Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 19, No. 3, March 2014
FROM THE CHAIR
As some CARI members have already noticed, we recently gave the CARI website a freshening up, which included our updating the online directory.
The new directory is a secure site that requires a login ID and password, which was mailed to each CARI member in January. The directory has always been considered one of the many benefits of CARI membership. This new online format allows CARI to keep the directory as up-to-date as possible, but it also keeps your content secure.
As I have mentioned in previous messages, CARI is currently making changes to its communications in order to comply with federal privacy regulations. Canadas Anti-Spam Legislation will come into effect at the beginning of July. Among other obligations, the law requires us to obtain a recipients consent before sending commercial electronic messages and also to provide the recipient with a simple method of withdrawing their consent.
To meet the terms of these regulations, CARI will soon be changing the format of its electronic messages to a method that offers an easy unsubscribe feature in each message. The content of our newsletters and bulletins will remain the same, and the information will be prepared by CARI staff, just as always.
We believe the information provided in our communications is pertinent to our members, but we want to be certain those people who receive our messages want to receive them. Often, the contact at a member company changes over time, and our messages are not sent to the appropriate recipient. As such, we are also in the process of updating our databases.
In the coming weeks we will send an email to members and other recipients of our electronic communications asking if you wish to continue receiving messages from us. I encourage all of you to reply to that message. Doing so will assure that CARI can continue to efficiently and effectively serve our members.
BC CHAPTER SPRING MEETING
CARIs BC Chapter will hold its spring meeting at the River Rock Casino on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 pm. For further details, please contact Hussein Lalani at 604-451-4330 or by email at husslalani [at] gmail.com.
- ISRI is surveying members to gather information about thefts from sealed, overseas cargo containers. The association has asked members who have been the victim of thefts from sealed containers to come forward, so that they can gather more useful information in an effort to determine where these thefts are occurring. The group aims to assist US law enforcement in efforts to stop these thefts. ISRI members who are willing to provide detailed data to a confidential third party should send their name, telephone number, and email address to EdieBurkhead [at] ISRI.org and ScottHorne [at] ISRI.org.
- According to a report by the American Chemistry Council, more than 1 billion pounds of rigid plastics were recycled in 2012, triple the recycling rate of 2007 when the statistics were first tracked. The report also states around 57% of the rigid material collected was processed in the U.S. and Canada. The study does not show the effects of the Green Fence, which was instituted in early 2013.
- A coalition of nine major B.C. business associations has launched a campaign to fight Multi-Material B.C.s pending changes to recycling regulations of printed-paper and packaging. The group is made up of representatives from the newspaper, printing, agriculture, recycling and manufacturing industries. They say the proposed regulations, set to take effect in May, will result in hidden costs for consumers, push recycling contractors out of business and threaten an already beleaguered newspaper industry. The group has launched a campaign called Rethink it, B.C. that will feature advertisements and a website calling for the program to be put off so that it can be reconfigured.
- A Spanish firm is planning a pilot project at a number of recycling facilities using task-specific ionic liquids (TSILs) to extract nickel, lithium, cobalt and lanthanides from scrap batteries. A variety of low-cost, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly TSILs will be used, and will require minimal or no processing to reuse. The company hopes this new process will increase recycling efficiencies of spent battery waste and result in high-purity recovered metals that can be recycled into new batteries.
- Relevant Games, a company that creates computer games with a focus on real-world topics, has created a new recycling-focused game called Scrap Squad. The games villain lives on an old landfill and recycles material to get money to fund his sinister plan. The designers visited a number of recycling facilities on which to model the gameplay. In the game, items move along a conveyor belt that gradually picks up speed. The player must separate the material and claim as many coins as possible. As the speed and difficulty increase, players need to innovate and upgrade the facilitys equipment. The game will be available on iPhone and Android as a free download.
- According to Transparency Market Research, the annual e-scrap market will reach nearly $41.4 billion by 2019. Market growth will be driven by regulatory improvements, sustainability programs and rapid industrialization. Emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific are expected to represent the fastest growing market for e-scrap. In 2012 the global e-scrap market reached 48.43 million tons of material by volume. Volumes in 2019 are expected to reach about 141.1 tons, which would nearly triple 2012 totals.