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Jan 10, 2022
Big Truck Rental names new director of key accounts Mike Natelborg has more than nine years of environmental industry experience and was most recently director of sales for Wastequip’s Toter division. Big Truck Rental LLC (BTR) , Tampa, Florida, has announced Mike Natelborg will be taking on the role of director of key accounts. In this role, he will be responsible for the strategy and execution for the segment, which BTR says will fuel the long-term growth plans for the company. Natelborg will report directly to Vice President of Sales Eric Voss. Natelborg has more than nine years of environmental industry experience. He got his industry start at Los Angeles-based Rehrig Pacific Co. (RPC) as a sales representative in the Midwest. At RPC, Natelborg was a sales representative, reaching Presidents Club in all eligible years. Later on, he was promoted to south-central sales manager at RPC. Most recently, Natelborg was the director of sales at Charlotte, North Carolina-based Wastequip in its Toter division. He received his undergraduate degree from Calvin University while playing on the basketball team and serving as team captain. He also holds an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. “Big Truck Rental’s strong company culture is a natural fit for me both personally and professionally. I’m passionate about the waste and recycling industry and excited to further engage my current and new industry network on how BTR is challenging the status quo in fleet management. I’m looking forward to contributing to the successful growth trajectory of BTR and making a positive impact [on] all our current suppliers and partners,” Natelborg says in a news release announcing his appointment. “I’ve known Mike since he started in the industry. He has a proven track record of success, strong relationships across the industry and stays laser-focused on his personal and professional goals. His entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen, attitude [and] competitive drive are a perfect match for this role and our organization. We have absolute confidence in Mike,” Voss says. Zach Martin, BTR president, adds, “Mike is an excellent addition to the BTR team, and his industry expertise, relationships and value-added approach will serve this customer segment well. We are excited to continue our growth with a leader who mirrors our culture and a strong drive to serve our customers.” Taoglas, an advanced technology provider based in Dublin, has launched its Taoglas Waste Insights solution for the North American market. The company says Taoglas Waste Insights’ offerings enable cities and enterprises to gather actionable insights and successful outcomes toward a more cost-effective and sustainable operation. According to a news release from Taoglas , the service provides real-time data analytics to optimize waste monitoring and collection processes, which can provide savings in waste collection costs and reductions in CO2 emissions. The company says the service combines a range of smart container sensors with a waste management platform and in-vehicle navigation to alert waste haulers when their containers are full. In addition, it provides waste collectors with access to a pickup route feature and predictive collection modeling, which allows waste collectors to maximize their resources and minimize costs. “We are delighted to be launching Taoglas Waste Insights in North America,” says Ronan Quinlan, CEO and co-founder of Taoglas. "With this platform, a city or enterprise can manage not just some but all its waste assets together, getting a clear picture on where resources should be spent and what is working and what is not.” Taoglas is also establishing a Smart Waste Centre of Excellence in North America to meet the growing demand for greater efficiencies in waste management. It is estimated about 22 percent of the cities in the United States and Canada have already implemented strategic programs, compared with 7 percent of cities worldwide. The Centre of Excellence will focus on research and development towards an expanded portfolio of products and solutions in the waste management sector. “We are focused on changing the way waste management is done forever,” says Leon Hayes, general manager and senior vice president of Taoglas Advanced Technologies Business Unit. “The operational and infrastructure cost savings provided by our solution, as well as the environmental impact in emissions, noise pollution and fuel savings are significant.” To find out more information about the Taoglas Waste Insights solution, visit Taoglas’ booth at the Consumer Electronics Show #10121 or schedule a demonstration of the platform by contacting Taoglas regional sales team. The Yamaha Rightwaters recycling program, launched by the Yamaha Corp., Hamamatsu, Japan, has announced that it returned more than 10,000 pounds of polyethylene and polypropylene sheet plastics back to base materials during 2021. “Polyethylene and polypropylene constitute a substantial portion of the plastic in our oceans harming fish populations,” says Martin Peters, the Government Relations Division manager for the Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit. “This pilot program proves these plastics can be broken down in a cost-effective manner that Yamaha Rightwaters can potentially replicate on a national level. It also demonstrates that Yamaha builder and dealer partners are willing to become active participants in the program, further underscoring a marine industry commitment to conservation and sustainability.” Yamaha announced the program last year and works with Nexus of Atlanta and Tommy Nobis Enterprises of Marietta, Georgia, to develop a larger national program intended to reduce plastic waste in America’s waterways. Yamaha says it developed a reverse logistics program to return the protective covers from select boat builders, retail dealers and its three boat production facilities. The sheet plastic used in the pilot program comes from protective boat covers made by various manufacturers, including Yamaha. The materials ship to Tommy Nobis Enterprises, which separates recyclable plastics from other materials, such as plastic zippers, cords and eyelets. Tommy Nobis Enterprises then ships the feedstock to Nexus for processing into raw materials, which range from gasses to waxes. Those raw materials are used for other products. According to a news release from Yamaha, the program is expected to expand this year. According to a new, third-party critical-reviewed life cycle assessment (LCA) report, the energy and carbon impact of aluminum production in North America has dropped to its lowest point in history. Since 1991, the carbon footprint of primary aluminum production declined by 49 percent, while recycled aluminum production’s carbon footprint declined by 60 percent. The energy needed to produce primary and recycled (or secondary) aluminum has been reduced by 27 percent and 49 percent, respectively, as well during the same time frame. Between 2010 and 2016 alone, the carbon footprint of aluminum production (primary and secondary) declined between 5 percent and 21 percent. According to the report, “Environmental Footprint of Semi-Fabricated Aluminum Products in North America,” aluminum produced in North America, which relies heavily on renewable hydropower, is among the cleanest in the world. The report was developed by the Aluminum Association in cooperation with Chicago-based sustainability consultancy Sphera . It quantifies material, energy use and environmental release impacts over the entire aluminum product life cycle, from raw material acquisition to end-of-life recycling and/or disposal. The study considers cradle-to-gate and cradle-to-grave life cycle stages and is based on aluminum and aluminum products manufactured in North America in 2016. “The U.S. aluminum industry continues to innovate and find ways to produce this essential metal in as environmentally sustainable way as possible,” says Charles Johnson, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association , Arlington, Virginia. “And we’re nowhere close to done—every day, our members pursue new approaches to make this lightweight, durable and infinitely recyclable material using less energy and with lower emissions.” According to the LCA report, primary and recycled aluminum production represents the largest element of the industry’s environmental impact for product manufacturing and has improved most substantially in recent years. The impact of semifabricated aluminum production also has improved. (Semifabricated aluminum is an "intermediate good" that has undergone significant processing but requires additional working before it is a finished product.) However, cast products have seen their carbon footprint increase because of the difference in production technologies assessed between 2010 and 2016. According to the study, the ultimate reason for the increase is related to the difference in recycled metal content. In the 2013 study, which looked at the 2010 production year, cast product was represented by sand casting technology, and average recycled metal content was 85 percent. However, in this study, production is represented by die casting technology, and average recycled metal content is assumed to be 80 percent. Technological advancements such as manufacturing process controls, efficiency improvements from economies of scale, the phasing out of old smelting technologies and the replacement of coal-fired for renewable electricity in smelting have contributed to this trend. Recycled aluminum’s smaller carbon footprint can be attributed primarily to process efficiency improvement, the study states, including the improved efficiency of furnaces. Scrap feedstock quality also has improved because of better sorting and better pretreatment of scrap). Regional variations in primary aluminum production also drive significant differences in the environmental footprint of various aluminum products, the Aluminum Association notes. The LCA includes energy use and carbon footprint analysis of product types that include extruded aluminum, aluminum sheet, aluminum foil, die cast aluminum and aluminum sheet and extrusions for the automotive market. Making these products in regions like China or the Middle East, which rely largely on coal and natural-gas-based electricity, can be two to three times as carbon-intensive as making similar products in North America, even assuming similar levels of recycled aluminum usage. “The message is clear—bolstering domestic aluminum production is good for U.S. manufacturing jobs and good for the climate,” Johnson says. “Beyond the upfront manufacturing impact, it’s also important to remember how much aluminum benefits products throughout their use phase,” he says. “Aluminum makes buildings greener and last longer; vehicles go further using less energy; and packaging lighter, more efficient to ship and easier to recycle.” Increasing aluminum recycling also helps make the industry more sustainable. Making recycled aluminum is 94 percent less carbon-intensive than making primary aluminum. Improving the end-of-life recycling rate for aluminum also can have a major impact. Increasing the aluminum recycling rate by 1 percent can reduce the overall product carbon footprint by 80 kilograms of CO2 equivalent per 1,000 kilograms of aluminum produced, according to the study. However, more than 1 million tons of aluminum end up in landfills annually in North America. The Aluminum Association says it is committed to increasing aluminum recycling rates and is working to accomplish this goal, including advocating for new investment in recycling infrastructure and other policy changes to incentivize the increased collection and capture of used aluminum. Last year, the Aluminum Association joined the Can Manufacturers Institute endorsing a target to achieve a 70 percent recycling rate for aluminum used beverage cans in the United States by 2030. To review the full LCA report and to read additional life-cycle assessments on various aluminum products, visit www.aluminum.org/SustainabilityReports . Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP), headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, has announced it will begin building a new “super” corrugator plant measuring 600,000 square feet in Fort Worth, Texas, to replace the company’s current 200,000-square-foot plant in the city. Construction on the site is set to begin in the first quarter of 2022, and startup is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023. GBP says it has operated a plant in Fort Worth for more than 50 years. The new plant will be equipped with a new 110-inch Fosber corrugator and all new high-speed flexo folder gluers and rotary die cutters. “We are excited to continue to invest in our employees and customers of Fort Worth,” says Will Kress, president and CEO of GBP. “The Fort Worth operation is an important part of GBP, and the leadership and employees of this division are second to none. We believe in investing in our people and our loyal customers, and we are looking forward to the next phase in Fort Worth.” Over the last 12 months, GBP has completed the startup and full production of its recycled paper mill in Green Bay and startup of a 550,000-square-foot box plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company also is in the process of expanding its folding carton operation and is doubling the size of the newly acquired Third Dimension sheet plant in Geneva Ohio. These moves follow significant expansions of the company’s Green Bay and Minneapolis box plants and the building of a new sales, marketing and distribution center in Downers Grove, Illinois. GBP also is installing new high-speed converting and high-end graphic lines in multiple plants across the country. “We are committed to this industry, our employees and customers,” says Bryan Hollenbach, executive vice president of GBP. “We continue to invest at a high level and work hard to make GBP a great place to work and build a career. It is a fun time to be working for GBP.” “We are fortunate to partner with customers that value the quality and service provided by our dedicated team in Fort Worth. This new operation will unite the most modern equipment with our extremely talented employees to deliver a wide range of capabilities with the highest level of quality and service to our customers,” Rob Schroeder, vice president and general manager of GBP’s Fort Worth division, adds.