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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

December 2017

Packaging producer Berry Global has joined The Recycling Partnership as a funding partner.

An annual survey produced by BioCycle magazine found 148 U.S. communities had curbside food scrap collections services in place in 2017. Another 48 jurisdictions offered drop-off service. 

The Seattle Mariners have received the 2017 Green Glove award, which recognizes the MLB team that diverts the most material from the waste stream. Compostable foodservice materials made by Eco-Products contributed to the team’s diversion success.

EvoEco has announced that a San Francisco property management company has installed the EvoBin, a waste and recycling receptacle that utilizes smart technology to help users properly sort materials.

The Product Stewardship Institute has published a toolkit with instructions on how to opt out of receiving phone book deliveries.

Re-Trac Connect has rolled out a new website.

The Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) has announced a new campaign in Omaha, Neb. to increase collection and recycling of plastic bags and other PE film products.

The Circulars awards have announced the pool of finalists, which includes AMP Robotics, Battery Solutions, Closed Loop Partners and other players in the recycling industry.

Emterra, a Canadian recycling and waste management company, has announced its founder and CEO, Emmie Leung, has been named by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s most powerful women in the category of entrepreneurs.

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation has awarded its 2017 Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability to James Souder, a master’s of environmental management candidate at Yale University.

Aluminum company Novelis will invest $4.5 million in manufacturing capabilities at its Warren, Ohio facility.

Single-serve coffee pods made by PurPod have been added to Seattle’s curbside organics program, after the pods were certified as compostable by compost company Cedar Grove.

ReuseConex 2018, the fifth-annual international reuse conference and expo, will be held Oct. 18-20, 2018 in Cincinnati.

Rubicon Global announced Elaine Richards has been appointed as the company’s president.

November 2017

Aero Aggregates, a manufacturer of recycled-content foamed glass aggregate, has received the 2017 William M. Heenan Recycling Markets Development Award by the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center. The company was previously profiled by Resource Recycling.

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has announced the start-up of a MRF in the United Arab Emirates that has a capacity of more than 500,000 metric tons per year and is the largest MRF in the Middle East.

The HowToRecycle program has announced Theo Chocolate will begin using its label on the company’s chocolate clusters packaging, which is a plastic pouch that can be recycled at many retail stores along with other polyethylene films.

Mark Lichtenstein, past president and honorary board member of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), on Nov. 14 testified at a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in favor of alternatives to incineration in managing organic debris generated by hurricanes in the Caribbean.

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions has announced it is providing equipment for two MRF retrofit projects at Stamford, Conn.-based City Carting.

The Glass Recycling Coalition has added the Northeast Recycling Council as an advisory member.

Waste and recycling consulting firm Joyce Engineering has been acquired by LaBella Associates, a consulting company serving a variety of industries.

Chicago-based Lakeshore Recycling Systems has acquired DC Trash of Illinois, an independent hauler.

Machinex Industries has announced it is upgrading equipment its Récupération Mauricie MRF, installing a ballistic separator, two optical sorters, a new OCC separator, glass separator and more. The company also appointed Matt Risko as the company’s Canadian sales manager.

The National Waste & Recycling Association announced the results of a Bureau of Labor Statistics study that found there were fewer workplace injuries and illnesses in the solid waste collection industry in 2016.

Pratt Industries plans to build a 396,000 tons per year containerboard mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio, which will cost roughly $275 million.

Quest Resource Management Group has hired Ric Hobby as its senior vice president of sales.

Recycling Connections has expanded its Group Compost Bin Purchase Program, which facilitates large batch purchases of compost bins, to include seven additional states.

TOMRA announced its app that rewards consumer participation in container deposit programs has drawn in 50,000 members.

October 2017

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has announced the start-up of an Aberdeen, Scotland MRF with equipment supplied by BHS.

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) has released the results of a study that found a 69 percent global average recycling rate for aluminum cans.

Machinex will provide the equipment for a Montreal-area single-stream MRF capable of sorting 35 tons per hour.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has announced the winners of its annual awards recognizing leaders in various sectors of the waste and recycling industries.

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) has announced its 2018 conference keynote speaker will be Ben Harvey, president of waste and recycling company E. L. Harvey & Sons.

Unifi’s Repreve recycled fiber will be utilized in a new line of denim jeans.

The Bureau of International Recycling has launched a website promoting the first-ever Global Recycling Day, scheduled for March 18, 2018.

The How2Recycle program has welcomed Lidl, a retailer with 38 stores on the East Coast, as its newest member that will use labeling to promote proper recycling of its products.

McCloskey Washing Systems announced it held a training session for dealers as the company continues to expand its product line.

New Yorkers for Responsible Waste Management has launched a newsletter titled Resource-Full, which is focused on the management of waste, recyclables and organics generated by New York City’s commercial sector.

The State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) announced its executive director, Sara Nichols, will depart the organization in November.

Keep America Beautiful and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) have partnered to produce a guide helping convenience stores encourage recycling and manage their trash.

Muncie Power Products has hired Damon Elmore as its senior executive director of people strategy and general counsel.

New Yorkers for Responsible Waste Management (NYRWM) has appointed Jose Maldonado as its senior counsel for compliance and diversity.

Republic Services has announced its economic impact in Oregon totals $99 million, according to a recently released study.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has named Jeffrey Murray as its president for the 2018 fiscal year.

Erema has held its Discovery Day event, a circular economy-focused meeting, for the first time in North America.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Board of Directors in November will consider a contaminated-paper-related amendment to ISRI’s scrap specifications for inbound curbside recyclables for MRFs.

Lakeshore Recycling Systems and Ecolocap held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 13 for the new BioART system, which processes food scraps into fertilizers, animal feed or biomass in the form of powder or pellets.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) has named FCC’s Dallas MRF the best recycling facility of the year.

Aluminum recycling and rolling company Novelis has released its 2017 sustainability report.

Pratt Recycling and the New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) unveiled the winning posters from last year’s “Don’t Litter, Recycle” contest in Staten Island schools.

The ReWall Company will double its manufacturing capacity of roofing products and other construction materials made from recycled cartons.

Automated covering systems provider Roll-Rite announced John Birden, founder of Automatic Load Cover, LLC, retired effective Sept. 22.

Consumer goods company SC Johnson announced that it expects to send zero manufacturing waste to landfills ahead of its 2021 goal.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has launched a new online testing platform allowing solid waste professionals to take certification exams remotely.

Bulk Handling Systems has released a video series detailing key factors customers often consider when looking to invest in a materials recovery facility.

ECO Green Equipment has hired two new sales representatives, Keld Andersen and Ziboneni Godongwana.

Enevo, a sensor manufacturer and waste analytics company, has expanded into providing full management of waste and recycling services.

Machinex Group has appointed Chris Hawn as CEO of Machinex Technologies, its U.S. division.

The Northeast Recycling Council has convened a glass committee to discuss and promote greater glass diversion.

Organix Solutions has received a patent for its organics co-collection program, which allows a single vehicle to collect both organics and municipal solid waste in a single trip.

Recleim has opened an appliance recycling facility in Ohio.

TerraCycle has received a green/sustainable business achievement award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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