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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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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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