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Recycling Industry Operating Standard announces release of RIOS:2016 implementation guide

Guide designed to help recyclers manage environmental issues, employee health and safety and quality control

(Washington, DC) - The Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™) recently announced the release of the RIOS:2016™ Implementation Guide (RIG) which includes a new, more effective, easy to develop Footprint Tool. This management system is easier to implement than ever and helps recycling facilities to become leaders in environmental stewardship, quality assurance, and health and safety.

 "Management systems are a great way for businesses to improve their environmental, health, and safety programs, while also being better customers and suppliers," said RIOS™ Executive Director Darrell Kendall. "RIOS makes this approach more accessible to recycling facilities, and now with the RIOS:2016 Implementation Guide, facilities can do it themselves. From start to finish RIOS give recyclers all of the tools and instruction they need to succeed."

Following the release of the revamped RIOS:2016™ Standard last November, the RIOS™ Technical Advisory Group spearheaded the development of an Implementation Guide that is more robust and more universally approachable by facility staff than the previous version. The new RIG is designed to be used by employees who are not compliance experts, but have a role managing environmental issues, employee health and safety, and quality control. Now, more than ever, a high-functioning QEHS management system is accessible to recycling facilities.

Regardless of size, commodity, or process, every recycling facility has customer requirements, health and safety concerns, and impacts the environment in some way. The RIG is a tool that when implemented, will help a facility operate in a more efficient, safe, and environmentally conscientious way without the need for outside consultants.

Additionally, to assist facilities further with the transition to RIOS:2016™, RIOS™ is hosting a series of webinars throughout the year that focus on different topics within RIOS™. These trainings highlight new ways of approaching common QEHS issues while also providing facility staff with an opportunity to ask questions specific to their operations, and learn about new ways of approaching typical operational challenges.

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​ISRI leads recycling industry's efforts in front of EPA

​ISRI leads recycling industry's efforts in front of EPA

As the recycling industry celebrates America Recycles Day, November 15th, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) continues it role advocating for the industry in front of the Administration and on Capitol Hill. ISRI President Robin Wiener served as an industry representative at a special summit, "Building a More Resilient System Together," hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The purpose of the summit was to bring various stakeholders from throughout the recycling chain together to discuss key issues.

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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.

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​ISRI President delivers state of the recycling industry address to U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus

​ISRI President delivers state of the recycling industry address to U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus

In conjunction with the celebration of America Recycles Day, November 15th, the U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill in which Robin Wiener, president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) moderated. The briefing, held November 14th, was to highlight the current state of the U.S. recycling industry from the viewpoint of different stakeholders in the industry, including municipalities, material recycling facilities, consumer brands, and paper and plastic recycling groups.

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Anaergia officially opens latest CHP System generating renewable energy

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held November 7 to mark the official opening of Anaergia Inc.'s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system at the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF), in the City of Escondido, California. This CHP system utilizes digester gas from the wastewater treatment process to generate renewable electricity and heat for the facility's operations.

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SMART issues reminder on importance of reusing and recycling textiles for America Recycles Day

SMART issues reminder on importance of reusing and recycling textiles for America Recycles Day

For this year's National America Recycles Day on November 15, don't forget about the importance of reusing and recycling textiles. According to the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), a global organization of companies involved in the reuse and recycling of textiles and related secondary materials, the average U.S. citizen throws away 81 pounds of clothing each year. Why does this matter? Ninety-five percent of textiles, even if they are worn out or torn, can be recycled - yet only 15 percent get donated/recycled, with 85 percent of used textiles ending up in landfills.

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​TuffBoxx introduces the Camper Dual Stream Waste & Recycling Receptacle

​TuffBoxx introduces the Camper Dual Stream Waste & Recycling Receptacle

Princeton, Ontario-based TuffBoxx has introduced the Camper, the company's newest dual stream, double door, animal resistant waste or recycling receptacle. Constructed of galvanized steel, the Camper will keep out almost any form of wildlife while dual streams allow for source separation of waste. Available with accessibility compliant "mailbox" style chutes or with top lid access, each Camper holds two 32-gallon containers.  Dual streams allow users to separate garbage from recycling, organics from plastics, or even pet waste from general waste.  The Camper is an ideal waste storage solution for campgrounds, parks, apartments, communal sharing by a group of property owners, small businesses, fire departments, community centers or anywhere durable, wildlife resistant waste containers are needed. 

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Greentec now one of the most advanced e-waste processors in Canada

Greentec now one of the most advanced e-waste processors in Canada

Greentec, an Ontario-based e-waste recycling solutions company, now has exclusive technology to safely handle LCD displays during the process of converting discarded electronics into new materials, making it the most advanced e-waste company of its kind in the country, according to Greentec.  The company uses innovative Lamp, LCD and Laptop waste recycling technology to remove the hazardous materials typically found in these items, including mercury vapours and other heavy metals. The automated procedure ensures there is no human contact with hazardous materials.  

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F-Class portable plant from Haver & Boecker includes new technologies

The new Tyler F-class portable plant is designed to improve setup time and increase equipment longevity.

Haver & Boecker has launched the Tyler F-Class portable plant that includes several new technologies to improve setup time and extend equipment longevity in quarry and mining operations. The portable plant features a new custom-built chassis equipped with six hydraulic run-on jacks that quickly level the plant, eliminating the need for cribbing. The run-on jacks also ensure the chassis stays level during operation, which minimizes equipment wear. 

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Safety and driver-optimized features contribute to demand for Freightliner EconicSD Waste Collection Trucks

The Freightliner EconicSD features a panoramic windshield that enables maximum visibility for drivers, enabling a better view of both pedestrians and drivers of other vehicles on daily waste collection routes. The various innovative safety features built into this truck have been a key selling feature for customers and have contributed to the successful market reception.

With its enhanced safety features and a driver-focused design, the Freightliner EconicSD waste collection truck is a modern, innovative solution for the refuse segment. 

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Micron Waste strengthens business development, engineering and corporate capabilities

Ziba Hajizadeh, P.Eng. (2nd from left), recently promoted to VP, Engineering, with other Micron Waste R&D team members, including Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Bob Bhushan (2nd from right) in front of a Cannavore unit.

Micron Waste Technologies Inc., a leading developer of clean technology waste management systems, has announced the hiring and promotion of key management staff to build capabilities in business development, engineering and corporate relations. Micron's food and cannabis waste treatment systems are industrial-grade organic waste processers which pulverize and render organic waste in combination with a proprietary blend of microbes and enzymes designed and developed by Micron. Importantly, as part of Micron's full-system waste treatment platform, effluent from the systems is further treated to derive clean greywater which can be reused in industrial or agricultural operation. Alternatively, the treated regulatory-compliant greywater, which meets municipal discharge standards, can be safely discharged. Active Pharmaceutical Compounds (APIs) in cannabis waste are further biologically treat to denature cannabinoids present, keeping them out of watersheds where they can bio-accumulate.

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TerraCycle Regulated Waste provides four tips for recycling dry cell batteries

TerraCycle Regulated Waste provides four tips for recycling dry cell batteries

In today's world, everything runs on batteries. They're in the things we use every day. Inevitably though, they run out of power and the question comes up - what do you do with your spent batteries? In the past they ended up in a junk drawer, an old coffee can in the garage, or even in the trash. But, batteries can be recycled using a few extra precautions. 

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USABC awards $1.08 million Li-ION battery recycling project to Worcester Polytechnic Institute

USABC awards $1.08 million Li-ION battery recycling project to Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, today announced the award of $1.08 million to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts for Phase II of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling contract.

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Tire Recycling

Black Bear to scale up “Tire to Carbon Black” technology internationally

Netherlands-based Cleantech company Black Bear has secured an additional €5 million from Capricorn Venture Partners and Particon, who join an earlier €11 million growth financing round. Using this growth capital, Black Bear aims to scale up its "Tire to Carbon Black" technology, a unique carbonization process used to transform tires into recovered Carbon Black for use in the production of tires, technical rubber, coatings, plastics and inks. 

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​Compology bin monitoring technology to help reduce organics contamination and GHG emissions

Compology's cameras automatically identify and measure contamination to provide standardized scoring, alerts, and reports to reduce contamination at the source.

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste) has been awarded a $263,000 grant by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to work with Livermore Sanitation, Inc. (LSI) and use Compology's automated, camera-based dumpster monitoring technology to reduce contamination in commercial business compost streams and increase diversion of organics from landfills. Diversion Strategies will oversee the tracking and reporting of progress.

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