Indiana firm to double reprocessing capacity
RICHMOND, IND. — A little grease will not stop Productivity Corp.: The company plans to double its total reprocessing capacity by recycling grease-injected telephone cable.
A new line will raise Productivity Corp.'s reprocessing capacity to more than 24 million pounds a year.
Telephone companies use grease to protect copper wire from moisture, most often in underground cable. However, grease makes the cable difficult to recycle.
``We've known about it for a long time, but there are a lot of difficulties to get it to work,'' said Rick Shafer, chief executive officer and general manager. ``We've designed a system that will do the job. There is a market for the product.''
Shafer said the company is spending $250,000-$300,000 to buy equipment for the new line, which should be installed and running in about six months. He also expects to add six employees, which will bring the company total to 13.
The line will have the capacity to process 1 million pounds a month, according to Shafer.
Productivity Corp., in Richmond, already processes what Shafer calls dry-outdoor telephone cable, which contains polyethylene sheeting.
The process produces a medium density PE that can be used as low-grade filler blend. Shafer said the blend is used for such things as agricultural tile, truck flaps, flashing for roofing and shoe soles.
Group ranks top 50 European recyclers
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — European Plastics Recyclers is updating its ranking of Europe's top 50 recycling companies with relevant statistics.
EuPR Markets Committee Chairman Casper van den Dungen of Weinfelden, Switzerland-based Polyrecycling Model Holding AG, has been contacting more than 200 recyclers throughout Europe to create the new listing.
The organization said it is setting up three working groups, each to specialize in a leading plastics sector. These will cover packaging, automotive and electrical and electronic industries.
EuPR said the groups will provide information on specific operational fields for its member companies. The body also is establishing a recyclates price indicator in the Euro currency. This will provide the average price in Europe of recycled plastic material and is designed to reduce the pricing risks for members.
In addition, EuPR is launching a newsletter that will include details of industrial standards under development, European Union legislation information, relevant events and meetings, as well as market information.
For further details contact EuPR in Brussels at tel. +32 (2) 732-4124, fax +32 (2) 732-4218 or e-mail at [email protected]
Adirondack Plastics moves across Hudson
HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. — Adirondack Plastics and Recycling Inc. of Hudson Falls has relocated to a 9,000-square-foot building on the other side of the Hudson River.
John Aspland, president of the toll grinder and broker, said the move is small physically, but tremendous professionally.
``We have a lot more space and this helps to make our operation a lot cleaner and a lot more organized,'' Aspland said. ``This facility holds a lot more machinery and gives us more room to grow.''
Aspland also said Adirondack has found its niche in the grinding of medical and pharmaceutical products.
The company handles flexible and rigid PVC, polypropylene, polystyrene, polycarbonate, polyethylene and ABS.
He said the firm expects to continue expanding its accounts in upstate New York and New England. Adirondack had 1997 sales of $300,000.
Europeans recycling 40% more PET a year
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS — Recycling of PET containers in Europe is increasing an average of 40 percent a year, far outpacing the annual 10 percent rate of growth in the resin's usage, according to figures just released.
During 1997, an estimated 1.72 billion PET bottles, or 189 million pounds of PET packaging, were collected and recycled, according to Petcore, the Amsterdam-based European PET container recycling organization.
That figure was up about 55 million pounds from 1996.
``The momentum for recovering and re-using PET is gathering pace in terms of the increasing number of collection points, the increasing amount of containers being returned, the improving quality of sorting systems and recycling capacity, and the increasing number of end-uses,'' said Petcore Chairwoman Caroline Rennie.
But, she added, there is more to do.
``Recyclers currently have more capacity than they have bottles, which is indicative of a good base for the future economics of recycling,'' she said.
Rennie said the recyclers face fresh challenges with the rising use of colored and tinted PET bottles.
Low prices for virgin and recycled PET also are making it hard for collectors and recyclers to make a profit, she said.
Members of Petcore, a Pan-European organization, include PET resin producers, processors and end users.