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Among the top brands, many believe all excavators are the same. But when you look closely, you can spot the small differences in design that add up to huge differences in productivity and efficiency — differences that can boost your profitability. 


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EREF expands presence in Canada through partnership with OMWA

EREF expands presence in Canada through partnership with OMWA

In early 2017, the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) and the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) convened in Ontario, Canada with the goal of strengthening the funding of Canadian-based research and scholarships in support of sustainable materials management. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the work EREF is undertaking in the United States, and discuss the development of a Canadian research platform that would meet the needs of the country's waste management sector. Both organizations were pleased to have waste management professionals, municipal officials and regulators who traveled from across the country to participate in this important event and work together on finding ways to better coordinate efforts to conduct and promote academic research.

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The way forward

The way forward

Exporters in Canada have already begun seeing disruption in trade flows stemming from China's Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imported Solid Waste Used as Raw Materials. Despite the concerns raised by governing bodies and industry representatives from around the world, the Chinese government moved forward with its decision to implement these severe and restrictive standards. Chinese import fees have increased, quotas and licenses have been drastically reduced, and exporters are finding it increasingly difficult to move material to the country that has long been the world's largest importer of scrap. 

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​FCC Environmental and Van Dyk announce second MRF in Houston

​FCC Environmental and Van Dyk announce second MRF in Houston

One year after completing their Dallas MRF, FCC Environmental is back with another contract for the city of Houston, Texas. FCC teamed up again with supplier Van Dyk Recycling Solutions to deliver a high-capacity system with the most advanced technology on the market. The previous collaboration between the two parties (the Dallas MRF) won the National Waste and Recycling Association's Recycling Facility of the Year Award in 2017.

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​TOMRA Sorting Recycling to give technical presentations on raising scrap purity levels at ISRI 2018

Representatives from global sensor-based sorting leader, TOMRA Sorting Recycling, will be on hand to give technical presentations to ISRI 2018 attendees inside Wendt Corporation's exhibit, #1249, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., April 16-18. The presentations will highlight new and emerging TOMRA technologies, including the recently unveiled FINDER LOD, available to help scrap processors achieve unprecedented purity levels and meet newly implemented China purity standards. Additionally, team members will be available throughout the show to discuss attendees' specific operational needs and how TOMRA can help to deliver solutions. 

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​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. 

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A new era of automation

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. 

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NOVA Chemicals recycles more than 57,000 pounds and wins EPS Excellence in Recycling Award

NOVA Chemicals recycles more than 57,000 pounds and wins EPS Excellence in Recycling Award

Recycling programs for EPS, a foam used to protect products in transportation, food packaging and construction materials, have been growing for nearly two decades. In part, the growing success of EPS recycling can be attributed to companies like NOVA Chemicals, which has been creating innovative solutions for collecting EPS for recycling for the last five years.  That's why the company is being honored with the EPS Industry Alliance's annual Excellence in EPS Recycling award. 

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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.

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

​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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​BCBRDA urges BC government to classify milk as a beverage to encourage recycling

​BCBRDA urges BC government to classify milk as a beverage to encourage recycling

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.    

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

Machinex' latest MRF installation, High Point, North Carolina.

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.

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​Inaugural Global Recycling Day is Sunday March 18

​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. 

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​Fimic's laser-drilled screens ideal for managing contaminated plastics

FIMIC's team, based in Italy.

In February, Italy-based Fimic Srl, presented its latest innovations for the plastics recycling industry during the U.S. Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) meeting, which was held in conjunction with the Plastics Recycling 2018 conference in Nashville. As a leader in the production of continuous melt filter for the recycling of post-consumer and post-industrial plastics, Fimic recently joined the APR, and is a standing member of the European plastic recyclers association.

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

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. 

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The Co-operators partners with Green Propeller Recycling in Ontario for car seat recovery

Every year, an estimated quarter of a million child car seats end up in landfills in Ontario alone. The Co-operators is pleased to announce that its advisors are helping provide an alternative for environmentally-minded local residents. Through a partnership with Green Propeller Recycling, the only not-for-profit child car seat recycling facility in Ontario, old child car seats can now be dropped off at local Co-operators advisors' offices in many Ontario communities to be recycled. 

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