New Age relocates, purchases machines
POMPANO BEACH, FLA. — New Age Plastic Recyclers Inc. has moved to a bigger facility.
The company relocated in mid-August from an office in Pompano Beach to a larger facility in the same city. A company spokesman said the firm wanted more warehouse space.
New Age grinds or bales high and low density polyethylene, PET, PVC, ABS and polypropylene. The firm spent $150,000-$200,000 on three new balers and one grinder, the spokesman said.
The company is targeting local scrap to increase recycling capacity, and hopes to have sales of about $6 million for 1997, up from $5 million in 1996.
NRC preparing kits for financial help
ALEXANDRIA, VA. — The National Recycling Coalition plans to release ``tool kits'' in the spring to help recyclers overcome problems with securing capital financing.
Recyclers often have funding problems common to small businesses, including identifying nontraditional sources of capital, promoting successful industry examples to investors and taking full advantage of government help and investment forums, according to the Alexandria-based group.
NRC's National Recycling Financing Initiative has been holding workshops and focus groups with recyclers to identify problems, said spokeswoman Linda Shotwell. The effort is funded primarily by the Environmental Protection Agency.
ASTM will publish lumber test methods
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, PA.—ASTM, based in West Conshohocken, has released the final approval of five test methods for plastic lumber and shapes.
The following test-method numbers have been assigned and are to be published in a finished format in September:
D-6108-97 Standard Test Method for Compressive Properties of Plastic Lumber and Shapes.
D-6109-97 Standard Test Method for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastic Lumber.
D-6111-97 Standard Test Method for Bulk Density and Specific Gravity of Plastic Lumber and Shapes by Displacement.
D-6112-97 Standard Test Method for Compressive and Flexural Creep and Creep Rupture of Plastics Lumber and Shapes.
D-6117-97 Standard Test Method for Mechanical Fasteners in Plastic Lumber and Shapes.
``These official test methods culminate a vigorous four-year effort by the membership of the Plastic Lumber Trade Association, the ASTM D20.20.01 Committee/Task Groups and engineering professionals to provide the proper working parameters for utilizing plastic lumber materials,'' said Alan Robbins, PLTA president.
``These efforts are only the beginning of providing technical standards for proper use of these new materials in the marketplace,'' he added.
The committee is continuing its work on residential decking performance standards/specifications and design guidelines, shear properties and thermal expansion and contraction.
In addition, weatherability, marine/waterfront applications, combustibility, electrostatic and traction standards are being worked out.