Many people associate recycling as something that is good for the environment, but not many realize the number of jobs created and what a significant economic driver the recycling industry plays in our state and country. In fact, nationally the recycling industry represents more jobs than the car manufacturing industry. A general rule of thumb is that for every landfill job there could be 10 recycling jobs for that same amount of material handled. The recycling industry is a $236 billion industry compared to the $45 billion waste industry.
A new report released by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) details the estimated number of jobs in the recycling industry and predicts how many jobs could be gained through increased recycling activities. It is estimated that close to 5,000 new direct, indirect and induced jobs will be created in New Mexico when the state recycling rate reaches 34%.
With recent investments and commitments made in both rural and urban areas, New Mexico is poised to meet this goal. Recycling activity is measured by the New Mexico Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau, which calculates the state’s 2011 recycling rate at 21% of the municipal solid waste stream. That rate has witnessed a 16% average annual increase over the previous 5 years. If this trend continues, reaching the national average of 34% could be attained by 2015.
Jobs in recycling are created in four different sectors: collection, processing, manufacturing and reuse. First, the material must be collected. Then the material is processed at a facility for sale to the end-markets. The material then becomes part of the manufacturing sector, becoming a new product made from recycled-content material. The fourth sector is the reuse industry. The majority of jobs in the collection and reuse sectors remain in state. Jobs in the processing sector occur both in-state and out-of-state, and currently manufacturing jobs primarily take place out-of-state and even out-of-country.
The report was conducted as part of NMRC’s multi-tiered Rural Recycling Development project funded by a Department of Energy grant. The report sheds light on the value of recycling activity as an economic driver and provides case studies of how communities can reach higher recycling rates. It also describes small-scale economic development niche business models suitable for New Mexico.
Catalyst Paper Sells Railroad and Closed Recycled Paper Mill
From Waste & Recycling News - Catalyst Paper has found a buyer for its closed Snowflake, Ariz., recycled paper mill and its associated short line Apache Railway.
Hackman Capital and affiliates is buying the assets for $13.46 million and plans to continue operating the rail line as a going concern. The paper mill, however, will remain closed.
"We are pleased that this transaction has progressed efficiently and that the community's interests have been considered through the process and in the successful bid," said Catalyst Paper CEO Kevin J. Clarke in a statement. "While paper manufacturing is part of Snowflake's past, this transaction puts the asset on a path to a new future that can continue to bring value to the region."
The northeastern Arizona site was once owned by AbitibiBowater Inc. and made recycled newsprint. Catalyst purchased the site for $161 million in 2008. AbitibiBowater had purchased the location in 1998 for $250 million from Stone Container Corp.
New EPA Region 6 Administrator, Ron Curry, Tours New Mexico End-Markets
In December, the new EPA Region 6 Administrator Ron Curry visited with NMRC to learn about recycling initiatives in our state and toured a couple end-market processing facilities in the Albuquerque area. As outlined in the recent NMRC Jobs report, as more material is recycled, the more jobs can be created in New Mexico.
At the Albuquerque Recycling, Inc. electronics recycling facility, EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry visited with Albuquerque Recycling Vice President Kevin Fullerton and NMRC's English Bird (not pictured NMRC President Charles Fiedler).
Gert Nielsen, Growstone Plant Operations Manager, holds a bag of one of the final Growstone products ready for distribution to nurseries around the US and world.
At the Growstone facility, Mike Langone, Growstone CEO, on left poses with NMRC's English Bird, EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry and NMRC Board President Charles Fiedler.
Sign Up Now for the Bernalillo County Master Composter Class
Applications for the 2013 Bernalillo County Extension Master Composter training program are now being accepted until the deadline of February 1, 2013. The 30 hour training will be presented in March at the Bernalillo County Extension Office in Albuquerque.
Trash, Unsafe or Improper Materials Hamper Recycling Efforts
From the Santa Fe New Mexicanby Julianne Grimm - A bell rings just before it happens. A tidal wave of materials breaks through rubber curtains and hurdles onto a conveyor belt toward a team of workers waiting with arms extended. They dip gloved hands in and out of the debris. Newspapers, cardboard, plastic and aluminum zip past at a steady clip.
The men on the sort line at Santa Fe’s Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station don’t have an easy job. (No women have done the job in recent years.) For up to eight hours a day, the crew stands along the fast-moving belt and retrieves valuable materials from trash. Sometimes rotten food is mixed with recyclable goods, creating an overwhelming, lingering stench. That’s why when a perfume sample is sticking out of a magazine, someone usually snags it and passes it around. Even the cheapest cologne smells good in that room.
The sort line isn’t just uncomfortable — there’s real danger. Bits of broken glass and hypodermic needles hide among the discarded materials, threatening to penetrate puncture-resistant rubber gloves. Face masks don’t stop every airborne bit of paper and dust. Bottles and cans fly into the air as they bounce off the edges of chutes.
However, there are ways to make things smoother for guys like Robert Quintana, a native Santa Fean who has worked at the materials recovery facility for about five years.
Here are some of the things that went by him on the sort line on a recent shift: two shoes (not a matched pair), a can opener, a metal fork with a plastic handle, a stuffed toy replica of an Army tank, a pair of black boxer shorts, a sharp screw and a dirty diaper. None of those things are recyclable. And everybody ought to know that.
“It just seems likes some days that’s all that is coming through,” said Quintana, who has attended classes to be certified as a second level materials-recovery technician. “And I’m like, ‘How do people think that’s recyclable?’ ”
Along with what’s clearly just trash are other items that residents have placed in recycling bins with the best of intentions: translucent plastic clamshell boxes that contained berries or lettuce, yogurt tubs and clear plastic cups that once held iced coffee.
None of those things is recyclable either — at least not under current services in Santa Fe.
The joint city/county Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency has run the recycling center since 2006. Market conditions and volume of materials dictate how much the agency can earn from selling reusable materials to manufacturers. That’s why, when it comes to plastics, the agency only accepts plastic bottles marked with a number 1 or 2.
Two items that are recycling standbys are also relatively easy to handle on the sort line, which is really a giant machine with several functions.
A pair of workers at the beginning of the line uses short-handled brooms to push material onto the line, spinning plates they call “stars” to lift away most of the cardboard. Then the materials hit the conveyor belt and go into the sort room. Just beyond the rubber curtains, tin cans zip into the air from the unseen force of a powerful magnet with its own spinning belt. The magnet also has a name: It’s La Cabra, Spanish for “the goat.” When a can slips by, a worker throws it back as if to feed the mechanical animal.
Materials collected in chambers below the chutes get moved to the baling room for packaging. The finished bales are stored in tall stacks like building blocks until facility director Mike Smith decides it’s time to sell them. So far, the full cost of running the materials-recovery facility isn’t made up by the annual return from sales, but an increase in volume could tip the scales.
Inside the city of Santa Fe, residents get curbside recycling collection along with trash pickup service — although most don’t take advantage of the program. Those who live outside the city limits, however, don’t have that option.
Santa Fe County operates seven transfer stations where residents and business owners may deliver their own trash and recyclables. The county trucks take the materials to the landfill or the regional Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station. Both city and county residents are welcome to deliver recyclables to large containers placed outside the west-side facility off N.M. 599.
Additionally, several private companies that provide trash collection service in parts of the county also offer recycling pickups. Waste Management, for example, is the contractor in Eldorado and in county areas along Airport Road and west of N.M. 599. About four other companies provide services in other rural areas.
Beth Dykman has a double whammy challenge to accessing local recycling services. She lives in Casa Rufina, a small apartment complex near Richards Avenue, west of Cerrillos Road. Dykman moved there about five years ago, she said in a recent interview. She’s asked managers several times to arrange for recycling service, but her efforts have fallen flat.
Even though her apartments are very close to the city limits, they are outside the area where city trucks provide trash and recycling pickups. Apartment managers pay a private company for trash hauling. The complex is in an area slated for annexation, however, said Randall Marco, who works in community relations/ordinance enforcement for the city Environmental Services Division. So, when the city begins service there as part of its next planned annexation, recycling will also be available there if managers choose.
Marco is the city staff person responsible for soliciting new business participation in recycling programs. People like Dykman, he said, can have an effect when an apartment complex or business is reluctant to sign on.
“If you have one person in these apartments that is kind of a take-charge person,” he said, “they might be able to get recycling going.”
Dykman, who gets weekday deliveries of food from Kitchen Angels, found a creative solution for recycling when a volunteer who brought food would take her recyclables to his home within the city limits. Now, a different volunteer brings her food, and she has not yet asked for the recycling favor. She stopped buying bottled water to avoid generating that waste, but she reads the newspaper every day and wants to recycle rather than discard the paper.
“Think how wonderful it would be if we could do this, if we all could recycle,” she said. “There is so much trash.”
Santa Fe County recently formed a task force to consider strategies for increasing recycling in the community. Commissioner Kathy Holian, who serves on the group, said one of her top priorities for the county is to “do something positive about solid waste.”
Among ideas on the table, she said, is that the county enter into a franchise agreement with just one private hauler as a way to stabilize prices and lay ground rules that make recycling a better economic choice for residents. Education, she said, doesn’t seem to increase recycling the same way that pocketbook issues can.
“There have to be financial incentives to do it,” she said. “That is what we want to set up. It actually does cost less money to process recyclables … than to put things into the landfill. If they do this, it ends up costing all of us in our community less. There really is a payoff. We just have to make sure that the end customer sees that, too, in their own pocketbooks.”
Join the State Electronics Challenge! Tools and Resources Help Meet Sustainability Goals
Electronics make our lives easier – until we have to buy them, use them responsibly, or dispose of them. We love our electronics, but multiple choices and decisions at every lifecycle stage complicate our lives. Implementing tools available to Partners in the State Electronics Challenge can make decisions at each stage clearer.
The State Electronics Challenge (SEC) is a free, voluntary program that harnesses the purchasing power and resources of the public sector to change the way office equipment is designed, used and disposed of. SEC Partners sign up to buy green office equipment, use it efficiently, and recycle it responsibly.
The program supports and recognizes an agency’s efforts to buy office equipment that meets ENERGY STAR and EPEAT requirements. Any state and local government agency, tribal government, school, college, university, or other public or non-profit entity can be an SEC Partner.
Joining provides access to SEC support and implementation tools, technical assistance, and sustainability reports documenting material, energy and cost savings to support agency sustainability goals. Partners enjoy cost savings, as well as tangible environmental benefits—energy conservation, greenhouse gas avoidance, and reductions in solid and hazardous waste.
To learn more and learn about up-coming webinars visit the SEC website.
Since 1999, NMED has used GZELP to recognize and encourage
businesses that implement pollution prevention practices with
demonstrated resource use reductions, waste minimization, cost
savings, and overall quality environmental management. Over
130 companies have participated in the program.
In 2012 participating companies reported reductions of 3,060
pounds of hazardous waste; 573,374 pounds of solid waste;
340,000 gallons of water; 79 therms; and cost savings of
$164,240 through implementation of best management and
Pollution Prevention practices.
Recognized in 2012 for their environmental contributions were:
Raytheon Dine Facility in Farmington, U.S. DOE Waste
Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, and the Albuquerque
businesses of Adelante Development Center, Dapwood Furniture
Company, EA Engineering, HB Construction, Lovelace Health
Plan, and Montoya’s Painting.
National Public Radio - Food waste is not just a problem for restaurants — airports also have to deal with piles of this kind of garbage.
At one of the nation's busiest airports, Charlotte Douglas International in North Carolina, each passenger generates half a pound of garbage on average per visit. But instead of just sending all that trash to the landfill, Charlotte has taken a different approach. It's the first airport to put worms to work dealing with trash.
Before the worms get a whack at the airport waste, there's some human work required. Twenty-five tons of trash a day tumbles onto a conveyor belt under the supervision of Charlotte Airport housekeeping manager Bob Lucas.
"You see it coming down off the cascade up there," Lucas says. "What that does is, it gives it like a waterfall effect. So it spreads it out on the belt a little bit more."
A dozen employees pluck out recyclables and sort through aluminum, plastic and more, so passengers don't have to do the sorting in the terminal.
In the four months since this operation got under way, trash going from the Charlotte airport to the landfill is down an impressive 70 percent. Recyclables are crushed, baled and sold for cash. There are shirts sorted and laundered and donated, and plastic cups collected. (The shirts come from people who toss clothing when they suddenly discover their suitcases are too heavy.)
Congratulations to New Mexico's Top RecycleBowl Winners
Keep America Beautiful Announced the top school recyclers that participated in the 2012 recycling challenge, RecycleBowl. Over 1500 schools participated in the challenge, which encouraged both experienced “veterans” to recycling “rookies,” to support and improve their school recycling efforts.
Corrales Elementary won $1,000 for recycling the most in New Mexico! The New Mexico winners were:
Rio Grande School
Tularosa High School
2013 RecycleMania is just around the corner. Basketball isn’t the only competition happening on college campuses this spring. RecycleMania kicks off February 3rd, challenging hundreds of campuses across the country to rally their students to be recycling champions. With registration set to close in the coming weeks, we would like your help get the word out to local colleges encouraging them to participate. You’ll find a blurb below that can be adapted for email newsletters or other communications. Also note we are still inviting SRO’s to formally partner to host the competition locally, with a low-maintenance presentation of state-wide rankings on your own website and by providing recognition to in state Champions.
Armstrong Windows Announces "Save the Ceiling" Recycling Program
Armstrong Windows announced recycling program for used ceiling tiles. Help them “Save The Ceilings" and they'll help save what’s important to you! Recyclers can choose their favorite “Save the” organization and they’ll make a contribution.
Concord, Massachusetts Bans Single-Serving Plastic Water Bottles
From Huffington Post - Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the first communities in the U.S. to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles.
According to the Associated Press, the plastic bottle ban resulted from a three-year campaign by local activists. The activists pushed to reduce waste and fossil fuel use.
Octogenarian Jean Hill lead the charge, telling The New York Times in a 2010 interview, "The bottled water companies are draining our aquifers and selling it back to us." She declared, “I’m going to work until I drop on this."
The campaign Ban the Bottle claims that "It takes 17 million barrels of oil per year to make all the plastic water bottles used in the U.S. alone. That's enough oil to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year." Their website also states: "In 2007, Americans consumed over 50 billion single serve bottles of water. With a recycling rate of only 23%, over 38 billion bottles end up in landfills."
The Town of Concord's website describes the bylaw, stating "It shall be unlawful to sell non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of 1 liter (34 ounces) or less in the Town of Concord on or after January 1, 2013." There is an exemption for an "emergency adversely affecting the availability and/or quality of drinking water to Concord residents."
The first offense results in a warning, the second in a $25 fine, and the third (and each following offense) in a $50 fine. Concord's Health Division staff are in charge of enforcing the ban.
From Waste Age: Corrugated boxes are named for the fluted inner layer that is sandwiched between layers of linerboard. They need to be impact, drop, and vibration-damage resistant, while still being light enough to ship products. Corrugated packaging is the largest segment of the packaging industry, with more than 1,300 manufacturing plants in North America.
Paper recyclers call used corrugated boxes "old corrugated containers or OCC" Consumers often mistakenly call them “cardboard boxes.” Those boxes, however, do not have a fluted inner layer and lack the strength of a corrugated box. “Double-lined kraft” refers to cuttings generated during OCC manufacturing.
The extensive use of OCC in the American economy makes them the biggest manufactured product in the waste stream by weight. Easily recyclable, it also is the most recycled product by weight, greatly diminishing the amount sent to disposal. Since 1960, OCC generation increased by 296 percent; its MSW market share increased by 27 percent. Its recycling rate increased by almost 150 percent and its disposal share decreased by 55 percent. Box production has rebounded from the recent recession, benefitting in part from the need for smaller shipping boxes by online merchants.
While some corrugated boxes are made of plastic, this profile is limited to paper boxes.
U.S. Recycled Plastics Demand to Rise 5.9 Percent Annually
U.S. demand for post-consumer recycled plastics is expected to rise 5.9 percent annually to 3.4 billion pounds in 2016, according to a new report.
The study by the Cleveland-based Freedonia Group said the gains will come from a growing emphasis on sustainability among packaging and consumer product manufacturers, advancements in processing and sorting technology, and an improved collection infrastructure that helps raise the plastic recycling rate, according to a news release.
Continued support for recycling by government also will help plastics collection, processing and demand.
However, the overall plastics recycling rate in the United States will remain relatively low, 6.5 percent of total plastic demand in 2016. The industry faces several challenges, such as minimal recycling in several major plastic markets, and strong export sales. Only 53 percent of plastic collected for recycling in the United States makes it into manufactured products in the U.S. market.
The study, Recycled Plastics, presents historical demand data as well as forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by source, resin and market.
From Waste & Recyclng News - A chance meeting five years ago between grinding entrepreneur Octavio Victal Jr. and a senior prison social rehabilitation official has blossomed into an annual $1 million-plus plastic bottle recycling business that appears to be unique in Latin America.
Tecnopenales SA de CV operates from inside the Centro Integral de Justicia Regional Puerto Vallarta, one of five penitentiaries in the western Mexican state of Jalisco. The prison has 1,000 inmates, 100 of whom are employed by Tecnopenales' two founding partners, Victal Jr., a university graduate in marketing, and his father Octavio Victal Sr., a heart surgeon.
Since setting up the company in February 2009, the pair have invested $1.1 million in machinery and auxiliary equipment. They buy commingled bales with PET, polypropylene and high density polyethylene bottles and reprocess 280,000 pounds of mixed bales every four weeks.
"Our current capacity is 360,000 pounds of mixed bales per month and we're pushing to reach 400,000 pounds a month, which is as much as 65% of all the plastic recovered from the city [of Puerto Vallarta]," Victal Jr. said in an email.
About 200,000 pounds of the material is clear PET, which is hot washed, he said. The rest is sold as dirty regrind to Asia.
"We don't have our own AQSIQ license so we sell to major U.S. brokers like Avangard Innovative Ltd., of Houston, and Siwin Corp. of Compton City, Calif.," Victal Jr. said.
AQSIQ stands for General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and is a Chinese government norm that aims to ensure that imported waste complies with environmental protection standards.
Eighty-five percent of Tecnopenales' production is exported to China or Taiwan. Natural HDPE and PP from the company's floating tanks, used to separate PET from HDPE and PP, are sold locally.
The company generated sales of $1.2 million in 2011. Last June it invested $170,000 in new machinery, which the Victals expect will enable Tecnopenales to process 100% of the Puerto Vallarta's recovered plastic bottle waste and drive its annual sales to $1.8 million.
The new machinery, purchased from Repet Inc., of Chino, Calif., includes two centrifugalwashers, a prewashing tromell with hot water, sorting belts and de-labeling machines.
According to Victal Jr., Tecnopenales plans to open similar facilities in at least three more of Jalisco's jails by 2014 in a joint venture with one of the company's current customers.
Other major customers include Grupo Simplex SA de CV, Monterrey, Mexico, and Topwell Group Unit Co Ltd. of Taipei, Taiwan.
Victal Jr. started in the plastics sector seven years ago with his own small grinding operation in Puerto Vallarta, where he employed 20. At a seminar, organized by Mexico's environment and sustainable development ministry in 2008 and he was approached by the then director of a program that seeks work opportunities for prison inmates.
"He [the social rehabilitation officer] wanted to recycle the plastic produced inside the state penitentiaries," said Victal Jr. "I started to look into their scrap volumes, especially in the Puerto Vallarta prison, and I told the officer the volumes were insufficient to justify a big investment, but we came up with a second plan."
This was to process not only the prison's plastic but as much as Puerto Vallarta's as the Victals could get their hands on. They signed a contract with the state government for 15 years.
Their first investment was in a cold wash line for PET and a couple of grinders. The grinders include a Nelmor and a Chinese brand. A Mexican company called Tecnorec SA de CV supplied the original cold wash line. The line has been modified to incorporate hot wash tanks and equipment, complemented by Kongskilde aspirators and metal detection devices from Bunting Magnetics Co.
Tecnopenales was fully operational by June 2009, by which time it had 40 inmates working in the plant. In an attempt to increase quality and capacity, Victal Jr contacted Steve Alexander, of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers.
Alexander "introduced me to many people who have directly or indirectly helped in the growth of the company," he said.
The inmates employed by Tecnopenales have been found guilty of a variety of crimes, ranging from larceny to drug dealing and homicide, according to Victal Jr.
The penitentiary's psychology department and a security council selects them for the work and they earn the national minimum wage of 54 pesos ($4 dollars) a day. Ten percent of their wage is deducted and deposited in a pension plan for when they are released.
To be accepted, they have to prove they are nonviolent. Working efficiently can lead to the time they spend behind bars being reduced.
Asked how competent the prisoners he employs are, Victal Jr. replied: "They are highly enthusiastic for there's no other work option inside. Most of them are competent and some are highly skilled, thanks to the work they did before entering prison." The employees include qualified mechanics, electricians, metal workshop workers and welders, he said.
Stephen Downer is a Mexico-based correspondent for Plastics News, a sister publication for Waste & Recycling News.
The Carton Council Achieves 40% Access to Carton Recycling in the U.S.
VERNON HILLS, Ill.—More than 47.9 million U.S. households can now recycle cartons thanks to efforts led by the Carton Council, a group of carton manufacturers committed to reducing the environmental impact of cartons. This is an increase of 128 percent in just three years.
In 2009, carton recycling access in the U.S. stood at 18 percent, with 21 million households being able to recycle shelf-stable and refrigerated cartons. Now, 47.9 million U.S. households are able to recycle cartons through their community’s recycling programs, including programs in Dallas, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Denver, San Diego and Los Angeles.
10 Largest Cities by U.S. Households to Start Recycling Cartons Since 2009
1. Charlotte, N.C.
2. Columbus, Ohio
3. Dallas, Texas
4. Denver, Colo.
5. Jacksonville, Fla.
6. Los Angeles, Calif.
7. Minneapolis, Minn.
8. Philadelphia, Pa.
9. San Diego, Calif.
10. San Antonio, Texas
“Due to the collaboration of numerous stakeholders along the carton supply chain and lifecycle coupled with the enthusiastic support of local facilities and communities, we have achieved this impressive 40 percent milestone at a very quick pace,” said Jason Pelz, vice president, environment, Tetra Pak North America, and vice president of recycling projects for Carton Council of North America. “It is with this strong and growing support that we will continue to make progress in growing carton recycling access.”
Cartons are a fast-growing packaging solution—one that is taking up more and more space on grocery store shelves and subsequently in the waste stream. Fortunately, they are also a high-value material and are very recyclable, thanks to their high-quality, virgin, long fiber. Recycling facility managers and community program officials are finding that it is no longer optional to include cartons as an accepted item in their recycling programs.
These stakeholders have seen firsthand the benefits that recycling cartons brings to their community. There is a long and growing list of “carton communities,” all of whom have found that once cartons have been added in to the recycling stream, they can generate a high yield with end markets. The “Faces of 40”—those who made the 40 percent access milestone possible—are as diverse as the communities they serve. They range from small and rural communities to the largest metropolitan areas on both coasts. They represent recycling programs in cities like Milwaukee, material recovery facilities (MRFs) like Firstar Fiber, which services the City of Omaha, Neb., and recycling companies such as ReCommunity.
“Adding cartons to our program not only provided another recycling opportunity for our residents, it also has contributed to a higher overall satisfaction from residents in our recycling service,” said Rick Meyers, resource recovery program manager for the City of Milwaukee. “We were able to take advantage of the great resources the Carton Council has developed to promote carton recycling and support them in their efforts to develop a stable infrastructure to help in the recovery and recyclability of cartons.”
“We know from experience that residents respond more favorably to recycling when they are given opportunities to include more materials,” said Dale Gubbels, CEO of Firstar Fiber, the MRF that handles residential recycling collection for the City of Omaha. “With the Carton Council’s assistance, we were able to secure guaranteed market outlets for cartons, which in turn helped us convince the City of Omaha to allow the inclusion of cartons in the recycling program.”
In a recent survey of carton recycling communities and facilities, more than 63 percent reported their primary reason for adding cartons to their recycling stream was to divert more materials from the waste stream and increase tonnage for the program/facility. And after adding cartons to their own programs or facilities, 93.8 percent said they would recommend carton recycling to another community.
“We know firsthand the economic, social and environmental power in recycling cartons and wholeheartedly support the Carton Council’s efforts to grow carton recycling access across the country landfill,” said Jeff Fielkow, executive vice president of revenue and growth with ReCommunity, a leading recycling and recovery company focused on dramatically reducing the volume of landfilled waste. “The Carton Council has proven to be a crucial and impactful partner in expanding access to recovering the valuable materials contained in cartons.”
While the 40 percent access milestone is being celebrated in communities across the country, the Carton Council has its eyes set on even bigger numbers, with the goal being to have carton recycling as widely accessible as possible.
“Our efforts in the U.S. will not stop at 40 percent access. Now, we see 50 percent on the horizon and are aiming much higher.” said Pelz. “We want cartons to be as common in curbside bins as they are on store shelves.”
For more information about the recent 40 percent milestone, or to learn more about the Carton Council, visit www.recyclecartons.com/40.
From Resource Recycling - An alliance of packaging firms is carefully assessing what works in municipal recycling systems. The group will then use the research findings to undertake a number of projects designed to boost the recycling of packaging.
The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment is conducting an assessment of the recycling systems used by America's 100 largest cities. The goal is to determine the best practices used by these communities, especially in the areas of recycling infrastructure, public education and governmental policies. The survey, which is currently underway, should help AMERIPEN leaders decide the best opportunities to improve packaging recovery. This will lead to a number of projects that are expected to be launched by the end of 2013.
Why There's a War Over Your Used Printer Cartridges
From Waste & Recycling News - First came gold and then came clunkers. Now there is cash for cartridges.
Clover Technologies Group LLC, the world's largest remanufacturer of printer cartridges, can no longer rely on places like OfficeMax Inc. and Staples Inc. to collect and supply it with used cartridges. So Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Clover recently launched Evolve Recycling, a company with the sole purpose of gathering secondhand cartridges directly from consumers.
Depending on the model, Evolve pays customers up to $10 per cartridge. It also supplies collection boxes, shipping boxes and prepaid labels so there is no out-of-pocket expense for those looking to cash in on their worn-out cartridges.
While Evolve may be a bright idea, it was one born of necessity. Printer company profits are shrinking, and the companies increasingly are unwilling to share the cartridge market, which accounts for a significant portion of their income.
In its third quarter, Lexmark International Inc.'s net income was zero, down from $67 million the previous year. Canon Inc.'s third- quarter net income plunged 36 percent. Original equipment manufacturers are collecting used cartridges — "empties" or "cores" in industry lingo. They grind them up for their own reuse or toss them into landfills before recyclers can scoop them up. As a result, companies like Clover are scrambling to find enough cartridges to fill demand from office supply chains and individual businesses.
"We need Evolve Recycling to kick in and collect more empties because right now our business will be stagnant if we cannot collect more," says Jim Cerkleski, Clover's CEO. "The empties industry is changing drastically because of the original equipment manufacturers' pressure to want those empties back. Now it's a fight for who is going to pay more for the cores."
The brawl comes as a result of Clover's success selling rehabbed and refilled cartridges for up to 50 percent less than manufacturers such as Tokyo-based Canon, Seiko Epson Corp. of Nagano, Japan, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Lexmark. Since Clover's founding in 1996, it has grown from 15 employees and $180,000 in annual revenue to 15,000 employees, including 500 in Illinois, and close to $1 billion in annual revenue.
Save the date for the 2013 Resource Recycling Conference
Resource Recycling, Inc., publisher of Resource Recycling magazine, invites you to attend the fourth annual Resource Recycling Conference. The 2013 Resource Recycling Conference will be held Aug. 27-28, 2013 at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky.
The New Mexico Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau and NMRC have announced the schedule for the 2013 Recycling and Compost Certification Courses. You may now register for these classes at www.recyclenewmexico.com/cert_classes.htm.
**Starting in November 2011 these prices are from the OBM Yellow Sheet Southwest Region (LA based) and the Southcentral Region (Houston based). This includes giving prices for a newspaper seven grade of paper instead of Mixed Paper, which was quoted prior to November 2011.
Mixed Paper (2)
Late July 2012
**Starting in November these prices are from the Official Board Markets or Secondary Fiber Pricing for the Southwest region and for the Southcentral region starting in October 2012 (as NM was recategorized into the Southcentral region).
Please note that this is a sample of what is being offered
in New Mexico for certain commodities. Purchase prices for
OCC and Paper are subject to change based on market
fluctuations as reflected in the Southwest Region of the
Official Board Markets’ Yellow Sheet. Prices vary according
to presentation and quantity. These prices are for partial
loads. Full truckloads of any of the materials would be paid
at a greater price depending on the pick-up location and
destination of the material.
Many members of NMRC are launching Facebook pages or Twitter accounts or other creative social marketing campaigns to get the word out about recycling. NMRC will track these updates in this new section of Scraps. If you'd like to send in information about your recycling-related social networking efforts, please email the to Sarah Pierpont at email@example.com
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members are always welcome to attend the meetings. We
welcome your input and are always looking for new board
members for our September election. We have also started
offering a call-in option to board meetings. If you wish to
attend any of the meetings, please RSVP ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Meeting Wednesday March 27, 2013 9am-1pm-Santa Fe
Wednesday May 15, 2013 9am-1pm- Los Alamos
NMRC Annual Meeting & Recycling Professionals Training June 5, Training all day, 8 am - 5 pm, UNM Albuquerque
Board Meeting Wednesday September 4, 2013- 9am-2pm - Moriarty
Education & Outreach One Day Training October 3, 9 am - 4 pm, Albuquerque
Board Retreat-October 24-25th 2013 Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge