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Republic Services added four compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Phoenix area.

The CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic Services throughout Arizona to 34.

Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Aqua Metals has secured a $10 million loan to build a facility to recycle lead batteries near Reno, Nevada.

The Alameda, California based Aqua Metals received the loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Green Bank to build its first AquaRefinery at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

Rather than traditional smelting as a lead battery recycling method, AquaMetals will employ its continuous electrochemical system, called AquaRefining, which it claims is safe and environmentally friendly. The process packages the lead into a brick that can be reused.

The company will produce lead at 80 metric tons per day and then 160 metric tons per day by 2018. The cost of the new facility is estimated at $29.6 million.

Aqua Metals plans to apply the proceeds to expand its lead recycling capacity. Aqua Metals called the traditional smelting process one of the top three most polluting industrial processes in the world, for the planet’s most common type of battery.

Lead-acid batteries have the highest recycling rate of any product sold in the United States with 39 states requiring the retailer take back the used battery when a new battery is purchased.

Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Advantek Waste Management Services LLC, a waste management company and innovator of managing wastes produced by the oil and gas industry, disclosed that David J. Hayes has joined its board of directors. Hayes is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Stanford Law School and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Prior to teaching at Stanford, Hayes served as the deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Department of the Interior for Presidents Clinton and Obama from 1999-2001 and 2009-2013, respectively, including serving as the Department’s point person in managing the Interior’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.

Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Atlas Copco named Jamie Roush as its new vice president/business line manager, Construction Service Division to continue the growth of Atlas Copco’s consumables, parts and service business.

Roush brings more than 17 years of industry experience to his role and held several positions with Atlas Copco over the last seven years.

Roush has an undergraduate degree in physics from Muskingum University and attended Cleveland State University for graduate studies in mechanical

Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) honored Morbark, Inc., with its “Pillar of the Industry Award,” reflecting Morbark’s work to improve the business environment for the equipment manufacturing industry.

Morbark was recognized for its efforts in 2015 to advocate for pro-manufacturing solutions to elected leaders and for their participation in AEM’s “I Make America” grassroots program.

To be eligible for AEM’s Pillar of the Industry award, a member company must meet qualifications to become involved in state and national issues. Notable activities in which employees of Morbark participated include a legislative fly-in to lobby Michigan representatives for their support of legislation to reauthorize the funding of the EX-IM Bank and the passage of a long-term Highway Bill, as well as an “I Make America” supporter sign-up at the company’s summer family picnic.

Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Otto Environmental Systems North America, Inc. has hired Chuck Munsey as its new Gulf Coast area manager. In his new role, Munsey will be responsible for new business development and sales of waste containers and carts, as well as container management services, for Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He will report directly to Scott Smith, director − eastern region.

Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News