Recovering Spent Catalyst

There is considerable interest by utilities to expand their portfolios to include “renewable energy” production, i.e., those forms of generation that utilize the replenishing supply of energy from nature. High on the list are wind energy, solar power and thermal steam generation.

However, the recent discovery of new pockets of fossil fuels like natural gas […]


“Paper or Plastic?” Bans on Plastic Bags on the Rise

On January 1, Los Angeles became the largest U.S. city to ban single-use plastic bags in large grocery stores. Now, hundreds of cities have instituted such a ban, typically charging consumers 5 or 10 cents for using a paper bag if they don’t bring their own reusable bag. With this “ban the bag” practice […]


Turning Surplus Into Smiles

The elves have been busy again. A small group of dedicated woodworkers in central Ohio have been busy making hundreds of wooden toys for children who otherwise might not have anything under the tree this Christmas. Helping Santa with some much-needed free supplies was National Salvage and Service Company, an associate member of the Investment Recovery Association.

December 29th, 2013|RECYCLING|

Feature Story: The Start of “Modern Recycling”

Anyone who grew up with parents or grandparents who lived through the Great Depression (my own grandmothers were incapable of throwing away plastic margarine tubs and even used tea bags more than once) will understand that while recycling for carbon reduction may be a modern topic, recycling for economic thrift is not only not new: it’s likely as old as the human race.I

December 18th, 2012|RECYCLING|

Repurposed… Not Recycled!

Why should an investment recovery professional be interested in the operations of an Ohio River tugboat operator, a turkey farmer in Arkansas, a water well driller in Montana or a thoroughbred horse stable in Kentucky?

December 18th, 2012|RECYCLING|

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle: What it Means to Surplus Asset Managers vs. Your Next Door Neighbor

Reduce, reuse and recycle are separate but interconnected concepts that support the same goal of maintaining a healthy world. Though they sound and appear similar, reduce, reuse and recycle are distinct elements in the language of resource conservation.

December 18th, 2012|RECYCLING|

Recycling in the Age of Roman Pottery

In his book, Roman Pottery in the Archaeological Record, J. Theodore Peña, Ph.D., examines the “life cycle” of Roman pottery and how the Romans used, reused, and repaired their containers. It is organized around a flow model for the lifecycle of Roman pottery that includes a set of eight distinct practices: manufacture, distribution, prime use, reuse, maintenance, recycling, discard, and reclamation. Dr. Peña’s model for ancient recycling provides insight for today's IR practitioner.

January 21st, 2012|RECYCLING|

FEATURE STORY: Vikings Recycling

Today’s investment recovery professionals can now conceivably lay claim to a rich, brawny heritage, if a 2009 Viking discovery is any indication. The Vikings, those macho, marauding bad boys of early medieval Europe, apparently had an eye for recycling.

January 21st, 2012|RECYCLING|