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​TERRACYCLE WINS AWARD FROM UNITED NATIONS

​TERRACYCLE WINS AWARD FROM UNITED NATIONS

TerraCycle, the global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste was recently named a winner of a United Nations Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity award. The recognition is for the initiative announced earlier this year with TerraCycle, Procter & Gamble and SUEZ to create the world's first fully recyclable shampoo bottle made with beach plastic. TerraCycle will receive this prestigious award in Bonn, Germany in November during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23).

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THE ROAD TO BETTER PRODUCTION, ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY

Figure 1. Generic layout of an optical scanning machine.

Material recovery facilities (MRFs) are seeing many challenges that directly impact operations. Some of these challenges include: new recycled material quality standards from China, the ratcheting up of voluntary and mandatory local and state recycling goals, lower tolerance for worker injury, increasing volumes and a changing waste stream, disposal bans on organics in landfills, and high demand from emerging energy markets for organics.

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Waste Reduction Week in Canada Celebrates Achievement and Encourages Improvement

Waste Reduction Week in Canada Celebrates Achievement and Encourages Improvement

For 16 years Waste Reduction Week in Canada has been highlighted in calendars to remind and encourage everyone on the importance of reducing waste. Canadians are proud of their environment and have been recognized around the world for recycling programs.  However, work can still be done; among OECD countries Canada ranks 26 out of 35 by only recycling and composting 24 per cent of its municipal waste.

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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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​GreenMantra Technologies Named A Top 50 New Growth Company By Canadian Business and McLean's

​GreenMantra Technologies Named A Top 50 New Growth Company By Canadian Business and McLean's

GreenMantra Technologies, a rapidly growing clean technology company based out of Brantford, Ontario, that produces high-value polymers from waste plastics, has been named to the 2017 STARTUP 50 list of top new growth companies by Canadian Business and its affiliate, McLean's Magazine. The STARTUP 50 list ranks young companies on two-year revenue growth. GreenMantra Technologies is ranked number 20 on this year's list. 

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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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GreenMantra Technologies and Sun Chemical to develop new polymers from polystyrene waste - for ink production

GreenMantra Technologies and Sun Chemical to develop new polymers from polystyrene waste - for ink production

BRANTFORD, Ontario -- GreenMantra Technologies, a rapidly growing clean technology company that produces high-value polymer products from waste plastics, and Sun Chemical, the world's largest producer of printing inks, have agreed to partner to jointly develop polymers from recycled polystyrene waste for use in ink formulations.

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​USABC AWARDS $1.76 MILLION Li-ION BATTERY RECYCLING CONTRACT TO FARASIS ENERGY

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has announced the award of a $1.76 million technology development contract to Farasis Energy Inc. in Hayward, California, for lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling.  

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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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"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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​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

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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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Vecoplan supports recycling of "ghost nets" recovered from seas

The international recycling company Tönsmeier became a partner of WWF Deutschland (World Wide Fund for Nature in Germany) in September 2015, and since then has been working to rid the Baltic Sea of ‘ghost nets', i.e. abandoned fishing nets made of plastic. The environmentally-friendly recycling of these polypropylene and polyamide ghost nets is being tested - so Vecoplan AG was brought in to create an optimum process for transporting, processing and recycling the salvaged material - and the results of initial tests have been positive.

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