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Strong domestic RPET demand continues according to Report on Postconsumer PET recycling

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) have announced the release of the Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2017. The report cites a 2017 United States recycling rate of 29.2 percent for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles, reflecting a slight increase over the 2016 rate of 28.4%. The rate increase reflected decreases in both total collection volumes and volume of PET bottles available for recycling in the U.S.

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New CABKA innovation centre in Valencia, Spain focused on innovation in plastics recycling

In the brand-new Innovation Center in Valencia, Spain, CABKA bundles its innovative forces and works intensively on plastics recycling technologies for the future

One of the basic commodities used for CABKA products is recycled plastic from post-consumer packaging waste, and the company is convinced that creative ways of using plastic waste will become an increasingly pressing issue in the future. The core topics at the company's new Innovation Center in Valencia, Spain are product development and process automation, with a focus on material development. CABKA has been actively cultivating and furthering innovation at its individual sites for many years. The teams working on these processes are thus optimally linked. The new Innovation Center now offers a site where the focus will be squarely on developing new material formulations as well as products based on these new formulations. In addition, the findings of all teams will be pooled and further prepared at this site, so that all locations can benefit equally.

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APR endorses global commitment to eradicate plastic waste

APR endorses global commitment to eradicate plastic waste

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently signed a global commitment to eradicate plastic waste andpollution at the source.  APR, the international trade associationrepresenting the plastics recycling industry, joins 250 other organizations toendorse The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment led by The Ellen MacArthurFoundation, in collaboration with the UN Environment, that was officiallyunveiled at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali this week. 

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G7 Oceans plastic charter is a catalyst for change that should help set ideals into action

G7 Oceans plastic charter is a catalyst for change that should  help set ideals into action

In what feels like a blink of an eye, the omnipresence of plastic waste has captured media attention and public awareness like never before. The unprecedented global alignment on prioritizing the management of plastic waste is akin to how the world embraced the seriousness of climate change. The bombardment of images of marine life ingesting plastic pollution has moved the conversation upstream from concerned citizens to the highest levels of governments and business, and to their supply and value chains. 

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​Highlights from the 19th annual Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference NA

Rebecca Zimmer, Global Director of Environment, Starbucks, speaking at the PSI Session: The Introduction of (Postconsumer) Coffee Cups into the Recycling Bin; a Point/Counterpoint.

This year's 19th edition of the Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference North America, held in Chicago from October 17 through 19th and produced by the Recycling Today Media Group, was a very informative, well organized and well attended event, and a good reflection of the mixed feelings currently being expressed by the industry with respect to the state of paper and plastics recycling. On the technology side of the industry, things are largely positive. Business is good. From the latest plastics additive and stabilizing technologies designed to enhance the physical properties and thereby the quality of recycled plastics for compounders and other reprocessors, to the significant advances in sorting, screening and other equipment being put forward by leading manufacturers, it is clear that there is solid demand, and excellent solutions available to help profitably create better quality recycled materials from challenging input streams. The advances in this sector are in fact rapid and ongoing. The latest robotic and optical sorting, coupled with artificially intelligent (AI) "learning" technologies, are particularly impressive - making it difficult for anyone to deny that high-tech materials sorting has a huge role to play in the future of this industry.

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ZenRobotics Heavy Picker sorts bulky plastics by polymer, shape and size

According to ZenRobotics, with their Heavy Picker it's possible to sort large and heavy plastics fractions with high purity before it is shredded. Thanks to this machine's Artificial Intelligence it's possible to sort plastics based on various characteristics. These robots are able to identify objects similar to a human and can be taught to identify and sort specific objects, such as garden furniture, pipes, crates etc. Theycan also sort plastics by polymer or colour, and add flexibility to sorting by allowing customers to sort waste exactly as required.

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​BHS front-end bottle sorting system to help rPlanet Earth process over 6 tph of baled post-consumer PET

rPlanet Earth has opened the company's new 302,000-square-foot plastics recovery and production facility, capable of producing 80 million pounds of food and drink packaging annually. Germany-based Krones supplied its bottle-grade flake production system, including a Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) front-end bottle sorting system. The highly automated BHS purification system processes more than 6-tons-per-hour (tph) of baled post-consumer PET and runs nearly 24 hours a day.

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Meeting new challenges at the MRF

The MRF installation crew at SANCO Resource Recovery in Lemon Grove, California.

This past summer, Van Dyk Recycling Solutions sponsored and hosted a webinar titled "MRFs in Crisis! Where do we go from here?" During the webinar, Van Dyk's sales manager and process Engineer, Adam Lovewell, along with colleague Mark Neitzey, focused on the topic of how recycling businesses have been struggling to deal with China's changes in import policy. According to Lovewell and Neitzey, the so-called "China crisis" has exposed serious issues throughout the recycling industry and "we have hit a critical point where owners and operators need to take a hard look at their equipment's ability to handle changes in the stream."

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MRF Operations Forum 2018

(From left) Jim Marcinko of Waste Management and Mark Henke of Republic Services on the MRF Operations Forum panel, with moderator Nat Egosi of RRT.

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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New rPlanet Earth facility among first to convert bales of post-consumer PET into food-grade finished packaging

rPlanet Earth Co-CEOs Joseph Ross (left) and Robert Daviduk (right) in the new plant at Vernon, California.

rPlanet Earth, a new company dedicated to closed-loop recycling of post-consumer plastics, has started up a large grassroots facility that is the world's first completely vertically integrated plant for converting PET packaging waste into finished rPET products with properties comparable to those made from virgin PET.

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Emterra's Emmie Leung awarded CPIA 2018 Leader of the Year

Emterra's Emmie Leung awarded CPIA 2018 Leader of the Year

Widely recognized as a trail blazer in the Canadian recycling industry and a passionate supporter of sustainable growth and a circular economy in the waste resource recovery business, Emmie Leung, Founder and CEO of Emterra Group can now add a new accolade to her list of accomplishments. On October 3, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) awarded her their prestigious 2018 Leader of the Year.

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​2018 APR Recycling Demand Champion Campaign generates almost 7 million pounds of new demand in it's first year

​2018 APR Recycling Demand Champion Campaign generates almost 7 million pounds of new demand in it's first year

A program designed to expand market demand for recycled plastics has generated almost 7 million pounds of new demand in it's first year. The APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign, created by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) in 2017 to develop new markets for recycled plastics, announced year end results at a recent APR annual meeting in St. Petersburg, FL.  APR also announced several new participants who have committed to increase their use of  postconsumer resin (PCR) in the upcoming year. 

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Axxess controls from EPAX designed to improve the safe use of waste compactors and balers

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.

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​Lindner Micromat Bale Opener increases film quality for Veolia

The Lindner-Recyclingtech Micromat 2000 BW shredder on site at the Veolia Umweltservice West GmbH  sorting facility for post-consumer plastic films.

At the Morschheim site in Germany, Veolia Umweltservice West GmbH operates a highly efficient sorting facility for post-consumer plastic films. Crucial to ensuring the best possible output quality in homogenous LDPE film is a Lindner-Recyclingtech Micromat 2000 BW shredder. This innovative machine also regulates the quantity of material and creates the perfect conditions for optical sorting by feeding the optical sorting system with the particles it needs.

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​TOMRA to recruit up to 2000 new employees globally, based on growing markets for recyclables collection and sorting

​TOMRA to recruit up to 2000 new employees globally, based on growing markets for recyclables collection and sorting

TOMRA is preparing for unprecedented predicted growth by hiring 1000-2000 new employees globally over a five-year period, with positions spread across both TOMRA Collection Solutions and TOMRA Sorting Solutions.  According to the Norway-based company, with 1.4 trillion drink containers produced every year and many ending up in oceans, streets and landfills, global demand for recycling is growing.

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