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Analyzing waste tracking and reducing landfill waste could produce an estimated $1 billion in profits

Power Knot President, Iain Milnes, recently addressed reports that greenhouse emissions from food waste are contributing to global warming and costing the economy $1 trillion per year. He contends that American businesses could not only substantially reduce their impact on the environment but also generate an additional $1 billion in profit and savings through improved waste tracking and reduced waste shipped to landfills.

A 2016 collaborative report from more than 30 businesses and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) cited the significant role of food wastage in greenhouse emissions—meat waste alone accounts for 21% of the global carbon footprint. Iain Milnes, founder and president of Power Knot, a leading manufacturer of eco-friendly and cost-effective solutions that dispose of waste food, asserts that by taking measures to improve waste tracking and reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, U.S. businesses could generate more than $1 billion in annual profits and savings through lowered food purchase costs, all while reducing their carbon footprint.

The NRDC report outlines the environmental effects of greenhouse emissions and the potential gain—in terms of pure profit—for those in the corporate sphere looking for practical and sustainable answers. Over 97% of food waste generated ends up in landfills, totaling 33 million tons of waste annually in the USA alone. The EPA estimates the cost of disposing of food waste in landfills at $1.3 billion.

The energy used to produce, harvest, transport and package wasted food generates over 3.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide.( “People are waking up to the effects of global warming, albeit very slowly,” said Milnes. “Historically, there has been a lack of accountability among the public that we are changing the climate to cause extremities in the weather patterns. And while there’s much emphasis put on the monetary costs of food waste, the effects on the environment are hugely detrimental.”

And as if the damage to the environment were not enough, the financial implications of food waste are immense—not just for individual businesses but for the U.S. economy as a whole: the U.S. spends over $218 billion on food that is eventually wasted.(2) Per Milnes, “The EPA is taking more official notice when it comes to landfill legislation, and with the president’s Climate Action Plan—Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, reducing waste in landfills looks more and more like a sound business model.”

In response to what some experts have deemed a burgeoning epidemic, Milnes created Power Knot’s LFC (Liquid Food Composter), an innovative machine that breaks down organic food matter into liquid form through a proprietary biodigestion process that drastically reduces the tonnage of waste. Through the use of the LFC, money spent on transporting and disposing of waste is eliminated, and the tonnage of waste that is being sent to landfills decreases dramatically. In addition to reducing property values, landfills produce excessive amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2). Both methane and CO2 are major contributors to global warming and climate change.

Forward-thinking companies are already taking advantage of this sustainable technology. JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay have had the LFC installed, and were recently featured for taking green initiatives while lowering monthly operating expenses for electricity, water, and waste removal. With the LFC, organic food waste that would wind up in a landfill—at substantial financial and environmental cost—is instead efficiently broken down. Power Knot’s LFC also digitally weighs and records in the cloud the amount that is discarded. This provides data for everyone from the executive chef to the general manager to help reduce the waste and indicate to stakeholders the positive impact on the property’s carbon footprint.

With the world’s population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, issues such as landfill waste and greenhouse emissions are becoming increasingly urgent. Milnes emphasized corporate responsibility, not just fiscally but on the global stage where sustainability is continually in the spotlight. He said, “Reducing carbon footprints by decreasing the amount of landfill waste and minimizing the use of excess energy is an essential requirement going forward if we want to see environmental change.”

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Builtrite and SAS Forks announce strategic alliance at ISRI 2017

At ISRI 2017, from left: Adam Lindley, GM and Paul Secker, president of SAS Forks, with Tom Cavallin, Builtrite president, and Bill Van Sant, executive chairman of Builtrite Holdings board of directors.

TJM Capital Parners, through Builtrite Holdings, LLC, has announced its investment in SAS of Luxemburg, Ltd, as of April 4, 2017. SAS Forks, a leading producer of auto dismantlers, processors and material handling attachments, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Builtrite Holdings, and will continue to operate from its manufacturing facility located in Luxemburg, Wisconsin. Paul Secker, son of the company’s founder, will continue to serve as SAS’ president and the company will work in alliance with Two Harbors, Minnesota-based Builtrite Manufacturing, sister company to SAS Forks and also a wholly owned subsidiary of Builtrite Holdings.

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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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Fuchs MHL370 F material handler built for tough, high-capacity handling applications

The new Fuchs MHL370 F material handler expands the Fuchs product line and marks an entry in the 120,000-lb (55 mt) class of high capacity machines. Built for high production in large scrap operations and port applications throughout North America, the new MHL370 handler boasts heavy counterweight and a massive undercarriage with 17.9- x 20.6-ft (5,440- x 6,270-mm) outrigger stance to offer excellent stability and high lift capacities at extended reach. The new Fuchs handler delivers higher lift capacities than competitive units in this class and a 14.5% increase in lift capacity over the Fuchs MHL360 F handler at full 59.9-ft (18-m) boom extension.

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​New Study Reveals Strong Economic Impact of U.S. Scrap Recycling Industry

(New Orleans, LA) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released a new Economic Impact Study revealing that the industry accounts for nearly half a million jobs in the U.S. and generates more than $116 billion annually in economic activity. The study was performed by the independent consulting firm of John Dunham and Associates to explore the size and scope of the scrap industry in the U.S., and measure its significant contribution to the economy in terms of employment, tax generation, and overall economic benefit.

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McCloskey responds to worldwide growth with investments in new facilities and dealers

Screening and crushing industry leader McCloskey International has continued its expansion over the past three years, with close to 35% growth overall, increased market share, major investments in its manufacturing facilities, and the introduction of a new division. In lockstep with this growth was the addition of over 30 dealers to the global distribution network.

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​Emterra Group again named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

For the second consecutive year, Emterra Group has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. The acknowledgement is granted by Mediacorp Canada in its Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. The announcement, made annually as part of Earth Day celebrations was published in The Globe and Mail. Emterra Group was the only organization in the recycling and waste management sector to be recognized for this award.

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Genesis announces cloud-based attachment performance monitoring

Genesis Attachments announces Pulse Technology, the first-of-its-kind, cloud-based attachment performance monitoring system. Using integrated sensors throughout both hydraulic circuits, Pulse Technology delivers live diagnostic measurements for critical functions including jaw pressure, jaw circuit oil temperature, bi-directional rotation pressure, rotation circuit oil temperature, and rotational speed and flow.

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From tires to clean crumb rubber, to granulate and fine powder

Granutech's integrated tire processing system.

Vinh Ngo, the owner of Ideal Rubber Industries Corp., based in Brantford, Ontario, Canada (near Toronto), has been decisive on many fronts. He opted to work with Granutech-Saturn Systems shortly after he set up his recycling operation in 2009, and has subsequently retained Granutech-Saturn as his key vendor in establishing a tire processing system that allows him to convert scrap tires (including large format and OTR tires)  into high-quality crumb rubber and powder in a multi-step phased approach. 

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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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Capitalizing on an opportunity

When landfills throughout the United States and Canada began banning yard waste dumping in the 1990s, entrepreneurial-minded individuals carved out new businesses for themselves by opening yard waste transfer stations and compost facilities to collect grass clippings, sod, leaves, as well as tree branches, limbs and logs. Collecting all this material was a new way of making money, but the real opportunity was in taking someone else's waste and turning it into a useful product. 

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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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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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​FUCHS to unveil award-winning purpose-built cab and show MHL320F and upgraded MHL370F material handlers

Fuchs will exhibit at ISRI 2017 from 22 – 27 Apr, 2017 in New Orleans, La. in booth A21. Two machines will be on display: the upgraded MHL370 F material handler with an iF Award-Winning Fuchs cab and the model MHL320 F (shown here). Commenting on the line up Jon Van Ruitenbeek, Business Line Director for Fuchs in North America, said the features and solutions on these machines enable customers in the four core segments scrap, waste, forestry and port industry to operate efficiently and boost return on investment and will be the center of attention.

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​Bandit Color Max Colouring System Now Available For Beast Horizontal Grinders

Bandit’s new enhanced Color Max colorizer system is designed to create beautiful coloured landscape mulch from waste wood. According to Bandit Industries, their Color Max colourizer system is a quick, efficient, cost-effective system that outperforms all other colouring systems, creating the highest quality coloured mulch faster and with lower operating costs.

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Ties 2 cuts energy costs by $400,000 in first year with CBI stationary system

Going from $4.50 a ton to $1.00 a ton is significant when your business processes 150,000 tons of railroad ties a year, and that’s exactly what Ties 2 accomplished by upgrading to their CBI electric stationary system. Last year, Continental Biomass Industries custom designed and installed an electric stationary system that grinds 600 – 800 tons of railroad ties on a daily basis for Ties 2. 

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