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Balcones and CP Group partner on extensive single-stream retrofit

Balcones Resources, based out of Austin, Texas, has partnered with CP Group of San Diego, California to upgrade their single-stream residential and commercial material recovery facility. The 100,000 square foot facility was originally installed in 2012. Changing market conditions, rising labour costs and new technology were the main motivators for Balcones to undertake a large retrofit.  

Politicians need to tackle plastics pollution, according to Friends of the Earth poll

As we approach the 2019 Canadian federal election, Friends of the Earth Canada has a message for politicians. According to the organization, the electorate wants action to stop plastics pollution: 86% of Canadians want politicians to take more action on plastics as a way of reducing climate harmful greenhouse gases. And 8 out 10 Canadians will support politicians to ban production and use of single-use disposable plastic containers and packaging.

Foam Cycle EPS recycling system is growing in popularity

Foam Cycle is the first patent pending foam (aka. Styrofoam) collection and processing system specifically designed to be placed outdoors. It began as a test project in 2016 under a public-private partnership agreement between Foam Cycle and the Sussex County MUA, in New Jersey, which owns and operates a 250 acre on site landfill and recycling drop off collection center. 

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Robotic sorting is driving carton recycling into the future

While the recycling industry faces challenges stemming from China's restrictions and bans, things are looking up in the form of increased investment from both MRFs and end markets. Today, there are more opportunities than ever for food and beverage cartons to find a second life in products ranging from paper products like towels, writing paper, tissues and cups, to eco-friendly building materials. 

​FCC's new single-stream facility in Houston revitalizing neighbourhood while cleaning up contaminated stream

Running since March of this year, FCC Environmental Services has opened up a new single stream plant in Houston, TX. The plant will accept residential single stream material from throughout Houston for a minimum of 15 years. FCC has also made the city the new home of their U.S. corporate headquarters, settling into the East Houston community. The district has embraced the recycling facility as a welcome investment in an underdeveloped part of town. FCC has employed many local citizens at the site, including some from a second-chance labor provider, to really make themselves part of the local landscape.

On the trail of Canada’s first robotic sorters

The first robotic sorting systems in Canada were installed in the Fall of 2018 by Machinex, at the Sani-Éco MRF in Granby, Quebec, and soon after, at the Chatham-Kent Recycling MRF in Merlin, Ontario. At both facilities Machinex installed a double robotic sorting system, using two SamurAI robotic sorting units placed in succession on a single line. This summer, Machinex installed three more robotic sorting units at a MRF in Toronto and one machine at a MRF in Winnipeg.

Surviving the changing mixed paper market

In the last several years, North American recycling operations have seen overseas markets for fibre products that have historically been reliable become much more difficult to access. Rising global purity standards are either virtually unobtainable using traditional sorting and separation methods, or they are too costly to meet using options such as adding additional manual sorters.

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Calculating the true costs of heavy-haul trailer ownership

With a cost on par with the average home mortgage, heavy-haul trailers represent a significant investment for businesses. The right trailer can provide fast ROI, greater productivity and increased profits. The wrong decision, however, can leave trucking companies with the financial burden of a unit that will cost far more in the long run than the business is prepared to take on.  

Mack to display electric-powered LR along with TerraPro and Granite range at Waste and Recycling Expo Canada

At the Waste & Recycling Expo Canada 2019, Mack Trucks will feature its Mack TerraPro and Granite models at their booth, along with an  LR battery electric vehicle (BEV) motor and transmission display. Mack will be in  booth No. 1601 at the Enercare Centre, Toronto, October 9-10.

ASA Electronics introduces Voyager rear light camera combo

The newest addition to the Voyager product line combines an additional rear light bar with an analog high definition camera for one seamless installation. The single-pass wire entry and surface mount design make the Voyager® VCAHD140LB Light Bar Camera a universal option for use as an added warning light. The single wire for both the camera and light can be tied into the vehicle's existing electrical wiring.

New report from SWANA provides options for curbside recycling programs

An important new report issued by the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) provides a number of significant observations and insights regarding the impacts of China's National Sword Policy on curbside recycling programs in the United States and Canada, and the resets that can be made to address them.

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