NFL announces zero waste plan for Super Bowl
The NFL, in partnership with PepsiCo, Aramark, U.S. Bank Stadium and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, announced Rush2Recycle, a game plan to recover more than 90 percent-more than 40 tons-of stadium waste at Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4.
On game day, every chef, custodian and fan will be part of the team working to recover at least 90 percent of stadium waste by recycling bottles and cans; composting organic materials like food waste and serviceware; and repurposing items like discarded handbags, signage and construction materials through local community organizations. (more…)
44.7 million metric tons of electronic waste in 2016
The world produced 44.7 million metric tons of electronic waste in 2016, according to a new United Nations report.
Global e-waste ― discarded electronic and electrical goods such as cellphones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators and electrical toys – rose 8 percent from 2014 to 2016, according to the Global E-waste Monitor 2017 report, published on Wednesday.
Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment during the tax year.
Fast Facts about the Section 179 tax deduction:
- Tax code created to help businesses.
- Valid on most types of equipment.
- Can greatly help your bottom line.
- Simple to use.
- Enhancements typically expire at year’s end.
- There is simply no better time than now.
Global crude steel production increases
The 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel), Brussels, produced 145.3 million metric tons of crude steel in October 2017, a 5.9 percent increase compared with October 2016.
The crude steel capacity utilization ratio of the 66 countries in October 2017 was 73 percent, which is 3 percentage points higher than in October 2016. However, compared with September 2017, it is 0.6 percentage points lower.
Imports of finished steel products by the US to grow
Based on the year-to-date import trends, the American Institute of Iron and Steel (AIIS) has predicted the total imports of finished steel products by the US to grow by nearly 16% during the entire year 2017.
As per data, finished steel imports by the country are likely to total 30.520 million net tons (Mt), significantly higher by 15.9% when matched with the yearly import total of 26.338 Mt in 2016.
The average finished steel imports during the current 3-month period from July to September 2017 based on preliminary imports has recorded 3.7% decline when matched with the rolling average of actual imports during the prior three months from April to June ’17.
Global stainless steel production registered 5% jump
The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has released the production statistics for the first half of 2017. As per ISSF data, the global stainless steel production registered 5% jump during the first half-yearly period of the year, upon comparison with the corresponding initial six-month period in 2016. However, the stainless steel melt shop production during the second quarter of 2017 declined marginally by 2.4% over the first quarter of the year. (more…)
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.