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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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Recycling industry returns to New Orleans for scrap sector’s largest gathering

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industr, will hold ISRI2017, the association’s annual convention and exposition April 22-27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. This annual event brings together thousands of scrap recycling professionals, industry experts, manufacturers, and consumers from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. There they will discuss the latest in the global scrap recycling business and evaluate the state-of-the-art equipment, products, and services used by the industry.

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Mobile App launched, scrap database unveiled and specs updated

April 20, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced the release of an updated version of ISRI Mobile with enhanced communication features. Users of the iPhone and Android apps will now have the ability to receive customized notifications and more detailed alerts pertaining to the recycling industry.

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Canada's Plastic Packaging Recycling Rate Continues To Rise

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has released a new report: "2015 Post-Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada" informing Canadians that their recycling efforts continue to increase the amount of post-consumer plastic packaging being recycled across Canada. This is the 7th year the CPIA has conducted this study. In 2015 the numbers show Canada's recycling systems and plastics industry realized an additional 0.4% of plastic recycled in 2015 compared to 2014 as reported by Moore Recycling Associates. This increase is the result of more plastic products and packaging collected, specifically HDPE (#2) bottles for recycling. In total, at least 322 million kilograms of post-consumer plastic packaging were collected in Canada for recycling.

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MACH Hyspec for PET helps County of Northumberland surpass recycling goals

Left to right: Karl Allen, Plant manager, and Matt Risko, Machinex Sales Representative Eastern Canada, with Northumberland's MACH Hyspec optical sorter for PET.

When public funds are spent on new recycling equipment, it’s always reassuring for the profitability and expected results to be met as quickly as possible after the investment. This is the case for the County of Northumberland in Ontario, where an August 2016 production report showed positive numbers following their 2015 investment for an optical sorting unit on their container line. The contract was entrusted to Machinex, who installed a MACH Hyspec optical sorter for PET in April 2015 at the Northumberland County single-stream facility in Grafton. This particular facility processes 15,000 tons of recycling material per year, and prior to their installation of the new optical sorter, PET was sorted manually . 

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Lindner's tailor-made washing line displays efficiency for processing post-consumer milk jugs

Lindner's washing line. Connected to a Micromat Plus single-shaft pre-shredder is a Floater, a Twister and a Graviter, followed finally by a dryer and air-wash system.

Poly-Wood based in Syracuse, Indiana, a leading manufacturer of outdoor furniture made from recycled HDPE, is now also a highly efficient plastics recycler. At its production centre, Poly-Wood operates one of the most modern recycling plants for HDPE with systems from Lindner washTech (www.lindner-washtech.com). At the heart of the plant is a combination of shredders and wash components specifically customized by Lindner for this particular application. 

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​BUNTING MAGNETICS TO UNVEIL REDESIGNED EDDY CURRENT SEPARATION CONVEYOR

Bunting Magnetics Co., is set to unveil its redesigned Eddy Current Separation Conveyor at the 2017 Institute of Scrap Recycling (ISRI) Convention & Exposition in April.  According to Bunting, this next generation machine is a well-designed synthesis of technology and functionality. During the development work, high priority was placed on durability, magnetic rotor design and speed to provide optimal separation, and easier maintenance.

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