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U.S. EPA Requires Cleanup, Fines Sims Metal Management for Polluting San Francisco Bay

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice have fined Sims Metal Management $189,500 for polluting San Francisco Bay with scrap metal debris in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Since at least the early 1990s, Sims operated a conveyor belt without adequate pollution controls to prevent materials from falling off the conveyor and into the Bay.

“More than 40 years after Congress passed the Clean Water Act, it is appalling that companies continue to pollute San Francisco Bay,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Taking strong enforcement action against polluters like Sims Metal is needed if we are to once and for all end illegal dumping into the fragile Bay ecosystem.”

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Trucks & Trailers

Peterbilt Introduces New Model 320 Right-Hand Stand-Up Cab

As side-loader collection vehicles continue to gain popularity in residential refuse applications, Peterbilt Motors Company has announced a new right-hand stand-up configuration of its recently redesigned low-cab forward Model 320.

The redesigned Model 320 was introduced last year with an entirely new ProBilt interior that features superior fit and finish and numerous enhancements that improve operator comfort, productivity and safety.

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Precision Scale

This short 90 second video showcases the new direction and vision of Precision Scale. Focusing on a new truck scale manufacturing facility and revamped service department, this video will give you a quick glimpse of the exciting things that are happening at Precision Scale.

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C&D Recycling

Lokotrak ST2.8 mobile screen

The Lokotrack ST2.8 track-mounted scalping screen is designed to set a new standard for transportability, capacity and accuracy in mobile scalping screens. It is ideally suited to recycling applications, as well as topsoil separation, demolition, quarries and sand hills.

Metso says the new ST2.8 screen is at its best when feed material is sticky, wet and difficult, and when high capacity is required. Plus, an optional heavy-duty magnetic separator and drums enable the screen to handle even metallic material.

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Metals Recycling

Mobile Reporting App for Recyclers

CieTrade, a leading provider of recycling software and information technology for commodity trading, has unveiled a new mobile reporting app called cieMobile. Provided exclusively for the benefit of recycling companies already using cie software, cieMobile provides real-time access to detailed account information and key management reports from any Apple mobile device.

According to David Haber, president of cieTrade Systems, "cieMobile offers our clients a value-added solution to provide sales reps. with fast, timely access to vital account information from the road or anywhere else. It includes tools that can help increase productivity and improve customer service, such as access to account information, open receivables, shipments, adjustments, order status and more. It can even make phone calls, provide driving directions and send email messages from your account lists.”

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Route Management Uses Geo-Fencing for Collection Fleets

FleetMind Solutions unveiled its new FleetLink Route System at Waste Expo 2014. FleetLink Route System is a web-based route management solution that delivers a high level of support and control to dispatch operations for industrial, residential and commercial waste and recycling collection services.

“Managing routes should be an effortless coordination between dispatch and trucks on the street,” said Martin Demers, CEO of FleetMind. “Using geo-fencing technologies, our FleetLink Route System makes it easy for dispatch managers to graphically create the most efficient routes and seamlessly translate this into real-time routing for drivers and vehicles. The result is total visibility into route progress, greater driver accountability, better customer service and overall vastly improved productivity.” FleetLink Route System lets users easily manage and maintain: cart inventories, assignments and status; roll-off dispatch for industrial services; trucks, drivers and routes for optimized routing; add-ons, extras, and on-demand tasks. This technology features wireless delivery of electronic route sheets to the FleetLink Mobile system, and all routing and vehicular data will support back-office reporting and analysis.

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Tapping Into the Power of Post-Consumer Food Waste

Since its inception nearly a decade ago, Essential Consulting Oregon, LLC (EC Oregon) has built up an impressive résumé when it comes to the planning and implementation of biogas projects. In that time period, the company has provided dozens of feasibility studies, performed GIS mapping in several U.S. states, and provided services for the development of four full-scale biogas plants.

The most recent of these biogas plants, the $16 million JC-Biomethane, LLC project, had been in the company’s sights for more than five years. Opened in mid-2013, the new plant in Junction City, Oregon, is anaerobically digesting organic material to generate methane-rich biogas, which then fuels a generator for the production of electricity. This project carried particular importance for its founders, since they happen to live in the area. But beyond the personal connection to the region, there were other local factors that made the site an excellent location to demonstrate the potential for similar facilities across the country.

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ISRI Seeks Nominations for Design for Recycling Award

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the Voice of the Recycling Industry, has released a call for entries for the 2015 Design for Recycling (DFR) Award. The DFR Award is ISRI’s highest award given annually to the most outstanding contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers who have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes.

“When designing a product, manufacturers should be giving just as much of a priority to the product’s ability to be recycled as manufacturers do cost, appearance, and other factors,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Effective recycling begins at the drawing board. ISRI is looking to reward companies, designers, and manufacturers with the mindset of producing products that can be recycled safely and with ease, thus benefiting both the environment and the economy.”

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HARTL Crusher And Rockland Mfg - Join Forces in North America

Hartl Crusher and Rockland Manufacturing have joined forces in North America. Hartl Crusher is an Austrian company that specializes in crushing and screening equipment. Rockland Manufacturing has been designing and manufacturing allied construction equipment in North America for over 60 years and has earned a reputation for world-class service. Together they will bring Hartl crushers and screeners to the North American market.

With over 40 years of innovation, experience and high quality, Hartl is a leader in the crushing and screening arena. The company has applied their expertise to design a world-class excavator mounted crushing bucket. “Quattro” movement of the crushing jaw allows Hartl crushing buckets to maximize production of not only tons per hour but also of usable material.

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​A. C. Simmonds and Sons Signs LOI to Acquire Environmental Waste International

Environmental Waste International Inc., an Ontario-based designer and manufacturer of a tire recycling system that uses patented reverse polymerization technology (microwaves) to recycle used tires, announced recently that a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) has been entered into with A.C. Simmonds and Sons Inc., regarding the proposed acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of EWS by ACS, in exchange for common stock of ACS . 

“One strategic focus of A. C. Simmonds and Sons is disruptive technology that is environmentally sustainable,” said John G. Simmonds, Chairman & CEO of ACS. “We welcome the EWS solution to the Company as it enables us to reuse organic materials such as tires that are otherwise a major source of waste.”

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Recycling Rate for EPS Packaging Still on the Rise

The EPS Industry Alliance (EPS-IA) has released its annual report documenting the amount of expanded polystyrene (EPS) recycled throughout the United States. The 2013 EPS Recycling Rate Report shows continuous growth in the amount of EPS recycling as a result of ongoing collection and processing technology advancements and new market developments for recycled EPS. The report illustrates that more than 125 million pounds of EPS was recycled last year, which includes all post-consumer, post-commercial and industrial recovery. This information was collected from 41 EPS manufacturers and independent recyclers within the U.S.

Despite ongoing misperceptions about its recyclability, EPS recycling is well established and consistently maintains one of the highest recycling rates among all plastics. For more than 25 years local community programs, in conjunction with recycling initiatives from large companies that use EPS packaging – such as Walmart, Omaha Steaks and Nutrisystem – have proven that creative and collaborative solutions provide positive results.

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