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​Top 10 Take-Action Tips for Waste Reduction Week in Canada

​Top 10 Take-Action Tips for Waste Reduction Week in Canada

Canadians generate a lot of waste. On average, every Canadian will generate 720 kg (1,587 lbs.) of waste that goes to landfill, which is equal weight to a full grown female giraffe. In the spirit of Waste Reduction Week in Canada here are ten easy take-action tips that will reduce our reliance on landfills and help you adopt more environmentally conscious choices.

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​New sorting center for glass recovery planned for west of Montreal

​New sorting center for glass recovery planned for west of Montreal

Éco Entreprises Québec (EEQ) recently announced they will provide Ville de Montréal with a complete leading-edge glass sorting and cleaning system, as part of the construction of a new sorting centre in Lachine. This three million dollar investment will contribute to the optimization and performance of selective collection in the region.

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New AutoSort Laser designed to increase sorting efficiency for household and commercial waste

TOMRA Sorting Recycling has announced the launch of a sensor-based sorting machine based on laser technology. AUTOSORT LASER enables the separation of glass, ceramics, stones, metals and plastics from household and commercial waste. Its capabilities allow material recovery facilities (MRFs) to further fractionalize waste and reduce overall weight for landfill, thereby significantly reducing landfill costs. Moreover, AUTOSORT LASER helps create additional revenue streams through the recovery of salable products.

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TOMRA Installs 500th T-90 reverse vending machine

TOMRA's reverse vending solutions for the collection of cans and bottles, has installed its 500th T-90 Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) at Meijer in Cadillac, Michigan.  The store now has eight T-90s, providing its customers with fast, clean and efficient container redemption. "Having the 500th installation of our T-90 RVM within a year after the initial launch of the technology in the U.S. is a great accomplishment," said Debbie Hall, SVP Sales, TOMRA of North America, Inc.  "This speaks to our advanced technology and demonstrates that fast and efficient RVMs are a necessity as consumer interest in sustainability and redemption continues to increase."

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​MSS Announces Next Generation of Metal Recovery Technology

MetalMiner uses MapLine technology that allows users to target specific metal types or objects by amplifying the sensitivity for non-ferrous metals, especially wire, while simultaneously reducing it for ferrous dust.

Nashville, TN - MSS, Inc., the optical sorter division of CP Group, has introduced MetalMiner, the next generation of induction-based true all-metal detectors. MSS has designed and built induction metal sorters for over 40 years, and this latest iteration was designed specifically to handle auto shredder residue (ASR), electronic scrap, plastic flake and glass cullet applications. One of the most relevant new technical features of the MetalMiner is the patent pending MapLine algorithm. 

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Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) Announces results of 2017 Glass Recycling Survey Results

Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) Announces results of 2017 Glass Recycling Survey Results

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (August 29, 2017) - Ninety-six percent of residents and consumers expect to be able to recycle glass, according a survey conducted by Glass Recycling Coalition's (GRC) of more than 250 public sector representatives, glass industry professionals, and material recovery facility (MRF) representatives. The glass recycling survey results, released today at the Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis, found that the top priorities among public sector respondents for recycling programs are fulfilling resident satisfaction, meeting sustainability goals, and reducing contamination.

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Keeping on top of safety in today’s MRF environment

The safety team at Rumpke, Ohio.

Material recovery facilities are a particularly challenging environment when it comes to safety. There are workers, management and visitors on the floor, on ladders, on structural catwalks and on equipment. People are constantly interacting with a range of heavy-duty moving vehicles, including wheel loaders, forklifts and other material handlers, as well as machinery designed specifically to convey, separate, bale, crush, screen, shred and grind. All of this machinery, driven by electricity, hydraulics, motors or engines has the potential to be hazardous, as do the materials being handled - including everything from refrigerators and C&D materials to used needles, batteries and aerosol cans. 

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Penn Waste announces plans for $3.5 million single-stream retrofit

Penn Waste's single stream recycling system in Manchester, PA, supplied by BHS,  is expected to be operational in August of 2017,  increasing throughput to more than 45 tph and improving material purity.

Penn Waste has announced plans to add technology and capacity to the company's 35-ton-per-hour (tph) Single Stream recycling system housed in the company's 96,000-square-foot Manchester, PA Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) designed, engineered, manufactured and installed the advanced processing line in 2015, and will provide the $3.5 million retrofit.  Expected to be operational in August of this year, the new and improved system will increase throughput to more than 45 tph and improve material purity. 

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Innovative equipment in Quebec City Materials Recycling Facility marks a new era in glass recycling

Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) has inaugurated an innovative glass processing equipment as part of the implementation of its Innovative Glass Works plan. The Quebec City Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), which is operated by Société VIA, is among the five centres to receive cutting-edge equipment to lead experimental pilot projects with the aim to find a solution for 100% of the glass collected through curbside recycling.

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Glass Recycling Coalition Launches New Decision-Making Tool

Glass Recycling Coalition Launches New Decision-Making Tool

The US based Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) has announced the release of an online decision-making tool to help recycling program managers evaluate or optimize their glass recycling programs. Developed with the help of GRC members and guidance from the GRC's Government Advisory Council, the decision-making tool is equipped with best practices, interactive data, contract considerations and more.

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ISRI approves additions of proposed specifications for MRF Glass and Inbound MRF Mixed Recyclables

ISRI approves additions of proposed specifications for MRF Glass and Inbound MRF Mixed Recyclables

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors approved the addition of new specifications for glass and inbound mixed recyclables for material recovery facilities (MRF) during its Winter Meeting on February 10.  As per ISRI’s Policy Manual, any party may submit to ISRI a written appeal of the ISRI Board’s approval of this new specification up to 30 days after publication of this notice. Written appeals must provide a rationale and a request for action and should be sent to ISRI President Robin Wiener.

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New ColorPlus-R enables opaque colour detection, including black plastics

NRT's ColorPlus-R uses an advanced image processing system to detect materials based on colour analysis and object recognition. Unique to the ColorPlus-R is the ability to colour-analyze opaque objects, such as black plastics.

National Recovery Technologies (NRT) has announced a new addition to the company’s product offering, the ColorPlus-R. Similar to the ColorPlus, the ColorPlus-R uses an advanced image processing system to detect materials based on color analysis and object recognition. Unique to the ColorPlus-R is the ability to color analyze opaque objects, such as black plastics. 

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​UBC’s urban miners keeping LEDs out of landfills

UBC mineral processing engineer, professor Maria Holuszko and PhD student Amit Kumar have found a way to make LEDs even more environmentally friendly.

Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs last much longer and use less energy than fluorescent lights and are becoming a popular choice for holiday lighting, indoor lights and many other uses. Maria Holuszko, a University of B.C. (UBC) mineral processing engineer and her PhD student Amit Kumar have found a way to make LEDs even more environmentally friendly. They’ve evaluated a process that recovers valuable metals in LEDs and reduces the amount of waste that eventually ends up in landfills.

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ISRI to consider new specifications for MRF glass and Inbound mixed recyclables

ISRI to consider new specifications for MRF glass and Inbound mixed recyclables

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors will consider the addition of new specifications for glass and inbound mixed recyclables for material recovery facilities (MRF) during its Winter Meeting on February 10. ISRI’s Paper and Plastics Divisions recently approved each of the specifications, which are intended to increase understanding of the issues processors face when working with complex streams from municipal program sources.

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ÉEQ’s Innovative Glass Works Plan announces names of five sorting centres to test new glass processing equipment and technology

Maryse Vermette, President and Chief Executive Officer and Denis Brisebois, Chair of the Board of Directors, Éco Entreprises Québec, with representatives of the five sorting centres selected under ÉEQ’s Innovative Glass Works Plan.

Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) has revealed the names of the five sorting centres selected to take part in pilot projects to test cutting-edge cleaning and sorting equipment for glass collected through curbside recycling in Québec, Canada. Under ÉEQ’s Innovative Glass Works Plan, a first in North America, the sorting centres will contribute to the search for a concrete solution for 100% of the glass collected through curbside recycling. In winter 2017, official inaugurations will be held in each sorting centre to mark the installation of the equipment, which represents a total investment of $4.1M US.

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