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Canada's Plastic Packaging Recycling Rate Continues To Rise

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has released a new report: "2015 Post-Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada" informing Canadians that their recycling efforts continue to increase the amount of post-consumer plastic packaging being recycled across Canada. This is the 7th year the CPIA has conducted this study. In 2015 the numbers show Canada's recycling systems and plastics industry realized an additional 0.4% of plastic recycled in 2015 compared to 2014 as reported by Moore Recycling Associates. This increase is the result of more plastic products and packaging collected, specifically HDPE (#2) bottles for recycling. In total, at least 322 million kilograms of post-consumer plastic packaging were collected in Canada for recycling.

The study results come from a voluntary survey that is sent out to more than 500 companies that handle recycled plastics in North America. These companies are made up of re-claimers, exporters, brokers, material recovery facilities (MRFs) and other handlers of used plastics.

Over the last 7 years the study has consistently indicated that Canada's plastics routinely remain in North America to be processed rather than moving to overseas markets. "Every piece of plastic matters. We are proud to report that we are seeing slight increases in both the amounts of plastic material collected, up 0.4% (~1.3 million kgs) and reported as reclaimed in Canada, up to 79% (~254 million kgs) from 78%," says Carol Hochu, President and CEO of the CPIA.

Plastic packaging collected for recycling includes plastic bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics (such as deli, dairy, bakery, and produce containers), and flexible film packaging, such as plastic bags and outer wrap. These valuable resources are recycled into many new useful items such as fleece jackets, new plastic bottles, pipe, pallets, crates and buckets, decking, and other lawn and garden products.

The reported plastic quantities represent a net increase of 1.3 million kilograms. HDPE natural bottles provided the overall growth in 2015 with an increase of 5.7 million kilograms; all other categories combined had a decrease of 4.4 million kilograms. While the net increase is good news, Canadian plastics recyclers want more supply; they have underutilized capacity creating ample opportunity for consumers and businesses to supply our recyclers with more plastics.

"Canada's plastic recycling infrastructure is key to our circular economy. Every recyclable piece of plastic collected can be fully utilized and be incorporated into another product cycle. The CPIA provides support to stewardship programs and municipal recycling systems across Canada with information and education resources available at www.plastics.ca," says Joe Hruska, VP Sustainability, CPIA.

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CBI demonstrating machines live at the Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo

Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) will be exhibiting at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo held in Laurinburg, North Carolina from September 15-16. Guests will have two days to see live demonstrations of CBI's high-performance wood grinders and commercial wood chippers. The CBI exhibit will be located just inside the entrance at Live Site 1. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for both days of the show, with live CBI demos happening throughout the event.

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Squeezing More Value From Waste

Ludovic Aberbour, COO, and Benjamin Tizon, Agency Director, Paprec Trivalo, Cote D’Azur in front of their new Kadant PAAL baler used for processing multi-materials continuously.

In February of 2017 SMED (Mixed Waste Disposal Unit of the Middle Pays des Alpes Maritimes) and the Paprec Group launched a sophisticated waste sorting facility in Cannes, France, home of the famous film festival. 

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Urban Resource Group Upcycles Ocean Plastic into Lush Cosmetic Containers

Urban Resource Group Inc., an affiliate of Canada Fibers Ltd., has announced a successful collaborative trials with Lush Cosmetics involving recycling of ocean plastic into cosmetic containers - turning harmful litter into eco-conscious packaging. In late 2016, Lush delivered plastic collected from a six-month long, volunteer-led ocean cleanup project to Urban Resource Group's plastic recycling facility in Toronto, Canada. Urban Resource Group took on the challenge of converting the tattered, assorted mix of plastic into a high-quality plastic pellet to use in a standard manufacturing setting.   

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Vecoplan develops energy-efficient single-shaft shredders for wood-processing companies

Vecoplan's newly developed and compact VAZ series are durable and sturdy single-shaft shredders which enable joiners and carpenters in particular to process wood leftovers in a dependable way. The series is equipped with energy-efficient drive technology. Wood processors benefit from its very low operating costs. The single-shaft shredders have now made a successful debut at the international trade fair LIGNA 2017.

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KOBELCO debuts demolition excavator and car demolisher

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 this past March Kobelco Construction Machinery says they hosted their dealer network members along with thousands of attendees at their exhibit, which displayed the company's latest advancements and exclusive technologies along with several new and specialty excavator models and configurations. The Kobelco display included the SK1000DLC large building demolition machine (shown here), as well as the debut of the SK210D-10 Car Demolition Machine and SK350DLC-10 Building Demolition excavator.

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Liebherr supplies cylinders for new scrap shears by Genesis

They cut everything to pieces: car bodies, steel girders, entire ships and aircrafts. Scrap shears are the choice when it comes to crushing iron and other metals. One of the premium manufacturers is Genesis GmbH, which produces scrap and demolition shears of different sizes in Memmingen (Southern Germany) for users in Europe, Asia and Africa. For the new mobile scrap shears, which has a high cutting force even with a comparatively small carrier, once again turned to Liebherr-Components Kirchdorf GmbH for its robust, compact and durable hydraulic cylinders.

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Latest mechanical, hydraulic and screw extrusion presses for briquetting applications available from Briquetting Systems

The CF Nielsen  Quattro hydraulic press, available in Canada from Briquetting Systems,  processes various dry wood particulate, including wood dust, producing briquettes from mixed wood materials, including manufacturing plant dust, which can then be used in consumer wood stoves and fireplaces.

Briquetting Systems is a multi-line distributor based out of Vancouver, B.C. Recently, the company announced the availability of two new mechanical presses from manufacturer C.F. Nielsen AS, a leading manufacturer of mechanical briquetting presses based out of Denmark. From raw material - including agricultural waste, wood, paper, plant dust and other biomass residues and wastes - C.F. Nielsen's full-line of briquetting solutions produce briquettes for use in large boilers and power plants as well as log-type briquettes for use in fireplaces and wood-burning stoves by consumers.

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EREF Partners with the CRRC on the EREF Summit on Organics

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation, in collaboration with the California Refuse Recycling Council, will host the EREF Summit on Organics in Ontario, California on July 25 & 26. This educational event will feature a full day of presentations and discussions from organics management experts followed by a half-day tour of two composting facilities.

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GreenWaste Selects BHS for Mixed Waste MRF

GreenWaste Recovery commissioned a 40-tph Mixed Waste Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in May 2007. That system was awarded SWANA's 2008 Gold Award for Recycling Excellence. More than 10 years later, GreenWaste is ready to expand. As they did in 2007, GreenWaste once again selected Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to provide a state-of-the-art mixed waste processing system. The new two-line system will double overall throughput capacity to more than 80-tons-per-hour and includes updated technology, including five Max-AI™ Autonomous Quality Control (AQC) units.

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Understanding the Changing Catalytic Converter Landscape

The catalytic converter industry has been constantly evolving over the last 25 years. Many of you in the scrap industry will remember back in the day when converter buyers would come and purchase with just three grades in mind: small, medium and large. My, how things have changed. We now have over 65 grading categories and 20,000 serial numbers, as well as toll refining as an option to sell converters. 

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​North American recycling industry reacts to rumours of Chinese scrap commodity import ban

ISRI held a teleconference for industry press on June 13th. The briefing followed two recent visits to China by the organization - to BIR's 2017 World Recycling Convention & Exhibition held May 22-24 in Hong Kong, and more recently to speak with U.S. and Chinese government authorities in Beijing to address industry rumours that have surfaced over the last several months about a potential ban on scrap imports to the country.

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Eco-friendly e-waste process facility underway

Mineworx Technologies Ltd., formerly Iberian Minerals Ltd., announced the joint collaboration with EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. for the construction of an environmentally friendly, modular E-Waste processing plant/facility. The E-Waste plant/facility has been designed to process up to 2,500 tonnes (5.5 million lbs) per annum of PCBA (printed circuit board assemblies) based E-Waste material.

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