As Scrap Business Booms, Scrapyard Dangers Come into Focus

As Scrap Business Booms, Scrapyard Dangers Come into Focus


A bulldozer tears into 220 Hudson St. Photo by Thomas Hammond

Combustion is the main hazard haunting scrapyards — a ghost that exacted its vengeance on a Cayce scrapyard. There are several dangers but there are also several industry’s best practices to stay safe.

Federal regulation requires a vehicle to be bled dry before it gets shredded, but while it sits in the yard it can be as combustible as the scrapyard operator wants to risk. In those wastelands of junk vehicles, often known as pull-a-parts, a person could drive their car straight into the yard and the facility would accept it, Wolff notes.

Following the industry’s best practices to prevent raging car infernos is up to the yard operators, according to Barry Wolff, treasurer for the Southeast chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, and vice president at Charleston Steel and Metal. It’s up to the scrapyard or demolishers and parts guy.” Federal regulation requires a vehicle to be bled dry before it gets shredded, but while it sits in the yard it can be as combustible as the scrapyard operator wants to risk. “Even though the industry wanted that to get rid of some of the bad apples, we couldn’t get that through the Legislature.” Aside from taking steps to avoid the daily dangers of rigid copper wiring reaching out to lacerate your skin and chunks of weighty metal looking to make slapstick comedy out of your foot, scrapyards battle against unintended ignition the most fiercely.

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National Manufacturing Day 2017

National Manufacturing Day 2017

Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October — this year Manufacturing Day is Oct 6, 2017.

“National Manufacturing Day helps call attention to the critical role recyclers play in America’s overall economy and the variety of ways recycling affects one’s everyday life,” says Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. In doing so, the industry has become a thriving economic engine, job creator, resource of sustainability, energy savings and global trade.” ISRI says that since the dawn of civilization and the earliest attempts at manufacturing, humans have recognized the intrinsic value of scrap and the benefits associated with using and reusing existing products to create new goods.

The scrap recycling industry has made many contributions to the U.S. economy, according to ISRI:

  • generating nearly $16.5 billion in export sales to 155 countries;
  • directly and indirectly employing approximately 534,000 workers in 2016;
  • generating nearly $117 billion annually in economic activity;
  • drawing in $13.2 billion in revenue for federal, state and local governments; and
  • lowering energy costs by producing recycled materials that require less energy during the manufacturing process than virgin materials.

Read entire article: http://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/isri-recycling-key-to-manufacturing/

Learn more about Manufacturing Day: http://www.mfgday.com/

ISRI 2017 Scrap Yearbook

ISRI Scrap Yearbook

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced the release of its sixth annual ISRI Scrap Yearbook, providing the most up-to-date information and statistics about the U.S. scrap industry and global scrap marketplace. In addition, it aims to provide readers with a deeper understanding of what the scrap industry is and how it works, along with the tremendous economic, environmental, energy, and trade benefits the industry generates globally. Continue reading

US recycled nearly 630 million pounds of consumer electronics during 2016

US recycled nearly 630 million pounds of consumer electronics during 2016

The eCycling Leadership Initiative (ELI) powered by Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has released a new report on electronics recycling in the US.

According to the report, more than 8,000 responsible recycling locations across the US contributed to recycling of more than 630 million pounds of consumer electronics.

The CTA report applauded Apple, Dell, Best Buy and DirecTV for recycling more than 125% of consumer electronics recycling goals set for 2016.

CTA urged consumer technology companies to extend continued support to recycling related activities in the coming years.

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News around the World: Germany

News around the World: Germany

In its most recent “Copper Mail” write-up, Aurubis says the value of copper reached a “multiyear high” in August 2017 and adds, “Since nothing sensational occurred on the copper market in the past four weeks, investors’ new-found interest can likely be attributed to expectations.” In terms of market fundamentals, the copper producer says speculators are foreseeing “good demand [in the face of] inadequate production.” Aurubis also points to the weak U.S.

Aurubis comments that China’s government is indicating “there are supposed to be three regulation lists – ‘forbidden,’ ‘limited’ and ‘permissible’ – for [scrap grades] that are affected by possible import bans or restrictions.” These lists will be applied to grades “for which additional treatment or disassembly before processing in a smelting furnace is required, or for which the copper content is relatively low.” Aurubis continues, “In the copper sector, materials with customs tariff codes (HS Code) in Group 7, such as cable, wire scrap and motors, are expected to be on the ‘limited’ list.” Grades such as No.

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News around the World.

News around the World.

Hammersmith, United Kingdom based information service provider Kallanish Commodities says the price differential between ferrous scrap and iron ore has hit a record level in August 2017.

The firm says that in mid-August, the cost of imported, blended No. 1 and No. 2 heavy melting steel (HMS) shipped to Turkey “settled at almost $370 per metric ton CFR (cost and freight).” That represented a figure $293 higher than “the current transaction levels for iron ore [62 percent iron] imported into China,” says Kallanish.

That $293 differential checks in at more than $15 above the previous record level registered in May 2016, which was $277, according to Kallanish’s research.

The U.K. research house says that unlike the May 2016 situation, when the market reacted rapidly to the differential with a quick $100 per ton drop for scrap, “This year the fundamentals supporting the raw material prices seem to be stronger (both for scrap and iron ore).” However, adds Kallanish, “such a high differential is set to hit significantly the profitability and competitiveness of electric arc furnace (EAF)-based producers, forcing the scrap market to correct sooner rather than later.”

The analysis also refers to “steel prices globally [that] are continuing to recover, with increases registered across the globe, from Chinese hot-rolled coil to Brazilian flat products.” Adds Kallanish, “The market is set to enter the last month of the third quarter in high spirits [and while the fourth quarter] will bring mixed signals, a real decline in prices is not yet expected, and producers could well be able to end the year with selling prices [that are] firm.”

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Nothing is too big to scrap!

Nothing is too big to scrap!

Global metal recycling firm EMR recently towed into one of its Gulf of Mexico ship-breaking facilities the fifth vessel from a fleet of six United States Navy vessels awarded to the United Kingdom-based firm for dismantling by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

“We were honored to be awarded the contract to dismantle these vessels, which have a history of important service to their country along with their dedicated crews,” says Andrew Sheppard, chief operating officer of Southern Recycling.

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About EMR (European Metal Recycling)
EMR is a family business and one of world’s largest metal recyclers. It has around 170 facilities globally, employs more than 4,000 people, has annual sales in excess of $3 billion and is involved in the sale of some 10 million tons per year of recycled raw materials.

CALPIA Expands E-Waste and Computer-Refurbishing Statewide

CALPIA Expands E-Waste and Computer-Refurbishing Statewide

“This program supports the governor’s and legislature’s goal of 75 percent recycling, composting or source reduction of solid waste by 2020 while doing so in a cost-effective manner, with no added to costs to any state agency, including CALPIA.” Offenders participating in the program will learn marketable job skills in e-waste recycling and computer refurbishing, CALPIA says, adding, “skills coveted in today’s job market that will help them find innovative employment opportunities when they return to their communities.” CALPIA began the E-Waste Collection and Computer Refurbishing program in 2013 by entering into a statewide agreement with CDCR to help the agency resolve its backlog of accumulating e-waste.

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ISRI offers free Recycling safety training

 ISRI offers free Recycling safety training

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has announced the formation of a “Hazard Recognition in Recycling” safety training program, a series of free classes across the country.

“The offering of a free Hazard Recognition in Recycling training program further emphasizes that safety is a core value for ISRI,” says Terry Cirone, vice president of safety for ISRI. According to OSHA the focus of the program includes providing “training and education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces.” For additional information, including how to host a class at your facility, please contact ISRI Safety at ISRIsafety@isri.org.

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