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​TOMRA Sorting Recycling adds to product support team in North America

TOMRA Sorting Recycling has announced two additions to their North America product support team. Sean Hyacinth has been added as a field service engineer for TOMRA optical sorting equipment, while Kevin Javier Montalvo assumes the newly created position of customer project manager, recycling. Both team members will work directly with TOMRA dealers and customers to strengthen equipment service and project management throughout North America. 

​ISRI's 2018 Industry Yearbook confirms recycling industry resilience in year of change

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently announced the release of its seventh annual Recycling Industry Yearbook, providing the most up-to-date information and statistics about the U.S. recycling industry and global scrap marketplace. With a greater spotlight on the industry in the wake of rising trade protectionism around the globe, the publication provides the most comprehensive analysis of where the industry stands based on the most current data compared to previous years. It will also serves as a baseline for years to come based on the new global market realities.

A look at the 2018 nonferrous market: the Wrath of the Goddess of the Earth

This year has gone down as one of the toughest years in many for the global nonferrous scrap industry and the recycling industry overall. With new initiatives getting launched in every corner of the world to reduce waste and increase material recycling for the manufacture of new products, one would think there would be less ending up in our landfills. Unfortunately, that simply has not been the case.

Volvo’s latest material handler continues long-term dedication to waste & recycling

The EW240E Material Handler is Volvo Construction Equipment's first material handler designed specifically for the North American waste and recycling sector. According to Matthew McLean, product manager, Volvo Construction Equipment, the EW240E is not an example of a manufacturer simply taking an existing machine and modifying it to fit a market.

Matt Zubick – CARI’s newly appointed chair – is focused on helping members navigate the transition back to domestic self-sufficiency

Matt Zubick was appointed as the new Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) Chair at this year's Annual Convention, held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in June. Zubick has been in the scrap business his entire working life and is currently manager at London, Ontario-based John Zubick Scrap Metals Ltd., started by his grandfather after he served in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War. 

Design For recycling guidelines for PET trays published

Trays made out of PET sheet are ideal for numerous applications: fresh food and dairy (fresh and sliced meats, cheese, fresh pasta, ...), blister packaging (lamps, tools, stationary, body care, ...) and medical packaging (tablets, scalpels, catheters, ...), providing great performances in transparency and improving the shelf life of products.

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TOMRA Equipment featured at WENDT Tech Center

TOMRA Sorting Recycling, supplier of sensor-based sorting equipment, recently installed multiple sorting technologies in the new metal sorting plant at WENDT CORPORATION's Buffalo, N.Y., Technology Center. The new WENDT plant features the latest technologies and processes for cleaning, sorting, and upgrading shredded non-ferrous metals, such as zorba and zurik.

Indexator expands XR hydraulic rotator range

Indexator has launched a smaller model, the XR 300, as part of the company's XR range of hydraulic rotators. The XR range comprises compact, powerful rotators with heavy-duty bearings, designed for extreme applications where rotator function requirements and load capacities are especially high. Units are optimally designed for both rigid and dangle mounting slew bearings, high performance and long service life, for handling large loads. 

​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. 

New conveyor feed boosts yield of Eddy Current Separator

The conveyor feed recently developed by Goudsmit Magnetics consists of a conveyor belt feed that is supplied by a product distributor. This prevents clogging of the vibratory chute during the recycling process and increases the yield of non-ferrous metals. Sticky or damp product streams, such as incinerator bottom ash (IBA) and refuse-derived fuel (RDF) adhere to the surface of vibratory chutes, preventing them from distributing the product evenly. The product takes on a preferred orientation (the path of least resistance) preventing formation of a homogeneous layer, which results in reduced yield of non-ferrous metals.

Leading European cable recyler continues to expand as part of SUEZ-Nexans alliance

In 10 years, RecyCâbles, formed as a joint venture between SUEZ and Nexans in 2008, has become the European leader for cable recycling and recovery. Every year, about 30,000 tonnes of cables are recovered by SUEZ Nord ecopôle in Noyelles-Godault (France). By 2020, the site aims to reach its maximum annual processing capacity of 36,000 tonnes. 

​Globe Metal adds new Kajman 1000 Alligator Shear from Gensco

Montreal, Quebec based Globe Metal recently purchased a brand new Kajman 1000 Alligator Shear. This new machine allows Globe Metal to shear stainless pipe and plate to produce foundry-grade cut plate prepared for any customer's specifications. It is also capable of producing any size of Ferro additives as per their customers' exacting requirements.  

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TOMRA's new-generation X-TRACT features dual processing technology, multi-density channels and application packages

TOMRA Sorting Recycling has introduced a new generation of X-TRACT machine with advanced sorting technology that allows a broader range of market segments to take advantage of its ability to boost purity levels. Today's XTRACT features innovative Dual Processing Technology to enhance final purity levels; multi-density channels for more precise classification and sorting of materials; and a broad range of application packages.

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. 

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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

​Demand for Eriez RevX-E ECS accelerating among MRFs

Eriez has reported that sales of the company's new generation RevX-E Eddy Current Separators are on the rise, particularly to materials recovery facilities (MRFs). According to the company, these high performance units are highly sought after by MRFs for their maintenance-friendly features and superior used beverage can (UBC) recovery.

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. 

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.

​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.

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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