full-service scrap-metal recycling and auto-part center,” Upstate Shredding says in the release. Similar to its other acquisitions, Upstate Shredding plans to undertake landscaping, new fencing, renovation of existing facilities, and brand new equipment, the company says. In February, Upstate Shredding announced the asset acquisitions of Brant Auto Parts in Chautauqua County and Capitol Scrap Metal Co. in Albany. The company estimates it will process more than 1 million tons of ferrous and 250 million pounds of nonferrous metal this year as it pursues its target of $1 billion in yearly debt-free sales.

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Recycling to Help Limit Cost of Champlain Bridge Demolition

CBC News (Canada) (07/16/14) The Canadian government hopes to recover part of the cost of demolishing the Champlain Bridge in Montreal by recycling and selling its cement, steel, copper, and aluminum. It is expected to cost about $161 million (Canadian) to dismantle the bridge. A study conducted three years ago estimated the Champlain Bridge contains about 165,000 tons of concrete and 13,300 tons of steel. “It’s difficult to estimate the exact value of the material, but there are certainly several million dollars in recyclable materials on the bridge,” says Infrastructure Canada’s Marc Brazeau, who is supervising the Champlain Bridge project. Brazeau says the steel could be melted down and repurposed and the cement crushed for use as aggregate. Demolition of the bridge is expected to start in 2019 or 2020. Instead of blasting the bridge with dynamite, a decision has been made to disassemble it section by section to limit the impact on the St. Lawrence River and the environment. “The bridge will be cut into sections, transported by barge, and dismantled off-site,” Brazeau says.

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Rumpke Brings in a New CEO After 50 Years

Cincinnati Business Courier (07/16/14) Watkins, Steve. Bill Rumpke Jr. became the new CEO of Colerain Township, Ohio-based Rumpke Waste & Recycling in May, replacing his father Bill Rumpke Sr., who had been CEO of the company since 1965. Bill Rumpke Jr. says the change in CEO took place as part of a succession plan, noting that his father will continue to serve as chairman and president emeritus at Rumpke, which generates more than $500 million in annual revenue. Bill Rumpke Jr. says he has become more involved with the firm’s national lobbying group and is focusing on more efficient processing. Over the past five years, the company has spent more than $50 million to expand recycling, including $30 million on a new Cincinnati facility that processes 55 tons an hour. The new facility enables Rumpke to serve commercial customers and consider additional opportunities to recycle. Rumpke currently has a fleet of 1,700 trucks and has completed 30 acquisitions since 2005. The company operates in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia, and Bill Rumpke Jr. believes there are opportunities to achieve more customer density. He says the company has no plans to go public and notes the company has seven different primary shareholders in the family.

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Faulkner 100: Get Paid Top Dollar at JSI Metal Recycling

Log Cabin Democrat (AR) (07/15/14) JSI Metal Recycling, a new business in Conway, Ark., marks the Linn family’s transition from auto salvage to scrap metal. The Linn family has served Faulkner County over the past 45 years and continues to adapt to meet its needs. The second-generation business is now in the hands of Susan Linn-McCoy, Christy Priester, Linda Linn, and Danny Linn. JSI buys scrap metal from businesses and individuals, offers a drive-through nonferrous department, and maintains a fleet of trucks for pickup at industrial sites. The company buys prepared (short) iron, unprepared (long) iron/steel, cast iron, motors, appliances, tin/sheet metal, copper, brass, radiators, stainless steel, aluminum, lead, borings, zinc, wire, heater cores, magnesium, batteries, and cans. Some of the material might require further processing, enabling it to be used by steel mills and copper or aluminum smelters.

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Parts of Old Library Being Reused, Recycled

Dothan Eagle (AL) (07/15/14) Calhoun, Jennifer. Oklahoma-based B&B Recycling is dismantling the Houston-Love Memorial Library in Dothan, Ala., and expects to complete the work by the end of the month. A normal demolition might take two days, but the process can move more slowly when building parts are being recycled, says B&B’s Rodney Garvin. B&B performed asbestos abatement, demolished the 71-year-old structure, sorted the salvage into recyclable and reusable materials, and sold them to a recycler, which will make and sell other products, according to Bettye Forbus, director of the Dothan Houston County Library System. Garvin says 40 to 60 percent of the metal, brick, and wood can be reused or recycled. The brick will go to brickyards across the country and will be sold to build new houses. Most of wood will be sent to various places around the country to build high-end hardwood flooring and other reclaimed wood products.

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Hit by Metal Theft, Industries Band Together in Texas

Dallas Morning News (07/14/14) Salazar, Daniel. Texas metal recyclers are assisting several large industries and state law enforcers to fight the problem of metal theft, which costs businesses millions of dollars each year in damages, property losses, and repairs. Some of the most vulnerable targets are oil and gas well sites in rural areas, as well as the power supplies, batteries, and amplifiers at telecom companies. A 2011 state law created a metal theft advisory committee for the Texas Department of Public Safety, which includes law-enforcement agents, metal recyclers, and members of affected industries. In addition, AT&T issues stolen material alerts and offers rewards for information leading to arrests, while Time Warner works with police, district attorneys, other companies, and recyclers to fight metal theft. North Texas metal recyclers say metal theft has threatened their reputation. “The consequences of metal theft probably impact us more from a perception that we’re creating a market or the opportunities to steal,” says Recycling Council of Texas president Tom Baker. ISRI estimates the industry has about an $8.7 billion economic impact in the state. Wayne Cashion, president of Burleson-based Mansfield Metal, says the metal theft problem is a small part of the business, but it gets publicized the most. Cashion says the initiative will help boost the image of metal recyclers.

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Conversation With: From Prison to an Award-Winning Business

Press & Sun Bulletin (07/14/14) Harris, Jon. Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman owner Adam Weitsman once served nearly a year in prison, but he has since been able to expand his company to encompass 18 locations in New York and Pennsylvania. The 500-employee company hopes to soon reach $1 billion in sales annually. In May, Weitsman traveled to London to attend the 2014 Platts Global Metals Awards to accept the Industry Leadership Award for Scrap & Recycling. “Business-wise, this (Platts) award is the best thing,” he says in an interview. “Now, our company is in the national spotlight.” Weitsman says his goal is fine-tuning existing operations, possibly focusing on nationwide and Canadian acquisitions in 2015. Following a $25 million upgrade to the company’s Owego, N.Y., scrap metal processing facility about two years ago, he says the site experienced higher gross revenues and margins. Weitsman says the company also plans to keep debt low, which will involve working carefully while also being environmentally correct. Weitsman’s wife, Kim, oversees the firm’s logistical side and the accounts receivable.

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Vernon Battery Recycler Is Allowed To Reopen, With Conditions

Los Angeles Times (07/10/14) Barboza, Tony. Exide Technologies has been granted another chance to demonstrate it can operate its battery recycling plant in Vernon, Calif., without putting nearby residents at risk. On July 10, the South Coast Air Quality Management District approved an agreement to allow the facility to reopen as long as it installs equipment to control arsenic emissions and takes steps to keep lead-contaminated dust from being released during the upgrades. Exide executives anticipate completing construction by the end of the year. Exide must pay for a third-party environmental consultant, hired by the air district, to oversee dust-control measures during construction and provide online weekly status reports. The company expects to spend $5 million to revamp the plant’s pollution capture and treatment system. Exide suspended operations in March after failing to meet new air district requirements to maintain negative pressure in its furnaces. Exide’s facility usually operates around the clock, seven days a week, recycling about 25,000 discarded automotive batteries daily. The facility is one of only two lead-acid battery smelters west of the Rocky Mountains.

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New Recycling Plant Set to Save Rock Hill City Time, Money

Rock Hill Herald (SC) (07/09/14) Douglas, Anna. Pratt Industries, a paper and packaging recycling company, held a grand opening on July 10 at its 72,000-square-foot facility in Rock Hill, S.C. In June, the city started taking recyclables to the new facility rather than to Sonoco Recycling in Charlotte, N.C. The change in drop-off locations will not impact Rock Hill residents’ pick-up service, says city spokesperson Katie Quinn. However, she says city officials may consider providing larger recycling bins to residents as requested by many recycling customers. Rock Hill officials estimate the city will save up to $150,000 annually by using Pratt instead of Sonoco. Although Pratt pays the city less than Sonoco did for the recyclable material, officials say they will see cost savings because of the reduced travel time and fuel expenses. Pratt’s Myles Cohen says recycling is good for business and the environment because it reduces the need for landfill space and creates jobs. The new 7.5-acre site accepts residential and commercial corrugated, plastic, and metal recyclables. The Rock Hill site is the third Pratt facility in South Carolina.

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E-Waste Recycling Firm Looking to Expand to Fernley

Reno Gazette-Journal (07/08/14) Trout, Keith. Electronics recycling firm Zloop wants to expand into Fernley, Nev., and anticipates that several incentives will be approved later in July. The Lyon County Board of Commissioners recently approved a letter of acknowledgement regarding Zloop’s application to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for sales and use tax abatement, modified business tax abatement, sales and use tax deferral, personal property tax abatement, and recycling real property tax abatement for its expansion into the Fernley area. Zloop, which is based in North Carolina, currently operates about 20 computer and electronics recycling centers and authorized drop-off locations nationwide. The Northern Nevada Development Authority’s Andrew Haskin says Zloop proposes to establish a complete recycling and distribution center in Fernley, with a focus on electronics. “Most of the byproduct derived from their process will be sold and used for various applications across several industries,” Haskin says.

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Northstar Pulp & Paper Now Offers Cash-for-Paper Program to General Public

Republican (MA) (07/07/14) Kelliher, Judith. Northstar Pulp & Paper plans to extend its business and increase residential recycling by offering a cash-for-paper program to the general public, says company chief operating officer Aaron Goodman. He says a minimum of 100 pounds of paper per drop is required. The PPI Pulp & Paper Week index is among the resources Northstar uses to determine the rates it pays for discarded paper. Northstar accepts mixed paper and assorted office paper, which must be relatively clean and mostly dry, Goodman says. Consumers selling the discarded paper must drive their vehicles onto a state-certified truck scale to be weighed at Northstar’s site. From there they go to a designated area on-site and drop the materials off, then return to the scale to weigh the vehicle without the paper and receive cash for the amount. Goodman says Northstar puts the collected paper into a machine to form large bales that are then sold to domestic paper mills to be used in new products. He says office paper can be converted into tissue paper or toilet paper, while corrugated or mixed paper can be reused to make cardboard.

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Second Chances: E-Waste Company Hires 70 Percent Recovering Addicts (TX) (06/28/14). MHD Enterprises, an electronics recycling company based in Austin, Texas, gives new life to obsolete electronics while also providing jobs and outpatient recovery care to former drug and alcohol addicts. MHD collects discarded equipment from large companies, refurbishes it, and resells the items. MHD CEO Michael Dadashi, who also is a former addict, almost overdosed on heroin five years ago, but in 2009 he sobered up and founded a company to reuse discarded computers and cell phones. He says he now defines his success in his ability to transform lives. About 70 percent of MHD’s employees come from alcohol- or drug-related backgrounds, according to Dadashi. He says the company gives second chances to both people and machines.

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