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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."

Battery recycling program sees steady increase over Q4 2016The immensely successful battery recycling program at Staples collected 46,716.1 kg in Q1 2017, a 9.4 per cent increase over collections in Q4 2016. Writing instrument recycling initiative on track for a record-breaking yearThe writing instrument recycling program at Staples, in partnership with TerraCycle, had its second highest collecting quarter in its five-year history with 80,161 units collected in Q1 2017, a 51.8 per cent increase over Q1 2016 collections (52,819 units). The program is well on its way to another record-breaking year. In 2016, 290,509 pens and markers were collected.

Leading destination to recycle electronicsStaples continues to be a leading choice among Canadian households looking to recycle their electronics with 772,193.0 kg collected from Staples stores and recycled in Q1 2017.   

Driver Take Back Program collects over 100,000 ink cartridges The Driver Take Back Program had another strong quarter with 106,465 ink cartridges collected in Q1 2017. Through this initiative, Staples delivery drivers collect used batteries, electronics and ink cartridges from customers when delivering orders. The program is active in certain areas of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia. During Q1 2017, 5,850 kg of electronics and 130 kg of batteries were also collected.

CO2 Emissions reduced by 1, 768 metric tons In Q1 2017, Staples Canada reduced emissions by over 1,798 metric tons of CO2, which is equivalent to:

  • the annual energy use of 190 residential homes
  • the carbon sequestered by 689 hectares of forests in one year
  • the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 380 cars

Staples Canada continues to monitor energy consumption and actively works to conserve energy across the business by reducing overall energy costs and diversifying energy sources.

February 2017 electricity consumption: 1.0553 kWh/square foot (8.3 per cent decrease over same period in 2016
March 2017 electricity consumption: 1.1746 kWh/square foot (0.7 per cent increase over same period in 2016
April 2017 electricity consumption: 1.0156 kWh/square foot (6.0 per cent decrease over same period in 2016

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SIMPLE MATH: Crunching the Numbers leads to alternative fuel source for Bevo Farms

Vermeer’s HG6000TX allows Bevo Farms to produce consistent material sizes, providing a better fuel source.

Simple math - that's the answer Leo Benne of Bevo Farms provides when asked why North America's top propagation company got into the wood waste recycling business. With 48 acres (19.4 hectares) of greenhouses in Langley, British Columbia, and another 5.5 acres (2.2 hectares) in neighbouring Pitt Meadows, it takes an incredible amount of energy to keep Bevo Farms' facilities at the right temperatures during the colder months of the year. So when natural gas prices began to rise in the early 2000s, the company began considering alternative fuel sources and added a wood boiler for its heating system - a decision that eventually led Bevo Farms into the wood waste recycling industry.

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Call2Recycle, Inc. advances its commitment to safety with the introduction of its new flame retardant box liner

Call2Recycle, Inc. advances its commitment to safety with the introduction of its new flame retardant box liner

Call2Recycle, Inc., North America's largest consumer battery stewardship organization, has announced an innovation to bolster the safety in handling and transporting potentially dangerous batteries.  Its U.S. battery collection containers will include an innovative, flame retardant liner.  This new feature is part of the organization's Charge Up Safety! initiative to further the safe collection, transport and recycling of consumer batteries.

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China Concerns Weigh on Nonferrous Scrap Market Sentiment

China Concerns Weigh on  Nonferrous Scrap Market Sentiment

As the world's largest importer of nonferrous metal scrap, China continues to be a critical market driver for scrap metal recyclers. In 2016, mainland China accounted for 70 percent of all U.S. copper and copper alloy scrap exports and more than 50 percent of U.S. aluminum scrap exports, according to Census Bureau data. Given China's dominant share of global nonferrous metal consumption and the potential impacts of looming Chinese scrap import restrictions, it should come as no surprise that China was a recurring topic of conversation at ISRI's 2017 Commodities Roundtable Forum in September. 

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Selecting the Right Solid Tires for Industry Specific Applications

Approximately twenty years ago, those of us working in the off-road heavy equipment industry regularly witnessed a high amount of failures in machines operating on cement or other hard surfaces. Extended steel rims were used with small, hard, rubber wheels. When these rubber tires chipped and chunked, vibrations and bouncing sent shockwaves into the machine, causing shortened life and expensive repairs, not to mention stress on operators. Drivetrain components (U-joints and articulation joints) in particular often suffered from stress cracks caused by vibrations and a bouncing machine. 

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Fines Content Removal for Marin Sanitary Service Creates Secondary Market

Fines in a cogeneration power station create more ash.  That was the problem facing Marin Sanitary Service back in 1999 and 2000. Marin, a California-based family-owned company, had installed a complete Jeffrey Radar system in 1987, including hammermill, chain conveyor and vibratory screen, to manage their curbside green waste business as well as the construction-and-demolition (C&D) waste in Marin's Resource Recovery Center.

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Waste Reduction Week in Canada Celebrates Achievement and Encourages Improvement

Waste Reduction Week in Canada Celebrates Achievement and Encourages Improvement

For 16 years Waste Reduction Week in Canada has been highlighted in calendars to remind and encourage everyone on the importance of reducing waste. Canadians are proud of their environment and have been recognized around the world for recycling programs.  However, work can still be done; among OECD countries Canada ranks 26 out of 35 by only recycling and composting 24 per cent of its municipal waste.

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Crushing Attachments Run Down

Crushing Attachments Run Down

The Okada America, Inc. trommel screening bucket (TMB Series) is ideal for screening C&D debris out of soil and sand to make recycling efficient and keep dumping requirements to a minimum. The TMB Series features two-way drum rotation or operation in a single direction with a drum rotation speed that can be fine-tuned. The TMB Series is offered in four sizes for carriers ranging from 6 to 40 tons.

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Inner City Metal

Located on the edge of downtown Vancouver, Davis Trading had its start in 1909. David Davis founded the company as a horse and buggy style operation - more of a trading company than a recycler - hence the company's full name, Davis Trading & Supply Ltd. Over its more than 100 years in the business, the company has salvaged, traded and recycled everything from glass bottles, inner tubes, cotton and mattresses to used clothing and even horse hair and animal bones. 

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​SWANA provides update to States on Chinese import ban

​SWANA provides update to States on Chinese import ban

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has issued an update to state officials concerning the July 18, 2017 notification to the World Trade Organization from China on their intent to ban certain waste imports. The update provides background to states on the Chinese waste ban, details how the ban could impact state and local recycling programs, and suggests action items states should consider to respond to increased market uncertainty.

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​CBI hosts 2017 Factory Forum at New Hampshire headquarters

​CBI hosts 2017 Factory Forum at New Hampshire headquarters

 NEWTON, N.H. - Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) hosted its 2017 Factory Forum October 3rd through 5th at its global headquarters in Newton, putting on live demos and workshops for guests from around the world. The three day event saw guests from Sweden, Brazil, and various businesses throughout the United States, including local customers who partnered with CBI for the live demonstrations.

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2017 State of Extended Producer Responsibility in Canada Report available

2017 State of Extended Producer Responsibility in Canada Report available

During a presentation at the Canadian Conference on Stewardship in Montreal, held September 27-29, Extended Producer Responsibility Canada (EPRC) released its 2017 report on the progress Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments have made year-over-year since 2011 in developing and implementing extended producer responsibility (EPR) policies and programs in compliance with the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment's (CCME) Canada-wide Action Plan on EPR.

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WENDT Corporation Launches Redesigned Website

WENDT Corporation Launches Redesigned Website

The  WENDT Corporation, a manufacturer and systems integrator of scrap metal processing equipment, has announced the launch of their redesigned website wendtcorp.com. The new site features extensive product information and improved navigation and functionality for the ultimate user experience. "In July, WENDT celebrated 40 years in business and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to redesign the site to be a better representation of the company we are today," said Val Andrews, Marketing Coordinator. The easy to browse site, provides a platform where customers can benefit from more comprehensive and richer online content. Visitors can navigate through WENDT's vast portfolio of products and solutions for automobile shredding and scrap metal processing, advanced metal recovery, wire chopping, aluminum shredding and sorting and other applications. "We've designed the site to be dynamic and flexible as we continue to grow and increase our market presence," Andrews added.

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​Top 10 Take-Action Tips for Waste Reduction Week in Canada

​Top 10 Take-Action Tips for Waste Reduction Week in Canada

Canadians generate a lot of waste. On average, every Canadian will generate 720 kg (1,587 lbs.) of waste that goes to landfill, which is equal weight to a full grown female giraffe. In the spirit of Waste Reduction Week in Canada here are ten easy take-action tips that will reduce our reliance on landfills and help you adopt more environmentally conscious choices.

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