PITTSBURGH A Philadelphia
recycler has been quietly making plans to install an auto
S.D. Richman Sons Inc. has been
granted a permit from the citys Department of Licenses
and Inspections to construct two new structures for shredding
and separation units, according to documents. The "over the
counter" permit was officially approved in December and
required no public hearing, according to a department
Vice president of operations
Bruce Richman told the Richmond Corridor Association in
November 2011 that plans were in the works to install a
50-ton-per-hour metal shredder, according to association
Sources indicate that a
3,000-horsepower shredder, which could process 80 tons per
hour, has already been purchased, but construction has not
The recycler also has filed a
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
application for a metal recycling expansion with the state
Department of Environmental Protection, according to documents.
The application acknowledges that a shredder will be built to
expand the current recycling operations.
The NPDES permit appears to be
the only remaining approval needed, according to a state
Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman.
Sources suggest that S.D.
Richman hopes to capitalize on the possibility that Camden Iron
& Metal Inc. could stop shredding operations in
Philadelphia once it completes the installation of a larger
shredder in Camden, N.J. While the Camden-based subsidiary of
European Metal Recycling Ltd. (EMR) did not respond to a
request for comment, customers told AMM that the
company might close the Philadelphia shredder but had no plans
to stop buying metal at the location.
If Camden Iron & Metal
relocates its shredding activities to Camden, some Philadelphia
scrap suppliers could opt to use a local shredder to avoid the
toll bridge costs into Camden, which range from $5 to $20,
depending on the size of the truck, according to a local
The possibility of a new player
in the area is raising eyebrows with some competitors, who
contend obtaining shredder feed is already fiercely
The demise of bankrupt RG Steel
LLCs steel mill in Sparrows Point, Md., has reduced
demand for shred, said an area source with shredding
S.D. Richman did not respond to
requests for comment.