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

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.

March 2017

Andritz MeWa has installed its QZ 2500 cross-flow shredder at UFH RE-cycling in Kematen an der Ybbs, Austria.

Waste Connections has renamed its Canadian operation from Progressive Waste Solutions to Waste Connections of Canada.

Columbus McKinnon has reported higher customer interest in the pyrolysis and gasification markets, which has increased equipment sales.

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.