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December 2019

North American forest products rail volume down 8.9% in latest week

December 27, 2019 - 16:34
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OAKLAND, CA, Dec. 27, 2019 (Fastmarkets RISI) -North American forest products rail freight was down 8.9% in the latest week ending Dec. 21, 2019, and year-to-date was down 6.2% to 846,756 carloads, the Assn of American Railroads reported.

Total North American carloads were down 3.9% through 51 weeks of 2019 with coal down 20.8%, ores and metal down 8.2%, and grain off 4.3%.

US forest products freight in the week was 5.1% lower and year-to-date was down 4.5% to 500,493 carloads.

Oregon stores begin to prepare for state’s plastic bag ban

December 26, 2019 - 15:25
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PORTLAND, OR, Dec. 26, 2019 (Oregon Public Broadcasting) -Oregon’sstatewide plastic bag bantakes effect on Jan. 1, and some cities around the state have already begun to make changes.

Chester’s Thriftway in John Day has already stopped providing plastic bags for its customers.

“We quit ordering roughly about two weeks ago and we have transitioned to using only paper bags and offering our customers the option to purchase reusable bags,” store manager Robert Hunt said.

‘Pinyapel’ a new treeless paper made from discarded pineapple leaves in Philippines

December 26, 2019 - 15:22
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HONG KONG, Dec. 26, 2019 (Local News) -Developed by the Design Center of the Philippines, Pinyapel is a specialty paper made from pineapple leaves that would otherwise go to waste, which can be used to make a number of products from coffee cups to paper shopping bags. It has recently won the 2019 Wood Pencil award by the UK-based charity D&AD Future Impact for efforts in sustainability, marking the Philippines’ first award in the category.

‘Pinyapel’ a new treeless paper made from discarded pineapple leaves in Philippines

December 26, 2019 - 15:22
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HONG KONG, Dec. 26, 2019 (Local News) -Developed by the Design Center of the Philippines, Pinyapel is a specialty paper made from pineapple leaves that would otherwise go to waste, which can be used to make a number of products from coffee cups to paper shopping bags. It has recently won the 2019 Wood Pencil award by the UK-based charity D&AD Future Impact for efforts in sustainability, marking the Philippines’ first award in the category.

Oregon DEQ levies $27,000 in fines against Georgia-Pacific mill in Toledo

December 26, 2019 - 11:24
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TOLEDO, OR, Dec. 26, 2019 (Local News) -The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality levied fines this month totaling $27,106 against the Georgia-Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo regarding three separate incidents — two involving unexpected releases from the mill’s wastewater treatment system and one involving a lab testing issue.

Despite the fact that all three incidents occurred more than a year ago, DEQ just assessed the fines in December.

ATA truck tonnage index fell 3.5% in November; index 2.1% lower than year ago

December 26, 2019 - 11:21
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ARLINGTON, VA, Dec. 23, 2019 (Press Release) -American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 3.5% in November after falling 0.7% in October. In November, the index equaled 113.5 (2015=100) compared with 117.6 in October.

Ranpak launches FillPak Trident packaging options for mid-high volume shipping

December 24, 2019 - 12:36

CONCORD TOWNSHIP, OH, Dec. 19, 2019 (PRWeb) -Ranpak, a leading provider of environmentally sustainable product protection solutions for e-commerce and industrial supply chains, is announcing the North America launch of FillPak Trident™, an innovative, highly efficient packaging solution for medium and high volume shippers such as E-commerce hubs and fulfillment and distribution centers. Trident delivers a significant yield improvement when compared to other paper-based machines and can assist companies in eliminating the use of plastic-based packaging products like airbags.

AF&PA applauds congressional action for continued recognition of biomass carbon neutrality

December 23, 2019 - 15:18
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WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 20, 2019 (Press Release) -American Forest & Paper Association President (AF&PA) and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement regarding Congressional passage of domestic spending legislation. Passed by the House and Senate, the bill includes language clearly stating Congress’ intent for long-term federal regulatory policy reflecting the carbon neutrality of forest-based biomass.

AF&PA applauds congressional action for continued recognition of biomass carbon neutrality

December 23, 2019 - 15:18
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WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 20, 2019 (Press Release) -American Forest & Paper Association President (AF&PA) and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement regarding Congressional passage of domestic spending legislation. Passed by the House and Senate, the bill includes language clearly stating Congress’ intent for long-term federal regulatory policy reflecting the carbon neutrality of forest-based biomass.

Boxes and Packaging upgrades waste extraction system at its Merseyside site in UK

December 23, 2019 - 02:36
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BIRMINGHAM, UK, Dec. 19, 2019 (Press Release) -Our Merseyside site, located close to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, has upgraded its waste extraction system to support current and proposed increases in production output.

Work to the system, which has seen piping upgrades, installation of additional and replacement of extractor fans and two new compactors, has been carried out by industry contractors, Delta Neu.

BASF and Lone Star sign purchase agreement to acquire its own construction chemicals business for Euro 3.17 billion

December 22, 2019 - 22:58
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LUDWIGSBURG, Germany, Dec. 21, 2019 (Press Release) -Today, BASF and an affiliate of Lone Star, a global private equity firm, signed a purchase agreement for the acquisition of BASF’s Construction Chemicals business. The purchase price on a cash and debt-free basis is €3.17 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020, subject to the approval of the relevant competition authorities.

Northern Pulp plans to shut in January after Nova Scotia orders mill to cease pumping effluent, refuses extension

December 20, 2019 - 18:20
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HALIFAX, NS, Dec. 20, 2019 (Local News) -The Boat Harbour Act will be enforced as of January 31, 2020,” announced Premier Stephen McNeil this morning. “Northern Pulp will be ordered to stop pumping effluent into Boat Harbour. And let me be clear: there will be no extension.

With that, McNeil upheld his promise to the Pictou Landing First Nation thatBoat Harbour would no longer be polluted by the mill, and that remediation of Boat Harbour will begin next year.

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