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GFL Environmental and Waste Industries announce merger

GFL Environmental Inc. ("GFL") based out of Toronto, and Raleigh, North Carolina-based Waste Industries have announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement in a transaction that values Waste Industries at a total enterprise value of US$2.825 billion (approximately C$3.65 billion). The transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018, is subject to customary regulatory approvals. 

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Roll-Off Systems turns to Continental tires for both new and retread applications

Mike Corkran, fleet maintenance manager for Roll Off Systems, needed a tough tire for servicing urban trash routes with front-loaders, and construction sites and inert landfills with roll-offs.

Mike Corkran, fleet maintenance manager for Roll Off Systems, a waste transportation company in Statham, Georgia, needed a tough tire to withstand his company's demanding  application. Servicing urban trash routes with front-loaders, and construction sites and inert landfills with roll-offs, he couldn't compromise on tire and casing durability.

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Leading Edge Security Technology

Caliber Communications Inc. is a technology-based Canadian company that has created a flexible, cost effective and reliable replacement to physical guarding services. The company has engineered and developed a unique communications platform that operates on the cellular infrastructure anywhere in North America. To date, this platform has been specifically utilized for applications requiring remote security monitoring in a variety of  industries, locations and settings. The platform is completely modular and can be completely independent of existing infrastructure where no resources are available.  This allows the units to be set up anywhere they are required to provide effective security coverage. If power is not readily available, the units are designed to operate on very low wattage making solar power a viable solution.  All units provide 360 degrees of situational awareness with stationary cameras. Additionally, all units come equipped with a PTZ camera (pan, tilt, zoom) to drill into the images and gather specific data for evidence.

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​Equipment strategies for increasing hauling revenue and profitability in waste and recycling

It should come as no great shock to hear that the waste management industry is thriving. According to the Environmental Resource and Education Foundation, the solid waste industry contributes nearly $100 billion, one million jobs, and just over one percent of U.S. GDP to the nation's economy. This economic growth fuels demand and results in increased waste generation. 

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Building Tomorrow: Volvo goes all in on wheeled excavators for North America

Volvo Construction Equipment demonstrated that they are dedicated to the growing North American wheeled excavator market during their fall press briefing at their Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, manufacturing and customer experience facility. According to the company, the wheeled excavator market in North America is on pace for 23 percent growth in unit sales for 2016–2018, while Volvo is on pace for 60 percent growth in share of total unit sales for North America in 2016–2018. During that time, Volvo has introduced seven new models of wheeled excavator, including three replacement models. These models cover six size classes ranging from the 5- to 9-ton class to the 23-ton class, and include the introduction of Volvo's first dedicated material handler for North America, the EW240EMH.

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Recycle Across America launches largest recycling education campaign in U.S. history

Recycle Across America launches largest recycling education campaign in U.S. history

In response to the U.S. recycling crisis, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Recycle Across America (RAA) has launched the celebrity-led "Let's recycle right!" ("Let's") Campaign, which is the largest recycling education campaign in U.S. history. Many of the campaign's TV/billboard/print/social media ads feature simple tips for proper recycling and introduce a society-wide standardized labeling solution for recycling bins, which "makes it possible for people everywhere to recycle right."  

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BPS System Controls designed for recycling equipment and operations

BPS System Controls designed for recycling equipment and operations

Maximizing productivity is a continuous concern for recycling operations, and the right control system can reduce headaches and streamline processes. According to  Ohio-based Best Process Solutions (BPS), the company's panel-building department can deliver quality controls with seamless integration into an existing system, or custom-designed, for a complete recycling line from beginning to end. 

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​GreenWaste Recovery, in partnership with BHS, opens 90-tph mixed waste MRF

In 2008 GreenWaste Recovery, Inc. (GWR) was awarded SWANA's Gold Award for Recycling Excellence for the company's Mixed Waste Material Recovery Facility (MRF). The system, built by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), was among the first of its kind in the United States and has been a showcase for diversion and recycling excellence over its lifetime. Now, more than a decade later, a BHS overhaul has more than doubled the system's throughput and added significant technology to boost recovery, product quality and level of automation. 

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Advanced technical solutions can substantially reduce occurrence and mitigate cost of fire incidents in waste and recycling

We have seen a spike in fires in the recycling industry in 2018, compared to previous years. March, April and May 2018 are now the highest months we have recorded for fire incidents at waste and recycling facilities. March 2018 could merely be an anomaly. But then came April, with 36 fires, and then May, with 38 fires reported - the highest number of fires in any month since I began reporting recycling and waste industry facility fires in 2015. 

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NEW WAY and Recology partner on project to put first electric-powered waste collection trucks on the road in Seattle

New Way Trucks and Recology have announced a continued partnership that is working on a project that will bring  the first two electric refuse collection trucks to Seattle, Washington. The BYD Motors 8R Class-8 battery-electric trucks, fitted with New Way Viper Rear Loader bodies, are scheduled for delivery to Recology in early 2019. The two trucks will be used for residential solid waste pick up and will be the first electric refuse trucks in the Pacific Northwest region, according to New Way. 

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New orange-peel grapples from Cat designed for a range of applications

The new Cat GSH420 and GSH520 orange-peel grapples can be used for moving waste, rocks, scrap and more.

The new Cat GSH420 and GSH520 orange-peel grapples, replacing the GSH15B Series grapples, are designed for a wide range of applications, including handling shredded scrap, such as long structural beams and car bodies; handling rocks at construction sites; and waste at recycling and transfer stations. The performance and efficiency of the new Cat grapples help waste-handling operations, in particular, meet the challenges of increased environmental regulation, growing pressure to recycle a mix of materials, and stringent budgets.

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​SWANA's WASTECON 2018 keynote speaker line-up includes industry leaders, designers and creative thinkers

​SWANA's WASTECON 2018 keynote speaker line-up includes industry leaders, designers and creative thinkers

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recently announced the keynote speakers for WASTECON, SWANA's largest conference designed to help solid waste leaders plan a sustainable future for their communities. WASTECON takes place in Nashville, August 20-23.  According to David Biderman, SWANA's Executive Director and CEO, the event's line-up of keynote speakers will offer insight on future policy, innovation trends, and technology, in addition to new perspectives on adapting to industry change and creating efficient work-flow processes.

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Polaris 2800 one-step shredder key for Wheeldon Brothers UK solid recovered fuel operation

Managing director James Wheeldon in front of Lindner’s Polaris 2800.

‘If you don't recycle, we do it for you' is the motto of Wheeldon Brothers Ltd. This waste management company in Manchester/UK produces solid recovered fuels too. This is where a particular shredder with high output comes in: the Polaris 2800 one-step shredder from Lindner-Recyclingtech. ‘There is no better and more efficient machine for one-step shredding,' says Wheeldon.

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