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  • Recycling industry frustrated by shipping lines

    Recycling industry frustrated by shipping lines

    Historically high oil prices, the weakness of the US dollar and an imbalance in container availability are seen as the main factors behind the sky-high freight rates demanded by container shipment companies. As a growing number of scrap exporters ...

  • GEEP’s guide to e-cycling success

    GEEP’s guide to e-cycling success

    The recent Electronics & Battery Recycling congress in Toronto featured a personal view on global e-cycling solutions from Alfred Hambsch of Ontario-based Global Electric Electronic Processing - a company involved in the operation of e-scrap ...

  • China: short-term pessimism but long-term optimism

    China: short-term pessimism but long-term optimism

    In May this year, the overriding mood at CRRA’s China International Recycling Conference - one of country’s premier recycling events - was somewhat more downbeat, not least because of the impact of the widespread economic slow-down. This article ...

  • Able UK to dismantle Clemenceau

    Able UK to dismantle Clemenceau

    After a planning and permit battle lasting almost five years, Able UK will shortly begin dismantling vessels at its long-heralded Teesside Environmental Reclamation and Recycling Centre in the north-east of England. And the work schedule for the ...

  • Interview: Robert Voss - championing the recycling industry cause

    Interview: Robert Voss - championing the recycling industry cause

    Robert Voss is from a family steeped in recycling industry tradition and has been running his own international business since his early 30s. In this article, the new President of Eurometrec and the first-ever Chairman of the BIR’s International ...

  • Big dumb recycling machine

    Big dumb recycling machine

    In China, scrap peddlers constitute a long-established force in the collection of a whole range of post-consumer recyclables. And as this first-hand experience of street-level recycling in Shanghai would tend to indicate, machines are not about to ...

  • Cutting up the Riverdance

    Cutting up the Riverdance

    UK-based contractor PGC Demolition is well advanced with its largest-ever project - the cutting-up and removal of the Riverdance, a 6000-tonne roll-on/roll-off ferry which was beached during severe storms earlier this year near Blackpool on the ...

  • New weapons to fight radiation threat

    New weapons to fight radiation threat

    While the focus of the Radiation in the Scrap Yard meeting in Las Vegas was on the radiation threat in the USA, it was emphasised that radioactivity in scrap is a global menace and has already led to a significant number of fatalities around the ...

  • Is composite recycling preparing for take-off?

    Is composite recycling preparing for take-off?

    As part of a bid to take ever-greater responsibility for end-of-life airplanes, major manufacturer Boeing, among other companies, has stepped up to the challenge of recycling composite materials. In this article, Recycling International takes a look ...

  • PACE: computing the way forward

    PACE: computing the way forward

    A guidance document on the environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life mobile phones was agreed at the latest Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention in Bali. The same event also saw the launch of the Partnership for Action on ...

  • ELVs in China: the drive towards sustainability

    ELVs in China: the drive towards sustainability

    Upwards of 5 million vehicles in China will be reaching the end of their useful lives by the year 2010, according to latest estimates. A figure of this magnitude represents, at once, a challenge and an opportunity for the country’s ELV recycling ...

  • China’s tyre recycling at a crossroads

    China’s tyre recycling at a crossroads

    China introduced a ban on imports of used and waste rubber from car tyres in April last year. But with the country suffering a severe shortage of rubber resources, some tyre recycling companies have called on the government to reverse this policy. ...

  • Huge growth prospects for recycling in China

    Huge growth prospects for recycling in China

    According to a report from US-based market research company BCC Research, recycling markets in China will continue to grow at a fast pace in the years to 2013. In 2007, China recycled more than 142 million tonnes of waste and secondary raw materials ...

  • More than a crumb of comfort for Kingpin Tyres

    More than a crumb of comfort for Kingpin Tyres

    Already a specialist in tyre retreading, Kingpin Tyres Ltd of the UK had long harboured thoughts of diversifying into the manufacture of products from scrap tyres. Following a successful link-up with granulation expert Granutech-Saturn Systems of ...

  • Radiation detection market is HOT

    Radiation detection market is HOT

    The number of radiation incidents has increased over recent years; at the same time, the issue has been climbing up the scrap processing agenda, with sales of detection equipment scaling new heights. This article looks at latest trends in radiation ...

    Manfred Beck

  • Radioactivity and scrap: Time to share the burden

    Radioactivity and scrap: Time to share the burden

    The melting of metals containing a radioactive source can have devastating health, environmental and financial implications. But according to leading lights within the recycling industry, scrap processors do not receive adequate support from ...

    Ian Martin

  • Harris and its machines stand the test of time

    Harris and its machines stand the test of time

    US-based Harris has a broad remit: the design, manufacture and support of processing equipment aimed at a broad spectrum of users, including handlers of ferrous/non-ferrous metals, recovered paper and plastics scrap. It’s a formula that has ...

    Ian Martin

  • ExpoSucata: a recycling samba in Brazil

    ExpoSucata: a recycling samba in Brazil

    If evidence were needed that the key issues affecting the scrap industry are truly global in nature, this was supplied at last month’s ExpoSucata recycling show in São Paulo. The event spotlighted those matters of importance to Brazil’s growing ...

    Manfred Beck

  • E-scrap: metals too precious to ignore

    E-scrap: metals too precious to ignore

    Increased recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is providing the global recycling industry with fresh challenges. Researchers from Berlin’s University of Technology have been taking a close look at the material flowing into ...

    Perrine Chancerel, Christina Meskers, Christian Hagelüken and Susanne Rotter

  • Sims committed to e-scrap takeover trail

    Sims committed to e-scrap takeover trail

    Amid America’s economic turmoil, the US e-scrap division of the world’s largest recycler Sims Metal Management is celebrating strong expansion in North America. The business recently took over Global Investment Recovery, which marks Sims’ latest ...

    Gert-Jan van der Have