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Selecting the Right Solid Tires for Industry Specific Applications

Approximately twenty years ago, those of us working in the off-road heavy equipment industry regularly witnessed a high amount of failures in machines operating on cement or other hard surfaces. Extended steel rims were used with small, hard, rubber wheels. When these rubber tires chipped and chunked, vibrations and bouncing sent shockwaves into the machine, causing shortened life and expensive repairs, not to mention stress on operators. Drivetrain components (U-joints and articulation joints) in particular often suffered from stress cracks caused by vibrations and a bouncing machine. 

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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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Waste & Recycling Expo Canada celebrating 20th anniversary

On the Waste & Recycling Expo Canada show floor in 2016.

Waste & Recycling Expo Canada, co-located with Municipal Equipment Expo Canada, is the country's only trade event serving the waste, recycling and public works markets. This year's event takes place at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario, October 25 to 26.

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​Tackling food and commercial waste key to Ontario's waste-free future

Toronto — Ontario has a waste problem. Every year, the province produces nearly one tonne of waste per person, and three-quarters of this waste ends up in landfills. In 2016, the Waste-Free Ontario Act (Bill 151) was passed, setting an ambitious goal of a circular economy that sends zero waste to landfill. 

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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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RecycleSmart Earns No. 14 on 2017 PROFIT 500 Ranking

RecycleSmart Earns No. 14 on 2017 PROFIT 500 Ranking

RecycleSmart, a leading provider of waste and recycling management services based out of Richmond, B.C., has announced that it is ranked 14th on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies. This ranking is awarded to companies based on their five-year revenue growth. This year's PROFIT 500 list will be unveiled in the October issue of Maclean's magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com.

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ZenRobotics Recycler now offers MSW sorting capabilities

ZenRobotics Recycler now offers MSW sorting capabilities

ZenRobotics Recycler's robotic recycling system now comes not only with construction and demolition waste sorting abilities, but also offers a solution for municipal solid waste: bag sorting for source-separated MSW.  ZenRobotics' first step towards MSW markets introduces a ZenRobotics Recycler (ZRR) that picks plastic bags of up to 30 kg in weight by colour, no matter how crowded the belt is. The ZRR makes it easy to also recover unopened bags from other loose municipal solid waste. 

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​New Way Customers to Receive SWANA 2017 Excellence Awards

​New Way Customers to Receive SWANA 2017 Excellence Awards

SCRANTON, IOWA - The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recently named their 2017 Excellence Awards recipients. The awards, which are given out annually, honour programs and facilities in 13 municipal waste industry categories. Five customers of refuse-industry leader New Way® Trucks have been selected to receive awards at SWANA's annual WASTECON event, September 25-27 in Baltimore. 

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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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Wastequip awarded NJPA National Cooperative Purchasing Contract

Wastequip awarded NJPA National Cooperative Purchasing Contract

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After a rigorous review and evaluation process, Wastequip was recently awarded the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) four-year contract for the procurement of "Solid Waste and Recycling Collection and Transport Equipment with Related Equipment, Supplies and Accessories." The new contract will offer streamlined purchasing and volume pricing for NJPA member organizations and extend Wastequip's status as an awarded, preferred vendor by four years.

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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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ISRI calls on Chinese government to better differentiate between 'scrap' and 'waste'

ISRI calls on Chinese government to better differentiate between 'scrap' and 'waste'

(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released its comments to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in response to China's notification of its intent to revise its Identification Standards for Solid Wastes General Rules. As the "Voice of the Recycling Industry", ISRI supports the efforts of the Chinese Government to protect the health and welfare of its citizens and the environment, but suggests improving the language in the draft Standard to help properly identify scrap materials that are valuable commodities used as raw materials as distinct from waste that has no value or use.

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Republic Services to acquire ReCommunity

Republic Services to acquire ReCommunity

Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ReCommunity Holdings II, Inc., the largest independent recycling-processing company in the United States. ReCommunity's assets and expertise will complement Republic's existing recycling collection and processing operations, and will enable the Company to meet its customers' growing demand for recycling in multiple markets.

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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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OPTIMIZING A SUPERIOR SLUDGE SYSTEM SOLUTION

In the Wastewater treatment industry, removing harmful waste and rendering it safe for reuse or final disposal in landfills, composting or farm field applications is paramount. A key element in the wastewater treatment process is the Belt Press, which is used to dewater sludge and change it from a liquid to a solid.

Given today's demanding wastewater treatment regulatory landscape, proper handling of sludge is a very important component of the design and operation of any size of wastewater treatment plant (W.W.T.P.) municipality. The ultimate mission of any such plant is to separate solids from water, and to disinfect both to different degrees by removing organic and inorganic contaminants−which may be hazardous or toxic to humans or have detrimental effects on the environment.

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