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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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​APR releases Plastics Sorting Best Management Practices Guide

​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. 

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

​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.

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Toronto pilot project evaluates feasibility of Styrofoam recycling

Output from a machine processing EPS in Toronto.

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. 

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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.  

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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