As the world's largest importer of nonferrous metal scrap, China continues to be a critical market driver for scrap metal recyclers. In 2016, mainland China accounted for 70 percent of all U.S. copper and copper alloy scrap exports and more than 50 percent of U.S. aluminum scrap exports, according to Census Bureau data. Given China's dominant share of global nonferrous metal consumption and the potential impacts of looming Chinese scrap import restrictions, it should come as no surprise that China was a recurring topic of conversation at ISRI's 2017 Commodities Roundtable Forum in September.
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Approximately twenty years ago, those of us working in the off-road heavy equipment industry regularly witnessed a high amount of failures in machines operating on cement or other hard surfaces. Extended steel rims were used with small, hard, rubber wheels. When these rubber tires chipped and chunked, vibrations and bouncing sent shockwaves into the machine, causing shortened life and expensive repairs, not to mention stress on operators. Drivetrain components (U-joints and articulation joints) in particular often suffered from stress cracks caused by vibrations and a bouncing machine.
Located on the edge of downtown Vancouver, Davis Trading had its start in 1909. David Davis founded the company as a horse and buggy style operation - more of a trading company than a recycler - hence the company's full name, Davis Trading & Supply Ltd. Over its more than 100 years in the business, the company has salvaged, traded and recycled everything from glass bottles, inner tubes, cotton and mattresses to used clothing and even horse hair and animal bones.
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has issued an update to state officials concerning the July 18, 2017 notification to the World Trade Organization from China on their intent to ban certain waste imports. The update provides background to states on the Chinese waste ban, details how the ban could impact state and local recycling programs, and suggests action items states should consider to respond to increased market uncertainty.
Machinex has supplied equipment for a major upgrade of the container line at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Boulder County, Colorado. The upgraded system has been processing material since the end of August 2017 and has its official ribbon-cutting ceremony October 4th.
Canadians generate a lot of waste. On average, every Canadian will generate 720 kg (1,587 lbs.) of waste that goes to landfill, which is equal weight to a full grown female giraffe. In the spirit of Waste Reduction Week in Canada here are ten easy take-action tips that will reduce our reliance on landfills and help you adopt more environmentally conscious choices.
If there's one thing in common with almost any material collected and processed in a recycling facility, it's this: it is bulky and difficult to handle. When it comes time to ship to end markets, the need to reduce that bulk for the sake of transportation costs and more efficient downstream processing is key. Balers serve this purpose for most recycling facilities. Product goes into the baler's hopper and comes out compacted and neatly squared off for easy storage, shipping and handling.
Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has launched the BHS Value Series, a series of six videos that gives viewers an inside look into the real value-drivers behind a materials recovery facility (MRF) investment. The story is told through dozens of interviews with the people of BHS, Nihot, National Recover Technologies (NRT) and Zero Waste Energy (ZWE). The first chapter, Integration, is available on BHS' website.
Sims Metal Management Limited, the world's leading listed metal and electronics recycler and services provider, is proud to be celebrating 100 years in the recycling business. Since its inception in 1917, a company started by Albert Sims with a single small yard in Sydney Australia has evolved into a global business. Over that time, the Company has recycled more than 250 million tonnes of metal and generated revenue of over $100 billion.
A new wheel loader scale that easily installs into the host hydraulic system and features a compact and robust touch-display digital readout that mounts right in the cab is being introduced by Alliance Scale, Inc. of Canton, MA.
Metallix Refining, Inc., a leader and innovator in the precious metals recycling industry for nearly five decades, has announced the promotion of Maria Piastre to President, effective immediately.
The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has announced the award of a $1.76 million technology development contract to Farasis Energy Inc. in Hayward, California, for lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling.
The Institute of Scrap RecyclingIndustries (ISRI) has announced that ScrapTheftAlert.com is now available on the Law EnforcementEnterprise Portal (LEEP). LEEP's over 60,000 registered users in lawenforcement, intelligence groups, and criminal justice now have access to thealert system, which assists in the fight against materials theft.
TOMRA's reverse vending solutions for the collection of cans and bottles, has installed its 500th T-90 Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) at Meijer in Cadillac, Michigan. The store now has eight T-90s, providing its customers with fast, clean and efficient container redemption. "Having the 500th installation of our T-90 RVM within a year after the initial launch of the technology in the U.S. is a great accomplishment," said Debbie Hall, SVP Sales, TOMRA of North America, Inc. "This speaks to our advanced technology and demonstrates that fast and efficient RVMs are a necessity as consumer interest in sustainability and redemption continues to increase."
Nashville, TN - MSS, Inc., the optical sorter division of CP Group, has introduced MetalMiner, the next generation of induction-based true all-metal detectors. MSS has designed and built induction metal sorters for over 40 years, and this latest iteration was designed specifically to handle auto shredder residue (ASR), electronic scrap, plastic flake and glass cullet applications. One of the most relevant new technical features of the MetalMiner is the patent pending MapLine algorithm.
When it comes to acquiring a mobile shear for a specific application, one of the most common errors purchasers make is looking strictly at the invoice cost and not at the overall operational or ownership cost of a unit over time as it relates to their business or specific job. In today's tight economic times you are doing your company a disservice by not conserving money where it can be better spent, especially when it comes to capital investment. Being more thorough in your analysis can help you stay profitable and ahead of the competition.
(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released its comments to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in response to China's notification of its intent to revise its Identification Standards for Solid Wastes General Rules. As the "Voice of the Recycling Industry", ISRI supports the efforts of the Chinese Government to protect the health and welfare of its citizens and the environment, but suggests improving the language in the draft Standard to help properly identify scrap materials that are valuable commodities used as raw materials as distinct from waste that has no value or use.
Eugene, Oregon - The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Excellence Awards for the best recycling systems built in North America. Taking home the top honors are two systems designed, manufactured and installed by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS). GreenWaste Recovery's Single Stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), located in San Jose, California, was named the Gold Award recipient by SWANA. The Silver Award went to the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) for the agency's 25-ton-per-hour (tph) Single Stream MRF in Pensacola, Florida.
What if, after a lifetime of expertise in the scrap recycling industry, you had a chance to start over at the beginning? That is exactly where Jean-Guy Hamelin found himself three years ago, and is the beginning of Laval, Quebec-based TMR's remarkable founding story. With more than 40 years of experience, Hamelin, the president and CEO of TMR (Total Metal Recovery) Inc., challenges the adage that ‘there is no future in the past.'
Thermo Fisher Scientific was one of the over 250 exhibitors at this year's ISRI 2017, held in April, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company showed off their core solutions for scrap sorting, metal and alloy analysis, including an OES benchtop spectrometer and a wide range of handheld XRF analyzers.