On November 30, 2016, the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) was proclaimed as part of the new Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 which received Royal Assent in June, 2016. RPRA, a new oversight, compliance, and enforcement organization, is now in operation under the direction of RPRA’s initial board of directors.
According to the Chinese horoscope, 2016 was the year of a monkey. For Finland-based ALLU (with North American operations out of New Jersey) it has been "the year of the customer". As China has increasingly promoted a more responsible and sustainable environmental policy, 2016 meant significant growth for ALLU in the Chinese market, of over 200 percent. Allu says the company's focus has been on environmental care, and by listening to its customers, the company has been able to offer the right kind of solutions. In recycling processes and for the demanding challenges that the Chinese market currently faces, for example, the importance of EHS (environment, safety and health) and its related standards are being met, as ALLU values and practices provide a strong base to respond to customer expectations.
Waste Wood Recyclers LLC took an indirect route to the recycling and forestry industry. The Duluth, Minnesota-based company has its roots in the trucking industry as well as auto repair. Garrett Campbell ran an auto shop, and that led to owning several tow trucks. His wife, Ashley, started a trucking business. She then bought several tractor-trailers and eventually started hauling material for area lumber mills.
Total Metal Recovery (TMR) Inc., a Quebec company known for its metal recovery and recycling expertise, has revealed the details about the construction of a new metal recycling plant in Laval. The announcement was made at the construction site with Laval Mayor Marc Demers in attendance. Financed by a $70 million investment from a group of private investors, this new metal recycling plant will feature innovative technology and create 70 new jobs. The facilities will be built on a 777,000 square-foot lot in the heart of Laval's Industrial Park 25-440 and will include four main buildings and some of the world’s most efficient recycling equipment. Construction is already well underway and the plant is expected to be operational in early 2017.
What are the top barriers and issues affecting the health and safety of workplaces in Canada, and what can we do about them? The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting workers and employers to take part in an online survey that continues the conversation sparked at CCOHS’ Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work, held earlier this year in Vancouver, British Columbia.
One million plastic bags are used every minute throughout the year, globally1. Many of them end up in our nature and stay there. A large proportion of the plastics are items with a short lifetime. On average, each plastic bag has a “working life” of just 15 minutes2. When waste management fails, these bags, along with other forms of plastic packaging, end up in our environment and in most cases that is where they will remain. By using biodegradable and certified plastics they will not stay there forever. To encourage a more responsible use and disposal of plastics, Perstorp has initiated a campaign called “Time to act” where they are launching “The Challenge”, a quiz with the aim to spread knowledge. For each person joining, Perstorp will make a donation to preserve our planet. The initiative is in line with Perstorp’s focus on sustainability and its aim to offer sustainable solutions. The motto is: No-one can do everything but everyone can do something!
The second International Recycling Forum on "Agricultural Plastics – Potential for Recycling", held for the first time in 2015, will take place from April 26 to April 28 2017 at the Hotel Dorint Pallas in Wiesbaden, Germany. The organizer is again RIGK GmbH in cooperation with the European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organizations (EPRO) and the focus will once more be on recycling plastics in agriculture. Current political plastics recycling issues will also be addressed in general. An accompanying exhibition will provide further information about the sector.
Machinex is proud to reveal its new website accessible at www.machinextechnologies.com. On the website’s homepage, Machinex positions itself as the Sorting Technologies Expert related to waste and recycling management. The company has more than 45 years of experience in manufacturing equipment. Because of its responsive design, the website can adapt to any type of screen: smartphones, tablets, and computers.
According to Doppstadt, their screw extruder DSP 205 is one of the few machines that succeed in separating bio-waste nearly residue-free from packages – without pre- or after-treatment. Doppstadt showcased their screw extruder DSP 205 and informed about further innovations recently, at the EnergyDecentral trade show, held in Hannover, Germany (15. - 18. November, 2016.)
Brokk has introduced the MC200 Multi Cutter to expand smaller Brokk models’ versatility for contractors in steel cutting applications. The one-of-a-kind steel cutting attachment, manufactured by Brokk’s sister company, Darda®, offers a high power-to-weight ratio and sleek, compact design. The 10-by-13-inch (25-by-33 centimeters) Multi Cutter is 40 inches (102 centimeters) long and can be used on machines weighing 2,650 to 6,170 pounds (1.2 to 2.8 metric tons), including the Brokk 100, 120 D and 160 models. It brings flexibility to the jobsite with its slim profile, making it easy to maneuver in tight spaces, such as building interiors where Brokk machines excel due to their electric operation and compact size. The attachment also features a hydraulic 360-degree rotary drive for exact positioning and an 8-inch-wide (200 millimeter) jaw opening, able to handle a variety of metals. It weighs only 265 pounds (130 kilograms), yet uses a hydraulic booster to exert 50 tons of cutting force at 3,900 psi (270 bars) to easily cut through steel. To reduce costs to the end user, Darda also designed the MC200 Multi Cutter so operators can sharpen the jaws rather than replace them.
The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF) has announced, that it has begun accepting donations for its 2017 Silent Auction. The Auction will raise money to help fund RRF’s National Foundation Scholarships and National Veterans Stipend, as well as research designed to benefit the recycling industry.
The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) has announced the opening of a full service depot in Toronto. They are seeking new partnerships with charitable organizations who are in need of computer equipment and companies who are in need of secure and socially responsible e-waste management.
Columbus McKinnon Corporation Columbus McKinnon Corporation has redefined ratchet lever hoists with the introduction of the new CM Tornado 360°™ featuring the revolutionary Sidewinder™ lever handle. Ergonomically designed for increased safety, the patent-pending CM Tornado 360° allows the operator to be more productive with significantly less effort compared to conventional ratchet lever tools.
Magnet Applications, Inc., the only North American manufacturer of compression bonded magnets and a leading manufacturer of injection molded magnets, hybrid magnets and magnetic assemblies, has announced a breakthrough in 3D printed neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnets. Engineers from Magnet Applications, working together with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have proven that permanent magnets produced by additive manufacturing (commonly referred to a “3D Printing”) outperform bonded magnets using traditional methods with less waste.
Lystek's Thermal Hydrolysis Process (Lystek THP) for the sustainable management of biosolids and organics continues to be recognized by regulatory bodies across the U.S.
Clermont-Ferrand, France-based CARBIOS, a green chemistry company specializing in enzymatic bioprocesses applied to plastic and textile polymers, has announced that it has taken a major step forward in the development of its enzymatic biorecycling process of polyesters by rendering it applicable to crystalline PET (polyethylene terephthalate), and therefore to all kinds of plastic waste containing PET, namely bottles (transparent, opaque or multi-layer), packaging and films. This follows CARBIOS' previous announcement that it had successfully depolymerized 100% amorphous PET based commercial products into its original monomers, TPA (terephthalic acid) and MEG (mono ethylene glycol).
The Polaris 2200 and 2800 are two new single-shaft shredders, from Austrian manufacturer Lindner-Recyclingtech, that have been optimized for the cost-efficient, single-step shredding of untreated household refuse as well as industrial and commercial waste. A typical application area is the processing of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) that is used instead of fossil fuels in calciners of cement factories or in thermal power plants. Because Polaris shredders run at a particularly low speed and with correspondingly high torque, their knives cut the input material with enormous power, as required by the single-step process. Type 2200, with a feed opening of 4090 x 3000 mm and a rotor length of 2115 mm, shreds, for example, up to 22 t of commercial and industrial waste per hour. The Polaris 2800, with a feed opening of 4779 x 2370 mm and a rotor length of 2805 mm, achieves a volume of up to 32 t/h. Depending on the choice of screens, the final grain sizes are between 50 mm and 120 mm.
The organization Waste Free Oceans (WFO) has unveiled its new website at www.wastefreeoceans.org. Under the slogan “Cleaning up our oceans”, the NGO has honed its identity and captured the essence of what it has stood for since its foundation in 2011. The challenge of protecting our seas is at the core of WFO’s efforts. This is reflected in the structure of the new website, which is now more user-friendly and interactive. WFO also put a great deal of thought into the site’s visual impact: large and modern images are intended to give it the feel of a magazine that emphasizes content, is responsive and is fun for users.
During the past year, the ZenRobotics team has carefully listened to customer needs and wishes, and has announced the latest upgrades to the world’s first robotic waste sorting system, the ZenRobotics Recycler (ZRR). Earlier in 2016, ZenRobotics made the ZRR trainable. With this upgrade, the robotic recycling system has been trained to sort tens of new waste fractions at customers’ sites and at the ZenRobotics’ laboratory. ZRR can now sort plastics by polymer (PP, PE-HD, PET, PVC), C-Wood (impregnated wood), and scrap metals by color or shape.