Recycling Today Media Group's 2018 Paper & Recycling Conference North America, the 19th edition, opened officially Wednesday, October 17 in Chicago, following the third annual day-long MRF Operations Forum dedicated to best practices at material recovery facilities. Jim Keefe, RT's Publisher opened the 2018 MRF Operations Forum Tuesday morning by welcoming approximately 100 attendees and introducing the first session: "Dynamic MRF Operations". The title is an appropriate one -- reflecting the overall theme for the day: with changing incoming recycling streams combined with changing global end markets, MRF operations need to be dynamic - adapting to changes and changing the way they operate - to maintain profitability.
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Epax Systems, a specialist in waste management with more than 30 years of experience, recently developed a new method to control industrial compactors and balers called Axxess controls. According to the company, over the last decade, safety and security have become concerns for multi-use property managers who are seeking to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration's requirements for controlling balers and compactors in their facilities. Since 2017, clients of Epax Systems, inc. have increasingly communicated the need to improve on their traditional key switch systems, which requires employees to use an on/off key switch to control their compactor or cardboard baler.
CP Group has introduced the CP Anti-Wrap Screen, the California-based recycling equipment manufacturer's second new screen of 2018. The new CP Anti-Wrap Screen accurately separates newsprint and large fiber from material streams by using high-amplitude elliptical discs to agitate material.
TOMRA Sorting Recycling has published a new e-book providing advice for businesses who sort paper and cardboard for deinking and recycling. The new online publication addresses the intensifying commercial and regulatory pressures for higher recovery rates of deinked pulp and the fact that meeting these demands will require new technical solutions. The e-book introduces an exceptionally effective new solution.
National Recovery Technologies (NRT) has integrated the company's NRT SpydIR® optical sorter with Max-AI® technology, creating a revolutionary new sorter with detection abilities unmatched in today's optical sorter market, according to the company. NRT's SpydIR technology uses near infrared light (NIR) detection to identify plastics, paper, wood and other materials by material type. Max-AI technology uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify materials using a camera and neural network algorithm (NN). The NRT SpydIR with Max-AI optical sorter employs both detection technologies to create an optical sorter that is able to combine the information from each technology to deliver a unique sorting capability.
According to Austria-based Binder+Co, due to China's recently imposed scrap import restrictions, concerns are growing in Europe and in North America about how to cope with plastic waste. The industry is sceptical about reuse, because the required quality of secondary raw material is, for the most part, not ensured, and the use of plastic waste as alternate fuel in incinerators makes too little use of plastic as a valuable secondary raw material.
Canada Fibers Ltd. (CFL) has announced that it has filed a statement of claim with the Superior Court of Ontario asserting damages arising from breach of contract by the City of Hamilton. CFL's decision to file the claim follows over 12 months of negotiations with Hamilton staff that culminated in a recommendation by the City's staff proposing measures to resolve the breach and end the dispute. Unfortunately, Hamilton City Council has rejected the compromise recommended by staff and made it necessary for CFL to seek a remedy in the courts.
Norway's largest waste management company first to implement BHS Max-AI VIS to monitor outbound product quality
Norsk Gjenvinning (NG), Norways largest waste management company, has selected Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to supply NG's new state of the art paper recycling system in Oslo. Operational in Q1 2019, the system will process 20 tonnes per hour (tph) and run three shifts to process approximately 120,000 tonnes annually. Noteworthy to this process is the inclusion of Max-AI VIS (Visual Identification System) units to monitor the quality of outbound paper.
International Baler Corp. (IBC) has begun production of their new ATX Auto-Tie baler series, a high-volume, "European style" baler for MRF and MSW applications. IBC is the first manufacturer to offer this class of machine in the USA. Built entirely in their plant in Jacksonville, Florida, IBC offers US customers a domestic alternative to the high cost and extended lead time of overseas shipping, parts, and service.
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.
American Baler's latest model horizontal single-ram combines quickness and high force for up to 30 tph capacity
According to American Baler Company, the 8043 horizontal single-ram model has proven itself as a workhorse in hundreds of recycling centres around the world.
Paperboard to replace plastic for Swedish card manufacturer and others, including products from IKEA and Apple
According to a press release from Iggesund Paperboard, part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, a number of global companies have replaced, or are doing trials to replace, the material in their gift cards - from plastic to paperboard. Sweden's largest cinema chain, SF Bio, has taken the plunge and is now replacing all its cards.
As part of L'Oréal USA's annual Volunteer Day, held June 12th, Garnier USA recently sponsored an opportunity with TerraCycle and GrowNYC where employees worked to install a community garden at the El Gallo Social Club in Harlem, New York City.
Swedish waste management company, Lundstams, invests in robotic sorting to increase resource recovery
The Swedish waste management company Lundstams Återvinning AB and Mared AB have agreed on the delivery of ZenRobotics waste sorting robots to one of their facilities in Northern Sweden. The new sorting line will allow Lundstams to process waste more efficiently and closer to the source. The robotic sorting line is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2019.
Future looks bright for recovered polycoated aseptic and gable top commodity prices according to Carton Council
Polycoated cartons, both aseptic (shelf-stable) and gable top (refrigerated) were given their own ISRI Paper Stock Industry (PSI) classification - PSI Grade #52 - in 2011. According to Isabelle Faucher, managing director of the Carton Council of Canada (CCC) this was a milestone for the industry.
Tightening global purity targets have the industry searching for new markets and high-tech equipment solutions
The recycling industry is in the midst of a seismic market shift. The world's largest importer of recycled material, and arguably the world's dumping ground for material with impurities, China, has said "enough" as it grapples with domestic environmental issues.
Machinex was recently awarded the bid to provide a new single-stream material recovery system (MRF) for York County, South Carolina. The facility is planned to begin operations this July. This new system will allow the County to process the growing tonnage of residential recycling materials being generated in the surrounding area. Material is coming from 16 collection and recycling centres located throughout the County and this new facility will processes all collected recyclables.
York University study finds recycling bags better than carts at reducing contamination and program costs
Recycling bags could be key to righting Canada's recycling woes, reducing contamination, and capturing lost revenue, according to a new study by researchers at York University.
The paper recycling industry has been working diligently over the last several years to improve the quality of the recycling stream. Through a collaborative effort, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' (ISRI) Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter and ISRI's Paper Division - whose members include recyclers, paper mills, MRF operators and other industry stakeholders -- are working to improve the quality of recycled material through a reduction in contamination. This effort recently included an update to the "Guidelines for Paper Stock" in ISRI's Scrap Specifications Circular that among other changes, clearly lists items that are considered "Prohibitive Materials" and should not be included in the recycling stream. In addition, for the first time, "Zero Tolerance" is also defined.
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced that Penn Waste has been named the winner of the SWANA Silver Excellence Award in the Recycling Systems category. The award will be presented at SWANA's annual conference, WASTECON, on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) recently turned to Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to provide a turnkey technologically advanced recovery system, designed for processing up to 80 tph on two lines.
The latest iteration of the scrap import restriction policies out of China, announced in March by China's Customs Authority, is called "Blue Sky 2018." Running for a 10-month period to the end of 2018, Blue Sky, in the words of the Chinese government, imposes "special actions against foreign garbage smuggling." [Click here for more on Blue Sky 2018.]
This May, ZenRobotics introduced their Fast Picker, the latest addition to the company's line of intelligent waste sorting robots. Featured in the above video, the Fast Picker is a result of decade-long experience in waste robotics and couples the most intelligent software with high-speed picking, according to ZenRobotics. Designed to improve the efficiency of MRF's, Fast Picker is ideal for lightweight material such as packaging (LWP) and dry mixed recyclables (DMR).
In a press release this week, the Washington D.C.-based National Recycling Coalition poses the question: "The China crisis: who's crisis is it?" Their answer. "It is ours." Below are the full comments from NRC.
MSS, Inc., part of the CP Group, based in Nashville, Tennessee, has supplied a over 28 CIRRUS FiberMax optical sorter units for customers across North America, and says more units are on order. According to Greg Thibado, MSS vice president, "Since it was unveiled a little over a year ago, the FiberMax optical sorter has been a very popular choice for MRF operators who want to optimize fibre quality and reduce manual sorter head count at the same time, providing the cleanest fibre at high volumes."
International recycler TerraCycle is partnering with L'Occitane en Provence, a prestige beauty company offering products for high-quality skincare, body care, and fragrance, providing consumers with a free way to recycle all brands of beauty and skin care packaging. Through the L'Occitane Recycling Program, in partnership with TerraCycle, consumers can now drop off all brands of empty personal care and cosmetics packaging at participating L'Occitane full-price retail locations across the US to divert these items from landfills and receive a 10% discount towards one full-size product purchased that same day.
STEINERT US has introduced the UniSort Film sensor sorter, with the ability to efficiently and accurately sort paper, plastic film and bags to help Recyclers reach today's export paper grade standards.
ZenRobotics, in conjunction with the company's participation at Waste Expo this week, has announced the latest addition to its line of intelligent waste sorting robots: the ZenRobotics Fast Picker for light material. According to the company, the new robot model is a result of decade-long experience in waste robotics and couples the most intelligent software with high-speed picking. Designed to improve the efficiency of MRF's, ZenRobotics Fast Picker is ideal for lightweight material such as packaging (LWP) and dry mixed recyclables (DMR).
Machinex will present its new sorting robot, the SamurAI, at Waste Expo in Las Vegas, April 24-26. Visitors will be able to see this new machine at booth 3435. Machinex will also present SamurAI at the IFAT exhibition in Munich, Germany, May 14-18, in booth B5.112.
The Max-AI AQC (Autonomous Quality Control) product line from Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has expanded with the release of the AQC-2 for paper sorting applications. Max-AI technology employs artificial intelligence (AI) to make material identification and selection decisions; high-speed robotic sorters carry out the sorting. The AQC-2 features two robotic sorters and is able to sort on belt widths up to 72" (1800mm). The release of the AQC-2 complements the earlier release of the AQC-1, which has been used to sort containers and contamination in plastics and metals, and to recover high value items from residue.
In collaboration with subsidiary National Recovery Technologies (NRT), Bulk Handlings Systems (BHS) has announced the launch of new technology that will provide Material Recovery Facility (MRF) operators unprecedented levels of information about their business. The Max-AI Visual Identification System (VIS) is powered by Max-AI® technology and provides real time material identification in recycling plants. The Total Intelligence Platform provides operators and other stakeholders powerful MRF and business intelligence. Both products will be on display at the upcoming WasteExpo and IFAT shows.
Industrial recycling at its core is a manufacturing process that creates products, but it is certainly not as simple or as streamlined as, for example, producing toothpicks. We don't have the luxury of controlled and predictable inputs, repeatable processes and identical outputs. While other industries have been heavily automated for decades, recycling has remained dependent upon people controlling inputs, making decisions and directly participating in the production process through manual sorting. The largest hurdle to overcome remains the inherent nature of the waste stream; it's highly variable and unpredictable, and includes everything - including the kitchen sink.
The Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA) material recovery facility, built and installed, with equipment provided by Machinex, has been fully operational since mid-January. Located in Troy, Michigan, this new single-stream system plans to double its capacity from 15,000 to 30,000 tons per year, compared to the old dual stream operation. Material is sourced from several surrounding municipalities in the state of Michigan.
Fresh off major victories included in the tax reform law and through the resumption of U.S. Mint's Mutilated Coin Program and in advance of its 2018 Convention and Exposition, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released its 2018 Advocacy Agenda. The Agenda highlights the recycling industry's priorities at the local, state, federal, and international levels related to Taxes & the Economy, International Trade, Energy and the Environment, Transportation & Infrastructure Development, Workplace Safety Initiatives, and Regulatory Policy.
In an effort to have milk classified as a beverage, the B C Bottle & Recycling Depot Association (BCBRDA) is advising the public, and bringing to the government's attention, that the fact that milk is not considered a beverage in BC is hurting recycling efforts as well as the environment, but is rewarding big business.
Machinex has provided a new single-stream material recovery system for the City of High Point, North Carolina, which went operational in January, 2018. The City acquired this new system to improve their recovery rates as well as accommodate growing tonnage. The co-mingled recyclables are sourced from a portion of Guilford County and Jamestown, NC.
As part of a worldwide effort to promote the importance of recycling on the first-ever Global Recycling Day this Sunday, March 18, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is calling on businesses, communities, policymakers, and individuals to increase their commitment to recycling and recognize scrap as an important resource. Recyclable materials are valuable commodities that play a pivotal role in environmental protection, energy conservation, and sustainability.
Isabelle Faucher, Managing Director of the Carton Council of Canada (CCC) has told delegates at the Canadian Waste Resource Symposium meeting, taking place in Quebec City, March 13 through 15th, that the CCC is investing in a comprehensive strategy to increase carton recycling across Canada. The primary lever of the strategy is driving information and knowledge resources to the participants in the carton value chain, from consumers to the manufacturers who use cartons as the feedstock for their products.
WestRock, a leading providing of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, has renewed its membership with The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit that leverages corporate funding to improve recycling efforts in communities across the U.S.. The company signed on as a funding partner for the fourth straight year.