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Review of B.C’s container recycling system reveals strong results along with fee and transparency challenges

As it nears its half-century mark, the beverage container deposit-return system in British Columbia, Canada, remains the elder statesman of global recycling and extended producer responsibility programs, boasting a strong overall recovery rate of 84.2 percent. But a new study by the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) raises some concerns about the system, including unprecedentedly high container recycling fees, a lack of transparency in financial reporting and a bloated reserve fund.

CRI undertook the study, titled “The Environmental and Economic Performance of Beverage Container Reuse and Recycling in British Columbia, Canada,” to expand its body of research on best practices for the recovery and quality recycling of packaging materials, and to investigate recent increases in the province’s container recycling fees (CRFs), especially for glass containers.

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Concept Line Feeder from BPS Ideal for Vibratory Feeder Applications

Best Process Solutions (BPS) now offers a Concept Line Feeder (CFL). This line of vibratory feeders solves many of the inherent design flaws in vibratory equipment and can incorporate the advanced Inertial Isolation System (IIS), which eliminates the transfer of the vibratory energy to support structures and buildings.

The units are powered by twin rotating motor vibrators designed to give linear and straight-line type conveyance action. The system is ideal for all vibratory feeder applications and can be seen in operation at www.bpsvibes.com/videos. Available in mild steel and stainless steel, options include dust-tight covers, pan liners, stainless steel noses, standard base and Internal Isolation System.

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Machinex MRF opens in Newfoundland, beginning new era in waste management for province

At the end of August, Central Newfoundland Waste Management (CNWM), in collaboration with the Machinex Group, officially launched its brand new state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facility (MRF), marking the beginning of a new era in waste management in the province.

Honorable Keith Hutchings, Minister of the Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs officially opened the new facility - the second MRF manufactured by Machinex in Newfoundland. The first plant opened in 2010 and is located at Robin Hood Bay in St-John’s Newfoundland.

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New Video Aims to Help Local Law Enforcement Combat Metals Theft

Fighting Metals Theft: Perspectives from Law Enforcement and Industry

As part of a continued and comprehensive effort to fight the crime of metals theft across the country, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industry (ISRI) has released a video, Fighting Metals Theft: Perspectives from Law Enforcement and Industry, aimed at helping local law enforcement address the growing epidemic. ISRI, the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, with assistance of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), produced the 6:19 video featuring interviews with top law enforcement leaders and recycling industry experts. It also takes a close look at the success the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland has had in fighting metals theft through the creation of a centralized unit.

“Metals theft is a very serious crime that often goes beyond just property damage,” said Brady Mills, director of law enforcement outreach for ISRI. “It is certainly not a victimless crime. To effectively fight metals theft, cooperation and communication is needed among all stakeholders in the community. Where we have seen the most success is where recyclers and law enforcement work together. This video was developed to strengthen that bond and serve as a tool for law enforcement executives in the ongoing fight against this crime.”

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Paladin Attachments Adds CWS and Jewell to Its Brand and Operations Portfolio

Paladin Attachments, a leading manufacturer of couplers and attachments, has announced the integration of CWS Industries and Jewell Manufacturing into its North American business operations. Canadian-based CWS is a manufacturer of highly-engineered attachment products sold through a network of dealers and end-users in the mining, oil and gas, forestry, and construction markets. They have been providing solutions to unique applications and geological conditions for over five decades. Prior to the integration, CWS has been a Paladin Distributor in Western Canada since being acquired in 2012 by International Equipment Solutions, (IES), Paladin’s parent company. Jewell Manufacturing, based in Portland, Oregon, provides custom machines and attachments for the world’s harshest environments including the forestry, demolition, scrap recycling, material handling and construction industries.

The addition of both strong brands supports Paladin’s continued product diversification objectives and improves its presence in the market as the largest manufacturer of coupler systems and attachment tools. The integration also provides a stronger platform for continued growth within Paladin in their served markets. Customers benefit from service bundling opportunities including design, product sales, installation services and after-market support.

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Galbreath Introduces Roll-Off Container Locking System

Galbreath, a Wastequip brand, and manufacturer of hoists, container handlers, and trailers, has announced the launch of the ROC-LOC Roll-Off Container Locking System. This patent-pending, DOT-compliant system offers a simple, low maintenance method for securing roll-off containers for transport.

Compatible with most brands of cable hoists, hook hoists, and trailers, Galbreath’s new ROC-LOC has air-actuated, auto-system airbags that ensure contact with the container and require less maintenance compared to similar products on the market – driver doesn’t have to manually secure the container, saving time and money. The economical ROC-LOC requires only 60 psi of air pressure, and has two single-acting airbags to keep each arm in the “hold” position. It is mounted to the side of the hoist frame, and below the top of the side rollers, and has independent hooks to ensure contact with the container’s long sills. It is simple to maintain and service, and is engineered to protect the air bags from costly damage. Unlike competitive products, Galbreath’s ROC-LOC works well in cold climates.

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New ISRI Video Encourages Civic Engagement Among Recyclers

ISRI Advocacy: Become the Voice of the Recycling Industry

With an eye toward amplifying its voice on Capitol Hill and encouraging engagement in the legislative process, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently released a new video, ISRI Advocacy: Become the Voice of the Recycling Industry. The video highlights the importance of recyclers reaching out to their members of Congress to discuss the issues facing the industry.

“The recycling industry is a very powerful voice on Capitol Hill when individual members speak up,” said Scott Horne, Vice President of Government Relations and General Counsel for ISRI. “ISRI members have great stories to tell and it is an important responsibility to share those stories with members of Congress. Every day decisions are being made in Washington that could impact the recycling industry, and our members need to educate Congress on what it is they do to help the economy and environment, and how the decisions made by the government impact real lives.”

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Strongco Announces Expansion of SENNEBOGEN Distribution Relationship into Quebec

Strongco Corporation has announced it has entered into an agreement with SENNEBOGEN LLC to be the exclusive dealer for the full range of green line material handlers for much of the Province of Quebec, north of the Greater Montreal Area and in portions of southern Quebec.

The arrangement builds on the existing agreements that Strongco has with SENNEBOGEN in Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, and further extends the Company's geographic reach in the forestry, scrap, ports and recycling markets in Canada.

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Brady to provide Sims Metal Management with an enhanced solution to manage its global metals recycling operations

Brady plc (BRY.L), a leading global provider of trading, risk management and settlement solutions to the energy, commodities and recycling sectors, announced that Sims Metal Management (“Sims”), the world’s largest recycling company, has selected Brady to further support the organization’s management of its global recycling operations.

Sims is the world’s leading publicly listed metals and electronics recycler. It has over 250 locations and more than 6,000 employees with operations encompassing the buying, processing and selling of ferrous and non-ferrous recycled metals. Their metals recycling operations are geographically diverse, with operations in five continents, including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and comprise a network of processing facilities. Many of these processing facilities have deep-water port access, supported by an extensive network of feeder yards from which to source recyclable ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

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APR Announces Supermarket Rigid Plastics Recycling Video

Baling Rigid Plastics for Greatest Value

A new training video designed to help grocery stores generate maximum revenue from in-store recycling efforts has been released by the leading trading association representing the plastics recycling industry in North America.

The video, titled Baling Rigid Plastics for Greatest Value, was produced by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) in collaboration with Publix Super Markets and the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The purpose of the video is to help chain and regional grocers, as well as other large volume generators of highly recyclable rigid plastics, understand the financial benefits and operational considerations of baling #2 high density polyethylene (HDPE) and #5 polypropylene (PP) rigid plastic packaging.

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