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  • European aluminum beverage recycling rate at 73 percent

    The overall recycling rate for aluminum beverage cans in Europe (EU 28 + EFTA) increased by 1.6 percent to a new record level of 72.9 percent in 20141.

  • NWRA issues position on China’s proposed recyclables ban

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) announced its position on China’s proposed ban on recyclables.

  • Britain rewards for recycling bottles

    The British government invited comments on how reward and return schemes for drinks containers could work in England by issuing a call for evidence.

  • SWANA provides update to states on Chinese recycling issue

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has issued an update to state officials concerning the July 18, 2017 notification to the World Trade Organization from China on their intent to ban certain waste imports.

  • GPS trackers find more fake electronics recyclers sending e-waste to Asia

    Following their exposé last year entitled “Scam Recycling” employing 205 GPS tracking devices placed inside electronic waste to find out what happens to it, the Basel Action Network (BAN) has released new findings in a short 15 page report. Their most recent data reveals 16 more instances of exports to developing countries involving 7 companies, most of which make public claims of never allowing the electronics they process to be exported.

  • Over 10 million electronic devices recovered over the last 5 years in Quebec

    The Electronic Products Recycling Association of Québec (EPRA-Québec) congratulated Quebecers who have contributed to the recovery of over 70,000 metric tons of electronics over the past 5 years, which is equal to over 10 million electronic devices.

  • Frontline International hires waste oil environmental expert to head operations

    Ohio based Frontline International, a provider of Smart Oil Management™ systems for foodservice operators around the world, has opened a South American sales office.

  • Eriez-Australia names Viti as new sales director

    Eriez has named Ezio Viti as the new sales director at Eriez-Australia.

    Viti, a mechanical engineer with more than 30 years of experience applying process solutions into the mining, resources recovery, waste water and general process industries, will manage the sales team for Eriez-Australia.

    Before joining Eriez, Viti served as a business development consultant. In this role, he assisted local and offshore technology start-ups as well as overseas suppliers seeking to enter the Australia and New Zealand market space. Prior to that, Viti spent six years as sales director and chief executive officer of Steinert Australia where he was responsible for the Asia-Pacific region.

    Published in the September 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Veolia will build and operate the first waste-to-energy facility in Mexico

    Veolia, through its subsidiary Proactiva Medio Ambiente Mexico S.A. de C.V., has won the public call for tenders published by the government of Mexico City and just signed the contract to design, build, and operate the first waste-to-energy facility in Latin America.

  • Ontario grocery chains use technology to reduce waste

    Flashfood, a mobile app allowing grocery locations to sell surplus food directly to consumers at a massive discount prior to discarding, has partnered with Longo’s in downtown Toronto for a 3 month beta to reduce their food waste.

  • Canadian Bottled Water Association rejects Wynne Government’s fee increase for water taking permits

    The Canadian Bottled Water Association strongly rejects the recent announcement by the Ontario government that beginning August 1, 2017, water bottlers will pay $503.71 for every million liters of groundwater taken.

  • ISRI replies to China’s intent to ban certain scrap imports

    China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to ban the import of certain scrap materials by year end. Among the items included on the list are most scrap plastics (“including polymers of ethylene, styrene, vinyl chloride and PET…”), mixed paper and slags and drosses.

  • Timken India agrees to acquire ABC Bearings

    The Timken Company announced that its majority owned subsidiary, Timken India Ltd., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ABC Bearings Ltd., a manufacturer of tapered, cylindrical and spherical roller bearings and slewing rings in India.

    The transaction is structured as a merger of ABC Bearings Ltd. into Timken India Ltd., whereby shareholders of ABC Bearings will receive shares of Timken India as consideration. The transaction is subject to receipt of various approvals in India, which are expected to take at least six months to complete.   

    ABC Bearings is a public limited company listed on the BSE Limited, with its registered office in Mumbai, India. The company operates primarily out of manufacturing facilities in Bharuch, Gujarat, and Dehradun, Uttarakhand.  ABC Bearings serves an established original equipment customer base in India, focusing on heavy truck and off-highway industries. In 2016, sales were approximately $29 million.

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Gerdau Manitoba mill helps to recycle millions of tires

    Gerdau North America, a steel manufacturer in Selkirk, and Reliable Tire Recycling, in Winnipeg, have partnered for over 10 years to recycle tires.

  • Ontario reaches waste diversion milestone

    Ontario Tire Stewardship’s (OTS) Used Tires Program, has reached an incredible milestone of recycling its 100 millionth tire since the program opened in 2009.

  • Enerkem Inc. achieves new milestones

    Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, disclosed that its first full scale commercial facility, located in Edmonton, Alberta, has met all operational milestones set by its senior lender Integrated Asset Management (IAM).

  • Latest poll on Canada’s bottled water industry indicate government regulations misguided

    A new poll of 1,500 people in Ontario reveals that the provincial government’s public policies when it comes to the bottled water industry are significantly out of step with public opinion.

  • Qatar’s Modern Recycling Factory now operational

    Qatar’s Modern Recycling Factory (MRF), based in Mesaieed Industrial City, is now operational. The $41.3m (QAR150.06m) facility was financed and endorsed more than two years ago by Al Khalij Commercial Bank in support of Qatar’s green-technology business sector.

  • Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. celebrates 20 years

    Call2Recycle Canada, Inc., Canada’s national consumer battery collection and recycling organization, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its commitment to help Canadians collect used batteries for recycling and record-breaking collections in 2016.

    The organization was founded in 1997 by the battery industry long before provincial mandates to collect and recycle batteries. The industry sought to voluntarily control the amount of waste it was contributing to the waste stream through a national collection and recycling effort. Since its inception, the Call2Recycle program in Canada has collected more than 13 million kilograms of batteries for recycling.

    2016 marks the program’s best year by far – a record of more than 2.7 million kilograms of household batteries were collected in Canada in 2016 – an increase of 12 percent over 2015.

    Published in the March 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Novelis wins European Aluminum Award for pioneering closed-loop recycling system

    Novelis, the global leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, was awarded the European Aluminum Award at the Aluminum 2016 Trade Fair.