What We’re Reading: Cleaning up the Canadian Arctic

December 31, 2014

Summerhill Impact is looking to raise $120,000 to help Take back the Tundra.

The Canadian arctic accounts for 40 percent of the country's landmass and 100,000 of its people. Each year, tons of metal-based product waste are shipped up into the arctic and is not moved, releasing toxins into the land and water.

De-polluting and dismantling the waste is costly and complicated, so not much initiative has been made to move it. 

With the $120,000, Summerhill Impact looks to clean up one remote northern community. The money is enough to get six large sea containers full of waste. From there the waste will be recycled.

More information on the initiative can be found here.

EPA regulations may shape new look of future vehicles

New EPA regulations will be changing the way vehicles are built, and therefore changing the way recycling yards will look in the coming years.

The EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have proposed fuel and emissions requirements with sights looking high from 2017 to 2025. This will impact the way certain vehicles are constructed to fit the requirements of 54.5 mpg for U.S. auto fleets by 2025.

Stronger and lighter vehicles will mean the inclusion of lighter materials, such as: aluminum, advanced high-strength steel (AHSS), carbon fiber, resins and plastic.

To learn more about advanced high-strength steel, check out the rest of the article in this month's American Recycler.

First Scrap Metal Watch of 2015

American Recycler's Scrap Metal Watch for January is posted below:

IAA Expansion

Insurance Auto Auctions is expanding to two new locations. 

Two new branches of IAA will pop up in Des Moines, Iowa and Tulsa, Oklahoma. IAA will look to provide greater access to its services with duel 24-acre sites.

"IAA continues to strategically expand locations to better service our buyers and sellers," said John Kett, CEO and president, Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. "The Tulsa location opened earlier this year to support our business growth in the region; we are excited to add capacity that supports growing demand in both Oklahoma and Iowa, which are two key markets for us."

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