On February 16th, the Victoria, B.C.-based Coast Waste Management Association hosted a meeting and seminar called Plastics Management - economic, market and regulatory trends affecting plastics. The conference, held in Nanaimo, B.C., brought together close to 80 delegates from Vancouver Island and around the province, and as far away as the Yukon and Washington State, including an expert industry panel. The goal of the meeting was to discuss present market conditions and what can be done to adapt, in light of China's recently established policy on regulations surrounding import of recycled materials. Attendees were briefed on work that is being done to address the issue, alternative markets for plastics and what we might expect to see going forward.
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In an industry based on connections, being able to network and access key information wherever you are, is essential to a successful business. The new mobile app launched by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), ISRI Connect, is built around this concept and the importance of networking, news and information, and industry resources.
Lindner Recyclingtech GmbH, a European leader in industrial stationary and mobile shredding equipment, has opened its new North American headquarters located in Statesville, North Carolina. In late 2017 the company completed the purchase and renovation of a 25,000 square foot facility on a 4-acre campus along with renaming its fully owned US subsidiary to Lindner Recyclingtech America. The new facility is focused on expansion of the Lindner parts inventory and service support team, along with a fully operational customer demonstration and test lab facility.
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has established a new Recycling Task Force, created to provide guidance to members, industry stakeholders, state/provincial and local governments, and elected officials, concerning the challenges facing recycling programs in the United States and Canada.
Sellick Equipment, a manufacturer of rough-terrain forklifts, recently cut the ribbon on an all-new $21 million dollar manufacturing facility featuring state-of-the-art technology. The new 126,000-square-foot purpose-built factory located in Harrow, Ontario, was designed for new product innovation, improvement to quality control and flexibility in product design.
A new report issued by the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) presents valuable lessons that can be learned from the implementation and operation of Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facilities in Europe.
An Amtrak training carrying U.S. Members of Congress crashed into a garbage truck on the morning of Wednesday January 31, 2018, in Virginia. One fatality of a solid waste collection worker has been confirmed.
The Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) has announced two inductees to its prestigious C&D Hall of Fame, as well as C&D Recycler of the Year, and CDRA Member of the Year for 2018. The awards will be presented at C&D World 2018 Feb. 10-13 in Nashville.
The Mack Anthem is not only turning heads on the highway, it's grabbing the attention of LEGO fans of all ages with a new 2,595-piece LEGO Technic Mack Anthem building set. With exceptional attention to detail, the LEGO Technic Mack Anthem accurately recreates the new highway hero's bold yet aerodynamic design. In addition to the Mack Anthem, the set can also be used to create a fully functional Mack LR front loader refuse model.
Bandit Industries is expanding with two major building additions to increase production capacity and add a new, state-of-the-art parts and service facility. Bandit will invest $1.4 million in the two expansions. Both are expected to come online in 2018. This is the second round of expansion in as many years.
The current China market restrictions have resulted in concerns about shipments being rejected at entry ports, potentially leaving recyclers and brokers with stranded tonnes. As part of the effort to address this situation, The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has launched a confidential online tool for recyclers and brokers to report on recovered plastics for which they have no market or that have been rejected by overseas markets.
China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has finalized a quality standard of 0.5 percent for certain imported recyclables, failing to properly consider the negative effects on global recycling efforts.
The Chinese government has announced that its standard for certain recyclables is 0.5 percent, unchanged from its proposal last year.
According to a member-update from the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) China's Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), has provided new guidelines for exporters and suppliers who are applying for export permits to ship scrap into China. These changes will come into effect on February 1st, 2018. The new guidelines include a few key changes:
- Applicants must follow China's environmental control standards by complying with their contaminants thresholds.
- Exporters' facilities must have radiation detection equipment.
- The China Certification and Inspection Group (CCIC) will no longer be the sole approved pre-shipment inspection company. Third-party companies may apply to receive a licence from AQSIQ to conduct pre-shipment inspections. These companies will share the liability if material approved before shipping is rejected once it reaches a Chinese port.