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Amazon Signs Deals for Four New Wind and Solar Projects

Amazon announced today that the company invested in four renewable energy projects around the world. Altogether, the wind and solar projects are expected to produce nearly 300 megawatts of capacity.

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ConExpo 2020: Coronavirus impact on US economy now inevitable

ConExpo 2020: Coronavirus impact on US economy now inevitable
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Preparing an economic forecast in early March 2020 proved a fruitless task, according to Ed Sullivan, a vice president and the chief economist of the Skokie, Illinois-based Portland Cement Association. Sullivan presented recaps of his 2020 and 2021 forecast at a press conference at the ConExpo-ConAgg event in Las Vegas in mid-March, and at the annual meeting of the Construction and Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA), also in Las Vegas.

In the 10 days leading up to ConExpo, said Sullivan: several candidates dropped out of the presidential election; oil prices plummeted; the stock market in the United States and other nations lost tremendous value; the U.S. joined Asia and Europe with growing coronavirus cases and reactions; and the Federal Reserve Bank in the U.S. reduced interest rates to try to stave off coronavirus impacts. “A piece of cake,” joked Sullivan regarding creating a forecast.

The presentation and forecast devised by Sullivan thus included three scenarios for how the coronavirus could impact the U.S. economy, ranging from the shortest-term impact to a longer, more severe set of effects.

He selected the least damaging scenario as the most likely as of Wednesday, March 11, but acknowledged conditions were changing rapidly. In his preferred scenario, Sullivan sees six-to-eight weeks of economic disruptions, in particular to travel and leisure time discretionary spending. In that scenario, “panic and fear” in the U.S. would be relatively contained to a short time frame and the leisure sector, and a combination of lower interest rates and oil prices would help spur a rebound by the third quarter of 2020.

Sullivan said that if virus concerns remain beyond April and May, the prolonged fear would more deeply hit the American household consumer, “who accounts for two out of every three dollars” spent in the U.S. economy. Preliminary polling has already shown, said Sullivan, that when coronavirus cases are found geographically close to people, they can quickly change their behavior.

Underlying the coronavirus concerns, said Sullivan, is the notion that the U.S. economy is “due” for a recession after more than 10 years of steady growth. Dispelling that notion, said Sullivan, is the case of Australia, where economic growth has been ongoing for 27 years.

On the other hand, Sullivan said there are factors pointing to the idea that the U.S. is “in the late stages” of an economic upcycle. Even though employment figures are good, some 50 percent of metropolitan areas are exhibiting growth rates that show signs of being late stage. When that figure hits 60 percent, said Sullivan, that means a recession hits 12 to 18 months later.

The U.S. economy has lost some of its “zip and vigor,” said Sullivan, and the extent of coronavirus reactions will play a role in determining whether the U.S. can maintain economic growth through the turmoil, or if it experiences some negative growth quarters.

On the infrastructure and construction front, Sullivan says some 30 states have done what the federal government refuses to do—raise their per-gallon gasoline tax. This has helped some states boost their highway and transportation spending, raising the amounts of cement and concrete going into public works.

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Source: Recycling Today
ConExpo 2020: Coronavirus impact on US economy now inevitable
<![CDATA[Preparing an economic forecast in early March 2020 proved a fruitless task, according to Ed Sullivan, a vice president and the chief economist of the Skokie, Illinois-based Portland Cement Association. Sullivan presented recaps of his 2020 and 2021 forecast at a press conference at the ConExpo-ConAgg event in Las Vegas in mid-March, and at the annual meeting of the Construction and Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA), also in Las Vegas.In the 10 days leading up to ConExpo, said Sullivan: several candidates dropped out of the presidential election; oil prices plummeted; the stock market in the United States and other nations lost tremendous value; the U.S. joined Asia and Europe with growing coronavirus cases and reactions; and the Federal Reserve Bank in the U.S. reduced interest rates to try to stave off coronavirus impacts. “A piece of cake,” joked Sullivan regarding creating a forecast.The presentation and forecast devised by Sullivan thus included three scenarios for how the coronavirus could impact the U.S. economy, ranging from the shortest-term impact to a longer, more severe set of effects.He selected the least damaging scenario as the most likely as of Wednesday, March 11, but acknowledged conditions were changing rapidly. In his preferred scenario, Sullivan sees…

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California’s Port of Long Beach reports decline in February cargos

California’s Port of Long Beach reports decline in February cargos
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Cargo volume declined at the Port of Long Beach in California in February because of fewer ship calls amid the outbreak of the coronavirus and lingering effects of the trade dispute with China.

Terminal operators and dockworkers moved 538,428 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month, 9.8 percent less than in February 2019. Imports dropped 17.9 percent to 248,592 TEUs, while exports increased 19.3 percent to 125,559 TEUs. Empty containers sent overseas decreased 12.8p percent to 164,277 TEUs, according to the port.

Although a Phase 1 preliminary trade agreement was signed in January by the United States and China, about $ 370 billion in Chinese goods remain under the increased tariffs.

The coronavirus has caused further disruption to the supply chain with an increase in canceled sailings and a reduction in cargo moving through the nation’s second-busiest port.

“With the extended factory closures and slowdown of goods movement in China and other Asian countries in February due to Lunar New Year and COVID-19, we are seeing shipping lines needing to cancel some sailings,” says Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “Once the virus is contained, we may see a surge of cargo, and our terminals, labor and supply chain will be ready to handle it.”

“Along with the economic effects of reduced trade due to the health situation, we also have the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Long Beach. We hope for the swift recovery of these individuals,” says Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal. “The port will continue to monitor the outbreak internationally and work with our stakeholders to keep our crucial link in the supply chain open and operating.”

Detailed cargo numbers are available at http://polb.com/statistics.

The Port of Long Beach has 175 shipping lines connecting it to 217 seaports and handles $ 200 billion in trade annually.

 

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Source: Recycling Today
California’s Port of Long Beach reports decline in February cargos
<![CDATA[Cargo volume declined at the Port of Long Beach in California in February because of fewer ship calls amid the outbreak of the coronavirus and lingering effects of the trade dispute with China.Terminal operators and dockworkers moved 538,428 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month, 9.8 percent less than in February 2019. Imports dropped 17.9 percent to 248,592 TEUs, while exports increased 19.3 percent to 125,559 TEUs. Empty containers sent overseas decreased 12.8p percent to 164,277 TEUs, according to the port. Although a Phase 1 preliminary trade agreement was signed in January by the United States and China, about $ 370 billion in Chinese goods remain under the increased tariffs.The coronavirus has caused further disruption to the supply chain with an increase in canceled sailings and a reduction in cargo moving through the nation’s second-busiest port.“With the extended factory closures and slowdown of goods movement in China and other Asian countries in February due to Lunar New Year and COVID-19, we are seeing shipping lines needing to cancel some sailings,” says Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “Once the virus is contained, we may see a surge of cargo, and our terminals, labor and supply chain will be…

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New Jersey legislators push to ban both plastic, paper bags

New Jersey legislators push to ban both plastic, paper bags
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The New Jersey state Senate voted to ban single-use bags as well as Styrofoam and takeout containers across the state on March 5. The bill, S864, prohibits the provision or sale of single-use plastic carryout bags, single-use paper carryout bags, polystyrene foam foodservice products as well as single-use plastic straws. It also would appropriate money from the state’s Clean Communities Program Fund for public education. 

According to a news release shared on NJ.com, the ban would take effect 18 months after receiving the governor’s signature, and it would make straws available only upon request after one year. If the bill becomes law, New Jersey would become the first state to ban both plastic and paper carryout bags.

According to the bill, “since 1950, global annual production of plastics has increased from 2 million tons to over 381 million tons; that approximately one-third of all plastics produced are single-use plastics, which are plastics designed to be used only once and then thrown away; and that an estimated 100 billion single-use plastic carryout bags and 25 billion Styrofoam plastic coffee cups are thrown away in the United States each year.” The bill also states that “in 2017, only 8.4 percent of plastics in the United States were recycled” and “most single-use plastics are disposed of in landfills, are incinerated or become litter in waterways and oceans.” 

Based on those findings, the bill states that “the legislature therefore determines that it is no longer conscionable to permit the unfettered use and disposal of single-use plastics in the state; that New Jersey must do its part to minimize plastic pollution in the ocean, and to ensure that future generations have a clean and healthy environment to live, work and recreate in.” According to the bill, “single-use paper carryout bags use as much or more energy and resources to manufacture and transport than single-use plastic carryout bags and contribute to harmful air emissions.”

S864 has passed in the New Jersey state Senate; however, NJ.com reports that it still needs the New Jersey state Assembly to pass its own version of the law and have the governor sign it before it’s enacted.  

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Source: Recycling Today
New Jersey legislators push to ban both plastic, paper bags
<![CDATA[The New Jersey state Senate voted to ban single-use bags as well as Styrofoam and takeout containers across the state on March 5. The bill, S864, prohibits the provision or sale of single-use plastic carryout bags, single-use paper carryout bags, polystyrene foam foodservice products as well as single-use plastic straws. It also would appropriate money from the state’s Clean Communities Program Fund for public education. According to a news release shared on NJ.com, the ban would take effect 18 months after receiving the governor’s signature, and it would make straws available only upon request after one year. If the bill becomes law, New Jersey would become the first state to ban both plastic and paper carryout bags.According to the bill, “since 1950, global annual production of plastics has increased from 2 million tons to over 381 million tons; that approximately one-third of all plastics produced are single-use plastics, which are plastics designed to be used only once and then thrown away; and that an estimated 100 billion single-use plastic carryout bags and 25 billion Styrofoam plastic coffee cups are thrown away in the United States each year.” The bill also states that “in 2017, only 8.4 percent of plastics in the…

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Starbucks Begins Market Tests on Recyclable and Compostable Cups

This month, Starbucks begins its first market tests of a recyclable and compostable hot cups as part of the NextGen Cup Challenge, which seeks to address single-use packaging waste by developing an industry-wide recyclable and compostable to-go cup solution.

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Lessons from an E-waste Entrepreneur

Episode 48: Catching up with John Shegerian, executive chairman and co-founder of Electronic Recyclers International.
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ConExpo organizer says show will go on

ConExpo organizer says show will go on
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The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has sent out a memo reassuring its ConExpo-Con/Agg exhbitors and attendees that the show remains on track to attract some 120,000 people. That event is taking place in Las Vegas March 10-14.

The every-three-years exposition is one of the largest trade fairs in the world. AEM states in its March 6 memorandum and news release, “An overwhelming majority of ConExpo-Con/Agg exhibitors have confirmed their participation in next week’s show in Las Vegas.”

The organization adds, “Cancellations that we’ve received represent 44,950 square feet out of 2.7 million net square feet of exhibit space, which represents about 1.7 percent of the total space. We have already resold 15,500 square feet of this cancelled exhibit space.”

AEM President Dennis Slater states, “Travel restrictions related to international travel and corporate policies have impacted some companies that planned to exhibit at the show.” He continues, “No major exhibitors have cancelled from ConExpo-Con/Agg, and many companies are reconfirming their commitment to participate. We appreciate their leadership and commitment to our industry, equipment end-users and our members.”

Slater says even since Feb. 21, “when the travel restrictions and coronavirus started to have an impact,” ConExpo has “added 18,000 new registrants” or attendees. “That total is far outpacing the last show, and also our cancellations to date,” he adds.

According to Slater, “Total registrations as of [March 5] are over 120,000 and climbing. Even if the cancellations total 10,000, which they don’t to date, we have a huge audience of customers coming to the show. “

AEM and Slater acknowledge that the co-located International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE) “has been harder hit by cancellations due to the large international exhibitor presence and corporate travel policies.” Says Slater, “The IFPE cancellations that we’ve received represent 34,680 square feet, which represents about 20 percent of the show floor. We’ve re-sold 3,300 square feet of this cancelled space.”

One of the largest ConExpo exhibitors to announce a cancellation was Sweden-based heavy equipment maker Volvo CE. That company has subsequently stated, “Since announcing our decision to withdraw from ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 due to the coronavirus, Volvo CE has been working very closely with our partners at AEM to determine the best path forward. At this point in preparations it would not be possible for Volvo CE to remove the equipment and dismantle the booth before the show begins. Instead, a small number of locally hired independent staff will remain on the site for the duration of the show, [and] the booth will be ready for show opening on Tuesday, March 10.”

States Slater, “We know customers are committed to attending the show in numbers, and they are expecting to see and purchase equipment from the manufacturers of the best equipment in the world. Please know we are committed to hosting safe and successful shows.”

AEM has posted information about precautions it says it is taking at the show on this Web page.

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Source: Recycling Today
ConExpo organizer says show will go on
<![CDATA[The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has sent out a memo reassuring its ConExpo-Con/Agg exhbitors and attendees that the show remains on track to attract some 120,000 people. That event is taking place in Las Vegas March 10-14.The every-three-years exposition is one of the largest trade fairs in the world. AEM states in its March 6 memorandum and news release, “An overwhelming majority of ConExpo-Con/Agg exhibitors have confirmed their participation in next week’s show in Las Vegas.”The organization adds, “Cancellations that we’ve received represent 44,950 square feet out of 2.7 million net square feet of exhibit space, which represents about 1.7 percent of the total space. We have already resold 15,500 square feet of this cancelled exhibit space.”AEM President Dennis Slater states, “Travel restrictions related to international travel and corporate policies have impacted some companies that planned to exhibit at the show.” He continues, “No major exhibitors have cancelled from ConExpo-Con/Agg, and many companies are reconfirming their commitment to participate. We appreciate their leadership and commitment to our industry, equipment end-users and our members.”Slater says even since Feb. 21, “when the travel restrictions and coronavirus started to have an impact,” ConExpo has “added 18,000 new registrants” or attendees. “That…

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Environmental Justice Bill Released in New Jersey

The measure would require a person seeking a permit for a new facility in a burdened community to meet certain additional requirements.
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Live-Auction Energy Procurement Achieves Record Results, Says Energy Company

Commercial and industrial organizations in North America are increasingly seeking out the services of live-auction energy procurement companies to help them drive energy cost savings, according to procurement and advisory services company Transparent Energy.

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Boulder, Colo., Releases Circular Economy Report

Boulder’s Climate Mobilization Action Plan portrays a holistic picture of materials being consumed, transformed and wasted throughout the city.
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