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“Future-Proofing” the MRF

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."

L’Occitaine in partnership with TerraCycle launches post-consumer packaging recycling program

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. 

ZenRobotics Fast Picker reinforces line of heavy-duty waste sorting robots

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).

Max-AI AQC-2 robotic sorter expands application to newspaper sorting

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.

​BHS releases Max-AI and MRF Intelligence offerings

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. 

A new era of automation in recycling processing

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. 

New Machinex single-stream sorting system for SOCRRA in Michigan to double capacity

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.

​ISRI's 2018 advocacy agenda highlights industry's top policy challenges and opportunities

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.

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Machinex' latest MRF installation at City of High Point in North Carolina now in operation

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.

​Inaugural Global Recycling Day is Sunday March 18

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. 

Carton Council of Canada working towards a comprehensive strategy to increase recycling

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. 

​PELLENC ST and SESOTEC agree to partnership

Pellenc ST and Sesotec GmbH recently concluded a new partnership to complement their market and product portfolio in the high-tech recyclables sorting sector. This agreement covers the distribution of flake sorting equipment for plastics recycling applications in France, Japan and the UK and sensor-based sorting equipment for End-of-Life Vehicles, Metal scrap and the WEEE-recycling markets in France and Japan. For other territories and other waste sorting applications, new opportunities will be treated on a case-by-case basis.

TOMRA introduces laser object detection system that identifies black objects and glass

TOMRA Sorting introduces its new Laser Object Detection (LOD) system that, when used in combination with AUTOSORT and FINDER, boosts the circuit's sorting capabilities, allowing waste and scrap recycling operations to reach final product purity levels unique to the market and never before possible. Featuring TOMRA laser technology that sorts based on the feed material's spectral and spatial characteristics, the new LOD detects material that near infrared technology (NIR) is incapable of identifying. 

​ISRI launches ISRI Connect Mobile App for members and industry stakeholders

In an industry based on connections, being able to network and access key information wherever you are, is essential to a successful business. The new mobile app launched by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), ISRI Connect, is built around this concept and the importance of networking, news and information, and industry resources.

Despite China’s ban, overall U.S. scrap exports remain strong in 2017

News that China would ban certain scrap imports shook the recycling industry last summer, yet U.S. global scrap exports increased overall in 2017 according to a new analysis from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). As improved demand for ferrous and nonferrous metal scrap more than offset weaker demand for non-metallic scrap, total U.S. scrap exports advanced in 2017 in both value and volume terms. 

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​Monterey's new facility uses BHS recycling system to support compliance with California's 75% recycling goal

The Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) has started up its new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Supplied by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), the technologically-advanced recovery system processes up to 80-tons-per-hour (tph) on two lines. The multi-material line processes 30-tph of commercial and residential Single Stream or 40-tph of commercial Mixed Materials, while the Construction and Demolition line handles 40-tph. The $24mm project occupies 100,000 square-feet of the District's campus, which also includes the country's first SMARTFERM anaerobic digestion (AD) system. 

Machinex-installed fuel preparation plant for Levenseat projecting 98 percent landfill diversion

The Material Recovery Facility (MRF) provided by Machinex, as part of the Energy from Waste (EFW) plant for Levenseat Renewable Energy Limited in Lanark, Scotland, has been fully operational since the end of 2017. The 200,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste, along with all the municipal solid waste expected to be received each year will be diverted from landfill at a rate of 98 percent.

​BHS to build advanced recycling system in South Carolina

South Carolina-based RePower South (RPS) has begun construction of the Berkeley County Recycling and Recovery Facility, which will be the most advanced Mixed Waste Processing facility on the East Coast. The turnkey recovery system will be provided by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) under an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) agreement with Barnhill Contracting Company. When production begins in early 2019, the Moncks Corner, South Carolina plant will process 50 tons-per-hour of mixed waste sourced from Berkeley County to recover recycled commodities and a fuel feedstock. Advanced technology, including NRT optical sorters and Max-AI Autonomous QCs (AQCs) will enable the system to run with minimal manual sorters. 

merQbiz selects C.H. Robinson as exclusive logistics provider for recovered paper e-commerce platform

merQbiz, an online marketplace for the buying and selling of recovered paper (RCP), has announced a collaboration with C.H. Robinson, a leading global third-party logistics provider (3PL), to bring unmatched freight capacity, competitive real-time pricing and a powerful supply chain network to the platform. The collaboration leverages the deep market knowledge and digital expertise of both companies to enhance the RCP transaction experience.

​SP Industries offers heavy-duty transfer stations for solid waste and recyclable materials

SP Industries offers a comprehensive line of Heavy Duty Industrial Transfer Stations used for waste and recyclable material handling. Transfer stations provide manufacturing/processing facilities and municipal waste handling centers a more compact, cost effective and sanitary method to handle refuse and recyclable materials. Systems can incorporate a loading method and compactor, both of which are tailored to the specific needs of the facility to maximize efficiency and safety.

Chinese guidelines updated for scrap exporters

According to a member-update from the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) China's Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), has provided new guidelines for exporters and suppliers who are applying for export permits to ship scrap into China.  These changes will come into effect on February 1st, 2018.   The new guidelines include a few key changes:  

  1. Applicants must follow China's environmental control standards by complying with their contaminants thresholds.
  1. Exporters' facilities must have radiation detection equipment.
  1. The China Certification and Inspection Group (CCIC) will no longer be the sole approved pre-shipment inspection company. Third-party companies may apply to receive a licence from AQSIQ to conduct pre-shipment inspections. These companies will share the liability if material approved before shipping is rejected once it reaches a Chinese port.
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Resource Recycling Systems awarded CSSA contract to determine impacts of materials on recycling costs in Canadian PPP programs

December 18, 2017, Ann Arbor, Mich. - Sustainability and recycling consultancy Resource Recycling Systems, Inc. (RRS) has been awarded the Material Cost Differentiation (MCD) contract with the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) to redefine the methodology used in Canadian packaging and printed paper (PPP) recycling programs to determine the relative impacts of material characteristics on the cost of the recycling system activities.

​From the UK to China; the right baler is helping recovered fibre bales reach global markets

Back in 1961 Maurice Parry and Jack Evans went around to local farms in Wales and began recycling farmer's hessian sacks. Today, Parry & Evans provides over 120,000 bales annually of premium-recovered fiber across the globe. Various grades of board, OCC, paper and newsprint become the next generation of paperboard packaging to protect goods, making yet another trip or more around the world. 

​ISRI Files WTO Comments in Response to China's Proposed Scrap Import Standards

(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) submitted comments to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in response to notifications made by the Government of China regarding proposed scrap import standards on November 15 . ISRI supports the Chinese Government's strategy to improve the environment and encourage sustainable recycling. However, the organization is concerned that the draft standards, if implemented, will lead to extensive disruptions in global supply chains because the proposed standards are not in line with the globally recognized ISRI Specifications and lack specific guidance for exporters.

​Green Recycling first in UK to invest in Max-AI robotic sorting technology

Essex, UK -  Leading UK industrial & commercial waste specialist, Green Recycling, has announced the purchase of a Max-AI™ AQC (Autonomous Quality Control) to increase recovery of recyclables without adding additional manual labour at the company's commercial and commingled dry recyclables MRF in Maldon, Essex. Green Recycling is the first company in the UK to invest in this new technology, which has already been successfully installed in three US MRFs. Green Recycling's Max-AI AQC will be operational in Q1 2018.

China's Proposed Contaminants Thresholds not in line with global standards, according to ISRI

In response to China's notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to adopt Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imported Solid Wastes as Raw Materials (GB 16487.2-13), the standards that set the allowable contaminants thresholds for scrap imports, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) released the following statement earlier this month.

​America Recycles Day Celebrates Recycling Industry's Innumerable Economic and Environmental Benefits

 (Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry, celebrates America Recycles Day November 15th, by applauding all individuals who make a strong effort to recycle as part of daily life, and encouraging all to learn more about recycling and the industry. America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful, takes place yearly on November 15 in an effort to promote and celebrate recycling in the U.S. 

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