The new Mobile Styro-Constrictor from Brohn Tech LLC, based in Ursa, Illinois, offers complete mobile EPS (expanded polystyrene or "styrofoam") recycling without the need for a costly facility for processing the material. According to Brien Ohnemus of Brohn Tech, the challenge in recycling EPS has always been in making the process cost effective. With the Constrictor, it is not only environmentally responsible but economically feasible.
Recent government policy announcements on plastics a step in the right direction, according to CPIA
Latest CCME and Ontario government policy could open window of opportunity for better management of plastic waste in Canada
The CPIA (Canadian Plastics Industry Association) has been working with Canadian Government policy makers, technology developers, industry and academia for over two decades to educate, to inform and to disseminate information on technological advances and sustainable industry practices worldwide. Following years of effort, according to the organization, it appears that governments have opened a window of opportunity to bring this well-informed perspective to government policies toward the management of plastic waste in Canada.
In the span of a few short days, both the CCME (Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment) and the Ontario government via the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks have made major policy announcements that include plastics. Highlights can be found below, along with the CPIA's take on impacts and next steps, according to a recently released Member's Alert from the organization.
At their most recent meeting held Nov. 23, CCME released their Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste. The first part of the announcement was an agreement to pursue a policy that recognizes plastics' essential role in the economy while focusing on preventing plastic waste and better managing this resource. The second part of the announcement was an agreement in principle to establish Canada-wide reduction targets for ALL waste (not just plastic waste). Canadians produce 706 kg of waste per person and the goal is to reduce this by 30% to 490 kg/person by 2030 and by 50% to 350 kg/person by 2040. An excerpt from the document is as follows:
"Ministers recognized the importance plastics continue to play in the economy and of supporting innovation for more sustainable solutions and technologies in waste management. Zero plastic waste does not mean eliminating the use of plastic products. Instead, the strategy calls for actions that lead to the prevention of plastic waste, as well as improved collection and cleanup. This would result in greater capacity to recover plastics' value and keep them in the economy and out of our oceans, lakes, including the Great Lakes, and other waterways and the natural environment. Protecting our terrestrial and aquatic environment from plastic pollution is imperative for the health of freshwater ecosystems, and is also important as the water and litter flow directly into oceans."
The plan takes a circular economy approach but focuses on:
• Preventing plastic waste, for example by designing plastic products for longevity and reparability, or reducing demand for disposable plastic items;
• Collecting all plastics, including through clean-up, so they are channeled back into the economy; and
• Recovering value from all plastics using a range of strategies and processes according to a hierarchy of priority.
The recognition of thermal processes to recover energy is an important addition to the treatment options and the movement to overall zero waste aspirational goals and zero plastic waste.
Next Steps: While there is much to like in this document, the CPIA says "we must remain vigilant as the Ministers develop an action plan to reduce waste per capita in general. CPIA will be reaching out to the CCME as soon as possible."
Province of Ontario Announces "Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations - A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan" (Nov. 29, 2018) https://prodenvironmental-regi...
Ontario' Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks - the Hon. Rod Phillips also released "Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations - A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan (‘Plan')". The 53-page document is the government's overarching blueprint for environmental policy to address and meet the provinces climate change goals.
The CPIA says the Ontario plan is also significant to our industry as it supports all opportunities to recover the value of resources in the waste stream including plastics. CPIA and the plastics industry have been a proponent of integrated waste management systems and managing waste plastic resources through all 4R's - reduce, reuse, recycle and recovery - to maximize the benefits of plastics in a Circular Economy (CE) and Sustainable Material Management (SSM) lifecycle framework (https://www.epa.gov/smm).
This plan is also a first in Ontario waste resources management history to officially recognize the important role of chemical recycling and thermal treatment - along with reduction, reuse and recycling - in ensuring that the valuable resources in the waste stream do not end up in landfills. The plan
• Increased recycling and new projects or technologies that recover the value of waste (such as hard-to-recycle materials);
• Cutting regulatory red tape and modernizing environmental approvals to support sustainable end markets for waste and new waste processing infrastructure;
• And (most importantly for plastics) support for sustainable end markets to recycle more materials and plastics.
According to the CPIA, it will be critical if the plastic industry is to meet our sustainability goals of 100% of plastics packaging is re-used, recycled or recovered by 2040, our industry will have to focus on increasing recycled content in products and packaging with our industry partners across the whole value chain and where no options exist, like the CCME announcement, recovering energy from waste plastics resources will be examined.
CPIA will comment on the Plan now posted to the Environmental Registry (EBR) website https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/... , for a 60-day public consultation period (i.e. January 28, 2019).
More from Plastics Recycling
Greenpeace activists in Canada, the U.S., Switzerland, and several other countries around the world unveiled "plastic monsters" covered with branded plastic packaging at Nestlé offices and consumer hubs today, calling on the multinational corporation to end its reliance on single-use plastic.
Global materials science and manufacturing company, Avery Dennison Corporation announces the extension of its liner recycling program to include polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) label liners through its collaboration with EcoBlue Limited, a Thailand-based company that specializes in recycling PET label liner to create recycled PET (rPET) materials for use in other polyester applications.
A casual reader of the news is hard pressed to avoid stories about plastic waste. For someone in the waste and recycling industry, it is the trending topic of the past year. New plastic waste partnerships, coalitions and working groups are announced on what seems like a weekly basis, with governments and multinational brands making public commitments to curb reliance on plastics - especially those of the single-use variety.
Between summer 2017 and 2018, Dem-Con Materials Recovery in Shakopee, Minnesota retrofitted their single-stream MRF with three new MSS CIRRUS optical sorters for fiber from CP Group. The units increase recovery, improve product quality and reduce sorter headcount on the fiber QC. A fourth MSS CIRRUS sensor is currently in production and will install this summer.
At the end of January Chemical Recycling Europe was created as a non-profit organization with the vision of establishing an industry platform for developing and promoting cutting-edge chemical recycling technologies for polymer waste across Europe. The new association aims to deepen collaboration with EU Institutions and develop positive industry-wide relationships throughout the whole chemical recycling value chains in Europe in order to boost specific polymer recycling. According to the new organization, chemical recycling of polymers in Europe will need to develop in order to reach the high level of expectations from the EU politicians.
According to the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) the global plastics industry agrees that plastic and other packaging waste does not belong in the environment. One recent step toward solving the problem is the historic formation of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a non-profit organization composed of chemical and plastic manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, converters, and waste management companies that has committed $1.5 billion over the next 5 years to collect and manage waste and increase recycling especially in developing countries where most of the waste is coming from.
IK, Industrievereinignung Kunststoffverpackungen, the German association for plastic packaging, and EuPC, European Plastics Converters, are organising together the 2019 edition of the conference A Circular Future with Plastics. The two associations, representing plastics converters both at national and European level, will bring together over 200 participants from across Europe, who will work together during two days of conferences, debates and networking opportunities.
TerraCycle CEO, Tom Szaky announced as closing keynote speaker for Responsible Business Summit New York
Tom Szaky, president and CEO of international recycling company TerraCycle® is pleased to announce he has been selected as a closing keynote speaker at the 7th annual Responsible Business Summit New York, scheduled for March 18-19.
Canada Fibers Ltd. (CFL) and Enviroplast are entering into an exclusive supply agreement to recover and recycle plastic film. According to CFL, the strategic partnership between the two industry leaders is a game changer as the requirement for more Canadian-based plastic recycling solutions has increased following the implementation of China's National Sword policy in 2018 which banned imports of 24 types of waste material, including plastic film.
In a major advance for industry and the circular economy, a team of recycling industry veterans have formed a new company, Circular Polymers, to supply the chemical recycling industry with consistent, high quality feedstock made from post-consumer carpet and other plastic destined for landfill. Circular Polymers' new facility in Lincoln, California will process some 30 million pounds of carpet per year, with plans to expand further.
Indorama Ventures' new recycling plant in Guadalajara, Mexico will be operational in the fall of 2019. Located at the company's Ecomex JV site, in close proximity to their resin production, the facility will include a new plastics washing plant purposely developed by AMUT Group to cope with the necessity of processing very dirty PET post-consumer, landfill-collected bottles. These bottles require a wet-cold-cleaning technology, which has been incorporated in the operation's de-labeller unit. The AMUT De-Labeller on site removes labels, especially the full body shrink sleeves, improving the bottles' quality to go through subsequent cleaning operations.
Sesotec has supplied a multi-sensor sorting line at New Zealand's first PET recycling plant operated by Flight Plastics Ltd. According to the Germany-based technology provider, the Sesotec sorting systems there will secure output quality as well as a continuous supply of PET flakes to the Flight's production line.
TOMRA Sorting Recycling presented at the influential International Electronics Recycling Congress (IERC 2019), sharing the company's specialized knowledge of materials recovery from electrical and electronic waste (WEEE). With legislation prohibiting the re-use of plastics containing brominated flame retardants (BFRs), TOMRA discussed how combining the company's near infrared and X-Ray technologies enables the removal of up to 98% of plastics containing BFRs from mixed plastic waste streams.
MSS, Inc., the optical sorting division of CP Group, has received a patent for their PrecisionFlow eject hood for optical sorters.
Daly Plastics is one of the largest plastics waste processing companies in the Netherlands. At their Zutphen site, Daly Plastics' subsidiary Caroda Polymer Recovery recycles agricultural and packaging films, with the aim to produce regranulates of the same quality as virgin material. Two Jupiter 2200 and four Micromat 2000 shredders from Austria-based Lindner Recyclingtech provide the recovery facility with the ideal particle size.
Canada Fibers awarded contracts to design, build and operate two technologically advanced recycling facilities
Canada Fibers Limited (CFL) has been awarded two contracts to design, build and operate advanced single-stream post-consumer Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Peel, Ontario. The Company is constructing an 80 thousand square foot greenfield facility in Winnipeg and is retrofitting the Region of Peel's existing MRF. Both projects involve advancements to recovery technologies in response to increasingly rigorous quality standards from industries utilizing post-consumer recyclable materials.
Machinex and Canada Fibers partnership to result in two of the most technologically advanced single-stream facilities in North America
Toronto-based Canada Fibers Ltd. (CFL) is building two single-stream recycling facilities in 2019 that will include the most advanced, high-tech fibre and plastics sorting and recovery systems in Canada. In Winnipeg, Manitoba, a completely new 30-tonnes-per-hour facility (approximately 80,000 square feet) is currently under construction and scheduled to open in the fall. In the Region of Peel, Ontario, the existing Peel Integrated Waste Management Facility MRF, owned by the Region, will be retrofitted for 31.5-tonnes-per-hour capacity, with the updated facility (approximately 85,000 square feet) scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2020.
In response to the NDP's Waste Reduction Strategy announcement today calling for a ban of single-use plastics across Canada by 2022, a commitment for plastic packaging reduction targets, and strong, enforceable Extended Producer Responsibility legislation that holds companies accountable, Sarah King, Head of Greenpeace Canada's Oceans & Plastics Campaign, said:
Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has been selected to supply the front-end recycling system for CarbonLITE's newest post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) plant. BHS also provided the front-end recycling system for CarbonLITE's Dallas, Texas facility, which began production in the fourth quarter of 2017 (shown above). CarbonLITE is one of the world's largest producers of bottle-grade rPET.
L'OCCITANE and Loop Industries sign multi-year supply agreement to transition to 100 percent sustainable PET Plastic
The L'OCCITANE Group, a global manufacturer and retailer of natural cosmetics and well-being products with five leading brands, and Loop Industries, Inc., a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic, announced today the signing of a multi-year supply agreement for Loop branded 100 percent sustainable PET plastic. The agreement will see the L'OCCITANE en Provence brand start to incorporate Loop PET plastic into its product packaging as of 2022, enabling it to increase from its current 30 percent recycled plastic to reach 100 percent in its bottles by 2025 and place the Loop logo on all packaging containing Loop PET plastic.
TOMRA Sorting Recycling has announced two additions to their North America product support team. Sean Hyacinth has been added as a field service engineer for TOMRA optical sorting equipment, while Kevin Javier Montalvo assumes the newly created position of customer project manager, recycling. Both team members will work directly with TOMRA dealers and customers to strengthen equipment service and project management throughout North America.
ZenRobotics Ltd. has appointed Wolfgang Schiller as the company's new CEO, effective immediately. Prior to ZenRobotics, Mr. Schiller was the Vice President Electronics Industry at KUKA AG, a leading supplier of intelligent automation solutions. According to ZenRobotics, as CEO, Schiller will be responsible for further developing ZenRobotics' business and accelerating the uptake of intelligent robots in waste management.
The Department of Agriculture and Forestry has announced the Alberta government's approval of the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group's (APRG) pilot program to recycle grain bags and twine along with $750,000 in funding.
An alliance of global companies from the plastics and consumer goods value chain have launched a new organization to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.
Refind Technologies AB, an innovative manufacturer based out of Gothenburg, Sweden has introduced the Refind Sorter, a new modular and flexible classification and sorting solution. It consists of the Refind Mind - the actual classification software - and has the option to include the Camera box and a Sorting add-on.
An alliance of global companies will launch a new initiative to work on solutions to reduce mismanaged plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean. The Alliance will be announced Wednesday, January 16 (9 am ET) during a global, live internet broadcast originating from London, UK.
Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) announced in December that it will achieve 25 percent recycled plastic across its U.S. domestic portfolio by 2021. The company plans to continue expanding its use of recycled materials in the coming years, further setting an ambition to reach 50 percent recycled plastic by 2025.
BASF is breaking new ground in plastic waste recycling with its ChemCycling project. Chemical recycling provides an innovative way to reutilize plastic waste that is currently not recycled, such as mixed or uncleaned plastics. Depending on the region, such waste is usually sent to landfill or burned with energy recovery. But chemical recycling offers another alternative: Using thermochemical processes, these plastics can be utilized to produce syngas or oils. The resulting recycled raw materials can be used as inputs in BASF's production, thereby partially replacing fossil resources.
In the spring of 2018, Plessisville, Quebec-based Machinex introduced its new SamurAI sorting robot, which, according to the manufacturer, has since generated a lot of industry interest. Nearly six months after its launch, the response of the market has been very positive and nine robots have been sold to date. The first two SamurAI in Canada have just been installed in Quebec while six more robots will be installed by next year in Canadian sorting centers. Moreover, the company says they continue to have regular requests from customers who are greatly interested in this cutting-edge technology.
Out of 3.308.300 tonnes of PET bottles placed in the European market in 2017, 58.2% - in total 1.923.100 tonnes (+2.9 % compared to 2016) - were collected. This conclusion comes from the Annual Survey on the European PET Recycle Industry, conducted by ICIS and commissioned by Petcore Europe.
European plastics industry and value chain present commitments and pledge for more sustainable plastics industry
On the 11th December, 2018, 13 organisations from the entire plastics value chain hosted their first annual event "The EU Plastics Industries - Towards Circularity" and presented the status of their voluntary commitments and pledges in front of the media, NGOs and representatives of the European Commission.
A new report by Ecology Center (EC), Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), and Changing Markets Foundation (CM) reveals the presence of toxic substances in all 12 of the carpets tested that were produced and sold by the six largest carpet manufacturers in the U.S.: Engineered Flooring (J+J), Interface, Milliken, Mohawk, Shaw and Tandus Centiva (Tarkett). Toxic chemicals detected have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, respiratory disease, heart attacks, strokes, asthma, and immune and developmental health problems in children.
Most plastic beverage kegs in the UK are not recycled and often end up in landfill. To overcome this problem, First Mile have teamed up with KeyKeg and OneCircle to create a circular programme which recycles plastic kegs, turning them into new, useable plastic kegs.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently announced the release of its seventh annual Recycling Industry Yearbook, providing the most up-to-date information and statistics about the U.S. recycling industry and global scrap marketplace. With a greater spotlight on the industry in the wake of rising trade protectionism around the globe, the publication provides the most comprehensive analysis of where the industry stands based on the most current data compared to previous years. It will also serves as a baseline for years to come based on the new global market realities.
European plastics industry and value chain committed to circular economy and development of closed loop
On the 11th December 2018, 13 organisations from the entire plastics value chain hosted their first annual event "The EU Plastics Industries - Towards Circularity" and presented the status of their voluntary commitments and pledges in front of the media, NGOs and representatives of the European Commission.
For many of us, the holiday season is the happiest time of year—but it also can be the most wasteful. According to the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) Canadians generate approximately 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
A local Calgary business has been offering plastics recycling to customers across the City for decades. Now, Friendly Earth Environmental is working with autobody shops across the province to recycle plastic car bumpers.