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​Hewlett Packard Answers the Call for e-Trash Transparency

HP praised by environmentalists for agreeing to reveal electronic waste destinations

Environmental groups praised the Hewlett Packard Company March 16th, for its recent announcement that they will henceforth reveal to the public where all of their electronic waste goes. This call for "e-Trash Transparency" was one of the demands of the global toxic trade watchdog organization, Basel Action Network's (BAN) e-Trash Transparency Project, which utilized GPS tracking devices placed within discarded electronic equipment to find out what really happens with our electronic waste. The project revealed, in its two reports "Disconnect" and "Scam Recycling", that American consumers are often duped by recyclers or thrift shops like Goodwill Industries, when they claim environmentally safe recycling and instead export the equipment to developing countries. BAN's investigation discovered that 40% of old printers and monitors were exported to countries like Pakistan and China where they are most often broken down in dangerous backyard operations exposing workers and the environment to dangerous substances such as mercury and lead. 

"The public has the right to know where their old electronic waste, which is, in fact, hazardous waste, will end up. They have the right to be assured that it will not end up poisoning workers, land, and water abroad," said Jim Puckett, Executive Director of BAN. "We called on all institutions, enterprises and especially manufacturers to pledge to always tell the public where their e-Waste goes. We are thrilled to see HP heed this important call." 

In a blog post of March 3, 2017, HP's Annukka Dickens, HP's Director of Human Rights and Supply Chain Responsibility cited BAN's work and stated: "HP is disclosing its recycling partners to raise the bar for transparency in our industry and to highlight the high standards we set for those vendors. We challenge other companies in and outside of the high-tech industry to follow our lead and disclose recycler vendor standards and performance, as well as the list of recycling vendors they employ globally." 

HP now joins Samsung and LG in being fully transparent in North America about their recycling destinations. However, most IT equipment manufacturers, including Apple, Inc., refuse to tell the public where their toxic e-waste, once collected from the public, will end up. 

According to BAN, Dell Computers, which was called out in the organization's first report entitled "Disconnect: Goodwill and Dell Exporting the Public's E-Waste to Developing Countries", continues to remain secretive about its downstream destinations including the recyclers they employ as part of their Goodwill/Dell partnership program. Dell's policies dictated that they would never export and that their environmental partner recyclers were carefully vetted to ensure only the most environmentally sound operations. BAN trackers revealed, however, that 21% of the devices delivered to the Dell Reconnect program via Goodwill, were exported to Asia. Extrapolating for the entire amount Dell Reconnect boasts it has handled to date, 21% leads to a staggering figure of 90 million pounds exported to Asia in the last 12 years. That would equate to four 40-foot containers a week for those 12 years from the Dell Reconnect program alone. 

BAN and Electronics Industry watchdogs Texas Campaign for the Environment, jointly call on Apple and Dell to be next to commit to disposal chain transparency. 

"It's been 15 years since the world learned that so much e-waste was being dumped on developing countries," said Texas Campaign for the Environment's Director Robin Schneider. "We applaud HP for full transparency and urge all electronics companies to finally let us know exactly which companies are recycling our old electronics." 

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MCLANAHAN enters mobile equipment market with MMS TRACK TROMMEL at CONEXPO

McLanahan Corporation introduced McLanahan Mobile Solutions at this year's CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017. At the event McLanahan displayed its MMS Track Trommel, which is ideal for processing aggregates, waste fines, construction and demolition material, compost, topsoil, ash and wood waste. This mobile trommel can be containerized when almost fully assembled, can be set up and running in just 15 minutes, and is capable of handling up to 165 tons per hour of material.

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The role of C&D biomass in waste diversion

Zero waste programs are being implemented or considered for implementation across North America. These optional programs have the laudable goal of reducing or even eliminating the amount of waste going to landfills. But part of these programs’ requirements is that, besides no material going to landfill, nothing is supposed to be incinerated in waste-to-energy facilities. This would include C&D biomass. The C&D recycling industry disagrees with this requirement. 

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Vecoplan offers a gentler way to handle waste

Vecoplan's new bag opener, the VSA 250 T opens bags gently and empties them, yet is built robust, energy efficient and for low maintenance.

In order to recycle plastic, metal and composite packaging or household waste collected in bags and put out for collection, the waste needs to be continuously and reliably fed into sorting processes.  With the Vecoplan bag opener VSA 250 T, Vecoplan has developed a durable, low maintenance, high throughput yet extremely energy efficient bag opener fit for the job. The machine uses Vecoplan's pioneering drive technology. 

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​Sonoco latest to support The Recycling Partnership

National nonprofit The Recycling Partnership has welcomed global packaging provider Sonoco as its newest funding partner. The two organizations are strongly aligned in their commitment to improving the world for people and communities through meaningful recovery of materials and reductions in greenhouse gases, energy and water use. Sonoco joins the ranks of companies and associations from across the supply chain as they band together to support the Partnership in reshaping the recycling industry.

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​SCS Engineers Assists the County of Santa Clara with Compost Processing Capacity and Organics Diversion Study

SCS Engineers has been retained by the County of Santa Clara to study the County’s capacity to process compost and divert organic material. The County has a strong commitment to forward-thinking waste diversion and recycling; with progressive programs already in place such as sustainable gardening, composting education, household and small business hazardous waste, green business certification programs, and more.

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CASE Introduces CX290D Material Handler and CX290D Scrap Loader for Waste and Scrap Applications

CASE Construction Equipment has introduced two all-new crawler excavators to its D Series lineup: the CX290D material handler and CX290D scrap loader. With an operating weight of 72,100 pounds and lift capacities of up to 24,650 pounds, each purpose-built model is designed specifically for use with grapples, magnets, shears and other attachments used in the scrap and waste industries, and offers several key features that fine-tune the machines for material handling and scrap loading applications.

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Four machines from EDGE Innovate's Material Handling and Recycling Range on display at CONEXPO 2017

The Edge Innovate team at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017.

The EDGE Innovate team travelled the whopping 4,872 miles from their headquarters in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, the world renowned home of crushing and screening, to Las Vegas, the first week of March, to exhibit at the largest construction exhibition in North America; CONEXPO/CON-AGG. Starting from Tuesday 7th March to Saturday 11th March at the Las Vegas Convention Center; EDGE Innovate exhibited its wares at the popular Silver Lot, Booth #5454. The CONEXPO exhibition, spread over 250,000 square feet, attracted over 128,000 attendees from over 150 countries; all of which came to scan their eye over the newest products in the construction and related industries. 

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​PILOT PROGRAM TEACHES ROBOTS HOW TO MAKE CARTON RECYCLING MORE EFFICIENT

Through a collaboration between the Carton Council, AMP Robotics and Alpine Waste & Recycling, a robotic system has learned to identify the wide variety of food and beverage cartons in order to grab and separate them from the recycling stream.

In its ongoing efforts to advance food and beverage carton recycling, the Colorado-based Carton Council of North America announced today that it has been conducting a pilot program that uses artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of carton recycling. 

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​SWANA Launches 2nd Annual Distribution of Slow Down to Get Around Decals

As part of on-going efforts to get solid waste workers off the “Top 5 Most Dangerous Jobs” list, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) will resume distributing Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA) decals to its members, free, upon request, starting March 14, 2017. SWANA’s SDTGA program, brought to members in part through a generous sponsorship by Heil Environmental and 3rd Eye—part of the Environmental Solutions Group family, is a national safety campaign aimed at reminding motorists to drive carefully near waste and recycling collection vehicles. The campaign, initially created by Larry Stone while he served as Safety Director at Rumpke, has resulted in legislation under the same name in nearly a dozen U.S. states.

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​Sims Recycling Solutions achieves NAID AAA certification; launches subsidiary

Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), a leading provider of global IT asset disposition (ITAD) services, has announced that it’s U.S. on-site destruction services are now nationally AAA Certified by the U.S.-based National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). NAID AAA Certification creates and verifies the qualifications of certified information destruction providers, like SRS. This rigorous process ensures that the data security needs of global enterprises meet numerous laws and regulations requiring protection of confidential customer information.

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Small footprint makes crushing plant ideal for small to medium contractors

The IROCK TC-15CC tracked closed-circuit crushing plant is ideal for small to medium contractors. The unit boasts a relatively small footprint and is easy to maneuver from job to job or around the site. The new crusher features a large capacity hopper for loading material with large wheel loaders and excavators. Its new apron release system minimizes material blockages, which enhances uptime. 

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Metals Recycling

​Schnitzer rents to purchase LEFORT .SB 660A towable shear/baler/logger

Schnitzer Steel, the globally renowned collector, processor and seller of steel, has recently rented to purchase a LEFORT .SB 660A Towable shear/baler/logger.  The LEFORT .SB 660A Towable, part of LEFORT America’ s newest product line covering the scrap metal recycling market, will be put to work at Schnitzer’ multiple locations in Puerto Rico. Experts in various types of recycling, from auto to metal, Schnitzer chose the LEFORT .SB 660A Towable for its mobility and its high production capabilities which will greatly improve their operations at Salinas, Bayamon and Ponce, respectively.

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