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Recycling industry announcements

October 2020

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) published a guide to help MRFs safely manage lithium batteries. ISRI also announced that Indonesia has delayed new registration requirements for companies shipping recyclables into the country.

Machinex will hold a virtual open house to celebrate 50 years in business.

The Mattress Recycling Council announced that the mattress recycling rate in Connecticut increased for the fifth year in a row.

Manufacturer Rehrig Pacific released a line of residential recycling carts made from post-consumer plastic, including oceanbound material.

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) published its findings that tire recycling has stalled due to a lack of end-market development.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation published Financing the Circular Economy, a report examining recent growth in circular economy investments across asset classes and sectors.

Environment and Climate Change Canada announced a nationwide plan to ban plastic checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and foodware made from hard-to-recycle plastics.

The Mattress Recycling Council published a report based on its research into a new approach for recycling pocketed coils in mattresses.

Textiles producer SAYA launched with a product line that includes material made from fabric scrap.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) launched an online recycling markets directory.

Equipment supplier SSI Shredding Systems updated its line of PRI-MAX primary reducer shredders.

The Recycling Partnership awarded $2.7 million in grants to 10 cities to reduce contamination and increase capture rates.

Wastequip WRX, which offers parts, service and installation for most types of waste-handling equipment, opened a service center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Avery Dennison and Valo Ventures invested $10 million in RoadRunner Recycling, a materials recovery-focused tech company.

Cascades launched a recyclable thermoformed cardboard tray made from 100% recycled fiber, most of which is post-consumer material.

Nonprofit organization Clean Ocean Access announced a boat shrink wrap recycling initiative in partnership with TerraCycle.

Fortune included AMP Robotics on its first Impact 20 list, which recognizes relatively young companies that are making a difference in tackling key societal problems.

Machinex supplied equipment for a major upgrade to a single-stream Republic Services MRF in Greensboro, N.C.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) announced that the waste and recycling industry was included on a list of recommended critical industries to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during the second priority phase of vaccine allocation.

The Recycling Partnership wrote about the need to promote diversity and racial justice within the recycling sector, as well as some new initiatives the organization is launching with those goals.

The WestRock paper mill in Newberg, Ore. has been sold and will be demolished for its scrap value. The mill had drawn interest as a site for a recycled paper mill project.

September 2020

Closed Loop Partners released a report titled “The Circular Shift: Four Key Drivers of Circularity in North America.”

Domino’s Pizza launched a feature on its recycling-focused website allowing customers to enter their ZIP code and find local information on pizza box recycling.

The Illinois Recycling Association awarded Kristina Kaar with the association’s Steve Apotheker Recycler of the Year Award.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) submitted testimony in support of New Jersey legislation that encourages the use of recycled resin in products.

The New Jersey Legislature approved a ban on single-use plastic and paper bags, as well as expanded polystyrene foodservice products and single-use plastic straws.

New Way Trucks received a “Best New Business” award from local media in Prentiss County, Miss.

Nicolas Belanger, who was executive vice president of sales at TORXX Kinetic Pulverizerdied on Sept. 13, a week before his 50th birthday. An expert on MRFs, Belanger was co-founder and owner of Waste Robotics, and he was a former co-owner of Machinex Group.

The Shelton Group, a sustainability-focused marketing firm, released a report examining consumer understanding of the U.S. recycling system.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products released its findings from a study into how commercial recycling has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Virginia Recycling Association announced it has four new board members and a new board chair.

Compology and RealPage, a technology firm serving the property management sector, launched a waste metering platform for multi-family properties.

The Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF) is preparing to end operations and issued a request for expressions of interest for organizations that could acquire CIF’s intellectual assets.

Nonprofit organization Enactus launched a challenge for university and college students to “rethink plastic use, recycling and disposal.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Edward Grayson as the acting commissioner of the City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY). Grayson replaces Kathryn Garcia, who recently resigned as she considers running for mayor.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced it will begin enforcement of the state’s ban on single-use plastic carryout bags on Oct. 19.

Redwood Materials, a lithium-ion battery recycling startup, received investment funds from Amazon. The company processes batteries from consumer electronics and other sources.

Turkey, a significant market for U.S. scrap plastic exports, published a policy to restrict recovered plastic and paper imports.

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) released its 2019 report covering California’s Carpet Stewardship Program, indicating the state’s carpet recycling rate increased last year.

The city of Broken Arrow, Okla. will begin distributing single-stream recycling carts this month and plans to launch collection service in October.

The Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) awarded the first gold-level MRF Glass Certifications through its recently launched program. The recipients were Rumpke Waste & Recycling and Sims Municipal Recycling.

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) released its 2019 program report for California, showing a slight increase over the previous year to hit 83% diversion.

McDonald’s announced a partnership with TerraCycle’s Loop reusable packaging service, rolling out reusable options at certain restaurants in the U.K.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) announced the recipients of its 2020 awards.

Wilmington Paper Corporation, a recovered fiber exporter based in Pine Brook, N.J., was named an Exporter of the Year by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM).

The Consumer Brands Association published a report highlighting changes in consumer environmental consciousness amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Glass Packaging Institute announced that Valdosta, Ga. container manufacturer Arglass Yamamura joined the organization. Glass recycler Ripple Glass also renewed membership with the organization.

International Paper, which handles more than 6 million tons of recovered paper per year in the U.S., joined Paper Stock Industries, a fiber-focused chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) announced a collaboration with Together for Safer Roads (TSR), a public-private partnership organization focused on improving traffic safety.

Subaru of America, the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Foundation are collaborating on a project to reduce waste at national parks.

The Tampa, Fla. City Council unanimously voted to ban the distribution of expanded polystyrene cups, plates and other foodservice items on public property.

Equipment supplier Tomra published an ebook detailing the benefits of using cloud-based data storage and other connectivity tools in conjunction with optical sorting equipment.

Advanced Disposal shareholders approved an amended deal covering the company’s acquisition by Waste Management

Eriez added suspended permanent magnets to its Quick Ship Program, which expedites delivery service for some of the company’s most popular products.

Machinex reported a record year for baler sales in the U.S. and Canada, with the equipment supplier selling 78 balers in the last 12 months.

New Jersey lawmakers approved an environmental justice bill that will introduce new considerations when regulators are evaluating industrial projects, including recycling facilities.

PreZero US, which is developing mixed rigids and film recycling facilities, announced it is actively sourcing plastics Nos. 2-7 for mechanical recycling at its in-progress U.S. plants. 

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) announced that its Recycled Material Standard has moved from development into pilot testing.

August 2020

AMP Robotics hired a new chief commercial officer, vice president of operations and director of enterprise sales.

The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) honored companies with innovative business models during the organization’s 11th annual Arrow Awards ceremony.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) adopted a position in support of efforts to increase the use of recycled plastic in certain applications.

Kroger released a report outlining new sustainability goals, including a 10% recycled content goal in packaging for its Our Brands products by 2030.

Loop, a reusable packaging system, is rolling out its packaging to stores around the world.

Aluminum recycling company Novelis announced a partnership with coffee pod producer Nespresso to provide coffee capsules made with 80% recycled aluminum.

The State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) announced that a Texas Recycling Summit will be combined with the organization’s 20th annual Texas Compost Summit this year.

The city of Boulder, Colo. announced that it recycled or composted 50% of its waste in 2019.

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) named Thomas Brooks as the company’s chief technology officer.

The Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) launched a survey collecting data on glass recovery efforts.

How2Recycle published a report discussing the future of store drop-off recycling options.

The National Stewardship Action Coalition (NSAC) appointed new members to its board of directors and advisory committee, after the organization began to proactively recruit Black, indigenous and people of color.

Organizers say they’ve gathered enough signatures to qualify the Plastics Free California Initiative, which puts a fee on plastic packaging to fund recycling efforts, for the November 2022 general election ballot. 

Waste Management has ramped up to full processing capacity at its new Salt Lake City MRF.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) announced growth in its PCR Certification Program, which now includes as members Avangard Innovative, EFS-Plastics, Envision Plastics, Merlin Plastics, Revolution and Trigon Plastics.

The Coastal Resources of Maine mixed-waste facility, which recently closed due to financial troubles, is now being overseen by a court-appointed receiver.

Microsoft announced a number of recycling goals, including a plan to use 100% recyclable packaging in countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

ALLU Group announced that Mid-State Equipment will be the company’s new dealer for Wisconsin.

The American Beverage Association (ABA) selected Kenosha, Wis. as the next region to receive recycling infrastructure funding through the Every Bottle Back initiative.

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) released an overview of world statistics on paper and paperboard recycling in 2018.

Glass WRX, which is bringing a plant on-line to recycle glass into foamed aggregate, purchased a system that converts the plant’s excess furnace heat into electricity.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced the winners of its annual Professional Achievement Awards.

The Recycling Partnership announced 15 new representatives were elected to its board of directors.

July 2020

The American Beverage Association (ABA) will invest in Broken Arrow, Okla. through the Every Bottle Back initiative that targets collection and processing of plastic bottles. ABA also hosted a discussion with Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., who is co-chairman of the Senate Recycling Caucus.

Waste and recycling technology company Rubicon Global began a collaboration with investment firm Blackstone, which will use Rubicon technology in its portfolio companies around the U.S.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) submitted orders for more than 2.4 million face coverings from the federal government, on behalf of the solid waste and recycling industry.

The Recycling Partnership and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) will distribute $800,000 in grant funds to communities throughout Michigan. The funding will go toward cart-tagging efforts.

Florida hauler Waste Pro named company President Sean Jennings as chief executive officer. Vice President Keith Banasiak was named chief operating officer.

AMP Robotics was included on the Forbes AI 50, a list of the country’s most promising artificial intelligence companies.

Call2Recycle CEO and President Carl Smith announced he will retire in 2021, and the battery product stewardship group will conduct a search for a new leader.

Clearspan Structures began offering a rental option for commercial fabric structures, citing recent high demand for short-term storage and enclosure products.

Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis nonprofit research and consulting group, published a report about the U.S. recycling system, covering challenges and opportunities for improvement.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced it is working to update its scrap specifications.

The Rowan University Center for Responsible Leadership will host a July 29 webinar titled “Building a Market for Exchange-Traded Derivatives for Recyclables.”

The State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) Recycling Market Development Plan survey will close Aug. 31. The survey is collecting information on materials recovery in order to develop strategies to boost recycling.

WestRock and Domino’s launched a website with information about pizza box recycling.

Keurig Dr Pepper disclosed that it pledged $10 million to The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition over the next five years. 

National Recovery Technologies (NRT) launched the NRT ColorPlus with Max-AI, an optical sorter that incorporates artificial intelligence technology.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) will host a webinar covering the organizations’ Government Recycling Demand Champion program. Additionally, NERC updated its list of state disposal bans and mandatory recycling laws. Lastly, NERC will hold a virtual forum covering various topics related to glass recycling in the Northeast.

The Recycling Partnership issued a statement applauding the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee for including a recycling needs survey and assessment in its report released July 9. 

Recology named Sal Coniglio as the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

State recycling organization Recycle Florida Today Inc. announced its 2020-22 board of directors.

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions announced the opening of the ReSource Center, a mixed-waste processing facility in Santa Barbara County, Calif.

The Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act was highlighted in the House Democrats’ Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America.  

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) announced an enforcement action against nine suspects allegedly involved in an organized container redemption fraud operation.

Investment firm Closed Loop Partners received $54 million through renewed commitments from brands.

Recycled fiber end user DS Smith appointed Rogier Gerritsen as managing director of the company’s recycling division.

Keep America Beautiful appointed Jacqueline Grace as the organization’s chief development officer. The organization also joined SoulBuffalo’s Ocean Plastics Leadership Network, through which retailers, brands, NGOs and other organizations engage on plastic waste issues.

New York City officials approved previously announced cuts to the city’s recycling program, but they restored funding to composting and food scrap drop-off initiatives.

Open Farm Pet Food joined Loop, the reusable packaging program developed by TerraCycle.

Stadler announced it will offer customers a low-cost system audit to determine their parts needs and make maintenance recommendations, in light of the coronavirus pandemic straining many of the company’s customers.

June 2020

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) released a report highlighting the economic value that aluminum cans provide for MRFs.

The Carton Council released results of a survey gauging attitudes toward recycling and supply chains for critical products during the coronavirus pandemic.

Epax Systems, a supplier of waste compaction systems, launched Eco Rentals, a division that will focus on compactor leasing and rental options for businesses across North America.

Keep America Beautiful appointed Jacqueline Grace as the organization’s chief development officer.

Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) released a report on textile waste in the U.S., outlining a future system for greater textile recovery.

The state of Vermont will implement a statewide landfill ban on organics beginning July 1.

Western Disposal will power a majority of its collection fleet in Boulder, Colo. with locally generated renewable natural gas.

Casella Waste Systems and Goodwill Northern New England were awarded the 2020 New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) Partnership for Innovation Award.

The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure released a report offering a roadmap for steps the Pacific Northwest can take to transform its solid waste management infrastructure by 2040.

Frontier Waste Solutions hired Alex Orloff, a former GFL Environmental vice president, as its chief financial officer.

LeadPoint Business Services appointed Patrick Hudson as vice president of customer experience.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) released a statement in support of legislation allowing businesses to use paycheck protection program (PPP) funds for waste and recycling services. 

Republic Services developed Recycling Simplified At-Home Learning, a free online resource for recycling education.

Paper packaging producer DS Smith appointed Wouter van Tol as head of sustainability and government affairs.

Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) conducted a survey of private solid waste haulers and facility owners and found 392 confirmed coronavirus cases and 6 COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. and Canada. 

The Marion Resource Recycling Facility in Salem, Ore. selected Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to supply C&D processing equipment for the company’s new recycling plant.

The National Stewardship Action Council is looking for new board members to serve two-year terms, particularly people who are black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). 

Data trends platform SEMrush found that web traffic on recycling education websites is increasing. Over the past year, the firm observed 84% growth in visitors to plasticfilmrecycling.org, 70% growth on recyclenow.com and 34% growth on recyclingsimplified.com.

Busch Systems released a line of antimicrobial recycling and garbage receptacles designed to kill bacteria with a special coating.

The Indiana Recycling Coalition and Purdue University completed a study detailing recycling infrastructure in a 10-county region of northwest Indiana.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is developing a recyclability protocol and certification for paper packaging. ISRI plans to expand the protocol to additional recyclable commodities.

The nonprofit Plastic Diversion Initiative released a white paper focused on methods to improve plastics recycling.

Recycle Coach published an article examining how COVID-19 could affect the future of the recycling system.

Recycle Track Systems published a guide with information on how much food waste is generated in the U.S.

Vecoplan expanded its Archdale, N.C. manufacturing and assembly facility to increase focus on the paper and document shredding markets.

Civil Agents, a waste-focused visual communications agency, launched Safety Check, an online platform to educate employers and employees about COVID-19 workplace safety protocol.

The Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) released guidelines on the steps recycling facilities should take when trying to find a home for a new waste stream. 

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) elected a number of new leaders to its board of directors.

New Way Trucks produced its first Cobra refuse truck made at the company’s Booneville, Miss. manufacturing plant.

The U.S. EPA launched Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Prioritization Tools, a set of lifecycle analysis resources to help identify environmental improvement opportunities.

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