Boise Cascade eyes film-wood composite
BOISE, IDAHO — Boise Cascade Corp. is researching a recycled wood and plastic composite that can replace virgin wood material in building construction.
The lumber products company, based in Boise, is using film recovered from residents in the Seattle area and wood waste as feedstock for the project.
Boise will complete the research project early next year, a company spokesman said.
Recycling congress examines stalled rate
ALBUQUERQUE — The amount of plastics the United States recycles annually has more than tripled since 1990, but the recycling rate is flattening out, a recycling advocate said.
Pat Franklin, executive director of the Container Recycling Institute, discussed plastics recycling during an address at the National Recycling Coalition annual congress in Albuquerque.
Recyclers at the congress debated methods to increase plastics' 23.5 percent recycling rate.
At the top of their lists: container-deposit and recycled-content mandates and market development programs.
While bottle-bill legislation has failed to clear any state legislature since 1982, some recyclers advocate a deposit system as the best way to improve plastics' stalled recycling rate in curbside collection.
``When you look at the collection infrastructure, deposits bring a really high recycling rate,'' Franklin said. ``It's got a proven record of success, recovering somewhere between 75 and 90 percent.''
Arlington, Va.-based CRI found deposit systems recover 54 percent of all PET, while curbside collection programs net 46 percent, she said.
But industry groups such as the Washington-based American Plastics Council and National Soft Drink Association, historic opponents of bottle-bill legislation, contend that deposit systems are costly and redundant in the presence of curbside recycling programs, which reach about half of all Americans.
One of the best ways to increase plastic recovery is to improve state recycling-market development programs and buy-recycled efforts, said E. Gifford Stack, vice president of environmental affairs for the National Soft Drink Association.
Firms merge to form Cable Components
OLD SAYBROOK, CONN. — Fluoropolymer Resources Inc. of Old Saybrook and Cable Components Engineering Inc. of Framingham, Mass., have merged under the name Cable Components Group.
CCG will be headquartered in the 11,000-square-foot plant used by Fluoropolymer Resources.
Fluoropolymer Resources, founded in 1992, reprocesses a variety of fluoropolymers for the wire and cable industry. Cable Components Engineering, a 25-year-old firm, serves complementary suppliers of materials to the wire and cable industry via consulting and manufacturer's representative services.
The partnership between the companies began seven months ago with a joint marketing and manufacturing agreement that focused on developing consistent and high-quality recycled fluoropolymers. The partnership company, named Cable Components Polymers, marketed recycled fluoropolymers and exceeded the owners' expectations.
On Aug. 24, the companies merged their resources under CCG.
CCG focuses on specialty component products for the wire and cable industry and plans to introduce a series of fire-retardant and smoke-suppressed fillers for full-scale production in January. Combined, the companies have 10 employees.
Kevin Buchanan, founder of Fluoropolymer Resources, will serve as chief operating officer of CCG, while Cable Components Engineering founder Charles Glew will serve as president.