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This Issue in Scrap

May/June 2014

Elevating Paper Quality
For scrap paper exporters, China’s “Operation Green Fence” was a wake-up call on the need to upgrade the quality of their fiber, especially paper recovered in single-stream collection programs. Heeding the warning, many are making changes along the recovery chain. By Ken McEntee

2013 Commodity Market Wrap-Up: Under Pressure
Scrap commodity prices and scrap industry profits were both down in 2013, the victim of slower global growth, excess Chinese production capacity, and investors abandoning commodities for the greener pastures of the stock market. By Joe Pickard and Tom Crane

Twists & Turns in the Wire Market
Scrap wire processors face a host of challenges—including metals theft, quality and volume concerns, margin compression, and growing competition—but market participants still find plenty of reason for optimism. By Ellen Ryan

Safety Series: Protecting Temporary Workers
Hiring temporary workers can reduce labor costs, but some studies indicate these workers are more likely to get injured. Scrapyards and staffing firms both have a role in reducing the risk through training, protection, and communication. By Diana Mota

Equipment Focus: Container Loaders and Tilters
Container tilters and loading systems have made it much easier and more efficient for recyclers to load scrap into shipping containers, opening up export opportunities for those not near a port and increasing productivity for all. By Kenneth A. Hooker

Engineering BIR’s Evolution
Meet Alexandre Delacoux, the new director general of the Bureau of International Recycling (Brussels), who has ambitious plans to refine the association’s services and structure. By Kent Kiser

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