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Doppstadt's Airflex 1500 Wind Sifter allows for plastic-free composting, cuts volume losses

The Airflex 1500 from Doppstadt: a wind sifter that gives the composting industry a technical solution that minimizes  volume losses.

Plastic is everywhere, and sadly, it often ends up in many green waste bins. This causes composting site operators a lot of problems: they have to carefully separate unwanted bags and other plastic components from the organic waste in order to comply with legal regulations, including those of the German Fertilizer Ordinance (DüMV). However, composting site operators also want to achieve their own goal and offer high quality products to their customers, who are involved in the compost, gardening and agriculture industries.

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Municipalities need to help to keep up with demand for composting according to USCC

Municipalities need to help to keep up with demand for composting according to USCC

Some US Composting Council (USCC) members and staff have been on conference panels with our colleagues in the traditional recycling industry during the past year, and we've heard some harrowing tales. Tales are circulating of the cancellation of glass programs, the suspension of curbside recycling contracts, and of the costly retooling of materials recovery facilities to integrate increasingly complex sortation lines in order to meet the requirements of foreign markets to accept recyclable materials.

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Backhus turner and Doppstadt screens provide needed production and versatility for converted composting site

Kerry Weaver, operations manager at the City of Lexington’s compost site with their new BACKHUS A60 tracked compost turner.

Regulation can be a powerful business stimulus. For the Town of Lexington, Massachusetts, state regulation proved to be a huge municipal benefit as well. When the Massachusetts yard waste recycling mandate took effect in 1987, the visionary leaders in Lexington converted an outdated, unused 30-acre landfill into a composting site to eliminate transfer costs for all the green waste they were collecting. Thirty years later, the operation has become a profit machine, effectively flipping hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenses to the other side of their balance sheet.

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The Calgary composting facility is the largest in-vessel based operation in Canada

Green cart receiving outside the Calgary Composting Facility, Canada’s largest in-vessel operation.

Opened in July 2017, the City of Calgary Composting Facility is the largest in Canada to use in-vessel composting technology. Yearly, the facility can process over 100,000 tonnes of food and yard waste brought in through the City of Calgary Green Cart collection program, along with 45,000 wet tonnes of de-watered biosolids from municipal wastewater treatment. After one year of operation, the facility processed over 100 million kilograms of organic material.

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Anaergia to begin construction on North America’s largest organic WtoE facility

Anaergia, Inc. has announced the start of construction at the Rialto Bioenergy Facility (RBF) in California. According to the Burlington, Ontario-based company, the RBF will help address two pressing waste management issues in Southern California: food waste diversion from landfills and biosolids management. The RBF will convert 700 tons per day of food waste and 300 tons per day of biosolids into renewable natural gas, renewable electricity, and Class A organic fertilizer. When construction is completed in 2020, it will be the largest food waste diversion and energy recovery facility in North America.

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​Paper mill sludge generates business in Tampere, Finland

Paper mill sludge can be refined into organic chemicals, biogas and soil conditioner, among other things.

In 2014, the City of Tampere, Finland, purchased some of the lands and waters previously used by the forest industry in order to build the future city district of Hiedanranta. The purchased cove in Näsijärvi came with an enormous mass of wood-derived waste materials, also known as paper mill sludge or "zero fibre". Now, Hiedanranta is serving as a development platform for projects aiming to find use for paper mill sludge that would be financially sensible and clean up the water areas. 

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Nick Doyle joins TOMRA Sorting Recycling as Sales Manager, West Coast North America

Nick Doyle joins TOMRA Sorting Recycling as Sales Manager, West Coast North America

TOMRA Sorting Recycling, the global supplier of sensor-based sorting equipment, announces that Nick Doyle has joined the TOMRA team as Sales Manager, West Coast North America. In this newly created position that expands sales and customer support of TOMRA's equipment to waste and plastics recycling operations, Doyle will consult directly with TOMRA partners and customers to implement the right sorting solution to improve recycling recovery rates, increase product purity and boost profitability. 

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Lystek wins multi-year contract with City of Guelph to manage biosolids

Lystek International has announced that on October 24, 2018, a multi-year (up to ten) contract was formally executed between the Cambridge, Ontario-based provider of advanced biosolids management solutions and its long-term customer, the City of Guelph. This is an especially rewarding agreement due to the fact that the first installation of the low-temperature Lystek Thermal Hydrolysis Process (Lystek THP) was demonstrated and commercialized in partnership with the forward-thinking city a little over ten years ago.

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​The benefits of pasteurizing digestate on farms in anaerobic digestion applications

Allen's Farm AD plant with HRS Twin-Tank pasteurization technology, in Essex, England.

While most digestate produced by on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in the United States is separated into liquid and solid fractions, further treatment before application to land or sale for use as a soil conditioner is usually limited to composting the dry fraction. However, in Europe pasteurization is commonly used as part of the AD process to allow digestate produced from foodstuff or animal by-products to be used or sold as a fertilizer and soil improver. Some farm plant owners also pasteurize their feedstock or digestate in order to reduce the risk of plant pathogens and weed seeds carrying through in the digestate.

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Lystek signs multi-year tender contract with City of Guelph to manage biosolids

On October 24, 2018, a multi-year contract was formally executed between Lystek International, the Cambridge, Ontario based provider of advanced biosolids management solutions and its long-term customer, the City of Guelph, Ontario. According to Lystek, this is an especially rewarding agreement due to the fact that the first installation of the now market-leading, low temperature Lystek Thermal Hydrolysis Process (Lystek THP®) was demonstrated and commercialized in partnership with the forward-thinking City a little over ten years ago.

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Screen Classifying Cutter designed to reduce cannabis waste for composting

The Munson Screen Classifying Cutter Model SCC-15 reduces fibrous cannabis stalks and bulbs into compost-ready particle sizes at high rates.

New York-based Munson Machinery has introduced an SCC Screen Classifying Cutter Model SCC-15 designed to reduce fibrous cannabis stalks and bulbs into compost-ready particle sizes at high rates for efficient post-harvest processing.

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Anaergia officially opens latest CHP System generating renewable energy

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held November 7 to mark the official opening of Anaergia Inc.'s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system at the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF), in the City of Escondido, California. This CHP system utilizes digester gas from the wastewater treatment process to generate renewable electricity and heat for the facility's operations.

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Micron Waste strengthens business development, engineering and corporate capabilities

Ziba Hajizadeh, P.Eng. (2nd from left), recently promoted to VP, Engineering, with other Micron Waste R&D team members, including Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Bob Bhushan (2nd from right) in front of a Cannavore unit.

Micron Waste Technologies Inc., a leading developer of clean technology waste management systems, has announced the hiring and promotion of key management staff to build capabilities in business development, engineering and corporate relations. Micron's food and cannabis waste treatment systems are industrial-grade organic waste processers which pulverize and render organic waste in combination with a proprietary blend of microbes and enzymes designed and developed by Micron. Importantly, as part of Micron's full-system waste treatment platform, effluent from the systems is further treated to derive clean greywater which can be reused in industrial or agricultural operation. Alternatively, the treated regulatory-compliant greywater, which meets municipal discharge standards, can be safely discharged. Active Pharmaceutical Compounds (APIs) in cannabis waste are further biologically treat to denature cannabinoids present, keeping them out of watersheds where they can bio-accumulate.

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New tracked conveyors introduced by Superior

The new Superior tracked stacker will be one of the heaviest models available in its class at 34,000 pounds (15,420 kg).

Superior Industries Inc., a U.S. based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, says it's ready to debut two new tracked conveyor models. Joining the manufacturer's top-selling line of portable conveying solutions are a 75-foot (23m) tracked stacker and an 8-by-16-foot (2.4 x 4.9m) tracked feed hopper.

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Green Machine initiative to use closed loop anaerobic digestion to help bring energy independence to Las Vegas

The Green Machine is a new environmental initiative that is creating alternative solutions for food waste in Las Vegas. Project founder, Rosalie Bingham launched the project to bring energy independence to Vegas.

Las Vegas is the land of overindulgence and gluttony. In addition to consuming a record-breaking amount of energy (Nevada spends $700 million per year on out-of-state fossil fuels to power their flashing lights, gigantic billboards and air conditioned casinos) the city also has the largest landfill in America. With over 42 million tourists per day, one casino group alone generates over 800 tons of daily food waste.

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

X-TRACT is best known for the sorting of Zorba (shredded mixed nonferrous scrap metals) into aluminum and mixed heavy metals. Design advancements on the new machine now make it possible for X-TRACT to be configured in five different application packages: E-Scrap, Organic, Wood, Aluminum and High-Power-Pack.

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.

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