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Plastics: an industry transforming because it must

The following commentary is based on presentations and interviews at the Circularity for Polymers: The ICIS Recycling Conference which took place on the 5th of November in Berlin, Germany. Written on behalf of ICIS, the market intelligence firm, the article looks at what the plastics industry is doing in the face of the looming "spectre of sustainability" and at the current trend towards the "demonization of plastics."

Canadian Plastics Industry Association to become part of chemical industry association

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) announced this November that they are joining forces to create a new plastics division to be housed within the CIAC. Pending CIAC and CPIA Board and member approval, the division would be operational in July 2020. As part of the process, CPIA will be wound up and dissolved.

TOMRA launches GAIN deep learning for sensor-based sorters

TOMRA Sorting Recycling has launched GAIN, an add-on deep learning-based sorting technology that further enhances the performance of its AUTOSORT sensor-based sorting machines. Engineered as an alternative to adding a new sorting machine or line at a recycling plant, TOMRA's new GAIN technology is an add-on option for the company's AUTOSORT line. According to TOMRA, by classifying objects based on sensor data, GAIN enables lower-cost sorting of materials that previously could not be separated with high levels of purity, without compromising throughput speed.

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Q&A with Brent Bell, VP of Recycling at Waste Management

In advance of America Recycles Day 2019, November 15, RPN caught up with Brent Bell, Waste Management's Vice President of Recycling to ask a few questions about the waste and recycling industry giant's progress over the last 10 years. We talked about the company's current focus, the challenges of contamination, and expectations for the future of the industry.

Carton Council celebrates ten years of progress on America Recycles Day

As recycling enthusiasts celebrate America Recycles Day this November 15, the Carton Council of North America will also be celebrating 10 years of carton recycling. Formed in 2009, the group has worked with countless stakeholders to grow household access to food and beverage carton recycling to nearly 61%, representing a 238% increase in 10 years.  

BaleVision demo provides positive feedback on merQbiz paper bale analytics technology

Since the official launch of their BaleVision quality performance solution in July, 2019, merQbiz says both MRFs and paper mills have expressed interest in their technology designed to better evaluate and manage RCP (recovered paper) quality. On October 23rd, merQbiz hosted a live BaleVision demonstration in Chicago, performing quality assessments on paper bales and showcasing its quality and procurement analytics platform. The event was attended by approximately 75 MRF and mill representatives. 

Indonesian officials caught diverting illegal waste shipments from U.S. to other Asian nations

Indonesian officials have been caught approving re-exports of illegal U.S. waste shipments to other Asian countries instead of returning them to the U.S. as promised. This, according to a press release from the Basel Action Network (BAN) a global environmental watchdog organization. Instead of being returned to their senders, the waste containers have reportedly been diverted to India, Thailand, South Korea, and Vietnam.

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Q&A with Brent Bell, VP of Recycling at Waste Management

In advance of America Recycles Day 2019, November 15, RPN caught up with Brent Bell, Waste Management's Vice President of Recycling to ask a few questions about the waste and recycling industry giant's progress over the last 10 years. We talked about the company's current focus, the challenges of contamination, and expectations for the future of the industry.

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