Jeju City is the capital of Jeju Province in South Korea. The city has grown quite rapidly since the 1970s and has a population of over 600,000. Every year, Jeju welcomes more than 14 million visitors from mainland Korea, Japan, and China. However, with the expanding population and the growing number of tourists, the waste input stream has increased from 150 to 350 tons per day. That is why the city decided to make 200 tons per day of solid recovered fuel (SRF) to supply the SRF consumers.
Solid Waste News
ZenRobotics Ltd. will deliver a robotic waste sorting system to Sunshine Groupe in Melbourne, Australia. The three-armed ZenRobotics Recycler unit (ZRR3) will be the first of it’s kind in Australia and it is expected to be fully operational in spring 2017.
Eriez offers complete materials recovery facilities (MRF) and municipal solid waste (MSW) packages designed to monitor metal losses and effectively separate ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, cardboard and plastics. Eriez MRF/MSW packages include advanced magnetic separators, eddy current separators and metal loss monitoring equipment.
Recycling has become more digital with the launch of TOMRA Connect for reverse vending machines (RVMs), which collect cans and bottles for recycling. The portfolio of digital products by TOMRA Collection Solutions brings new insights and engagement opportunities, both for the locations providing the RVMs and for the people who recycle with them. TOMRA’s unique approach is also personalizing the recycling experience for millions of people around the globe, in turn increasing recycling involvement, ramping up profits for stores and helping the environment.
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is again recognizing excellence in solid waste safety through its awards program, while expanding the categories being honored this year.
Loraas Disposal is Saskatchewan’s largest privately-owned waste transfer and recycling company. The company established itself in 1965 when founder and owner, Bruce Loraas, would come home from his day job, hop in a garbage truck, and trek around the city cleaning out bins. What started as one man’s entrepreneurial grit grew into Saskatchewan’s leading waste management company with over 200 employees.
The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) are pleased to announce the awarding of 3 new research grants in 2016. Research conducted through these grants aligns with EREF’s mission to advance sustainable solid waste management practices.
Toter, a Wastequip brand, and one of North America's leading manufacturers of two-wheel carts for curbside collection of waste, recycling, and organics, has recently launched a new line of waste management convenience products, including cart liners and PowerFresh odor-eliminating fragrance pods and refills for trash cans and carts. These products are designed to make trash storage, handling and disposal more convenient and less unpleasant.
Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) and Kadant Inc. have reached an agreement appointing BHS as the exclusive distributor of Kadant PAAL’s high-performance balers to Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1854 in Germany, Kadant PAAL is firmly entrenched as Europe’s leading manufacturer of channel balers used to process both recyclable materials, including paper and plastics, and non-recyclable materials, such as treated household/commercial waste and agricultural products.
OMI Industries, a worldwide leader in providing natural odour abatement solutions, announced that it has officially formed a distribution partnership with Byers Scientific & Manufacturing, a leading designer, engineer and manufacturer of equipment for the industrial odour management industry.
In September 2016, the City of Lake Worth, Florida initiated a unique recycling awareness contest. Lake Worth’s Refuse Division invited all four elementary schools in the region to participate in the city’s recycling awareness project, in which the winning artist’s design would be ‘wrapped’ onto two new refuse and recyclable collection trucks that were acquired from Scranton, Iowa-based manufacturer New Way.
Consumer goods giant Unilever has made a commitment that 100% of its packaging will be recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025. The company, the world’s third largest consumer goods company after Procter & Gamble and Nestle, said it will ensure “it is technically possible for its plastic packaging to be reused or recycled and there are established, proven examples of it being commercially viable for plastics re-processors to recycle the material.”
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has announced the participation of several leading companies and independent waste and recycling organizations in the fourth in a series of national collaborations on improving safety in the waste and recycling industry. The 2017 NWRA Safety Stand Down on Vehicle Backing launches on January 23 with a week-long training and awareness initiative focused around reducing accidents, fatalities and injuries related to truck backing incidents that represents a common challenge for the industry. The NWRA Safety Stand-Down on vehicle backing will include a daily focus on safety issues related to backing and will conclude on January 27, 2017.
In collaboration with the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Oberon Fuels, Mack Trucks today has begun a demonstration to test the performance of a Dimethyl Ether (DME)-powered Mack Pinnacle model. DSNY is the first Mack customer to evaluate DME, a non-toxic, clean-burning alternative fuel.
Designed to be extremely powerful, versatile, user-friendly and applicable anywhere, the new Doppstadt SM 720 SA Plus screen offers a solution for operators who have to process large quantities of various recyclables in different places quickly and reliably. Recycling enterprises, compost and earth-working plants, underground engineering, gravel and sand operators or container services can separate nearly any solid input material into up to six different fractions by means of this screen: construction rubble, industrial waste, biomass or garbage, plastic, glass, paper or wood, sand, gravel, scrap or slag. The SM 720 SA Plus adapts to the screening tasks by component change.
B Green Group sees a future in converting restaurant waste oil, fat and grease into biofuels. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 4 billion lb (1.81 billion kg) of trap grease available in the U.S. each year could yield about 500 million gal (1.89 billion L) of biodiesel instead of ending up in municipal waste streams. The figures for oils and fats are similar.
Molok Ltd of Finland and Molok North America of Canada have announced that Molok has been internationally recognized as leaders in sustainability by The New Economy Magazine – a quarterly technology, business and finance publication headquartered in London, England. Molok says they are in good company along with Google, Iceland, Tesla/Solar City, Resolute Forest Products and other award winners as it received the New Economy Clean Tech Award for Best Recycling and Waste Management Solutions. New Economy recognizes companies whose ideas, achievements, projects and solutions reflect innovation, long-term vision and leadership.
Derichebourg Canada Environment continues to expand its presence in Montréal as it was recently awarded two new recycling collection contracts with the L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève and Le Sud-Ouest boroughs. This is the family-owned company's second contract in Le Sud-Ouest, as it has been collecting food waste there since May, 2016. Both contracts will take effect on April 1, 2017.
Waste Connections, Inc. has announced that it has acquired Groot Industries, Inc.. Founded over a century ago, in 1914, Groot is the largest privately-owned solid waste services company in Illinois with total annual revenue of approximately $200 million. Groot serves approximately 300,000 customers primarily in northern Illinois from a network of six collection operations, six transfer stations and two recycling facilities.
Refuse and recyclable materials collection remains the 5th most dangerous job in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The 2015 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, released December 16th, shows that the rate of fatalities among waste collection workers has risen since 2014. According to the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) the results of this report highlight the necessity and value of ongoing safety programming within the industry.