Covestro has introduced a glass-fibre filled recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) for 3D pellet printing. Made from post-consumer PET waste, Arnite AM2001 GF rPET fits Covestro's vision for a circular economy and illustrates how complementary the two organizations are in their approach to adding more value to additive manufacturing and industrial production overall.
Free tool helps U.S. companies develop effective plastic packaging waste reduction strategies
Nexus, the circular waste-plastics solution specialist based out of Atlanta, Georgia, is using a proprietary technology to convert a broad range of plastic waste into liquids which can be converted into virgin plastics, and is the first in the world to receive the International Sustainability and Carbon-Plus Certification (ISCC) for production at this scale.
Kruger Products L.P. is now a signatory of the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), making it the first tissue manufacturer to be part of this national commitment. The company recently launched its 10-year sustainability strategy, Reimagine 2030, which includes a target of reducing the virgin plastic in its trademark branded packaging by 50% by 2030. Joining the CPP is the first tangible example of the company's commitment to achieving its new targets.
Van Dyk Recycling Solutions has installed the company's first Bollegraaf RoBB-AQC AI-powered robotic sorter for recyclables, at FCC Environmental's MRF in Houston, Texas.
H&S Anlagentechnik GmbH has signed a contract with the Dutch recycling company RetourMatras to build a plant for the chemical recycling of discarded PU mattresses.
For the past 26 years, Return-It, based out of Burnaby, B.C., near Vancouver, has been a leader in environmental protection through recycling and education. In the lead up to Earth Day, the B.C. stewardship organization is broadening its commitment to sustainability by announcing its social purpose, which is aimed at creating a better future for people, communities and the planet, and "We exist to foster a world where nothing is waste."
As for most industries, the last year has been a challenging one for carton recycling in Canada. Certainly, at the Carton Council of Canada (CCC), we have witnessed a year characterized by significant fluctuations in both demand and price. Navigating these changes has not been for the faint of heart, nor should we expect that we've seen the last of pandemic-related impact on our business. Nevertheless, there are strategies we can use to help mitigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities ahead of us. Without a doubt, this is an excellent time to recommit to best practices like positive sorting, bale quality and consumer education.
The Carton Council of North America, based out of Denton, Texas, has announced the launch of their Community Education Award program developed to incentivize and improve recycling education in communities across the U.S. To be eligible, interested communities must sign up by May 14.
Contamination of incoming OCC and other fibre streams at the MRF has risen significantly over the last several years. The pandemic has had an effect on what is being discarded, how much, and where. Today's MRF's see much more OCC and mixed paper from curbside programs, but far less Sorted Office Paper from businesses, for example. For MRF operators who are having issues with contamination of their incoming streams, resulting in higher sorting costs and lower purity of output, there are technology and strategies that can help.
Recycled paper, and old corrugated containers (OCC) in particular, has always been a volatile commodity. Over the past few years, the market has seen boosts in demand from rising recycled containerboard production, followed by a sharp fall in export opportunities as countries, including China, introduce quality restrictions on imports and then supply-side disruptions. All this has naturally led to major swings in pricing.
In a bid to recover more value in existing materials, Great Northern Fibers LCC of West Babylon, NY sought to upgrade their fiber sorting line to a more automatic design. The fiber system alternates processing commercial fiber and residential dual stream news from Long Island communities on the same sort line.
Following is a quick rundown on the latest high-tech optical sorting systems for MRF applications, from seven of the industry's major manufacturers.
MSS CIRRUS FiberMax
Lion Electric is focused on advancing both fleet electrification and telematics
In an effort to support customers in the western U.S. and Canada, as well as Mack's battery-electric vehicle (BEV) training efforts for the Mack LR Electric, Mack Trucks is leasing space for a training facility in Hayward, California.
UK-based Viridor has a network over 300 advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities with 600 waste collection vehicles. Viridor and TOMRA Collection Solutions have formed a partnership which brings extensive recycling expertise and experience together in a bid for the design, build and operation of the Scottish deposit return scheme (DRS) counting and sorting centres. Deposit return schemes for beverage containers play a vital part in preventing littering and driving sustainable recycling outcomes in more than 40 jurisdictions worldwide. It is acknowledged as a highly effective way to secure high community participation and high return rates. The deposit, being reimbursed in full, offers a financial incentive for consumers to return used containers for recycling.
Mack Trucks' Mack LR Electric model, the OEM's first fully electric refuse vehicle, is eligible for multiple incentive packages in the U.S. and Canada, including $120,000 per vehicle through the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).
A new report developed by the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) (ARF) addresses the issue of increased contamination in curbside recycling programs in recent years and its effect on costs and safety at material recovery facilities (MRFs).
Peterbilt Motors Company has introduced an electric vehicle operating cost calculator for prospective Peterbilt electric vehicle customers.