Wednesday December 4, 2013
Plastic products and packaging play a key role in modern farming. For example, irrigation and maple tubing are made of plastic, and the list goes on from there. Plastic films are used to wrap forage, cover greenhouses, and mulch fields of vegetables and fruits like tomatoes and strawberries. As well, most nursery containers are made of plastic, as are pesticide containers. Used plastic recycling options for farmers have been limited, resulting in scrap plastic being burned or landfilled.
Look for sustainable solutions as the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Conference & Trade Show (APRC 2014) will be held July 20-22, 2014, at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Marco Island, Florida. This conference is a networking forum for farmers, nurseries, agricultural plastic manufacturers, recyclers and government officials to explore alternatives to landfilling and open burning of agricultural plastic.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
How extensive is the theft of scrap metal from shipping containers? That is what the Bureau of International Recycling intends to determine through a survey of its member companies and national associations.
Robert Voss, chairman of the International Trade Council at the Brussels-based bureau notes that organized crime involvement in scrap theft from containers is on the rise, especially in Asia. A previous survey was taken roughly two years ago.
The increased value of metal has contributed to scrap theft activity. A story in Bloomberg notes that an index of the six main industrial metals traded on the London Metal Exchange, including copper and lead, is still up more than tdouble from the end of 2000, even after a downward 34 percent move from the record high recorded in 2007.
Voss notes that scrap is attractive to criminals because it is generally unidentifiable, readily salable around the world, and always has a market price. In an effort to deter theft, the scrap industry intends to take steps such as using microchips, GPS systems, and double-sealing containers. The recycling industry moves more than 600 million metric tons of raw materials annually.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
A Washington, D.C.-based trade group representing the private-sector waste and recycling industry in the United States has adopted a new name -- the National Waste & Recycling Association. It has also made public a new log and tagline: Recycle. Innovate. The change officially took effect on December 2, 2013.
The announcement follows the merger of Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) and its sub-associations, the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) and the Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC).
Charlie Appleby, Chairman and CEO of Advanced Disposal and the Chairman of the Board for the National Waste & Recycling Association calls the rebranding a significant milestone towards achieving goals adopted in 2012. "The strategic vision for the group is the creation of a merged advocacy organization with leadership, expertise and programs that promote the Association as the most effective and trusted voice on all things waste and recycling," Appleby states.
The new logo reflects the industry's participation in the collection of waste and recyclables, recycling, organics and composting and the production of waste-based energy. The inclusion of the word "innovate" in the tagline illustrates the role of technology is revolutionizing the way that waste and recycling is managed.
Created in 1962, the association operated as the National Solid Wastes Management Association until 1994, when it became the Environmental Industry Associations during an earlier reorganization. The Association includes a number of institutes representing the interests of landfills, recycling and healthcare waste. It has a longtime partnership with Penton Media's Waste360. The groups work together to organize WasteExpo, North America's largest waste and recycling exposition and conference, in addition to other education offerings, products and services.
Thursday November 28, 2013
After a two month investigation, a plastic theft ring involving two plastic businesses have been shut down in Essex County, New Jersey, as I outline in this report. Plastic crates and pallets, valued in excess of $100,000, were uncovered.
On November 19, law enforcement officials executed search warrants at two businesses. There they discovered plastic reusable packaging belonging to organizations including Rite Aid, CVS, Bimbo Bakeries, Pepsi Cola, Walgreen and the United States Postal Service. Police noted that most of the stolen plastic items were marked with the rightful owner's company name and a warning against there unauthorized use or theft.
Throughout the course of the investigation, it is alleged that both facilities received a steady flow of stolen plastic totes and other plastic items from several individuals who were stealing them from locations in New York and New Jersey. After being received at the warehouse, it is alleged they were ground up and new totes molded that both companies would then sell for profit. Eight individuals were arrested and charged as a result of the investigation.
The theft of plastic containers and pallets costs industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year, and should be taken seriously, both with respect to theft prevention precautions, as well as through educating the public and law enforcement.