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GreenMantra Receives $2.2 Million in Funding for Polystyrene CleanTech Innovation From Sustainable Development Technology Canada

GreenMantra Technologies, a rapidly growing clean technology company that produces high-value polymers from waste plastics, will receive $2.2 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to be used toward construction of a demonstration plant that will convert waste polystyrene into modified styrenic polymers for use in inks, foam insulation and other applications. GreenMantra team, local Members of Parliament Bryan May and Marwan Tabbara, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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Staples Canada releases Q1 2017 sustainability achievements

Staples Canada has released its first quarter sustainability update and environmental achievements. Highlights of the report include steady growth for many in-store recycling initiatives, including battery and writing instruments programs. "Our recycling programs and sustainability initiatives have started the year off on a strong note," said Leigh Pearson, director of facilities, environment and procurement at Staples Canada. "We are always looking for ways to help our customers and associates make a positive impact on the environment."

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Walmart Foundation announces new grants available for Canadian organizations focused on reducing food waste

The Walmart Foundation has announced that it is making $1.87 million CAD ($1.5 million USD) available to fund proposals from eligible non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada. The Walmart Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing, and implementing food waste reduction efforts. Requests between $250,000 and $1,000,000 (USD) will be considered. 

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SWANA Publishes New Composting Operations Safety Tips

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has release a new installment of its "Five to Stay Alive" series that features safety tips for composting operations employees. Like many aspects of solid waste management, composting operations involve physical labor, the use of heavy machinery, and a dynamic work environment. These factors offer the potential for serious injury or fatality if proper safety precautions are not followed.

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Industry Collaboration Delivers More Than $80,000 for Recycling Education Grants

The Recycling Partnership announced the recipients of its Steve Thompson Memorial Education Grants program to bring more than 50 recycling professionals from across the U.S. to Minneapolis for the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference to further their recycling education. At the end of 2016, The Recycling Partnership released its 2016 State of Curbside report, identifying the key attributes of the highest-performing recycling programs in the U.S. The single attribute found in 100 percent of those communities was engagement in "public action," where local program staff were actively managing their programs. In other words, recycling professionals are the key to better program performance.

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Charleston county awards new MRF contract to MACHINEX

Ground has broken on Palmetto Commerce Parkway to build the MRF in North Charleston, South Carolina. Machinex is proud to have been chosen to provide this turnkey, single-stream system that will be in operation by late summer of 2018. With a capacity of 25 TPH, the 57,000 square-foot facility will receive more than 50,000 tons per year of recyclables from Charleston County curbside collection. For the past two years, the county has been shipping their recyclables to Horry County for processing while they have been planning for this state-of-the-art recycling center.

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Making Denver One of the Greatest Recycling Cities in the U.S.

How to make a great recycling city even better? That was the question Denver Public Works took on this year with The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit organization that applies corporate partner funding to improve the recycling system in cities and towns across the nation, thus increasing supplies of clean materials for manufacturing. Over the next three months, The Recycling Partnership will work with Denver Public Works to increase the city's already notable ability to recover materials. Denver's residential recycling program is already outperforming the national average in terms of quality of material collected, but there is more material to be recovered.

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China Announces Intent to Ban Certain Scrap Imports - ISRI Responds

Earlier today, China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to ban the import of certain scrap materials by year end. Among the items included on the list are most scrap plastics ("including polymers of ethylene, styrene, vinyl chloride and PET..."), mixed paper and slags and drosses. In response, ISRI President Robin Wiener released the following statement:

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Recycling Industry Adopts Position on Use of Degradable Additives in Plastic Packaging

(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors recently passed a series of changes to its policy positions, as well as a new policy on degradable additives in plastics packaging. The new policy is a result of the confusion over the use of terms "bio-degradable," "oxo-degradable," or "photo degradable" to describe plastics containing degradable additives, when in fact, evidence does not support their use meet common definitions of these terms.

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Machinex names new sales manager for western region

Machinex Technologies Inc., the USA subsidiary of Machinex Group, is proud to announce that Will Herzog has joined the company as a Sales Manager for the USA Western Region. Herzog's new role with Machinex will help to develop sorting systems solutions with customers, while providing the latest technologies on the market. He will ensure customers' satisfaction while supporting them in their future needs.

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BHS Names Rich Reardon Managing Director of Max-AI

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has named Rich Reardon Managing Director of Max-AI. During Reardon's decade long career with BHS he has served as BHS' Director of Sales and Marketing and most recently as Southwest Regional Sales Manager and Plastics Market Specialist. In his new role, Reardon will lead the company's Max-AI-related business development and Max autonomous system integration. 

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Darrell K. Smith appointed CEO of National Waste & Recycling Association

The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Darrell K. Smith as the trade association's President and Chief Executive Officer. The NWRA Board of Trustees announced the selection following a considered and comprehensive search for a leader who understands the invaluable contributions the waste and recycling industry makes to America, who can position the organization as an advocacy powerhouse on the national, state and local stage, and who can provide direction, motivation and new energy to the mission of the trade group.

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ISRI Proposed Guidance on Nonferrous Specifications

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors will consider additional guidance regarding ISRI's nonferrous specifications during its Summer Meeting on July 20. It is proposed that the following language be inserted at the beginning of each subsection (covering Red Metals, Aluminum, Zinc, Lead, etc.) within ISRI's Guidelines for Nonferrous Scrap: NF-2017:

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CBI demonstrating machines live at the Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo

Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) will be exhibiting at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo held in Laurinburg, North Carolina from September 15-16. Guests will have two days to see live demonstrations of CBI's high-performance wood grinders and commercial wood chippers. The CBI exhibit will be located just inside the entrance at Live Site 1. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for both days of the show, with live CBI demos happening throughout the event.

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EREF Partners with the CRRC on the EREF Summit on Organics

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation, in collaboration with the California Refuse Recycling Council, will host the EREF Summit on Organics in Ontario, California on July 25 & 26. This educational event will feature a full day of presentations and discussions from organics management experts followed by a half-day tour of two composting facilities.

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