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Mar 23, 2021
Doosan announces top-performing dealers of 2020 Four dealers join the list for the first time. Doosan says its 10 top-performing dealers last year were: Barry Equipment Co., Webster, Massachusetts, which was recognized for the fourth consecutive year; Bobcat of Mandan Inc., Mandan, North Dakota, which was recognized for the third consecutive year; Brown’s Industrial Sales, Lloydminster, Alberta; CG Equipment, Guelph, Ontario, which was recognized for the second consecutive year; Coastal Machinery, Pensacola, Florida, which was recognized for the second consecutive year; Equipment East LLC, Dracut, Massachusetts, which was recognized for the second consecutive year; G. Stone Commercial Division, Middlebury, Vermont; Hartington Farm Services Ltd., Hartington, Ontario; Theco Inc., Big Lake, Minnesota; and Wilson Equipment, Central Point, Oregon, which was recognized for the third consecutive year. “There are four dealers joining this list for the first time, which is reflective of their hard work growing the Doosan brand in their regions,” says Todd Roecker, Doosan director of dealer management and marketing. “The word is out about Doosan equipment. We continue to attract new customers and top-performing dealers in North America.” Top-performing Doosan dealers are offered a selection of several incentives to choose from, which will improve their profitability when selling and servicing Doosan equipment, the company says. In addition, Doosan North American leadership may look to these dealers for valuable input regarding Doosan initiatives and direction as they represent the dealer network. The Global Recycling Foundation, which is based in London and is supported by the Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling, has announced 10 #RecyclingHeroes winners for Global Recycling Day , which took place March 18. According to the Global Recycling Foundation, each of the winners received a $500 prize for their dedication and innovation in local recycling. The winners were selected from nominations from several countries around the globe. According to a news release from the Global Recycling Foundation, the winners have work spanning various sectors of the recycling industry, from plastics to textiles to curbside recycling. The following are this year’s 10 winners: Rien Voets, Holland – Since retiring as a teacher, Voets joined a local municipality in Holland to work as a volunteer litter picker. He goes out every day on his bike, which has a trailer hooked up to it, to collect litter all around his township. Green Axis, Nigeria – Green Axis, a group in Nigeria, is promoting recycling in Enugu, Nigeria. The group works with volunteers who help to organize regular cleanup drives to collect recyclables while helping to restore the environment. The group also hosts educational programs on the importance of recycling within communities. Abdi Hirsi, Somalia – Hirsi started as a volunteer with a motto of “waste is a resource.” Now, Hirsi owns a recycling company in Mogadishu, Somalia. Hirsi started a plastic recycling plant using World Bank grant funding. The plant serves 17 districts in Mogadishu, producing house construction items. Bokashi Bran (Pty) Ltd., South Africa – This group promotes recycling of food waste to composting using its bokashi system. To date, it has helped to guide customers on how to divert about 30,000 metric tons of food waste from landfill. The group manufactures bokashi on a commercial scale while providing training and Global Recycling Foundation education on food waste separation. EcoAct, Tanzania – EcoAct is a social enterprise that manufactures eco-friendly building materials from plastic scrap by using an in-house developed technology called “Waxy II Technology,” a chemical-free and energy-conserving plastic extrusion system. International WeLoveU Foundation, South Korea – Launched in 2001 from South Korea, International WeLoveU Foundation works in 63 countries associated with the UN DGC, helping to promote the environment by planting trees and hosting cleanup campaigns across beaches, parks, communities and mountainous areas. In 2020, it launched a recycling challenge campaign to help raise awareness of PPE pollution from disposable products used during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dgrade, Dubai and United Arab Emirates (UAE) – This organization works with more than 200 schools in the UAE, promoting beach cleanup campaigns. It organizes education workshops to help increase the collection of plastic scrap that is used in manufacturing of sustainable clothing. It works with communities to reduce waste from going to landfill and increases participation in recycling programs. Eco-Train, Canada – The group promotes its phone case recovery program and recycling. Metal Shredder, Hungary – The group has an innovative way to extract elements from X-ray films that promotes the use of recovered silver and extracts used to make filters for use in face masks, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group’s main focus is the sustainable and efficient recycling of electronic scrap and the extraction of precious and base metals from end-of-life components. Eco Spindles Private Ltd., Sri Lanka – This is a large recycler that produces yarn using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flakes. The group has initiated several scrap collection drives across Sri Lanka from fishing harbors, beach cleanup drives, local communities and schools. It promotes sustainable practices across the country, including introduction of a waste recycling awareness app. According to the Global Recycling Foundation, the #RecyclingHeroes competition, which launched in February 2020, encourages people from across the globe to nominate individuals, businesses or communities that are setting examples with their recycling initiatives. In addition to receiving a $500 prize, the Global Recycling Foundation will promote the 10 winners’ work to audiences around the world. “Once again this year there has been an astonishing variety of entries from countries around the world, making it very difficult to select just 10 winners,” says Ranjit Baxi, founder and president of the Global Recycling Foundation. “But for us, every single entrant is a hero and champion for your contributions in the vital campaign to combat climate change and drive home the message of recycling and sustainability.” March 19, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, submitted comments to the London Metal Exchange (LME) regarding the LME’s "Discussion Paper on Future Market Structure." The LME is considering whether to switch from its current contingent variation model for traders taking a hedging position to a realized variation model, which is widely used in other trading exchanges. In its comments, ISRI expresses optimism that the LME’s management will incorporate input from its customers and brokers to ensure that credit is available to customers who need it. However, ISRI highlights areas of concern and opposition regarding changes that would limit the ability of LME member dealers to extend credit lines, the potential move to 24-hour electronic trading and other changes that could prove detrimental for recyclers and other industries that deal in physical metal. The full text of ISRI’s comments are available here . Excerpts of comments from ISRI’s Nonferrous Division members regarding the proposed changes are provided below: While ISRI Nonferrous Division members have voiced their appreciation for the tradition and function of the physical ring/open outcry, a number of members have expressed their adamant opposition to any changes that will affect the ability of LME member dealers to extend credit lines. … … drawbacks related to the change from a discounted contingent variation margin system to a realized variation margin system include potential mismatches between physical hedges and the exposure of the LME contracts … … members are also concerned that the proposed changes will result in increased transaction costs and brokerage fees, which in turn will inhibit scrap recyclers’ ability to hedge their price risk exposure, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses. … increased electronic trading could be detrimental for manufacturers, scrap dealers and other market participants that deal in physical metal … … members have expressed concern that the move to 24-hour electronic LME trading will shift market control from physical market participants to commodity traders, compounding traders’ undue market influence and opportunities for market manipulation. The comments ISRI submitted are similar to the concerns expressed in a March 11 episode of “The Challenge,” the Bureau of International Recycling ’s broadcast on the proposed changes that featured Matthew Chamberlain, LME CEO. Mark Sellier, president of Hong Kong-based Global Metals Network, and Murat Bayram, a Hamburg, Germany-based managing director for Europe with United Kingdom-based EMR Ltd., took issue with the change during “The Challenge” broadcast, saying such a switch is viewed unfavorably by buyers and sellers of material who hedge with the LME . United Kingdom-based Kiverco describes its new Ks series as a “simple yet highly effective” range of sorting plants that come in modules and allow for the recovery of up to 14 products from various mixed recyclables streams. Adds Kiverco, “The most interesting feature of the new systems is that you can offload, install and operate [them] all in the same day.” Gareth Hawthrone, senior technical engineer at Kiverco, comments, “The Ks series is a pioneering yet simple concept that has never been packaged like this before. This highly robust ‘static plant’ allows waste companies to immediately remove valuable commodities from the waste stream, which can be reused and/or recycled cost-effectively, diverting waste from landfill.” The company says bricks, concrete and wood can be retrieved from mixed C&D materials in one application and paper, old corrugated containers, plastics, metals and other recyclables can be harvested from single-stream municipal collected materials. Hawthrone says the company’s plants, which have been installed in more than 300 settings, “have been designed, engineered and built using the most durable materials to ensure it withstands the test of time, whilst offering customers a simple user-friendly solution for waste processing and recovery.” Adds J.P. Devlin, an area sales manager for Kiverco, “There are the obvious benefits of having a plant installed quickly and being operational within a few hours. This type of plant will appeal to finance companies as it is easy to decommission, move/sell, and it will recover a healthy return on investment due to the economical price point set for entry-level users. There is also strong interest from [rental] companies who see this as the first ‘static-type plant’ that they can hire and move around: it suits the rental market. Although the range has only just been introduced, we have already taken several orders and have lots of interest from other potential customers.” More information on the Kiverco Ks series and its other sorting equipment can be found on this web page . Container shipping has been hailed as a 20th and 21st century logistical marvel, helping goods move across the country and around the world in a secure and orderly fashion not previously fathomable. For many recyclers in the past nine months or so, however, the sector has fallen off its pedestal as headaches pertaining to 1) a container shortage, 2) difficulties securing bookings that stick and 3) demurrage or detention charges on those containers that are shipped have combined to make freight an ongoing challenge. The Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has communicated with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) regarding the woes affecting its members, specifically container detention and demurrage practices. In late February, ISRI requested the FMC further investigate those practices and thanked FMC Commissioner Rebecca Dye for her initial actions. “ISRI appreciates the work of Commissioner Dye in her initial fact-finding investigation into detention and demurrage practices,” said ISRI Vice President of Advocacy Adina Renee Adler. “We look forward to providing her with more information through comments submitted by ISRI members detailing their experiences with container shortages.” A mid-March online article by the New York-based Journal of Commerce seems to indicate the situation has not improved in the subsequent few weeks. That article focuses in part on conditions in the Port of New York and New Jersey region, where the closure of a single parking lot seems to have led to a “scramble for new places to store empty containers, affecting [the port’s] ability to deliver loaded imports in a timely manner as the port deals with record volumes.” The article says the New York-New Jersey situation is part of a larger “ongoing problem of ocean carriers diverting empty container returns to sites other than where loaded imports are picked up—a problem truckers say has gotten worse [in March] and drives up costs to shippers.” By January of this year , a Washington Post reporter using the Freightos Baltic Index as his benchmark calculated that “the cost of shipping a container of goods has risen by 80 percent since early November and has nearly tripled over the past year.” As of March 21, the Freightos Baltic Index stood at $4,045, nearly triple the $1,377 index figure of March 20, 2020. The FBX.com website indicates the rate for the Asia to North American West Coast route recently had dropped by 8 percent, and the reverse route also has fallen 6 percent. On the U.S. East Coast, however, the rate from China to there has risen by 3 percent, with the reverse route index price falling by 3 percent. Paper recyclers in the U.S. have been commenting on the aggravation and higher costs since last year, and a nonferrous scrap trader tells Recycling Today container shortages at inland intermodal yards are perhaps even more severe than those on the Atlantic or Pacific coasts. Journal of Commerce Associate Editor Michael Angell, in his March article , says the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is “working with ocean carriers to increase their empty sweeps and looking for places where truckers can easily store empties.” He also quotes a port authority deputy director as saying, “We need creative thinking on where to stage empty containers since we still have loads piling up at terminals.” The New York-New Jersey authority indicates it “experienced its busiest two months for empties in the past four years recently,” with more than 240,000 TEU (20-foot equivalent units) in December 2020 and January 2021. “Those figures account for about one-third of total container volume coming through NY-NJ.,” writes Angell. Recyclers of all materials in every U.S. region would be thrilled to get their hands on some of those containers, as they are among those in the supply chain missing more interested in the containers themselves rather than what was shipped inside on the way to the U.S. Beijing-based state-owned media firm China Global Television Network (CGTN), in an essay posted in mid-March to the Hellenic Shipping News website, says the global container imbalance was caused by the “black swan” COVID-19 pandemic. “Containers from Asia were sent to North America, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, almost nothing moved in the opposite direction,” writes the firm regarding shipping patterns in mid-2020. “There is currently a massive 40 percent imbalance in North America,” CGTN says of global container positioning. “This means that only four [containers] were sent back for every 10 containers arriving, while six remained at the arrival ports.” Just as U.S. shippers are clamoring about container shortages, so too are shippers in China, with CGTN referring to “reports of growing congestion and container shortages going to major ports in China” caused in part by “the slow return of containers from North America to Asia.” If CGTN has it right, that means American recyclers are not chasing containers found on the other side of the world. Rather, means and methods might be needed to move empty containers away from domestic stockpiles and back to the loading docks of recycling plants and other places of business throughout the U.S.