Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada. This biorefinery therefore becomes the first ISCC certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol.
Don Ross, Director of Operations for Tampa-based Kessler Consulting, Inc. has been elected Director of the National Collection & Transfer Technical Committee for the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The announcement was made at the 54th Annual WASTECON Conference in Indianapolis.
Although the pure separation of black plastics is one of the main recycling tasks, most optical sorting machines are unable to handle it. To tackle this challenge, the Steinert Group, a specialist for magnet separation and sensor sorting, has launched the UniSort BlackEye on the market. This new optical sorting system enables recycling companies to produce purer granules that are so valuable that the investment in the device quickly pays off.
Demand for recycled polypropylene (PP) resin by major consumer brand companies is approaching 300 million pounds annually, according to a study by the Washington, DC-based Association of Plastic Recyclers, the international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry. The 21 major consumer brand companies who responded also provided quality and quantity information for potential PP postconsumer resin (PCR) use in non-food contact applications. These companies alone identified demand of more than 280 million pounds of the recycled resin annually.
Casella CEL has launched a web-based monitoring system that simultaneously checks dust, vibration and noise levels to ensure regulatory limits are not being exceeded or that the standards of the surrounding community are not being violated. Engineered to make environmental compliance simple, the new Casella Boundary Guardian is ideal for long-term, unattended continuous monitoring of construction and demolition sites, roadside traffic, processing operations, recycling and composting facilities, and industrial boundaries in or near densely populated areas. In the event dust (including respirable fractions PM1, PM2.5 and PM 10) or noise levels are exceeded, the Boundary Guardian instantly sends an email or text to site managers who can take appropriate action to bring levels back to within acceptable limits.
Food waste has been a hot topic in the solid-waste industry for years, and during WASTECON 2016 in Indianapolis, taking place this week, August 22-25, The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has enacted an extensive Recycling & Recovery Program to make it a highly sustainable event. These actions directly align with the joint goal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030.
Toter, a Wastequip brand, and a leading manufacturer of two-wheel carts for curbside collection of waste, recycling, and organics, has announced the launch of DuraLatch. This simple-to-use latch stands up to rain, wind gusts up to 65 mph, pesky critters and the day-to-day abuse of curbside waste collection. Fully compatible with automated waste collection trucks, DuraLatch features gravity-based functionality, meaning the lid opens automatically when the garbage truck tips and empties the cart. It then latches when the cart is set back down on the curb. DuraLatch not only meets the collector’s need for automatic opening at dumping, but is also user-friendly, allowing the lid to be opened with just one finger. An audible “click” lets users know when the lid is securely shut.
Otto, currently in its 28th year of U.S.-based manufacturing operations, has recently completed a facility expansion. Additional warehousing has increased by 70,000 square feet to serve various distribution and command center needs. The new facility is located at 10220 Western Ridge Road, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Commercial vehicle safety specialist, Sentinel Systems, for the 10th year running is exhibiting at the RWM Exhibition 2016, to be held September 13-15, Birmingham, UK, where it will introduce its new generation of reversing radar systems to the refuse and waste market. The company has exhibited at the show for many years and has displayed its evolving range of systems designed to aid refuse collection vehicle drivers and help protect the lives of vulnerable road users. This year, having worked with a large number of local authorities and private collection companies, Sentinel has launched a new reversing system that benefits drivers, personnel and the operators themselves.
Covanta, a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, has been ranked number 55 on the Carbon Clean 200 (Clean200), a list of the top 200 publicly traded companies worldwide based on their share of clean energy revenue. The list was compiled by As You Sow, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility, and Corporate Knights, a company that produces corporate rankings, research reports and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability. Other Clean200 honorees include Toyota, Siemens, Panasonic, SolarCity, Tesla Motors and Vestas Wind.
As part of the Kobelco Generation 10, the new SK300LC-10 excavator establishes new standards in value, productivity and durability. This robust 68,100-pound model is powered by a 252-hp Tier 4 Final HINO engine, enabling it to easily tackle heavy-duty applications while remaining fuel efficient. The SK300LC’s engine incorporates a Selective Catalytic Reduction system with Diesel Particulate Filters, which converts NOx into harmless nitrogen and water emissions; the dual system ultimately minimizes Diesel Exhaust Fluid and decreases NOx emissions by 88 percent, while providing the lowest possible operation costs.
When you’re in the business of hauling recyclables and trash, every pound counts. And, for Ecology Recycling and Transportation Services, lightweight specs are a recipe for success. The latest example is a transfer dump contract the company received in the Phoenix area.
Economical. Efficient. Long service life. Low maintenance costs. The advantages of an electric material handler are easy to understand. For many operations, though, the question of mobility presents a challenge. Many electric-drive machines are connected to their power source by a length of cable, but the cable itself may be an obstacle in confined work spaces.
Does anyone know how many fires have occurred at Waste & Recycling facilities so far this year? When we first launched the Fire Rover, we searched everywhere for this information. We have had conversations with executives, operations leaders, safety teams and institutional investors and, although we gained invaluable market information, no one seemed to have access to the data we sought. If you’re reading this article and you know the answer, please share; but in lieu of a source, we attempted to figure out a way to compile the information on our own.
The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has developed the School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP) to quantify both food waste and related wastes (e.g. recyclables, to landfill) generated in cafeterias at K-12 schools in the U.S..
Fairbanks Scales, Inc. has announced the release of the latest generation of the FB6000 weighing instrument, featuring a new, dynamic web interface that enables rapid calibration and custom ticket formatting. The latest generation of the FB6000 weighing instrument is the most functional and affordable instrument in its class, and is compatible with both analog and digital weighing technology. The FB6000 is ideal for all mid-range single truck scale applications including In/Out, Gross/Tare/Net, or Basic (one button) In/Out weighing.