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California Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Scott Smithline to serve as the director of the State’s Department of Resource Recovery and Recycling (CalRecycle).

Smithline worked at the environmental organization Californians Against Waste from 2003 to 2012, prior to being appointed CalRecycle’s assistant director for policy development in 2012.

CalRecycle is charged with both regulating the state’s waste management industry and supporting efforts to increase recycling. The agency administers the Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act (Bottle Bill program), as well as programs for recycling electronic waste, tires, mattresses, and carpet, among other products that have proven to be hard to manage at the end of their useful lives. CalRecycle has over 700 employees and an overall budget of $1.3 billion, the vast majority of which is paid out to consumers, recyclers and recycled product makers as recycling incentives.

As director, Smithline will be responsible for implementing CAW-sponsored AB 341 (Chesbro, 2011), recently signed legislation that will increase California’s recycling goal to 75 percent by 2020, as well as new requirements for businesses and apartments to recycle both traditional recyclables and organic waste. In addition, the department plays a crucial role in meeting the state’s climate goals, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions from landfills and supporting the reintroduction of recycled materials into the state’s manufacturing economy.

Published in the September 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Mayfran International has appointed Frank Sraj to vice president of sales and marketing, effective immediately. In his new role, Sraj will report directly to the company’s president and will be responsible for the pursuit of opportunities that meet and grow the company’s revenue and profit goals.

Sraj is a proven sales and marketing executive with a successful record spanning more than 30 years. Sraj holds a B.S. in Engineering from Cleveland State University and a MBA from Xavier University.

Published in the September 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Waste Pro has acquired Waste Away Services, LLC, a full service hauling company serving approximately 1,850 customers in Elberton, Georgia. The operations will become part of Waste Pro’s existing Athens, Georgia location adding both staff and equipment.

Waste Away Services is one of three residential and commercial waste service and disposal companies acquired by Waste Pro in the past three months.

In April, Waste Pro acquired Henson Waste Disposal, adding the service operations into their Asheville, North Carolina division.

The third acquisition occurred in May, when Waste Pro acquired Liberty Waste Services. Liberty Waste is tucked in with the Waste Pro Charlotte, North Carolina regional operations.

Published in the September 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) disclosed that chief economist and director of commodities Joe Pickard was selected to serve on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Building Materials, Construction, and Nonferrous Metals (ITAC-9). Pickard will serve as the representative of the U.S. scrap recycling industry.

The Industry Trade Advisory Committees are joint partnerships between the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Commerce. They work by bringing together business leaders in order to develop U.S. trade policy regarding their respective industry.

Of the $21 billion of scrap commodities exported from the U.S. last year, nonferrous metals including copper, aluminum, lead, zinc, and nickel scrap together accounted for $6.7 billion of export sales. Pickard’s new role in keeping the relevant U.S. government agencies informed of current and potential barriers to the free and fair trade of nonferrous scrap not only benefits ISRI members by helping to maintain open markets and promote U.S. exports, but is also consistent with ISRI’s longstanding commitment to free trade.

Published in the September 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Colonial Metals Co., a brass and bronze ingot maker located in Columbia, Pennsylvania, has hired Scott Greenberg as a buyer and trader of scrap metals.

Greenberg previously worked for GLE Scrap located in Warren, Michigan.  Greenberg brings 25 years of experience as a copper consumer, exporter and scrap dealer.

Published in the September 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Caterpillar Inc. will begin independently designing and manufacturing its vocational truck product family at its plant in Victoria, Texas. The plant, which opened in 2012, currently produces hydraulic excavators.

Caterpillar launched its first vocational truck, the CT660, in the North American market in 2011. Two more models have since been added to the lineup, the CT680 and CT681. To date, Caterpillar has worked with Navistar for the products’ design and build, which are currently manufactured in Escobedo, Mexico.

The transition process will begin immediately, with production expected to begin in the first half of next year. Caterpillar Victoria will continue to produce excavators, and the addition of the vocational truck production is expected to add around 200 new jobs at the facility.

Caterpillar dealers will continue to sell and support Cat vocational trucks.

Published in the September 2015 Edition of American Recycler News