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Matt Zubick – CARI’s newly appointed chair – is focused on helping members navigate the transition back to domestic self-sufficiency

Matt Zubick (left) with CARI’s Marie Binette and member Aaron Posner from Hamilton-based Posner Metals, at CARI’s annual Blue Jays networking event in August.

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 U.S. Navy during the Second World War. 

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In the fight against metal theft, focus of efforts needs to be on thieves, not recyclers

Marie Binette is communications  manager, Canadian Association of Recycling Industries.

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.

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The way forward

The way forward

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. 

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Chinese guidelines updated for scrap exporters

Chinese guidelines updated for scrap exporters

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:  

  1. Applicants must follow China's environmental control standards by complying with their contaminants thresholds.
  1. Exporters' facilities must have radiation detection equipment.
  1. 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.

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Circular Economy? Design for Recycling, establish end markets

Circular Economy?  Design for Recycling,  establish end markets

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. 

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Ferrous Markets: The International picture

Ferrous Markets: The International picture

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.

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