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Recycling industry announcementsResource Recycling highlights the latest announcements from industry companies and organizations. If your business or group has a development to share, email

March 2017

Nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful has launched the 2017 Great American Cleanup, a nationwide community improvement program entering its 19th year.

The Your Bottle Means Jobs recycling promotion campaign has officially launched in the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina and will run through the end of May.

Recycling technology company Recycle Track Systems (RTS) has achieved certification as a B Corporation.

The Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) recognized individuals and groups in the area of recycling and waste reduction at an awards ceremony last week.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) have released a briefing document to help elected officials with decisions related to emerging waste management technologies.

Machinex was chosen by the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA) to build a single-stream MRF in Troy, Mich. to replace the existing dual-stream system.

Henderson, Colo.-based Pro Disposal and Recycling signed a deal to handle hauling of material from county-owned facilities in Douglas County, Colo.

February 2017

Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions has been awarded a contract to build a large MRF in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Bestige Holdings has consolidated Compactor Rentals of America, Action Compaction Services and Computerized Waste Systems and formed National Waste Partners, a move that required a $15 million investment.

Home Depot collected more than 1 million pounds of rechargeable batteries in 2016, becoming the first retail participant in Call2Recycle‘s battery recycling network to achieve the milestone.

Kraft Heinz has joined the How2Recycle program, which uses standardized labeling to clearly inform customers how to recycle products.

Sunshine Groupe of Australia will install a ZenRobotics three-armed robotic system at a facility sorting C&I and C&D materials, the first instance of ZenRobotics technology being used in the country.

FCC Environmental Services has been awarded a $1.5 million contract to provide up to five years of recycling services in Mesquite, Texas.

Vulcan Materials Company has elected David Steiner to its board of directors. Steiner previously served as CEO of Waste Management.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) will honor Herschel Cutler, a retired ISRI executive director, and Crawford Carpenter, a retired Caraustar executive, with its 2017 ISRI Lifetime Achievement Awards. ISRI has also approved new specifications for glass and inbound mixed recyclable materials for MRFs. 

Momentum Recycling will open a bottle-to-bottle glass recycling facility this week in Colorado.

SSI Shredding Systems has hired Paul Breithaupt as the company’s new director of engineering.

AMCS has announced its 2016 business performance highlights, which include record growth and expansion of the company’s executive team.

Recyclist, an online recycling education platform, is celebrating its first year in business.

Bob Gedert, an affiliate senior consultant for Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), has been voted to the Association of Ohio Recyclers board of directors as a member-at-large.

BigBelly, which makes automated public space receptacles, announced that its containers collected more than 17.4 million gallons worth of recyclable materials in 2016.

Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) launched a new website design and focus for its Recycle More Wisconsin program.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America has partnered with Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program, to re-launch its appliance recycling program in the state.  

The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia has announced five statewide winners for the West Virginia Recycles Youth Contest.

Trex has achieved certification with the International Code Council for its Trex Spartan and Trex Cardinal lines of LLDPE pellets, confirming they’re both made of 100 percent post-consumer plastics.

Scott Mouw, section chief for recycling and materials management for the state of North Carolina, will retire from state government effective Feb. 28 and will work part time for The Recycling Partnership.

January 2017

The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF), a nonprofit group connected to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), awarded its 2016 National Scholarship to Thomas Boundy, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in metallurgical and materials engineering at the Colorado School of Mines Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy.

Guardian Containers has hired Steve Cook, a business consultant with 10 years of experience in the document-destruction industry, as its new vice president of business development.

The US Composting Council and Keep America Beautiful recommended designating green as the voluntary color standard for organics collection containers.

Harris Waste Management Group has selected Ely Enterprises as its distributor for Ohio, southeast Michigan, Kentucky, western Pennsylvania and western New York.

To promote organizing a Global Recycling Day, the Bureau of International Recycling launched a website that will provide information on actions, stakeholders, supporters and campaigns.

FCC Environmental Services, along with Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions and Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, released a video showing the new Dallas MRF, which opened in early January.

Republic Services has estimated it has a $230 million economic impact in Nevada, a figure that takes into account employment, taxes paid and resources purchased.

Insa Riepen, who has served as executive director of Recycle Utah for the past 17 years, announced she will retire in April.

Recycle Right, El Paso, a video contest put on by the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department, opened its period of video submissions.

International Baler Corporation has named longtime employee Sean Usoff as its director of sales and marketing.

Kessler Consulting has hired Ashley Evans, a professional engineer with 16 years of solid waste experience, as a project and client manager.

Waste to Energy Partners, whose flagship product is made from end-of-life tires and is an alternative to carbon black, is changing its name to Bolder Industries.

At the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the third-annual Circulars awards were presented to the following individuals and groups: sustainable development expert William McDonough; Nike and Patagonia; plastics recycling company MBA Polymers; the Scottish government; SJF Ventures, investors in circular economy businesses; recycling data company Rubicon Global; and recycling technology company Bioelektra Group.

Kiser Environmental Consulting announced the availability of its recently completed book focusing on litter in national parks.

Ohio Baler Co. (OBC) decided not to renew its regional dealer contract with Harris and will, instead, focus its efforts on American Baler products.

Resource Recycling Systems has added three senior consultants to its team: Resa Dimino, Bob Gedert and David Refkin.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has published in its Scrap Specifications Circular recent changes to the plastic specifications.

Recycle Montana has selected Fort Benton Recycles as its Recycler of the Year for 2016, the first time the award has been made.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA) in November 2016 opened a new business unit: Customer Connexx, an ARCA customer-care and contact center.

Battery Solutions, a company that collects, sorts and recycles batteries, is expanding its facility in Mesa, Ariz., allowing it to increase capacity as it grows its West Coast customer base.

Ohio Baler Company (OBC) has launched a new waste division and has hired Patrick Spear to lead it. The company also made other staffing changes: Bob Koch has been promoted to sales director for OBC Baling Equipment and OBC Used Equipment, and Jim Olszewski will now work as director of operations for OBC Rigging services.

The US Composting Council announced that the application period for the 2017 Rathmann Challenge — Mitigating Climate Change by Expanding the Use of Compost, will open on Feb. 15.
Procter & Gamble announced a 2020 goal of having all of its manufacturing sites send zero production waste to landfill.

Recycle Track Systems (RTS) announced a new partnership with Juice Press, an organics food and beverage retailer.

Chicago-area recycling company Lakeshore Recycling Systems has acquired K. Hoving Companies, a full-service waste management, recycling and dumpster rental company.

Bunting Magnetics Co. has signed an agreement to acquire Master Magnets Ltd., a U.K.-based manufacturer of magnetic separation equipment.

Laurie Johnson, who recently worked as vice president of client services for Recyclebank, has been hired as the new executive director for the Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR).

ZenRobotics, a Helsinki-based maker of robotic sortation systems, announced that it will install units at a construction-and-demolition debris facility in China this summer.

Waste Connections has acquired Groot Industries, Illinois’ largest private solid waste company and an operator of two recycling facilities.