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CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 2018 | Volume 26, Number 6


45 Sorting robot to work in conjunction with


LRS’ Machinex single-stream sorting line to quicken the process

LAST WORD COMBATTING METAL THEFT MEANS WORKING TOGETHER Focus of efforts needs to be on thieves, not recyclers

24 HEAVY METAL WORKHORSES The latest shear/baler/loggers are

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Toronto pilot project, in partnership with CIF, provides some hope for a very difficult material



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SEPTEMBER 2018 VOLUME 26, NUMBER 6 EDITOR Keith Barker; 604-291-9900 ext. 305 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Lee Toop; 604-291-9900 ext. 315 EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Lawrence Buser; 604-291-9900 ext. 310


ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Sam Esmaili; 604-291-9900 ext.110 ACCOUNT MANAGER David Gilmour; 604-291-9900 ext. 105 ADVERTISING PRODUCTION MANAGER Tina Anderson; 604-291-9900 ext. 222 DESIGN & PRODUCTION Morena Zanotto; 604-291-9900 ext. 320 CIRCULATION; 1-855-329-1909 VICE PRESIDENT / PUBLISHER Ken Singer














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hina has announced that it will impose retaliatory tariffs on the import of scrap commodities from the U.S. as part of their response to over 200 tariffs recently imposed on Chinese goods by the U.S. government. The new tariffs affect aluminum, plastics, paper, ferrous, copper, nickel, lead, zinc, tin and other base metals. In effect as of August 23, this is the latest development in the blooming trade war between the U.S. and China. It is having a damaging effect on the recycling industry in North America, as well as a negative impact on the Chinese economy across various sectors. Already, over the first six months of 2018, total U.S. scrap exports to China at $2.2 billion had decreased 24 percent from the same period in 2017. When China’s latest announcement was made in August, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) reacted by pointing out that not only will these tariffs impair the already diminishing scrap exports from the United States to China, there was little indication that the U.S. and Chinese governments would be negotiating any new agreement on trade. In their August response, ISRI said that the organization is hearing from contacts in China that the announcement has caused consternation among Chinese consumers of U.S. scrap commodities. They wrote that “Although these tariffs will not be levied on imports from other countries, it is our understanding that other regions may not be able to fulfill all of China’s demand. This is in line with other reports that the trade war has had an impact on the Chinese economy

across many sectors.” Mid-August, ISRI formally requested that the U.S. government “make every effort to negotiate a path forward with China.” The association sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer detailing the impact the current tariff policy, along with import restrictions imposed by China since 2017, is having on the industry. In an excerpt from the letter, ISRI writes: “The combined strain on the U.S. recycling industry of China’s import restrictions and the tariffs imposed by both the U.S. and Chinese governments will have a damaging effect, long-term, on our industry’s competitiveness and the health of the manufacturing supply chain.” While all of the news about import restrictions and tariffs may sound overwhelmingly negative, there really is no need to panic. Recycling is a commodity-dependent business with markets around the world. Markets change. New markets arise. Prices will always fluctuate, and what we’ve seen so far does not compare with the market crash of 2008 – 2009. Global markets for recovered recyclable materials will likely struggle this year, and maybe next year, in part due to conflicting political forces we are seeing now in the dispute between the U.S. and China, not to mention NAFTA negotiations between the Trump administration and Canada. However, if we can continue to focus on refining the solutions we have, investing in new technology and methodology, and working toward the creation of stronger domestic markets and new global markets, this can all look a lot like opportunity.

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BHS overhaul adds double capacity to GreenWaste Recovery 90-tph mixed waste MRF In 2008 GreenWaste Recovery, Inc. (GWR) was awarded SWANA’s Gold Award for Recycling Excellence for the company’s mixed waste material recovery facility. The system, built by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), was among the first of its kind in the U.S. and has been a showcase for diversion and recycling excellence over its lifetime. Now, more than a decade later, a BHS overhaul has more than doubled the system’s throughput and added significant technology to boost recovery, product quality and level of automation. According to BHS, GWR is the second mixed waste system in California to employ Max-AI AQC (Autonomous Quality Control) robotic sorters, and its six robotic sorters are the most currently active in any MRF in the world. Optical sorters from Nashville-based NRT work

together with four AQCs to completely automate container recovery, and an AQC-2, which includes dual robotic sorters, ensures maximum recovery by capturing containers on the last chance belt. This partnership with GWR has brought about an extremely advanced waste sorting system, uniquely handling predominantly residential waste, expanding GWR’s processing capabilities and increasing the overall efficiency of MRF operations. The 90-tph mixed waste system processes both multi-family and single-family waste, recovering recyclables for re-use and organics for composting, to help reach or exceed local and state diversion goals. When combined with the Z-Best Composting Facility, owned and operated by GWR’s sister company Zanker Road Resource Management, Ltd., this new system is anticipated to recover over

Terrapure completes acquisition of Envirosystems Burlington, Ontario-based Terrapure Environmental Ltd. has completed its acquisition of the Canadian industrial services and waste management operations of Envirosystems Incorporated. “By welcoming the Envirosystems team to Terrapure, we are creating a more comprehensive and resourceful organization to serve our blue-chip customers across the country with a broad and diverse suite of resource recovery and environmental solutions,” said Todd Moser, president and CEO of Terrapure. Envirosystems specializes in providing industrial and waste management services to a broad range of industry sectors, including petrochemical/refineries, marine, mining, municipal, and pulp and paper. Envirosystems has over 1,000 employees and 25 locations across Canada to serve its diverse customer base. “The businesses of the two organizations are highly complementary and provide services to a common set of industry sectors with a shared focus on health and safety excellence, innovation and technical development, and customer service,” said Moser. 8 Recycling Product News September 2018

75 percent of the material processed. “Since 1992, GreenWaste has worked diligently to find technology and solutions to prevent materials from going to the landfill,” says Tracy Adams, Co-CEO for GWR. “As the State of California continues to demand higher organic material diversion from jurisdictions, the newly upgraded facility is one of the most advanced in the world and will further our ability to help the jurisdictions we serve to meet and exceed


Liebherr USA Co. celebrates groundbreaking on new headquarters Members of the Liebherr family, including executive management, and Newport News, Virginia, city officials gathered July 20 for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of the new Liebherr USA, Co. headquarters. According to the company, the commencement of this $45 million expansion project marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Liebherr in the United States. The company that has been manufacturing and operating in Newport News, Virginia, for over 48 years broke ground at the site adjacent to its current location in Copeland Industrial Park. The new facility will serve as the new headquarters for Liebherr USA, Co. and will include the construction of three new buildings: a state-of-the-art, four-story administrative building; a carefully designed warehouse and parts distribution centre to meet current and future requirements; and a modernized production and workshop facility intended to support the company’s cranes, construction and concrete divisions. Once completed, the new buildings will add over 251,000 square feet to the existing 560,000-square-foot Liebherr campus. This investment will greatly impact the company’s operations in the U.S. and drive Liebherr’s strategy for long-term growth.



Love Food Hate Waste campaign launched

these new goals.” By combining the advanced technology of the Max-AI units, the upgrades to the optical sorting capabilities of the system and the hands-on knowledge of the GWR operations team, GWR now has the ability to expand waste processing services to even more jurisdictions. “GreenWaste is always out in front when it comes to processing a wide range of materials, includ-

ing mixed waste, single-stream, construction and demolition waste, and organics, including anaerobic digestion,” said BHS CEO Steve Miller. “Recycling isn’t always easy, but GreenWaste and the company’s excellent leadership continue to push forward, always committed to innovation and excellence. We congratulate them on starting up another fantastic system that will set the bar for at least another decade.”

“The U.S. is a strategic market for Liebherr and with this investment we send a clear message of commitment to our customers, employees and the local community here in Newport News,” said Torben Reher, managing director of Liebherr USA, Co. Construction is expected to be completed in 2020, and the facility will be for Liebherr USA, Co. employees working in administration, finance, marketing, human resources, sales and service, product support, production, and distribution for eight product divisions.

Two of Canada’s largest food retailers have joined with local and provincial governments and agencies to launch a national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, which aims to change Canadians’ behaviour around food and dramatically reduce the significant amount of food wasted across the country every day. Canadians are among the worst of the developed nations when it comes to food waste, with about 47 percent of food waste occurring in the home. More than 60 percent of the food Canadians throw away could have been eaten, costing the average Canadian household more than $1,100 per year. In all, 2.2 million tonnes of edible food is thrown out annually. “The Love Food Hate Waste campaign is desperately needed to tackle food waste across the country,” said Malcolm Brodie, chair of the National Zero Waste Council (NZWC), the organization spearheading the initiative. “The campaign is the first coordinated national approach to help Canadians change their relationship with food.” Brodie says Love Food Hate Waste is based on a successful model from the U.K., where avoidable household food waste was cut by 21 percent in its first five years, saving U.K. consumers £13 billion. The Canadian campaign, which comes ahead of the federal government’s plan to introduce a Food Policy for Canada, already involves nine partners, including the cities of Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria, the Capital Regional District, Metro Vancouver, Province of B.C., RECYCQUÉBEC, and major Canadian food retailers Walmart Canada and Sobeys. Love Food Hate Waste follows on the heels of the release of the NZWC’s Food Loss and Waste Strategy which focuses on the need to change consumer behaviour and reduce food waste at the production and distribution stages, as well as overhaul food labelling laws and establish a national goal to halve food waste by 2030. September 2018




NEW WAY and Recology partner to put electricpowered collection trucks on the road in 2019 New Way Trucks and Recology have announced their partnership on a project that will bring the first two electric refuse collection trucks to Seattle, Washington. The BYD Motors 8R Class-8 battery-electric trucks, fitted with New Way Viper Rear Loader bodies, are scheduled for delivery to Recology in early 2019. The two trucks will be used for residential solid waste pickup and will be the first electric refuse trucks in the Pacific Northwest region, according to New Way. While New Way already has dealers and customers across the Pacific Northwest, the company says that this project with Recology and BYD allows the Scranton, Iowabased company to bring sustainable, electric waste collection technology to the area for the first time. The Viper Rear Loader is designed for maximum efficiency and adaptability, and its innovative design and safety features makes it ideal for mid-compaction, rear loader refuse and recyclables collection. METAL THEFT

Growth in users should be a warning to metal thieves, according to ISRI For more than a decade, the recycling industry has made a strong effort to fight the theft of metals and other materials through proactive outreach to law enforcement. One such example was the creation of ScrapTheftAlert. com in 2008, an initiative led by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). The alert system is a free online tool for law enforcement to broadcast alerts to local scrap facilities to be on the lookout for stolen material. According to ISRI, the system recently reached the milestone of more than 10,000 registered law enforcement users, which constitutes approximately 21 percent of law enforcement agencies in the United States being represented. “The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, through strong relationships with law enforcement, has increased the availability of and is making a difference in the fight

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against metals theft,” said Brady Mills, director of law enforcement outreach for ISRI. “As important as it is to have recyclers and property owners registered on the system, it is equally important to increase the number of registered law enforcement officials.” allows registered users to send alerts out to a 100 mile radius of a theft, or more. Detailed descriptions and photos can be uploaded so nearby recycling facilities can be on the lookout for stolen materials. In addition, it contains enhanced search features for vetted law enforcement officials. In the last 10 years, there have been more than 19,000 alerts issued and the system has helped recover more than $2.7 million in property. Overall there more than 24,000 total registered users, including private security, companies and individuals, in addition to law enforcement.

Sierra International adds Macpresse director of sales for U.S. and Canada Sierra International Machinery recently announced the appointment of Randy Gibson as the company’s director of sales Macpresse for the United States and Canada. Gibson will be responsible for evolving Sierra’s relationship with current Sierra-Macpresse single-ram baler customers and building relationships with new and upcoming industries, such as RDF, as well as assisting Sierra regional sales managers in communicating the advantages of Macpresse balers and reaching out to new markets and industries. Gibson comes to Sierra with more than 28 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling industries. He has a strong background in the design and mechanical engineering of single-ram and two-ram balers and conveyors. “I am excited for the opportunity to take the Macpresse single-ram balers, which are world-renowned products, and grow them into the industry leader in the U.S. and Canada,” said Gibson. “I am thrilled to be a part of the Sierra team. This is a company that has an outstanding reputation with their customer service and a trustworthy product line.” “The Macpresse single-ram balers are extremely innovative products and we recognized that we needed to bring a specialist in single-ram extrusion balers on board at Sierra to properly promote and sell the Macpresse line in the United States and Canada,” said John Sacco, president and owner, Sierra International Machinery. “With Randy’s engineering background and sales capabilities, he’s going to lead Sierra and the Macpresse line to great success.”



IoT, 3D printing, predictive analytics and China’s ban on imported waste to play key roles in changing global waste recycling market A recently released Global Waste Recycling Market Outlook 2018 report, available from Texas-based firm Frost & Sullivan, forecasts growth of global waste volumes, revenues and services and examines trends influencing the global waste management market, currently valued at over $300 billion. It also highlights the recycling opportunities generated by different waste streams and the impact China’s waste ban will have on the export of waste, covering a range of segments, including MSW, industrial non-hazardous waste, electrical and electronics, C&D and plastic waste. “The waste recycling market, like

its end-user industries, is experiencing disruptive changes due to the advent of advanced digital technologies,” says Deepthi Kumar Sugumar, Frost & Sullivan. “For example, smart waste bins with IoT capabilities will play a significant role in changing the way waste is collected and sorted. Similarly, the rise of 3D printing technologies has made it much easier to recycle plastic waste. Many industries are turning plastics into high-quality filaments to replace spares, lowering the need for re-manufacturing. “Another important technology that could have far-reaching consequences for the waste management market is

augmented reality (AR),” continues Sugumar. “Though AR is still evolving, it will change the way waste reduction and management is conducted in the future.” Also, according to the report, the use of cutting-edge technologies is giving rise to innovative business models such as commercial waste collection zones. These models allow haulers to invest in infrastructure improvement and introduce inventive methods for MSW collection. Optimizing waste collection routes, combining real-time data and employing datarelated technologies such as predictive analytics, makes it possible to eliminate the unplanned dispatch of vehicles.


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Resource Recovery Partnership Conference focused on shaping broader approach


AMCS acquires SaaS software solutions provider DesertMicro U.K.-based AMCS has acquired DesertMicro, the Florida-based SaaS (software-as-a-service) solutions provider. According to AMCS, the acquisition is in line with the company's growth strategy and furthers its position as a global technology leader in the waste and recycling sector. AMCS says their solution portfolio will be further strengthened by DesertMicro’s suite of cloud software designed specifically for the waste and recycling industry, which includes a highly developed and fully embedded payment channel.

TerraCycle Canada celebrates 100 million cigarette butts recycled With the goal of examining the challenges and benefits of recovering resources and building a sustainable economy, the fifth annual Resource Recovery Partnership Conference (RRPC) was held in Ontario at the University of Waterloo, June 21 and 22. The conference was a joint effort of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), City of London, Western University/Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) and PAC Next. “The ultimate goal was to engage international experts, policy-makers, researchers, business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in helping to shape a broader approach to a resource recovery framework,” said CPIA’s President and CEO, Carol Hochu. “More than 150 people participated in the conversation, helping to elevate the discussion about these issues.” Hochu noted the conference’s first objective was to emphasize waste prevention and then to address how to manage the remaining waste resources sustainably. Prior to the conference,

registrants were invited to read a draft document entitled: “Primer for Developing an Advanced Resource Recovery Framework” and were encouraged to add ideas on how to achieve zero waste and a sustainable economy by leveraging the opportunities provided by resource recovery technologies, beyond conventional reuse and recycling practices. At the conference, participants were involved in group sessions to provide opinion on various topics. “The valuable insights we received will help elevate the primer to a draft white paper on Developing an Advanced Resource Recovery Framework which we will circulate to conference participants in the fall for continued input and collaboration,” said Joe Hruska, CPIA’s VP of Sustainability. Key speakers at the June conference featured thought leaders from Canadian, American and international industry, academia, government and associations, including the City of London, Procter & Gamble, the University of Campania, Italy, and the American Chemistry Council. Speaker presentations are available on RRPC’s website or through the CPIA.

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TerraCycle has collected a total of 100 million cigarette butts (totalling over 34 tons) through the company’s Cigarette Waste Recycling Program. The program began in 2012 by introducing a practical solution to eliminating cigarette litter by recycling collected butts into industrial plastic products. In 2013, the program expanded from Toronto to Vancouver, and to Montreal in 2016, and now has over 2,800 collection locations across Canada.

WENDT partnership with MOROS to provide shears and balers in North America WENDT Corporation recently announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with MOROS Industrias Hidraulicas SA, a Spanish manufacturer of machinery for the ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal recycling industry. The exclusive partnership will allow the Zargoza-based MOROS to offer their shears and balers to the North American marketplace through the WENDT sales and service platform. The agreement will extend to the United States, Canada and Mexico.


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SPOTLIGHT Latest CAT orange-peel grapples feature design refinements Cat’s new GSH420 and GSH520 orange-peel grapples are designed for a wide range of applications, including handling shredded scrap, such as long structural beams and car bodies, and sorting waste at recycling and transfer stations. These new grapples feature horizontal placement of the cylinders, thus creating a profile that allows for effective material penetration and efficient bulk-material handling. Units are available in four-tine and five-tine shell configurations and in closed or semiopen versions, feature a redesigned rotation system and are engineered to enhance strength, reliability and durability. These new grapples are built to work with Cat MH3022, MH3024 and MH3026 material handlers. GSH Series grapples also feature high-grade, impact-resistant steel construction that protects vulnerable areas, such as hydraulic cylinders. For added durability, high-quality bushings with lubrication grooves and hardened pins are used in all pivot points, and tines are configured with replaceable cast tips made from BHN 445555 material that resists wear. In addition, solid hinge-point construction and robust end-stops ensure long service life, hydraulic hoses routed within the tines reduces hose wear, and all mounting brackets feature a solid pin to keep the bracket in an upright position for ease of installation.

New inventory tool designed for catalytic converter recycling

PMR now offers a catalytic converter inventory management tool located in the company’s online Supplier Services Platform (SSP). The new tool allows companies to keep track of their converter units by inventorying boxes of their physical on-site material. Users simply create a box in the system, name it, and then upload converter photos one by one. As photos are added, PMR’s grading team will grade material with converter count, grading percent completion and box value clearly identified on top of the photo inventory. Access to a complete inventory, including total converter count, total value and average price per unit is provided. Additionally, this inventory tool allows companies to secure their material and have confidence in true inventory statistics, as well as keep track of real updated market pricing in relation to present and past inventory, analyze inventory progression in real time, and know what material is on their lot and manage/track multi-location inventories.

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International Baler to offer Europeanstyle Auto-Tie International Baler Corp. (IBC) has begun production of their new ATX Auto-Tie baler series – a high-volume, European-style baler for MRF and MSW applications. According to IBC, they are the first manufacturer to offer this class of machine, built entirely in the USA. Designed for highproduction applications, the ATX auto-tie baler will be ideal for single- and dual-stream recycling facilities, large fibre processors and municipalities where speed is a necessity. The ATX is capable of processing over 60,000 cubic feet of material per hour, with throughputs up to 50 tons per hour. The ATX handles this massive load thanks to its triple-motor 225-hp flooded suction power unit and a robust roller platen that rides easily inside the chamber on solid steel ball-bearing rollers. A powerful 10-inch (5,000 PSI) main bore cylinder allows the ATX to achieve optimal bale density, while a jam-clear stamper minimizes down time. IBC says they have also designed the ATX with longevity in mind. A solidplate, keyed construction frame provides robust support for years of use under the high pressure achieved by heavy-duty hydraulics. In addition, the unit’s fully lined chamber features replaceable AR-450 liners to eliminate the traditional wear of a non-lined chamber, even as the roller platen reduces friction throughout the stroke, and bolt-in liners reduce the downtime associated with conventional plug-welded liners during replacement.


ALLU launches mobile app for crusher/ screener hydraulic attachments ALLU’s new mobile app is fully integrated with an online portal, to provide an intelligent digital solution for recyclers to get accurate and timely information regarding safe operation and use of their ALLU equipment. For 2017 or later model ALLU Transformer and Processor hydraulic bucket attachments, this app will retrieve relevant data for specific equipment, such as a description of the product – including frame and drums – and information about the matching base machine. The app notes specific applications for the model and provides access to relevant pictures and videos, as well as operational, installation, troubleshooting and safety guides, along with a range of additional information. The Transformer Series (shown above) was the main focus of ALLU’s display at Hillhead 2018, held in June in the U.K. This excavator/loader/tractor-mounted processing bucket screens, pulverizes, aerates, blends, mixes, separates, crushes, feeds and loads materials. It is ideal for C&D, waste and organics recycling as well as a range of construction applications.

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855 E expands Sennebogen material handler lineup With an operating weight of approximately 160,000 pounds (72.5 tons) Sennebogen’s new 855 E material handlers feature reach packages from 59 to 68 feet (18 to 21 metres), a powerful 305-hp (227-kW) Cummins Tier 4 Final diesel engine, Maxcab for operator safety and comfort, as well as Sennebogen’s Green Hybrid technology. The new 855 E, as well as all other models, is available as rubber-tired, crawler and stationary versions, and can be equipped with diesel engines or electric motors. It is ideal for a range of applications including port and recycling. Enhanced by the Green Hybrid system, the 855 E design is easily recognized by the large energy recovery cylinder mounted between the boom’s two hoist cylinders. The hydraulics of this energy recovery cylinder effectively reduces the energy (fuel) demand for each lift cycle by as much as 30 percent. “The Green Hybrid system captures energy on every downstroke, and stores it in separate gas accumulators at the rear of the machine,” explains Sennebogen president, Constantino Lannes. “It then releases this stored power on

each lift to assist in raising the boom and its load. The principle is similar to a spring being compressed and then releasing its energy by allowing it to expand. Furthermore, the system is a very simple design using a standard hydraulic cylinder that connects to the accumulators at the back of the unit.”

Holmatro releases compact, cordless battery cutter for recycling Based on proven industrial mobile hydraulic cutters and rescue battery cutters, Netherlands-based Holmatro has developed a complete new range of mobile, hoseless, hydraulic battery cutters especially designed for recycling, demolition and auto dismantling and replacement industries. Holmatro’s new industrial battery cutter is engineered for cutting hard materials quickly, with precision, and when space is limited. According to the company, these units are compact, lightweight and mobile compared to a traditional cutter using a hose and pump combination, and are an extension of the company’s mobile ICU cutter range. Units are cordless, battery-powered and have no hose or pump, allowing the user freedom of movement with 360-degree access to the unit’s inline control handle. In addition, these lithium-ion battery-powered tools are emission-free, while offering the same performance as hose-based units, with a maximum cutting force of 65 tonnes.

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360-degree in-cab camera includes customizable features Brigade Electronics recently launched its latest 360-degree camera monitor system – the Backeye360 BN360-200. This latest system incorporates a range of unique features to eliminate blind spots and improve safety for drivers. Designed to assist with low-speed maneuvering, the technology provides drivers with a comprehensive, single-monitor, 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the area surrounding a vehicle at all times via an in-cab monitor display. The Backeye360 BN360-200 includes customizable software, which can be intuitively set up. Nineteen different on-screen views are available, and it comes with an IR remote control.


Industrial Magnetics separation pulley and conveyor ideal for stainless steel Industrial Magnetics Inc. now offers a magnetic separation pulley and conveyor system designed for the automated separation of weakly magnetic stainless steel from a waste stream, eliminating the need to recover this work-hardened material by hand. The Javelin Magnetic Stainless Separation Conveyor and the Magnetic Stainless Separation Pulley magnet are designed to attract and hold low-grade, weakly magnetic stainless steel scrap in applications including electronic scrap, auto shredder residue and wire chopping lines. “In its pure form, 300-grade stainless steel has virtually no magnetic potential,” IMI’s Javelin brand manager, Jason Miller, explains. “However, after it has been cold-worked or shredded, the potential increases to the point where it can be held by a very strong magnet. Additionally, as many of the other grades of stainless steel possess magnetic potential in their natural state, they too are susceptible to magnetic attraction.” Offered as an all-in-one conveyor unit, or as a standalone DW 3060 K

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welve million tons of tear-off roofing material are being generated each year in the United States. A-1 Sandrock, based in Greensboro, North Carolina, has risen to the challenge over the last few years, growing their asphalt shingle disposal program into a massive operation that’s convenient for roofers, communities, North Carolina and surrounding states. A-1 opened their Greensboro site in 2007 after noticing a higher need for recycling and less waste going into landfills. “I’d be confident saying we’re grinding at least 80 percent of the shingles going in the road in North Carolina,” said Jimmy Petty, general manager of mobile operations at A-1 Sandrock. “The shingles are mainly tear-offs from your regular home roofing jobs. Most of the sites, you’re taking them in, piling them up and then they call us to come in and grind them. It’s all about getting in, getting the job done, and getting out while giving customers a product that will pass state specs.” In 2014, North Carolina made it a regulation that all recycled asphalt shingles had to be screened to 3/8-inch minus to go into a recycled mix for highway road surfaces. The regulation didn’t bother A-1 because they were trommel screening everything long before the state required it. Being ahead of the quality curve gave them a sustained edge. “When we first got started we were trommel screening everything with the [Terex Ecotec] Phoenix 2100 trommel screen,” Petty said. “We wanted to make sure we were giving them the

right product. We decided the safer route was to screen it all, and knew that it was good to keep it all consistent.”


A-1’s longstanding relationship with Powerscreen Mid-Atlantic (PSMA) has been critical to their growth. Two Terex Ecotec Phoenix 2100 trommel screens and a Phoenix 3300 trommel screen have significantly increased production for the company, while creating a premium endproduct. “Basically we’re in the same town as PSMA. Our shop is 20 minutes away from theirs, so it’s great to work with PSMA locally,” Petty said. “As far as getting parts and service, it’s really convenient for us.” Powerscreen Mid-Atlantic offers an array of crushing, screening, grinding, chipping, material handling and specialty equipment. They serve customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, and have been in business since 1996. When Terex Corporation acquired Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) in 2015, Powerscreen Mid-Atlantic began to offer world-class horizontal grinders at the local level, with local service. During this time, A-1’s business had been expanding. They had to expand the crew and grinding production to meet the growing demand from multiple large highway customers. After seeing live demos of CBI’s horizontal grinders, they decided in the end to add a CBI 5800BT horizontal grinder in June of 2017. They added another 5800BT four months later. September 2018



PURPOSE-BUILT HORIZONTAL GRINDER According to CBI, the 5800BT Horizontal Grinder is purpose-built for power, maneuverability and easy transportation between jobs. With minimal transport restrictions, A-1 says the grinder’s compact dimensions have been great for their business, as they move from job to job between a

For 2016, we calculate that every ton of RAS [recycled asphalt shingles] used is equivalent to about $74 in savings. A-1 Sandrock’s 150,000 tons in 2017 represents $11 million in economic impact for customers, states and local taxpayers.” T. Carter Ross, NAPA

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dense cluster of highway customers. Known for grinding biomass materials like whole trees, storm debris, slash, stumps and regrind, the 5800BT’s new shingle grinding configuration lets Petty switch between grinding gnarly wood and tough reject shingles, and they’ve been impressed with how the 5800BT handles real-world grinding. “I was really surprised how fast the 5800BT can pull a whole tree through it,” Petty said. “When you put in a 30-foot whole pine tree, the 5800BT will pull the whole thing through in less than a minute. It amazes me how fast it pulls it through and spits it out. We had a pile of logs sitting in our yard for the last seven years that our other grinders couldn’t handle. We put our 5800 in there and pretty much ground it all except the pieces that were so wide they wouldn’t fit.”


While versatility for wood waste is nice, the majority of A-1’s work is geared toward recycling asphalt shingles – “a whole different animal.” “For shingles, we do 80 percent tearoffs, which are old shingles right off the roof,” Petty said. “They can be 30 to 40 years old, dried out and brittle – they are fairly easy to grind. There’s not as much aggregate because it washes off with the rain over the years. Then you got reject shingles which come directly from the factory and they have a whole

A-1 Sandrock uses two Phoenix 2100 trommel screens, a Phoenix 3300 trommel screen, as well as two 5800BT horizontal grinders. lot more aggregate in them. That can be really tough on the machine just because there’s more material on the shingle – it’s almost like trying to grind a bubblegum type material. The 5800BT really handles it well.” Led by their five Terex machines, Petty says they ground 150,000 tons of shingles in 2017 with all of it going back into the roads of North Carolina and the surrounding states. With all that processing of a very tough material, maintenance is key. A-1 checks their grinder tips every three hours and changes them as needed. Fast and thorough maintenance is another area where they can really optimize production time. “The way the CBI 5800BT opens up and you’re able to get to the teeth is very nice and easier on the guys – they can stand up while they’re doing it, they don’t have to crawl into something,” Petty explained. “I think that’s great. The screens are easy to take out and put back in. We’re using the tall tips. With other machines they stop at two and a half hours; with a CBI we give it an extra 30 minutes that we feel comfortable running, which gives us more production time. The way we schedule our day, with

the teeth changes and everything, if you take a CBI next to an older machine, it’s going to bury it.” Petty added that maintaining machines during reject shingle grinding is always extra challenging because dust flies everywhere. Taking covers off engine compartments and other parts of a grinder becomes redundant throughout the day and results in lost time. He said it’s been an annoyance for A-1 in the past with other grinders, but the open design of the 5800BT now truly saves them maintenance time on the back end. “With the 5800, you’ve got everything open and you can get to the hoses and clean everything out a lot easier, without having to move three or four covers to get to what you’re trying to clean,” Petty said. A-1’s 5800BT grinder is also equipped with an overband magnet that pulls nails off the discharge belt and disposes them into a separate container. A clean end product is loaded into the trommel to be sorted into a refined pile that meets North Carolina state specifications.


Recycling a large amount of asphalt shingles year after year provides obvious environmental and economic advantages. The National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) 2016 industry survey estimates that the 2016 construction season saw more than 76.9 million tons of reclaimed asphalt pavement and nearly 1.4 million tons of recycled asphalt shingles go into new pavements in the United States, saving taxpayers more than $2.1 billion. While data for the 2017 construction season is still being collected (at the time of this article’s publication),

A-1’s 5800BT grinder is equipped with an overband magnet that pulls nails off the discharge belt. Clean end product is loaded into a trommel to be sorted into a refined pile that meets North Carolina state specifications. T. Carter Ross of NAPA contextualized savings per ton based on 2016 data. “For 2016, we calculate that every ton of RAS used is equivalent to about $74.026 in savings,” Ross said. “Based on that 2016 figure of $74 in savings a ton, A-1 Sandrock’s 150,000 tons in 2017 represents $11.1 million in economic impact for customers, states, and local taxpayers.” According to A-1, it all comes down to efficiency. “You can easily run 120 tons an hour through the 5800BT,” Petty said. Beyond the benefits of high production, good-old-fashioned customer service for both Terex brands through Powerscreen MidAtlantic is what gives Petty and A-1 Sandrock peace of mind. According to Petty, they once called on a Friday toward the end of the day to replace a bearing on one of their machines. A service tech from PSMA stopped by on Saturday and had the job done in two hours. They were running on Monday without a problem. “That’s the kind of service you get, and you can’t beat that.” RPN

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C&D RECYCLING Celebrating their new partnership (from left): JCE’s Yuji Yoshisako, Frank Toyotaka Fujii and Akihiko Kosugi, with Michael Brookshaw of Keestrack.

Keestrack enters Japanese market through partnership with JCE Co.


n March 2018, Keestrack, the Belgium-based specialist in mobile processing technology, signed a dealership agreement with JCE Co, Ltd. based in Kanagawa, Japan. JCE now distributes Keestrack’s whole range of tracked mobile crushers and screens, and provides full customer service through its nationwide aftersales network. “Keestrack is entering the Japanese market with its full range of mobile processing technologies – world leading in terms of modern hybrid drive concepts – and with our new distributor JCE, offering professional and nationwide service and support for all relevant sectors,” commented Michael Brookshaw, global distributor manager for the Keestrack Group. “The Japanese mineral recycling industry is one of the most advanced sectors worldwide, attaining recycling rates of over 90 percent in almost all typical construction waste categories,” continued Brookshaw. “Technical and environmental standards are very high, resulting in a very competitive market situation for both local and global manufacturers.” Since 2017, JCE has been part of Hiroshima Hino Motors, Japan’s largest distributor for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. JCE’s offering for the recycling industries consists of mobile processing plants and attachments for organic and mineral waste, including shredders, crushers, screens and stackers, for both

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highly mobile urban applications and semi-stationary production at stockyards or recycling centres. “Introducing Keestrack into the Japanese market, we’re definitely boosting our recycling portfolio for customers requiring highly productive mobile plants over 150 tph,” said JCE General Manager Yuji Yoshisako. “Japanese customers are very quality-conscious and have a great appreciation for stateof-the-art technologies. With Keestrack we meet both demands throughout all product families, which makes us now the one-stop-shop for smaller, medium-sized and even large recycling contractors, requiring over 600 tph in combined processing lines.” Accordingly, Yoshisako says the

advanced Keestrack hybrid and electric plug-in drive concepts are key for JCE’s sales experts. “Fuel savings up to 30 percent in stand-alone diesel-electric operation, even while supplying power to a secondary screener or stacker, is a direct benefit for our customers,” says Yoshisako. “Switched to grid – as full-electric units – Keestrack plants save up to 70 percent on energy costs, compared to conventional diesel-hydraulic drive, and allow emission-free operation in urban districts or sensitive areas.” In May, a full-hybrid tracked mobile Keestrack K4e scalper made its Japanese debut at the 27th New Environmental Exposition Tokyo. The K4e is one of seven models in Keestrack’s scalper range. The range provides from 150 tph to 1,200 tph and all models are available in a full-hybrid plug-in “e” version. According to Brookshaw, Keestrack scalpers are very flexible as highly mobile standalone units, or to complement the company’s mobile crusher lineup as a primary or secondary screen. Units provide low operation costs and guarantee high output rates of defined end products, ideal for both C&D recycling and quarry applications. RPN

The full-hybrid scalper Keestrack K4e features a hybrid drive 75-kW diesel engine (Tier 4 Final) and offers production rates up to 350 tph.

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Imabeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PCP-500 portable shear/baler/ logger is designed to be versatile, transportable and very strong.

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s a category of heavy-duty machine engineered specifically to provide scrap recyclers with the versatility to process heavy metal materials as well as light metals – creating logs, bales or sheared-to-length material, ready for efficient transportation to buyers – the growing popularity of shear/baler/loggers (SBLs) is not surprising. At a basic level, in operation, the SBL is fed ferrous or non-ferrous metal. Material is initially reduced to the right size for compression into a loose log, and is then either cut to length by the shear or compressed into a more dense bale. Logs, bales or sheared-to-length material (commonly between three- and four-foot lengths) are expelled, ready for transport. Material produced by SBLs is generally sold direct to a smelter, or to another scrap recycler for shredding or further processing. Over the last decade, these machines have become increasingly robust, automated and mobile. Units are now available from some manufacturers in track-mounted configurations for high-level mobility on any site. The latest model SBLs, whether stationary, portable or mobile, are also built with high-strength steel structures and engineered for extreme conditions. They are integrated with sophisticated software, electronics and hydraulics, and include remote-control operation, advanced safety and machine monitoring features, as well as simplified maintenance. Many of today’s portable and mobile units are also hydraulically self-raising, requiring no crane for easy loading onto a trailer for transport, and due to their integrated outriggers, provide for quick setup and no need for foundation. Similar to stationary models, which are generally built heavier and with higher capacity, both portable and mobile SBLs are extremely versatile. These machines will effectively handle heavy ferrous

metal including rebar, railroad ties and i-beams, as well as non-ferrous such as white goods and other light metals. Plus, these machines are increasingly being used in C&D recycling applications. Selecting the right SBL for the application involves first considering that moving such heavy machinery (the shear makes these machines especially heavy) can come at a high cost, and may pose challenges based on local road regulations. If machines do not require being moved, stationary machines are a great choice. Buyers need to match machine capacity, user features and manufacturer support with their mobility requirements, volume of material that is being processed and the type of scrap being handled. Lindemann (now part of Finland-based company Metso) built their first stationary shear in the 1950s. More recently, in response to growing market demand for site-to-site and on-site mobility, Metso has developed the NMS (N-Series modular shear) available in stationary, transportable, mobile and track-mounted configurations. “Application opportunities provided by this category of machine’s high mobility include the ability to take the equipment to a remote jobsite, facility or relocate it within a facility to minimize scrap movement,” says Bob Pfeffer, Metso’s product manager – shears & balers / Western regional manager. “Mobile or transportable SBLs are also increasingly being used for demolition projects to reduce material volumes for transportation efficiency.” He says the right SBL for the application can provide for improved operational uptime and advises potential buyers to carefully compare, evaluate and understand the features and benefits of different machines. “Metso NMS Series SBLs utilize state-of-the-art electronics and hydraulics to assure one of the lowest operational costs per ton,” explains Pfeffer. “The shear frame September 2018


EQUIPMENT FOCUS: SHEAR/BALER/LOGGERS savings they offer. “The way market conditions are globally today requires any recycling facility to be nimble and have material prepared and ready to ship into the market, quickly, whether the market is going up or down.” According to John Sacco, president/ owner of Sierra International Machinery, “The most critical point of selecting a shear/baler/logger is selecting a shear that meets your needs and your production. “You need to ask: how many tons a day do you need to produce? How many tons do you believe you’re going to grow your company in the coming years? The machine selected needs to be capable of producing those tons.” construction and superior guidance system assures a durable and maintenancefriendly operation.” He adds that a quality service and parts support network are also very important considerations for the SBL investment. “SBLs from a solid manufacturer with current technology and efficiencies will provide operational security, so the processor can achieve their operational goals,” says Pfeffer. Sierra International Machinery, based in California, introduced their T550 shear/baler/logger to the market nearly 40 years ago and currently offers 12 different models. According to the company, many of their original machines are currently still being used in yards. The latest Sierra CLS-series of portable SBLs come equipped with a pre-load table engineered to increase production by 18 to 20 percent, while the Sierra SLK-series of portable SBLs comes fully equipped with remote-control operation. “A shear/baler/logger offers the versatility of three machines in one,” explains Jose Pereyra, Sierra’s general sales manager. “The application most suitable for a Sierra SBL depends on the tonnage of scrap a yard acquires and the cutting force needed for the material.” He says Sierra’s line of portable shear/ baler/loggers are transportable without compromising the weight, strength and

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The T550SL portable shear/baler/ logger from Sierra International. The original T550 was introduced to the market nearly 40 years ago. structure of the machine, and that units are self-loading, which means that the machines can raise themselves onto a truck without a crane by using integrated hydraulic outriggers. “The popularity of the portable SBLs has grown tremendously in the past few years,” continues Pereyra. “Their popularity will only continue to grow because of the versatility and financial

ELV Select, an Ontario-based recycling equipment distributor and service provider, recently entered into a partnership with Taurus, an Italianbased shear/baler/logger manufacturer, as the company’s Canadian distributor and service representative. According to ELV’s Henk Huijgen, the shear/baler/logger is most suited for producing sellable heavy metal steel products. Rebar is a particularly notable material that SBLs can help recyclers turn into a more sellable, transportable material. “A lot of yards need to separate rebar, which can be onerous to work with,” he says. “It often bounces back and it has a

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EQUIPMENT FOCUS: SHEAR/BALER/LOGGERS with hydraulic components engineered by Lefort, as well as a high-performance engine, making them the most powerful and quickest shear/baler/loggers on the market. “Selecting the right machine depends on the type, rate and volume of material being processed, but also where the machine will work,” continues Lefort. “Thanks to a very large range of machines, we can accommodate any operation, from the smallest to the largest scrap yard facilities, with a product that will help bring success and growth to a recycler’s business.”

With 660 to 1,100T of cutting force, Lefort America one-piece SBLs are robust and available in four versions, including stationary, portable, towable or crawler. very high tensile strength, so you can’t just shear it with a finger shear. It is very hard to manipulate. “The Taurus SBL will compress rebar and shear it quite easily into manageable sizes that can be fed into a smelter,” he continues. “Many shear/baler/loggers on the market are not designed to handle rebar well. When rebar is being pushed through the machine, it can get stuck at the bottom and drag down the length of the chute. This is one aspect that Taurus has worked on, to make sure this does not happen. “The advantage of the shear/baler/ logger, as opposed to a baler/logger is primarily for the handling of heavy metal steel,” says Huijgen. “Recyclers also get angle iron, railroad ties, I-beams and other big items. It’s about getting material to exact lengths (3 to 4 feet generally), to a size that will make it through the doors at the smelter. That’s the primary goal. And these machines can do the logging and baling, if required, as well.” He continues, “A key standout feature on the latest Taurus SBLs is that they are built heavy and incredibly strong. These machines are built with Hardox 40-millimetre milled steel on both the inside “wing” and on the outside, and with Hardox plate inside the chute.” Without this kind of heavy-duty build, Heijgen adds, after a few years, wings

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can get bowed. Imperfections on plate steel inside the chute can cause material to bind. “Because of its extremely heavy-duty build, the Taurus SBL will not allow for this.” According to Florida-based Lefort America product experts Julien Lefort, procurement & project manager, and Jon Miller, GM, Lefort shear/baler/ loggers are suitable for processing most metals and demolition scrap while ensuring low operating cost and versatility. “Scrapyards are looking for solutions to save time and cost,” says Julien Lefort. “As a result, we have developed and patented a shear/baler/logger in a crawler version, which allows the operator to easily bring the machine to the piles of scrap, as opposed to losing valuable time moving scrap to the shear. This has been a real success in the U.S.” Lefort adds that their shear/baler/loggers are also engineered for extreme conditions. “Most components are produced in-house and are therefore perfectly tailored to work in synergy,” he says. “This ensures machine robustness and reliability. Our shear/baler/loggers are also available with a fully automatic lubrication system, which helps productivity and avoids damage to the machine.” In addition, according to Lefort and Miller, their crawler units are equipped

Cesar Benitez, Imabe America’s CEO, notes that versatility is definitely a key benefit for operators of the latest models of Imabe mobile shear/baler/ loggers (manufactured in Spain by Imabe Iberica). “These machines are designed to provide multiple options,” he explains. “In the event operators do not want to shear scrap, they also have the possibility of making packages. And because these machines are easily movable, it allows for vast amounts of business opportunities. “Mobile machines allow our clients to transport the press instead of the scrap, allowing them to increase their production without increasing the cost of manipulation.” Benitez adds that Imabe transportable and mobile shears are also extremely

Imabe’s PCP-500 mobile press features simple fabrication and is designed to reduce cost and time to maintain.

reliable machines that require little maintenance. One of the key features of Imabe’s line of mobile presses is their simple fabrication, he says, which reduces costs of maintenance as well as maintenance time required. “Imabe shear/baler/loggers are well balanced machines, built with quality components and designed for simple maintenance,” says Benitez. Ian Lewandowski, regional business & marketing manager for ShearCore, the North American distributor of France-based Copex shear/baler/loggers, says this category of machine is especially recommended in applications where the volume of material is high, and in which there is a need to bale or upgrade material. “The Copex design is a smart, durable design with approximately 800 machines sold worldwide since World War II,” says Lewandowski. “It is designed for ease of maintenance, low cost of operation and high output.” He says the Copex SBL offers high horsepower and comes in two different lines – the Reflex line which offers wingstyle doors, and the much larger Lidex line which offers side compression. “Copex’ unique design is innovative and will set a trend for years to come, with features including side rails that extend well below the cutting blade of the shear, which supports the shear head better than traditional designs,” continues Lewandowski. “ShearCore not only sells Copex in North America, we also service and support machines from our factory in Superior, Wisconsin, where we stock a large warehouse with spare parts, available immediately when needed. “By selecting the right SBL, recyclers will be able to grow their business by bringing in materials that they were not able to in the past, and it provides the ability to create mill-ready commodities that they were not able to create in the past. The right SBL will enable recyclers to increase the volume of production in their operations as well as upgrade lower-grade material by mixing it in with higher grade material, and it offers the ability to do it at a lower cost per ton.” RPN

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Lefort Crawler shear/baler/loggers Available in 660-, 770- and 1,100-ton cutting force models, Lefort’s patented Crawler shear/baler/loggers are designed to offer the utmost in scrapyard mobility. A flip of a switch on a remote control converts the machine into crawler mode, allowing the operator to move to the scrap, instead of moving the scrap to the machine. Used properly, this ability allows the creative operator to substantially reduce processing time and minimizes the number of times scrap is touched prior to being loaded for transport to the mill. Used to its highest degree, this



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design allows one material handler operator to process scrap and load trucks at the same time, while potentially touching the scrap only two times in the process. Another key feature of these SBLs is Lefort’s patented wraparound box (TS Box). The large curved lids of this design fold metal into a log before it is cut to length by the shear or further compressed into a bale. Lefort shear/baler/loggers are available in three other configurations: stationary, portable and towable, all suitable for processing most metals and demolition scrap, while ensuring low operating cost and versatility. Lefort America is based out of Florida.

Taurus Bluline Compact ACH shear/ baler The Taurus Bluline Compact ACH range of shear/balers are categorized as medium-sized machines, built on a spacesaving single-piece frame which does not require expensive foundation. ACH shear/balers are quick to set up, easy to reposition on site, and can be moved between sites. Taurus Bluline ACH models are built on a single continuous frame with the main compression cylinder, engine (diesel or electric), hydraulic and electrical components all safely placed at the rear of the shear and protected in a metal housing. The ACH range of shear/balers also includes the original Taurus Bluline twin swinging wings system with overstroke function on both

Metso NMS Series Metso NMS Series shear/baler/loggers are available in mobile, stationary, transportable or track-mounted versions, and designed so that processors can choose which version will best satisfy their requirements. These SBLs feature a robust, proven, durable, heavy-duty design for long life, a true clamshell chargebox – each side fully articulates for fastest action – and high chargebox side force, providing excellent trapping and folding ability. NMS series SBLs are available in diesel or electric-drive, and are designed to be self-contained, with hydraulic power unit and electrical controls that are protected from the environment and easy to maintain. These machines Finland-based Metso provides North American service and also feature Hardox 450 wear surfaces for improved support out of San Antonio, Texas, and critical spare parts durability, and high pusher ram force – providing good inventory out of Columbia, South Carolina. quality logs and/or bales. Other key features of Metso’s NMS series include: remote control for ease of operation and less required manpower; Bladeslide guidance system, a trapezoid guidance system with easy adjustment; and integrated ethernet Only Overbuilt offers the Highest Opening in the Industry router or modem for remote diagnostic at 10’ and the Patented High Speed Oil Bypass System connection ability. These machines are minimizing costs and maximizing production. available in electric or diesel drive.

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wings (patent pending). The overstroke function increases the density of the scrap while significantly minimizing frictional wear within the squeeze box. The internal surface of the squeeze box as well as internal and external surfaces of the wings are comprised of high-strength, wearresistant Hardox 40-mm thick steel. In addition to their shearing capability, ACH shear/balers can produce bales with an automatic bale ejection function. Taurus’ range of balers, shear/balers, inclined shears, pre-shredders and hammermills are built in Italy, and distributed and serviced in Canada by ELV Select.

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EQUIPMENT FOCUS: SHEAR/BALER/LOGGERS Sierra T550SL, T900CLS and T715SLK Sierra International Machinery’s line of portable shear/baler/loggers are designed to offer strength, mobility, versatility and time efficiency. These machines are available as diesel or electric and do not require a special foundation. Sierra offers a range of portable shear/baler/ logger models, ranging from 500 to 900 tons, including the T550SL, T900CLS and T715SLK (shown here). According to the company, their entire line of shear/baler/loggers are built to handle the rigours of the scrap industry, expertly manufactured with Sierra’s innovative L-Box shaped design and 11/16-inch replaceable abrasion-resistant steel Hardox 450 liner plates. Sierra SBLs also feature an outer honeycomb construction to create a greater box integrity. The T715SLK model, shown here, comes fully equipped with remote-control operation, and is self-loading, using equipped hydraulic outriggers. Sierra International Machinery LLC is based out of Bakersfield, California.

Copex Reflex mobile and portable The Copex Reflex mobile scrap shear/baler/logger is specifically designed for the shearing and compacting of welded structures, white goods, car bodies, collected scrap and all kinds of non-ferrous metals. According to ShearCore, Copex’ Wisconsin-based distributor, the Reflex shear/baler/logger is the most recent offering in this category from Copex, and represents a big step ahead with regard to mobile machines for the recycling of scrap and metals. As this type of machine is generally operated under very hard conditions, the new Reflex range features the same technical components and strength of build as Copex’ heavy-duty stationary Lidex scrap shears with side compression. Key features of Reflex mobile and portable shear/baler/loggers from Copex include: innovative guiding of slide-block for more reliability


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and lower costs; new kinematics of wings to optimize box closing power and reduce cycle times; reinforced sound-proofing through full covering of engine compartment by means of sound-proofing materials and large acoustic panels; and optimization of hydraulics and PLC for more reliability and smoothness during operation. Reflex mobile scrap shears are versatile machines suitable for many different operation configurations. While engineered to achieve excellent cutting performance, these machines are also perfectly suitable to produce high-quality bales, Units are available with cutting forces of 500 tonnes through 900 tonnes. Mobile units use 3, 4 or 6 axles and the machine can also be configured as semi-mobile, with optional hydraulic legs.

Imabe PCP-500 portable shear/ baler Designed to be versatile and transportable but strong, the Imabe PCP-500 shear/baler/logger is ideal for any yard looking to avoid big foundation, or for civil works locations with electric energy supply issues, and for those who need to move their machine on site or from site to site. Imabe SBLs are built for reliability and for simple maintenance, and include full remote control operation, providing one-operator capability for feeding and processing a wide range of scrap materials. The Imabe PCP-500 also employs a high-quality hydraulic system and structural features. Plus, an available semi-stationary unit opens the spectrum to those yards running only with crane-attached shears, to receive a higher volume of mixed scrap, opening new markets for ferrous products. Imabe of America is headquartered in Miami, Florida, with all machines, including a wide range of balers, shears and conveyor systems, built in Spain by Imabe Iberica.

Harris baler/logger/shear Harris offers shear/baler/loggers in 500- 660-, 880- and 1,100-ton shear force models. Units are ruggedly designed as a small footprint shear, and available in mobile, transportable and stationary models. The Harris BLS (SBL) is built with a rugged and robust principle in mind, with a structure that allows both maximum protection and access to critical components. Mobile and transportable Harris SBL models come with a remote-control operating unit and require limited foundation. These machines feature a true clamshell chargebox design for superior trapping and folding of materials, are available in diesel or electric-drive, and with either an AllenBradley or Siemens PLC control system. Harris is based out of Cordele, Georgia.

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styrofoam Recycling — Possible but Challenging


he Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF), with help from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), recently funded a pilot project in Toronto to evaluate the densification and marketing of curbside collected Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), commonly referred to by the tradename Styrofoam. Support for this pilot project builds on previous CIF efforts to identify and overcome barriers to EPS recycling in Ontario. The City of Toronto currently accepts EPS as part of its curbside cartbased collection program. This latest pilot project is focused on EPS placed in plastics bags and manually recovered at Canada Fibre’s Arrow Road MRF. At the facility, plastic bags of EPS are normally emptied into an MRF bunker, but for the purposes of this pilot, bags were hauled to Toronto’s Dufferin Facility for densification using a RUNI SK200 densifier. Following further sorting at the Dufferin Facility, nine pallets of densified EPS bricks (or blocks of densified EPS) were processed over an eight-day period. A total of 1,750 kg of EPS was densified, with each pallet containing approximately 200 kg of EPS bricks.

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After distribution of the densified EPS to potential re-processors for evaluation, no viable domestic market could be established for either the densified EPS, or standard baled material, at the existing quality. Another CIF Project, completed in 2014, concluded that the net cost to collect EPS curbside in urban centres ranged from $1,500 to $2,800 per tonne. Findings from this new densification pilot project supported the 2014 project conclusions. According to the CPIA, they have been assisting the City of Toronto over the last year by arranging for re-processing of EPS at a facility in Indiana on an as-needed basis. There there is not currently a sales contract in place for acceptance of baled or densified EPS. At the end of this latest pilot project, a proposal was received by Toronto to accept baled EPS at a competitive cost per tonne. However, the proposal included possible energy-from-waste utilization and the city declined the offer. While various efforts continue across Canada to seek cost-effective ways to collect and re-process EPS and create a sustainable end market, after almost 30 years, no consistent, reliable and

Processing styrofoam in Toronto, using a RUNI SK200 densifier. cost-effective option appears to exist for curbside-collected EPS.


Some Ontario municipalities continue to accept white EPS at depots. This alternative approach eliminates curbside collection and MRF processing costs, which can exceed $1,000 per tonne to manage. Even with no collection or MRF processing costs, the hauling costs from depots and fees charged to accept EPS by re-processors are substantial and not feasible for many municipalities. An exception is in the Town of Markham, which has been successful in securing a domestic market (to replace previous export) for its densified depot-collected EPS. According to the CIF, despite tremendous effort by industry and municipalities over the past decade, EPS recycling remains challenging both operationally and financially. Costs have remained high and markets uncertain. However, post-use EPS remains a product with some significant global demand, for products including

building insulation panels and extruded mouldings, in the U.S., Spain and Asian markets, provided strict quality criteria are met.


An October 2017 report by More Recycling indicates that the demand for PostConsumer Resin (PCR) foam polystyrene exceeds supply by some 233 percent. Capacity to purchase PCR carries the provision that “price and quality specifications” must be achieved to access the markets. It is this provision that municipalities should weigh carefully before adding EPS to their program, according to CIF. The cost and feasibility of recycling PCR differs dramatically from that of clean post-industrial material and may prove to be prohibitively expensive or impractical for many municipalities to achieve. With uncertainty surrounding the timing and final material composition of Blue Box Programs under varying individual producer responsibility plans, municipalities in Ontario and around Canada must

carefully consider their approach to EPS recycling based on waste diversion goals and individual community economics. In the meantime, the CIF says the polystyrene industry, through the CIF

and the CPIA, is able to assist Ontario municipalities facing challenges marketing their materials. Resources relating to current quality specifications are available online at RPN

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taly-based FIMIC, in partnership with Spartanburg, South Carolina–based Zimmer America Recycling Solutions (ZARS), has recently installed a new RAS500 model melt filter to process post-consumer polypropylene at Aaron Industries in Leominster, Massachusetts. Aaron Industries has become a leader in recycled plastic innovation and is one of the largest recycled resin compounders in the Northeast U.S. The company says it prides itself on formulating to customer specifications with 200 various grades of PS, PE and PP. The new FIMIC filter was installed in April 2018, and is processing 2,000 pounds per hour of PP, on a Davis-Standard extruder, using a 35-mesh punched screen. According to Aaron Industries, the installation process went very smoothly, with the machine fully installed within a day. With the help of an on-site FIMIC engineer and a Spartanburg-based ZARS engineer, it was fully running by the end of the day. The second and third day were dedicated to training the operators how to properly run the machine. According to FIMIC, the melt filter is an integral part of the modern plastic recycling process to ensure the highest quality output and greatest production efficiency. With the possibility of supplying both punched and laser screens, the FIMIC continuous and self-cleaning filter systems, type RAS and type ERA, are designed to be efficient and economical systems for removing

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paper, cardboard, aluminum, metal, rubber, wood, unmelted plastics and other contaminants from post-industrial and postconsumer materials such as PP, HDPE, LDPE, ABS, etc. The FIMIC melt filter is able to filter many types of contaminants without the need of any pre-filtering or police filter. In some cases, it even eliminates the need for a wash process while still maintaining high output rates – even with complex materials such as HDPE with very low MFI (melt flow index.) FIMIC says they are currently introducing various new models to the North American market to explore different applications. The new ERA filter provides fine filtration for highly contaminated plastic and is especially suited for blown film, high-quality sheet and similar applications using recycled plastic that requires a clean melt. The new FIMIC ERA consists of two screens, two melt chambers and two discharge points in one machine. The first chamber uses a punched screen to filter out large contaminants, while the second chamber uses the laser-drilled filter to capture smaller contaminants. FIMIC has specialized in the production of automatic selfcleaning melt filters for heavily contaminated plastic materials for over 20 years and now continues to expand into the North American market to demonstrate its capabilities. Zimmer America Recycling Solutions is FIMIC’s sales and service representative in North America. RPN

Canada’s Plastic Packaging Recycling Rate continues to Rise;

Access to Recycling Programs Nears 100 percent


he Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) released a new report in June informing Canadians that their efforts continue to increase the amount of post-consumer plastic packaging being recycled across Canada. This is the eighth year the CPIA has commissioned the Post-Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada survey report. For 2016, the report’s numbers show plastics recycling increased by almost 1 percent, compared to 2015. According to the CPIA, the increase is the result of more plastic packaging collected, specifically PET bottles (#1), polyethylene (PE) clear film and PE agricultural film. In total, at least 325 million kilograms of post-consumer (including commercial) plastic packaging were collected in Canada for recycling in 2016. This new information comes following a CPIA access report completed earlier this year which concluded that the network of recycling programs across Canada for plastic packaging has almost fully matured. The access report confirmed that nearly every Canadian household (between 98 and 100 percent) continues to be able to recycle PET and HDPE (#2) plastic beverage containers and that access to recycling for other PET and HDPE bottles, jugs and jars remains consistent, between 94 and 96 percent. CPIA says as well that over the last eight years, the post-consumer plastics report has consistently indicated that Canada’s recovered plastics routinely remain in North America to be processed, rather than moving to overseas markets. “We are pleased to see increases in both the amounts of plastic material collected – up by nearly 1 percent – and that more of these plastic materials are reported as being reclaimed in Canada, up to 84 percent from 79 percent,” said Carol Hochu, president and CEO of the CPIA. The 2016 Post-Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada study was con-

ducted for CPIA by More Recycling. The study drew on results derived from two voluntary surveys that were sent out to more than 1,000 companies

that handle recycled plastics in North America, comprised of reclaimers, exporters, brokers and other handlers of used plastics. RPN


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akeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), a leading independent recycling and waste diversion provider, recently installed a new Machinex SamurAI at its Heartland Recycling Center in Illinois. Introduced earlier this year at Waste Expo 2018 and featuring a unique four-articulation robot, the SamurAI employs artificial intelligence (AI) technology to identify materials for an accurate, positive product recovery or a precise quality control function. The AI operates according to a pre-determined order of task hierarchy and continues to improve and learn from operating experience to assure maximum recognition efficiency. According to Machinex, the SamurAI will reduce LRS’ reliance on manual labour in their single-stream recycling facility, which in turn decreases operation costs while improving productivity. “We developed this technology further to always answer the evolution of the market needs,” said Pierre Pare, CEO of Machinex Group. “Machinex has nearly 35 years of knowledge and experience in the waste and recycling industry, developing and integrating technologies in material recovery facilities, thus ensuring that our clients always remain ahead of the market. “We are excited to expand our partnership with LRS and are happy to provide them with new technology to further their mission.” The SamurAI at LRS’ facility, located in Forest View, Illinois, will be the first installed in the United States. “LRS continues to look for innovative solutions to help us improve our sustainability efforts,” said LRS’ CEO Alan T.

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Machinex’ new SamurAI technology, part of LRS’ single-stream system, uses AI technology to identify materials for accurate, positive product recovery, while reducing the need for manual labour. Handley. “With the SamurAI technology, we are now able to sort, separate and allocate recyclable items more quickly than before. With this new technology, LRS is able to contribute more to preserving the Earth and providing innovative as well as environmentally responsible waste and recycling solutions.” Serving Chicagoland for nearly 20 years, Lakeshore Recycling Systems is the largest privately held waste and recycling company in Illinois, managing a total of over 2.4 million tons per year of materials. The company provides safe and innovative recycling and waste diversion programs, affordable roll-off container services, portable restroom rentals, mulch distribution, street

sweeping, on-site storage options and comprehensive waste removal for more than 300,000 residences and businesses throughout greater Chicago and northern Illinois. LRS owns and operates 10 facilities in the U.S. Midwest, a fleet of fuel-efficient naturalgas-powered trucks and is run by over 800 full-time employees. In March, LRS also officially opened their latest material recovery facility in Forest View, Illinois. This new single-stream system was designed, engineered, manufactured and installed by Machinex, and now receives 110,000 tons per year of residential and commercial material from the Chicagoland area. RPN

Binder+Co introduces unique sorting for light packaging; first machine operating in U.S.


ccording to Austria-based Binder+Co, due to Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recently imposed scrap import restrictions, concerns are growing in Europe and in North America about how to cope with plastic waste. The industry is skeptical about reuse, because the required quality of secondary raw material is, for the most part, not ensured, and the use of plastic waste as alternate fuel in incinerators makes too little use of plastic as a valuable secondary raw material. At IFAT 2018, in Munich, Binder+Co presented a unique new sorting concept for light packaging waste: the Clarity multiway sensorbased sorting system. According to the manufacturer, this new system can help achieve required end-product quality and is an extraordinary solution for

sorting packaging waste such as PET, HDPE, PP, beverage cartons, paper and cardboard. With just one sensor unit, up to six product fractions can be sorted to outstanding quality. Individual fractions are transported with air pressure through a perforated conveyor belt into respective discharge paths. Binder+ Co also recently announced the first U.S. installation of the Clarity multiway sorting system, at the Carry All Products (CAP) single-stream processing facility, in Connelsville, Pennsylvania. The new machine, designed as a three-way system, sorts two end products from two tons of mixed plastic per hour. Using NIR (near-infrared) technology, the sorting system uses a single sensor to produce a high-quality PET and a high-quality HDPE fraction, both of which are sold for reuse.

The Clarity multiway sorts packaging waste from household and commercial waste, including both 3D and 2D fractions. Binder + Co says the Clarity multiway is fully automatic, compact and ensures excellent product quality. With this technology, lightweight packaging can become valuable secondary raw material that requires no landfilling or incineration.

September 2018



Latest Pellenc ST optical sorter designed for speeds of 4.5 tons per hour processing LDPE


he latest version of Pellenc STâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s films-sorting machine, Mistral+ Film Top Speed, is designed to address one of the key requirements of LDPE recyclers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; achieving higher capacities. According to the France-based manufacturer, a standard optical sorter, without LDPEspecific features, can usually sort input materials at a rate of 1.5 tph. The Mistral+ Film Top Speed is engineered to reach capacities up to 4.5 tph. Pellenc ST says the driver behind their capacity enhancement is the speed of the infeed conveyor. Standard optical sorters are limited to a maximum 2.4 m/s with films. The Mistral+ Film Top Speed is driving its belt at 4.5 m/s, while maintaining a similar level of sorting performance. According to Pellenc, this innovation will offer higher capacities to LDPE recyclers for a limited extra investment. It means that it will enable recycling companies to erect new sorting lines with higher ROIs, or even make projects possible, which were not possible previously, using existing technology. In particular, the company says, the scrap import limitation

policy in China, which bans imports of LDPE-waste, is triggering a lot of interest for post-consumer LDPE films sorting and recycling in the European Union, but projects sometimes remain economically questionable. The Mistral+ Film Top Speed is designed to help make these projects more economically feasible. Pellenc ST equipment is distributed and serviced in North America through Pellenc ST America, based in Fort Mill, South Carolina.




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he Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has honoured the King County Solid Waste Division (SWD) with the SWANA Gold Excellence Award in the Transfer Station category, for the new Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station. SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through a commitment to using effective technologies and processes in system design and operations. According to King County SWD, their transfer station improves efficiency and decreases truck trips to and from the site. Plus, recycling and diversion

efforts will keep 5,000 tons of waste out of landfills helping the county achieve its goal to be one of the most environmentally responsible in the nation. “Replacing the aging, undersized Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station with a modern facility allows King County to meet customer needs for the

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next 50 years,” said SWD director Pat D. McLaughlin. The new 70,000-square-foot station facility in Factoria offers a wide array of recycling services, a new household hazardous waste facility giving customers a place to dispose of this difficultto-dispose-of category of materials in an environmentally responsible way – something McLaughlin said is growing increasingly important with recent changes in global recycling markets, including China’s requirement that collected recyclables be clean, empty and dry. In addition, according to King County officials, the Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station is certified as LEED – Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. The designation was earned for the facility’s sustainable design, recycled-content building materials, rainwater harvesting, and efficient energy and water use. King County operates eight transfer

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LASTWORD combatting metal theft means working together FOCUS OF EFFORTS NEEDS TO BE ON THIEVES, NOT RECYCLERS



s metal prices rise, criminals increasingly target easy and obvious material. Utility providers are often the chosen victim, and thieves often inadvertently expose high-voltage power sources at theft locations. They can knock out power or phone capacity, including 911 services, to entire neighbourhoods, and delay public transportation. Metal thieves place themselves, utility employees, first responders and even the general public in danger when they attempt to burglarize telecommunications and electrical substations. Unfortunately, scrap dealers are accustomed to bearing the brunt of the

blame for the actions of these thieves. Lawmakers have frequently placed the onus on recyclers to curb metal theft. Proposed and existing provincial legislation requires recyclers to collect personal identification from sellers, prohibit cash transactions and enforce tag-and-hold laws. This sort-of legislation does not deter theft and it places an undue burden on recyclers, as it essentially requires them to assume a law enforcement role. Metal theft is the problem, recyclers are not. For more than a decade, CARI has opposed legislation aimed at scrap dealers and instead encouraged three actions to fight metal theft: protect the material, increase penalties for the perpetrators of these crimes and allocate appropriate law enforcement resources. In recent years, Canada’s largest electricity provider, Hydro One, has implemented these very strategies with increasing, measurable success. The utility company explained how these strategies have dramatically improved their fight against metal theft at their recent

Annual Metals Theft Seminar in Toronto. This event brings together participants from a range of industries affected by metal theft, including telecommunications and utility providers, first responders, law enforcement, security firms and recyclers. Hydro One’s speakers this year outlined how the company has dramatically reduced theft, since it launched

To truly reduce metal theft, property must be secured and law enforcement must be given effective tools to prosecute offenders.”

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in the fight against metal theft to share best practices, improve communication across industries and work together. We are far stronger working together than we are trying to go it alone.”

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an aggressive campaign to combat metal theft in 2014. Beginning with prevention, Hydro One taught employees how to better secure materials, and it began replacing copper groundings with a copper-clad alternative that has little scrap value. Alongside this material swap, signage was installed to inform thieves that the material they were targeting was not pure copper and had little value. To further protect their property, the company also invested in sophisticated surveillance cameras and security guards. Proper surveillance has increased the identification of thieves, with more than 40 perpetrators being incarcerated for their crimes. Hydro One has been successful on a monetary front too, reducing financial losses through their Theft Recovery Program. The program employs a paralegal dedicated to metal theft cases. Over time, increased efforts to fight these cases in court have allowed their legal staff to educate prosecutors on the full impacts of metal theft. The Ontario Crown is increasingly willing to help the company seek restitution, and through the presentation of victim


impact statements, the court has learned just how much monetary damage a minor theft can cause. Hydro One’s court efforts thus far have recovered just over a million dollars in damages. These methods are clearly working. Other telecommunication and utility providers, policymakers and law enforcement should take note. These positive, promising results underscore what CARI has long been advocating for – focussing on the thieves and not the recyclers. To truly reduce metal theft, property must be secured and law enforcement must be given effective tools to prosecute offenders. CARI will continue to promote this successful approach to combatting metal theft. We urge all stakeholders in this fight to share best practices, improve communication across industries and work together to take on this common threat. We are far stronger working together than we are trying to go it alone. Marie Binette is communications manager, Canadian Association of Recycling Industries.

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