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Polystyrene foam recycling returns to Ontario communities thanks to multi-sector partnership

May 30th was a "remarkable day in the history of recycling in Brockton and Hanover", according to the Chair of Brockton's Environmental Advisory Committee, Bruce Davidson, who performed the master of ceremony duties at an event to announce that polystyrene (plastic foam) recycling is returning to Brockton and Hanover municipal recycling programs.

VIZIO receives distinguished e-Stewards enterprise designation

VIZIO, a manufacturer of high-definition televisions (HDTVs) recently joined the elite list of e-Stewards® Enterprise companies. e-Stewards Enterprises are corporations and institutions committed to using the world's most globally responsible electronics recycling companies that are certified to the e-Stewards Standard. The e-Stewards standard is the only electronic waste recycling and refurbishment standard that disallows exporting hazardous electronic waste to developing countries and employs the most rigorous criteria to prevent data breaches from discarded hardware.

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BHS Launches CoBot for Recycling Industry

BHS has launched the recycling industry's first collaborative robot (CoBot) sorter, the Max-AI® AQC-C, a solution that is comprised of Max-AI VIS (for Visual Identification System) and at least one CoBot. The AQC-C is designed to work safely alongside people which allows it to be to be quickly and easily placed into existing recycling facilities and installed in sort cabins, on narrow walkways and in other tight locations. Up to four robotic sorters can be added behind each Max-VIS system; each sorter can sort up to 40 picks per minute and up to three different material types. 

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R&M International receives presidential award for exports

In May, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented R&M International with the President's "E" Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Secretary Ross honoured a select group of U.S. companies with the President's "E" Award, the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

New upcycled compounds from Sabic to extend useful life of PET bottles and help reduce plastic waste

SABIC recently introduced its LNP ELCRIN iQ portfolio of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) compounded resins derived from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), designed to support the circular economy and help reduce plastic waste. By chemically upcycling consumer-discarded PET (primarily single-use water bottles) into higher-value PBT materials with enhanced properties and suitability for more-durable applications, the company says they are encouraging the use of recycled resins. These products also offer a smaller cradle-to-gate environmental footprint than virgin PBT resin, as measured by Cumulative Energy Demand (CED) and Global Warming Potential (GWP).

Aaron Industries launches high melt flow recycled PP featuring Milliken DeltaMax performance modifier

Aaron Industries Corp., a specialist in recycled plastic innovation, announced at the Plastics Recycling World Expo in May the launch of JET- FLO Polypro, its new high melt flow recycled polypropylene (PP) compound. JET-FLO Polypro, which features DeltaMax Performance Modifier from Milliken & Company, is among the first recycled PP materials to combine two properties that are normally mutually exclusive: extremely high melt flow index (MFI of 50-70 g/10 min.) and good impact performance (Notched Izod of 1.5-2.0), according to Aaron Industries. High MFI and good impact strength make JET-FLO Polypro an excellent choice for economical, highly durable thin-wall parts, such as housewares. By adding significant value to recycled PP, Aaron Industries says they are helping to encourage broader use of sustainable alternatives to virgin PP resin.

TOMRA'S Frank Van de Winkel to participate on Harbour Aluminum Summit Market Outlook Panel

Frank van de Winkel, business development manager for TOMRA Sorting Recycling, will participate in a panel discussion during Harbor's 12th Aluminum Outlook Summit, held June 4-6, 2019, at Chicago's Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. The Session 5 panel discussion will focus on North America's aluminum scrap & secondary market outlook, diving deep into emerging trends and market challenges. The session will take place in the Radisson's Atlantic Ballroom, starting at 8:25 a.m. on Thursday, June 6. 

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Polaris 2800 stationary waste wood shredder proving to be the right machine for Wurzer Umwelt

The Wurzer Group, based in Eitting near Munich, Germany, has been relying on Lindner shredding technology for over ten years. For the past year, the company has been successfully using the manufacturer's new Polaris 2800 for processing waste wood. The result, according to the company: few fines in the output and the highest throughput, with optimal machine availability, based on consistent, reliable and safe operation.

Lifting magnets, power sources and electrical control systems: FAQ with Winkle Industries

Some magnets are simple, like the small, hand-held versions that hold paper clips or which affix photos, calendars and notes to metal. Magnets attached to mobile material handlers to lift metal are much more complicated. Following are answers to some of the most popular questions often asked about lifting magnets, power supply sources and electrical control systems. 

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BHS Launches CoBot for Recycling Industry

BHS has launched the recycling industry's first collaborative robot (CoBot) sorter, the Max-AI® AQC-C, a solution that is comprised of Max-AI VIS (for Visual Identification System) and at least one CoBot. The AQC-C is designed to work safely alongside people which allows it to be to be quickly and easily placed into existing recycling facilities and installed in sort cabins, on narrow walkways and in other tight locations. Up to four robotic sorters can be added behind each Max-VIS system; each sorter can sort up to 40 picks per minute and up to three different material types. 

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Toro and Revolution’s new Drip Tape Recycling Service to boost agriculture industry recycling in California

The Toro Company is pleased to announce a new exclusive drip tape recycling service available in California. The on-farm pick-up service is now available to all Toro growers with qualifying Toro drip tape purchases. According to Toro, the service is a result of the company's ongoing commitment to help farmers maximize production with efficient, sustainable drip irrigation practices. 

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Many North American recycling businesses rely on the hard work of industry associations to help ward off burdensome legislation. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in the U.S. and the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries(CARI) in Canada provide members with educational resources, networking opportunities and advocacy muscle at home and abroad. These associations also have a long history of collaborating with one another to combat common issues. 

Wastequip launches Clean-Pak self-contained compactor

Wastequip debuted its new Clean-Pak self-contained compactor at WasteExpo 2019.  The first self-contained compactor in the U.S. market with hydraulic cylinders and hoses outside the charge box area, eliminating the need to clean behind the ram, Wastequip says their new Clean-Pak compactor is ideal for food and medical waste applications.  The compactor reduces mess and prevents components and personnel from coming into contact with the waste. 

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Finland-based TANA a key source for Russian waste industry professionals

In Russia, landfills are filling up and waste is being dumped in unauthorized dumps or transported across the country. The Russian government has begun major waste management reform, to reorganize the waste management system and establish a more professional approach to waste management. Main objectives include creating new sanitary landfills, and utilizing the latest shredders and other advanced sorting & separation equipment to better manage and accommodate the growing amount of waste in the country.

International e-Waste export guideline deemed unready according to BAN

The 14th Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention concluded in early May, without approving in full the Technical Guidelines on the Transboundary Movement of e-Waste. The Guideline, which included an exemption from controls for e-wastes claimed for repair, failed to find the support for its final adoption after several years of negotiation. The Basel Convention seeks to prevent the export and dumping of hazardous wastes, particularly in developing countries. 

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BHS Launches CoBot for Recycling Industry

BHS has launched the recycling industry's first collaborative robot (CoBot) sorter, the Max-AI® AQC-C, a solution that is comprised of Max-AI VIS (for Visual Identification System) and at least one CoBot. The AQC-C is designed to work safely alongside people which allows it to be to be quickly and easily placed into existing recycling facilities and installed in sort cabins, on narrow walkways and in other tight locations. Up to four robotic sorters can be added behind each Max-VIS system; each sorter can sort up to 40 picks per minute and up to three different material types. 

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Lafarge's Richmond facility aims to be most carbon efficient cement plant in Canada

Lafarge Canada Inc.'s Richmond Cement Plant has launched a new and improved lower carbon fuel (LCF) system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of cement. The initiative aims to make the facility the most carbon efficient cement plant in Canada. It will also help minimize landfill waste; specifically, non-recyclable plastics that are creating a backlog for municipalities across Canada.

Latest study on plastics misses the mark according to industry associations

The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) has released a report called "Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet," which looks at plastics production and greenhouse gas emissions. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) responded with the following statement, attributed to Steve Russell, vice president of ACC's Plastics Division:

PlasticActionCentre.ca is Canada’s first national resource for knowledge and action on plastic waste

Canada understands the consequences of plastic waste and is fully engaged like never before: governments at all levels are initiating new policies; organizations are improving business models; and individuals are eager to learn more. To fully engage on this pressing environmental issue Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO), with funding from Walmart Canada, has launched the Plastic Action Centre, the first national resource that offers a full view of plastic waste in every corner of the country.

Newco Metal & Auto Recycling commissions Wendt modular shredder and separation system

St. John's, Newfoundland-based Newco Metal and Auto Recycling, in April, commissioned an M6090 Modular Automobile Shredder Plant and Non-Ferrous Separation System from WENDT Corporation. The installation represents Newco's first automobile shredder and offers new market opportunities and economic advantages for processing the company's scrap metal.

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Micron Waste secures US design patent for innovative organic waste treatment technology

Micron Waste Technologies Inc., the Vancouver-based developer of waste treatment systems for food and cannabis waste, has been awarded United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) intellectual property protection for its commercial organic waste digester unit. Micron's Application No.: 29/644,928 sought and won recognition for leading innovative technological features which enable the digester to efficiently process food and cannabis waste on a commercial scale. Micron's digester hardware is also protected by an Industrial Design Certificate of Registration from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

ISRI opens SREA program to nonmembers for first time

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is announcing that it has opened up its popular Superfund Recycling Equity Act (SREA) Reasonable Care Compliance Program to nonmembers. The SREA Reasonable Care Compliance Program offers detailed reports on consuming facilities' environmental compliance records. Doing such due diligence on facilities can assist recyclers with the defense of a Superfund liability claim as a way of showing "reasonable care." 

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BHS Launches CoBot for Recycling Industry

BHS has launched the recycling industry's first collaborative robot (CoBot) sorter, the Max-AI® AQC-C, a solution that is comprised of Max-AI VIS (for Visual Identification System) and at least one CoBot. The AQC-C is designed to work safely alongside people which allows it to be to be quickly and easily placed into existing recycling facilities and installed in sort cabins, on narrow walkways and in other tight locations. Up to four robotic sorters can be added behind each Max-VIS system; each sorter can sort up to 40 picks per minute and up to three different material types. 

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Recycling industry seeks relief from excessive rail charges at Surface Transportation Board

The nation's recycling industry is calling on the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to address unreasonable railroad practices related to railcar supply and storage fees. Members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today testified before an STB hearing that rail is a critical mode for transporting ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal, particularly for distances greater than 200 miles. Since many recycling facilities are served by only one major freight railroad, there are rarely alternative modes of transportation - which means scrap metal and other recycling companies are too often suffering poor rail service and seeing skyrocketing fees.

CBI & Ecotec expand New England focus with high ground equipment

New England will have a new heavy equipment dealership for the materials processing industry with familiar faces representing the CBI and Terex Ecotec product lines. High Ground Equipment has been established by business partners Art Murphy and Scott Orlosk in 2019 as a dedicated New England dealer focused on sales, service, and parts support. High Ground Equipment currently operates a support services location inside of Terex's New Hampshire manufacturing facility and can be found online at www.highgroundequipment.com.

New report sheds light on Chinese recovered paper markets

Moore & Associates, a paper recycling consulting firm based in Atlanta, recently announced the availability of the 2019 China Recovered Paper Market & Policy Advisory Report.  From Hong Kong-based NPC Partners (a premier and innovative consultancy firm for the pulp & paper industry), the new report presents a view from inside China, including insights and analysis on China's new recovered paper policies, markets and global impacts.

Triton Tri-Drive air suspension latest addition to Link vocational line

Link Mfg., Ltd. has delivered the first set of its new Triton Tri-Drive Air Suspensions. The industry's first ultra-high-capacity tri-drive air suspensions are engineered to be used in multi-axle configurations for heavy-haul and off-highway applications, according to the manufacturer. Designed for traditional production line installation, Triton's brawny 105K carrying capacity gives OEMs a viable and efficient path to broaden their product offerings by increasing the load-bearing capabilities of existing vehicle platforms.

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