TOMRA's new AUTOSORT sensor-based sorting lineup for processing recycled fiber and plastics, now available worldwide, includes the next-generation AUTOSORT optical sorter, the CYBOT robotic sorter, and SPEEDAIR, a 6m/second high-speed belting system (our focus below.)
First plastics industry program to certify post-consumer resin seeing faster acceptance than anticipated
The first industry program to certify postconsumer resin (PCR) for use in packaging has seen much faster acceptance in the marketplace than anticipated, according to the organization that introduced the program in late March.
Breaking the Plastic Wave is a newly released study which supports the premise that if we fail to take serious action immediately by creating a viable circular economy for plastics, by 2040 the volume of used plastic entering the ocean on a yearly basis will be 29 metric tonnes, nearly triple the amount recorded in 2016. The new report also confirms that total ocean plastic stocks, without changes made, will quadruple - reaching over 600 metric tonnes.
With its latest agreement on the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and coronavirus recovery fund, the European Council has approved the implementation of a plastic tax as of the 1st of January, 2021. The plan foresees a €0.80/kg levy on non-recycled plastic packaging waste to be paid by member states into the EU budget.
On July 23rd, the Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ released a new study: Breaking the Plastic Wave, which the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) calls "one of the most comprehensive and analytically robust studies ever produced on ocean plastics."
Ongoing certification for the traceability of recycled content in new plastic products aims to create a transparent and responsible communication on recycled plastics use.
Powerful optical sorting technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics reduce contamination for recycling operations
TOMRA Sorting Solution's next generation AUTOSORT optical sorting system, launched at a worldwide digital event in June, is designed to provide a new level of efficiency for MRF operators and other recyclers tasked with creating highly pure output streams. According to TOMRA, their new AUTOSORT is compact, highly flexible and upgradable, bringing together multiple technologies to deliver complex, artificially intelligent (AI) sorting of recovered paper and plastics at very high throughput rates.
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) has released an updated analysis of the climate impacts caused by the "tree to toilet" pipeline destroying the climate-critical Canadian boreal forest. The "Issue with Tissue 2.0" report includes a new sustainability ranking for toilet paper brands and other tissue products made by major U.S. producers.
Smurfit Kappa has launched a sustainable new pack which keeps frozen and chilled foods fresh throughout the supply chain.
The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) Paper Division's first-ever eForum, held June 16th, offered a mix of optimism and concern with respect to the immediate future of the global fibre recycling industry, as China prepares to close its doors completely to imports of recovered paper by the end of 2020.
Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. based in New Hampshire, has announced a new line of RIT HP Indigo 3-Star Certified media made with 100 percent post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled fiber.
Hudson County Motors and BYD will provide the first all-electric refuse trucks on the US East Coast capable of working an entire route. Five all-electric rear loader collection trucks will go to work on normal daily collection routes, providing regular zero-emission collection services for Jersey City, NJ.
Mack Trucks has extended its Mack GuardDog Connect uptime service and support bundle at no cost through the end of the year or a minimum of three months, whichever is longer, for customers with packages expiring May 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020.
Waste Connections invests in Lion8 zero-emission electric truck chassis capable of servicing 1,200 homes on a single charge
The Lion Electric Co. and Boivin Evolution have sold the first Lion8 chassis with fully automated side load bodies to Waste Connections. The initial vehicles, to be operating in Washington and Florida, represent the first applications of zero-emission trucks with fully electric waste collection bodies and automated arms in North America.
On Wednesday, May 13th, New Way Trucks celebrated its first 100 percent Mississippi-made Cobra refuse truck at its new manufacturing facility in Northeast Mississippi.
According to Tim Worman, product manager for demountables at Stellar Industries, when it comes to loading containers or truck bodies onto a truck chassis, the North American waste and recycling market has traditionally favoured the cable hoist, while the hooklift has been more prominent internationally, where urban space is generally tighter. Canada has been somewhere in between, based on influence from both markets.
Autocar has delivered the first production model DC-64R conventional roll-off to Corporation of Houston, Texas.