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Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste report defines strategies to reduce discarded food by 13 million tons per year

Compact Bio-digesters part of the solution; Power Knot founder comments on report

According to a new report, businesses can increase their profits by nearly $2 billion annually by adopting strategies to reduce the amount of discarded waste that is eventually sent to landfills. Cutting the amount of half-eaten entrees, unsold milk, and other foods that get tossed into trash bins across the U.S. by 20% over the next decade can save billions for businesses.2 Released this March, the “Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste” lays out strategies that companies, along with governments, consumers, and foundations can implement to reduce the amount of discarded food in the country by 13 million tons a year.

Approximately 40% of all food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten, contributing to myriad social and environmental problems, and often ending up in overflowing landfills. Food decomposing in landfills emits methane, a greenhouse gas 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide (CO2). In total, about 4.5% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and 23% of U.S. methane emissions result from food waste. If global food waste were a country, its emissions would be third, behind only China and the United States.1

Food waste costs Americans an estimated $165 billion per year. Nearly 25% of water and 31% of land in the U.S. is used to produce food that is wasted throughout the supply chain. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated the value of food lost by retailers at $47 billion.

Iain Milnes, founder and president of Power Knot, a leading manufacturer of eco-friendly and cost-effective solutions for waste food disposal, has praise for retailers who are taking action. “The amount of money being thrown away due to the cost of food waste is astronomical for some of these businesses,” said Milnes. “Using methods to cut food waste not only lessens the amount sent to landfills, but actually saves a ton of money.”

The “Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste” report, citing an $18 billion plan to cut waste, comes after the U.S. government set the first ever national goal in September 2015, to cut the country’s edible food waste, aiming for a 50% reduction by 2030.

The plan presents 27 such solutions that companies, consumers, governments, and nonprofit organizations can implement to cut down on food waste. By adopting these methods, businesses can boost their profits by $1.9 billion annually. Restaurants, food service companies, and institutions such as colleges and hospitals would see the biggest portion of such savings, raking in a potential additional $1.6 billion in profits each year.

Power Knot’s Milnes points out that diverting food waste from landfills not only conserves limited landfill space, but also helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.3 Milnes commented, “Sometimes the problem for large producers of waste food is knowing where to begin. To reduce the wastage of food in a business you need to know how much you are generating and when. And it’s not always obvious how to divert that waste from the landfill. Our LFC can help with both issues.”

The LFC from Power Knot is a bio-digester that sits in the kitchen. The LFC is like a stainless-steel stomach that digests the waste food sending the output as grey water down the drain. As it does so, it weighs the amount of waste and reports it in real time on a color touch screen and through the LFC Cloud, a free online service.

Milnes emphasized, “We know that our LFC is a reliable and cost-effective solution to the challenge of corporate social responsibility that is faced by hospitals, restaurants, universities, stadia, arenas and companies of all sizes including the Fortune 500. All are plagued to various degrees by high amounts of food waste. Our seven LFC models, treating from 110 up to 4,000 pounds of food waste per day allow any kitchen to cleanly and safely break down the waste on-site. This has shown continuing savings on the bottom line—resulting in higher profits, as well as generating goodwill in their respective communities and with the ever-growing number of environmentally-conscious consumers.”

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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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