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​SWANA provides update to States on Chinese import ban

​SWANA provides update to States on Chinese import ban

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has issued an update to state officials concerning the July 18, 2017 notification to the World Trade Organization from China on their intent to ban certain waste imports. The update provides background to states on the Chinese waste ban, details how the ban could impact state and local recycling programs, and suggests action items states should consider to respond to increased market uncertainty.

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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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Two-ram balers – rising star of recycling

International Balers IBC two-ram balers are available in both Narrow and Wide-box frame designs with many different sizes, force and power variations to fit every application from small volume operations that need automation to the high demand and rigorous environments of large-scale MRFs.

If there's one thing in common with almost any material collected and processed in a recycling facility, it's this: it is bulky and difficult to handle. When it comes time to ship to end markets, the need to reduce that bulk for the sake of transportation costs and more efficient downstream processing is key. Balers serve this purpose for most recycling facilities. Product goes into the baler's hopper and comes out compacted and neatly squared off for easy storage, shipping and handling. 

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WATCH: BHS announces new video series for recyclers

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has launched the BHS Value Series, a series of six videos that gives viewers an inside look into the real value-drivers behind a materials recovery facility (MRF) investment. The story is told through dozens of interviews with the people of BHS, Nihot, National Recover Technologies (NRT) and Zero Waste Energy (ZWE). The first chapter, Integration, is available on BHS' website.

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​BHS Selected for Los Angeles MRF

​BHS Selected for Los Angeles MRF

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (Districts) have selected Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to design, manufacture and install a new materials recovery system at the Districts' Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility (PHMRF). The system will process both commercial and residential streams - including dry commercial waste, commercial Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), multifamily MSW, and Single Stream recyclables - and increase the Districts' processing capacity to 600 tpd. 

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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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"Five to stay alive"

Five is an important number in the solid waste industry. It is where refuse and recyclable material collection ranks in the list of the United States' deadliest jobs. The fatality rate for our workers is higher than even first responders, such as police officers or firefighters. In 2016, at least 46 employees were killed on the job, and in the first half of 2017, we have already lost at least 15 people. In a 2010 report, the Canadian Union of Public Employees described waste and recyclables collection as "one of the most hazardous jobs," with injuries of some sort afflicting 35 percent of public waste collectors each year. 

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Second robotic system using AI being installed to recycle food and beverage cartons

Second robotic system using AI being installed to recycle food and beverage cartons

After the successful launch of a pilot project earlier this year, the Carton Council of North America and AMP Robotics have announced that a second installation of the AMP Cortex robot used to sort food and beverage cartons is occurring at Dem-Con Companies, a Minnesota-based recycling, processing and disposal company.

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​BHS Systems Win SWANA Gold, Silver Excellence Awards

GreenWaste Recovery's single-stream MRF, located in San Jose, California, and designed and built by BHS, was named the Gold Award recipient by SWANA for 2017.

Eugene, Oregon -  The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Excellence Awards for the best recycling systems built in North America. Taking home the top honors are two systems designed, manufactured and installed by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS). GreenWaste Recovery's Single Stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), located in San Jose, California, was named the Gold Award recipient by SWANA.  The Silver Award went to the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) for the agency's 25-ton-per-hour (tph) Single Stream MRF in Pensacola, Florida. 

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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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​Recyclers to look at present and prepare for future at Annual Commodities Roundtable

​Recyclers to look at present and prepare for future at Annual Commodities Roundtable

(Washington, D.C.) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, is once again hosting its annual Commodities Roundtable Forum, September 6-8, 2017, in Chicago. The once a year event is a must-attend for all involved in the trade of scrap commodities, from processors to brokers to buyers. It provides the most comprehensive view of what is happening across a wide range of recycled commodities including ferrous and nonferrous metals, plastics, and the key trends impacting the $117 billion scrap recycling industry.

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Squeezing More Value From Waste

Ludovic Aberbour, COO, and Benjamin Tizon, Agency Director, Paprec Trivalo, Cote D’Azur in front of their new Kadant PAAL baler used for processing multi-materials continuously.

In February of 2017 SMED (Mixed Waste Disposal Unit of the Middle Pays des Alpes Maritimes) and the Paprec Group launched a sophisticated waste sorting facility in Cannes, France, home of the famous film festival. 

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​North American recycling industry reacts to rumours of Chinese scrap commodity import ban

ISRI held a teleconference for industry press on June 13th. The briefing followed two recent visits to China by the organization - to BIR's 2017 World Recycling Convention & Exhibition held May 22-24 in Hong Kong, and more recently to speak with U.S. and Chinese government authorities in Beijing to address industry rumours that have surfaced over the last several months about a potential ban on scrap imports to the country.

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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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Advancing the sort with robotics

The Cortex (aka Clarke) is a robotic unit developed by AMP, using optical scanning and specialized grippers that allow it to differentiate and pick up material from moving belts

Sorting of food and beverage cartons is a challenge for most MRFs in the recycling industry. It's a tough job that is today mostly done by human pickers who need to move fast and quickly recognize the products going past on the line before separating them from the overall waste stream.

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Start-up of the 500th BRT HARTNER Bag Opener

BRT HARTNER Bag Opener with downstream conveyor belt of Eggersmann Anlagenbau GmbH.

The sorting plant of AGR-DAR in Herten processes, sorts and assembles light weight packaging material for recycling. This procedure starts with the BO Bag Opener from BRT HARTNER: the BO with integrated feed hopper is filled by wheel loader with the bags stored in the reception hall. The incorporated moving floor conveyor with a new, modified drive pushes the material to the two-part drum. The two halves of the drum are driven separately and create a relative movement which leads to reliable and efficient opening of the plastic bags. The content of the bags is loosened up but not shredded during this process.

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