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Industry Announcements


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

Recycling industry announcements

March 2018

The Association of Plastic Recyclers will host a series of webinars on topics such as California’s packaging regulations, a project to pinpoint hard-to-recover plastics, sustainable materials management’s relationship to recycling and more.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has surpassed 10,000 members, which marks membership growth of more than 22 percent since 2015.

Waste Management has acquired Anderson Rubbish Disposal and Moorpark Rubbish Disposal, both of Ventura County, Calif.

ZenRobotics will supply a robotic sortation system for a Sogetri post-industrial processing facility in Geneva.

Recycled aluminum alloy producers have formed the Aluminum Recyclers Council (ARC), with initial board representation from Continental Aluminum, Custom Alloy Sales, Metal Exchange Corp., Superior Aluminum Alloys, The Sanford Organization and Spectro Alloys Corp.

The Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin has announced the winners of the organization’s annual awards recognizing achievement in recycling and waste reduction.

Keep America Beautiful will kick off its annual Great American Cleanup on March 20.

Terracycle and health product company Twinlab have partnered to provide a mail-in recycling program for Twinlab’s packaging.

Tomra has named Brian Gist as the company’s UK and Nordics Managing Director.

American Manganese, a Canadian company developing a lithium-ion battery recycling technology, has signed a contract for roughly 2.3 million Canadian dollars to continue its research and build a pilot processing facility.

Battery stewardship group Call2Recycle Canada has been certified to the R2 electronics recycling standard.

Emterra Group has hired Gordon Day as its vice president of circular economy and sustainability, which is part of the Canadian company’s national leadership team.

Garnier launched the second year of Rinse, Recycle, Repeat, a collaborative recycling campaign with TerraCycle and The campaign features actress Mandy Moore as ambassador.

Keep America Beautiful has announced the 2017 winners of its Recycle-Bowl competition, which rewards elementary, middle and high schools nationwide that achieve high diversion numbers.

Lakeshore Recycling Systems has received an “innovation in business” award from the Daily Herald Business Ledger, a local business news company.

Metro Vancouver, the regional authority for the Vancouver, British Columbia area, announced an expanded polystyrene disposal ban will take effect July 1.

Sappi North America, a paper and packaging producer, has joined The Recycling Partnership as a funding partner. In addition, WestRock has renewed its membership with The Recycling Partnership for the fourth straight year.

The U.S. Composting Council (USCC) issued a statement praising the American Association of Plant and Food Control Officials for passing a new definition of compost.

February 2018

American Baler Company has announced several personnel changes.

The Bureau of International Recycling has released new details on the March 18 observation of Global Recycling Day, which includes events in Washington, D.C., London and elsewhere.

The Indiana Recycling Coalition has selected Allyson Mitchell as its next executive director, as current director Carey Hamilton steps down to focus on her position as a state representative.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has published a year-end report on scrap industry developments in 2017.

The Product Stewardship Institute unveiled a new logo.

The Recycling Partnership will partner with the city of Valparaiso, Ind. to roll out recycling carts to 2,300 households.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has established a recycling task force, which will provide guidance to SWANA members on challenges facing recycling programs across the U.S. and Canada.

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions published a video of a mixed-waste processing facility it recently installed in Mexico.

Equipment manufacturer Wastequip will be acquired by H.I.G. Capital, a private equity firm.

Industrial Magnetics, a manufacturer of eddy current separators, has published a tool that calculates potential revenue loss from the use of inefficient UBC sortation systems.

The Measurement Matters Summit, which will take place Feb. 27-March 1 in Chattanooga, Tenn., announced it is offering a live streaming option for officials who can’t attend in person.

Rubicon Global has released a guide called the RUBICONMethod, which contains tips on best practices for organizations looking to generate less waste and increase diversion.

The Recycling Partnership has announced a project with the city of Garland, Texas to roll out carts for 9,900 households.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has published a report on implementing mechanical biological treatment facilities in North America, based on lessons from European organizations that have installed similar systems.

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions recently installed a glass cleanup system at City Carting’s single-stream MRF in Stamford, Conn.

The Carton Council announced 62 percent of U.S. households now have access to carton recycling, up from 60 percent a year ago.

Closed Loop Fund CEO Ron Gonen was interviewed by actor Alec Baldwin on a podcast for WNYC Studios, a New York public radio affiliate.

Machinex announced the activation of a recyclables separation and fuel preparation plant it provided in Lanark, Scotland. The equipment removes recyclables and prepares other material for combustion in the Leavenseat Renewable Energy Limited waste-to-energy plant.

Recon Services has been named “recycler of the year” by the Construction and Demolition Recycling Association for the company’s installation of robotic sorting equipment.

The State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) has selected Jordan Fengel as its executive director, replacing former director Sara Nichols.

Timberline Disposal and Recycling has been formed as a merger between four Colorado waste and recycling companies: Mountain Waste & Recycling, Talking Trash, Timberline Disposal and Rocky Mountain Cabana.

January 2018

Software company AMCS has acquired Brady Recycling Solutions, which makes recycling industry software for processors, brokers and operations management.

The World Economic Forum announced that AMP Robotics and Closed Loop Partners were among the winners of its Circulars Awards.

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has released a report touting the food waste reduction benefits packaging provides.

The National Football League and numerous partner organizations have announced their intent to achieve greater than 90 percent waste diversion at the upcoming Super Bowl, an effort they call Rush2Recycle.

Novelis, a large processor of recovered aluminum, announced it will build a $300 million automotive aluminum sheet manufacturing facility.

Registration for Recyclemania, a recycling competition among universities and colleges, is open until Feb. 2.

Unifi elected Albert Carey, CEO of PepsiCo North America, to its board of directors.

Zanker Recycling will install a ZenRobotics ZRR2 artificial intelligence robotic sorting unit at its San Jose, Calif.-based C&D processing facility.

Avangard Innovative has named Jon Stephens as its chief operating officer. Stephens previously served as executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful have opened the application process for their sixth-annual grant program to help organizations and communities expand recycling access.

Foster Farms has joined the How2Recycle label program, meaning the labels for its products will include clear recycling instructions.

The National Waste and Recycling Association has announced the group’s Women’s Council is accepting applications for four scholarships totaling $30,000.

The Plastics Industry Association has announced its adoption of a sustainability statement.

Equipment company Crigler Enterprises has named Kathryn Renzi, who was previously executive vice president, as company president. The company also announced Wayne Crigler will serve as CEO.

Ettlinger announced it has been acquired by Swiss company Maag, which produces gear pumps, pelletizing systems and filtration systems.

McDonald’s announced goals of ensuring all its packaging comes from renewable, recycled or certified sources and all restaurants are providing recycling service for customers by 2025.

Smithers Pira released a report estimating 5 percent growth in the recycled paper packaging market in 2018.

The U.S. EPA announced the winners of its 2017 WasteWise awards, which recognize achievement in diversion and waste prevention.

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has named Jacy Bolden as the first full-time director of the California Carpet Stewardship Program.

Casella Waste Systems has acquired all of the outstanding stock of Complete Disposal Co. and its subsidiary United Material Management of Holyoke for a total consideration of up to $16.5 million.

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) announced Clemson University and the University of Akron are co-champions of the 2017 GameDay Recycling Challenge, the national collegiate football recycling competition.

The Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program has released its first annual report, which notes it collected over 955,000 mattresses and box springs for recycling in 2016.

The U.S. EPA announced that up to $3 million in grants are now available for locally focused environmental education efforts

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is accepting entries for its 2018 Design for Recycling Award, which recognizes manufacturers who have taken steps to incorporate recyclability into product design.

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Millennium Recycling has promoted Shannon Dwire from general manager to president.

Recycle Track Systems (RTS) has announced a partnership with Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, to increase recycling and promote other sustainability-minded measures.

Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) has been awarded a contract with the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance to develop a methodology for calculating the recycling system cost impacts of printed paper and packaging.

Equipment provider STEINERT Elektromagnetbau has changed its name to Steinert to reflect the evolving nature of the company’s equipment offerings.

Tomra has announced it will supply Australian MRF operator SKM Recycling with 40 optical sorting units to be installed in three single-stream recycling facilities.

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions has released statistics on its sales of single-ram, no-shear Bollegraaf balers in 2017.

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