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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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Vecoplan supports recycling of "ghost nets" recovered from seas

The international recycling company Tönsmeier became a partner of WWF Deutschland (World Wide Fund for Nature in Germany) in September 2015, and since then has been working to rid the Baltic Sea of ‘ghost nets', i.e. abandoned fishing nets made of plastic. The environmentally-friendly recycling of these polypropylene and polyamide ghost nets is being tested - so Vecoplan AG was brought in to create an optimum process for transporting, processing and recycling the salvaged material - and the results of initial tests have been positive.

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Recycling instructions added on major water brands

Nestlé Waters North America, one of the nation's leading beverage manufacturers, announced today that it has begun adding the clear and consistent How2Recyleinstruction to the labels on half-liter bottles of all its major U.S. brands. This includes its purified water brand Nestlé Pure Life as well as its regional spring water brands, Poland Spring, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Zephyrhills, Ozarka and Arrowhead.   

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Metals Recycling

MetalX plans scrap facility in northwest Ohio

On the heels of last month's acquisition of M&K Metal Processors in Delta, Ohio, MetalX announced that it plans to invest $35 million to build a greenfield, state-of-the-art scrap processing plant in Delta, Ohio. The company intends to develop its new facility on a 60-acre site across the street from North Star BlueScope's flat-rolled steel mill.

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​New Compact Crusher Range to be Unveiled at Steinexpo 2017

McCloskey's new I34 Impactors are designed for compactness and high mobility, capable of moving while crushing in small spaces. The lines' small footprint (less than 2.5 m wide) is uniquely suited to the demolition and asphalt recycling industry, aggregates and smaller scale construction projects, and for easy transport from site to site.

PETERBOROUGH, ON -July 28, 2017 - McCloskey International's expanding crusher line now includes compact crushers, which will make their worldwide debut in Europe's largest basalt quarry at Steinexpo 2017, held from August 31 - September 2, 2017 in Homburg/Nieder-Ofleiden, Germany. Situated in a 1400m2 stand in Demo Area C, Stand C17, the position will allow visitors to witness the power of McCloskey equipment in action, as well as explore new products on the stand.

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​Recyclers to look at present and prepare for future at Annual Commodities Roundtable

(Washington, D.C.) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, is once again hosting its annual Commodities Roundtable Forum, September 6-8, 2017, in Chicago. The once a year event is a must-attend for all involved in the trade of scrap commodities, from processors to brokers to buyers. It provides the most comprehensive view of what is happening across a wide range of recycled commodities including ferrous and nonferrous metals, plastics, and the key trends impacting the $117 billion scrap recycling industry.

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GreenMantra Receives $2.2 Million in Funding for Polystyrene CleanTech Innovation From Sustainable Development Technology Canada

GreenMantra Technologies, a rapidly growing clean technology company that produces high-value polymers from waste plastics, will receive $2.2 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to be used toward construction of a demonstration plant that will convert waste polystyrene into modified styrenic polymers for use in inks, foam insulation and other applications. GreenMantra team, local Members of Parliament Bryan May and Marwan Tabbara, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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Staples Canada releases Q1 2017 sustainability achievements

Staples Canada has released its first quarter sustainability update and environmental achievements. Highlights of the report include steady growth for many in-store recycling initiatives, including battery and writing instruments programs. "Our recycling programs and sustainability initiatives have started the year off on a strong note," said Leigh Pearson, director of facilities, environment and procurement at Staples Canada. "We are always looking for ways to help our customers and associates make a positive impact on the environment."

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Walmart Foundation announces new grants available for Canadian organizations focused on reducing food waste

The Walmart Foundation has announced that it is making $1.87 million CAD ($1.5 million USD) available to fund proposals from eligible non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada. The Walmart Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing, and implementing food waste reduction efforts. Requests between $250,000 and $1,000,000 (USD) will be considered. 

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SWANA Publishes New Composting Operations Safety Tips

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has release a new installment of its "Five to Stay Alive" series that features safety tips for composting operations employees. Like many aspects of solid waste management, composting operations involve physical labor, the use of heavy machinery, and a dynamic work environment. These factors offer the potential for serious injury or fatality if proper safety precautions are not followed.

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Industry Collaboration Delivers More Than $80,000 for Recycling Education Grants

The Recycling Partnership announced the recipients of its Steve Thompson Memorial Education Grants program to bring more than 50 recycling professionals from across the U.S. to Minneapolis for the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference to further their recycling education. At the end of 2016, The Recycling Partnership released its 2016 State of Curbside report, identifying the key attributes of the highest-performing recycling programs in the U.S. The single attribute found in 100 percent of those communities was engagement in "public action," where local program staff were actively managing their programs. In other words, recycling professionals are the key to better program performance.

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​Rotochopper announces Generation 2 Colorizer

Rotochopper's Generation 2 Colorizer builds on the success of the original patent by increasing throughput capacity without sacrificing single-pass coverage in mulch colouring applications.

Rotochopper has announced the launch of their Generation 2 Colorizer. The Generation 2 Colorizer builds on the success of the original Rotochopper patent by increasing throughput capacity without sacrificing single-pass coverage. The original Colorizer patent gives Rotochopper grinders the exclusive advantage of injecting colourant directly in the grinding chamber, using the force of the grinding process to evenly coat all mulch particles.

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Charleston county awards new MRF contract to MACHINEX

Ground has broken on Palmetto Commerce Parkway to build the MRF in North Charleston, South Carolina. Machinex is proud to have been chosen to provide this turnkey, single-stream system that will be in operation by late summer of 2018. With a capacity of 25 TPH, the 57,000 square-foot facility will receive more than 50,000 tons per year of recyclables from Charleston County curbside collection. For the past two years, the county has been shipping their recyclables to Horry County for processing while they have been planning for this state-of-the-art recycling center.

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Making Denver One of the Greatest Recycling Cities in the U.S.

How to make a great recycling city even better? That was the question Denver Public Works took on this year with The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit organization that applies corporate partner funding to improve the recycling system in cities and towns across the nation, thus increasing supplies of clean materials for manufacturing. Over the next three months, The Recycling Partnership will work with Denver Public Works to increase the city's already notable ability to recover materials. Denver's residential recycling program is already outperforming the national average in terms of quality of material collected, but there is more material to be recovered.

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Pioneer Offers Longest, Most Comprehensive Tarping System Warranty

Pioneer the automated tarping systems supplier for the waste, recycling and construction industries, has extended the warranty on new models of its flagship Rack ‘n Pinion tarping system to five years, a new industry standard.  The non-prorated warranty covers the entire system,except the tarp, making it the most comprehensive warranty of any tarping system on the market today.

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OPTIMIZING A SUPERIOR SLUDGE SYSTEM SOLUTION

In the Wastewater treatment industry, removing harmful waste and rendering it safe for reuse or final disposal in landfills, composting or farm field applications is paramount. A key element in the wastewater treatment process is the Belt Press, which is used to dewater sludge and change it from a liquid to a solid.

Given today's demanding wastewater treatment regulatory landscape, proper handling of sludge is a very important component of the design and operation of any size of wastewater treatment plant (W.W.T.P.) municipality. The ultimate mission of any such plant is to separate solids from water, and to disinfect both to different degrees by removing organic and inorganic contaminants−which may be hazardous or toxic to humans or have detrimental effects on the environment.

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​Waste industry expert joins New Way's McLaughlin team

SCRANTON, IOWA - They say "If you don't measure it, you can't manage it." These are words that solid waste and recycling collections expert Don Ross has come to live by. With over 30 years of industry experience, Ross has dedicated his work to advancing the science of waste collection to increase efficiencies and improve safety. In a move that has caught the industry's attention, Don Ross recently joined the New Way team.

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New filter kits available for mobile equipment

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI) has released new filter kits for all mobile equipment. The new filter kits will further improve engine performance in asphalt and other dusty environments. "Our equipment is well-suited for RAP applications, these filters allow us to build on that strength for even better performance," says Tim Harms, product manager for crushing and screening products.

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