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Morbark builds equipment that creates opportunities in the forestry, recycling, sawmill, bio-energy, and tree care markets. Morbark equipment helps customers process organic materials into valuable products.
In February, Seattle-based Impact Bioenergy completed a distribution agreement with Montreal-based Vertal Inc., manufacturer of the CityPod on-site composting system. CityPod comes in four sizes ranging from 720 to 5,850 pound-capacity per week, at a rated 42 days of process residence time. The systems are ideal for restaurants, campuses, resorts, hospitals, casinos, conference venues and other facilities where zero-waste practices are in place and compost can be used beneficially.
CityPod systems are totally self-contained, taking food waste and paper products all the way to finished compost. Units use 208 volt 3-phase or 240 volt 1-phase power and exhaust air and moisture through a PVC pipe, much like a dryer vent. The control system is web-based for remote monitoring via computer or smart phone. These systems are constructed of stainless steel, include a highly advanced odour control system, and come with an odour-free operation guarantee. On-site composting eliminates the nuisance of dumpsters that leak liquids and attract insects, birds and other animals, and food waste goes into the system immediately without requiring storage. The compost that comes out of CityPod is cured and ready to use. The system runs automatically, with low operating costs and has no regular wear parts that need replacing.
The diversion of organic waste from landfills to composting facilities is an ongoing social trend being embraced by municipalities, businesses and citizens. The increase in organics recycling, which mostly refers to yard trimmings and food scraps, has been driven not only by a lack of space in bulging landfills that for years were the only destination for garbage, especially in Canada and the United States, but by the environmental movement which has heightened awareness of recycling programs and processes.
Across the United States, some cities have already made great strides toward implementing organics disposal bans.
Terex Environmental Equipment launched two new products in early 2015: the TDS 820 slow-speed shredder and the TTS 620 trommel screen.
“We are excited to add these two new machines to our product portfolio,” said TEE global business line director Tony Devlin. “We have listened to our customers and both products are full of new features. The TDS 820 is a versatile slow-speed shredder with six programs to suit customer application. The TTS 620 trommel screen will continue to push the boundaries in the mobile trommel screening industry. The launch of the new machines follows a stringent development cycle, having been tested and proven in a diverse range of product applications.”
Routine equipment maintenance is something many contractors do reluctantly, and sometimes that aversion can transform into neglect. Neglect can start by pushing some of the daily maintenance needs to tomorrow, using wear parts for too long, or forgetting about components that cannot be seen or easily inspected.
When talking about maintenance of a tub or horizontal grinder, these habits do not amount to a smart business move. It’s akin to letting your house fall into ruin by not cleaning or performing basic upkeep.
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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average cost for metal theft in U.S. states amounts to approximately $1 billion each year, excluding the price for repairing properties. [The situation is relatively similar in Canada.] Because owners of recycling yards may not be able to stop professional thieves and crafty vandals from stealing their copper and other metals, remote interactive surveillance can drive value by making theft extremely difficult for perpetrators.
Security challenges related to recycling facilities
At its Annual Convention and Exposition held last month in Vancouver, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) released two new videos aimed at providing the public more information on the value and impact of the recycling industry. The videos, focused on plastics and tire recycling, represent the fourth and fifth in a series of educational videos highlighting different commodities.
“These videos showcase many of the great accomplishments of the plastics and tire segments of the recycling industry,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “These videos, along with the entire series, draw attention to and help educate the public on the many environmental, economic, and energy-saving benefits recycling offers. As the Voice of the Recycling Industry, ISRI will continue to make a point of offering new tools and resources to our members and the communities they serve.”
Agility Fuel Systems, the leading designer and producer of natural gas fuel storage and delivery systems for heavy duty trucks and buses, and Cummins Inc., the leading provider of diesel and natural gas engines to the trucking industry, recently announced at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Dallas that they have entered into a strategic partnership intended to improve the natural gas vehicle user experience, and to drive adoption of natural gas as a vehicle fuel for the heavy duty truck and bus markets. Under the terms of the agreement, Cummins will also invest an undisclosed amount in Agility Fuel Systems' equity.
The partnership includes technology development and integration of software and hardware between the natural gas engine and the onboard fuel storage and delivery system, to significantly improve performance and uptime.
Both the Compost Council of Canada and the U.S. Composting Council are among those celebrating International Compost Awareness Week from May 3-9. The celebrations are particularly special this year as 2015 is also the International Year of Soil. International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated each year in the first full week of May.
The U.S. Composting Council says compost manufacturers and sellers around the United States are participating in the annual week which marks the increasing importance of compost as a benefit to world soil and smart resource management. Leading up to this year’s ICAW, the U.S. Composting Council held a poster design contest. The winning poster (shown left) is one of 226 entries from around the world focused on the theme: Be Loyal To Your Soil—Compost!, and is the visible symbol of International Compost Awareness Week in the U.S.. Below is the poster from the Compost Council of Canada. Visit www.compost.org for more information about ICAW in Canada. To see what’s happening around the U.S. for I.C.A.W., go to the USCC’s International Compost Awareness Week Events Calendar, at http://compostingcouncil.org/icawpress-and-events/.
Thomas Vine, Plant Manager of the Michigan biomass energy plant, Viking Energy of McBain, LLC, has big plans for his facility’s recently acquired SENNEBOGEN 825 M material handler.
“With the expected completion of a rail spur to our plant this June, our SENNEBOGEN 825 M will be put to work off-loading used rail ties from open hopper rail cars onsite,” says Vine, “This will increase our processing capabilities significantly.”
Waste diversion leader Emterra Environmental and its partners are set to invest nearly $50 million in cleaner air, more jobs and a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fleet as well as a fueling and maintenance facility in the heart of the Region of Peel. Located in Mississauga, the facility will be the largest CNG fuelling station in Ontario.
The investment stems from Emterra’s successful bid to provide approximately 216,000 households in the north and southwestern area of the region with single stream recycling, food organics, yard waste, bulk waste and garbage collection services under a long-term contract with the Region of Peel beginning in January, 2016. In keeping with its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Region of Peel required the use of CNG-fueled vehicles.