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.
Plastics Recycling News
The Max-AI AQC (Autonomous Quality Control) has been selected for recognition as a part of the Association of Plastic Recyclers' (APR) 2018 Plastics Recycling Showcase. The Max-AI AQC was launched in 2017 by Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) and Nashville, Tennessee-based National Recovery Technologies (NRT). The selection was announced during a recent APR Technical Forum, held February 12, in conjunction with the Plastics Recycling Conference in Nashville. NRT President Matthias Erdmannsdoerfer presented at the forum, and earlier in the day conference attendees visited NRT's headquarters to see live demonstrations of the Max-AI AQC.
A promising future exists for successfully recycling plastics recovered from automobiles, according to the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), which released results from Phase I of its End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project today. The results demonstrate both the technical and economic feasibility of collecting and reprocessing certain plastic auto parts so they can either be put back to use in automotive applications or reborn as new products. Work continues through phases two and three of the project.
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.
Material streams are changing. End-product purity requirements are tightening. ROI is dependent on commodities markets. How can MRFs best achieve operational efficiencies in such a complex, rapidly evolving sector? Van Dyk Recycling Systems' Adam Lovewell asks five key questions about current MRF best practices and provides simple answers.
News that China would ban certain scrap imports shook the recycling industry last summer, yet U.S. global scrap exports increased overall in 2017 according to a new analysis from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). As improved demand for ferrous and nonferrous metal scrap more than offset weaker demand for non-metallic scrap, total U.S. scrap exports advanced in 2017 in both value and volume terms.
Call2Recycle, North America's first and largest consumer battery stewardship and recycling program, encourages Canadians and Americans to Lead the Charge on National Battery Day (February 18th). The annual awareness day asks consumers and organizations to scour their homes and offices - especially junk drawers, closets and garages - for used batteries, which they can bring to a Call2Recycle drop-off location or start their own program.
The Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) has started up its new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Supplied by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), the technologically-advanced recovery system processes up to 80-tons-per-hour (tph) on two lines. The multi-material line processes 30-tph of commercial and residential Single Stream or 40-tph of commercial Mixed Materials, while the Construction and Demolition line handles 40-tph. The $24mm project occupies 100,000 square-feet of the District's campus, which also includes the country's first SMARTFERM anaerobic digestion (AD) system.
Andrew Rubin bought FCM Recycling in 2010, converting it from a ferrous and non-ferrous recycler with a speciality in printed circuit boards, to a specialized processor of electronic waste. With headquarters and a shredder in Lavaltrie, near Montreal, FCM also has plants in Cornwall, Ontario; Elmsdale, Nova Scotia; and Delta, British Columbia (near Vancouver).
The U.S. based Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and the Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico A.C. (ANIPAC), based in Mexico, jointly issued the following statement on the 23rd of January, in support of continued negotiations regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). PLASTICS Executive Vice President Patty Long, CPIA President Carol Hochu, ANIPAC President Juan Antonio Hernández along with ANIPAC NAFTA Advisor Ricardo Arturo Ricárdez Solís were in Montreal during the sixth round of NAFTA negotiations, at the end of January.
The Material Recovery Facility (MRF) provided by Machinex, as part of the Energy from Waste (EFW) plant for Levenseat Renewable Energy Limited in Lanark, Scotland, has been fully operational since the end of 2017. The 200,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste, along with all the municipal solid waste expected to be received each year will be diverted from landfill at a rate of 98 percent.
TerraCycle US Inc., a leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, announced it has acquired Chicago-based Air Cycle Corporation, a leader in universal waste recycling that provides solutions for mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs, battery, ballast and electronic waste disposal.
South Carolina-based RePower South (RPS) has begun construction of the Berkeley County Recycling and Recovery Facility, which will be the most advanced Mixed Waste Processing facility on the East Coast. The turnkey recovery system will be provided by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) under an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) agreement with Barnhill Contracting Company. When production begins in early 2019, the Moncks Corner, South Carolina plant will process 50 tons-per-hour of mixed waste sourced from Berkeley County to recover recycled commodities and a fuel feedstock. Advanced technology, including NRT optical sorters and Max-AI Autonomous QCs (AQCs) will enable the system to run with minimal manual sorters.
SP Industries offers a comprehensive line of Heavy Duty Industrial Transfer Stations used for waste and recyclable material handling. Transfer stations provide manufacturing/processing facilities and municipal waste handling centers a more compact, cost effective and sanitary method to handle refuse and recyclable materials. Systems can incorporate a loading method and compactor, both of which are tailored to the specific needs of the facility to maximize efficiency and safety.
The Environmental Technology Park of Mallorca (TIRME) is responsible for the treatment of solid waste which alters in content and volume during the island's busy tourist season. TIRME's effective response to this challenge, which includes the use of TOMRA machines, has become respected across Europe as an example of best practice. TIRME recently upgraded its technologies by acquiring four new AUTOSORT machines. This investment has quickly shown how technologies have progressed in the last two decades by delivering higher recycling rates.
At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with the support of Wendy Schmidt, lead philanthropic partner of the foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative, is awarding a total of $1 million to five new recyclable and compostable packaging solutions to hlep stop plastics becoming waste.
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.
In response to the publishing of the final Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imports of Solid Wastes as Raw Materials (GB 16487.2-13) - the quality standards for imported scrap by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released the following statement: