Monday, August 24, 2009

The latest in the paper recycling market

The latest paper recycling news:
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# The Market: OCC not as strong as perceived, traders say
August 10, 2009
# Sonoco Recycling expanding Charlotte,N.C. operations
August 10, 2009
# Sonoco, Rock-Tenn to raise recycled paperboard prices
August 10, 2009
# Greenpeace and Kimberly-Clark come to a truce
August 10, 2009
# Marcal CEO challenges Greenpeace, Kimberly-Clark truce
August 10, 2009
# Harmon gets name change at GP
August 3, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009

U.S. paper production down in 2008

U.S. paper and paperboard capacity edged down 0.8 percent in 2008 to 96.3 million tons, slightly below the 1.0 percent annual rate of contraction recorded from 2001 through 2007. Total fiber consumption at U.S. paper and paperboard mills fell 3.8 percent to 89.4 million tons in 2008. More....

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

International Compost Awareness Week

McEntee Media Corp.'s Composting News is one of the U.S. co-sponsors of International Compost Awareness Week, May 3-9, 2009. Composting News joins other co-sponsors like Coca-Cola, Chinet, Chick-fil-a and Garick in the annual campaign to create awareness about the benefits of compost and other natural and organic products.
The Write Company has created new advertorial features this month for Mimi VanderHavens Fabulous Buys:

D&L Recycling, Valley City, Ohio
The Green Smith Garden Center and Gift Shop, Hinckley, Ohio
Southwest General Health Center, Middleburg Heights, Ohio
Kizy Construction, Hinckley, Ohio
Green Tree Landscaping, LaGrange, Ohio
Justice and Company, Medina, Ohio
Vespa Scooters of Cleveland, Warrensville Heights, Ohio
Madd Chef's, Brunswick, Ohio
The Corkscrew Saloon, Medina, Ohio
Smoke 51 Ohio

National Recycling Congress cancelled

The NRC board made the decision one week ago. It was announced today:

On April 29, the Board of Directors of NRC decided to cancel this year's annual Congress and Exhibition that was scheduled for Portland, OR, October 4-7, 2009. This decision was reached only after an extensive analysis of likely attendance and exhibitor and sponsor financial support, and with consultation with the host State and key NRC leadership. An overriding factor was the ability of our diverse and geographically dispersed membership to attend this year's Congress in light of limited government and business budgets and problematic travel restrictions. We very much regret having to take this step, but look forward to working with each of you in the following year to restore Congress to its rightful role as the central networking and educational event for the nation's recycling community.

NRC Staff

Thursday, April 16, 2009

AbitibiBowater files bankruptcy

AbitibiBowater today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S., and plans to file for creditor protection tomorrow in Canada. The company said it normal day-to-day operations will continue during the restructuring process. For more information see Paper Recycling Online.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The latest Write Company articles for Mimi's

The Write Company contributed eight news advertorials to the April 2 issue of Mimi Vanderhavens Fabulous Buys.

# Medina Exteriors, Medina
# Westwood Place, Strongsville
# Perfect Power Wash, Akron
# Oasis Sunrooms and Windows, Berea
# Thyme the Restaurant, Medina
# PSE Credit Union, Strongsville
# Southwest General Health Center, Middleburg Heights
# Priced Less Foods, Middleburg Heights

News from the paper recycling business

Paper recycling market news:
* Taking advantage of the lowest prices since 04 China imported 400,000 tons of OCC from the US in January.
* US sets record paper recovery rate, but scrap paper consumption falls in 2008.
* Average US scrap paper price inches up to $123.47.

Monday, March 30, 2009

A message from the National Recycling Coalition president

Dear NRC Members:

We are sending you this note, and the attached letter, in an effort to keep you informed of the activities of the NRC in these very challenging economic times. In February, the Board had written to the State recycling leadership and key stakeholders and informed them of the steps that the Board was undertaking in fulfillment of its fiduciary responsibilities. A copy of that letter is attached. The circumstances under which that letter was written have not changed. To bring you up to date, I would first like to emphasize that no decision has been made regarding the future of the organization, so statements to the contrary are inaccurate. Secondly, as we analyze the various options available to us, the Board has reached out to State recycling leaders for their valued advice. Finally, and to reiterate what is in the letter, on any issues involving merger and certain other major organizational options, it is the membership, through our by-laws, who is ultimately empowered to decide the future of the organization, and we are cognizant and respectful of that at all times during our deliberations.

In the meantime, we ask for your continued patience and understanding.

Sincerely, on behalf of the Board of Directors,
David Refkin, President

Thursday, March 26, 2009

National Recyclng Coalition disbanding?

Reports from the Carolina Recycling Association conference that the NRC board of directors will be meeting this afternoon to decide on the fate of the organization. Among possibilities are voting to go out of business or to be taken over by Keep America Beautiful. Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Another paper mill closing

Another paper mill closing. Caraustar permanently closed its Carolina Paperboard mill today. Sonoco also closing Lancaster.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Scrap paper markets

Most mills are reportedly jammed with old corrugated (OCC), but mills going through financial problems are paying premiums to get hesitant suppliers to send tonnage their way. Despite almost daily announcements of newspaper closings and bankruptcies, prices for old newspaper (ONP) remain stronger than expected. Look for upcoming export problems - containers and/or ship space is getting hard to come by. See The Paper Stock Report

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bay Village mayor slanders Image Builders

In one of the most irresponsible public statements in memory, Bay Village mayor Debbie Sutherland, during a City Council meeting on February 2, falsely charged that Image Builders Marketing was the "reformulation" of Garnett Publishing, a magazine publisher that took money from advertisers a couple years ago, then filed for bankruptcy without publishing the magazines it had collected advertising money for.

The mayor's comments were related to the recent Bay Village Community Guide, published by Image Builders. Through The Write Company/McEntee Media, I was the editorial consultant and writer for the magazine.

Sutherland, who refused to be interviewed, or to cooperate in the production of the magazine which promotes the city of Bay Village and local businesses, said at the council meeting that the city did not "sanction" the Image Builders publication. She said that she was not comfortable working with Image Builders because she didn't feel the company was "reputable" due to the fact that Garnett screwed businesses in Bay Village and other cities.

She then slandered Image Builders, claiming that Garnett filed for bankruptcy, then reformulated as Image Builders.

The mayor was well aware of the fact that Garnett and Image Builders were not related - this was explained to Sutherland and/or her secretary on many occasions by me, Bernice Kaldy, owner of Image Builders, and Scott Hughes, sales rep for Image Builders, whom Sutherland has known personally for many years. Garnett, prior to going bankrupt, was Image Builders' main competitor.

Kaldy and I publicly addressed the mayor at last night's city council meeting, calling her to task for her slander of Image Builders and for for rather monarchistic suggestion that a mayor may "sanction" the press. Kaldy requested a written retraction from the mayor, who sat silently and did not offer a response.

Sutherland, during production of the Bay Village Community Guide refused to cooperate or be interviewed for the magazine that promoted the city she was elected to serve. Failing to get an interview with the mayor, I interviewed Councilman Jim Scott, who will run against Sutherland for mayor this fall. Sutherland was reportedly upset that her mayoral opponent was quoted in the magazine.

She had her opportunity, but rejected it.

Early on, when Sutherland's help was solicited, she said she would not support any community magazines from any publisher due to the experience with Garnett. Shortly afterward, however, she agreed with The Plain Dealer, Cleveland's daily newspaper, to produce a magazine for the city.

The Plain Dealer endorsed Sutherland in her unsuccessful race against Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones in November. As a member of the Central Committee of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party, I also supported and campaigned for Sutherland.

The Plain Dealer, suffering from the same financial problems as newspapers around the country, evidently is expanding into new revenue sources, such as the production of community guides in competition with Image Builders, Great Lakes Publishing and other companies.

The Plain Dealer, whose parent company also owns Cuyahoga County's chain of weekly newspapers, has published community magazines for Lakewood, Brooklyn and Brunswick. The production of magazines in cooperation with the municipalities for which it is supposed to provide neutral and unbiased news coverage seems to border on a conflict of interest.

Image Builders has been in business for eight years, publishing community magazines for around 20 different cities. Most of the magazines are done with some degree of cooperation with the local government, but some are not.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Final Inch gets Oscar nomination

Through PolioPlus, Rotary has spearheaded the private sector initiative to eradicate polio worldwide. The Final Inch, which chronicles the efforts of polio immunization volunteers, was nominated for an Oscar. It will air on HBO on April 1.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Wrong Message

Two men were shot - one dead, the other critical - for no known reason at a Cleveland bar Sunday morning. Police told the Plain Dealer that the shootings were among the "most vicious, violent and ferocious crimes" they had ever investigated.

According to Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman, "This sends the wrong message."

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Government arrogance

For a perfect example of government arrogance, how about the Chinese legislation that remains in effect even in the afterlife. Sad thing is, if our federal government enacted similar legislation - and don't put it passed them - half the population would consider it binding.

Here's an idea for the socialists: Acknowledge a divine power, then you can put a tax on creation.

China Regulates Buddhist Reincarnation
By Matthew Philips

Aug. 20-27, 2007 issue - In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation." But beyond the irony lies China's true motive: to cut off the influence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual and political leader, and to quell the region's Buddhist religious establishment more than 50 years after China invaded the small Himalayan country. By barring any Buddhist monk living outside China from seeking reincarnation, the law effectively gives Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama, whose soul, by tradition, is reborn as a new human to continue the work of relieving suffering.

At 72, the Dalai Lama, who has lived in India since 1959, is beginning to plan his succession, saying that he refuses to be reborn in Tibet so long as it's under Chinese control. Assuming he's able to master the feat of controlling his rebirth, as Dalai Lamas supposedly have for the last 600 years, the situation is shaping up in which there could be two Dalai Lamas: one picked by the Chinese government, the other by Buddhist monks. "It will be a very hot issue," says Paul Harrison, a Buddhism scholar at Stanford. "The Dalai Lama has been the prime symbol of unity and national identity in Tibet, and so it's quite likely the battle for his incarnation will be a lot more important than the others."

So where in the world will the next Dalai Lama be born? Harrison and other Buddhism scholars agree that it will likely be from within the 130,000 Tibetan exiles spread throughout India, Europe and North America. With an estimated 8,000 Tibetans living in the United States, could the next Dalai Lama be American-born? "You'll have to ask him," says Harrison. If so, he'll likely be welcomed into a culture that has increasingly embraced reincarnation over the years. According to a 2005 Gallup poll, 20 percent of all U.S. adults believe in reincarnation. Recent surveys by the Barna Group, a Christian research nonprofit, have found that a quarter of U.S. Christians, including 10 percent of all born-again Christians, embrace it as their favored end-of-life view. A non-Tibetan Dalai Lama, experts say, is probably out of the question.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Updated Web

We've updated our main Web site at We cleaned up the appearance a little, but also have switched off the Verio servers. Thanks to Rich Micko and Clipper Computer Consulting, Strongsville, Ohio, for implementing that switch. That should solve the periodic problems we and some of our customers have been having with slow uploads and downloads and email issues.

Shortly we're going to get to work on The Paper Stock Report, Recycled Paper News and Waste Reduction Tips sites.

Some of our Web pages are informational and free. Paper Recycling Online has free content, but is subscriber based for current news, scrap paper market prices and industry databases.

Let us know about any problems navigating our Web sites.