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Doppstadt's Airflex 1500 Wind Sifter allows for plastic-free composting, cuts volume losses

Famed Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution stems tide of glove waste

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world's leading independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education. Its researchers teamed up with French scientists in 1985 to discover the Titanic, and the organization remains at the forefront of providing essential knowledge about our oceans and atmosphere that helps guide global environmental stewardship.

Royal Canin partners with TerraCycle to enable consumers to recycle pet food packaging

Royal Canin, a global leader in pet health nutrition, has partnered with international recycling company TerraCycle to make the packaging for their entire product line nationally recyclable. For every shipment of Royal Canin packaging waste sent to TerraCycle, collectors earn points that can be used for charity gifts or converted to cash and donated to the non-profit, school or charitable organization of their choice.

Recent government policy announcements on plastics a step in the right direction, according to CPIA

The CPIA (Canadian Plastics Industry Association) has been working with Canadian Government policy makers, technology developers, industry and academia for over two decades to educate, to inform and to disseminate information on technological advances and sustainable industry practices worldwide. Following years of effort, according to the organization, it appears that governments have opened a window of opportunity to bring this well-informed perspective to government policies toward the management of plastic waste in Canada.

Nick Doyle joins TOMRA Sorting Recycling as Sales Manager, West Coast North America

TOMRA Sorting Recycling, the global supplier of sensor-based sorting equipment, announces that Nick Doyle has joined the TOMRA team as Sales Manager, West Coast North America. In this newly created position that expands sales and customer support of TOMRA's equipment to waste and plastics recycling operations, Doyle will consult directly with TOMRA partners and customers to implement the right sorting solution to improve recycling recovery rates, increase product purity and boost profitability. 

Stora Enso and startup Sulapac have joined forces to develop renewable and biodegradable straws

Stora Enso and Sulapac continue to combat the global problem of plastic waste by introducing a demo of a sustainable straw at Slush 2018, a global leading startup event gathering of 20,000 tech enthusiasts. The demo, targeting industrial scale production, is designed to replace traditional plastic straws with renewable ones. The straws are based on Sulapac's biocomposite material – made of wood and natural binders – designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environment.

Replacing plastic packaging with other materials would have adverse environmental impacts, according to ACC

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the new study, "Life Cycle Impacts of Plastic Packaging Compared to Substitutes In the United States and Canada: Theoretical Substitution Analysis," finds that replacing plastic with alternative materials in packaging applications would cause increases in energy use, water consumption and solid waste, as well as increase greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), acidification, eutrophication and ozone depletion.


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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.

Reduce, reuse, and please use technology to recycle

From the earliest age, we are taught to "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" with each piece placed in the proper receptacle reaffirming our commitment to the environment. While plastic water bottles and grab 'n go containers bring a needed convenience to our daily lives, usage is staggering. 

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

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.

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. 

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. 

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

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.

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.

​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

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."

MRF Operations Forum 2018

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. 

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.

​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. 

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.

​Lindner Micromat Bale Opener increases film quality for Veolia

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.

​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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​APR releases Plastics Sorting Best Management Practices Guide

In an effort to facilitate greater consistency in plastic sorting, the Association of Plastic Recyclers recently  announced the development of The APR Plastic Sorting Best Management Practices Guide to standardize how data is collected in studies that seek to identify the composition of plastics in the waste and recycling stream. The goal of the guide is part of an overall effort by APR, the leading international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry, to optimize plastics recycling across North America and beyond. 

​ReVital Polymers, Pyrowave and INEOS Styrolution partner to launch polystyrene recycling consortium

At the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy, held in Halifax this week, three industry leaders involved with post-consumer packaging recovery - ReVital Polymers, Pyrowave and INEOS Styrolution - announced a strategic partnership to recycle polystyrene packaging. The partnership will focus on materials collected in consumer curbside and depot recycling systems as well as other sources such as restaurants, offices, schools and universities.

Toronto pilot project evaluates feasibility of Styrofoam recycling

The Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF), with help from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), recently funded a pilot project in Toronto to evaluate the densification and marketing of curbside collected Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), commonly referred to by the trade-name Styrofoam. Support for this pilot project builds on previous CIF efforts to identify and overcome barriers to EPS recycling in Ontario. 

NRT adds Max-AI technology to optical sorters

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.  

Binder+Co introduces unique sorting for light packaging; first machine operating in U.S.

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.

Supporting an innovation-based approach to plastics recycling should be considered the best way to combat our plastic pollution problem

Most people want to do their part to help protect the environment. But despite good intentions on the part of individuals, we've created more than 9 billion tons of plastics since production began, at scale, in the 1950s. This has resulted in almost 7 billion tons of plastic waste generated. Less than 10 percent has been recycled, about 12 percent has been incinerated, and nearly 80 percent is clogging landfills or polluting the environment. If these trends continue, more than 13 billion tons of plastic waste will be contained in landfills by 2050.

Neste, ReNew ELP and Licella to collaborate in utilization of waste plastic as a raw material for fuel and chemicals

Neste, the world-leading producer of renewable diesel, UK-based chemical recycling company ReNew ELP, and Australian technology developer Licella are joining forces in a development project to explore the potential of using mixed waste plastic as a raw material for fuels, chemicals, and new plastics. In addition to studying liquefied waste plastic feasibility and sustainability as refinery raw material, the companies are also collaborating with the aim to facilitate regulatory acceptance for chemical recycling. The collaboration is one of the steps towards Neste's goal to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material to fossil refining, with a target to process annually more than one million ton of waste plastic by 2030. 


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