The world needs more positive recycling stories. Article after article paints an inaccurate picture of our industry, often implying that recycling is pointless. Beyond the depressing side effect of being constantly inundated by negative news, what is the true cost of this type of media coverage and what can we do to protect our industry from it?
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Many North American recycling businesses rely on the hard work of industry associations to help ward off burdensome legislation. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in the U.S. and the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries(CARI) in Canada provide members with educational resources, networking opportunities and advocacy muscle at home and abroad. These associations also have a long history of collaborating with one another to combat common issues.
A casual reader of the news is hard pressed to avoid stories about plastic waste. For someone in the waste and recycling industry, it is the trending topic of the past year. New plastic waste partnerships, coalitions and working groups are announced on what seems like a weekly basis, with governments and multinational brands making public commitments to curb reliance on plastics - especially those of the single-use variety.
Matt Zubick – CARI’s newly appointed chair – is focused on helping members navigate the transition back to domestic self-sufficiency
Matt Zubick was appointed as the new Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) Chair at this year's Annual Convention, held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in June. Zubick has been in the scrap business his entire working life and is currently manager at London, Ontario-based John Zubick Scrap Metals Ltd., started by his grandfather after he served in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War.
As metal prices rise, criminals increasingly target easy and obvious material. Utility providers are often the chosen victim, and thieves often inadvertently expose high-voltage power sources at theft locations. They can knock out power or phone capacity, including 911 services, to entire neighbourhoods, and delay public transportation. Metal thieves place themselves, utility employees, first responders and even the general public in danger when they attempt to burglarize telecommunications and electrical substations.
"Building Momentum" was a truly fitting theme for CARI's 77th convention in Niagara Falls, held June 7-9 in Niagara Falls. It reflected both the dynamic power of the location and the energy of the event, which boasted the organization's highest registration and largest exhibit hall in a number of years.
At CARI's 77th Annual convention, held in Niagara Falls, June 6-9, Dan Klufas, owner and founder of CRO Software and co-owner of Calgary's Federal Metals, made his final comments as Chair of the organization. Matthew Zubick, of Ontario-based John Zubick Ltd., was announced as the new Chair, to serve a two-year term.
Exporters in Canada have already begun seeing disruption in trade flows stemming from China's Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imported Solid Waste Used as Raw Materials. Despite the concerns raised by governing bodies and industry representatives from around the world, the Chinese government moved forward with its decision to implement these severe and restrictive standards. Chinese import fees have increased, quotas and licenses have been drastically reduced, and exporters are finding it increasingly difficult to move material to the country that has long been the world's largest importer of scrap.
According to a member-update from the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) China's Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), has provided new guidelines for exporters and suppliers who are applying for export permits to ship scrap into China. These changes will come into effect on February 1st, 2018. The new guidelines include a few key changes:
- Applicants must follow China's environmental control standards by complying with their contaminants thresholds.
- Exporters' facilities must have radiation detection equipment.
- The China Certification and Inspection Group (CCIC) will no longer be the sole approved pre-shipment inspection company. Third-party companies may apply to receive a licence from AQSIQ to conduct pre-shipment inspections. These companies will share the liability if material approved before shipping is rejected once it reaches a Chinese port.
Cylinders can be a source of danger if not handled properly.
It is important to establish a written procedure for handling and storage of compressed gas cylinders, including the following points:
Recycling facilities use many different types of powered industrial trucks, more commonly known as forklifts and lift trucks, to move and lift materials. Each type of powered industrial truck brings its own hazards. To reduce these hazards employers must make sure that each operator has completed appropriate formal instruction and practical training.
Circular economy models strive to reduce CO2 emissions, decrease waste sent to landfills and preserve finite virgin materials. They are meant to establish full-producer responsibility for products, creating a cycle where materials are introduced back into the production stream at the end of their useful lives, rather than being disposed of. Whether for political, financial, or environmental motives, governments across the globe, corporations, and activists alike are promoting this model as a means to combat climate change.
Metal recyclers welcomed an increase in demand and prices for ferrous materials during the last months of 2016 and the beginning of this year. At the same time, market improvements were somewhat overshadowed by countless industry articles about the impact of geopolitical issues on markets, with the majority predicting new leadership and protectionist policy changes would disturb global trade. For some industry experts, the geopolitical landscape is just part of the international ferrous market story. Though there may be plenty of unknowns facing 2017, there are certainly reasons to feel optimistic about ferrous trade.
The Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS™) and Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) have announced the formation of a partnership, making CARI the first association outside of the United States to join RIOS’ Affiliate Association program. This partnership will provide additional member benefits to CARI’s members and provide a platform for RIOS to continue to grow globally.