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Need to recycle highlighted at Circular Driven Economy Symposium 2018

Delegates to the Circular Driven Economy symposium heard from a variety of speakers on topics focused on improved recovery and reuse of C&D materials, among others.

Delegates from all over the world joined together at the inaugural Circular Driven Economy Symposium in London on the 18th - 19th September, to learn more about the opportunities in recovered construction and demolition waste material (C&D waste). Speakers from research bodies like SINTEF, academic institutions like Queen's University Belfast, construction and manufacturing firms like LafargeHolcim and Mapei, and the European Commission all provided plenty for delegates to think about. 

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‘Avoid the Spark' Campaign Continues Battery Safety Awareness in California

‘Avoid the Spark' Campaign Continues Battery Safety Awareness in California

Throughout October, the Avoid the Spark campaign -- a public education effort to reduce battery safety incidents -- returns to the Bay Area to engage the community. Efforts include local county battery collections, a cornerstone event benefiting the California Fire Foundation, and the launch of a dedicated battery safety resource webpage, www.avoidthespark.com. This second phase builds on the Avoid the Spark campaign launch in May, spurred by the growing epidemic of battery-related fires at recycling and waste facilities along with the hidden dangers of trashing lithium-based batteries.

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Plastics Recycling

Emterra's Emmie Leung awarded CPIA 2018 Leader of the Year

Emterra's Emmie Leung awarded CPIA 2018 Leader of the Year

Widely recognized as a trail blazer in the Canadian recycling industry and a passionate supporter of sustainable growth and a circular economy in the waste resource recovery business, Emmie Leung, Founder and CEO of Emterra Group can now add a new accolade to her list of accomplishments. On October 3, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) awarded her their prestigious 2018 Leader of the Year.

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Solid Waste

GFL Environmental and Waste Industries announce merger

GFL Environmental Inc. ("GFL") based out of Toronto, and Raleigh, North Carolina-based Waste Industries have announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement in a transaction that values Waste Industries at a total enterprise value of US$2.825 billion (approximately C$3.65 billion). The transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018, is subject to customary regulatory approvals. 

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ISRI survey indicates brands and government can help improve recycling behaviour

ISRI survey indicates brands and government can help improve recycling behaviour

While traditionally the effort to increase recycling rates has focused on education and awareness, a new study among over 2,000 Americans conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of The Institute of Scrap Recycling (ISRI) suggests action by brands and government may play a significant role as well. The poll revealed two-thirds (66%) of Americans agree that "if a product is not easy/convenient for me to recycle, I probably would not recycle it." The poll also provides insights into ways these two sectors can better drive recycling.

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Status quo for recyclers as U.S., Mexico and Canada reach USMCA trade deal

Late Sunday night, September 30, U.S. and Canadian trade negotiators reached a deal on a new "U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement" (USMCA) to replace the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Although some details still require additional negotiations, and the final agreement needs to go through a number of legally-required procedures in the United States (in addition to parliamentary ratification in all three countries), all three governments are hailing the deal as a break-through modernization of the 24 year old NAFTA. 

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​BioMass Solution commences construction at Red River BioRefinery in Grand Forks, North Dakota

BioMass Solution LLC has begun construction of the Red River BioRefinery located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The facility will convert over 500,000 tons per year agricultural waste and by-products in to advanced biofuels, to be sold in the transportation fuels marketplace. Commercial operations are scheduled to begin in early 2020.

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​Matthias Erdmannsdoerfer named managing director of Max-AI

​Matthias Erdmannsdoerfer named managing director of Max-AI

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has named Matthias Erdmannsdoerfer Managing Director of Max-AI. Prior to this new role, Erdmannsdoerfer served more than six years as President of National Recovery Technologies (NRT), a leading developer of optical sorting technology and subsidiary of BHS. As Managing Director, Erdmannsdoerfer will be responsible for the Max-AI product line including Sales, Business Development and Product & Application Development.

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​ReVital Polymers, Pyrowave and INEOS Styrolution partner to launch polystyrene recycling consortium

​ReVital Polymers, Pyrowave and INEOS Styrolution partner to launch polystyrene recycling consortium

At the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy, held in Halifax this week, three industry leaders involved with post-consumer packaging recovery - ReVital Polymers, Pyrowave and INEOS Styrolution - announced a strategic partnership to recycle polystyrene packaging. The partnership will focus on materials collected in consumer curbside and depot recycling systems as well as other sources such as restaurants, offices, schools and universities.

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TerraCycle and Hain Celestial Partner to award leading used packaging collector

TerraCycle and Hain Celestial Partner to award leading used packaging collector

Boston Terrier Rescue Canada has won a new bench made from recycled plastics through this year's "Recycling Revolution" collection contest, courtesy of Hain Celestial, one of Canada's largest producers of organic and natural food products, and Toronto-based recycling company TerraCycle Canada.  Boston Terrier Rescue Canada collected the most pieces of flexible food packaging waste during the contest period to win the recycled bench, as well as $300 in TerraCycle points that are redeemable for cash payment to their organization.

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​Recleim Ranks 101st on Inc. Magazine's 2018 list of fastest growing private companies

​Recleim Ranks 101st on Inc. Magazine's 2018 list of fastest growing private companies

Following another year of tremendous growth, Recleim, an innovative appliance and HVAC recycling company based out of Atlanta, earned its highest spot on Inc. Magazine's 2018 list of America's 500 fastest growing companies. The ranking is the company's second consecutive and represents a remarkable one-year climb from number 456 in 2017 to 101 this year. Recleim's annual revenue grew to $36.1 million, a remarkable 3,621 percent increase over the prior period.

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Clearly Clean officially launches world’s only patented 100% recyclable, smooth-edge overwrap tray for food packaging

Clearly Clean officially launches world’s only patented 100% recyclable, smooth-edge overwrap tray for food packaging

Clearly Clean Products, LLC, September 12th, officially launched its Roll Over-Wrap tray line as it has received multiple comprehensive patents, making it the WORLD'S ONLY patented 100% recyclable, smooth-edge overwrap tray line for packaging.  This tray features a proprietary, patented rolled edge that provides a smooth surface for overwrap film, mitigating leakers during production and transportation.

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Mondi and Werner & Mertz are ready to release new, 100-percent recyclable pouch made of polyethylene

The Frosch mono-material pouch with detachable panels.

After almost four years of development, Mondi and Werner & Mertz are ready to introduce a new, patented innovation for2019: a 100-percent recyclable pouch with detachable decorative panels. The pouch replaces conventional flexible packaging for Frosch products. According to Austria-based Mondi, the pioneering design overcomes many shortcomings of the recycling processes for this kind of packaging, and is the result of a joint effort including Werner & Mertz, Mondi, EPEA Switzerland (Cradle to Cradle), Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland and Institut cyclos-HTP. 

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SUEZ signs hazardous waste management agreement with Shanghai Huayi

At the signing of the  Qinzhou hazardous waste energy recovery contract.

SUEZ NWS and Shanghai Huayi have entered into an agreement to jointly provide hazardous waste treatment and recovery solutions in Qinzhou, Guangxi province, China. Responsible for the management of hazardous waste at several industrial sites in China including the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP), this project marks another major milestone in SUEZ NWS's commitment to support local government's ambitious environmental goals in this area.

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Recycle Across America launches largest recycling education campaign in U.S. history

Recycle Across America launches largest recycling education campaign in U.S. history

In response to the U.S. recycling crisis, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Recycle Across America (RAA) has launched the celebrity-led "Let's recycle right!" ("Let's") Campaign, which is the largest recycling education campaign in U.S. history. Many of the campaign's TV/billboard/print/social media ads feature simple tips for proper recycling and introduce a society-wide standardized labeling solution for recycling bins, which "makes it possible for people everywhere to recycle right."  

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