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owner of Vans
Murthy is the founder and owner
of Vans Chemistry, an e-scrap
business with headquarters and
trading office in Singapore and a
recycling facility based in
Bangalore, the capital of India’s
southern state of Karnataka,
where he grew up. Vans
Chemistry is a solid business,
built by Murthy from scratch. He
counts himself among India’s
Murthy’s ambitions reach far
beyond his own scrap operations
in India’s tech hotspot of Bangalore. He is on a mission to take electronics
recycling to the next level across the whole Indian subcontinent. With the
launch of 10 to 20 cutting edge integrated recycling plants ‘to cover 3-5%
of the market’, Murthy wants to make a first step and set a good example.
Total investment needed: EUR 100 million.
The entrepreneur also plans to launch Asia’s first e-scrap industry platform.
Meanwhile, a modern recovery and refining facility designed by Murthy will
start up in Phoenix, USA shortly.
ing director of Van
Van Peperzeel is a Dutch bat-
tery recycling pioneer who
owns the largest battery recy-
cling facility in the country,
which he started more than
three decades ago. He loves
technology and innovation and
has been working on a solution
to reduce electric vehicle fires
for the last few years. Having endured a fire at his own site, this battle
against the flames is a very personal one. Luckily, Van Peperzeel was able to
rebuild the damaged part of his plant and has installed extra precautions to
prevent future disasters. He is a popular panellist at events where he speaks
out on the urgent need for practical ways to make battery transport safer,
easier and more efficient. In his view, proper labelling of dangerous (and
hazardous) goods is key.
Mark Lewon, vice-president
operations at Utah Metal
Former ISRI chair Lewon is an optimistic man,
always advocating the interests of the whole sector
rather than those of his own scrap business in Salt
Lake City. He is both inspiring and approachable.
When RI asked Lewon to contribute to a feature
article spotlighting family run businesses, he imme-
diately said ‘Yes, of course!’
Lewon leads the 50 000 tonnes metal scrap compa-
ny with his brother Chris and father Don. ‘It is nice
and fun to work with family,’ he says. ‘Most of the
time there are common goals and interests that
makes running the business enjoyable, especially
when talents are spread around so that everybody
doesn’t want to be the sales person.’
Business is good at Utah Metal Works, despite
Covid-19. ‘Manufacturing is strong and growing.
There is construction everywhere and we have
plenty of scrap flowing in. Markets have also been
strong, making things even better.’
Canada Fibers (Canada)
Boosted by ever-stricter regulation designed to limit landfill and
to support recycling, this major paper and plastics recycler con-
tinues to expand its capacity, mainly in Ontario but also in other Canadian
provinces. The company has seven MRFs, together processing a total of one
million tonnes of materials per year. All plants are located in or around
Toronto, an area that is home to more than six million people. The company
processes more than 60% of the materials from Ontario’s Blue Box collec-
tion programme, including paper and cardboard, plastics, metals and glass.
Although Canada Fibers started out as a paper recycler, its operations have
evolved to incorporate recovery and a wide variety of recycled materials.
‘The local circular economy for economic and environmental reasons is
absolute Nirvana,’ vice president Mark Badger told RI a couple of years ago.
‘For Canada Fibers as well as for me personally. Before the Lord takes me
either up or down, I want to give my contribution to a more sustainable
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