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Recycling industry announcements

March 2019

AMP Robotics partnered with Japanese waste management technology company Ryohshin to develop and sell artificial intelligence robotic sortation systems for the Japanese C&D market.

Closed Loop Partners published its 2018 impact report, detailing the organization’s work and results.

CM Shredders opened a test lab and R&D facility in Sarasota, Fla.

The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded $5.4 million in grants to The Recycling Partnership, the GreenBlue Institute, Keep Houston Beautiful and the Fund for Boston Parks and Recreation.

A handful of composters serving Oregon communities released a statement laying out their opposition to “compostable” packaging and foodservice items being delivered to their facilities.

Equipment supplier CPM Holdings acquired D&G Electrical Engineering, a niche controls and commissioning services supplier for the metal packaging, food and nuclear industries.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced its 2019 advocacy agenda, which is based largely on the organization’s legislative accomplishments in 2018.

The Kent County Department of Public Works in Michigan and local nonprofit group The Right Place will develop a local Sustainable Business Park to attract materials recovery businesses.

Recycle BC published a request for proposals to handle post-collection services for the stewardship group.

Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) hired Elisa Seltzer, former public works director for Emmet County, Mich., and Shaun Spalding, a certified engineering technologist and environmental professional in waste management.

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) wrote about the results of research into applying sustainable materials management (SMM) to state-based waste characterization studies.

Closed Loop Partners announced the 12 winners of the NextGen Cup Challenge, which was focused on developing a more-readily recoverable fiber cup for foodservice applications. The Wendy’s Company also released sustainable packaging commitments tied to its partnership with the NextGen Consortium.

Global Recycling Day, to be held March 18, released a list of events around the world that will be held to observe the occasion.

McCloskey International highlighted new products it will display at Bauma 2019, a construction machinery convention.

Wastequip, a manufacturer of waste handling equipment, will acquire equipment manufacturer Amrep.

February 2019

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) approved a carpet stewardship plan submitted by Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE). The plan, which is required by state law, was previously rejected and delayed multiple times.

Millennium Recycling began accepting paper cups at its Sioux Falls, S.D. MRF, as part of a partnership with the Foodservice Packaging Institute.

Recovered fiber consulting firm Moore & Associates hired Susan Cornish to lead the company’s new sustainability department.

Technology company Nordsense announced a contract with the city of San Francisco to install data-collecting sensors in public-space waste and recycling receptacles.

Weima released customer testimonials regarding the company’s briquette press equipment, which is used for dust management.

Call2Recycle announced the top 10 states in terms of battery recycling program participation and the percentage of batteries recycled in each state.

Canada Fibers won a contract to design, build and operate a single-stream MRF in Winnipeg, Manitoba and won a contract to retrofit a MRF in Peel, Ontario.

The Global Recycling Foundation called on the fashion industry to highlight brands using recycled material in anticipation of London Fashion Week.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) updated its issue brief covering China’s recyclables import policies and the market fallout in the U.S.

Republic Services signed a deal to increase its usage of natural gas derived from organic waste in the company’s fleet of collection vehicles.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) released a Design for Recycled Content Guide, aimed at brand owners and suppliers looking to use recycled material in packaging.

The U.S. Energy Department opened a Battery Recycling Center at Argonne National Laboratory and announced the launch of a competition to fund battery recycling R&D.

GP Harmon Recycling, the materials recovery arm of paper giant Georgia-Pacific, changed its name to Georgia-Pacific Recycling.

Plastic product manufacturer Inteplast Group released a coloring book about three plastic bags named Polly, Ethel and Lenny to teach children about recycling.

New York Department of Sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia will temporarily lead the New York City Housing Authority.

Recycle Colorado Executive Director Laurie Johnson will leave the organization for a position with private sector recycling company 5280 Recycling Solutions. She’ll work with the state recycling group as the transition takes place throughout this year.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) launched the Goals Database, a compilation of packaging sustainability commitments.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will expand its Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for a New Economy initiative into a second region, after reporting positive results in its first project in Orlando, Fla.

National recycling and waste container brand Busch Systems partnered with nine-year-old recycling entrepreneur Ryan Hickman as Junior Ambassador to encourage more youths to recycle.

A campaign titled Don’t Be A Prick launched in Nova Scotia, highlighting needlestick injuries caused by improper disposal of sharps.

KFC committed that all consumer-facing plastic packaging will be recoverable or reusable by 2025.

The Packaging Consortium (PAC) wrote a summary of its 2018 Packaging Innovation Gateway roadshow event, which traveled across Canada last year.

RePower South and the city of Montgomery, Ala. celebrated the reopening of the city’s mixed-waste processing facility, which saw a $10 million investment.

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) published its first sustainability report.

Walmart Canada made a variety of waste reduction and recycling commitments, including a goal to use 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging for the company’s private brand products by 2025.

January 2019

Call2Recycle reported battery collections totaling 7.2 million pounds in the U.S. last year, down from 8 million pounds in 2017.

The 2019 Circulars Awards were given out at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week.

Eunomia Research & Consulting published a report outlining policy options designed to increase carpet recycling and reuse rates.

Loop, a shopping system using refillable and reusable packaging, launched at the World Economic Forum. Participating companies include Clorox, Coca-Cola, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, TerraCycle, Unilever and more.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and The Recycling Partnership are planning a Regional Recycling Impact Workshop.

Schupan & Sons promoted Mike Sabanski to vice president of operations for the company’s industrial recycling division.

ZenRobotics appointed Wolfgang Schiller as the company’s new CEO. Schiller previously served at KUKA AG, a supplier of intelligent automation products.

Recycling sector software and vehicle technology supplier AMCS acquired German recycling and waste management software specialist Recy Systems.

Elisa Seltzer, director of the Emmet County Department of Public Works in Emmet County, Mich., will move on after more than three decades holding various positions in the department.

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) asserted that climate change is backed up by scientifically proven facts and pledged not to remain neutral toward efforts to deny or downplay climate change.

Northeast Resource Recovery Association Executive Director Mike Durfor announced he will leave the organization at the end of May.

PAC Packaging Consortium announced several key appointments to lead its sustainability programs.

Product Stewardship Institute CEO and founder Scott Cassel was elected president of the Global Product Stewardship Council.

RecycleMania revealed the winners of its 2018 GameDay Recycling Challenge, a collegiate football waste reduction competition.

Sierra International Machinery acquired Wolf Pack Enterprises, a New Jersey-based heavy equipment service provider.

The Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol (SWEEP) opened its Municipal Standard for public comments, which will be accepted through the end of March.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced its 2019 advocacy priority list includes supporting a more resilient paper recycling system.

Nonprofit group GreenBlue, which runs the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the How2Recycle program, appointed Amazon sustainability professional Brent Nelson to its board.

Lakeshore Recycling Systems acquired commercial garbage and recyclables routes from Chicago-area suburban hauler Molenhouse Enterprises.

New York City’s ban on some foam polystyrene food service products took effect Jan. 1, after years of legal battles.

Recycle Colorado launched a new website.

Reloop reports the European Union’s policy-making branches – the Commission, Parliament and Council – have agreed to a directive on single-use plastics. The directive covers product bans, extended producer responsibility systems, design requirements, collection targets and more.

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) Executive Director Jordan Fengel will leave at the end of January. STAR is accepting applications for the position.

TerraCycle Founder and CEO Tom Szaky published his fourth book, “The Future of Packaging: From Linear to Circular,” which will be available everywhere starting Feb. 5. Additionally, Late July Snacks expanded its partnership with TerraCycle to offer free recycling for its entire snack product line.

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) launched a platform titled EXTR:ACT to drive industry engagement in carton recycling across Europe.

Baltimore County, Md. produced a public service announcement highlighting the importance of following proper recycling guidelines.

Caraustar Industries, a paperboard manufacturer that consumes recycled fiber, is being acquired by packaging maker Greif, Inc.

CM Recycling Equipment Solutions, a manufacturer of tire shredding equipment and other recycling machinery, was acquired by Bengal Machine, parent company of Schutte-Buffalo Hammermill.

Equipment manufacturer Muncie Power Products announced its senior vice president of IT and administration, Chris Fancher, retired at the end of December.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and The Recycling Partnership will host a meeting called the Regional Recycling Impact Workshop, aiming to improve residential recycling programs in the Northeast.

Rachel Morier, previously the director of sustainability for the Packaging Consortium (PAC), will join The Beer Store and Brewers Distributor Limited as director of sustainability later this month.

Re-Trac Connect announced the launch of the Municipal Measurement Program (MMP), a free recycling program assessment and planning tool for municipalities.

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