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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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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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Recycling instructions added on major water brands

Nestlé Waters North America, one of the nation's leading beverage manufacturers, announced today that it has begun adding the clear and consistent How2Recyleinstruction to the labels on half-liter bottles of all its major U.S. brands. This includes its purified water brand Nestlé Pure Life as well as its regional spring water brands, Poland Spring, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Zephyrhills, Ozarka and Arrowhead.   

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​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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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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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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Urban Resource Group Upcycles Ocean Plastic into Lush Cosmetic Containers

Urban Resource Group Inc., an affiliate of Canada Fibers Ltd., has announced a successful collaborative trials with Lush Cosmetics involving recycling of ocean plastic into cosmetic containers - turning harmful litter into eco-conscious packaging. In late 2016, Lush delivered plastic collected from a six-month long, volunteer-led ocean cleanup project to Urban Resource Group's plastic recycling facility in Toronto, Canada. Urban Resource Group took on the challenge of converting the tattered, assorted mix of plastic into a high-quality plastic pellet to use in a standard manufacturing setting.   

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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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Maximizing Revenue at the City of Hamilton

Machinex' Mach Hyspec optical sorter at the City of Hamilton MRF.

After completing an efficiency and effectiveness (mass balance) audit on its container line in 2014, the City of Hamilton set to work on implementing a series of upgrades to improve its capture rates and revenue earning potential. The initial audit, commissioned by Ontario's Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF) and performed by a private consulting firm, estimated that the City of Hamilton could obtain approximately $700,000 in additional revenues annually if all of the material entering the container line were correctly sorted to appropriate grades. 

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Connecting Supply with Demand

On a global basis only about 14 percent of plastic packaging is collected for recycling, and across the healthcare sector these rates are significantly lower. As noted in the World Economic Forum's 2016 white paper, The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics: "Today's plastics economy is highly fragmented. The lack of standards and coordination across the value chain has allowed a proliferation of materials, formats, labelling, collection schemes, and sorting and reprocessing systems, which collectively hamper the development of effective markets. The development and introduction of new packaging materials and formats across global supply and distribution chains is happening far faster and is largely disconnected from the development and deployment of corresponding after-use systems and infrastructure." 

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World’s Largest VpCI Film Extrusion Plant Plans Important Expansion of Facilities and Cutting Edge Recycling Program

Cortec Advanced Films (CAF) manufactures recyclable Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibiting films, which are used to protect metal parts and equipment from corrosion during storage and shipping.

Cortec Corporation has announced plans for a major 2017 expansion program at its Cambridge, Minnesota, film extrusion facility, one of the largest film extrusion plants in Midwest North America, and the largest VpCI film extrusion plant in the world. Cortec Advanced Films (CAF) manufactures recyclable Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibiting films, which are used across the globe to protect metal parts and equipment from corrosion during storage and shipping.

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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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​CP Group Unveils Virtual MRF at Waste Expo

CP Group, recycling solutions provider and equipment manufacturer based in San Diego, CA, is unveiling their Virtual MRF this week at Waste Expo in New Orleans, LA.  The Virtual MRF is a virtual reality simulation that uses two hand held controls and a virtual reality headset. The simulation allows users to explore every inch of a life-size computer-generated model of a material recovery facility (MRF) in real time.

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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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New L538 wheel loader from Liebherr developed for demanding applications

Liebherr's new L538 Wheel Loader is Tier 4f/Stage IV emission regulations compliant and is one of the three models representing the new generation of mid-size loaders. During Conexpo, Liebherr showcased the new L 538 mid-size loader with a Z-bar linkage for standard applications. The L 538 has a respective tipping load of 20,945 lb and a bucket capacity of 3.4 yd³. The three models comprising the new generation of mid-size loaders are: the L 526, L 538 and L 546.

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