New Paper Recycling Program by Avery Dennison and Smurfit Kappa

The potential of Avery Dennison liner recycling initiatives has been confirmed as Belgian label converter Reynders Label Printing recently signed up for the new paper liner recycling program, initiated by Avery Dennison and operated by Smurfit Kappa. “With an annual disposal of more than 300,000 tonnes of liner waste in Europe, there is significant potential […]

End-Of-Life Tyre Market Takes Intercontinental Turn

America’s end-of-life tyre (ELT) landscape has been transformed over the last 20 years, the BIR Tyres & Rubber Committee meeting in Miami on June 2 was informed by Charles Astafan, General Manager of US-based tyre recycling equipment manufacturer Columbus McKinnon. From the point in the early 1990s when domestic stockpiles contained a total of more […]

Major Strides in E-Scrap Handling Over the Last Decade

Volumes of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) are rising rapidly – especially in emerging countries – and yet “there is not really a level playing field” when it comes to treatment standards, it was alleged at the latest BIR E-Scrap Committee meeting by Volker Paw­litzki, Aurubis, Germany. But while agreeing that certain operators continue […]

Industry Will Not Give Up on End-of-Waste

“Hurdles to free trade are detrimental to economic growth and also to our companies,” declared BIR Paper Division President Reinhold Schmidt of Germany-based Recycling Karla Schmidt in opening the latest meeting, held on June 3 in Miami. Taking his home market as an example of a “negative” political environment, Schmidt said that the introduction of […]

Multiple Pressures on Textiles Recyclers

BIR Textiles Division President Olaf Rintsch: “My dream would be that recycling goods will be sold at decent prices.” Harsh winter conditions in parts of the USA, which led to “a quick tightening of markets” in late February and March, left many graders “unable to obtain raw materials” and forced some plants to stop production, […]

Copper Content Holds the Key

Although its total steel scrap imports were lower in 2013 than in 2012, Turkey increased its overseas purchases of shredded material, the latest BIR Shredder Committee meeting was informed by Abdullah Hosdir, Deputy Manager of Foreign Procurement at local steelmaker IÇDAS. Turkey’s overall consumption of steel scrap fell more than six per cent last year […]

“Our industry is not well understood”

“Margins for the scrap that merchants are handling through their processing yards continue to be compressed,” the latest meeting of the BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division was told by its President, Robert Stein of Alter Trading in the USA. “Prices being paid don’t allow the merchants to replace what they sell at acceptable margins.” The “incredible” […]

Recycling Industry Cautiously Optimistic about Business Prospects

Review: BIR World Recycling Convention & Exhibition in Miami (June 1-4, 2014). (Photo: Andrea Damm  / pixelio.de) The Convention in Miami had attracted more than 1,200 participants from 63 countries. “A great achievement given the still very difficult market conditions,” BIR President Björn Grufman of Sweden-based Metallvärden AB told the recycling organization’s General Assembly. The […]

Chemical Color Imaging: Hyperspectral Camera to Detect Unwanted Materials

Wood recycling is an established industry. While in the last years metal parts were typically separated, the focus is now changing to get any non-wood parts out of the material stream. Especially various plastics can strongly influence the subsequence processing of recyclable wood. By using the Chemical Color Imaging technology of Austrian company Perception Park […]

Tegro Launches Dense Media Separation Technology

“Precise split cut delivers highest quality separation of light and heavy metals.” Headed by Biagio Adragna, the former MD and Director of Engineering and Process Development at Sims Metal Management, Tegro Group has launched a turnkey Dense Media Separator (DMS) which they believe is unrivalled in the market by way of its customisable flexibility, precise […]