ISRI proposes PVC specifications

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The board of directors for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, plans to consider adding new specifications for rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic recyclables during its Fall Meeting Nov. 8. These specifications are intended to encompass more of the plastics recyclables in the scrap plastics marketplace.

The PVC specifications were approved by ISRI’s Plastics Division at the Spring Board & Committee Meetings in New Orleans April 24. The new PVC specifications are available for review. They include bale specifications for rigid PVC siding, pipe and window profiles and outline prohibitives and acceptable levels of contamination.

At its meeting, the board may choose to adopt, amend or reject the recommendations of the division or to table them.

More information about the rules governing the procedures from the addition, amendment or withdrawal of ISRI’s scrap specifications can be found in the “Scrap Specifications Circular.”

A 30-day open comment period for follow the vote by the board. ISRI’s Joe Pickard should be contacted to submit comments, recommendations or questions at

The division also will consider specifications for flexible PVC, which will open for public comment in January 2018 if passed.

Recleim opens Ohio recycling facility

Recleim, an Atlanta-based company that provides collection, transportation, demanufacturing and resource recovery services for end-of-life appliances, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)units and vending machines, has partnered with American Electric Power Ohio (AEP Ohio), Columbus, Ohio, to open a new recycling facility in Lima, Ohio.

AEP Ohio’s Economic and Business Development team worked on the move with Recleim, Allen County Economic Development Group, the Regional Growth Partnership, JobsOhio and Lima.

Recleim will work closely with AEP Ohio and other Ohio utilities to offer removal services and rebates to properly recycle their old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers. It is one of three Recleim plants in the U.S. designed to capture and process ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases that are found in the lining of expired appliances.

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“Recleim is an important business partner for AEP Ohio, as they will be processing the appliances we collect through our appliance recycling program—one of many energy efficiency programs AEP Ohio offers to our customers,” Julie Sloat, AEP Ohio president and chief operating officer, says.

Recleim says it recovers approximately 95 percent of commodity components in the old appliances it recycles while disposing of hazardous chemicals.

“Our team has spent the last year working on this project and we’re excited to open the doors of our new facility in Lima,” Steve Bush, Recleim CEO, says.

“With the facility bringing in 100-plus new jobs and a significant investment in machinery and facility upgrades, we believe the project will be rewarding for all of the community partners involved, he adds.

To celebrate the grand opening of the facility, AEP Ohio is inviting its customers to recycle outdated refrigerators or freezers and receive a special $50 incentive through its appliance recycling program. The special promotion is available to AEP Ohio customers through November 2017.