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​TOMRA SORTING RECYCLING appoints Rick Fenton as sales manager, East Coast North America

​TOMRA SORTING RECYCLING appoints Rick Fenton as sales manager, East Coast North America

TOMRA Sorting Recycling, the global leading supplier of sensor-based sorting equipment, announces the appointment of Rick Fenton as Sales Manager, East Coast North America. In his new position, Fenton will assume the lead role to further develop and implement TOMRA Recycling Americas' short- and long-term sales strategies as well as work directly with TOMRA partners and customers. 

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​ISRI elects new slate of national officers

Brian Shine, Manitoba Corp., ISRI's new chair.

During its 2018 convention and exposition, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) elected four new national officers who will lead the association and industry over the next two years. In addition, the ISRI Board of Directors elected four directors-at-large and one associate director. Heading up the new team of leaders is Chair Brian Shine of Manitoba Corp. (Buffalo, NY).

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Ocean Summit Sponsored by Volvo Group to Focus on Plastic Pollution

The Volvo Group is sponsoring an Ocean Summit during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport, Rhode Island, to educate attendees about ocean health issues, with a focus on plastic pollution. The summit, scheduled for Friday, May 18, is also sponsored by 11th Hour Racing, the Mirpuri Foundation, AkzoNobel, the Ocean Family Foundation, Bluewater and Stena Recycling. The official stopover partner in Newport is Sail Newport, a nonprofit organization that promotes easy and affordable access to sailing.

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PLASTICS Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit leverages NPE2018 to reach broader industry

PLASTICS Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit leverages NPE2018 to reach broader industry

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has kicked off its third annual Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit at NPE2018: The Plastics Show, running May 7-11, leveraging the association's premier triennial tradeshow as an opportunity to both reach new and diverse attendees and allow Re|focus attendees to experience NPE. All registered Re|focus attendees will receive free access to the NPE show floor for a chance to see plastics manufacturing innovations in action. 

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​Recycling Research Foundation silent auction at ISRI 2018 sets new records

​Recycling Research Foundation silent auction at ISRI 2018 sets new records

As part of its continuous effort to provide funds for college students and industry research, The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF) recently announced it raised a record amount of nearly $40,000 through its annual silent auction. RRF, a nonprofit closely associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), promotes the art and science of scrap processing and recycling through the research, sponsorships, technical assistance, and educational programs for the purpose of advancing the industry. 

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Waste and recycling industry seeing 93% increase in facility fires in first 4 months of 2018

Waste and recycling industry seeing 93% increase in facility fires in first 4 months of 2018

Why are we seeing a spike in fires In 2018?
This is a question that I do not have the answer to. I have been reporting on waste and recycling facility fires since February, 2015 and I am witnessing the monthly data unfold along with the rest of you. March's number of 37 fire incidents is not only one of the highest figures on record but is more than the number of fires that occurred in both March of 2016 and 2017 combined. March 2018 could merely be an anomaly. But then comes April. April's number of 36 fire incidents is not only one of the highest months on record as well, it is also more than the number of fires that occurred in both April of 2016 and 2017 combined. 

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​GFL Environmental announces $5.125 Billion recapitalization with new investors led by BC Partners and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

​GFL Environmental announces $5.125 Billion recapitalization with new investors led by BC Partners and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

GFL Environmental Inc. has announced it has entered into an agreement to recapitalize GFL Environmental Holdings Inc. with investors led by BC Partners, including Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, and others. The transaction implies a total GFL enterprise value of approximately $5.125 billion, making GFL one of the largest environmental services companies in North America. 

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Ecore CEO Dodge named ISRI Director, Tire Chapter Chairman

Ecore CEO Dodge named ISRI Director, Tire Chapter Chairman

Arthur Dodge, III, CEO and President of Ecore International, has been elected Director of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and Chairman of the ISRI's Tire Chapter. ISRI, as a non-profit trade association consisting of more than 1,600 private and public for-profit companies, promotes public awareness of the value and importance of recycling in the production of goods and services worldwide.

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​EREF annual charitable auction at WasteExpo to fund solid waste research and educational initiatives

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation's (EREF) Annual Charitable Auction is set to be one of the highlights of WasteExpo, held April 24 - 25, 2018 in Las Vegas. This two-day event, which has raised $18 million since its inception 24 years ago, consists of Live and Silent Auctions, as well as a networking reception. 

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Jim Brown promoted to President of Okada America

Jim Brown, President Okada America

Medina, Ohio based, Okada America, Inc. has announced the promotion of Jim Brown to the position of President. Brown, who has replaced Tony Neikirk, previously served as the Executive Vice President of Okada America, Inc. being appointed to that position in 2015.

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​Sierra International Machinery introduces REB4 Two-Ram Baler

Introduced at ISRI 2018 this week in Las Vegas, the groundbreaking REB4 two-ram baler is the only two-ram that features Sierra's patent pending dual-compression doors. The REB4 uses 55 tons of force per door to push the material below the cutting knife and into the charging chamber, increasing charging efficiency, eliminating roll-back, and pre-densifying the material before the cycle even begins. Which leads to a 20 to 40 percent increase in production.

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Shell Canada and the ERA are out in full force this April continuing to donate $1 million worth of technology to Indigenous communities

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) and its long-time donor Shell Canada have announced that they will be gifting more than 200 recent model computers, laptops and monitors to nine indigenous organizations across Alberta and Saskatchewan. This donation is part of Shell Canada's pledge to contribute $1 million worth of computer equipment to organizations across Canada, which it announced back in November 2017. To date, more than 600 computers, laptops and monitors have been donated to 30 organizations across Canada as part of the company's million-dollar pledge.

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ERA announces rebranding to Electronic Reusing Association in time for organization's 15th anniversary

ERA announces rebranding to Electronic Reusing Association in time for organization's 15th anniversary

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), the Calgary-based non-profit organization addressing the growing problem of e-waste and the increasing 'digital divide' has announced the business' rebrand to the Electronic Reusing Association. This comprehensive rebrand elevates the focus on reuse rather than recycle and this will be evident in their new logo and website within the coming months. 

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