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Greenpeace supports NDP’s call to feds on single-use plastics ban

"The NDP has proposed the sort of bold action that is required to reduce plastic pollution at the source. This is a powerful statement with a clear vision that recognizes the danger of plastic pollution both to our environment and to our health and sets out real measures to eliminate single-use plastics at the source."
"The NDP has proposed the sort of bold action that is required to reduce plastic pollution at the source. This is a powerful statement with a clear vision that recognizes the danger of plastic pollution both to our environment and to our health and sets out real measures to eliminate single-use plastics at the source."

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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:

"The NDP has proposed the sort of bold action that is required to reduce plastic pollution at the source. This is a powerful statement with a clear vision that recognizes the danger of plastic pollution both to our environment and to our health and sets out real measures to eliminate single-use plastics at the source. Greenpeace and thousands of Canadians strongly support the NDP's call to the federal government to ban various problematic and unnecessary single-use plastics by 2022."

In its announcement, the NDP acknowledges that recycling alone would never be enough to solve the plastic pollution crisis, and that Canada must move away from single-use plastics. Greenpeace is calling on Minister McKenna to incorporate these measures into Canada's National Zero Plastic Waste Strategy and to listen to the growing movement of people across Canada who want urgent action to combat the massive plastic waste and pollution crisis in Canada and around the world.

"McKenna's current waste reduction approach totally ignores the role that bans must play in tackling this global crisis. Plastics production is forecast to double over the next 20 years. The Liberal's focus on increased recycling and continued use of plastic products fails to recognize that there is simply too much plastic that has been produced and that continues to be churned out. It's time for the Liberal government to follow the leadership of other national governments, and now the NDP, and adopt a strong national plastic strategy that was promised to Canadians, before the next election campaign swamps us with new promises," added King. 

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EOW blockchain technology to help Momentum Recycling increase glass recycling rates

End of Waste Foundation Inc. has formed its first partnership with Momentum Recycling, a glass recycling company located in Colorado and Utah. With their common goals of creating a zero waste, circular economy, Momentum is implementing End of Waste's traceability software based on blockchain technology. The EOW Blockchain Waste Traceability Software can track glass waste quantities from bin to new life. (Hauler → MRF →glass processor → manufacturer.) This software ensures quantities are recycled and provides immutable data to increase recycling rates.

Basel Convention ignores fact that recycling helps the environment, according to ISRI

The Basel Convention Conference of Parties have adopted amendments to the Convention that will impair the trade of recyclable plastics. According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), this effort, intended to be an international response to plastic pollution in marine environments, in reality will hamper the world's ability to recycle plastic material, creating an increased risk of pollution. 

U.S. consumers redeemed billions of UBCs through TOMRA reverse vending machines in 2018

According to TOMRA of North America, U.S. consumers redeemed billions of used beverage containers though the company's reverse vending machines (RVMs) in 2018, with more than 2 billion redeemed in the Northeast alone. RVMs collect beverage containers for recycling and prevent them from entering oceans and landfills.  

City of Lethbridge opens new MRF featuring Machinex sorting system

The City of Lethbridge, Alberta held the grand opening of their new single-stream material recovery facility on May 8. According to Machinex, their sorting system at the facility, commissioned in mid-April, will allow the City to process residential recycling materials generated by a new blue cart program that is currently being set up.

Vecoplan selected by Brightmark Energy for plastics to fuel plant

Vecoplan, LLC, the North Carolina-based manufacturer of shredders and waste recycling equipment, has been awarded a contract to design and build the front-end material processing and preparation system for Brightmark Energy's new plastics-to-fuel plant in Ashley, Indiana. Vecoplan's prep system will incorporate a variety of technologies engineered to deliver feedstock that meets specifications vital to the plant's successful production of transportation fuel. 

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Cleanfarms calling for farmers to recycle 100% of plastic ag jugs to mark 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago, the crop protection industry in Canada planted the seeds of a voluntary stewardship program in Prairie communities to collect empty agricultural plastic jugs for recycling. The idea took root and since then, Cleanfarms has expanded the program across Canada bringing in a total of about 126 million plastic jugs that have been recycled into new products instead of disposed in landfill.

Cypriot President inaugurates first turn-key plastics recycling facility

Every year, the summer sun, sea and sand attract growing numbers of tourists to the European island state of Cyprus. In addition to great sales for the tourism industry, they also generate steadily growing mountains of waste. Tourists are clearly not the sole contributors, but according to current figures, Cyprus has the second highest amount of waste per capita in the EU after Denmark. 

Sani-É​co partners with Machinex on major MRF upgrade

Machinex attended the official ceremony this week marking the major upgrade of the Sani-Éco material recovery facility located in Granby, Province of Quebec, Canada. The owners of the recycling management company reiterated their trust in Machinex, which provided them their sorting center more than 18 years ago. This modernization will allow an increase of their current sorting capacity in addition to bringing a direct improvement to the quality of the fibers produced.

​BHS launches Max-AI AQC-C sorting system

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has launched the Max-AI AQC-C, a solution that is comprised of Max-AI VIS (for Visual Identification System) and at least one collaborative robot (CoBot). CoBots are designed to work safely alongside people which allows the AQC-C to be quickly and easily placed into existing Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). BHS launched the original Max-AI AQC (Autonomous Quality Control) at WasteExpo in 2017. At this year's show, our next generation AQC will be on display along with the AQC-C.  

RePower South starts up advanced recycling system using BHS technology

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New digital platform launched for plastics converting industry in Europe

MORE, the single, unified digital platform to monitor the uptake of recycled polymers into products, is available to be used by converters since the 25th of April 2019. This new IT platform was developed by EuPC in cooperation with its members, and in support to the European Commission's EU Plastics Strategy. It's objective is to monitor and register the plastics converting industry's efforts to reach the EU target of 10 million tonnes of recycled polymers used annually between 2025 and 2030.

Tweed and TerraCycle team up to take cannabis packaging recycling across Canada

In the spirit of Earth Day, Canada's best-known cannabis brand is thrilled to officially launch the Tweed x TerraCycle recycling program across Canada. Previously available in select stores and provinces, today's announcement officially marks the roll out of Canada's first country-wide Cannabis Packaging Recycling Program.

Bühler wins Queen’s Award for food safety and recycling innovation

Bühler UK Ltd has won this year's Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation in recognition of its pioneering research into camera technology used in sorting machines. The technological breakthrough is being used to drive up food safety controls in the nut and frozen vegetable sectors while also helping to increase plastic recycling rates.

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New mobile processing system designed to make dealing with EPS waste cost-effective

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. 

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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. 

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Carlos Monreal of Plastics Energy first president of Chemical Recycling Europe

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.

CPIA reinforces importance of ending plastic waste in the environment

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. 

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EuPC and IK organize 2019 conference “A Circular Future with Plastics”

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.

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New PET food-grade recycling plant in Mexico to feature latest in AMUT washing technology

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Lindner helping Netherlands plastics recycler transform dirty film into high-quality regranulate

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. 

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