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Maryland introduces Slow Down to Get Around law

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 14:06
Member companies in the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia, along with a coalition of supporters, testified in support of House Bill (HB) 531, legislation that would require drivers in Maryland to slow down and safely change lanes when approaching certain vehicles, such as collection trucks, from behind.

The law, which is commonly referred to as Slow Down to Get Around, requires motorists to:

  1. Proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the stationary vehicle, if on a roadway having at least four lanes with not less than two lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or
  2. Proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be unsafe or impossible.

“We applaud Delegate Anne Healey (D-Prince George’s) and all the cosponsors for supporting this legislation in the House of Delegates. Slow Down to Get Around legislation is a top priority for our industry. We are glad to have the opportunity to join with other organizations like AAA, AFSCME and our members, Waste Management, Republic Services and Goode Companies to make our streets and roads safer,” NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith says.

For the past three years, NWRA and its chapters nationwide have championed Slow Down to Get Around legislation, which is now the law in 16 states including Virginia and West Virginia and under consideration in several more.


Sun Chemical launches deseaming adhesive

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 07:58
Sun Chemical, Parsippany, New Jersey, has launched its SunLam deseaming adhesive for shrink-labeled containers. This new deseamable adhesive is designed to help recyclers improve recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) yield without process changes.

Developed in a partnership between Sun Chemical and Eastman, an additives company based in Kingsport, Tennessee, SunLam has been tested on labels made with Eastman Embrace LV copolyester. It has received a responsible innovation acknowledgment by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, after passing stringent testing outlined by the APR.

By changing from a traditional solvent to SunLam deseaming adhesive, shrink labels can deseam and release during the whole bottle wash step of the wet recycling process without sacrifice of label performance. The label removal occurs prior to color, infrared and manual sorting, thus preventing shrink-labeled PET bottles being removed from the stream due to misidentification.

The tests using Eastman’s copolyester used whole bottle wash equipment at commercial recycling facilities and yielded results of greater than 95 percent label removal, Sun Chemical says.

"When the challenge of removing shrink labels during PET recycling was brought to the industry's attention by the APR and the National Association for PET Container Resources in 2012, Eastman stepped up to the challenge and organized a consortium to collaborate on ways to solve this issue," Ronnie Little, market development manager for Eastman, says. "PET bottle bales typically contain five percent shrink-labeled PET bottles. Many of those labels do not come off in the PET recycling process, reducing recycle PET yield. We're pleased to have partnered with Sun Chemical in this process to develop a technology that satisfies the consumers' desire to recycle, a brand's goal to be both responsible and recognizable, and the APR's mission to eliminate barriers to successful commercial recycling."

By using SunLam, brand owners can continue to use full-body shrink labels on their containers. An additional 20 percent of label surface area is regained with full-body shrink labels, compared to the portion of the bottle that must be left uncovered to avoid near-infrared or color missorting, as bottles with full wrap shrink sleeves could get rejected by the near infrared (NIR) or color automated sorting equipment, the company says.

"Consumers and brand owners alike expect PET bottles to be recycled, but unfortunately, far too many end up in landfills because the label wouldn't come off," Russell Schwartz, chief technology officer at Sun Chemical, says. "At Sun Chemical, we consider it our responsibility to address issues in the industries in which we participate and to provide leadership in resolving problems our partners and customers face. On learning of these concerns, we initiated a major project to solve this industry-wide challenge. We are pleased to introduce the environmentally friendly SunLam deseaming adhesive as part of our contribution to the circular economy."


Cardinal Scales debuts Armor series digital struck scales

News from Recycling Today - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 07:10
The new Armor series digital truck scales with SmartCell load cells by Cardinal Scale, Webb City, Missouri, is designed for long-lasting endurance, minimal upkeep and “internet of things” monitoring convenience. Armor truck scales feature 135-ton capacity, 50-ton CLC, no moving parts below the scale deck including the load cells, SmartCell stainless steel waterproof digital load cells and internet of things-enabled iSite remote monitoring software.

The digital load cells are mounted high within the stand near the scale deck. The load cell stands are fabricated from one-inch-thick steel designed to minimize rust and corrosion damage. The baked-on tan powder coat paint finish is designed to ensure a lifetime of trouble-free protection. The Cloud-based iSite remote monitoring software offers email and/or text alerts to ensure your scale is performing during peak operations.

The national type evaluation program (NTEP) legal-for-trade Armor series arrives fully prepared with load cell stands preinstalled. Cardinal’s axis frictionless centering system provides gravity-driven dynamic centering designed to restrain deck movement and vibration. Each Armor weighbridge features interconnecting load blocks and receivers for no-bolt installation. Enhanced rodent protection is standard throughout the truck scale using braided wiring and conduit integral throughout each scale module. Every Armor truck scale is 100 percent assembled, precalibrated and tested before shipping.


Webcast auction features wood mulch equipment

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 07:11
The Branford Group, an industrial auction company headquartered in Branford, Connecticut, in conjunction with HyperAMS Wood Dale, Illinois, will conduct a webcast auction on behalf of Frontier Bulk Solutions and Mountain Mulch Co., 4108 Bethlehem Pike in Telford, Pennsylvania.

Frontier Bulk Solutions and Mountain Mulch were manufacturers and suppliers of wood mulch and salt products. The auction will be Thursday, March 22, 2018, beginning at 10 a.m. EST. A one-day preview and inspection will be open to the public Wednesday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Featured items will include:

  • three Morbark and Vermeer horizontal track and tub grinders with low hours;
  • six Volvo wheel loaders and excavators ranging from the 2014 to 2016 model years with less than, 2,000 hours;
  • a Backers 3-mal starscreener with 500 hours;
  • two 2016 Volvo VNL300 daycab tractors;
  • a 2013 Peterbilt model 388 tractor;
  • five Trinity, EBY and Peerless trailers;
  • 2012 Amerimulch coloring system, model Colortrom 250; and
  • three 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 4 x 4 pickup trucks; and
  • much more.

Andrew Duncan, vice president at the Branford Group, says, “The Frontier Bulk Solutions/ Mountain Mulch webcast auction will provide buyers a unique opportunity to purchase late model like-new equipment at a reduced cost. The majority of the equipment was purchased in 2015-2016, and the assets were well-maintained. Buyers will have the flexibility of bidding either online or on-site at the facility.”

All interested parties can find full auction details, including equipment listings, photos, videos, lot catalog and bidding instructions, by clicking at www.thebranfordgroup.com/DNN3/Auction/FRON0318.aspx


ISRI announces call for applications for new Century Club

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 07:04
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has announced it is accepting member applications for its new Century Club, a group made up of industry veterans whose combined age and years in the recycling business equal 100 years or greater.

The association says it created the ISRI Century Club for individuals that are retired or semiretired who desire to network with their peers, maintain friendships in their mature years and stay active in the scrap recycling industry.

“If you or someone you know has a combination of age and years of active participation in ISRI, and/or its predecessor organizations, Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel, National Association of Recycling Industries, and/or Paper Stock Institute that meets or exceeds 100 years, they qualify to join the club,” ISRI says.

ISRI’s Century Club will meet for the first time the morning of April 17 at ISRI2018 in Las Vegas for an educational session, followed by an afternoon exploring the expo hall, and capped off by a club member-only cocktail reception.

ISRI’s Century Club application can be accessed here.


Grey Mountain Partners acquires CHEP Recycled

News from Recycling Today - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 06:35
Grey Mountain Partners, Boulder, Colorado, has acquired CHEP Recycled Pallet Solutions LLC, Alpharetta, Georgia.

Australia-based Brambles announced mid-January 2018 that it had entered into an agreement to sell a portion of its CHEP Recycled pallet recycling business unit to Grey Mountain Partners for $115 million, subject to due diligence-related final adjustments.

CHEP Recycled says it is the largest whitewood pallet recycler in North America, with a footprint of 73 locations and approximately 2,400 employees.

Kyle Otting, CEO of CHEP Recycled, says, “On behalf of our 2,400 employees in North America, I would like to thank the entire Brambles organization, whose support has led to industry-leading safety programs and enhanced the overall infrastructure of the company. The partnership with Grey Mountain is an exciting opportunity for the company to get back to its roots of offering simple, cost-effective pallet management solutions throughout the supply chain.”

Otting continues, “Grey Mountain’s commitment to provide the resources needed to enter new markets and expand our service offering will strengthen our ability to serve our customers and offer end-to-end pallet management solutions coast to coast.”

Bill Ross, a Grey Mountain affiliate manager, adds, “We are excited to announce the acquisition of CHEP Recycled. We believe there is a clear opportunity for the company to better serve its customers as a standalone business, and we will focus on achieving operational excellence across all 73 facilities. By partnering with the management team and supporting the business with growth capital and additional resources, we hope to further grow CHEP Recycled, which is already the market leader.”

Norm Plotkin will assume the role of chairman of CHEP Recycled, a position he has previously held at four other Grey Mountain affiliate companies.


SWANA establishes new recycling task force

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:43
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has established a new Recycling Task Force created to provide guidance to members, industry stakeholders, state/provincial and local governments and elected officials concerning the challenges facing recycling programs in the United States and Canada.

With China’s waste ban already in place and the 0.5 percent contamination standard taking effect on March 1, SWANA’s Recycling Task Force will develop and support strategies for ensuring the continuation of sustainable recycling programs throughout North America.

“SWANA’s Recycling Task Force will reduce dependency on minimal end markets by creating strategies, developing infrastructures and marketing SWANA’s commitment to sustainable recycling programs in North America,” Kim Braun, environmental programs & operations manager for Culver City, California, says. Braun will serve on the Task Force. “Although we may feel some pressure now, the future holds so much opportunity—jobs, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, invention of the newest technologies and the creation of new sustainable markets, all of which the Recycling Task Force will support.”

SWANA’s Recycling Task Force will include representatives from SWANA’s technical divisions, SWANA’s International Board, local government officials, private sector materials recovery facility owners (MRFs) and equipment manufacturers. The full list of Task Force members will be made available later this month.

“The leaders who will serve on this Task Force have expertise in all elements of recycling in North America,” David Biderman, SWANA executive director and CEO, says. “By tapping their expertise and working with all our industry partners, we will be able to take the appropriate steps to protect and enhance recycling programs in the United States and Canada.

“Now that China’s waste import restrictions have taken effect, reducing contamination will be an obvious focus; however, the Task Force will also evaluate strategies for increasing demand for recycled material, and educate elected officials about the job growth opportunities associated with improving domestic recycling operations to meet this challenge,” adds Biderman.

SWANA submitted comments to the World Trade Organization in August 2017 and December 2017, sent a letter to state agencies, has met with government and private sector stakeholders in both the United States and Canada, and now is creating the Recycling Task Force to continue providing leadership and expertise to help address the current disruption in the marketplace.


EU adopts plastics policy agenda

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:16
The European Union has adopted a new policy agenda with the goal that all plastic packaging in the EU market will be recyclable or reusable by 2030. Further, the agenda targets single-use plastics, with the goal of reducing or eliminating them. The strategy, the commission says, is part of the transition toward a more circular economy.

The policy, which requires plastic packaging on the EU market to be recyclable by 2030 and reduces consumption of single-use plastics and restricts the intentional use of microplastics, is designed to protect the environment from plastic pollution and to foster growth and innovation. “There is a strong business case for transforming the way products are designed, produced, used and recycled in the EU, and by taking the lead in this transition, we will create new investment opportunities and jobs,” the commission says in a news release announcing the policy.

Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans, responsible for sustainable development, says in a news releaes about the adoption of the policy agenda, "If we don't change the way we produce and use plastics, there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans by 2050. We must stop plastics getting into our water, our food, and even our bodies. The only long-term solution is to reduce plastic waste by recycling and reusing more. This is a challenge that citizens, industry and governments must tackle together. With the EU Plastics Strategy we are also driving a new and more circular business model. We need to invest in innovative new technologies that keep our citizens and our environment safe whilst keeping our industry competitive."

Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness, adds, "With our plastic strategy we are laying the foundations for a new circular plastics economy and driving investment towards it. This will help to reduce plastic litter in land, air and sea while also bringing new opportunities for innovation, competitiveness and high-quality jobs. This is a great opportunity for European industry to develop global leadership in new technology and materials. Consumers are empowered to make conscious choices in favor of the environment. This is true win-win."

Europeans generate 25 million metric tons of plastic waste annually, but less than 30 percent of this material is collected for recycling. Across the world, plastics make up 85 percent of beach litter, the commission says.

Too often the ways plastics are produced, used and discarded fail to capture the economic benefits of a more circular approach, the commission says. “The goal is to protect the environment whilst at the same time lay foundations to a new plastic economy, where the design and production fully respect reuse, repair and recycling needs and more sustainable materials are developed,” the commission states in its press release.

With the plastic strategy, the commission has adopted a monitoring framework composed of a set of 10 key indicators that cover each phase of the cycle, which will measure progress towards the transition to a circular economy at EU and national level.

Under the new strategy, the commission says the European Union will:

  • make recycling profitable for business – New rules on packaging will be developed to improve the recyclability of plastics used on the market and increase the demand for recycled plastic content. With more plastic being collected, improved and scaled up, recycling facilities should be set up, alongside a better and standardized system for the separate collection and sorting of material across the EU. This will save around a hundred euros per metric ton collected. It will also deliver greater added value for a more competitive, resilient plastics industry.
  • curb plastic waste – European legislation has already led to a significant reduction in plastic bag use in several member states. The new plans will now turn to other single-use plastics and fishing gear, supporting national awareness campaigns and determining the scope of new EU-wide rules to be proposed in 2018 based on stakeholder consultation and evidence. The Commission will also take measures to restrict the use of microplastics in products and fix labels for biodegradable and compostable plastics.
  • stop littering at sea – New rules on port reception facilities will tackle sea-based marine litter, with measures to ensure that waste generated on ships or gathered at sea is not left behind but returned to land and adequately managed there. Also included are measures to reduce the administrative burden on ports, ships and competent authorities.
  • drive investment and innovation – The Commission will provide guidance for national authorities and European businesses on how to minimize plastic waste at source. Support for innovation will be scaled up, with an additional €100 million financing the development of smarter and more recyclable plastics materials, making recycling processes more efficient, and tracing and removing hazardous substances and contaminants from recycled plastics.
  • spur change across the world – As the European Union does its own homework, we will also work with partners from around the world to come up with global solutions and develop international standards. We will also continue to support others, as we have done with the clean-up of the Ganga River in India.

The directive on port reception facilities has gone to the European Parliament and Council for adoption.

Subject to Better Regulation requirements, the commission will present the proposal on single-use plastics later in 2018.

The commission says it will launch the work on the revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and prepare guidelines on separate collection and sorting of waste to be issued in 2019.


PSI seeks member feedback for preamble of ‘Scrap Specifications Circular’

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 08:58
The Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has announced it is seeking immediate feedback from its members regarding updates to the paper stock section of the ISRI “Scrap Specifications Circular.”

Johnny Gold, chairman of the ISRI/PSI subcommittee focused on the rewriting and modernization of the preamble, says the committee has met for more than a year to discuss changes to the preamble. As PSI nears completion of the new document, Gold says the group has two questions that require clarification and member feedback:

  • Under moisture content, the committee is at a crossroads with the definition stating, “All paper must be packed dry with a moisture content of 12 percent, which is deemed to be the maximum dry limit.” The committee has suggested that the line read, “All paper must be packed dry,” eliminating the percentage.
  • Under weight discrepancy, the wording related in export is as follows: “No adjustment shall be made on any shipment of paper stock when the weight variation is 2 percent.” The committee has suggested that the line read, “The weight variation remain at 1 percent,” the domestic definition.

“The committee will take the majority advice from our members in terms of which wording will be used. Thank you for your time and consideration. Please advise as quickly as possible,” Gold says in a statement.

Gold, who also serves as president of The Gold Group Recycling Consultants LLC, Swampscott, Massachusetts, asks members to advise on their preference by contacting Gold by email at jgold@goldgrouprecycling.com or by phone at 908-451-9025.

PSI met at ISRI2017 in New Orleans April 27, 2017, for its third annual PSI Summit SPECtacular.

The event provided a forum for packers, brokers and consumers of recovered paper stock to discuss and amend the preamble to the paper stock section of the ISRI “Scrap Specifications Circular.”

Members at the summit agreed that some items in the preamble needed to be listed more generally, including layman’s terms in descriptions. They also agreed that domestic and export transactions and moisture policies should be dealt with separately.


Ellen MacArthur Foundation awards $1 million in grants

News from Recycling Today - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 07:23
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with the support of Wendy Schmidt, lead philanthropic partner of the foundation’s New Plastics Economy Initiative, has awarded $1 million to five recyclable and compostable packaging solutions designed to reduce or eliminate the amount of plastic ending up in oceans. The awards were made during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

According to the foundation, more than 8 million metric tons of plastic enter oceans each year. However, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation says the three biggest cleanup efforts address just 0.5 percent of that volume.

To help resolve the problem, in May 2017 the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched its $2 million New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize, which has been funded by Schmidt and operated by challenge partner Cleveland-based NineSigma.

The initiative targets lightweight, flexible packaging that is either too difficult or expensive to recycle. Each winner will receive a $200,000 share of the $1 million prize:

  • The Univesity of Pittsburgh is applying nanoengineering to create a recyclable material that can replace unrecyclable complex multilayered packaging.
  • Aronax Technologies Spain is proposing a magnetic additive that can be applied to material to create better air and moisture insulation to protect sensitive products, such as coffee and medical products, while still being recyclable.
  • Full Cycle Bioplastics, Richmond, California; Elk Packaging, Los Angeles; and Associated Labels and Packaging, British Columbia, are developing compostable high-performance packaging from renewable materials, agricultural byproducts and food waste for a broad range of products.
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has created a compostable multilayer material from agricultural and forestry byproducts that could be used for standup food pouches.
  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC, Germany, has developed a compostable coating with silicate and biopolymers that can be used in food packaging applications to protect against premature degradation.

Akihiko Suwa, CEO of NineSigma, says, “Disruptive innovation starts with selection of the world’s best ideas and technologies. It becomes reality only when there is sufficient additional development support.

He adds, “We are excited to be involved in the New Plastics Economy initiative because the innovators enter a 12-month acceleration program to demonstrate their materials are viable alternatives to non-recyclable packaging.”


IP to convert paper machine output in Alabama

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:36
International Paper (IP), Memphis, Tennessee, has decided to convert a paper production line at its Selma, Alabama, mill from uncoated freesheet copying paper to packaging board production.

The paper machine changeover is part of a $552.7 million investment into the Riverdale Mill in Dallas County, Alabama, near Selma.

In September 2017, IP announced plans to invest around $300 million at the Selma plant as part of a plan to grow its industrial packaging business. The additional investment expands on those plans to convert a line making uncoated freesheet, or copy paper, to the production of whitetop and kraft linerboard, as well as containerboard.

A press release from the Alabama Department of Commerce states, “These products are important to the packaging industry, which is experiencing a boom due to surging levels of e-commerce.”

“Our system runs most effectively when there is flexibility, and this conversion will also help us define a more streamlined and balanced system overall,” Tim Nicholls, IP’s senior vice president of industrial packaging for the Americas, said when the original investment was announced in September 2017.

“This is a tremendous investment in our community, and solidifies the presence of IP in Selma and Dallas County,” comments Selma and Dallas County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Wayne Vardaman “IP is Dallas County’s largest employer with over 750 employees and numerous indirect jobs. These employees now know that the Riverdale Mill is here to stay.”

Dallas County officials say IP is making the largest industrial investment in the county in many years. “This latest number floored us all,” Dallas County Probate Judge and Commission Chairman Kim Ballard remarks. “It’s the biggest investment in Dallas County that I remember.”

Vince Perez, a project manager at the Alabama Department of Commerce, said the IP project is tapping into the Alabama Reinvestment Act, a modified abatement act designed to assist companies reinvesting in a facility to prevent it from becoming a “legacy plant,” which ceases to get new investment and sheds jobs.

“This project is another indication of International Paper’s strong commitment to its Riverdale Mill and its workforce there,” says Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. It’s a great example of a company preserving its investment in a facility, and the jobs there, by pivoting output from one product to another that is in greater demand.”


China MEP releases quotas for scrap paper importers

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:19
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has released a sixth batch of early 2018 scrap materials import quotas. The mid-February quotas were issued exclusively to scrap paper and plastic scrap importers.

The two largest quotas by volume, for a combined 96,000 metric tons of material, were issued to a Nine Dragons Paper (Dongguan) Co. Ltd. facility in South China. Notes attached to those two quotas indicate permission or instructions to “change ports” or “change the mode of trade for general trade.”

Geographically, several of the 36 facilities receiving quotas are in the Chinese city of Hangzhou and surrounding Zhejiang Province.

Scrap paper importers in that region granted quotes include Hangzhou Fuyang Hualong Paper Co. Ltd., Hangzhou Fuyang Xinyuan Paper Co. Ltd., Hangzhou Blue Bird Paper Co. Ltd., Hangzhou Rising Paper Co. Ltd., Zhejiang Dongda Paper Co. Ltd., Zhejiang Fuyang Huatian Paper Co. Ltd., Zhejiang Hengsheng Paper Co. Ltd., Zhejiang Samsung Paper Co. Ltd. and Zhejiang Yongjin Paper Co. Ltd. Most of these companies received quotas permitting imports in the 3,000 to 15,000 metric tons range.

In other regions, the Taizhou Forest Paper Co. in Ningbo received a quota for more than 32,000 metric tons of scrap paper, and additional quotas were granted to companies in Jieshou and Shenzhen, China.

Ten of the 36 quotas went to plastics recyclers, with three quotas issued to importers of styrene materials, three of ethylene materials, one for non-beverage bottle PET (polyethylene terephthalate) scrap and three to importers of “other plastic scrap,” with additional instructions to avoid post-consumer materials.


Spaleck Flip Flow Screen helps metals recycler upgrade ASR

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 18:27
The Spaleck USA subsidiary of Germany-based equipment maker Spaleck states that a recent installation of its equipment at Jarvis Metals Recycling in Lubbock, Texas, has helped that firm greatly increase its productivity when processing auto shredder residue (ASR).

According to Martin Hurson, managing director of Spaleck USA, a Spaleck 3D Combi Flip Flow with “dynamic, aggressive screening action” has replaced a trommel screen at Jarvis Metals that had previously caused considerable downtime because of its need for cleaning to keep the screen functional.

Hurson says Jarvis Metals processes about 30 tons per hour of ASR, separating it into three fractions: 3-inch-plus; 3/4-inch-to-three inches; and minus-3/4-inch.

“The customer previously had severe cleaning issues with his trommel,” states Hurson, adding this was mainly in the form of “hooking and blocking with wire pieces, and blinding with sticky fines from the ASR material.”

The clogged up trommel was causing downtime, thus adding costs and reducing ASR processing productivity, says Hurson.

Jarvis Metals has subsequently installed a Spaleck 3D Combi Flip Flow, which uses a 36-inch replaceable impact plate, which receives the ASR and guides it to what Hurson calls a heavy-duty 20-foot-long by 5.5-foot-wide screen.

The Flip Flow screen machine is designed with six screening steps, each with a six-inch drop to the next step, says Hurson. The “heavy duty turning fingers flip material and liberate fines from larger metal pieces, while also entangling clingy or sticky material,” he comments.

Continues Hurson, “Spaleck’s unique 3D ‘church window’ screen media ensures minimal downtime due to cleaning, encouraging material to glide over the top deck, and reduces clogging, hooking and blockages.”

“The customer is very impressed with the Spaleck technology and has cut his downtime due to cleaning by 80 percent,” states Hurson. “The previous trommel was the bottleneck in the line. Wear part replacement has reduced dramatically with Spaleck’s heavy-duty 3D punch plate protecting the Flip Flow deck.”

The key, says Hurson, is “Spaleck’s unrivalled Flip Flow technology, which cleans the fines and middle products with its aggressive Flip Flow action. The dynamic Flip Flow live deck keeps material in constant motion and can thus deal with higher bottom-deck loads.”

Texas customer Jarvis Metals “is now getting accurately screened products with less downtime due to cleaning blockages and higher throughput,” he states.


Monterey Regional Waste Management District starts up new MRF

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 15:50
The Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) has started up its new material recovery facility (MRF), which features equipment supplied by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), Eugene, Oregon. THE MRWMD serves an 853-square-mile area and nine member agencies in western coastal Monterey County.

The recovery system processes up to 80 tons per hour (tph) on two lines, BHS says. The multimaterial line processes 30 tph of commercial and residential single-stream recyclables or 40 tph of commercial mixed materials, while the construction and demolition line handles 40 tph. The $24 million project occupies 100,000 square feet of the district’s campus, which also includes the country’s first Smartferm anaerobic digestion (AD) system, which was installed in 2013, BHS says.

“This system is a key component supporting our mission of ‘Turning Waste into Resources,’” says District General Manager Tim Flanagan.

This first-of-its-kind system on California’s Central Coast will help the regional building industry comply with the CalGreen 65 percent diversion mandate for new construction, he continues. “It will also provide the incremental diversion necessary for our community to meet the state 75 percent recycling goal by 2020.”

Flanagan adds, “We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved and hope the community is equally excited to see firsthand the new world-class technology that makes ‘MRF 2.0’ special.”

The mixture of materials that enters recycling systems continues to increase in diversity while also becoming less predictable. To recover the maximum amount of materials, this system is built for flexible and effective processing, BHS says. The recycling line features BHS bag breaking and screen technology to present liberated and consistently sized fractions to Nihot single-drum separators, which remove contamination from the fiber and container streams. To ensure recovery of high-quality paper, an NRT FiberPure optical sorter positively sorts either plastic film or paper, depending on the material stream and the operator’s discretion. NRT’s patented In-Flight Sorting technology is employed to recover various types of plastics, production decisions that the operator can change based on marketability, the equipment supplier says.

All recyclables are baled with a Kadant PAAL Konti baler. PAAL balers are Europe’s market leader and were introduced to North America last year through an exclusive partnership with BHS.

“The MRWMD has been a longtime partner to BHS, and we are honored to have once again delivered a state-of-the-art solution,” says BHS CEO Steve Miller. “Processing 80 tons per hour is an achievement for any operator, but the district really stands out in its deep commitment to high levels of both recovery and product quality. Their leadership has committed to the technology necessary to achieve their desired results as they continue on their path to a zero waste future.”

Wholly owned subsidiaries of BHS include Nihot, NRT and Zero Waste Energy. BHS is also the home of Max-AI technology, a form of artificial intelligence that identifies materials, makes intelligent decisions and directs equipment such as robotic sorters, BHS says. 


American Baler announces personnel changes

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 15:23
American Baler Co., Bellevue, Ohio, has announced the retirement of Tade Mahoney, vice president of sales and marketing, and the promotion of Mike Schwinn to sales manager. 

Mahoney has been with American Baler for more than 16 years. His most recent accomplishment was expanding American Balers’ dealer network. Mahoney completes a 30-plus-year career in the recycling equipment industry and looks forward to adventures at home with his wife, Nancy, in Maine, according to American Baler.

Schwinn previously served as key account salesman, where he developed several national accounts and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) relationships. He has been in the industry 29 years and brings experience working with multiple manufacturers, distributors, national accounts and paper stock dealers, the company says.

American Baler is an industry leader in the manufacturing of balers used in distribution centers, manufacturing and recycling centers worldwide.  


Aqua Metals installs retrofit package on one module

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:29
Aqua Metals Inc., headquartered in Alameda, California, which is commercializing an electrochemical lead recycling technology called AquaRefining, says it has installed a retrofit package on one of its modules designed to address a condition in which lead recovered during the AquaRefining process gets hung up on the AquaRefining modules’ exit chutes. (For a profile on Aqua Metals, click here.)

The company announced Dec. 1, 2017, that it believed it had developed a solution to the “sticky lead” problem.

Following that announcement, initial testing of the solution was completed using one electrolyser during the remainder of December 2017, Aqua Metals says. This solution was then expanded to one full module, comprised of six electrolysers, and operated during January and early February. The retrofitted module has completed a series of tests, including operation of more than 20 hours over a four-day period. AquaRefined lead produced during this period has been converted into ingots, the company says.

Aqua Metals has approved the electrolyser retrofit design for production. The solution is being applied to all 16 AquaRefining modules, and the modules are expected to be placed into commercial operation on a rolling basis, the company says.

Aqua Metals says it is implementing additional improvements to the plant, including the breaker, separation systems, electrolyte production and ingot line, to scale up its operations.

“Our technical and operations teams rose to the challenge by putting significant time, effort and analysis into developing and validating a solution to the sticky lead issue,” says Stephen Clarke, CEO of Aqua Metals. “We look forward to discussing our progress on our next investor call.”

A video showing the updated AquaRefining module in operation can be seen here



West Virginia city surveys residents on possible curbside recycling pilot program

News from Recycling Today - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:57
The Public Works Department of Huntington, West Virginia, is collaborating with Marshall University faculty members and students to create a curbside recycling pilot program.

The first step in that process is a brief survey about recycling that focuses on residents’ recycling habits, preference for recycling program structure and willingness to pay for the service.

The survey is available at www.cityofhuntington.com and only takes a few minutes to complete, according to the city. It also will be printed on a postage-paid postcard that will accompany municipal refuse fee bills being mailed to Huntington residents later this week. Residents are asked to either complete the survey online or to mail the postcard with their responses to the city no later than March 5, 2018.

The survey responses will be given to Marshall Sociology Professor Dr. Marty Laubach and his students for data entry and analysis.

The online survey asks residents for their address, and the postcards have been coded so Laubach and his students will know the neighborhoods respondents are from. That information will be used to identify neighborhoods that will be most likely to participate in a curbside recycling pilot program.

“The city of Huntington remains committed to offering our residents a robust recycling program,” Mayor Steve Williams says. “My administration’s mantra has been to measure twice and cut once. If we’re going to be successful in bringing a world-class recycling program to Huntington, we must approach it in a businesslike, calculated fashion.

“The talents of Marshall University’s faculty members and students will bring a greater depth of analysis to this endeavor that the city could not reach on its own,” Williams continues. “We are extremely excited about this ongoing partnership that we have forged with Marshall.”

The recycling survey and the analysis that will occur over the next few months are part of a project hosted by the Community Research and Teaching Experiences (CORTEX) Center at Marshall. The center was the idea of Mathematics Professor Michael Schroeder and Political Science Professor Damien Arthur following a research project that Schroeder and a group of his students conducted for the Huntington Police Department in 2016 to optimize patrol routes.

The CORTEX Center also coordinated a research project with the Public Works Department in spring 2017 that evaluated the Department’s household garbage routes and looked for potential efficiencies.

“The focus of the CORTEX Center is to create inter-disciplinary task forces consisting of faculty members and students that can help overcome challenges faced by Marshall’s community partners,” Schroeder says. Our students gain valuable, real-world experience in the process, and our faculty members are able to make significant contributions in the community in which they live, work and play.”



ArcelorMittal makes bid for India’s Essar Steel assets

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 21:24
Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal has announced that its subsidiary ArcelorMittal India Private Limited (AMIPL) has submitted an offer for Essar Steel India Limited that is “in-line with the corporate insolvency resolution process for Essar.”

AMIPL indicates it has set out “a detailed industrial plan for Essar aimed at improving its performance and profitability and ensuring it can participate in the anticipated growth of steel demand in India.”

In a news release announcing its bid, ArcelorMittal states its plan “highlights the extensive experience and track record of the group in the successful acquisition and integration of under-performing assets. Essar would also have access to the deep bench of technical expertise and knowledge from across the group, which is unparalleled in the steel industry.”

“Essar provides a compelling opportunity for ArcelorMittal to enter the high growth Indian steel market,” says Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal. “The offer submitted today by AMIPL includes a detailed investment plan to address operational issues in Essar’s existing asset base. With our industry expertise and renowned operating prowess, we believe we are uniquely equipped to implement a successful turnaround [that] would be beneficial to Essar’s stakeholders.”

Adds Aditya Mittal, Group CFO and CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe, “This opportunity aligns with the group’s strategy of selectively investing in attractive projects to maximize long-term shareholder value. India is expected to be the world’s fastest growing economy over the next decade, and as the economy grows its steel intensity will also increase. We believe our technical experience and management know-how, gained from many successful acquisitions and integrations, will ensure success for the various steel and pelletizing operations at Essar.”

Essar Steel is an integrated flat steel producer with its main production facility in the Indian state of Gujarat. It has a nameplate crude steel capacity of 9.6 million metric tons per year, according to ArcelorMittal. But the steelmaker adds, “The current maximum achievable crude steel production level [at Essar] is 6.1 million tons per year, due to a bottleneck in the steelmaking and casting process.”

In 2017, ArcelorMittal had revenue of $68.7 billion and crude steel production of 93.1 million metric tons, while its own iron ore production reached 57.4 million metric tons.


American Eagle introduces 100 percent recycled-content paper line

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 18:04
American Eagle Paper Mills, Tyrone, Pennsylvania, has expanded its line of 100 percent recycled-content product line with the introduction of Eagle Digital Smooth 100 for HP Indigo digital presses. The product is made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled fiber.

The line of paper, manufactured at the company’s Pennsylvania mill, is acid free for archival purposes and the process used to make it is elemental chlorine free. The paper also is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, according to American Eagle.

American Eagle Paper Mills recycles around 300 tons of recovered fiber per day into a range of recycled-content uncoated freesheet papers, including office, printing and converting grades. 


City Carting adds glass cleanup system

News from Recycling Today - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 14:09
Stamford, Connecticut-based Van Dyk Recycling Solutions has installed a glass cleanup system at City Carting’s single-stream material recovery facility (MRF) in Stamford to help recover and recycle additional material from within the existing waste stream.

The glass cleanup system is designed to produce a more marketable glass product and includes a double-deck screen and a zig-zag separator to screen out the glass and then separate it into lights and heavies. The zig-zag separator is flexible and can bring glass to a purity level of 95 percent, Van Dyk Recycling Solutions says.

“This machine was a considerable investment for us, but it looks like it will be well worth it,” says Michael Ferro, general manager of City Carting.

With the uncertainty in today’s fiber markets, City Carting knew it had to look elsewhere in its process to increase recovery and add value to negative revenue streams, Van Dyk says. The two companies worked together to arrive at the solution that was installed.

The installation was performed while the rest of City Carting’s sorting system remained operational and was completed within two weeks, Van Dyk says.