Member Spotlight Acquisition         

General Kinematics (GK) acquires German business unit Cyrus Schwingtechnik

General Kinematics, headquartered in Crystal Lake IL, provides complete waste recovery systems for optimum material processing, separation and recovery of recyclable materials. After more than 60 years in business, they established a global reputation for manufacturing equipment to support the collection of reusable materials that can be recycled and made into supplies for products and projects.
According to Waste Today and the news release from General Kinematics, the addition of Cyrus will complement General Kinematics’ portfolio of vibratory solutions. The product range covers the foundry and forging sectors, the recycling industry, raw/base materials and the feed/food industries. General Kinematics reports that Cyrus will remain in Recklinghausen and will operate as a separate brand under General Kinematics Europe.

“It is exciting to add this well-respected brand to our European organization,” says Thomas Musschoot, president of General Kinematics. “We have had great success combining the offerings of both companies in the past, so it made sense when the opportunity arose to build on that success as one integrated company.”

Davide Gado, managing director EMEA of GK Europe, says General Kinematics and Cyrus had worked as partners and “friendly competitors” for a few years. “The relationship allowed us to become familiar with a group of very talented people which is the heart of every company,” he says. “We grew to appreciate their portfolio of products. Cyrus’ offerings complement GK’s current product lines and allow us greater flexibility in our approach to different customers and industrial sectors.”

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Legislative Update

The Governor just offered a new budget and plan for moving forward in his annual address. Unfortunately, it appears that grants our industry received from the surcharge fees on landfill materials were not reinstated. Given the State's financial struggles this is not a surprise but is a disappointment. Many of our members struggle with required upgrades to sorting equipment necessitated by contamination standards that have been more strict since the loss of many Chinese markets. Education is key, yet little is available from municipalities or collection companies under the tight budgets.

In better news, several new bills are making their way to committees and we are keeping a close eye on which ones impact waste reduction, recycling and composting. The IRA's primary focus is on issues impacting our C&D members. Leadership is meeting with the IEPA and legislators to find solutions.
The Market Trend is Up for OCC Fiber Recycling

The national fiber recycling market, including Illinois and parts of the Midwest, is experiencing an uptick in growth for old corrugated containers (OCC). Demand remained steady through 2020 and into the first quarter of 2021. On the flip side, mixed paper is a pricing challenge and business generators not operating at full capacity continues to hurt the future supply of office paper to serve away-from-home markets. Although there is a snug supply environment, domestic paper mills are adding OCC capacity consumption this year.
February 25 - USEPA Webinar on Material Characterization and Economic Impacts of Recycling

On February 25, EPA will present on trends in U.S. materials generation, including recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling based on the recent Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM): Facts and Figures 2018 report. The 2018 report also includes measurement of new food management options and new data on construction and demolition debris management.

EPA will also share economic indicators and trend data such as personal consumer expenditures, commodity values and tipping fees included in the latest Recycling Economic Information (REI) report. This REI report examined the larger economic implications of material reuse and recycling. Recycling not only conserves resources and protects the environment but also contributes to jobs, wages and government tax revenue.

Submit Comments to EPA on Measuring the National Recycling Rate

At the 2020 America Recycles Summit on November 17, 2020, EPA announced the overall national recycling goal to increase the U.S. recycling rate to 50% by 2030. This national goal will provide the benchmark to evaluate the success of the collective efforts to improve the nation’s recycling system. EPA is seeking public input on the national recycling rate which will help track progress toward the national recycling goal. Specifically, EPA is seeking input on which key data points the Agency should include when calculating the national recycling rate as well as input as to whether good waste, construction and demolition materials and industrial materials should be included. Later in 2021, EPA will update and publish the National Recycling Measurement Guide with a detailed methodology on how the Agency will calculate the national recycling rate. See here to learn more. To submit comments, see here.  Comments are due March 8, 2021.

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