News & Updates

PLASTICS RECYCLING | 2018 RMC Markets Development Summit

Thursday, October 4, 2018 – 8:30a – 3:30p

Hilton Garden Inn / Harrisburg, PA
3943 Tecport Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17111.


  • Latest news on China’s Import Rule;
  • Resin Report – Industry Pulse;
  • Industry Material Management Tools;
  • Pennsylvania DEP Update.

     

    For Plastics Recycling Summit details or to register to attend: CLICK HERE

2018 E-Scrap Markets Development Summit

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
8:30a – 3:30p

Hilton Garden Inn / Harrisburg, PA
3943 Tecport Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17111

Click Here for more information, downloadable Agenda and online Registration.

Understanding National Sword in Pennsylvania

 

National Sword is not the name of a new Monty Python skit or Hunger Games tool, but rather an ongoing initiative of the Chinese Government to restrict importation of contaminated recycled materials into China. How may this effect Pennsylvania recycling programs? How may this impact those who use your recycling program? What is the word on the ground in China? Read on and hear from the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center and the Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development.

The PDF file may be found below:

Understanding_National_Sword_in_PA.pdf

 

Recycling Press Conference, Harrisburg

Senator Richard Alloway, II (R – Adams, Cumberland (part), Franklin (part),York (part) Counties) is holding a press conference on Senate Bill 800, the “Waste Electronic Equipment Recovery Act.” Senator Alloway is the prime sponsor of the Bill.

When: Wednesday October 25, 2017, 10:00a – 10:30a

Where: State Capitol, East Wing Rotunda

Downtown Harrisburg parking locations can be found at http://parkharrisburg.com/

Should you desire to meet with your representative(s) or senator while at the Capitol, you can find pertinent contact information at http://www.legis.state.pa.us/

Please consider attending to show your support for Pennsylvania e-waste recycling legislation.

PA Senate Hearing on Electronics Recycling

The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is holding a public hearing on the Waste Electronics Equipment Recovery Act (Senate Bill 800) and updates to the Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108 of 2010). The meeting announcement can be found here.

When: Tuesday October 24, 10:00a – 12:00p

Where: Room 8E-A, East Wing of the Capitol

Plan to attend to show your interests in determining an improved path forward for Pennsylvania electronics scrap management. An interior map of the Capitol can be found at this link http://www.pacapitol.com/plan-a-visit/maps/capitol-building.cfm

A parking map(s) of downtown Harrisburg can be found at http://parkharrisburg.com/

Should you want to meet with your legislator on electronics recycling or other concerns while at the Capitol Complex, use the Find My Legislator Link at http://www.legis.state.pa.us/

Utilizing Vermicomposting Systems

PA Recycling Markets Center
Organics Business Growth Seminar
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

For more information, see the seminar agenda.

To register, please click here.

The Economic Contributions of Recycling to the Pennsylvania Economy

 

The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center and IHS Markit are pleased to provide an extensive and in-depth study on the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts from Pennsylvania’s recycling industry, coined as the “Pennsylvania Recycling Marketplace”.

DOWNLOAD the Report:
Pennsylvania Recycling Marketplace

NLCA Honored with 2016 Heenan Award

 
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(left to right) Robert Bylone, Executive Director, President RMC
Matt Cougle, COO, Cougle’s Recycling, Inc.
Jason Coyle, Superintendent, Northern Lancaster County Authority
Donald Kellenberger, Owner, Kellenberger Excavating LLC
Wayne Bowen, Recycling Program Manager, RMC

 

The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Inc. (RMC) recently honored the Northern Lancaster County Authority (NLCA) of Denver, PA with the 2016 William M. Heenan, Jr. Recycling Markets Development Award for its commitment to creation of new markets for recycled color-mixed glass.

RMC recognized the use of recycled glass as a growing medium for the reed bed filtration system at the Authority’s Beam Road Wastewater Treatment Plant. To RMC’s knowledge, the plant is the first location to use sharp-free, manufactured recycled glass aggregate for this purpose in the United States.

A reed bed or constructed wetland is essentially a type of water filtration system that mirrors the way natural wetlands break down waste in water and filter out impurities. Wetland reeds, specifically Phragmites austalis,are cultivated in a recycled glass aggregate filter bed where the plant roots and natural microbial processes turn wastewater solids into treated water and benign solids. Free of chemicals and odors, these beds have been proven to be both cost-effective and energy-efficient, and significantly reduce or even eliminate the need for disposal of the solids. Reed bed systems have been shown to reduce the volume of solids by as much as 90%.

7-11-16-bed-3-loading“Typically, the growing media for reed bed wastewater filtration is a very porous, fine aggregate, such as sand,” explains Jason Coyle, Plant Superintendent for NLCA. “Our sand was 20 years old and had broken down over time. As a planting bed, recycled glass aggregate that is manufactured to a uniform, sharp-free specification, has been demonstrated in other countries. With technical input from the RMC, we were interested in bringing it to Pennsylvania.”

Originally developed by the Max-Planck Institute of West Germany and the Netherlands approximately 30 years ago, the recycled glass process has been approved by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection, and has been used in on-lot sand mound septic systems for about a decade. NLCA is currently using 800 tons of processed, crushed, size-graded and color-mixed container glass, obtained from Cougle’s Recycling, Inc. of Hamburg, PA – an amount roughly equivalent to what a rural Pennsylvania county may collect in 2.5 years. “No one has put this into an application of this size,” adds Coyle.

The NLCA wastewater treatment plant was constructed in 1979 and upgraded in 2013 in compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy.   In order to be in compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy, the plant diverts significantly more solids to the reed beds than in previous years.  This, along with competitive pricing for the sharp-free, recycled glass aggregate, made the decision to use it realistic.

“Proper processing of solids is a major issue faced by wastewater treatment plants such as NLCA’s plant, especially those who require compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy” said Robert Bylone, RMC President & Executive Director. “What they’ve been able to do is take an existing treatment method and build on its sustainability by using a recycled-content product. For these reasons, and for the courage of the Northern Lancaster County Authority to pioneer recycled glass aggregate for this use, we are proud to recognize them with the William M. Heenan, Jr. Recycling Markets Development Award.”

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The 2016 Reed Bed Upgrade was a win-win for all parties involved. Fred Ebert, President, Ebert Engineering, Inc., NLCA’s consulting engineer; Jason Coyle, NLCA Superintendent; Scott Davis, President, Constructed Wetlands Group; and Wayne Bowen, Recycling Program Manager, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center combined technical knowledge and research to bring the successful project together. Using Cougle’s Recycling Inc.’s manufactured recycled glass aggregate saved thousands of dollars of freight expense compared to hauling the nearest available sand from Delaware or Maryland. Donald Kellenberger, of Kellenberger Excavating in Spring Township, said final grading of the recycled glass aggregate was easier than sand.  Don observed that the manufactured recycled glass aggregate held its shape and position better than the sand. This ease of installation resulted in significantly less time to complete installation, reducing total install time to less than two (2) weeks.

The Northern Lancaster County Authority was the first Reed Bed Biosolids Treatment System in Pennsylvania. With over 80 Reed Bed Systems treating biosolids in Pennsylvania, the Authority has opened a door for using recycled glass both here and across the nation. “The RMC will continue to expand this use across Pennsylvania and potentially the nation,” added Bylone. “A win for the environment, while simultaneously reducing construction costs for the residents of Brecknock Township and excelling treatment output made receiving the 2016 Heenan Award very rewarding,” said Jason Coyle.

The William M. Heenan, Jr. Recycling Markets Development Award is the only award of its type given annually in Pennsylvania, and is named in memory of William M. “Bill” Heenan, Jr. Heenan, a lifelong international ambassador of the recycling industry who was instrumental in supporting the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to initially vision and fund inception of the RMC.