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An Article from the January 2005 JOM-e: A Web-Only Supplement to JOM

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LETTER TO EDITOR

Recycling Opportunities, Technical Challenges & Illusions

David B. Spencer

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The symposium on Materials and Critical Societal Issues was held during the Materials Science & Technology 2004 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in September 2004. The speakers' slides from several of the presentations were collected and converted to into portable document format (PDF) files, and a video presentation of "Material Engineering Challenges for the Society of Tomorrow: Housing, Transportation, Health, and Food Delivery Needs", is available for viewing as part of this month's JOM-e.

David Spencer has played an industry leadership role in recycling of municipal solid waste, plastics, glass, paper, and metals for more than 35 years. He has hands-on operating experience with numerous recycling projects ranging in size from a small curbside collection program in his hometown of Bedford, Massachusetts to a $100 million plus facility for recycling municipal solid waste and sewage sludge in Wilmington, Delaware.

Currently, he is chief executive officer of wTe® Corporation which owns and operates various recycling facilities for metals and plastics. One of those facilities is wTe Recycling, one of New England’s three major automobile shredder operations. Another is UltrePET LLC, the third largest plastics recycler in the United States, processing millions of PET soda bottles per day. His latest activities involve high-speed optoelectronic sorting of metals by alloy type at high speed. In his presentation, Spencer provides a business and technology perspective on recycling, particularly recycling of household waste, metals, and plastics.

For more information, contact David B. Spencer, WTE Corporation, 7 Alfred Circle, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-2349; (781) 275-6400; fax (781) 275-8612, dbswte@aol.com.


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