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TOMRA debuts new SHARP EYE technology at NPE 2018

TOMRA's new Autosort LOD (laser object detection) is now available with SHARP EYE technology.

At NPE 2018, the Plastics Show, held in Orlando, May 7-8, TOMRA Sorting Recycling introduced new TOMRA SHARP EYE technology, which makes it possible to separate single-layer PET trays from PET bottles. This enhances the previous capability of TOMRA's AUTOSORT machine to separate multilayer trays. This breakthrough is commercially significant because small but critical differences in the chemical properties of PET food trays and PET bottles mean that they must be separated for equivalent-product recycling. Additionally, artificial intelligence embedded in TOMRA systems also enables seamless analysis of sorted products, making the future plants even smarter.

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

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. 

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​PLASTICS releases Bioplastics Report, calls for research and innovation

​PLASTICS releases Bioplastics Report, calls for research and innovation

In a Plastics Market Watch report just released; Watching: Bioplastics, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) reports bioplastics are in a growth cycle stage and will outpace the economy as a whole by attracting new investments and entrants into the sector and bringing new products and manufacturing technologies to make bioplastics more competitive and dynamic. 

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PLASTICS Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit leverages NPE2018 to reach broader industry

PLASTICS Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit leverages NPE2018 to reach broader industry

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has kicked off its third annual Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit at NPE2018: The Plastics Show, running May 7-11, leveraging the association's premier triennial tradeshow as an opportunity to both reach new and diverse attendees and allow Re|focus attendees to experience NPE. All registered Re|focus attendees will receive free access to the NPE show floor for a chance to see plastics manufacturing innovations in action. 

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Acclaimed artist Douglas Coupland gets radical with plastic to raise awareness about ocean pollution

Internationally renowned writer and visual artist Douglas Coupland's new radical art installation - Vortex - opens May 18, 2018 at the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative. Vortex is Coupland's imaginative interpretation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and an exploration of the artist's evolving relationship with plastic - a seductive yet sinister medium. The year-long exhibit will immerse visitors in the rapidly escalating ocean plastic pollution crisis in an emotive, contemplative, and transformative experience.

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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 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. 

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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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