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September 21, 2012
The Allentown, Pa.-based AERC said in a news release it is joining with Towanda, Pa.-based GTP to identify new sources of rare earth metals and create a recovery process to use the materials in new products. AERC said the partnership will help address demand for the materials by extracting them from recycled fluorescent lamps.
China produces 95 percent of all rare earth metals, and the country has limited their export. The metals are needed in the production of new electronics, lithium car batteries, military defense components and wind turbines, according to the release.
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Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.
Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.
Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.
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