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Guaranteed Product Destruction

Guaranteed Product Destruction

Here are some images of outdoor sports equipment and apparel products, gloves, helmets, shirts, knee pads before they were destroyed. After the items manufactured overseas arrived at the U.S. distribution center, it was seen that they did not meet the companies’ product standards for selling. The company desired to reclaim the import taxes they had paid. It was necessary to have a Customs Agent witness the product destruction and verify that all of the items have been destroyed and could not be sold.

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Urge West Coast Ports to Work

Please join me in my appeal to Governor Brown and President Obama to impel the Pacific Maritime Association management and the leaders of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union to immediately complete their bargaining process and get the West Coast Ports back to full time work. Their conflict exerts excess destructive power; the impact of this… Continue Reading

New Plant in Phoenix to Shred Plastics and Faulty or Returned Products

Green Planet 21 has opened a new 46,000 square foot indoor facility in central Phoenix. Clients can now recycle more plastics and cut their waste disposal costs. Scrap generated in manufacturing processes and returned or defective products are handled sustainably instead of being buried in landfills. See the plant here: http://bit.ly/1vnRSIP Green Planet 21 handles: waste plastics: HDPE,… Continue Reading

Growing Expertise: Shredding for Product Destruction

Micheal Swernoff became the General Manager of American Shredding’s recycling partner Green Planet 21in February of 2013. Reflecting on the past year, Swernoff says, “Identity theft is a huge problem. I have grown to appreciate the importance of protecting confidential records and personal information. Confidentiality has shown to be a huge problem in the Internet… Continue Reading

Confetti Blunder: We Prefer Prevention

At the nation’s most beloved spectacle, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, confetti flies freely. But, during the 2012 parade, Ethan Finkelstein noticed that some of the pieces of paper flying around him had writing on them, numbers that looked like social security numbers. Other bits revealed the details of legal cases and… Continue Reading

Zero Landfill with Everett Graphics

Everett Graphics, a leading northern California manufacturer of folding cartons, is one of our oldest customers and we have been working together since 1987. In an effort to enhance the Zero Landfill program at Everett Graphics, we collaborated to design this new system to reduce the labor devoted to recycling while ensuring the production of the… Continue Reading

Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade by Adam Minter

Junkyard Planet is an educational and enjoyable read which illuminates the complexities of global recycling. A journalist living in China for a decade and the son of a Midwest scrap dealer, Minter guides the reader from curbside pickup in Houston to scrap yards in Asia that sort the waste of wealthy nations. His skills as… Continue Reading

NYTimes: Keeping Swindlers Out of Your Bank and Brokerage Accounts

Paul Sullivan wrote a very informative article on cybercrime in his Wealth Matters series for the New York Times. The link is here: http://nyti.ms/1nl4ydg Sullivan reports that it is “a problem that is increasing at all wealth levels, from individuals with small investment accounts to family offices that serve the wealthiest clients.” Email fraud has increased fivefold… Continue Reading

Is it time to un-brand sustainability?

Down in Texas, I was struggling to get our client to capture more recyclables. The client’s production manager said “We don’t need to recycle. There’s plenty ah Texas to bury it under.”  Texas landmass aside, this statement belies a challenge with the “green” brand. What does a recycling company do in locations where sustainability is… Continue Reading

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