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ISRI Names EcoStrate Winner of the 2017 Design for Recycling Award; presents Lifetime Achievement Awards

Awards at this year's ISRI 2017 convention were presented to EcoStrate for Design for Recycling, and Crawford Carpenter for Lifetime Achievement in the industry.

On April 27, during this year's ISRI Convention and Exposition in New Orleans, the organization announced EcoStrate as the recipient of the 2017 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award for its ability to create composite plastic products from 100% post-consumer, high-polymer content scrap materials that are difficult to recycle. The DFR Award is ISRI’s most prestigious award given annually to the most innovative contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers that have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes.

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​Emterra Group again named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

For the second consecutive year, Emterra Group has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. The acknowledgement is granted by Mediacorp Canada in its Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. The announcement, made annually as part of Earth Day celebrations was published in The Globe and Mail. Emterra Group was the only organization in the recycling and waste management sector to be recognized for this award.

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​Aqua Metals Acquires UK Based Ebonex IPR Limited

Aqua Metals' modular AquaRefining lead-acid battery recycling system.

Aqua Metals, Inc., which is commercializing a non-polluting electrochemical lead recycling technology called AquaRefining, has announced that it has acquired UK-based Ebonex IPR Limited, for 123,776 shares of Aqua Metals common stock and $100,000 in cash. Ebonex is a pre-revenue IP-based company that has developed patented technology in the field of advanced materials and manufacturing methods for advanced lead acid batteries. 

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Recycling Partnership Releases 2016 Annual Report

 How do you create impact? In its newly released 2016 Annual Report, U.S.-based nonprofit The Recycling Partnership asks and answers that very question. The report highlights real-time benefits of the transformative organization’s work, focusing on year-on-year growth, systems solutions across the supply chain, and the multiplier effect that intelligently-deployed new infrastructure delivers.

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WASTE CONNECTIONS ANNOUNCES REBRANDING OF CANADIAN OPERATIONS

Waste Connections, Inc. has announced  that it will rebrand its operations in Canada from Progressive Waste Solutions to Waste Connections of Canada. The rebranding follows the June 1, 2016 all-stock business combination of the Company (formerly named Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd.) and Waste Connections US, Inc. (formerly named Waste Connections, Inc.).

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​SWANA Welcomes Environmental Software Company to Affinity Program

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is excited to announce that Re-TRAC Connect has joined its growing Affinity Program. SWANA’s expanding lineup of affinity providers offers members with companies that have been carefully reviewed by SWANA’s Affinity Program Committee to earn the distinction of being a “SWANA preferred provider,” one of SWANA’s many membership benefits.

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Automotive Materials Stewardship ISP effective as of April 1

According to the Ontario-based Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority, as of April 1, 2017, the management of Oil Containers, Oil Filters, and Antifreeze has transitioned from the MHSW Program (“Orange Drop”) operated by Stewardship Ontario to the Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) for Automotive Materials operated by Automotive Materials Stewardship (AMS).

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BladeCore appoints two new territory managers

BladeCore, the Wisconsin-based specialist in the sales and service of mobile shear and other blades for the metal recycling and demolition industries, has announced the appointment of two territory managers, Betsy McDevitt and Leah Glucoft. Betsy will work in the Midwest and western Great Lakes states, while Leah will cover the Western U.S. 

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Waste and metal top list of recycled materials involved in the highest percentage of facility fires

Does anyone know how many fires have occurred at Waste & Recycling facilities in North America so far this year? When we first launched the Fire Rover, we searched everywhere for this information. We have had conversations with executives, operations leaders, safety teams and institutional investors and, although we gained invaluable market information, no one seemed to have access to the data we sought. If you’re reading this article and you know the answer, please share; but in lieu of a source, we attempted to figure out a way to compile the information on our own. 

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Terex launches AquaClear Water Management Solutions at CONEXPO

Terex Washing Systems (TWS) has staged the global launch of Terex AquaClear Water Management Solutions at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017. Oliver Donnelly, TWS business line director, has highlighted the benefits of the new Water Management Solutions commenting  “A lot of our customers have a need for water management, which is a  growing sector given the way environmental legislation is evolving in certain regions. TWS are delighted to be able to offer an end-to-end solution for washing and water management from a single supplier. We are launching a full range of water management products to include clarifying tanks, flocculent dosing systems, filter presses and all associated equipment to provide a one-stop solution.”

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​PILOT PROGRAM TEACHES ROBOTS HOW TO MAKE CARTON RECYCLING MORE EFFICIENT

Through a collaboration between the Carton Council, AMP Robotics and Alpine Waste & Recycling, a robotic system has learned to identify the wide variety of food and beverage cartons in order to grab and separate them from the recycling stream.

In its ongoing efforts to advance food and beverage carton recycling, the Colorado-based Carton Council of North America announced today that it has been conducting a pilot program that uses artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of carton recycling. 

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​NWRA & SWANA issue guidance for elected officials considering emerging waste management technology solutions

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) have announced the development of a briefing for elected officials on emerging waste management technology. This brief, entitled “Effective Responses to Emerging Waste Management Technology Proposals,” was developed to provide municipal leaders with the process and resources necessary to make informed decisions when considering unsolicited proposals, unfamiliar technologies or both.

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