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Industry Announcements


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Recycling industry announcements

August 2017

Columbia Sportswear has rolled out its ReThreads clothing and footwear recycling program to more than 100 stores across the country.

The National Recycling Coalition has awarded scholarships to four Minneapolis-area college students who are interested in recycling. The students will receive $1,500 to assist with college tuition, as well as admission to the Resource Recycling Conference.

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) has published keynote presentations delivered at its 2017 Product Stewardship Forum. The keynotes were by John Coyne of the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance and Scott Cassel of PSI.

The Recycling Partnership is making a bid to present at the South by Southwest conference scheduled for next March in Austin, Texas.

Waste Management has opened its 100th natural gas fueling station, located in Oklahoma City.

American Disposal Services has awarded scholarship funds to three students in the hauler’s Virginia service area.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has announced it is accepting nominations for its annual Plastics Recycling Showcase, which highlights industry innovations with a positive impact on plastics collection and recycling.

GLR Advanced Recycling has sold two paper processing plants in recent months in a shift away from processing curbside material and toward the automobile recycling business.

Rumpke has opened a $625,000 recycling transfer station in Medora, Ind. totaling 5,540 square feet.

July 2017

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has released the results of a study showing typical pyrolysis facilities produce relatively low emissions. The ACC also responded to a recent study that found 9 percent of all plastic manufactured throughout history has been recycled.

Lowe’s has donated $1 million to nationwide nonprofit group Keep America Beautiful to support several projects, some of which are aimed at improving recycling.

Machinex has been awarded a contract to provide a single-stream MRF capable of sorting 25 tons per hour in North Charleston, S.C. The company has also supplied a complete system to a new MRF in Townsville, located in the North Queensland region of Australia.

Bunting Magnetics has appointed Bill Wagner as the equipment manufacturer’s chief financial officer.

Cascades has opened a 284,000-square-foot tissue converting plant in Scappoose, Ore.

Chaz Miller has been recognized by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan for Miller’s 27 years with the National Waste and Recycling Association.

Closed Loop Ventures has invested in Rebound Technologies, which has developed refrigeration technology aimed at cutting down on food waste.

The Recycling Partnership has partnered with Heineken USA to put on recycling events before two soccer matches this month.

Equipment manufacturer Wendt Corporation is celebrating its 40th year in business.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin have launched the Wisconsin Recycling Markets Directory, which lists various outlets for recycled materials in the state.

Bunting Magnetics has acquired Florida-based Global Magnetics, which sells and distributes magnetic equipment.

The California Resource Recovery Association has hired Jenna Abbott as its executive director.

EnerSys, a battery recycling company, has been awarded Call2Recycle’s 2016 Leaders in Sustainability Award.

The Foodservice Packaging Institute has released a new resource designed to help recycling programs conduct outreach when introducing food-service packaging to their recycling streams.

Midwest Fiber Recycling announced it has acquired Community Resource Inc., an Illinois company that provides recycling services to commercial and industrial businesses.

Patz Corporation has released 650- and 750-cubic-foot sizes for its 2400 Series II Vertical Mixers.

AmeriScraps, an online scrap trading platform, has announced it will launch in late July.

Bulk Handling Systems has named Rich Reardon as managing director of Max-AI, the company’s artificial intelligence technology.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has announced the formation of a safety training program titled “Hazard Recognition in Recycling.”

Machinex Technologies has hired Will Herzog as a sales manager for the company’s USA Western region.

The National Recycling Coalition is seeking candidates for the position of executive director, which will initially be a six-month position.

The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) has appointed Darrell Smith as its president and CEO. Smith has a background advocating for the mining, petroleum and chemical industries.

Colorado hauler Pro Disposal & Recycling recently received “Best of the Best” awards in 12 communities. The awards are based on online voting organized by newspaper publisher Colorado Community Media. 

Veolia U.K., a waste management and environmental services company, will launch a national coffee cup recycling effort that offers businesses an in-house recycling bin, a bulk collection options.

June 2017

The Corrugated Packaging Alliance released a report laying out details from a corrugated industry life cycle assessment. It shows the industry reduced the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its products by 35 percent from 2006 through 2014, in part due to increased recovery of OCC.   

FCC has been awarded a contract to handle all recycling and solid waste collection for the City of Rowlett, Texas.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has named Linda Leone to its board of directors.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and the Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA) have pledged to collaboratively address solid waste challenges, aiming to advance sustainable materials management in the Northeast.

Bunting Magnetics has appointed two new sales representatives, who will cover the Northeast and Southwest regions. 

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation has selected Joseph Reposa as its executive director, replacing Mike OConnell, who will retire this month.

Cart manufacturer Toter has released “Extreme Tote,” a new recycling cart marked by its durability.

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has elected a new board of directors.

Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions unveiled a virtual reality exhibit that gives visitors a new look at recycling equipment the company produces.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released a new toolkit in advance of the 2017 Safety Stand-Down Day, which will take place June 14. ISRI also announced it is celebrating its 30th anniversary and published a timeline of major events in the organization’s history.

Tomra, a designer and manufacturer of recycling equipment, has appointed Fabrizio Radice as global sales and marketing director.

Battery Solutions, a company that collects, sorts and recycles batteries, has hired a vice president of operations, who will work out of the company’s Howell, Mich. headquarters.

The Bureau of International Recycling appointed Arnaud Brunet as its director general.

Cleanaway has opened a new Bulk Handling Systems MRF in Perth, Australia, capable of processing more than 275,000 short tons of material per year.

The Closed Loop Fund released an impact report detailing its 2016 activities and results.

The Coast Waste Management Association of coastal British Columbia announced two new directors have been elected to its governing board, including a First Nations representative for the first time in the organization’s history.

The Northeast Recycling Council released an updated list of disposal bans and mandatory recycling ordinances throughout the U.S.