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Sierra Recycling and Demolition has built success at the scrapyard based on reliable equipment, advanced technology and solid culture

Shortly after World War II, Ben Sacco came to California and started Sierra Bag Company, servicing the agriculture industry. In the late fifties, Sierra Iron & Metal was born when he dedicated a portion of his operation to scrap metal collection. He then added a baler to process scrap, which he found while visiting his homeland of Italy. Sacco eventually became the official North and South American distributor for the baler manufacturer, starting Sierra International Machinery, while at the same time continuing to operate his scrapyard, Sierra Iron & Metal. About 10 years ago, the business was passed on to Ben Sacco's two sons, John and Philip Sr., both of whom have been lifelong employees and contributors to the business. The scrap recycling part of the Sacco family business today operates as Sierra Recycling and Demolition Inc., run by Phil Sacco, while Sierra International Machinery, the recycling equipment manufacturer and distributor, is run by John Sacco - both out of Bakersfield, California. 

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Pioneering program educating Ontarians about how to identify and divert mercury-containing products

Scout Environmental has expanded Mercury Roundup: a ground-breaking program that educates Ontarians on the dangers of mercury — a toxic heavy metal — and empowers them to bring mercury-containing products to their local household hazardous waste facilities for safe recycling. With generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Scout partnered with the Region of Peel on a program pilot in 2016. The City of Peterborough and the City of Barrie joined in 2018, and together these three municipalities have collected over 670 mercury-containing items to date. Scout Environmental plans to expand Mercury Roundup to four more municipalities by 2021. 

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Building Tomorrow: Volvo goes all in on wheeled excavators for North America

Volvo Construction Equipment demonstrated that they are dedicated to the growing North American wheeled excavator market during their fall press briefing at their Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, manufacturing and customer experience facility. According to the company, the wheeled excavator market in North America is on pace for 23 percent growth in unit sales for 2016–2018, while Volvo is on pace for 60 percent growth in share of total unit sales for North America in 2016–2018. During that time, Volvo has introduced seven new models of wheeled excavator, including three replacement models. These models cover six size classes ranging from the 5- to 9-ton class to the 23-ton class, and include the introduction of Volvo's first dedicated material handler for North America, the EW240EMH.

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In the fight against metal theft, focus of efforts needs to be on thieves, not recyclers

Marie Binette is communications  manager, Canadian Association of Recycling Industries.

As metal prices rise, criminals increasingly target easy and obvious material. Utility providers are often the chosen victim, and thieves often inadvertently expose high-voltage power sources at theft locations. They can knock out power or phone capacity, including 911 services, to entire neighbourhoods, and delay public transportation. Metal thieves place themselves, utility employees, first responders and even the general public in danger when they attempt to burglarize telecommunications and electrical substations.

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Rigaku demonstrates improved handheld LIBS capabilities

Rigaku Analytical Devices will demonstrate its newest handheld analyzer for metal alloy analysis at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, this week, through September 15.  The Rigaku KT-100S laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) handheld analyzer provides an alternative for identification of a larger number of alloys in less than two seconds, in a truly ruggedized form factor for use in the toughest environments, including scrap recycling, fabrication shops and other plant environments.

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Bridgestone expands OTR line to include new tire for underground mining, landfill and salvage

Bridgestone expands OTR line to include new tire for underground mining, landfill and salvage

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. has announced the expansion of its off-the-road (OTR) product portfolio to include a new size of the Bridgestone VSMS2 tire. The tire is now available in size 29.5R25 in the U.S. and Canada. Designed for underground mining, landfill and salvage environments, the Bridgestone VSMS2 tire delivers a 30 percent decrease in the frequency of sidewall cuts, improving the tire's overall life cycle performance by five percent.

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All-new MAXAM MS706 solid skid-steer tire features zero maintenance and extreme durability

All-new MAXAM MS706 solid skid-steer tire features zero maintenance and extreme durability

The new MAXAM MS706 CONSTRUCTION PRO solid skid-steer tire is ideal for the most extreme applications. According to MAXAM Tire North America, the all-new MS706 features extra deep tread, allowing for 3 to 5 times longer tire life versus traditional pneumatic tires with a more robust tread pattern specifically designed for harsh working applications, including asphalt recycling, road paving, concrete work and metal recycling centres.

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The latest shear/baler/loggers provide scrap metal recyclers with the versatility needed to profit and grow

The Copex Reflex mobile scrap shear/baler/logger from ShearCore is specifically designed for the shearing and compacting of welded structures, white goods, car bodies, collected scrap and all kinds of non-ferrous metals.

As a category of heavy-duty machine engineered specifically to provide scrap recyclers with the versatility to process heavy metal materials as well as light metals - creating logs, bales or sheared-to-length material, ready for efficient transportation to buyers - the growing popularity of shear/baler/loggers (SBLs) is not surprising. 

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Update to Niton XL2 XRF analyzer designed to improve productivity in scrap recycling, fabrication and PMI

Update to Niton XL2 XRF analyzer designed to improve productivity in scrap recycling, fabrication and PMI

The Thermo Scientific Niton XL2 handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer is now easier to use and more durable for operators and quality control personnel in scrap recycling, fabrication, PMI and other industrial applications thanks to a new design update. The Thermo Scientific Niton XL2 Plus handheld XRF analyzer, which provides elemental composition and enables metal alloy identification, is intended to allow users to conduct laboratory-quality testing in the field. The update incorporates new functionality into the original Niton XL2 analyzer that is designed to provide uninterrupted operation in harsh environments, as well as an advanced silicon drift detector (SDD) that delivers superior analytical performance.

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BPS System Controls designed for recycling equipment and operations

BPS System Controls designed for recycling equipment and operations

Maximizing productivity is a continuous concern for recycling operations, and the right control system can reduce headaches and streamline processes. According to  Ohio-based Best Process Solutions (BPS), the company's panel-building department can deliver quality controls with seamless integration into an existing system, or custom-designed, for a complete recycling line from beginning to end. 

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Best Process Solutions offers magnet feeders for recycling

Best Process Solutions offers magnet feeders for recycling

New Magnet feeders from Best Process Solutions (BPS) are designed to process ASR scrap from electronic equipment, and are ideal for a range of recycling facilities. These vibratory feeders are made of stainless steel to prevent the magnetization of material, which can lead to adhesion to the floor or walls of the feeder. BPS magnet feeders also feature dual-motor operation for counter-rotation for linear material movement, and can be customized to existing plant schematics of all sizes.

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​ISRI raises alarm over tariff policies with U.S. administration

​ISRI raises alarm over tariff policies with U.S. administration

As tensions escalate amid an ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China that is having a damaging effect on the recycling industry, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) this week requested the U.S. government make every effort to negotiate a path forward with China. Serving as the Voice of the Recycling IndustryTM, ISRI sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer detailing the impact the current tariff policy is having on the industry in combination with the import restrictions already imposed by China. This is part of ISRI's ongoing efforts to promote free and fair trade of scrap commodities across the globe.

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ISRI releases statement on China’s announcement of tariffs on all scrap imports

ISRI releases statement on China’s announcement of tariffs on all scrap imports

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), has released the following statement in response to China's announcement that it will impose a retaliatory tariff on the import of all scrap commodities from the U.S.: "ISRI is already hearing from contacts in China that the announcement has caused consternation among Chinese consumers of U.S. scrap commodities. Although these tariffs will not be levied on imports from other countries, it is our understanding that other regions may not be able to fulfill all of China's demand. This is in line with other reports that the trade war has had an impact on the Chinese economy across many sectors. 

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Recycling industry's partnership with law enforcement reaches new heights, according to ISRI

Recycling industry's partnership with law enforcement reaches new heights, according to ISRI

For more than a decade, the recycling industry has made a strong effort to fight the theft of metals and other materials through proactive outreach to law enforcement. One such example was the creation of ScrapTheftAlert.com in 2008. The alert system is a free online tool for law enforcement to broadcast alerts to local scrap facilities to be on the lookout for stolen material. The system recently reached the milestone of more than 10,000 registered law enforcement users, which constitutes approximately 21 percent of law enforcement agencies in the United States being represented.

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