Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 19, No. 7, July 2014
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Those of you who attended our 73rd annual convention in June witnessed a changing of the guard: I took over the position of CARI Chair from Dennis Cebula, and Mark Buzan took over the position of President and CEO from Len Shaw.
We also elected new members to the CARI board. Your current board of directors is as follows:
Jonathan Ross, John Ross & Sons
Lorne Kalisky, Vican Trading
Kevin Golberg, MetroBec Inc.
Chris Cassell, Glenview Iron & Metal
Bo Zhang, Bomet Recycling
Steven Kerzner, ArcelorMittal Ottawa
George Zubick, John Zubick Limited
Adam Chisick, Urbanmine Inc.
Dan Klufas, Federal Metals Inc.
BRITISH COLUMBIA REGION
Mike Yochlowitz, ABC Recycling Ltd
Kevin Santoro, Cronimet Corporation
Dennis Cebula, Schupan & Sons
In its 73 years, CARI members have seen countless changes, both in our industry and in the association. I am excited to begin my stint as Chair during such a period of change, because I see great opportunity to better our industry and the association.
To make use of this opportunity, CARI is conducting a survey evaluating the return on investment in CARI membership. Members will be interviewed by consultant Ed Rigsbee, an expert on strategic marketing alliance development and implementation who works with not-profit associations.
I believe the results of the survey will help CARI tailor services and events to members’ needs, boost our membership, and make us a more effective industry association. If you are approached to participate in the survey, I encourage you to do so. If you are interested in participating, please contact Donna Turner at 905-426-9313 or [email protected].
SWITCH OUT UPDATE
In July, all CARI members who have registered for Switch Out automotive mercury switch recovery program should have received an update letter in the mail. This letter includes your company’s year-to-date switch collection results and a participation sticker for eligible recyclers.
If you haven’t already returned your switches, please send them back to Switch Out as soon as possible – even if you have just one switch! Remember, every business that has returned a switch in the past 6 months is automatically included on Switch Out’s list of active participants http://www.switchout.ca/participating-recyclers/list-of-recyclers/index.aspx
In the coming years, CARI members have a big opportunity to help maximize mercury switch collection. Our members tend to process older model vehicles which may contain mercury if they were manufactured before January 1, 2003. Switch Out is asking all CARI members to take one or more of the following actions:
- Hold a training session for your dismantling team to talk about the importance of mercury switch removal and screen the new Switch Out video;
- Create a de-pollution checklist that includes mercury-containing Convenience Light switches and ABS sensors; or
- Ask your vehicle suppliers to register for the program. It’s quick and easy to sign-up online at switchout.ca/register
If you haven’t already returned a switch this year, expect a follow-up call from Switch Out later this summer.
- ISRI recently launched a new website to be used as a resource in the battle against metal theft. StopMetalsTheft.org includes information about the crime of metals theft in the United States, information on state laws, media coverage of metal theft, success stories, and tools for law enforcement, prosecutors and recyclers.
- According to the China Iron and Steel Association, as of July 31, 2014, China will begin imposing tariffs and import taxes on hot-rolled sheet, cold-rolled sheet, narrow strip, electrical steel, wire rod, and section steel. China’s Ministry of Finance says the new policies are intended to protect steel products that can be made in China. The policy does not apply to orders signed before July 31 for goods to be shipped before the end of 2014.
- In considering the reintroduction of a waste and recycling Bill, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment is proposing public consultations to consider a new stewardship programs for single-use batteries. In a letter to Waste Diversion Ontario, the Minister expressed concerns about how such a program would affect the ongoing success and financial viability of the existing waste diversion programs, including impacts from the fragmentation of the programs; affect the collection, recycling and reuse of waste in Ontario; affect consumer uptake and protection; affect fairness in the post collection marketplace’ and affect the environment and public health. Responding to the Minister’s directive, Waste Diversion Ontario will soon distribute a report to stakeholders summarizing last year’s public consultations on proposed ISPs.
CARI is conducting a survey evaluating the return on investment in CARI membership. The survey involves a telephone interview with Ed Rigsbee, an expert on strategic marketing alliance development and implementation who works with not-profit associations. If you are interested in participating in the survey, please contact Donna Turner at 905-426-9313 or [email protected].
2014 CARI NATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Join us on Thursday, August 14 at the Glen Abbey Golf Club, Oakville Ontario.
Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
130 Albert Street Suite 1906
Ottawa, On K1P 5G4