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Past President Interview: Sandy Rosen

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Q & A PSI Retrospective: Sandy Rosen Q: How did you enter the paper recycling business? A: My family owned a paper recycling company named Great Lakes Paper Stock Corp. as well as a metal recycling business named Rosen & Sons. I always worked in the family business after school and during summers. When I dropped […]

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News: Indonesia Seeks to Prevent Waste in Scrap Shipments

The Indonesian government plans to evaluate individuals who conduct preshipment inspections of imported nonhazardous scrap and revise its scrap import policies to prevent waste from being included in such scrap shipments, according to a recent article in the Jakarta Post. Specifically, the government will evaluate the independent inspectors who are responsible for ensuring that nonhazardous scrap […]

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Profiles in Paper: Sue Robinson

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Q & A Interview with SUE ROBINSON Q: When and how did you enter the paper recycling industry? A: I was working for a nonprofit environmental organization in Washington state in 1985 when Seattle was deciding whether to build an incinerator or to recycle. I volunteered to serve on a solid waste committee for the city, and I […]

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Welcome New Member: Aronson Recycling

PSI Welcomes Aronson Recycling as Newest Member When Aronson Recycling Co.—a division of Steven B. Aronson Co. Inc.—began operating in 1916, it handled primitive scrap materials such as rags and hides. Throughout its 103-year history, however, the company expanded into ferrous and nonferrous metals, precious metals, foam pad, and various grades of recovered fiber, including OCC, ONP, […]

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Profiles in Paper: Ron Novas

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Q & A Interview with RON NOVAS Q: When and how did you enter the paper recycling industry? A: I started working with my grandfather, Roy Kopstein, at his paper plant—Miami Waste Paper—in high school on Saturdays and during summers for some spending money. I did everything along with my two brothers, Robert and David, from […]

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PSI Chapter Supports Study on Recycling-Related Fires

PSI Supports Study on Fires in MRFs, Scrap Plants The PSI Chapter is working with the Environmental Research & Education Foundation on a study about fires at MRFs and scrap recycling facilities as well as in collection vehicles. PSI is a premier sponsor of the project, contributing $2,000 toward the overall study cost of $34,000, […]

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Past President Interview: Kevin Duncombe

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Q & A PSI Retrospective: Kevin Duncombe Q: How did you enter the paper recycling/brokerage business?  A: I got into this business a bit unexpectedly. I was finishing up my master’s degree in business, and I took a job as an accountant at a box company. It was at a time when technology was just starting […]

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Welcome New Member: Utah Metal Works

Utah Metal Works Becomes New PSI Member   Utah Metal Works has a long history as a member company of ISRI and one of its predecessor associations, NARI. Although the 64-year-old, family-owned scrap company specializes in recycling nonferrous metal scrap, it also handles some OCC at its Salt Lake City headquarters operation and larger quantities of OCC […]

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Profiles in Paper: Johnny Newsome

Q & A Interview with JOHNNY NEWSOME Q: What was it about the industry that prompted you to build a career in it? A: One of my grandfathers, my father, and two uncles worked for Sonoco, and I saw from their example that I could make a good living there. So I decided at a fairly […]

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Past President Interview: Crawford Carpenter

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Q & A PSI Retrospective: Crawford Carpenter Q: Are you still actively involved in the paper recycling business? A: I retired two years ago at 73. Now, I get up pretty early—I don’t like sleeping in—and I do some fitness activities first, usually cycling or tennis. I normally practice or play tennis three to four days […]

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