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King County building on significant increase in tonnage

The recently upgraded Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station manages more than one third of all solid waste handled in Washington State’s King County

The King County Solid Waste Division, located in the Puget Sound region in western Washington State, saw a 41 percent increase in recycling tonnage at its network of transfer/recycling facilities and rural drop box stations in 2016, compared to 2015. According to King County, the increase is the result of an expansion of services and types of recyclable materials accepted, infrastructure upgrades, revamped signage and additional employees available to answer customer questions about recycling at all of its facilities. All of this has meant a jump in the number of customers who brought their sorted recyclable and compostable materials to King County facilities. 

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Carpet America Recovery Effort: 2016 Annual Report Released

The Annual Report, released this month by the Carpet America Recovery Effort, reports that CARE members diverted more than 488 million pounds of carpet from U.S. landfills in 2016, down nearly 6% from 2015. Of the carpet diverted to recycling, 167 million lbs. were recycled into carpet and other consumer products, 174 million lbs. were sent back to the landfill, and 144 million lbs. were sent to waste-to-energy and cement kilns.

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CASE Announces the Availability of a Custom-Fit Waste Handling Guarding/Protection Package for Large 1021G and 1121G Wheel Loaders

CASE Construction Equipment has announced the availability of an all-new, custom-fit waste handling guarding/protection package for its 1021G (320 horsepower) and 1121G (347 horsepower) wheel loaders. This size class of loaders is commonly used in waste handling applications, and these CASE models are regularly specified based on the power and performance of the machine, as well as the lower engine exhaust temperatures made possible by the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions technology. 

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​Kinshofer acquires Solesbee’s

From left to right: Thomas Herrmann (MD Stanwich Partners LLC), Thomas Friedrich (MD Kinshofer Group), Erik Gabrielson (Advocat and Lifco Counsel, Vinge), Steven S. Boeschenstein (MD Stanwich Partners) and Francois Martin (GM Kinshofer USA).

Kinshofer GmbH, based out of Germany, and the U.S.A. based company Solesbee’s Equipment and Attachments, LLC. announced today that they have signed a definite agreement to merge. Under the terms of the agreement Kinshofer has acquired more than 96% of the LLC Units of Solesbee’s.

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Otto Edge Product Line Expands With 35 Gallon Cart

Otto Environmental Systems North America, Inc. proudly announces the newest addition to its 2-wheel residential container offering, the 35-gallon Edge. Designed for food waste segregation, this fully-sealed container features an external catch bar that minimizes internal curvature and increases material flow. As well, the 35-gallon Edge is optimized for fully-automated collection programs. The 35-gallon, which replaces Otto’s 35-Evolution and 32-Classic models, expands Otto’s Edge product line by providing municipalities and private haulers a wider selection of container size options with one succinct look. The new container meets all ANSI dimensional requirements.

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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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IPL lands a major contract for organic carts with the City of Calgary

IPL Inc., a North American producers of injection-molded plastic products, has announced that it has won a major contract for providing organic wheeled carts to The City of Calgary, Alberta. The contract, worth 13 million dollars, includes key production and delivery of 325,000 organic rolling carts intended for the implementation of a new composting program beginning in summer 2017 in all single-family homes of the city.

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SWANA calls on industry to help close world's largest dumpsites

On Earth Day 2017, April 22, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) in partnership with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), urges supporters to sign the declaration to close the world’s 50 largest dumpsites.  Created by ISWA, the “Close the Dumpsites” campaign seeks to drive the closure of the world’s 50 largest dumpsites by 2030, in order to halt this growing environmental and global health emergency.

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​UNTHA reveals third generation, XR waste shredder

The UNTHA XR was first brought to market as a robust pre-shredder that could effectively process a myriad of municipal, commercial and industrial wastes in readiness for the alternative fuel production market. But committed to strengthening the profitability of clients’ operations – not just their functional capabilities – the Austrian-headquartered team continued to innovate. In 2014, a ground-breaking shredder was released that could manufacture SRF in a single pass. This feat of engineering halved operators’ capital outlay and reduced energy consumption by up to 50 percent, without any detrimental on throughputs, uptime or product quality and saving. Typical savings of hundreds of thousands of pounds also began to be recouped. A ‘moveable’ version of the technology was brought to market in late 2015, when the XR became the world’s first electrically-driven mobile shredder with the same bottom-line benefits. 

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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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​Two in three millennials would give up social media for a week if everyone at their company recycled

Over two-thirds of Millennials are so committed to sustainability issues they would be willing to give up social media for a week if everyone at their company recycled, according to a new study conducted by Lightspeed, a globally integrated research organization, on behalf of Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP). 

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​Gatwick the first airport in the world to turn Category 1 airline waste into energy onsite

Charles Kirwan-Taylor Gatwick's Sustainability Director and Martin Willmore Senior VP DHL opening Gatwickl's new 3.8million waste plant.

Gatwick Airport and DHL Supply Chain formally opened a new waste management plant in March, becoming the first airport in the world to turn airport waste, such as food and packaging, into energy onsite. The new £3.8million waste plant not only disposes of Category 1 waste safely onsite, but converts it and other organic waste into energy to heat Gatwick’s waste management site and power the site's water recovery system. The plant is set to save £1,000 in energy and waste management costs for every day it operates.

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SMART educates consumers on recyclable textiles on Earth Day and year-round.

This Earth Day (April 22), think before you throw out that sock that lost its mate: that single sock, along with shoes, handbags, belts, stuffed animals and much more can all serve a much higher purpose than adding to the local landfill pile. According to Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) Executive Director Jackie King, more than 95 percent of all textiles can be recycled or reused in some way—and that’s very good for our planet.

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Metso introduces M&J FineShred 1550 and 3550

M&J FineShred 3550 single shaft fine-shredders feature in-line feeding and are designed to deliver a stable and homogeneous output, increasing the value of RDF.

Metso is introducing the M&J FineShred 1550 and 3550 models, the latest single-shaft FineShredders with vertical feed by a pusher. These shredders handle a wide range of different materials and are highly suitable for RDF production. Units can deliver a throughput up to 17 tons per hour - depending on the output size - and have homogeneous output from 10-100 mm. 

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Gatwick and DHL open new waste management plant – turning Category 1 airline waste into energy onsite

Gatwick Airport and DHL Supply Chain have formally opened a new waste management plant, becoming the first airport in the world to turn airport waste, such as food and packaging, into energy onsite. The new £3.8million waste plant not only disposes of Category 1 waste safely onsite, but converts it and other organic waste into energy to heat Gatwick’s waste management site and power the site's water recovery system. The plant is set to save £1,000 in energy and waste management costs for every day it operates.

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Scrap Handlers; past, present and future

The LH 40, part of Liebherr’s LH series of dedicated material handlers for scrap and solid waste processing.

Material handlers for scrap processing applications, AKA scrap handlers, over the last decade have become one of the key pieces of equipment for metals and other material recyclers around the world. Very often, these machines are found to be excellent replacements for excavators that have traditionally been used by scrap, auto and other recyclers. While excavators are designed primarily for their intended use in earth moving and construction applications, dedicated material handlers are specifically designed for – as the name implies – handling materials. Of course, in the recycling industry loading, unloading, sorting, cutting, stockpiling and moving materials is central to the process. 

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