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BAN calls on Thailand and all Asian countries to ratify Global e-Waste Dumping Ban

The Basel Action Network (BAN) has warned South and Southeast Asian nations that they will become the next, after Thailand, to be hit by a tidal wave of electronic and plastic wastes from North America and Europe, if they don't move to ban the import of such wastes by ratifying an international agreement called the Basel Ban Amendment. The Ban Amendment would amend the existing Basel Convention, now agreed by 194 countries, to make it illegal to export hazardous wastes such as electronic wastes (e-waste) for any reason from developed countries of the OECD and EU blocs to developing countries. 

CE certification for TerraCycle's BulbEater3 and 3L bulb crushing systems

TerraCycle's efficient drum-top bulb crushing systems, the BulbEater3 and BulbEater3L, have received CE certification from the European Commission's Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Obtaining a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is essential for the sale and distribution of a product in the European Economic Area and other regions. The BulbEater system had to meet the strict standards set forth by European Union Directive 2006/42/EC on Machinery to receive a DoC.

Hasbro teams up with TerraCycle to give toys and games new life

Hasbro, Inc., the global play and entertainment company, recently launched a new toy and game recycling pilot program with TerraCycle, a global leader in product recycling. During the pilot program, consumers can collect and send their well-loved Hasbro toys and games to TerraCycle, who will recycle them into materials that can be used in the construction of play spaces, flower pots, park benches, and other innovative uses.

​Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) expands e-waste separation technologies at Netherlands facility

Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), a leading global provider of electronics recycling and IT asset disposition (ITAD) services, has expanded their processing lines at the company's Eindhoven, Netherlands e-waste facility. This site, known to be the largest e-waste (WEEE) recycling operation in the region, added enhancements that include metals and plastics separation technologies. 

ERA announces rebranding to Electronic Reusing Association in time for organization's 15th anniversary

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), the Calgary-based non-profit organization addressing the growing problem of e-waste and the increasing 'digital divide' has announced the business' rebrand to the Electronic Reusing Association. This comprehensive rebrand elevates the focus on reuse rather than recycle and this will be evident in their new logo and website within the coming months. 

CDO of Sims Metal Management offers insight on future of e-waste

Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), a leading provider of global IT asset disposition (ITAD) services was proud to have Steve Skurnac, chief development officer of Sims Metal Management, of which SRS is a part, as a representative at the 17th International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC 2018. This event, held Jan. 17-19 in Salzburg, Austria, brought more than 500 recycling professionals together to discuss new technologies, regulations, manufacturing processes and raw materials values. 

​Inaugural Global Recycling Day is Sunday March 18

As part of a worldwide effort to promote the importance of recycling on the first-ever Global Recycling Day this Sunday, March 18, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is calling on businesses, communities, policymakers, and individuals to increase their commitment to recycling and recognize scrap as an important resource. Recyclable materials are valuable commodities that play a pivotal role in environmental protection, energy conservation, and sustainability. 

European industry's online platform focused on how to best recycle E- waste

In an attempt to respond to recyclers' quest for information about the presence of materials and components in electronic waste that require separate treatment, producers and producer responsibility organisations have teamed up to create "Information for Recyclers - I4R", a unique one-stop source platform aimed at providing a whole range of information and guidance on how to handle WEEE: http://www.i4r-platform.eu. The platform was launched at the end of February.

​PELLENC ST and SESOTEC agree to partnership

Pellenc ST and Sesotec GmbH recently concluded a new partnership to complement their market and product portfolio in the high-tech recyclables sorting sector. This agreement covers the distribution of flake sorting equipment for plastics recycling applications in France, Japan and the UK and sensor-based sorting equipment for End-of-Life Vehicles, Metal scrap and the WEEE-recycling markets in France and Japan. For other territories and other waste sorting applications, new opportunities will be treated on a case-by-case basis.

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​Call2Recycle Canada receives preeminent sustainability certification

Call2Recycle Canada, Inc., the country's leading consumer battery stewardship and recycling organization, has achieved the latest Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification, R2:2013. R2 is the leading standard for recycling organizations and is recognized by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), an electronic recycling non-profit that serves as the housing-body for the R2 standard. The distinction reinforces Call2Recycle's commitment to following stringent requirements on the safe and secure collecting and processing of batteries. 

Call2Recycle is reminding Canadians to safely recycle their batteries

Call2Recycle, North America's first and largest consumer battery stewardship and recycling program, encourages Canadians and Americans to Lead the Charge on National Battery Day (February 18th). The annual awareness day asks consumers and organizations to scour their homes and offices - especially junk drawers, closets and garages - for used batteries, which they can bring to a Call2Recycle drop-off location or start their own program.

Taking on E-waste

Andrew Rubin bought FCM Recycling in 2010, converting it from a ferrous and non-ferrous recycler with a speciality in printed circuit boards, to a specialized processor of electronic waste. With headquarters and a shredder in Lavaltrie, near Montreal, FCM also has plants in Cornwall, Ontario; Elmsdale, Nova Scotia; and Delta, British Columbia (near Vancouver).

​TerraCycle acquires Air Cycle, marking first acquisition in company history

TerraCycle US Inc., a leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, announced it has acquired Chicago-based Air Cycle Corporation, a leader in universal waste recycling that provides solutions for mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs, battery, ballast and electronic waste disposal.

The dangers of non-conforming batteries in the lead battery recycling process

Lead batteries continue to be a recycling success story in the United States, Canada and abroad. In fact, according to a National Recycling Rate Study commissioned by Battery Council International (BCI) in 2017, more than 99% of Lead batteries are recycled.  This is equivalent to about 12 billion pounds of lead batteries recycled in a four-year period.

Kuusakoski unveils recycling technology for separating copper and niobium-titanium from superconducting wires

Kuusakoski Recycling, Northern Europe's leading recycling services company, has developed a method of recycling magnetic imaging devices that can be used to separate electrolytic copper and niobium-titanium conductors, which are thinner than a human hair. The company says the innovation is particularly useful currently, because the use of magnetic imaging in health care is increasing, and hospitals are replacing their old devices with newer, more powerful imaging devices. Magnetic imaging requires an extremely strong magnetic field. For that reason, in the core of the imaging device there is a superconducting coil that is cooled with helium. This coil is sealed inside multi-layered metal chambers and cast in resin. 

Over 6 million kilograms of used batteries recycled in 2017

Call2Recycle, North America's first and largest consumer battery stewardship and recycling program, has reported that their partners, stewards and collection sites recycled nearly 14 million pounds (6.3 million kilograms) of batteries throughout the U.S. and Canada in 2017. These results contribute to Call2Recycle's mission of keeping batteries out of landfills. To date, the program has recycled 144 million pounds (65 million kilograms) of batteries. 

ISRI calls China's final scrap import standards disappointing for recycling industry

In response to the publishing of the final Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imports of Solid Wastes as Raw Materials (GB 16487.2-13) - the quality standards for imported scrap by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released the following statement:

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​Consumer Battery Collection & Recycling Leader Releases Innovation to Increase Battery Safety and Reduce Risks

TORONTO, Ontario - Call2Recycle Canada, Inc., Canada's national consumer battery collection and recycling organization, has announced an innovation to bolster the safety in handling and transporting potentially dangerous batteries in Canada. Its battery collection containers now will include an innovative, flame retardant liner.  This new feature is part of the organization's Charge Up Safety!™ initiative to further the safe collection, transport and recycling of consumer batteries. 

Is the recycling industry facing a fire epidemic?

There is certainly no simple answer to the question: is there a fire epidemic facing the recycling industry? But it is an issue that needs addressing. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines an epidemic "as an outbreak or product of sudden rapid spread, growth or development." Although we have been faced with facility fires in the waste and recycling industry for years, we are just now seeing the real extent of the problem.

STEINERT's KSS multi-sensor system: a flexible combination sorting solution for electronic waste (WEEE)

Commencing work at STEINERT's Test Centre in Cologne in May, 2015, Swiss company Bühlmann Recycling prepared an especially demanding sorting task for the applications specialists. The challenge was to use a flexible facility (i.e. one that could be adapted to future input materials) to manufacture a variety of products so that the investment could continue to safeguard the future. The feed bunker contained electronic waste (WEEE). Today, after approximately two years, the facility is being operated by STEINERT partner MWN in Lyss, Switzerland, where it produces the desired results.

Refind Technologies brings optical battery sorting technology to Ontario

Refind Technologies AB is a technology company based out of Gothenburg, Sweden. The company specializes in the use of cameras and software with artificial intelligence designed to teach systems to recognize objects based on their appearance. Refind's technology is designed mainly for the recovery of used batteries and electronics, but the company says they have also recently found application in the fishing industry for species identification.

State-of-the-art recycling facility in Ontario set to help meet 2020 lamp disposal ban target

In October, Veolia announced the expansion of its electronics and lamp recycling capabilities in Canada with the opening of a new, 5,000 square foot, state-of-the-art recycling facility located in Pickering, Ontario (Greater Toronto Area). While the plant's primary purpose is to provide lamp-recycling services for customers across Ontario and other Canadian provinces, other electronics and mercury-bearing wastes can also be handled for customers out of this facility as appropriate. Veolia currently also provides industrial cleaning and hazardous materials management services from this location.

​America Recycles Day Celebrates Recycling Industry's Innumerable Economic and Environmental Benefits

 (Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry, celebrates America Recycles Day November 15th, by applauding all individuals who make a strong effort to recycle as part of daily life, and encouraging all to learn more about recycling and the industry. America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful, takes place yearly on November 15 in an effort to promote and celebrate recycling in the U.S. 

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Study finds lead batteries to be most recycled consumer product in the U.S.

CHICAGO — A new study has found that lead batteries have a recycling rate of 99.3 percent, making them the number one recycled consumer product in the U.S. The near-perfect rate of recycling is attributed to industry investment in a state-of-the-art closed-loop collection and recycling system that keeps 1.7 million tons of batteries out of landfills annually.

Registration Open for ISRI’s 2018 Convention and Exposition

(Washington, DC)- Registration is open for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' (ISRI) Annual Convention and Exposition. ISRI2018, the world's largest annual gathering of scrap recycling professionals, will be held April 14-19, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. ISRI2018 is set to provide scrap recyclers from around the world with the educational and networking opportunities, product showcases, and industry news needed to maximize their time, dollars, and return on investment. 

​Top 10 Take-Action Tips for Waste Reduction Week in Canada

Canadians generate a lot of waste. On average, every Canadian will generate 720 kg (1,587 lbs.) of waste that goes to landfill, which is equal weight to a full grown female giraffe. In the spirit of Waste Reduction Week in Canada here are ten easy take-action tips that will reduce our reliance on landfills and help you adopt more environmentally conscious choices.

​Sims Metal Management Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Sims Metal Management Limited, the world's leading listed metal and electronics recycler and services provider, is proud to be celebrating 100 years in the recycling business. Since its inception in 1917, a company started by Albert Sims with a single small yard in Sydney Australia has evolved into a global business. Over that time, the Company has recycled more than 250 million tonnes of metal and generated revenue of over $100 billion.

New AutoSort Laser designed to increase sorting efficiency for household and commercial waste

TOMRA Sorting Recycling has announced the launch of a sensor-based sorting machine based on laser technology. AUTOSORT LASER enables the separation of glass, ceramics, stones, metals and plastics from household and commercial waste. Its capabilities allow material recovery facilities (MRFs) to further fractionalize waste and reduce overall weight for landfill, thereby significantly reducing landfill costs. Moreover, AUTOSORT LASER helps create additional revenue streams through the recovery of salable products.

​USABC AWARDS $1.76 MILLION Li-ION BATTERY RECYCLING CONTRACT TO FARASIS ENERGY

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has announced the award of a $1.76 million technology development contract to Farasis Energy Inc. in Hayward, California, for lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling.  

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