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Commentary: The missing link for plastics

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. 

Recycling yields $200,000 profit at Bolger print facility

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certification for print manufacturers, is pleased to announce recent achievements in sustainable printing from innovative certified facility, Bolger. Certified since 2017, Bolger has achieved zero production landfill status, an impressive accomplishment meaning that all waste from its production process is managed sustainably.  

Commentary: Policy decisions continue to reshape ferrous commodity markets

Steel and ferrous scrap market participants in North America enjoyed a much healthier 2018 amid higher prices and sales volumes. Nucor Corp. reported their average sales price for steel sheet increased from $689 per net ton in 2017 to $828 per net ton in 2018. At the same time, steel production in the United States expanded 6.2 percent to 86.7 million tons in 2018, according to figures from the World Steel Association. As steel production increased and pricing improved, scrap demand rose and profit margins were bolstered. U.S. Steel Corp. reports their adjusted net earnings rose to $957 million in 2018, up from $341 million in 2017. 

Langille’s continues to build on experience recovering heavy-duty electric- powered vehicles

Dave Langille started in the scrap metal and auto parts business as a peddler in the late 1980s, working out of a pickup, collecting and selling cores and scrap metal, same as his father and grandfather before him. He was at it from his teenage years into the early 2000s, until in 2006 Langille purchased an auto-wrecking yard in Port Perry, Ontario (about 50 kilometres north-east of Toronto) and established Langille's Scrap & Cores. 

TOMRA Sorting Recycling to highlight latest metal fractions sorting technology at ISRI 2019

Members of the metals sorting team from global sensor-based sorting leader, TOMRA Sorting Recycling, will be on hand in TOMRA booth # 800 to meet with attendees during ISRI 2019 in Los Angeles , Calif., from April 8-10. Team members will be available throughout the show to address attendees' specific sorting challenges and how TOMRA's X-ray and color sorting technologies can help to deliver solutions. 

​Dem-Con MRF retrofit to be complete this summer with addition of MSS CIRRUS optical sorters

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.

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GEEP’s Alberta facilities are staying ahead of the curve on managing ITAD and e-waste

GEEP Canada Inc. is a division of The Giampaolo Group of Companies, based in Ontario. The Giampaolo Group is involved in multiple industries, from aluminum re-melt to real estate, and is also one of North America's  largest metals recyclers through the company's Triple M Metal division. GEEP (Global Electric Electronic Processing) specializes in managing the complete life cycle of IT assets through electronic asset management and end-of-life recycling. The company has nine locations throughout North America, including two Alberta facilities and plants in B.C., Ontario, Quebec, Michigan, North Carolina and Costa Rica.

LBX raises $51K for American Heart Association

LBX Company LLC raised $51,000 in support of the American Heart Association's (AHA) annual "Life is Why We Give campaign. LBX made a commitment to donate $500 for every Link-Belt excavator, forestry machine or material handler retailed in February in North America. This is the third year that LBX has participated as a national supporter of the campaign. LBX has committed to support this program through 2021.

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.

Automotive recyclers express concern at global conference in Vienna

Within the automotive recycling industry there is growing concern about future economic developments, according to a survey of participants at the International Automobile Recycling Congress, IARC 2019, taking place this week, March 20-22, in Vienna. The survey shows that around 38 per cent expect economic conditions for the automotive recycling industry to deteriorate over the next two years. A similarly high percentage, however, think business will remain stable. Only just over one quarter of those surveyed expect economic conditions to improve.

Keestrack optimizes electric drive technology

Keestrack offers today the most versatile range of hybrid and plug-in solutions in mobile processing technology for quarrying and recycling applications. This applies to the complete product range, from screening plants and stockpile conveyors to mobile track-mounted crushing solutions of all relevant technologies and for all production capacities.

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. 

Keeping your Eddy Current Separator up and running

The Eddy Current Separator (ECS) is one of the most important pieces of equipment in a recycling operation. For operators of MRFs, auto-shredders or e-scrap facilities, it's usually one of the biggest revenue generators. Keeping the ECS running is important to the recycler's bottom line, therefore it is essential to reduce unexpected downtime. 

E-crane to handle over 500,000 tons of materials yearly at MetalX’s new mega-shredder

MetalX, headquartered in Waterloo, Indiana, has begun operation of a new 5,000-hp mega-shredder at the company's recently established greenfield site in Delta, Ohio. In December 2018, MetalX also installed a new E-Crane 1000 Series Model EC7317 PD-E stationary equilibrium crane, equipped with a 3.5-cubic-metre (4.6-cubic-yard) scrap grapple. Since installation, the E-Crane has been used to move and stockpile material in preparation for the shredder startup. Now that the shredder is operational, the E-Crane will be used primarily to feed the shredder at a rate of up to 300 tons per hour.

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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Global Recycling Day events planned across the globe from Nigeria to South Korea, Brazil to the UK

Global Recycling Day 2019 is today, March 18, and people around the world are joining in the celebrations to mark the day. With events from beach clean ups to high school litter picks, and football challenges to school visits taking place in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America, every corner of the globe is uniting to celebrate the importance of recycling. 

Optical sorting, robotics and AI to drive MRF market towards $251.7 million by 2022 according to latest analysis

With China's National Sword regulation imposing restrictions on the import of solid wastes, US single-stream recycling material recovery facilities (MRFs) are left with few options for processing their vast quantities of recycling materials. The technology and capabilities gap between the advanced foreign facilities and the domestic facilities are compelling the latter to make strategic investment decisions regarding processing equipment. While operations and business models will undergo major changes, it is processing technologies such as optical sorting, robotics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will drive the $185.2 million market towards $251.7 million by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate of 6.3 percent. 

​Global Recycling Day: a time to celebrate innovation in textile recycling

The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART) Association is celebrating Global Recycling Day on March 18, organized by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), by raising awareness of the future of textile recycling. The annual event is a time to change the mind-set of governments, businesses, communities and individuals around the world to see recyclables as a resource - not waste. A focus of BIR for Global Recycling Day in 2019 is innovation in ensuring a brighter future for the planet. 

ISRI adopts first comprehensive Transportation Policy

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors recently passed a transportation policy to recognize and address the challenges of transporting scrap materials to the scrapyards and to the customer in a timely, and cost efficient way. Unfortunately, according to ISRI, the industry and others are experiencing severe truck shortages, rail service problems and increased costs, and inconsistent service on ocean shipping as less ships are being utilized globally. Additionally, the industry has seen labor issues that have snarled West Coast ports. This is the first time the organization has developed such a comprehensive transportation policy.

Skrotfrag robotic sorting line for scrap equipped with three-armed ZenRobotics Heavy Picker

Swedish scrap processing company Skrotfrag installs a robotic sorting line for scrap metal. The sorting line, equipped with a three-armed ZenRobotics Heavy Picker, will be the third of its kind in Sweden. Skrotfrag will be one of the first companies to apply robotic sorting technology to scrap metal. The application is a welcomed addition to advance Skrotfrag's operations.

Peterson introduces 1700D horizontal grinder

Peterson Pacific Corp., a manufacturer of industry leading wood grinding and chipping machines announced today the introduction of the new Peterson 1700D Horizontal Grinder.  "The new-1700D is smaller and lighter than our other grinder's, but still packs impressive performance. The 1700D is ideal for small mulch, compost, or pallet grinding operations, as well as municipalities looking for a smaller machine, but still needing excellent throughput for a grinder of this size" said Jody Volner, President of Peterson Pacific Corp.  "We are excited about the capabilities of this remarkable grinder, and have it loaded with the features that Peterson customers have come to expect from our products."

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Metso Waste Recycling strengthens sales in North America

Lou Martins is Metso Waste Recycling's new General Sales Manager in North America. Lou brings with him significant experience and a proven track record from the solid waste market, including 6 years with Van Dyk Recycling Solutions. "With Van Dyk Recycling Solutions Lou successfully developed and led a North American solutions initiative for processing and treating a new waste stream for glass.

Frontline Demo Days 2019 highlights latest crushing and screening innovations

Frontline Machinery hosted their annual Demo Days & Open House event today at the company's headquarters in Chilliwack B.C.. About 200 customers, industry partners, OEMs and staff were in attendance to see the latest innovations from Frontline equipment partners, including global crusher/screener manufacturer Keestrack, Optical Belt Scale manufacturer Sensortechnik and screen/shredder and mobile conveyor manufacturer EDGE Innovate. Also in attendance was Langley-based Shearforce Equipment which demonstrated their latest hydraulic pulverizer attachment.

Animal proof waste & recycling containers are ideal for rural areas

Paris Site Furnishings introduces innovative animal proof waste or recycling containers.  Constructed of galvanized steel, theses durable receptacles will keep out racoons, birds, squirrels, even bears, while dual streams allow for source separation of waste. Available as model BPLR1 - single, 32-gallon capacity units, or as BPLR2 - doubles with 64-gallon capacity.  Dual streams allow users to separate garbage from recycling, organics from plastics, or even pet waste from general waste. Paris Site Furnishings' BPLR models are an ideal waste storage solution for golf courses, 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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