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​ISRI partners with EPA and others to extend Mercury Switch Recovery Program

​ISRI partners with EPA and others to extend Mercury Switch Recovery Program

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other stakeholders, in the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to extend the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP) to 2021. The highly-effective program was designed to recover mercury switches in older model vehicles during the recycling process before the mercury can leak into the atmosphere. Such switches were mainly used to control automatic lights in vehicles. 

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Nespresso to use world's first responsibly sourced aluminium from Rio Tinto in coffee capsules

Nespresso to use world's first responsibly sourced aluminium from Rio Tinto in coffee capsules

Nespresso will become the first company to use responsibly-sourced aluminium, supplied by Rio Tinto, to produce its coffee capsules. The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together with Nespresso's capsule manufacturers to fulfil a commitment of sourcing 100 per cent sustainable aluminium by 2020, allowing customers to enjoy their coffee knowing it is packaged in responsibly produced material. 

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​ISRI leads recycling industry's efforts in front of EPA

​ISRI leads recycling industry's efforts in front of EPA

As the recycling industry celebrates America Recycles Day, November 15th, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) continues it role advocating for the industry in front of the Administration and on Capitol Hill. ISRI President Robin Wiener served as an industry representative at a special summit, "Building a More Resilient System Together," hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The purpose of the summit was to bring various stakeholders from throughout the recycling chain together to discuss key issues.

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​ISRI President delivers state of the recycling industry address to U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus

​ISRI President delivers state of the recycling industry address to U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus

In conjunction with the celebration of America Recycles Day, November 15th, the U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill in which Robin Wiener, president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) moderated. The briefing, held November 14th, was to highlight the current state of the U.S. recycling industry from the viewpoint of different stakeholders in the industry, including municipalities, material recycling facilities, consumer brands, and paper and plastic recycling groups.

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SMART issues reminder on importance of reusing and recycling textiles for America Recycles Day

SMART issues reminder on importance of reusing and recycling textiles for America Recycles Day

For this year's National America Recycles Day on November 15, don't forget about the importance of reusing and recycling textiles. According to the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), a global organization of companies involved in the reuse and recycling of textiles and related secondary materials, the average U.S. citizen throws away 81 pounds of clothing each year. Why does this matter? Ninety-five percent of textiles, even if they are worn out or torn, can be recycled - yet only 15 percent get donated/recycled, with 85 percent of used textiles ending up in landfills.

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Sierra breaks ground at Georgia manufacturing facility on 24,000-square-foot expansion

Due to overwhelming demand for the Sierra REB line of two-ram balers and conveyors, Sierra International Machinery is adding a 24,000-square-foot expansion at their manufacturing facility in Jesup, Georgia. This expansion will allow Sierra the ability to increase production and meet the demand for the full Sierra product line, and is the third expansion Sierra has added to its Georgia facility since it opened in 2008.

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World Circular Economy Forum 2018 gathers over 1000 reformers of the global economy to Yokohama, Japan

World Circular Economy Forum 2018 gathers over 1000 reformers of the global economy to Yokohama, Japan

The World Circular Economy Forum 2018 (WCEF) event gathered over 1,000 reformers of the global economy to Yokohama, Japan in October.  At the closing event of the WCEF 2018, Japan's State Minister of the Environment Tsukasa Akimoto pledged that Japan will advance the circular economy when the world's third biggest economy takes up the presidency of the group of 20 countries (G20) in 2019.

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Builtrite Holdings, LLC acquires Lemco Hydraulics

Builtrite Holdings, LLC acquires Lemco Hydraulics

Builtrite Holdings, LLC has acquired Lemco Hydraulics on October 12. Lemco, founded in 1967 by Dean Christensen, has continuously served its long-term and valued customer base for 51 years. Dean's son, Bruce Christensen, assumed ownership of the company in 1982, and will continue to serve as Lemco's President. 

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Quebec's Alliance Magnesium receives federal investment for tailings recycling

Quebec's Alliance Magnesium receives federal investment for tailings recycling

Across Canada, companies on the leading edge of innovation and job creation are advancing clean technologies in all sectors of the economy and finding new ways to solve the world's environmental challenges. That's good for everyone as clean technologies not only lead to well-paying jobs that support the Canadian economy but also help Canada meet its climate change goals. 

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Fibematics is ahead of the curve on nonwovens

Baled nonwoven material ready for repurposing.

A s a niche market in the textile recycling industry, nonwovens quietly continue to keep hundreds of millions of pounds of materials out of landfills. One company has grown over the past five decades to become one of the largest in the industry in purchasing nonwoven "seconds" from major U.S. mills. Established in 1968, Fibematics Inc. began manufacturing Scrim Reinforced Material (SRM) and converting nonwoven wiping products in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has since expanded its business to include wiping product conversion in southern California. The company is celebrating its fifty-year anniversary in 2018.

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ISRI poll: Americans value curbside recycling programs but seek improvements

ISRI poll: Americans value curbside recycling programs but seek improvements

Since China banned the import of most recyclable material at the beginning of this year, curbside recycling programs in the United States have been in the spotlight. And municipalities have sought ways to improve collection and sortation. A new study among over 2,000 Americans conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) reveals how curbside recycling programs in the U.S. are perceived and provides insights on how they can be strengthened to improve the quality and supply of recyclable material.

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Bold black-and-red "Modern Hex" design to adorn Cat equipment by 2020

Cat machines will have new flair as Caterpillar introduces the

Cat machines, engines, generator sets and work tools will soon have a new look. Caterpillar is replacing the current "Power Edge" trade dress (Cat trademark on a black background accented with a diagonal red bar) with a fresh new graphic design called "Cat Modern Hex." The Cat Modern Hex design combines the traditional Cat trademark and product model names with a bold, three-dimensional red hexagon and grille pattern. The red color is a throwback to the graphics used on the company's very first crawler tractors in 1925.

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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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