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Wendt launches redesigned website

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:44
Wendt Corp., Buffalo, New York, a manufacturer and systems integrator of scrap metal processing equipment, has announced the launch of its redesigned website, www.wendtcorp.com. Wendt's new site features extensive product information and improved navigation and functionality for what the company says is the ultimate user experience.

"In July, Wendt celebrated 40 years in business and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to redesign the site to be a better representation of the company we are today," says Val Andrews, marketing coordinator.

The “easy-to-browse” site, provides a platform where customers can benefit from more comprehensive and richer online content, according to the company. Visitors can navigate through Wendt's portfolio of products and solutions for automobile shredding and scrap metal processing, advanced metal recovery, wire chopping, aluminum shredding and sorting and other applications.

"We've designed the site to be dynamic and flexible as we continue to grow and increase our market presence," Andrews adds.

Created with the user experience in mind, the site allows for easy access to essential information important to customers, says the company.

"At Wendt, the customer is at the forefront of everything we do, so user experience was a top priority for us with the redesign," Andrews says.

Detailed product information, videos, and technical data on the site provide a complete overview of Wendt's capabilities across a wide variety of applications and markets. Built with the latest technology, the redesigned site is also optimized to be compatible with today's browsers and mobile devices, the company adds.

Wendt says the new website will be regularly updated with news of product launches, services, business activity, press releases and events. Visitors can browse the site and sign up for the company's newsletter.


SWANA welcomes new president for fiscal year 2018

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 07:46
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced that Jeffrey Murray, P.E. will serve as its new president for Fiscal Year 2018.

Murray is an associate and the solid waste section manager with HDR in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina, Delaware and Virginia. Murray is a board certified environmental engineer, by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES), and is the recipient of the AAES Grand Prize Award in 2013 for the development of a “Landfill-based Geothermal Heating System.”

“Jeff Murray has been a respected and high regarded leader in SWANA for years, and I am very excited to work closely with him in his new role as President,” says David Biderman, SWANA executive director and CEO. “Jeff has a deep commitment to SWANA, its chapters, and our mission, and will provide valued leadership in the coming year.”

Murray has been a SWANA member since 1998 and served on the Northern New England Chapter Board of Directors for 15 years as treasurer, president and international board director; he served as the training committee chair for the SWANA Landfill Technical Division, and coordinated the 2012 comprehensive revisions to the Manager of Landfill Operations certification course and exam.

“As incoming president, I am looking forward to continued growth in SWANA’s membership, as well as communicating and collaborating with our local chapters,” Murray says.“As part of that, I want to continue making safety education a priority because it’s such an important part of what we do for our members and the industry.”

Murray was officially pronounced as President of SWANA at the Annual Business Meeting during the ISWA World Congress & WASTECON conference in Baltimore on Sept. 26, 2017. SWANA’s other officers include Rich Allen as past president, Frank Caponi as vice president, Michael Greenberg as treasurer, and Brenda Haney as secretary. 

To see all of SWANA's FY 2018 leaders, visit swana.org/aboutswana/internationalboardofdirectors.


Advanced Disposal elects board member

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 06:00
Ponte Vedra, Florida-based Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, has announced that Michael J. Hoffman will be joining the board of directors, where he will serve as chair of the Company's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee.

Hoffman has held a number of key leadership positions during his dedicated 40-year tenure at The Toro Co., Bloomington, Minnesota, across a broad range of cross-functional disciplines including service, sales, marketing, and operations. He presently serves as chairman of the board of The Toro Co., a role he has held since 2006. Hoffman was also chief executive officer from 2005 to 2016 and was elected president of The Toro Co. in 2004.

In addition to his current responsibilities at The Toro Co, Hoffman serves on the boards of Donaldson Co. Inc., the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and the Toro Foundation. He earned his bachelor's degree in marketing management from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Hoffman meets the independence qualifications outlined by the New York Stock Exchange and his appointment became effective Oct. 3, 2017. Upon Mr. Hoffman's appointment, all the committees of Advanced Disposal's board of directors were comprised of independent board members.

"Michael Hoffman's insights and perspectives from his extensive experiences both as the leader of a public company and from serving on the board of a diverse set of organizations will help guide Advanced Disposal," says Richard Burke, CEO.  "We look forward to working with him as we continue to grow as a public company."


San Diego credit union breaks its Guinness World Records title at shred event

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:40

SDCCU tore-through its previous Guinness World Records title for the most paper collected in 24 hours, with the collection of 898,931 pounds at its SDCCU Super Shred Event in June 2017. SDCCU organized the effort, which got it the Guinness World Records title for the fifth year in a row for the most paper collected in 24 hours at a single location. The credit union also achieved a new world record for most paper shredded in 8 hours at the annual event, which used more than 70 trucks to collect and shred the paper and saved over 7,600 trees.

"We thank everyone who came out for this year's SDCCU Super Shred Event and helped once again put San Diego on the global map with two new world records. Most of all, SDCCU is happy to provide this free service to the community to help people protect their identity by providing an opportunity to properly dispose of confidential information," says SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Halleck. "This is especially important with the continued increase in the prevalence of fraud in recent years. The first rule in protecting against fraud is if you don't need it, shred it."

Partnering with SDCCU to make this event possible was iHeartMedia San Diego and Shred-It, a document destruction and recycling company, which was on-site to shred documents at no charge to the public. The first 1,000 guests who arrived at the SDCCU Super Shred Event and shredded their old documents also received a free gift. Additionally, over $4,000 was collected in donations for SDCCU Stuff the Bus, a program launched in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and iHeartMedia radio stations, Star 941, Channel 933, JAM'N 957 and KOGO AM 600 benefiting thousands of homeless students in San Diego.

SDCCU began hosting its free Shred Day events in 2007 and has since collected, shredded and recycled nearly 3.5 million pounds of documents at no charge, saving nearly 30,000 trees (every 120 pounds shredded represents one saved tree), and saving over 5,000 cubic yards of landfill space. When you place each piece of paper end-to-end, the total distance would equal more than 15,000 miles – or, double the distance between San Diego and Antarctica, the company says.


San Francisco expands recycling program

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 08:40
a report by the San Francisco Chronicle says. Fabric, soft plastics including soap containers and newspaper bags, juice boxes, ice cream cartons, bagged bubble wrap and coffee cups, including the lid and sleeve, are now accepted in curbside carts.

Recology, San Francisco’s waste hauler, test ran the program for a few months along routes in the Sunset District. Residents were given smaller, 16-gallon refuse carts and larger, 64-gallon recycling bins. According to the report, Recology also increased its education efforts.

The switch to smaller refuse carts and larger recycling bins will take place over the next two years throughout the city, the report says. The new program is part of the city’s efforts to reach zero waste by 2020.

Supervisor Katy Tang, who represents the Sunset District, spoke at a news conference announcing the program, encouraging residents to also be more aware of how much they buy and toss.

Recology also recently changed its fleet composition, combining its trash and compost in dual-chamber trucks and dedicating individual trucks to recyclables. According to the report, the change came about after a reduction in residential garbage and an increase of recyclable plastic and cardboard boxes.

Rapid Granulator upgrades production facility

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 00:05
Rapid Granulator says it is making a major investment in machining equipment at its headquarters in Bredaryd, Sweden. The installation of three “high-precision, highly automated machining centers” will entail a total investment of €4.5 million ($5.3 million) and will provide the company with extra capacity to produce what it calls “core components to very tight tolerances while improving overall process flow.”

A new “done-in-one” turning and milling machine was installed in April 2017, followed by a horizontal machining center in June. A third machine is scheduled to go into operation before the end of 2017. The machining centers are fully integrated with an FMS (flexible manufacturing system) center, involving automatic rail-guided vehicles that have the capability of running without any operator intervention.

Components produced on the new equipment will be used in granulators that Rapid produces in Bredaryd and at its United States facility near Pittsburgh.

“In the future, we will be able to produce tolerance-critical components in much bigger numbers and in larger sizes in-house than before,” says Rapid’s CEO Bengt Rimark. “Machining for us is a core technology. We need to maintain very high accuracy and precision, so it is very important that we have complete control over production of the principal components in the cutter housings.”

“We are very happy that our new owner, Lifco, has the vision to build for the future,” Rimark continues. “Lifco has a long-term interest in Rapid. It analyzed what was necessary to take us to the next level, and came to the conclusion that the bottleneck was in our machining centers. Hence this investment.”

In recent months, Lifco also has paid for a major expansion of test facilities in Bredaryd and has brought back in-house all production of Rapid’s granulators for the North American market in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

The new machining centers in Bredaryd will produce the key machine components for all Rapid granulators. These have a direct influence on the granule quality generated in the cutting process, according to Rimark. “You have to convert your scrap material into high quality regrind, so you can feed it back into the production process again without affecting the production process negatively. Your regrind will then get the same value as your virgin raw material, generating huge savings,” he comments.

Rimark also emphasizes the importance of granulators being able to operate continuously for long periods at a time. “The granulator is often the most profit-generating piece of equipment in a plastics processing factory; that is why return on investment can be as short as three or four months.”

Rapid Granulator, founded in 1942, says it has more than 100,000 machines or systems installed on five continents used for the granulation of plastic scrap and the recycling of post-consumer and post-industrial scrap.


Diversified Recycling to install six Van Dyk screens

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 14:06
Diversified Recycling, based in Homewood, Illinois, plans to upgrade its traditional paper screens with four new Non-Wrapping 440 screens from Van Dyk Recycling Solutions (VDRS), Stamford, Connecticut. The 440 screen is Van Dyk’s latest offering designed to drastically reduce film wrapping in star screens, the company says.

Two percent of Diversified’s stream is plastic film. According to VDRS, even with a presort station that removes film, a significant amount of wrapping occurs around the screens. The wrapping prevents the screens from sorting properly. Materials are unable to fall through and wind up conveyed over the screen.

VDRS says the Non-Wrapping 440 screen maintains its screening performance throughout an entire shift, reducing containers in the overs by up to 80 percent and resulting in higher quality paper and container streams heading to the commingled line.

Diversified says it hopes the new 440 screens will help it to cut down on maintenance and cleaning efforts. Other installations with the 440 screens have reported cleaning and maintenance times per shift reduced from over an hour to 10 minutes per shift, VDRS claims.

The company also is replacing its commingled screens with two of VDRS’s elliptical separators. With fewer wearable parts, the elliptical is expected to bring down the costs associated with replacement parts. At 3.3 meters (nearly 11 feet) wide, the elliptical screens will be the widest ever installed in the U.S., VDRS says.

More information on the installation is available by contacting VDRS at 203-967-1100 or at info@vdrs.com.


Coalition forms to harmonize global testing protocols related to plastics recycling

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 07:45
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington; Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), Brussels; and the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) recently formed the Global Plastics Outreach Alliance with a goal of harmonizing relative design guides and testing protocols and serving as a coordinated industry voice to create a global plastics protocol.

“All of our organizations over the years have developed testing protocols to determine the recyclability of a package or innovation,” says Steve Alexander, president of APR. “As consumer brand companies expand their focus on sustainability, we identified differences between our protocols, which may require a company to conduct three separate tests to achieve the same recyclability designation. We hope to clarify those differences and align all segments of our testing protocols. This exercise will also allow us to provide information to the New Plastics Economy (NPE) program of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.”

Ton Emans, president of PRE, says it is important to have a coordinated voice for the plastics recycling industry. “There has been a tremendous amount of work done to date that greatly improved the ability of a package or material to be recycled from a design and collection standpoint,” he says.

Andreas Christel, who represents EPBP, points to a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recyclability tests as an example of the importance of the group effort. “In an ever-changing global economy, the last thing we need in the plastics recycling world is to make it more difficult for packaging engineers and designers to understand what protocol the innovation should address in order to assure recyclability,” he says. “This effort will go a long way toward creating a truly global plastics recycling industry standard for certain resins.”

The alliance will provide industry updates at the APR meeting Oct. 17, 2017, in Pittsburgh, the PRE meeting Nov. 23, 2017, in Budapest, Hungary, and at the Plastics Recycling Conference Feb. 19-22, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee.

More information on Global Plastics Outreach Alliance is available by contacting steve@plasticsrecycling.org, enquiry@epbp.org or emilia.tarlowska@eupr.org


Los Angeles to add two electric garbage trucks

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 06:39
Motiv Power Systems, Foster City, California, is deploying two zero-emission refuse trucks to the city of Los Angeles. The announcement follows earlier new that California’s first electric refuse vehicle (ERV) would be heading to Sacramento.

As a continuation of a demonstration project funded by the California Energy Commission, these Class-8 ERVs use the Motiv all-electric powertrain to drive a Tulsa, Oklahoma, Crane Carrier chassis, with an automated side-loader body built by Amrep Inc., Ontario, California. Amrep will build the trucks in Los Angeles. They are projected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2018.

The city of Los Angeles Sanitation plans to run the ERVs on residential trash and recycling routes and expects to save as much as 6,000 gallons of fuel per year.

Upon delivery, Motiv will have a total of three electric trucks operating in California and four within North America.

“Fossil-fueled garbage trucks emit about 20 times the carbon of the average U.S. home. They achieve just two to three miles per gallon and stick to standard routes, making them ideal electrification targets for LA’s sustainability program,” says Motiv CEO Jim Castelaz. “We’re proud that our all-electric refuse trucks will help the city achieve its cleaner air goals as well as save on operational and maintenance costs.”

As Los Angeles develops pathways to meet an 80 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction by 2050, reducing air pollution from mobile sources plays a key role. Motiv’s scalable electric powertrain can help public works and city service vehicles contribute to GHG reductions by reducing diesel emissions from a wide variety of vehicles, from refuse and work trucks to school and shuttle buses, the company says.

Rather than having customized vehicles provided by a variety of vendors, Motiv’s modular design allows the same powertrain to be used across the full range of a city’s work trucks, from Class 4 through Class 8. The use of a single electric powertrain system for all the city’s electric work trucks simplifies the maintenance and operation of a growing municipal electric vehicle fleet, reducing the cost of spare parts and training, the company says. This enables cities like Los Angeles to expand their carbon reduction efforts through electrification of work trucks, transit buses and other diesel vehicles without placing a heavy maintenance burden on their public works departments.

The Los Angeles trucks will have a payload capacity of 9 tons and 1,000 pounds per cubic yard of compaction. All Motiv ERVs are equipped with 10 battery packs, expandable to 12 packs if needed for future route expansion. With up to 212 kilowatt hours of power, the Motiv ERVs supply enough electricity to efficiently move the truck and power the electric hydraulics throughout the day, the company says. Using the Motiv universal high-power charger, the ERV batteries can be fully charged overnight.

Two all-electric Type-C school buses have been placed on routes in neighboring San Bernardino County at the Colton Joint Unified School District. California’s first electric refuse truck will be placed into service in Sacramento, all powered by Motiv’s electric powertrain.


In memoriam: Fred Monteleone

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:42
George Chen, president of the New Jersey Paper Recycling Association (NJPRA), has announced Fred Monteleone, president of N&V International, Orangeburg, New York, has died. He was 78.

Monteleone was “a great leader in the paper recycling industry, and longtime member of New Jersey Paper Recycling Association,” Chen says.

“We are in pain about this big loss,” Chen says.

The funeral arrangements will be Oct. 9, 2017 at the Pizzi Funeral Home in Northvale, New Jersey. Visitation hours will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.

Services will be held Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Catharine of Alexandria Parish in Blauvelt, New York. Burial to follow at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale. Lunch will be served at Mulino’s at Lake Isle in Eastchester, New York.


Metso appoints division heads

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:15
Finland-based Metso Corp. has appointed three business area heads who also have joined the company’s executive team.

Mikko Keto has been appointed president, minerals services business area. In his most recent role, Keto served as senior vice president, spare parts business line.

Markku Simula has been appointed president, aggregates equipment business area. He most recently served as senior vice president, aggregates business line.

Sami Takaluoma, who most recently served as vice president of the Nordics market area, has been appointed president, minerals consumables business area.

The three business area presidents will join Metso’s executive team and will report to President and CEO Nico Delvaux as of Jan. 1, 2018.

Metso is a world leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries.



P&G launches Fairy bottle made from ocean plastic

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:02

The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G), with corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, has launched the Fairy Ocean Plastic bottle, which is made completely from postconsumer recycled (PCR) plastic and ocean plastic, to raise awareness about ocean plastic and what can be done to prevent plastic from reaching the ocean.

The Fairy Ocean Plastic Bottle has been created in partnership with TerraCycle, Trenton, New Jersey, and will reach British consumers in 2018. The U.K. launch includes 320,000 bottles, the largest production run of recyclable dish soap bottles in the world made using ocean plastic, according to P&G. The bottle will be made from 10 percent ocean plastic, collected from around the world, and 90 percent postconsumer recycled plastic.

The project also seeks to inspire consumers to participate in beach cleanups and to recycle household packaging.

Stemming the flow of plastic into the ocean is crucial to preserving the health of our ocean, P&G says. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 95 percent of the value of plastic packaging material, worth $80 billion to $120 billion annually, is lost to the economy. If we remain on the current track, more plastic than fish by weight could be in the ocean by 2050.


P&G says it intends to extend the initiative across other brands and regions in the future. In an effort to divert plastic waste from landfills and oceans, P&G brands, including Fairy, Dawn, Yes, Dreft and Joy, will continue to divert 8,000 metric tons of plastic from landfill for use in transparent plastic bottles, using an average of 40 percent postconsumer recycled plastic content across 481 million of its transparent dish care bottles globally. If stacked, these bottles would be 11 times the height of Mount Everest, the company says.

Virginie Helias, vice president of global sustainability at P&G, comments: “As the world’s No. 1 dishwashing liquid globally and a much-loved brand in the U.K., we want to use Fairy to raise awareness about the plight of our ocean and raise awareness about the importance of recycling. Our consumers care deeply about this issue, and by using ocean plastic we hope to show that the opportunities are endless when we rethink our approach to waste.’’

Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle, says, ‘’We are proud to be working with an iconic brand like Fairy to launch a fully recyclable bottle made from 100 percent recycled plastic and ocean plastic. The issue of ocean pollution is a pertinent one, we hope other brands will be inspired to think creatively about waste and make the circular economy a reality.’’

‘’We are thrilled that P&G is raising awareness of ocean plastic pollution amongst their consumers,” says Susan Ruffo, managing director of international initiatives at Ocean Conservancy, Washington. “P&G’s leadership on this issue, including through their participation in the Trash Free Seas Alliance, is critical to solving the ocean plastic crisis.  We are excited that in addition to its work to reach consumers directly through the Fairy bottles, they are also addressing the source of ocean plastic by supporting our initiative to raise over $150 million over the next five years to improve waste collection, sorting and recycling in key ocean plastic economies. Improving waste management in these places can help cut the flow of plastic going into the ocean by half by 2025.”  


ISRI board to consider amendment to guidelines for inbound curbside recyclables for MRFs

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:33
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At its upcoming fall meeting, the board of directors for the Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) will consider an amendment to ISRI’s scrap specifications that will reclassify “any paper which has the potential to be contaminated with bodily fluid” as a prohibitive, adding the words “and organic waste” to the end to better reflect how material recovery facilities (MRFs) characterize inbound paper products in the recycling stream.

The proposal originated in an effort by the recycling industry to emphasize with outside stakeholders that this material does not have a viable end market to be economically and environmentally sustainable.

This amended specification was previously approved by ISRI’s MRF Council, Plastics Division and Paper Division at the Summer Board & Committee Meetings. Per ISRI’s bylaws, the full ISRI board of directors will vote on it at the Fall Board & Committee Meetings Nov. 6-8, 2017, in Washington. The board may choose to adopt, amend or reject the recommendations of the divisions or table them pending further review. A similar motion to reclassify the specification for “clean, dry double-polycoat food packages” also will be considered at the meeting.

More information about the rules governing the procedures from the addition, amendment or withdrawal of ISRI’s scrap specifications, can be found in the “Scrap Specifications Circular." Comments, recommendations or can be submitted to ISRI’s Joe Pickard at jpickard@isri.org. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following the vote by the board.


ISRI says National Manufacturing Day highlights recycling’s role in U.S. economy

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:33
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, joins in the celebration of National Manufacturing Day Oct. 6, 2017, by highlighting the many positive contributions of the recycling industry to the U.S. manufacturing landscape. In 2016 alone, more than 130 million metric tons of metal, paper, plastic, glass, textiles, rubber and electronics were manufactured into specification grade commodities by the U.S. scrap recycling industry, the association says.

“National Manufacturing Day helps call attention to the critical role recyclers play in America’s overall economy and the variety of ways recycling affects one’s everyday life,” says Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “The recycling industry is proud to be the first link in the manufacturing supply chain, as it provides a source of raw material to other manufacturers that is environmentally friendly compared to virgin material. In doing so, the industry has become a thriving economic engine, job creator, resource of sustainability, energy savings and global trade.”

ISRI says that since the dawn of civilization and the earliest attempts at manufacturing, humans have recognized the intrinsic value of scrap and the benefits associated with using and reusing existing products to create new goods. As U.S. manufacturing grew and became more complex, scrap recycling became more important, adapting not only to market drivers but also to shifting national priorities in the context of our finite natural resources.

The scrap recycling industry has made many contributions to the U.S. economy, according to ISRI:

  • generating nearly $16.5 billion in export sales to 155 countries;
  • directly and indirectly employing approximately 534,000 workers in 2016;
  • generating nearly $117 billion annually in economic activity;
  • drawing in $13.2 billion in revenue for federal, state and local governments; and
  • lowering energy costs by producing recycled materials that require less energy during the manufacturing process than virgin materials.

National Manufacturing Day, currently in its sixth year, occurs on the first Friday of October. It was created by Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International (FMA) in 2012 and currently is produced by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) with contributions and support from the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).



Free computer, electronics recycling event scheduled in Toronto

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 07:26
Computation, a Toronto-based computer recycling company, has announced it will host a free recycling and reuse event for computers and other electronics Oct. 16-22, 2017, in Ontario’s capital.

The company says the weeklong event invites the general public to drop off unwanted computer and electronic equipment for recycling. All information present on systems will be securely destroyed, according to Computation.

“Looking for an environmentally sensitive and privacy-ensured method to dispose of your unwanted computer and electronic equipment? Leave it with Computation. We'll see to it that your equipment is processed to the highest standards using our ‘3Rs’ model,” the company says.

The event is free for most types of computer, phone, electronic and audio-video related equipment.

“Every effort will be made to refurbish the equipment placed under our stewardship, remarketing and donating where possible. Irreparable equipment is recycled for its raw materials. All equipment under our management is diverted from landfill and processed locally,” says Computation.

The event will take place at Computation’s facility in Toronto, located at 280 Jane St., from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pick-up service is available by appointment. Email service@computation.to or call 416-910-4358. 

Computation is a computer equipment refurbisher, recycler, IT service provider, camera and Ethernet cable installer serving Canada from facilities in the Greater Toronto and Montreal areas since 2001.


Wastecon/ISWA World Congress 2017: Solid predictions

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:30
Garbage companies will be gaining business from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but the industry still faces many challenges, chief among them are recycling contracts and the trade deficit. Michael E. Hoffman, the Baltimore-based managing director and group head of diversified industrials research of Stifel, St. Louis, shared his take on the industry during Wastecon/International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress in late September in Baltimore.

Volume and price are the two key drivers in the waste business, according to Hoffman. He said after the Great Recession volumes starting to improve in 2014, which increased operating costs and improved pricing. He noted that the last decade has experienced “anemic” Gross Domestic Product (DGP) growth, and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which had historically seen a 4 percent per year growth has only grown 2 percent per year for the last 15 years on average and only 1.6 percent per year since the Great Recession. The industry is seeing real headwinds with low GDP and low CPI, he noted. He also talked about the impact of the housing market on the waste industry calling it a “true barometer” of what is driving the industry, but in the current market, the situation has been a bit unpredicable.

“No one has ever experienced what we are watching today in the garbage industry,” he said citing the slow gradual recovery in the housing cycle and an underlying consumer segment that he said is actually confident. The later cycle of millennials are starting to buying houses--they may be smaller houses, but they are getting into the market, he said. The around 1 million housing starts in the last year is generating commercial and construction waste and spurring commercial waste collection businesses, he said.

Hoffman talked about pricing for recycled commodities, noting steep price increases in July and August for some paper grades. Pricing was steady through spring but then China made its filing with the World Trade Organization and the U.S. linerboard industry cut itself short on supply. It ended up creating steep increases in July and August. During the Sept. 26 session, he said, prices per ton for old corrugated containers (OCC) were down $80 dollars per ton and old newspaper (ONP) dropped $40 per ton. Sorted office paper (SOP) seems to be holding up, Hoffman said. On top of everything else, China also not issuing import licenses to mills, making conditions even more challenging.

“In my experience, I have not seen this before,” said Hoffman. He said he isn’t sure what is going on behind the scenes in China to prompt these moves. He said there is uncertainty whether China will start issuing licensees in October and what the implication of that will be. If it does issue licenses it is not apparent how soon the market will correct, he said.

“If this is the new normal, then you are faced with a meaningful revenue hit no one is making a big profit his this year,” Hoffman said. That goes for equipment investments as well. “I think there is going to be a pause here and people are going to take a big deep breath and just wait and see how some of this plays out,” he predicted.
He also talked about the recent acquisition of Charlotte, North Carolina-based ReCommunity by Republic Services, Phoenix. The company bought 26 facilities, but he said it was a small investment for the assets the company got out of the deal, and 22 of the facilities are in markets that Republic serves, which may allow for some internalization, according to Hoffman.

Another area Hoffman focused on was the trade deficit. The U.S. has a $350 billion trade deficit with China. “That gap needs to close,” he said. He showed graphics indicating the trade between the U.S. and several other countries. It is close with the United Kingdom, but there are gaps with trade the the E.U., Mexico and Canada.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) sent mid class jobs out of the U.S., according to Hoffman. Renegotiating trade agreements with China would be significant, he added.

“It is a good business to be in the garbage business,” Hoffman said. Coming off of two major hurricanes – Irma and Harvey-- Hoffman noted Harvey caused an enormous amount of property damage and that people aren’t going to leave, they are going to fix it, and wallboard and carpet waste will be great as people rebuild.

Florida, was a different sort of storm. Instead of a ton of building damage, the storm “knocked all the palm trees down,” said Hoffman. “At the end of the day Waste Management and Waste Connections will get a boom of storm debris.”

He touched on recycling as well, saying the model is improving, but that the collection side has not been corrected. Adding $3 to $4 add on a monthly rate for recycling too low, he said. It has to be $6 to $8.

Wastecon/ISWA World Congress was hosted by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Wien, Austria, Sept. 25-27, 2017.


Lefort America opens new corporate headquarters and adds to staff

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:22
In response to continued growth, Lefort America says it has recently moved into its new corporate headquarters in Sunrise, Florida. The newly acquired building now gives the company nearly 15,000 square feet of combined office and warehouse space, which Lefort says will allow it to provide the best possible after-sales support for current and future customers.

In order to further enhance our growth, the company has hired John Olsen as its most recent addition to its national sales force. John is now the regional sales manager for the western region, and the company says it is excited to have this "highly motivated, experienced sales professional on our team."

Lefort also has hired Jon Miller as its product support director. Miller brings more than 30 years of equipment experience to our team. Miller and his team will elevate Lefort America’s Product Support Department to that of a world class organization, by providing service, parts support, and training that will be second to none in the industry, says the company.

Lefort America’s new location is 10895 NW 50th Street, Sunrise, Florida. More information is available by calling 954-916-7379 or 954-835-5698, or by visiting www.lefortamerica.com.

Lefort America, a division of the Gosselies, was founded in 2014, to serve the U.S. and Canada scrap recycling and demolition markets. Lefort offers a wide range of shears and balers and is continuously adapting its product line to accommodate market demands and desires.


Wastecon/ISWA World Congress 2017: Tinkering with mixed waste processing

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:29
Jake Westerhof, vice president, corporate strategy for Toronto-based Canada Fibers/Urban Resource Group calls himself “a MRF guy.” That is because as he told attendees at Wastecon/International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress 2017, he has been involved in six design/build material recovery facility projects. “That is my background,” he said. But because of a new initiative in Ontario and a recently acquired property, he and the company are “tinkering with mixed waste processing.”

Westerhof shared the results thusfar of a mixed waste processing pilot plant the company is materials in during a session titled High Diversion Mixed Waste Processing.

The company, founded in 1990 began as a paper broker and marketer and then entered the vertically integrated plastics reprocessing space. The company got involved in collections and now, he said, “represents the entire supply chain.”

The company employs about 900 workers and operates 18 conventional MRFs and one mixed waste processing facility (MWPF). The company handles approximately 500,0000 metric tons of curbside recyclables generated in Ontario annually. In 2013, the company built the largest residential MRF in Canada taking all of Toronto’s single-stream recycling material, which is also where it has a plastics recycling facility. Westerhof said bales of plastics recovered at the MRF are shipped across the parking lot to the plastics processing facility.

Meanwhile, Westerhof, explained how Ontario is progressive with its management of waste. For example, in 1981, Ontario was the first place to start a curbside recycling program. Toronto accepts 17 different material types and has a source separated organics program (SSO). The province plans to organics by 2023. The province has a 48 percent diversion rate a ross all municipalities, according to Westerhof.

Ontario also is transitioning to a 100 percent Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) model. It is currently shared model that will go to 100 percent funded by producers where the producers will be responsible for end of life management of products. Westerhof says he is “very excited” and that this shift will “lead to further synergy and opportunities for pulling materials through the supply chain and creating some of these circular solutions.” “Talk is great, but action is better,” he said.

Municipalities in Ontario have very effective programs for recovery in printed paper and packaging, according to Westerhof. He said, they have strong promotions and education campaigns, which has resulted in high diversion rates.

“How do you do more?” he asked. “Start thinking about materials missing in source separated programs,” he said. He said, “To be clear, for us, mixed waste processing is not a replacement for source separated programs. It is a compliment.”

He said, “The fact is, the black bag still has organics and recyclables in it.” And he said, depending on the source of the generation, it could have considerable recyclables and organics in it. An example he gave was multiresidential locations.

Of the mixed waste Canada Fibers/Urban Resource Group has processed, Westerhof said almost half was available for recovery that was currently going to landfill. He noted past failures with other companies that have tried mixed waste processing. “The highway is littered with casualties in mixed waste processing. Everyone knows their names and for various reasons, they have failed.”

Westerhof said by establishing a customer base and developing the operations team where others had problems, Canada Fibers/Urban Resource Group had successes. “We were able to leverage technology to make us successful,” he added.

According to Westerhof, the facility was not “purpose built” for mixed waste processing. He described it as a former refuse derived fuel (RDF) facility “where we have repurposed the existing equipment to recover organics and recyclables from a mixed waste stream.” the equipment was manufactured by Bollegraaf, Tomra and WalAir all provided by Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, Stamford, Connecticut.

In the pilot tests, the goal was to get the process to scale and understand things like seasonal variation. The company wanted to secure a stable organics and recyclable markets. On the recycling side, Westerhof said, it was “a little easier for us because we are a plastics recycler ourselves.”

The company conducted two six-week pilots, one with the Region of Peel, Ontario, where it processed 25,000 tons of mixed waste. The results were that the material stream was around one-third organics and the rest was a recyclable stream. The company was able to recover “three more valuable types of plastic,” including polypropylene (PP), high density polyethylene (HDPE), and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The paper and paperboard type of recyclables were contaminated sufficiently and were not able to be marketed. Westerhof notes, “We were not surprised by that.”

After that test, Westerhof said, “We were quite satisfied with that and onward we went with a much larger pilot test.”

The larger pilot began in late February  2017 and ran through July 2017. It processed 3,000 tons a month/22 tons per hour. The idea was to produce digester ready organics and recyclables. He said the company was not looking for fuel or landfill application with the material. The system diverted about 40.7 percent from landfills between the organics and recyclables recovered.

Organics content was 85-95 percent purity range and contained 5-15 percent interts and 1-3 percent metals/plastic. He said the material had good gas content, almost 80 percent that of source separated organics.

As for what Westerhof called the “lights fraction,” largely consisting of film plastic, he said the company didn’t make as much progress with respect to cement with doing test burns. “It is a work in progress and we are encouraged we will figure out a way to test these materials,” he said.

Wastecon/ISWA World Congress was hosted by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Wien, Austria, Sept. 25-27, 2017.


Plasticity Forum heads to Sydney

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:24
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, the ninth global Plasticity Forum will be held at the Maritime Museum in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Experts from around the world will gather to discuss ideas on innovation, sustainability and business successes driving new plastics circular economies.

The only global conference focused solely on plastic sustainability, a key area of discussion will be Australasia’s recycling efforts, which are under threat from China’s new “National Sword” policy that is disrupting the region’s plastic scrap marketplace. Rather than focusing on the doom, this situation offers opportunities for existing and new businesses across a range of industries, according to the show’s organizer.

Speakers taking part in the “Ted Talk-style” forum include Steve Wong, founder and managing director of Fukutomi Co. Ltd. and a top player in the international plastic scrap market; Nev Hyman, founder and chairman of NevHouse, which provides affordable housing solutions using recycled materials; Stuart Clark, CEO of Foy Group, an Australian company with patented technology to convert end-of-life, non-recyclable plastics to road-ready fuel.

Other presenters include Phill White, co-founder of Circular Economy and creator of Blockcycle, a blockchain platform with partner Coca-Cola; Rob Dvorak, plant manager of Visy Plastics, one of the leading recycling facilities that recycles PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and HDPE (high-density polyethylene) bottles into food-contant-grade pellets; and Dr. Karen Raubenheimer, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, who is assessing the effectiveness of relevant international, regional and subregional governance strategies and approaches.

Further speakers will be announced in advance of the event.


IMI hires compliance engineer

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:15
Boyne City, Michigan-based Industrial Magnetics Inc. (IMI) has added Kenneth Gentner to its staff in the post of a compliance engineer.

Gentner is a licensed professional engineer and a certified quality auditor with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification from the International Alliance. He has supported regulatory compliance for various industries, including automotive, medical devices and construction applications. His international engagements have included work in Germany, Finland, Belgium, South Africa and the Asian-Pacific.

“I am very enthusiastic about the science, the broad industry exposure and the opportunity to build relationships with our customers, suppliers and third-party authorities,” Gentner says of his new position with IMI.

IMI Chief Business Development Office Dennis O’Leary says, “Ken’s foundation in design engineering and his various leadership roles in engineering, quality and program management in factory automation, precision machining and the plastics market, will be a great asset. We look forward to increasing our industry accreditations and certifications with both domestic and worldwide agency directives under his leadership.”