The 2016 Horse River Fire, which ravaged the Wood Buffalo Region of Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan, and which burned through the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, destroyed close to 600,000 hectares by the time it was over. On May 1, 2016, the wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray. On May 3 it swept through the community, destroying approximately 2,400 homes and businesses, and forced the largest wildfire evacuation in Albertan history.
In 2011, after conducting extensive industry research, Joseph Kazutas made the decision to get into the construction waste recovery business full time.
Recycling, circular economy, waste minimization – even though the lexicon may vary, the goals are the same: reduce waste and its associated environmental impacts. With many, even most, stakeholders sharing this common focus, how is it that we can take advantage of this opportunity to work collaboratively to achieve common goals?
Steve Skurnac, president of Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), was a keynote speaker in the opening panel discussion at the E-Scrap 2016 conference in New Orleans, held September 20-22. As the largest show for the electronics scrap industry, the 14th annual E-scrap 2016 Conference gathered industry professionals from across the globe to meet and discuss industry issues, topics and trends.
U.S. consumers in deposit states can already redeem their beverage containers for their deposit value, helping to ensure that those materials are recycled. Now, those consumers can earn even greater rewards for redeeming deposit containers, creating incentives that could potentially improve recycling rates across the country.
With over 200 attendees, Rotochopper’s 6th annual Demo Day, held recently in Minnesota, was its largest event yet, bringing in guests from all over the world to see the “Perfect In One Pass” advantage live and in person, and to learn how to maximize the profit in their waste materials. This year's Demo Day began with tours of the company's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, giving attendees the opportunity to see Rotochopper grinders in every stage of manufacture, from cutting to final inspection and testing. The facility tours also allowed guests to meet the teams who design, build and support their equipment.
New Way Trucks, with manufacturing and headquarters based out of Iowa, continues to expand their North American dealer network with the addition of authorized dealers in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. Ginove, which previously entered into a partnership with New Way on their ROTO PAC auger-driven automated side loader, will service Quebec, Twin Equipment will handle truck service and distribution for New Way in Ontario and Wastevac Industrial Ltd. will cover Alberta. Twin Equipment has dealerships located in Scarborough and Ottawa, while Wastevac is based out of Edmonton.
At least 98 fatalities directly related to municipal solid waste (MSW) collection, processing and disposal occurred in the United States between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, according to data collected by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and released for the first time.
Purpose-built to deliver the long reach and high lift capacities required in port and high production scrap handling applications, the new heavy-duty Fuchs MHL390 F material handler unseats the MHL380 handler as the largest and most productive machine in the Fuchs product line. With standard operating weights ranging from 167,990 to 191,000 lb (76.2 to 87 t), this new market standard for high capacity handling offers up to a 72.2-ft (22-m) reach for large scrap yards, and up to a 80.4-ft (24.5-m) reach, with a banana boom configuration, to efficiently reach deep into a vessel’s hull in port applications.
The Recycling Partnership, a U.S. national nonprofit committed to improving curbside residential recycling, has welcomed Target Corporation, its first retail company member. With the addition of Target, members of The Recycling Partnership now represent the entire recycling system for consumer packaging, including manufacturers, brands, retailers, and the recycling industry. This means that members of every sector have committed to working together to make recycling stronger and recover more materials for manufacturing.
GMT has developed a portable system for composting food waste at resorts, mining camps, military bases and other remote communities. The Intermodal Earth Flow uses a re-purposed shipping container to make shipping easy and to reduce costs. The Earth Flow system is equipped with fully automated mixing, aeration and moisture addition systems for optimal compost process management and odor control. The shipping container is lined with insulation and stainless steel for a long service life.
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) recently honoured innovators and leaders in recycling at the 2nd Annual Waste360 Recycling Summit in Austin, Texas, from September 19-21. Four awards and three honourable mentions were given to companies that have made substantial contributions to American recycling through partnerships, public education, innovations in recycling equipment and innovations in recycling facilities. Winners were selected by a panel of judges who are professionals in the waste and recycling industry as well as from other technology and education organizations. Twenty-one applications were received for the four awards.
The Global Recycling Standards Organization, the home of the Recycling Industry Operation Standard (RIOS) recently appointed two board members. Sarah Cade, President of PC Rebuilders & Recyclers, returns for another 3 year term, and Brian Conners, President and COO of ARCA Advanced Processing, LLC will serve his first term.
Few of us give much thought to popping a can of our favorite fizzy drink and tossing the remnants into a recycle bin. However, it’s precisely what happens after the can hits the bin that Smelter Service Corporation is interested in.
Republic Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) has named Republic Services' Southern Nevada Recycling Center the winner of the Recycling Facility of the Year Award. The award was presented at the NWRA's annual Waste360 Recycling Summit in Austin, Texas, held September 19-21.
Recycling product manufacturer MODRoto was featured as the front cover story in the 2016 Rotational Molders Ranking issue of Plastics News, the magazine reporting on trends and innovations in the plastics industry worldwide. Revisiting the company that pioneered the use of rotational molding for manufacturing recycling carts with its Poly-Trux(R) 50P Series, the in-depth story titled “Pushing the Cart Forward” announced “It's a new era for a tried-and-true brand” for MODRoto under the leadership of President and COO J.R. Ryan. The story by Gayle S. Putrich covered the company's recent process innovations, plans for growth, emphasis on skilled, dedicated team members, and its key product lines, referring to its carts as the backbone of the business.
Membership to the National Waste & Recycling Association has now gone global. According to the U.S.-based association, international attendance has grown to more than 1,000 attendees each year at North America’s largest waste and recycling conference, WasteExpo, and there is growing demand for NWRA’s information and content around the world. The organization is now offering International Affiliate Membership in NWRA, and now has affiliate members in Europe, Africa and Australia.
Power management company Eaton has announced the launch of the GH100 and GH101 hoses for high-percentage biodiesel blend and high-temperature oil applications. Unlike standard fuel hoses that only last 1-2 years, Eaton’s GH100 and GH101 solutions are engineered for maximum performance in systems with a variety of fuel types, featuring a unique polymer that more effectively resists degradation.