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​First production of virgin PET from post-consumer plastic bottles treated by enzymatic hydrolysis

CARBIOS,  a pioneer company in the field of bioplasturgy, has announced that it has taken a new step forward with the production of virgin PET made out of terephthalic acid coming from its bio recycling process of post-consumer PET plastic bottles.

 CARBIOS previously demonstrated that it had successfully synthetized PET oligomers made out of terephthalic acid coming from its biorecycling process of PET plastic bottles. This was the first step towards the production of PET.

 The following step consisting in the synthesis of virgin PET made out of these oligomers has now been completed confirming by then the potential of CARBIOS' technology for the recycling of plastic bottles waste into virgin PET polymers.

 Alain MARTY, Chief Scientific Officer of CARBIOS comments: "We have met a new challenge by demonstrating that enzymatic depolymerization applied to PET bottles enables the virtuous cycle of a return to virgin PET. Our next short-term goal is now to demonstrate that this virgin PET is suitable for the production of new bottles, thus paving the way to circular economy for PET plastic products."

 Jacqueline LECOURTIER, President of CARBIOS Scientific Committee and member of the French National Academy of Technologies declares: "The original process developed by CARBIOS to recycle PET, main component of plastic bottles massively used by the food industry, is a major innovation. CARBIOS demonstrates the high potential of enzymatic recycling applied to plastic waste in terms of efficiency and environmental friendliness and opens promising prospects for the treatment of a wide range of this type of waste.

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New app designed to facilitate plastics recyclables trading

According to Scrapo, Inc., a Silicon Valley startup, one of the most important problems that surrounds the world environment today is the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the landfill. More than 90% of the plastic products are not recycled and almost 75% of them find their way in the landfills. This has resulted into more than 6 billion tons of plastics having been dumped in the landfills so far and the numbers are increasing alarmingly every year. And it takes more than 500 years for most of these plastic materials to decompose completely. One way of tackling this situation is by reducing the production of plastic materials by reducing the consumption itself. However, because plastic products have become an indispensable part of our daily lives, it's not so easy to get rid of them. The other way is by ensuring that plastic scraps are reused and recycled. 

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Proposed Specifications for Poly Vinyl Chloride(PVC) Plastic Recyclables approved

Proposed Specifications for Poly Vinyl Chloride(PVC) Plastic Recyclables approved

(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors approved new specifications for Rigid PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) Plastic Recyclables at its Fall Meeting on November 8. The new PVC Specifications are intended to encompass more of the plastics recyclables that are actively trading in the scrap plastics marketplace.

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Importance of Quality focus of MRF Council Forum at ISRI meeting

Importance of Quality focus of MRF Council Forum at ISRI meeting

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' (ISRI) MRF Council held a forum in early November on the potential recyclability of several consumer products packaging items. With more than 60 people participating, including recyclers of plastics, paper and, metals; private, for-profit MRF operators representing more than 200 material recovery and recycling facilities across the country; municipal MRF operators; recycled material end-users, including paper mills and plastics reformulators; brokers, and trade associations, the meeting brought together a large cross section of the industry with different vantage points.

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​Application-Specific Design for New range of Cat Material Handlers

The new range of Cat® wheel material handlers (MH3022, MH3024, MH3026) maintains the Caterpillar purpose-built philosophy for these machines, while reflecting engineering refinements that tailor them more precisely to specific industrial applications. Further improvements for these 2018 models include features that support rapid return-on-investment and enhance overall performance, versatility, and safety.  

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Study finds lead batteries to be most recycled consumer product in the U.S.

Study finds lead batteries to be most recycled consumer product in the U.S.

CHICAGO — A new study has found that lead batteries have a recycling rate of 99.3 percent, making them the number one recycled consumer product in the U.S. The near-perfect rate of recycling is attributed to industry investment in a state-of-the-art closed-loop collection and recycling system that keeps 1.7 million tons of batteries out of landfills annually.

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BHS Mixed Waste system makes Bee'ah MRF largest and most advanced in region

Sharjah, UAE - Sharjah-based environmental management company Bee'ah is processing municipal solid waste (MSW) with the company's recently renovated material recovery facility (MRF). The 75 tonne-per-hour (tph) system is Bee'ah's premier MRF and features the latest in recovery technology from Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) and its subsidiaries Nihot and National Recovery Technologies (NRT).

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​America Recycles Day Celebrates Recycling Industry's Innumerable Economic and Environmental Benefits

​America Recycles Day Celebrates Recycling Industry's Innumerable Economic and Environmental Benefits

 (Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry, celebrates America Recycles Day November 15th, by applauding all individuals who make a strong effort to recycle as part of daily life, and encouraging all to learn more about recycling and the industry. America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful, takes place yearly on November 15 in an effort to promote and celebrate recycling in the U.S. 

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Registration Open for ISRI’s 2018 Convention and Exposition

Registration Open for ISRI’s  2018 Convention and Exposition

(Washington, DC)- Registration is open for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' (ISRI) Annual Convention and Exposition. ISRI2018, the world's largest annual gathering of scrap recycling professionals, will be held April 14-19, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. ISRI2018 is set to provide scrap recyclers from around the world with the educational and networking opportunities, product showcases, and industry news needed to maximize their time, dollars, and return on investment. 

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Celebrating America Recycles Day with "Smart"er recycling: encouraging the donation and recycling of old textiles

Celebrating America Recycles Day with

For this year's 20th National America Recycles Day on November 15, SMART is reminding North Americans not to forget about the importance of reusing and recycling textiles. According to the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), a global organization of companies involved in the reuse and recycling of textiles and related secondary materials, almost any textile can be reused and recycled: old clothing, bath towels, bed sheets, stuffed animals, curtains, purses and even bras! 

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​Flintec launches family of legal for trade, dynamic, load cells for use in on-board vehicle weighing applications

​Flintec launches family of legal for trade, dynamic, load cells for use in on-board vehicle weighing applications

Cardiff, UK -- Complementing the already established PC2H and PC3H, Flintec has announced the launch of three new dynamic load cells, designed for use in vehicle and machine mounted lifting hoists in a range of applications, including waste management and agriculture. According to Flintec, the PC5H, PC6H and PC7H have been created to help installers fit load cells to new or existing applications where space is a limiting factor. 

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Maple Reinders' Calgary Compost Facility Wins Award for Project Infrastructure

Maple Reinders' Calgary Compost Facility Wins Award for Project Infrastructure

Maple Reinders is the proud recipient of a Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) National Award for Innovation & Excellence. The City of Calgary Compost Facility, delivered by Chinook Resource Management Group, a special purpose company of which Maple Reinders PPP Ltd. is a partner, won the Silver Award for Infrastructure. Awards were announced at the annual CCPPP National Conference on November 6, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. 

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