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Industry Announcements


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Recycling industry announcements

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.

May 2017

The Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) released an online decision-making tool aimed at helping recycling program managers evaluate or optimize their glass recycling programs.

Komptech Americas announced it will become a Headline Sponsor for the US Composting Council’s 26th-annual conference and tradeshow, Compost2018.  

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) will accept nominations for its 2017 awards until June 30, 2017. NRC’s deadline for Minneapolis-area college students to apply for scholarships from the Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund is June 1, 2017.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center, in partnership with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), launched an online platform to help companies reduce waste.

Valet Waste, a nationwide provider of dropstep garbage and recycling collection services for multi-family housing, has changed its name to Valet Living.

Bunting Magnetics has appointed David Bocanegra as a member of the international sales team supporting existing customers and generating sales throughout Mexico.

The Ontario Deposit Return Program announced that the three billionth alcohol container has been recycled through Beer Store return locations across Ontario, Canada.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has published new tips for safety at materials recovery facilities (MRFs), part of its “Five to Stay Alive” series.

Shredding equipment company Untha America has hired Kenneth Tran as a sales engineer serving clients throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Recycled polyester fiber manufacturer US Fibers received a Recycling Industry Excellence Award at a South Carolina Department of Commerce industry appreciation event in Columbia, S.C.

Bunting Magnetics has appointed Brock Herrmann to be product manager over magnetic separation.

Buenos Aires, Argentina has partnered with CP Group to open what the company calls the country’s most advanced residential single-stream MRF.

A video featuring celebrities highlighting the importance of composting was released in celebration of International Compost Awareness Week, which was May 7-13.

Sacramento State has joined Keep America Beautiful’s community-based affiliate network, becoming the first collegiate member.

Recycling equipment company Lindner-Recyclingtech has entered into a sales partnership with Japanese company Ryohshin, which will sell Lindner’s shredding equipment in Japan.

The Closed Loop Foundation is asking private companies in the recycling industry to fill out a survey for its Capital Landscape Study, which will be released later this year and will provide key data on investments in post-consumer residential recycling and recycled-content manufacturing.

Marathon Equipment and Organix Solutions announced the installation of a Waste Robotics bag-sorting robot at Randy’s Sanitation of Minneapolis.

CP Group has unveiled the Virtual MRF, a virtual reality simulation that uses two handheld controls and a headset to allow users to explore every inch of a life-size computer-generated MRF model. In addition, San Diego-headquartered CP Manufacturing, one of the CP Group companies, is celebrating its 40 years of supplying equipment and processing solutions to the recycling industry.

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) has opened the application period for scholarship from the Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund. Applications are due by June 1.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has released its 2017 legislative agenda detailing its recycling advocacy priorities.

MaryEllen Etienne has been voted in as president of the Association of Ohio Recyclers board of directors.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has presented a number of its annual recycling industry awards, including those for leadership in recycling (click here and here), outstanding vehicle safety records and commitment to vehicle safety, safe driving and design for recycling.

Pratt Industries has opened a new paper recycling facility in Columbia, S.C. with a capacity of 4,000 tons per month, after outgrowing its existing West Columbia, S.C. plant.

PaperWorks Industries has added three new coated recycled board kraftback grades to its recently launched Masterworks Ultra 100 line.

Busch Systems has released Resource Center, a software application designed to help recycling organizations track and compile data in order to improve collection.

April 2017

The Phoenix Public Works Department named Ginger Spencer as its new director to replace John Trujillo, who retired.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries launched the International Scrap Trade Database, providing information on the global flow of recyclables. The organization also released an updated version of its ISRI Mobile app.

The Mattress Recycling Council promoted Justine Fallon to operations manager, overseeing mattress recycling programs in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Austria-based recycling equipment company Erema Group reported sales of 138 million euros (about $148 million) during the 2016-17 financial year, a record for the company.

The National Waste & Recycling Association began accepting nominations for its 2017 Recycling Awards.

Bunting Magnetics has released a new stainless steel separation conveyor that extracts stainless steel pieces up to five inches in size from the recycling stream.

Keep America Beautiful has announced its new CEO will be Helen Lowman, who is a former presidential appointee to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Peace Corps.

Recyclebank’s Green Schools program raised more than $90,000 for 44 schools this year, money that comes from residents donating Recyclebank rewards points to fund local school projects.

Office Depot began carrying standardized labels created by Recycle Across America for public space recycling receptacles. It is the first retailer to do so.

ZenRobotics has installed a wind-powered robotic C&D materials sorting system in Sweden.

The Recycling Partnership is accepting proposals for its next round of recycling-related grants, which will be available until funds run out.

A new entity called the Nebraska Recycling Council has been formed by merging the Nebraska State Recycling Association with WasteCap Nebraska.

Harris Waste Management Group has added Plum Creek Environmental Technologies as a new distributor of its equipment in four U.S. states.

ZenRobotics has sold its three-armed robotic sortation unit to a Singapore MRF operated by V8 Environmental, which will be the first country in Southeast Asia to utilize the robotic system.

The National Waste & Recycling Association has announced the winners of its annual industry awards and the inductees into its hall of fame.

Rubicon Global has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 Emerging Innovator Program.

Pratt Industries has opened a $60 million factory in Wisconsin producing cardboard boxes made from 100 percent recycled content.

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has hired Brian Wagner as its senior director.

An Introduction to Zero Waste course will be taught by Gary Liss at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Convention this month.