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The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) recently honored Covanta’s Margretta (Meg) Morris, vice president of materials management and community affairs, with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for her efforts and leadership in recycling. The NRC is a non-profit organization focused on promoting and enhancing recycling in the U.S.

With over 25 years of experience in sustainable materials management, Morris has worked with communities around the U.S. to implement sustainable waste management and recycling systems. At Covanta, Morris leads the company’s Community Outreach Initiatives such as Fishing for Energy, Prescription for Safety (Rx4Safety) and mercury collections.

In addition to her work at Covanta, Morris has had long-standing roles on the boards of directors for the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, the Go Green Initiative, the Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations, America Recycles Day, Inc. and MassRecycle.

Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Atlas Copco Construction recently appointed Scott Carnell as president of its U.S. division. Carnell replaces Erik Sparby who has accepted the role of general manager, customer center Greater China. Carnell will lead the company in growing each of its product lines, including construction tools, portable energy and road construction equipment, within the contractor, dealer and rental industries across North America.

Carnell brings more than 32 years of industry experience to his role, the last 10 of which have been with Atlas Copco. Carnell served as the business line manager for the Atlas Copco portable energy business area, where he led the market expansion of the air compressor and generator lines. Just prior to his new role, Carnell was the president of Atlas Copco Rental in North America, based in LaPorte, Texas.

Carnell will be based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where Atlas Copco’s new manufacturing facility will open the spring of 2017.

Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Vortex De-Pollution and Recycling Equipment has partnered with Duncan Recycling and Refining, DR2, to become their equipment supply partner. Following the rollout of their catalytic converter decanning and assaying trailer for DR2’s MARC project, Vortex has designed an autocat de-canning and dust collection system for on-site use in yards to decan their converters.

The majority of the cost for the new decanning machine will be funded by DR2 and yards producing between 45 and 500 catalytic converters per day will be eligible for the DR2 program.

Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Process equipment manufacturer The Witte Co., Washington, New Jersey, has named Tyson Witte president.

Promoted after 10 years of service in engineering and in other roles, Tyson represents the fourth generation of leadership for the family-owned manufacturer of vibrating fluid bed dryers, coolers, pellet classifiers, dewaterers and other vibrating processing equipment. In his new role, Tyson is responsible for the strategic direction, growth and overall business results for the company founded by his great grandfather in 1938. Tyson plans to continue the company’s success as a global supplier while looking for ways to expand the current product line and scouting new markets.

Tyson Witte succeeds Richard Witte, now chairman, who, as president, successfully guided the company for 30 years during a tenure marked by consistent, steady growth and a reputation for delivering the highest quality equipment on the market.

Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

The YouTube channel BigShredder run by industrial shredder and compactor manufacturer SSI Shredding Systems, Inc. has recently reached over 100,000 subscribers. YouTube has recognized this accomplishment and awarded the channel with their Silver Play Button plaque.

BigShredder originally launched on September 25, 2006 with their Shred of the Month series. From that series they had several viral successes including their most popular video, The Hippie Bug Shredding, which currently has over 5,000,000 views.

The channel has seen a recent explosion of growth due to changes in branding and aesthetic.

Concentrating on user-based suggestions and popular trends the channel grew from around 24,000 subscribers in 2014 to over 107,000 subscribers and counting today. At the same time they also nearly doubled their total channel views to over 48,000,000.

Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Vecoplan LLC welcomed Luke James as their newest sales manager. The primary responsibility of his new position is sales and business development of shred trucks for the document destruction and paper recycling industries.

James will also act as a liaison between customers and Vecoplan’s research and development engineering team, in their ongoing shred truck innovations and improvements program. James will collaborate with Vecoplan’s marketing department to introduce these advances to the marketplace.

Prior to joining Vecoplan, James was a senior technical recruiter with Synerfac Technical Staffing in North Carolina. While earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University Luke worked two summer internships at Vecoplan in both manufacturing and marketing.

Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News