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uk aluminium recycling ShineS
aluminium packaging recy-
cling rates in the UK exceed-
ed their total target for 2020
with three months of the year
still remaining. Nationally,
most materials are ahead of
target with paper already on
Official Government data indi-
cates that 42 265 tonnes of
aluminium packaging collected for recycling in Q3, an increase of 41%
compared to the same period in 2019 and 4% higher than the previous
quarter in 2020 (40 653 tonnes). To date in 2020, 119 198 tonnes of alu-
minium packaging has been collected for recycling, an increase of 48%
compared to the same period in 2019.
The annual requirement for the industry was 113 390 tonnes, meaning
that aluminium has already exceeded the target by more than 5%.
Rick Hindley, executive director at Alupro, an industry funded, not-for-
profit organisation, said: ‘Assuming volumes remain high and residents
continue to consume at home rather than on-the-go, we could see recy-
cling rates reach close to 70% for all aluminium packaging and more than
80% for aluminium beverage cans before the end of the year.’
Meanwhile, waste recycling and recovery targets until 2022 for all pack-
aging materials are said to be ‘broadly achievable’ according to the UK’s
latest PackFlow reports. These are published collectively by packaging
compliance specialist Valpak, sustainability charity WRAP and the
Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment and are an official
reference source for the Government. Whilst being positive on the data,
the reports say these short-term targets will be ‘challenging’ because of
the impact of Covid-19 and related issues.
Claire Shrewsbury, head of Government and communities at WRAP, said:
‘Having accurate, up-to-date information on the movement of materials
in the economy is vital to inform packaging recycling targets and discus-
sions around extended producer responsibility. The Packflow reports
remain a key tool for both business, and governments.
‘What these reports highlight perhaps most clearly is the robustness of
the recycling sector in responding to Covid-19. The sector has faced
challenges but responded to them by adapting and finding end markets.’
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‘Sam’S commitment to the induStry iS truly unmatched’
what started as a small car wreck recycling business in 1964 is now a big company with
nine yards. Sam Gershowitz, founder of New York City area-based Gershow Recycling has
been honoured with the 2020 ISRI Lifetime Achievement Award.
The US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries presented Gershowitz with the annual award
during an online ceremony. ‘Sam’s commitment to the industry and drive to improve the
lives of his employees is truly unmatched,’ says ISRI President Robin Wiener. ‘From his work
ethic to the many ways he benefits his community through numerous philanthropic efforts,
Sam – and Gershow – embody the best of all our industry has to offer. ISRI is proud to rec-
ognise Sam with its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.’
immigrant SucceSS Story
The son of Polish and Russian immigrants to the United States, Gershowitz quit school at 17
to support his family in Brooklyn, New York. On days off from work, he travelled to the
Hamptons on Long Island where he noticed abandoned cars and scrap metal on the side of
the roads. To address this problem, he founded Gershow Auto Parts & Wreckers in 1964.
In 1981, he changed the company’s name to Gershow Recycling to reflect the company’s
growth and overall commitment to recycling and conservation, later adding the motto
‘Conserving the Future by Recycling the Past’. From its beginnings as a two-person opera-
tion with a tractor-trailer, a truck, and a mobile car baler, Gershow has grown to nine facili-
ties on Long Island and in Brooklyn, processing ferrous and non-ferrous metal, paper and
plastics, and employing more than 750 people.
long hourS on long iSland
‘Being recognised by one’s peers is the highest honour one could receive,’ comments
Gershowitz. ‘A lot of hard work and long hours went into Gershow Recycling. It is our peo-
ple, along with our dedicated managers – some who have been with Gershow for more than
25 years – and our employees that have made Gershow the success it is today.’
The recycler attributes the company’s success to his wife Marlena and praises the contribu-
tions of mother-in-law Jeanne Lederman, brother Lou, nephew Ira and daughter Pamela.
Gershow is a third-generation family business with sons Kevin and Elliot running the day-to-
day operations while son-in-law Jonathan Abrams and grandson Alexander are also part of
the company. ‘I am truly a lucky man to be able to work with my family every day,’ he says.
yard, marina and charity
Over the years, Gershowitz has invested in the equipment, technology, property, and peo-
ple to ensure Gershow’s continued success. He proudly states that the company has never
laid off a single worker, even in the worst economic conditions. Now, at the age of 81, he
continues to put time in at Gershow and at Sam’s Star Island Yacht Club & Marina, which he
Gershow Recycling’s philanthropic endeavours include support of cancer-related charities,
scholarships for students pursuing engineering or environmental degrees, and contributions
to environmental organisations.
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