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.
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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 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.