Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 19, No. 1, January 2014
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
In January we set the course for the year ahead. Like me, I’m sure many of you have recently planned your budgets, so cost-cutting and saving resources is foremost in all our minds. CARI is always looking for ways to help its members save money by focussing on costs common across our industry.
NASCO-OP is the recycling industry’s purchasing cooperative and membership is available at no additional cost to CARI members. Many CARI members have joined the co-operative and are benefitting from savings when purchasing their equipment and supplies. NASCO-OP recently declared a 1.5% patronage dividend for 2013, further reducing the costs of purchases members made at the cooperative. If you haven’t already joined, I encourage you to look into membership.
Many members are already taking advantage of CARI’s group rates for Property and Casualty Insurance with Cowan Insurance and for Health Benefits Insurance with Agro Insurance. CARI members also receive a 2.4 cents/litre discount on gas or diesel with the Petro-Canada SuperPass. The price of fuel is always rising, but this program is one way to reduce those costs.
These programs and services are meant to facilitate your ability to do business and to make doing business less resource-intensive and more economical. We all buy fuel and equipment and we all need insurance, so these programs make good business sense. The more CARI members that participate in these programs, the greater the benefits for all.
CARI DIRECTORY UPDATE
CARI’s online directory is now up and running. Members should have received an announcement notice of the new directory that includes general information about navigating the site as well as your logon ID and password.
CARI member Rochester Aluminum Smelting recently acquired Greenway Industries. Rochester intends to add a third rotary furnace to Greenway’s facility, which is located adjacent to Rochester’s smelting operation.
- Many suppliers whose AQSIQ license expired at the end of 2013 passed the approval but have not yet received a hard copy of their renewed license. AQSIQ is offering to help those companies that have passed the verification but have not yet received their documents to continue their shipments provided they fax or email a “description of the shipment moving to and/or arrived in China” with the AQSIQ licence number, Company name, B/L number, arrival date and port of discharge and company seal. This information can be faxed to +86 1082260168 or emailed to waste [at] aqsiq.gov.cn. For further information please call AQSIQ at +86 1082260092.
- The Austrian Supreme Administrative Court recently declared that end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) can be generally classified as hazardous waste. The revised guidelines require exporters to prove that an ELV is a used car. If a car’s repair costs are lower than the current value of the vehicle, it is considered as a used car and export permits will be based on the ELV’s value in its country of origin. The court examined how existing European legislation applied to four old vehicles: three vehicles were labelled ‘hazardous waste’ and required export permits, only one was considered a used car.
- Samsung has developed a prototype 100% recyclable personal printer called “the Origami.” Origami is a foldable printer made from recycled corrugated cardboard, and last year the prototype won an International Design Excellence Award. The printer is fully functional and equally durable to traditional plastic covered models. Not only is the product made from recycled material, and, according to the company, is completely recyclable at the end of its life.
- A tech group in Switzerland has developed a universal laptop charging standard that could help reduce the amount of e-scrap disposed of by consumers. Charger-related e-scrap from computers and other devices is estimated to amount to more than 500,000 tons each year. Having universal power components might mean consumers would be less likely to dispose of a laptop or other device once the charger stopped working. However, it may be difficult to get manufacturers to change to a universal model, as many believe the design of their chargers is part of their product brand.