While these two conferences are distinctly different for a very wide range of reasons, there was one theme that permeated all of the discussions at both of these meetings – running a business in 2018 is more difficult than ever. Sure, commodity markets are higher than they were at this time two years ago, but that is trumped by a number of other factors that complicate day-to-day operations.Read More
On National Manufacturing Day, it is important to remember that manufacturing and recycling are a perfect match. Manufacturers make the products that get recycled, scrap is generated from the manufacturing process and gets recycled, and then manufacturers buy commodity grade recycled product to make new things. None of those examples even take into account the packaging materials that also can be recycled.Read More
I try to avoid writing newsletters in the first person, but this is one of those moments that will be the exception to that rule. When I began at RIOS™ nearly three years ago, one of the first calls that I took was from RIOS™Chairman Rike Sandlin. After a few minutes of introductions and formalities, we jumped right into business. It was clear to me from that point on that I was working with a passionate group of people that believed in the mission of RIOS™.Read More
By now, there is no one associated with the recycling industry that hasn’t been negatively affected by low commodity prices, or the unpredictability associated with those prices. From facilities, to equipment providers, everyone shares the burden. It is, however, in times like these that your RIOS™ QEHS Management System best provides value to your facility.Read More
By now you have seen many references to the RIOS™ revision. We have sought your feedback, and now we are beginning to provide educational programming so that you, the implementers, are prepared for what’s coming. Before we get too deep into the details, it is important to first understand the purpose behind the revision.Read More
The E-Scrap 2015 convention in Orlando kicked off on September 1, with more than 1,200 attendees and exhibitors from 39 countries. The sessions this year covered a variety of topics from commodity prices to design, facility efficiency, and a look at applicable state laws.