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​TERRACYCLE WINS AWARD FROM UNITED NATIONS

Award Recognizes Partnership with Procter & Gamble to Create World's First Recyclable Shampoo Bottle Made with Beach Plastic

TerraCycle, the global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste was recently named a winner of a United Nations Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity award. The recognition is for the initiative announced earlier this year with TerraCycle, Procter & Gamble and SUEZ to create the world's first fully recyclable shampoo bottle made with beach plastic. TerraCycle will receive this prestigious award in Bonn, Germany in November during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23).

 The shampoo bottle, made for the world's #1 shampoo brand, Head & Shoulders, contains 25% beach plastic that is collected from beaches, oceans, rivers and other waterways. TerraCycle manages the collection process, working with NGOs and cleanup organizations on six continents. The project was announced at the World Economic Forum in January and the first bottles went on store shelves in France this summer.

 "We are so honored to be recognized for the work we and our partners are doing to take action against some of the world's biggest environmental issues," said TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. "We hope that calling attention to this project will help people become aware of the magnitude of the beach plastic problem and be inspired to get involved."

 TerraCycle is known for developing scientific solutions for hard-to-recycle items such as chip bags, coffee capsules, pens, and even cigarette butts among many others things and converting them into raw materials.  TerraCycle collects, converts and sells over 100 waste streams in the U.S. that were originally destined for landfills.

 The Momentum for Change initiative, spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat, shines light on some of the most innovative, scalable and practical examples of what people across the globe are doing to combat climate change. Momentum for Change is a part of wider efforts to mobilize action and ambition, as national governments work toward implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. TerraCycle, P&G and SUEZ were one of four winners in the Planetary Health pillar, and one of only 19 winners overall.

 The 2017 Lighthouse Activities comprise an impressive range of projects and personal stories that touch on sustainability, climate protection, environmental consciousness, and social responsibility. The complete list of the 2017 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity winners was made public during a ceremony Thursday, October 12 in Berlin, Germany.

Founded in 2001, TerraCycle, Inc., is the world's leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, ranging from used cigarette butts to coffee capsules to pens. The waste is collected through free, national, brand-funded recycling programs, as well as various consumer and government-funded models. The collected waste is turned into a variety of raw materials that are sold to manufacturers to produce new products. Each year, across 21 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, donating millions of dollars to schools and charities in the process. 

Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle Inc. was featured on the cover of Recycling Product News, May/June 2015.
Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle Inc. was featured on the cover of Recycling Product News, May/June 2015.

For a digital version of the 2015 feature article profiling Tom Szaky and TerraCycle in Recycling Product News, follow this link.

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SWANA Urges China to Delay Implementation of Import Restrictions

SWANA Urges China to Delay Implementation of Import Restrictions

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has submitted comments to the World Trade Organization urging China to delay implementation of its waste import restrictions scheduled to take effect in early 2018. SWANA's request is included in its response to the November 15, 2017 Notification from China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).   

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Refind to install latest OBS500 optical battery sorter in Norway

Refind to install latest OBS500 optical battery sorter in Norway

Refind has announced that the company's latest optical battery sorter, an OBS500 machine, has been sold to a Norwegian leader in battery collection and recycling - AS Batteriretur. According to Refind, AS Batteriretur recently moved to a new modern facility in Fredrikstad, close to the Swedish border, and is in the process of implementing many new processes and machines - one of them being the Optical Battery Sorter 500. The commissioning will take place in the early spring of 2018. 

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Van Dyk test facility to feature world-class equipment from TOMRA, Lubo and Spaleck

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Basic 518 Screen provides economic separation of materials in compact size

A basic solution for smaller enterprises or recycling plants, the 518 trommel has what it takes for a first step in the separation of material mixtures.

With the new trommel screen Basic 518, the environmental specialist Doppstadt has placed a basic solution for small and medium municipal environmental services and recycling plants on the market. The innovation has a telling name: The Basic 518 has got exactly what it takes for a first step into the separation of material mixtures. 

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​Green Recycling first in UK to invest in Max-AI robotic sorting technology

​Green Recycling first in UK to invest in Max-AI robotic sorting technology

Essex, UK -  Leading UK industrial & commercial waste specialist, Green Recycling, has announced the purchase of a Max-AI™ AQC (Autonomous Quality Control) to increase recovery of recyclables without adding additional manual labour at the company's commercial and commingled dry recyclables MRF in Maldon, Essex. Green Recycling is the first company in the UK to invest in this new technology, which has already been successfully installed in three US MRFs. Green Recycling's Max-AI AQC will be operational in Q1 2018.

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Keestrack introduces R5e hybrid impact crusher

Compact output: the new diesel-electric 50 tonne Keestrack R5e crusher unit with a double-deck primary screen and double-deck post-screen module delivers up to 350 t/h defined final fractions.

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Building on the Model Compost Rule Template

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Consider these facts. There are more than 4,700 facilities composting organics in the U.S., as per the "2017 State of Organics Recycling in the U.S." report released this fall by BioCycle magazine. There are 3,007 counties in the United States, most of which are required to update solid waste management plans on a regular basis. More than half of all U.S. states are in the market for a regulatory update and many of the rest are in the process of updating outdated regulations. That's a lot of regulatory and legislative action on the horizon for the compost manufacturing industry. 

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Martin Weissburg appointed President of Mack Trucks

Martin Weissburg appointed President of Mack Trucks

Martin Weissburg, currently President of Volvo Construction Equipment, will become President of Mack Trucks effective June 1, 2018, in which capacity he will continue to be a member of the Executive Board for the Volvo Group. Martin Weissburg was born in 1962, and has served as President of Volvo Construction Equipment since 2014. He joined the Volvo Group in 2005 as President of Volvo Financial Services Americas, and in 2010 became global President of Volvo Financial Services. He will be headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.

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Breaking down the factors behind scrap glass prices

Machinex’s Pierre-André Mongeon at the Quebec City glass recycling facility.

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Harvest Quest inoculants Key to Charleston County’s rise to compost industry leader

Charleston County uses Harvest Quest inoculants and the modified aerobic static pile method.

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​Daimler Trucks North America Announces Changes in Senior Management

​Daimler Trucks North America Announces Changes in Senior Management

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced that David Carson, currently president of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC), has been appointed president of Western Star Trucks and chief diversity officer of DTNA. Carson succeeds Kelley Platt who has been promoted within the Daimler AG global organization to president and chief executive officer of Daimler's truck joint venture Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co., Ltd. (BFDA) in China.

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GreenMantra Technologies Launches New Website

GreenMantra Technologies Launches New Website

BRANTFORD, Ontario -- GreenMantra Technologies, a rapidly growing clean technology company that produces high-value polymer products from waste plastics, has launched a new website to provide customers, investors and other stakeholders with in-depth information about its revolutionary technology and products and their applications. The GreenMantra Technologies website can be found at www.greenmantra.com.

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