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National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the non-profit, international trade association for companies in the information destruction industry.

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CyberCrunch receives NAID AAA certification

Jun 2, 2020

Recycling Today The company is one of only about 30 businesses to achieve the standard in the U.S. CyberCrunch , an international data destruction and electronics recycling firm based in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has earned AAA certification from the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), Phoenix, for solid-state device wiping. According to a news release from CyberCrunch, the company is one of only about 30 companies nationally that have this verification of its data destruction and information handling practices. “By becoming NAID AAA certified, we can continue to demonstrate that complete data destruction is in CyberCrunch’s DNA,” says Serdar Bankaci, president of CyberCrunch. As part of the certification process, NAID audited CyberCrunch’s processes and procedures to ensure any sensitive data entrusted to CyberCrunch is handled in accordance with strict NAID guidelines. As part of the AAA certification, CyberCrunch submits to random audits and inspections of its facilities to ensure compliance, as well as forensic analysis of wiped media. “CyberCrunch welcomes NAID’s random audits and forensic investigations of our destruction processes,” Bankaci says. “Due to the COVID-19 crisis, CyberCrunch sees many recyclers not keep up with changing technology. Solid-state drives and flash memory are the new normal. Customers require advanced hardware and software to ensure property destruction and verification.” Hydro , an aluminum producer based in Oslo, Norway, and Northvolt , a battery manufacturer based in Stockholm, have formed a joint venture, Hydro Volt, to recycle battery materials and aluminum from the Norwegian market for electric vehicles (EV). According to a news release from Northvolt, Hydro Volt will start operations in Fredrikstad, Norway, with a feed of batteries coming from the Norwegian EV market. Northvolt reports that Hydro initially invested in Northvolt in 2019 and that the joint venture strengthens their partnership. “Northvolt has set a target for 50 percent of our raw material in 2030 coming from recycled batteries. The partnership with Hydro is an important piece of the puzzle to secure an external feed of material before our own batteries begin returning back to us,” says Emma Nehrenheim, chief environmental officer responsible for the Revolt recycling business unit at Northvolt. Through the Revolt project, Northvolt seeks to reduce the need for mining raw materials, improve security of supply and lower the environmental footprint of cells by reducing mining-related emissions, the company reports. Northvolt says this target will be secured through a phased buildup in recycling capacity, starting with the launch of a pilot plant later this year followed by the establishment of a full-scale recycling plant at the Northvolt Ett gigafactory for lithium-ion batteries in Skellefteå, Sweden, in 2022. “We are excited about the opportunities this represents. Hydro Volt can handle aluminum from end-of-life batteries as part of our total metal value chain, contribute to the circular economy and at the same time lessen the climate footprint from the metal we supply,” says Arvid Moss, executive vice president for energy and corporate development at Hydro. The recycling hub, which will be highly automated and designed for crushing and sorting batteries, will process more than 8,000 metric tons of batteries in the early stages of the launch with capacity being expanded over time, Northvolt reports. Material output from the recycling processes in Fredrikstad will include black mass and aluminum, which will be transported to Northvolt’s and Hydro’s recycling plants, respectively. Cleveland-based Olympic Steel Inc. has announced the opening of a new 120,000-square-foot metal processing facility, or service center, in Buford, Georgia. Steel service centers can generate steady and significant volumes of higher grade ferrous scrap. Olympic says the location in Buford, which is about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, expands its southeastern United States footprint, which also includes facilities in Hanceville, Alabama; Winder, Georgia; and Locust, North Carolina. “The opening of the Buford facility strategically aligns our product and processing capabilities to efficiently meet our growing customer needs in the Southeast,” says David Gea, a regional vice president and general manager with Olympic. “The expansion allows us to offer new processed products and additional just-in-time services to our customers.” The Buford facility will act as a flat-rolled steel fabrication hub, says Olympic. First-stage metal processing will be anchored in the Winder facility, with metal distribution emanating from both the Winder and Hanceville locations. Pipe and tube laser fabrication and bending and welding will take place in Locust in the Southeast and at Olympic’s Chicago Tube & Iron location. Olympic facilities in the Southeast can now offer cut-to-length, slitting, leveling, laser and plasma cutting, forming, machining, welding, kitting, assembly and distribution for a variety of carbon, stainless and aluminum sheet, plate, coil, pipe and tube products, according to the company. In Buford, the company also HAS added a new Mitsubishi fiber optic laser and a 600-ton Verson stamping press, says the firm, allowing the location to “support the company’s commitment to automotive OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and their tier 1 and 2 parts makers, as well as respond to increasing demand from other OEM customers.” Olympic Steel has 31 facilities in North America overall. Beverage container recycling has faced challenges nationwide with the onset of COVID-19 as recycling companies and municipalities struggle with how to handle such containers safely. Even before the onset of the virus, however, container recycling rates in California—once the envy of the nation—were moving lower because of a different set of problems. The long-standing formula that had funded the Golden State’s California Refund Value (CRV) system was losing its attractiveness to private sector recyclers in the face of higher labor costs and lower secondary commodity values. Another problem besieging the CRV system—and making a profitable formula difficult to create—has been fraudulent activity based on bringing out-of-state containers across the border for refunds. Providing the return fee on beverage containers for which no deposit fee has been paid throws any such formula out of whack. The woes of the California system and a call for increased funding  to fix it have been documented by advocacy groups who want to see the state’s beverage container recycling rate again become the standard-bearer for the nation. However, some recyclers, and at least one industry vendor, say additional funding is a short-term solution unless a means is found to halt the out of state fraud—without imposing huge cost burdens on CRV system recyclers. David Amezcua, general manager at Green-Go Recycling in Escondido, California, says he has become increasingly discouraged by the CRV system as it currently stands. “Doing things by the book, like inspecting and accounting for every product, requires a lot of labor in order to keep a high level of customer service and compliance at the same time,” says Amezcua. An automated process would be helpful, says Amezcua, and San Marcos, California-based True Cloud ERP and its CEO Stacy Duty say technology already exists to put such a system in place. “Our company is developing a cloud ERP [extended producer responsibility] solution that would allow the entire state to use one cloud solution that would allow every California resident that recycles to track their recycling and participate in rewards programs adding to the fun of recycling,” says Duty. He continues, “This new solution is powered by Oracle to manage the big data associated with operating a statewide bottle beverage program. Using this solution would allow for bag dropoff like Oregon has, so families would no longer need to stand in long lines. It allows for electronic payments and would allow the state to begin tracking where the containers are coming from while helping the recycling centers remain in full compliance.” True Cloud’s system would build on and tie together established barcode technology to help address out-of-state fraud issues, says Duty. “If California allowed for bag drops, then cans can be counted, barcode scanned and verified that the beverage container was originally sold in California. The manufacturers would register the containers sold to California grocers.” At existing CRV collection centers, “We would train each recycling center owner how to use the software to make payroll, track inventory purchases and sales, helping them organize and become more profitable. This would allow the processors to bid on materials to drive up the scrap values, which is how the recycling center makes money,” states Duty. Amezcua says he likes what he has heard from Duty and True Cloud ERP. “Using technology to speed up the process and having a data control center that communicates with the state so they can be more flexible and have a more rapid reactions to the market situation, including costs of processing and labor, will [make the CRV program] more efficient, attractive and convenient,” he comments. Duty says he is eager for the True Cloud ERP  system to be given a chance in California. “We have developed a simple to use solution with portals for the state, the manufacturers, the stores, the recycling centers and the residents who recycle that the state can afford—and it would be free to the stores, recycling centers and the residents.” Concludes Duty, “This needs to be done as soon as possible, before the state [government] starts bringing on new centers to rebuild the number of redemption centers.” Aluminum scrap processors and consumers already were facing challenging market conditions before the COVID-19 pandemic was declared earlier this year. Speakers during the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Virtual Event: Spotlight on Aluminum discussed how the pandemic and has served to exacerbate those challenges as demand from the transportation sector and other industries was reduced. Jason Schenker, chairman of The Futurist Institute and president of Prestige Economics, Austin, Texas, said he expected auto sales to remain weak as the year progresses. He added that a number of factors have been working against aluminum demand from the automotive sector, including reduced wear and tear on vehicles as people have replaced actual commuting with telecommuting. Motor vehicles accounted for the bulk of the drop in sales of goods in the U.S., leading almost to a full percentage point reduction in gross domestic product (GDP) in the U.S. Fleet purchases at rental car companies will be reduced because of decreased travel, and rental cars will be dumped on the market, Schenker predicted, adding that increased availability of used cars depresses demand and pricing for new cars. “More than 1 in 4 people are unemployed right now,” he said, adding that that does not bode well for the automotive and housing markets. “If we have seven or eight months of 10 percent unemployment, we will be lucky.” Service-based economies have taken the biggest hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, adding that “[this] is where we see the most pain.” Therefore, developed economies that tend to be more service-based declined roughly 6 percent, while emerging economies saw a 1 percent decline in their GDPs related to  COVID-19 shutdowns. “As we think of aluminum and metals demand, the most important thing to really consider is these emerging markets, where you are seeing some of the biggest increases in growth over time. They will probably be back to flat, in other words, their GDP in Q4 2019, we’ll probably be back to that for emerging markets next quarter.” In the U.S., consumption of goods and services accounts for 70 percent of the economy, Schenker said. He predicted two consecutive quarters of contraction in the U.S., with a rebound in GDP in the third quarter of the year. “I do expect June data to improve significantly.” Modest growth of 1.8 percent and 2 percent, respectively, is expected for 2021 and 2022 in the United States, Schenker said. “There is going to be a bit of a mixed bag for aluminum going forward,” he said, as aluminum will be weighed down by the automotive sector but supported by nondurable goods consumption. “Aluminum is a really good proxy for global growth,” Schneker continued. “It actually is a better proxy for global growth than copper because of how and where it is consumed.” He added that manufacturing will bounce back relatively quickly, particularly in developing countries. “It is going to take two years from now for [U.S.] GDP to be where it was at the beginning of this year.” By 2022, Schenker said he expected aluminum to be “firing on all four cylinders,” with pricing in the $1,800 to $1,900 price. John Woehlke of JW Metal Consulting, Nashville, Tennessee, said, “The fundamentals [for aluminum] don’t look great; they certainly don’t look as good as what we’ve seen in the stock market in the last 30 days.” He mentioned a couple of trends that he thought were important for the aluminum industry, namely the Department of Commerce’s exemptions that have practically nullified the Section 232 tariffs enacted by the Trump administration in 2018. (See “Paying the duty” in the 2020 Scrap Metals Supplement to Recycling Today at www.recyclingtoday.com/article/aluminum-tariffs  for more details.) Woehlke said the Department of Commerce ran and ran on the exemptions, issuing 45 times the number of can sheet import exemptions in March of this year than were issued in 2018. “That amount … is twice the entire market in the U.S. for something the domestic producers usually have a 95 to 97 percent production share of,” he said. Can sheet and automotive production in the U.S. account for 2 million tons each in terms of finished weight annually, Woehlke said. “The lack of protections for can sheet should be of meaningful concern for the scrap industry,” he added, noting that real demand growth for can sheet in the U.S. has occurred but has been offset by the growth in imported sheet. “We are going to see markets growing, but we are not going to see it trickle down to the scrap side,” because of the exemptions, Woehlke added.This should be of "material concern" to scrap processors, he said. Declining automotive demand is a “big problem” for cast aluminum, Woehlke added. “In flat rolled, it’s also an issue.”

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