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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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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.

​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

‘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.

​Toter launches 32-gallon medical waste cart

Toter has launched  a new 32-gallon medical waste cart. Biohazard-compatible and suitable for use in a wide range of medical facilities, from offices and ambulatory care facilities to surgical centers and hospitals, the new cart was developed in response to customer demand for a smaller, more maneuverable cart.

Calgary’s ECCO Recycling successfully integrates commercial single-stream processing into existing C&D MRF footprint

When Calgary-based ECCO Recycling decided to grow its business, it did so by taking on the processing of single stream materials - mixed plastics, paper, OCC, metals, and other materials - from both residential and commercial sources. What made that effort more challenging than most, however, was the decision to add their single-stream processing capability within their existing, high production C&D MRF footprint. 

Lindner-Recyclingtech makes key new product announcements at IFAT 2018

Lindner-Recyclingtech GmbH made several key new product introductions at this year's IFAT, held in May, in Munich, Germany, including the Polaris 1800 model, a specialized shredder designed for SRF (solid recovered fuel) applications, the Zeta Star 95 F2 starscreen for processing waste wood fuel, and the Atlas 5500, a new twin-shaft primary shredder with an innovative electric drive.

Sierra International Machinery welcomes new director of sales for Macpresse

Sierra International Machinery is proud to announce and welcome Randy Gibson as the company's Director of Sales Macpresse for the United States and Canada. Gibson will be responsible for evolving Sierra's relationship with current Sierra-Macpresse customers and building relationships with new and upcoming industries, such as RDF (refuse-derived fuel). Gibson will be assisting Sierra Regional Sales Managers in communicating the advantages of Macpresse single-ram balers and reaching out to new markets and industries that can benefit from the use of the machinery.

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Reducing the risk of fires and explosions at recycling facilities

At a metal recycling facility recently, a compressed gas cylinder exploded when it was cut with a metal shear. At a different facility, an explosion occurred when a vehicle ran over a plastic garbage bag. Workers didn't know the bag contained a discarded propane tank. At another recycling facility, a propane tank exploded when it was inadvertently loaded into a shredder with a pile of scrap metal. This bulletin can help employers identify hazards and reduce the risk of fires and explosions at recycling facilities.

​Bridgestone showcases latest waste industry tires at WasteExpo 2018

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. showed two new all-position radial tires at WasteExpo 2018 in Las Vegas, held April 24-26. The new Bridgestone M870 and Firestone FS860 tires are designed exclusively for the waste industry and will enter the market later this year. With these two products, Bridgestone says it has expanded its portfolio for the waste segment to provide innovative products at multiple price points. 

On a Roll in Waterloo

Located in southwestern Ontario, the Region of Waterloo encompasses three cities and around 530,000 residents. Set in the middle of the triangle formed by Lakes Huron, Erie and Ontario, it's a greenbelt community that features a mixture of farms, educational facilities and technological innovation.

​Waste Harmonics' iWaste Monitoring System continues to see growth

On an otherwise unremarkable day in 2012, Mike Hess, founder and CEO of brokered waste services firm Waste Harmonics, walked out of a meeting with a new client, Pilot Flying J Travel Centers. Looking back, Hess admits there were a few moments of head-scratching among his team as they walked to their car. The reason? The freshly signed Pilot Travel Center contract required a monitoring service that, at the time, wasn't offered by Waste Harmonics. In fact, not only was it not a product Waste Harmonics offered, it wasn't a product that had been created or developed by any other waste services company. 

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​Subaru launches partnership with TerraCycle to divert hard-to-recycle waste

Subaru of America, Inc., has announced a new partnership with TerraCycle to help divert hard-to-recycle waste from landfills and incinerators through the automaker's environmentally-focused philanthropic platform, Subaru Loves the Earth. With less than a quarter of the 230 million tons of trash generated annually in U.S. getting recycled, Subaru and TerraCycle® are teaming up to intercept and repurpose hard to recycle items.

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.

Fuchs to show latest MHL model handlers at ISRI 2018

Fuchs will exhibit at ISRI April 14-19, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, in booth A6. Two machines will be on display: the MHL340 F2 and MHL350 F2 material handlers. Commenting on the lineup Todd Goss, General Manger for Fuchs in North America, said the features and solutions on these machines enable customers in the four core segments of scrap, waste, forestry and port industry to operate efficiently and boost return on investment.

Doppstadt to showcase the "INVENTHOR Type 9" shredder at IFAT

Doppstadt's INVENTHOR Type 9 shredder, from the SMART SHREDDING LINE, is a new high-performance machine that is setting new market benchmarks when it comes to quality and performance. By bringing together the most innovative mechanical developments, innovative control and regulation systems, and a brand new noise emissions concept, Doppstadt has created an environmentally friendly cost-effective one-stop solution for the recycling sector. Thanks to its modular service-oriented construction and range of suspension variants, this machine is equally suited to use as a stationary fixture or in the service industry sector.

​Wastequip closes acquisition by H.I.G. Capital, names Andreas Gruson Chairman of the Board

Wastequip, a leading North American manufacturer of waste handling equipment, has announced the close of its acquisition by an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, LLC (H.I.G.), a leading global private equity investment firm. As part of the deal, which was originally announced in early February, Wastequip has appointed Andreas Y. Gruson as chairman of its board of directors. Gruson brings more than 20 years of global waste industry and financial expertise to his role. 

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