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CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 2019 | Volume 27, Number 6

FEATURES 18 CHANGE IS GOOD Adaptability has paved the way at

Saskatchewan’s Regens Metals

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by Guy Crittenden

by Isabelle Faucher

WASTE & RECYCLING EXPO CANADA 2019 SHOW GUIDE The complete guide to this year’s big event, set for Toronto in October




Spanish recycler VVG which has streamlined their business to deliver against tight specifications


MRFs require a rethink of sorting methodology to boost fibre value

On the cover: Baled, mixed paper at VVG, Spain. FOLLOW US



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the times they are a changing


Renewing and improving Blue Box recycling can pave the way for province-wide improvements for business and industry and address Ontario’s overall waste problem.” Jo-Anne St. Godard

his year’s 22nd edition of the Waste & Recycling Expo Canada is being held in Toronto, which is especially timely considering the massive changes Ontario is currently going through. This includes a transition away from the municipal-funded Blue Box curbside collection system (originally started in Kitchener, Ontario, in the 1980s) to an extended producer responsibility model, in which manufacturers and producers of waste paper, plastics and packaging pay for the program. According to Jo-Anne St. Godard, executive director of the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO), which was involved in establishing the original program, “The Blue Box program has been a great success with municipalities from all corners of Ontario diverting millions of tonnes of packaging from landfill. However, we have hit a plateau, and in order to improve, the best framework transfers full responsibility of cost to those that have the most influence: the companies whose packages the Blue Box continues to service. By taking on the full costs, producers will be better motivated to innovate, look at how best to increase recycling right across the province, and keep costs down.” She adds, “Renewing and improving Blue Box recycling can pave the way for

province-wide improvements for business and industry and address Ontario’s overall waste problem.” The RCO will be among hundreds of industry stakeholders on hand in Toronto this year to discuss key issues such as the topic of Ontario’s current waste management “revolution,” as will several of our columnists this issue. In his article, “Reinventing the Blue Box,” Guy Crittenden, a 30-year veteran of the waste and recycling industry, breaks down the current transition in Ontario and expected highlights of the changes to come (page 72). Also, this issue includes the full show guide for this year’s Waste & Recycling Expo Canada (pages 25–56), including event information, a list of all exhibitors, as well as our roundup of some of the innovations and expertise visitors will find in Toronto this year on the show floor. (Incidentally, please note that because this event was formerly known as the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo, it is still often referred to by the acronym CWRE.) At the event this year, we’re excited to expand our role. We’ll be posting daily coverage of innovation and exhibitor highlights, interviews from the show floor, and reviews on key speakers and sessions. We hope to see you in Toronto, October 9–10. Visit us at the Enercare Centre, booth P300. Keith Barker, Editor 888-286-3630; 604-291-9900 ext. 305


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FCC Environmental’s new MRF in East Houston helping to revitalize the neighbourhood while cleaning up a contaminated waste stream Running since March of this year, FCC Environmental Services has opened up a new single-stream recycling plant in Houston, Texas. The plant will accept residential single-stream material from throughout Houston for a minimum of 15 years. FCC has also made the city the new home of their U.S. corporate headquarters, settling into the East Houston community. According to FCC, the district has embraced the recycling facility as a welcome investment in an underdeveloped part of town, and the MRF employs many local citizens at the site, including some from a second-chance labour provider. FCC won the bid in 2018 for the City of Houston after besting several proposals from competing companies. FCC’s contract saves taxpayers millions of dollars in recycling costs, including an agreement that ensures the city will never have to pay FCC processing costs in excess of the cost per ton of landfill disposal, even if market value of recyclables dips. FCC will also split profits with the city 50/50. The deal also expands the types of materials accept-


ed by reinstating glass into the program after a three-year suspension on the material under the city’s previous contract. Residents can throw glass into their collection bins once again. Using a state-of-the-art glass cleanup system, FCC is able to make recycled glass clean and sellable for two local glass end markets. FCC purchased their 35tph system (including the glass cleanup system) from supplier Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, of Norwalk, Connecticut. The system uses a combination of non-wrapping screens and five optical sorters to separate residential news and fibre, OCC, PET, HDPE natural, HDPE color, PP, aluminum UBC, ferrous cans and mixed rigid plastics. All materials are baled in a Bollegraaf HBC-120S baler. The system has a 145,000 ton/year capacity, which is more than double the city’s current needs. FCC had previously worked with Van Dyk on a 2016 single stream system for the city of Dallas. That system won the NWRA’s Recycling Facility of the Year Award in 2017. Houston’s system is a similar concept, with some added


Heico Companies acquires Shred-Tech

BCUOMA used oil recycling programs catching on in B.C.

The Heico Companies, L.L.C. has completed the acquisition of a majority interest in Shred-Tech Corporation, the Cambridge, Ontario-based specialist in the design and manufacture of mobile and stationary shredding equipment for the document destruction and recycling industries. ShredTech also has operations in the U.S., U.K. and Thailand. Rob Glass, Shred-Tech’s President and CEO, will continue to lead the company. “We reached a time when some of our founding shareholders were ready to exit the business, and we went on a search for a partner that would provide both a strong, long-term home for the company and its many valued employees and also the resources to continue our growth and development,” said Glass. “With its deep operating expertise, global network of businesses and long-term investing approach, Heico fits that requirement very well, and we are excited to work with it for years to come.”

BC Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA), a not-forprofit group dedicated to the collection and recycling of lubricating oil, oil filters, oil containers, antifreeze and antifreeze containers in

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The BC Used Oil Management Association is helping to recover 3,500 litres of used oil, 160 filters, pails and lids for Hesquiaht First Nation in their remote B.C. community.



NZWC focused on food waste and packaging

technology including an extra optical sorter for removing containers, trash and film from the fibre stream, and an automatic film recovery system consisting of a suction hood integrated into a TOMRA material separation housing. FCC Houston also added an elliptical (ballistic) separator as a final cleanup device to properly prepare the container stream for the optical sorters.

British Columbia, is currently helping multiple communities, some in very remote locations, manage their waste oil and other industrial fluids. The organization recently removed 3,500 litres of used oil, 160 used oil filters, and 150 twenty-litre empty oil pails and lids from the Hesquiaht First Nation territory, located in Hot Springs Cove, B.C., a remote town on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. BCUOMA also provided infrastructure as well as on-site training to the Hesquiaht First Nation to ensure future used oil materials are safely stored and free of contamination. Elsewhere in B.C., recently, the organization has helped put in place three new upgraded facilities: at OK Tires, Trail, at Kenmac Auto Parts in Gibsons, B.C., near Vancouver on the B.C.’s south coast, and at the district Co-Op in Port Alberni, Vancouver Island. The Return Collection Facility (RCF) infrastructure grant received in all three cases from BCUOMA will provide each location with a modified sea container to facilitate the responsible collection and management of used oil, antifreeze, filters and containers. All three new facilities will provide area and surrounding area residents with an easy, free and eco-friendly way to dispose of their used oil and antifreeze materials. According to BCUOMA, used oil is a valuable resource and there is a market for it. If it is disposed of at a B.C. used oil recycling centre, it can be recovered and re-used. It can be re-refined into new lubricating oil and used as a fuel in pulp mills, cement plants and asphalt plants. Any vehicle maintenance facilities, automobile owners, and other machinery maintenance operations that use oil also can use re-refined oil. Additionally, used oil filters contain reusable scrap metal, which steel producers can reuse for metal products like rebar, nails and wire.

The National Zero Waste Council (NZWC) based out of Vancouver, has engaged Value Chain Management International (VCMI) to undertake new research exploring how food packaging affects the amount of food wasted along the supply chain in Canada. More than a third of food produced and distributed in Canada – valued by VCMI as worth more than $49 billion – never gets eaten, due to loss and waste along the supply chain and within the home. In environmental terms, the carbon footprint of total food loss and waste is greater than the carbon footprint of food consumed. This national research project seeks to understand the pros and cons of various types of packaging materials and techniques on aspects like freshness, safety, identification, storage and shelf life. The project, a recommended action in the National Zero Waste Council’s 2018 report A Food Loss and Waste Strategy for Canada, is supported by VanCity, RECYC-QUÉBEC and Éco Entreprises Québec. “The findings of this research will form the basis of policy recommendations for governments and best practices for businesses in the agriculture, food processing and retail sectors to prevent food loss and waste,” said Malcolm Brodie, Chair of the NZWC. “As we work to tackle food waste on a national scale, considering how packaging is applied along the entire supply chain will be an important part of the solution.” “Exploring the current technologies and innovations in the world of packaging and materials is just one of the facets we’re studying together with the National Zero Waste Council,” said Martin Gooch of VCMI. “We will also investigate business models that can help to shorten supply chains and decrease the need for packaging.” Highlights of this new packaging report, which will be available both in English and in French, will be presented on October 30, 2019 at the annual Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference taking place in Vancouver, B.C. September 2019



Evolution of Waste Industry exhibit unveiled at Mack Historical Museum The Mack Trucks Historical Museum, located at the Mack Customer Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, recently unveiled an all-new exhibit titled “Keeping America Clean: The Evolution of the Waste Industry.” The exhibit, which features three antique Mack trucks and an interactive visitor education display, was made possible thanks to support from Mack Trucks and Republic Services. “The Mack Trucks Historical Museum highlights Mack Trucks’ rich history, including our leadership in the refuse industry,” said Jonathan

Three classic trucks on display at Mack’s new historical museum exhibit: “Keeping America Clean: The Evolution of the Waste Industry.” Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president, North American sales and marketing. “We are grateful to Republic Services for their partnership in


Ontario Government announces next steps to improve recycling and tackle plastic waste The province of Ontario is taking action to improve recycling and address the serious problem of plastic pollution and litter, as committed to in the “Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan.” Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, were at a Canada Fibers facility in August to announce the next steps to transition the costs of the provincial Blue Box Program away from municipal taxpayers and make the producers of products and packaging fully responsible. “Transitioning the Blue Box Program to full producer responsibility will promote innovation and increase Ontario’s recycling rates while saving taxpayers money,” said Minister Yurek. “This shift is a big step toward diverting waste, addressing plastic pollution and creating a new recycling economy that everyone can be proud of in Ontario.” Ontario is moving forward immediately by issuing direction to Stewardship Ontario outlining the next steps and timelines to transitioning the program to producer responsibility, starting in 2023. Over the coming year, Ontario will develop and consult on regulations to support the new producer responsibility framework for the Blue Box Program. According to the government of Ontario, once producer responsibility is fully in place, recycling across the province will be more consistent, and include a standard list of materials that can be recycled.

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helping us demonstrate the incredible transformation of the refuse industry with this outstanding exhibit at the Mack Trucks Historical Museum.”


Bunting launches company rebranding as part of 60th anniversary On August 3, 2019, Bunting Magnetics Co. celebrated its 60th anniversary as a company. Since being founded in 1959, Bunting Magnetics Co. has grown from a small company in Chicago, Illinois, to having multiple locations in the United States, Canada and abroad. Bunting Magnetics Co. has acquired several different companies over the years. In celebration of their 60th anniversary the company has made the decision to launch a major rebranding effort, unifying all company divisions under the single brand name “Bunting.” Previously, acquired companies retained their original names and were designated as being “A Bunting Magnetics Company.” Now, rather than having multiple names to differentiate between divisions, each division will be described as Bunting – Newton, Bunting – Redditch, and so on. According to a statement from Bunting: “The decision to rebrand was made with the goal of uniting all companies associated with the Bunting brand under one name, eliminating confusion for customers and establishing the Bunting brand as a world force. We hope that when people hear the name Bunting, they will immediately think of the company dedicated to providing the best customer service and highest quality magnets, magnetic assemblies, and magnetic equipment in the industry.”



Vale Canada and Terrapure recognized for biosolids diversion Terrapure Environmental and Vale Canada, a metals and mining industry company, recently received an Environmental Leader Award for Project of the Year for their new, sustainable option for managing biosolids during winter months, when farmland application is prohibited and storage is complicated. Instead of incinerating or landfilling nutrientrich organics, Terrapure worked

tion option,” said Jeff Newman, director of business development at Terrapure Organics Solutions. To date, the project has diverted

over 100,000 tonnes of biosolids from disposal, and 175 hectares of mineimpacted lands are now able to provide a natural habitat.


with Vale to develop a program to apply treated biosolids to its Central Tailings Area for reclamation and revegetation. It is the first project of its kind in Ontario. “The program is new for the province, so we’re excited to see other mines follow Vale’s lead in identifying biosolids as an innovative, cost-effective reclamaACQUISITIONS

ArcelorMittal to acquire Legault Métal ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada is acquiring the assets of Legault Métal Inc. The scrap metal recycling company with multiple facilities in Quebec, will now operate under the name Legault Métal, a division of ArcelorMittal, and will continue to deliver its services to scrap dealers and individuals. “As the largest recycler of scrap for local use in Quebec, we are further securing our supply of raw materials from this important region and strengthening our value chain,” commented François Perras, CEO for ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada.

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SPOTLIGHT Case material handler built for scrap The CX290D material handler, the latest from Case Construction Equipment, is designed to bring the performance advantages of the Case D Series line to the scrap handling industry. The CX290D is a purpose-built machine designed specifically for use with grapples, magnets and other attachments used in waste and scrap industries, and offers several key features that fine-tune the machine for material handling applications in recycling. With an operating weight of 72,100 pounds and lift capacities up to 24,650 pounds, this machine features a 177-hp Tier 4 Final engine and a hydraulically controlled elevating cab that raises 7.5 feet from its stowed position. The machine also features an extended and reinforced arm and boom with optimized hydraulic circuits for improved attachment performance and shockreduction. Plus, the scrap loader version features a goose-neck arm and a straight boom configuration for dedicated scrap loading applications. Other key features on the new CX290D include: additional guarding on the cab and undercarriage; an electronic sensor-driven anti-interference device that automatically prevents attachments from coming into contact with the machine’s structure; optional LED light packages; and a Case Max View Monitor using two side cameras and rear cameras to provide operators with 270-degree visibility.

Niton Apollo handheld LIBS analyzer ideal for scrap Thermo Scientific’s new Niton Apollo handheld LIBS analyzer is a lightweight, portable handheld unit offering high speed, accuracy and portability, ideal for the scrapyard and in the field for a range of applications. The rugged, new Niton Apollo handheld LIBS analyzer is designed to keep scrapyards productive and will prevent alloy mix-ups or contaminated scrap from entering the supply stream. Units will also increase value of stainless-steel, by separating SS-316 from SS316L, and will detect tramp/trace elements, which are required to be identified and measured to meet regulatory standards. These new analyzers also measure low concentrations of carbon in metal. In addition to quantifying carbon concentrations in low alloys and L+H grade steels, the Niton Apollo also very accurately measures Al, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Ni, Si, Ti, V, W, Carbon Equivalency (CE) and pseudo elements. Results can be returned in as few as 10 seconds.

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merQbiz BaleVision designed to optimize recovered paper quality merQbiz, a solutions and analytics provider for buyers and sellers in the recovered paper (RCP) industry, has introduced BaleVision. Combining a leading quality assessment tool with comprehensive data, BaleVision provides companies with actionable insights into their RCP quality, and helps RCP buyers maximize supplier performance and sellers earn a fair price for their product. BaleVision provides effective quality measurement and a system for data analysis and visualization. The quality assessment tool analyzes the bale from the inside out, collecting detailed data on fibre content, moisture, plastic, ash and other bale contaminants. merQbiz has partnered with the manufacturer, PTS, to be the exclusive distributor of BaleVision in North America. “BaleVision is an industryfirst solution that gives sellers insights into the real value of their paper and enables mills to proactively optimize procurement and operational processes,” said John Fox, president and CEO of merQbiz. “There’s nothing like it in the industry that can deliver this level of value.”


New single-shaft shredder ideal for high-volume bulky or baled material The new EWS 60/210 from Herbold Meckesheim USA is a single-shaft shredder for the pre-shredding of baled, bulky or other hard-to-process plastics including film, agricultural film, mixed plastics and die drool. Designed for high volume applications, it features a 23.5-inch diameter rotor and boasts an impressive 3-tph throughput capacity. Wet or dry shredding capability provides maximum versatility. In operation, large items or bundles are fed into the unit’s hopper by a forklift or optional infeed conveyor. The material falls onto the rotor and a feed guide device helps it maintain positive engagement with the rotor for maximum shredding efficiency. Because the EWS 60/210 is ideal for use in the first stage of a plastics recycling line where foreign bodies are often present, special care has been taken to engineer a well-protected rotor with bolted armour plating to eliminate the need for frequent

re-welding. Plus, an integrated clutch mechanism protects the rotor and other key components if an unshreddable foreign body should enter the destruction chamber. To facilitate routine maintenance, the 60/120 shredder has been designed with easy access to all components including the rotor, waste screen, flywheel and belts.


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SPOTLIGHT Compology expands bin contamination ID capabilities

Compology has improved its container content and contamination identification capabilities to include an expanded list of identifiable items, ranging from garbage bags and tanglers (garden hoses, holiday lights, packing straps, etc.) to styrofoam, propane tanks, bulky items (pallets, furniture, tires, etc.), e-waste, wood scraps, uncollapsed cardboard, metals and more. “We were overwhelmed by the positive response and rapid adoption of our Contamination Score AI technology that allows us to identify specific contaminants in recycling, waste and organics streams,” said Compology CEO, Jason Gates, “Our customers have already been able to drastically reduce contamination and increase revenue from their recycling operations as a result, so we’ve continued to invest in cutting edge technology to greatly expand our content identification capabilities to a list of highpriority contaminants that will continuously grow as we learn the specific needs of future customers.”

Connect Work Tools adds CWP Pulverizer to lineup Connect Work Tools has expanded their attachments line for the demolition and construction industries with the addition of the CWP Pulverizer. “The CWP Pulverizer is a great addition to our line of hydraulic attachments,” said Dave Cowen, North American sales manager. “Durability, reliability and affordability are all traits we demand of our products, and the CWT Pulverizer falls right in line with the rest of our product offerings.” The CWP pulverizer is designed for heavy-duty applications, using wide crushing jaws and an increased jaw opening to handle large materials. With one-piece changeable crushing plates, there is less downtime for changing teeth, along with less need for welding and hard surfacing of the main jaws. Plus, crushing plates are designed with Hardox Steel and can be rebuilt and reused multiple times.

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Compology’s artificial intelligence contamination identification technology, CScore, not only automatically identifies various contaminants, but also provides a standardized measure of contamination. According to Compology, CScore empowers haulers to establish profitable recycling and organics services, while helping customers progress toward their zero waste and diversion goals.

BACE granted disruptive patent for IntelliBACE baler and compactor technology This past spring, BACE, LLC announced the launch of the firstever, fully integrated Ecosystem for balers and compactors, powered by the IntelliBACE Platform. In August, BACE announced issuance by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office of US Patent: US 10,377,518, which protects their platform. “The BACE Ecosystem marries our innovative technology platform, IntelliBACE, which delivers business data, analytics and reporting, with any manufacturer’s balers and compactors,” explained Frederick Waite, BACE’s CEO. “The BACE Ecosystem is going to disrupt the way the industry views the integration of equipment and technology. “The industry is racing toward implementing solutions that can deliver business value by adapting to the constantly shifting global market for OCC and waste processing,” continues Waite. “For balers and compactors, driving these financial synergies starts with the ability to accurately capture weight, a cornerstone of BACE’s patent. By determining the weight of material in a baler, the BACE Ecosystem helps customers obtain the maximum bale and transport weight to achieve their revenue goals, while reducing labour and bale-tie expenses.” Key features and benefits of Ecosystem powered by IntelliBACE include: weight-based scaling for better accuracy; no false data signals; real-time access to current and historical service information, warranty and training; and auto notification to haulers for optimal pickup efficiency.


Doppstadt AK 640 K shredder optimized Doppstadt has introduced the new model AK 640 K shredder. These machines are available in a tracked version, include the latest engine and exhaust emission technology (to EU Stage V) and have been further optimized for easy maintenance and wear resistance. The rear belt on the AK 640 K can be lowered almost completely to the ground, offering quick and easy access to the flail drum, tools or shredding basket for servicing. The flail tips are easy to replace thanks to Doppstadt’s patented Dopp-Lock technology and have also been further optimized for up to 20 percent We all want to run faster and get higher throughput. longer life. These shredders utilize 3D rear baskets developed specifically for processing But at a certain speed, paper and light materials waste wood, and which make a significant start to float around the belt. contribution to ensuring that mulch produced is a homogeneous end product of high quality, with less fines and large chunks. Plus, the unit’s different screen sizes, ranging between 80 and 300 mm, allow for easy adaptation to different requirements.

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Len Rody outside Regens Metals in Estevan, Saskatchewan.

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wned by Logan Baniulis, Regens Metals is located in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Baniulis, with a background in the waste hauling industry for three decades, turned his focus to scrap metal close to five years ago. In October 2018, he opened a new scrapyard in Estevan, relocating from the small rural town of Bienfait, Saskatchewan. At the new, larger location, Regens Metals buys and sells ferrous and nonferrous scrap, some e-waste and plastics, and runs their home base for the company’s hauling and container services, as well as their farm and industrial site salvage and cleanup business. Len Rody, Regens’ operation manager, started in October 2018 when they opened the new scrapyard. “I’ve been in the scrap business since the late 80s,” says Rody. “Mainly I worked in Alberta where I was contracted with Suncor processing scrap. Then I ran a mediumsized yard in the City of Edmonton – Canadian Consolidated Salvage. I have processed just about every type of machinery, including a lot of heavy equipment from farm and oilfield decommissioning and site cleanups. I’ve cut up everything from wheel loaders, tractors and excavators to draglines. You name it. “Here at our yard in Estevan, we probably average 500 tons a month of steel and probably around 60 tons of nonferrous.”


Rody says the move to their new location in 2018 was largely motivated by a need to situate themselves in the city, rather than outside the city in a rural town. “We just have better access to scrap here in the City and are able to cut down on our hauling,” he says. Regens Metals runs a small fleet of trucks for container service and hauling, and for the industrial and farm site cleanup side of their business for which they travel around the province and into neighbouring Alberta and Manitoba. Regens Metals site cleanups include work at oilfields, mining sites, a wide range of other industrial sites and farms. According to Rody, site cleanups amount to approximately 50 to 60 percent of their total business. September 2019



Regens Metals operations manager Len Rody with their Gensco 300 series Super Stripper for wire and cable.

Before we got the Super Stripper, I was selling cable with the armour on it, as is. Now I recover the copper and aluminum out of our cables and we are getting far more value out of this side of our business.” Len Rody 20 Recycling Product News September 2019

“Our site cleanup contracts are usually just a buildup of scrap,” he explains. “It can be anything though, any size, shape, or description, from old cranes and farm equipment to smaller scrap pieces where we just sweep the area and haul it away. We trim it down for hauling, load as much as we can and bring it to our yard.” He says they also use roll-off bins to service commercial accounts in the region. “We have somewhere between 90 and 100 bins out right now,” he says. “Hauling is a big part of our business. “There’s not really enough scrap generated in our local area. So for a lot of nonferrous, we go out of area. We haul out nonferrous including a lot of insulated wire. We process it, clean it and ship it. Often, we’re travelling long distances so everything has got to be packaged very densely, so we can load easily and efficiently.

“We cut a lot of metal down to size with mobile shears, for both steel and nonferrous, and we use a contractor with a mobile baler that comes in to process white goods and cars.” He says they package nonferrous mainly into Gaylord boxes or bales, and emphasizes the importance of segregating all materials. “There’s some in the scrap business that will pick up materials and then take it into another scrapyard and dump it off. We bring it back to our yard, we segregate everything we process, put it in its proper categories and then sell it as clean product for the end-user.” At the Regens Metals scrapyard in Estevan, he says there are several pieces of key equipment that keep their operation running at full steam. For cutting material, Len Rody and his team run a Cat excavator with an Allied-Gator shear on it. “I’ve actually had two other types

of shears over the years and I always thought I should have had one of these Allied-Gator shears to start with,” Rody comments. “The Allied-Gator mobile shear is a really good product.” Once material is cut up, Regens uses a Sennebogen material handler with a magnet to further sort, load and move material. At the end of the day, they ship clean, mostly loose material, not baled, to local mills.

trols to adjust cutting blade depths and overall cable diameter.” He adds that most models come complete with a rear shakeout table for fast, simple and effective stripping and sorting. “These models are built with the recycling industry in mind, and a realistic understanding of the abuse machines are expected to take, especially in the environment they are operating in,”

says Abenstein. “They are designed specifically for intensive work with armoured cables.” Rody adds that one obvious benefit of their new Super Stripper is that it is very easy and straightforward to use. “It’s not hard to get a feel for it and understand it,” he says. “An armoured cable comes in, we sort it to size, adjust our machine, and feed each size through.


Most recently, this past spring, Regens Metals bought a 300 Series Super Stripper from Gensco Equipment, the long-time recycling industry equipment supplier based out of Toronto, Ontario. “We use it for processing all different types of armoured cable,” says Rody. “Before we got the Super Stripper, I was selling cable with the armour on it, as is. Now I recover the copper and aluminum out of our cables and we are getting far more value out of this side of our business. “I also have a smaller stripper that will do my cable without armour on it and I’m hoping that I can keep the new machine busy with armoured cable.” Rody explains that for standard and armoured electrical cable, there are many types, including electrical, PVT, covered lead, rubber, nylon, subsea, tech. “We do it all,” he says. “I process a lot of tech cable, REDA cable [from oilfields] lead cable, whatever.” According to Gensco’s Sean Abenstein who works closely with Len Rody and Regens Metals, “We have not found another cable stripper that is versatile enough to strip such a large variety of types and/or sizes of heavy cable without compromising effectiveness.” With three models to choose from, Abenstein says Gensco’s new Super Strippers can be configured to process small common wire from 3-mm (1/8inch) round to 205-mm (8-inch) round. Throughput can reach up to 90 feet per minute. “These robust machines are easy to adjust for the various sizes of cable,” explains Abenstein. “Our larger models offer standard electric pendant con- 519.400.5204




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Gensco Equipment, which celebrates 60 years in business in 2020, recently released the new Super Stripper Series for all types of cable, including the 600 model shown here and the 300 model used by Regens Metals. “It’ll clip off all the aluminum armour, so you just pull out your plastic and aluminum. Then our copper can go to the granulator, or the other wire stripper, depending on the wire size. “Over the years, I’ve bought suspended magnets, Genset magnets and cable and wire strippers from Gensco,” continues Rody. “I’ve dealt with them for probably 30 years. I’ve always had really good luck with them. They are good people. I’m on the second generation now, dealing with Sean Abenstein out of Toronto.” Rody says his long relationship with Gensco has been built on great service and equipment and also notes “they’re a walking library on equipment over the years. If you’ve got an old machine, they’ve got somebody there, you can describe it to them, and they’ll know what it is. That’s where Gensco really shines.”


When it comes to the way they run their scrapyard day to day, Rody says things have not changed that much in the last decade. “Environmentally, we’re more conscious than we were when I started out in the business, but otherwise it’s basically the same thing. We’re still trying to figure out how to most efficiently take everything apart. “Scrap has lightened up over the years though,” he says. “The weight of steel and other materials that they used to build machines years ago was much heavier than what they’re using now, with today’s alloys and other advances.” He says as a scrap recycler this means there’s a lot more shreddable material now than there used to be, which means

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more large-scale shredders in operation around North America. “Scrap shredders have become a lot more of a big thing in the industry than they used to be,” says. Rody. “It used to be that the local steel mill owned one, and that was about it. Now, a lot of scrapyards own them. This is in part because there is so much light scrap. Shredders can densify it efficiently and make good quality product for mills.” Rody adds that another change he has seen since he started in the business is on the nonferrous side of recycling, which he says has really come full circle. “When I first started in scrap, we’d process everything as clean as you could, and then sold it for your best return. And then the Chinese came into the market in a very big way, accepting almost all material, and it wasn’t worth cleaning anything for many years. Now it’s gone back the other way.” He adds that Regens Metals have not been significantly affected by the changing global markets over the last few years, as most of their end material is sold to mills domestically. But changing global markets do have an effect on overall demand and pricing, and on how the industry evolves. In part because of recent changes in global markets, he notes as an example that there’s currently a high demand for wire and cable strippers in particular. “We need to clean a lot of insulated wires now to get the best return and be competitive,” says Rody. “The spread [the difference in price between ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ scrap material] that the Chinese have got has widened immensely compared to what it was. I remember a time when I was sitting down and working out the return on cables, and quite literally there was a penny or two per pound difference, between whether I cleaned it or if I sold it the way it was. “So, it really wasn’t worth doing it. But now it’s gone up to where there’s a pretty decent spread. It’s definitely worth having cable strippers.” He adds that in the years to come, he expects they will significantly expand on their insulated wire processing business. “The situation in China has just made everybody up there game,” remarks Rody. “Works for us.” RPN

GENSCO SUPER STRIPPERS – KEY FEATURES: • Will process wire and cable from 3 mm to 205 mm • Easy adjustment for various wire/cable sizes • Throughput up to 90 feet per minute • Oversize feed rollers with teeth that are quenched and tempered • Heavy-duty bearings and bushings • Oversized gearbox and chain drive for maximum torque • Emergency safety braking system and safety guards • Lubrication points for all moving parts • Easy access panels for maintenance • User-friendly operation • Available rear shake out table, approved electrical starting panels, overload protection and forward and reverse controls

The need for Better rare earth recovery percent import-dependent, and in 11 of those cases, China is the world’s largest producer. Most people won’t remember the names of these elements from Chemistry 101, but they’re the material-base of our modern economy, used in everything from semi-conductors and super-alloys, medical equipment, aerospace and defense, LED lighting and optics, to EV batteries and fuel cells, solar cells, wind turbines, high-temperature ceramics, and steel

production. In short, these metals and minerals are the vitamins of our technology economy. The U.S., Canada and our fellow industrial democracies have got to mine more of these materials, and also recycle and recover them from sources that up until now have been ending up in scrapyards. Continued on page 75.



he U.S.–China trade wars took a turn this summer into new and worrisome territory as China unofficially floated the threat of cutting off rare earths exports to the U.S. Rare Earth elements – unknown to most people but present in nearly every tech gadget we rely on, from smartphones to laptops as well as electric vehicle engines, wind turbines, LEDs and not incidentally all major modern weapons systems – are key to North America’s advanced manufacturing sector. At present, the U.S. mines zero rare earths, while China dominates global production. The mere mention that China might use rare earths access as an economic weapon has sent shivers through financial markets. Whether China does or doesn’t use this leverage, it’s a stark reminder of the dangerous dependency that results when a nation – the U.S., in this instance – is 100 percent importdependent for a critical manufacturing material. In fact, the danger is far worse, because when it comes to U.S. minerals dependency, it’s not just the rare earths. Last year, the U.S. Government published a Critical Minerals List, with 35 minerals and metals considered critical to the “national economy and national security” (the rare earths collectively counted as two of the 35). For 14 of the 35, the U.S. is 100

Model 4 The new model 4 E-Z log Baler is just what mid size scrap yards have been asking for! Priced right for any yard — small, mid size, or large! Like the Model 3, the NEW Model 4 has no set up time and a very low cost to operate. The one man operations are all handled from the newly designed cab. With the 400º rotation crane and a reach of 27’ adding the continuous rotation grapple, it makes loading the larger chamber a breeze. Taking your loose scrap to a highly sought after shreddable log.

— Cycles in under 2 minutes! — Produces up to 70 tons per day. — Fully portable in the closed position. — New seat design for more operator comfort.

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ShearCore’s new Fortress mobile shear delivers massive steel-chomping force in a structurally stronger design


hearCore has introduced their new FS145 Mobile Shear, the largest in their product line of hydraulic attachments for the demolition and scrap recycling industries. Bruce Bacon, president of ShearCore, stated in a recent interview with RPN that this shear model is in large part a reaction to customer feedback. “This shear is designed with less welds, fewer pieces and is structurally stronger than our previous models,” explains Bacon. “We’ve changed the pivot group, so there is no longer a hole through the main shaft. It’s now a solid, larger diameter main shaft for greater strength. It also uses a new shark fin centre panel which helps distribute loading and stress through the body, as well as a simplified regeneration valve and a new super-duty tip that will absorb tremendous load during piercing. “What this means is that for the same weight class excavator, we can put more power through the shear body or mainframe.” He continues, “Traditionally, with respect to labour hours when building a shear, 70 percent of time is spent on welding, 30 percent on machining. We’ve reversed that. We’re typically starting with a thicker plate and machining that plate down to the dimensions required, instead of laminating two sheets together. This gives the

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ShearCore’s 145-R mobile shear is the latest in a lineup of eight different models. shear its stronger structure.” He says that while a traditional midsized shear might have 50 pieces that are burned from plate steel and then welded together, with the FS145 design, they use about half that number of welds. Bacon also emphasizes the importance of the new heavier shark fin plate. “It runs from the pivot group all the way to the back plate of the shear, where a lot of the stresses flow,” he says. “The heavier, continuous shark fin plate absorbs a lot of the loading that occurs when the shear is cutting. It transfers it across the whole length of the shear. This means higher forces over a greater mass, which translates to more capability to absorb greater forces or stress. With respect to the new tip design, Bacon says they have increased the amount of surface area that absorbs loading on the tip itself. “This shear has a tremendous amount of piercing capability,” he says. “We needed a lot of

square inches of support on the main upper jaw to be able to handle the loading that this tip will encounter.” ShearCore currently has several of these new FS145 mobile shears operating around the world, in the U.K., Australia, U.S. and Canada.

FS145 MOBILE SHEAR KEY FEATURES • Less welds, fewer pieces, with increased structural strength • New tip design can handle massive forces • Shark fin rear lug design that provides higher forces over greater mass • Rotating shear weight of 28,000 pounds • Jaw opening of 46 inches • Jaw depth of 47 inches • Minimum excavator boom mount 145,000 pounds • Minimum excavator stick mount 250,000 pounds • Available in rotating and non-rotating models


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11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Social Media Session & Fireside Chats Join us for these free show floor sessions covering the hottest topics in the industry. Social Square booth #1535 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Roving Reception Pop-up food and beverage stations will be set up throughout the show floor as you continue to network.

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t this year’s Waste & Recycling Expo Canada, Eagle Vision’s President, Leo Van Kampen, will be among the presenters on Thursday, October 10th, starting at 11:00 am. Van Kampen will present “Can Artificial Intelligence technology decrease the cost of curbside waste collection?” This discussion will include an overview of Eagle Vision’s intelligent cart recognition system currently being trialled through partnership with Labrie and the City of Guelph. Eagle Vision System’s intelligent cart recognition system (Cart Seeker Technology) is specifically designed to identify and locate curbside waste carts and automate the operation of the robotic arm. The operator simply stops the truck and engages the system to automatically pick up, dump the cart and replace it back on the ground. Installation and operation is quick and easy. These units employ a high-definition camera, an in-cab monitor and robotic arm sensors installed in the truck. The Cart Seeker controller connects into the existing hydraulic valve controller system, and no RFID, labels or other modifications of the cart are required. According to Van Kampen, in North America, with the requirements for separate waste, recycle and compost streams, there are well over 15 million municipal curbside waste pick-ups made per day. There is continuous pressure to reduce the cost of waste collection and increase safety. The past 15 years has seen the adoption of a robotic arm on side loader refuse trucks, eliminating the need for two people on a truck along with the health and the safety issues associated with manual collection of waste. Though collection cycle time and training costs

have increased, there is an overall net benefit, and we continue to see growth in the application of these robotic arms systems. Van Kampen says advances in AI (artificial intelligence) for vision recognition and robotics offers the opportunity to decrease collection cycle times and further improve health and safety by fully automating the robotic arm functions. The first part of Van Kampen’s presentation at CWRE 2019 will provide an overview of the challenges in applying AI vision recognition technology to identify curbside waste carts. Data and video from municipalities documenting the identification and location of waste carts, along with the challenges and limitations will be discussed. The second part of the presentation will focus on the opportunities and challenges to decrease cycle time and simplify operator control of the robotic arm once a cart has been identified by an AI vision recognition system. These factors include automating the movement of the robotic arm, user interface and safety considerations. Data and video from municipal trials will be presented.

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INNOVATIONS AND EXPERTISE ABOUND ON THE SHOW FLOOR IN 2019 This year’s Waste & Recycling Expo Canada (CWRE) will feature over 150 exhibitors, including manufacturers, service providers, associations and an array of industry experts all with one goal in mind – to build and grow the waste management and recycling industry in North America. Following are some of the companies and technological highlights visitors will see on the show floor.


Machinex, Canada’s only turnkey MRF

provider, will be focused on informing the industry about their SamurAI robotic sorting unit as well as the new ergonomic design of the latest optical sorting Mach Hyspec model (shown here). According to David Marcouiller, who will be at the Machinex booth during the show, “The revised access features within the new design of our optical sorter result in a significant 50 percent savings on cleaning and maintenance time required, with the added benefit of improving ergonomic operation and general safety for staff.”

Molok North America continues to

support advancing strategies and infrastructure that increase waste diversion levels across Canada. Since 1991, Molok, with global headquarters in Finland, has focused on the development of specialized semi-underground recycling and organics containers, designed to reduce odour and provide high compaction of materials, greater convenience for haulers and users, and help promote higher participation levels from users. These containers use a crane-lifted design with material emptied from the bottom.

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Waste Management of Canada is committed to “bringing tech to trash” while staying true to the company’s goal of running more environmentally sound operations that help keep our communities cleaner, quieter and safer. To support this vision, the company has made significant investments in both MRF technology and the expansion of their natural gas fleet. “Waste Management is proud to have the largest fleet of natural gas vehicles in our industry,” says Area Vice President Aaron Johnson. “In North America we have 137 active fuelling stations (11 of which are in Canada). We continue to expand in Canada with three new sites currently in the installation phase as we work toward our goal of transitioning our fleet of over 500 collection vehicles from diesel to cleaner-burning natural gas.”

Waste Management vehicles powered by CNG emit nearly zero particulate emissions, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent, and are quieter than diesel trucks. WM’s investment in new technolo-

gies also includes a brand-new materials recovery facility in Laval, Quebec, opened at the end of the summer – a 10-milliondollar plant featuring a state-of-the-art sorting facility.


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2019 SHOW GUIDE Global Sensor Systems Inc. will present the Search Eye platform at Waste & Recycling Expo Canada 2019. This is a cost-effective solution for hauling companies to prevent backing accidents. Search Eye infrared sensors are mounted on the back of the vehicle. The infrared beam extends 6.5 feet out the back of the truck and if an object or person enters the beam the brakes will automatically be applied on the truck. The control box in the cab provides the driver the ability to disengage the braking system should he need to back the truck against a dock or object. Global Sensor Systems is also developing a 360-degree camera system and telemetry interface that will offer management a powerful tool to manage the fleet. These innovations are currently under development and will be available in 2020. Caliber Communications, Canada’s first UL-certified video monitoring company and a specialist in true LIVE remote monitoring, will present a range of site security technologies, including the introduction of syncroReports, the world’s first security reporting platform which provides a coherent location to obtain critical information regarding a location. Everything from voice commands, captured license plates, deterrences, and log reports are updated in real-time. Additionally, all information within syncroReports is carefully audited and created by a live monitoring operator. According to Caliber, “We are a technology company that has fully engineered and developed a cost-effective and innovative communications platform operating through the cellular infrastructure. Our communications platform offers unrivalled speed, exceptional image quality and is one of the most reliable and secure connections in the country. Our insurance-approved live remote monitoring technologies also offer a substantial cost savings compared to using guards.” Caliber monitoring units are fully modular, adaptable to any location and are equipped with stationary and PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras, a siren, strobe light, and a two-way speaker for two-way communication with individuals on site. Deployable range extension technology and solar kits are also available to aid in servicing even the most remote locations.

The Diesel Force Diesel Maintenance Program is a cleaning system designed exclusively for diesel engines equipped with modern emissions systems. Using Diesel Force, rapidly expanding, high-volume foam is delivered into the intake and exhaust side of the engine. Contaminant buildup is removed from the inner surfaces and passageways of the induction system and all major emissions systems components. The program is specifically geared toward vehicles with high idle time and short stop-and-go routes where the engine cannot reach temperatures to initiate automatic regenerations to burn off harmful buildup.

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Torxx Kinetic Pulverizer Ltd. will be on the floor this year in Toronto, where the company’s Jeff Bowers will be focused on showcasing the Torxx Kinetic Pulverizer. These flexible size reduction plants are used to reduce a wide range of waste products ranging from asphalt shingles and municipal solid waste, to compost, glass and light cement products. “The TORXX Kinetic Pulverizer has a 500-hp motor,” explains Bow-

ers. “By slowing down or speeding up this motor – and therefore the vertical shaft – the customer can use the same piece of equipment to reduce material of any type. It’s very versatile.” Since the end of 2018, the Torxx Kinetic Pulverizer has been operating at U-Pak’s McPherson transfer station in Pickering, Ontario, to process wood-based construction and demolition waste into an alternative, low-carbon fuel for a nearby cement plant.


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Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has built some of the largest and most durable MRFs in the world – achieving among the highest throughput, recovery and purity rates in the industry. BHS also delivers equipment solutions that can help make any MRF more productive and profitable. BHS’ Canadian Sales Manager, Randy Roy, is looking forward to discussing BHS’ newest Max-AI robotic sorting solutions at the Waste & Recycling Expo Canada 2019. In particular, the Max-AI AQC-C is an AI-powered collaborative robot (CoBot) that features a fast installation and the ability to sort alongside manual

For the past 20 years, commercial fleet safety expert DiCAN Inc. has been providing the waste and recycling industry with technology designed for collision avoidance, road weather intelligence and asset tracking telematics. According to DiCAN, the proprietary smart-software inside one of their latest offerings, the Good to Go extendable component warning system, is the most innovative technology available in the marketplace to continuously monitor and alert unsafe position of any waste and recycling vehicle’s extendable component. This technology includes a two-stage light and sound alarm, and allows for communications with fleet management and operations control.

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sorters in existing configurations. It fits in tight spaces and offers the flexibility to add or move robotic sorters as processing needs change. Best of all, Max-AI equipment sorts at a consistent rate over multiple shifts every day to lower operational costs and drive consistent, predictable performance. Randy is also excited about the Kadant PAAL baler line, which BHS represents exclusively in Canada. He says Kadant PAAL balers are Europe’s most effective and installed balers. This robust product line provides high-level performance at a price point that makes sense – and they are now available to North American customers.

INNOVATIONS AT CWRE Sierra International Machinery, the California-based recycling equipment manufacturer’s latest offering is the new REB-X Press Portable Two-Ram Baler, introduced at ISRI 2019 and Waste Expo this past spring. The REB-X Press two-ram baler is designed to be easily transportable while maintaining heavy-duty construction, remarkable performance and the ability to process a variety of materials. According to Sierra, this portable tworam baler is also highly adaptable and is the ideal machine for various applications at multiple facilities that need a baler to use on a rotational basis or during maintenance shutdowns, demolition projects, disaster cleanup, landfill projects and rural locations. “I am extremely proud of our engineers and our team at Sierra to be able to introduce and deliver a brand-new innovative machine for the recycling industry just one

year after introducing the REB-4, a completely new two-ram model that has been extremely successful,” said John Sacco, president and owner of Sierra International Machinery. “The REB-X Press is going to give waste and scrap recyclers throughout

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation of Canada (EREF-CA) is a non-profit public charity that supports research and educational initiatives related to sustainable solid waste management practices in Canada. At Waste & Recycling Expo Canada 2019 EREF-CA (shown above at CWRE 2018) is partnering with the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) to hold a Silent Auction fundraising event. Funds raised will continue to build a funding pool for research on waste sector issues in Canada. The Silent Auction will feature donations such as equipment, electronics and sporting event tickets. The Silent Auction will take place at EREF’-CAs booth #1911 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 9 and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Thursday, October 10.

the world the flexibility to maneuver the two-ram baler to wherever they need to process material. “The REB-X is just another example of how Sierra is leading the industry in innovation.”

Most pyrotechnic launchers for bird/wildlife control look like a pistol or revolver which can cause complications and issues at industrial sites. The Margo Thunderstick is designed with a non-gun-look pyrotechnic launcher specifically designed to fire pyrotechnics for bird control. The cylinder holds eight 6-mm blanks allowing for rapid deployment and aggressive hazing of problem birds such as seagulls. A three-point safety system with safety pin, safety switch and gravity trigger ensures safe operation. The Thunderstick is easy to clean and specifically designed to fire 15-mm pyrotechnics such as Bangers, Screamers and Whistlers, which will scare birds away from waste sites.

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2019 SHOW GUIDE Metso Waste Recycling has been busy in 2019. In March the company announced Lou Martins as their new General Sales Manager in North America. According to Metso, part of Martins’ task will be to establish the Metso Waste Recycling organization in North America to drive growth in the region for both static and mobile waste shredders. “Metso’s ongoing plan and investment into the North American market continues,” commented Martins earlier this year. On the new model front, Metso Waste Recycling recently announced the expansion of its waste shredder range with the 2019 launch of M&J K-series pre-shredders. The first two models available, the M&J K160 (shown here) and M&J K210, are designed to provide a low cost per ton with high reliability, ease of operation and high flexibility for various waste types, with a design optimized especially for sites with 5- to 45-tons-per-hour production requirements. Metso, which is based in Finland, also has divisions focused on the manufacture of metal recycling shredders and systems, and crushing and screening plants, with distribution in Canada, including Toromont in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, Rocky Mountain Equipment in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and Great West Equipment in Alberta and B.C.

The Telitek waste bin tracking and management system. Telitek is launching a waste bin tracking and management application system at Waste & Recycling Expo Canada 2019. With this system, it allows waste and recyclables haulers to track and monitor assets efficiently, and locate and manage assets easier. Roll-off bins and trucks are main assets for waste haulers. The Telitek system extends and deepens a hauler’s sight on operations

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with more detail and real time data in an intuitive way. Utilizing up to date IoT technology, with the power of RFID and accurate GPS locating, this system shows a bin’s precise location with customer information, date/time of service, truck’s trips and activities, boosting efficiency and productivity, improving dispatching, enhancing security and reducing overall waste management operations cost.


WATERLESS ODOUR CONTROL TO DEBUT IN TORONTO With a brand-new facility in Ontario, first-time Waste & Recycling Expo Canada exhibitor Benzaco Scientific is set to debut its line of waterless odour-management products


enzaco Scientific, the U.S.-based manufacturer of Odor-Armor odour counteractant solutions, and Vapor-Phase systems (the machines used to deploy Odor-Armor chemical formulations) recently announced the addition of a new full-service and sales operation in Barrie, Ontario. The company is also a first-time exhibitor at this year’s Waste & Recycling Expo Canada, where they will introduce

Benzaco’s Vapor-Phase diffuser pipe.

multiple new odour control innovations, including waterless odour control formulations and deployment systems for the Canadian market. “Our facility in Barrie is a recent addition to Benzaco’s corporate operations. It provides space for manufacturing, distribution and a point of dispatch for our regional service team,” said Michael Beckley, Benzaco’s executive VP. “Primarily, it’s a facility to support and grow our Canadian-based customers and those on the U.S. Northeast Coast. “It will be interesting, after exhibiting at large solid waste industry events in the U.S., such as Wastecon and Waste Expo, to see how the Canadian show measures up,” he continued. “Now that we have a full-service, physical operation in Canada, we are looking forward to a positive response from CWRE attendees.” At this year’s event, the highlight for Benzaco will be the introduction of their waterless odour-management solutions and the systems that deploy these solutions into areas of use, from trash rooms to transfer stations. The new VapourPhase deployment units are designed to use Benzaco’s proprietary odour counteractant called ODOR-ARMOR VPS. These new formulations are freezeproof and do not require dilution with water prior to application, making them ideal for yearround applications in northern climates, at locations with water restrictions, or where conventional fogging is not suitable. The range of applications includes any place organic-based odours are present, from transfer stations and landfills to composting, C&D and scrap facilities. “We will introduce Benzaco’s large

Vapor-Phase PSR Remote Station. Vapor Phase systems that deliver even distribution of odour counteractant along lengths of diffuser pipe as well as Vapor Phase PSR systems,” said Beckley. “These compact, stand-alone vapour generating units are designed to provide a reliable and cost-efficient approach for trash rooms, chutes and compactors found in hotels, high-rises and grocery stores. “Solid waste and organics have a tendency to create nuisance odours that can lead to complaints. If a location smells bad and people complain, it can lead to assumptions that an operation is not well run, which in many situations is not the case.” Beckley concludes, “Benzaco provides odour management technology that lets operators focus on their business and not odour complaints. Our portfolio of products have been designed to manage odour effectively and reliably at any commercial or industrial site, even in winter. “We’re excited to introduce this technology to the Canadian waste and recycling industry.”

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PLACE YOUR BIDS VISIT BOOTH #1911 & #1811 TO PLACE YOUR BIDS The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) in collaboration with the Ontario Waste Managment Association (OWMA), is excited to host the 2019 EREF Silent Auction at the Waste & Recycling Expo Canada this year to advance sustainable solid waste management practices through research and educational inititatives. Exhibiting donor companies will have signage in their booths with the details of the item up for bid. The Silent Auction will take place during exhibit halls hours. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Jo in t h e fi g ht Support the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation by making a donation a registration today! Waste & Recycling Expo Canada / Municipal Equipment Expo has partnered with the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation to help offer financial assistance to breast cancer patients across Canada. From wigs and prosthetics to transportation costs and other treatment expenses, the Foundation has been able to assist hundreds of women during this challenging time in their lives. Learn more at the

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2019 EXHIBITORS Accent Wire-Tie Booth 1008 10131 FM 2920 Tomball, TX 77375 Tel: 281-255-0700

Anaergia Inc. Booth 1514 4210 South Service Road Burlington, ON L7L 4X5 Tel: 905-766-3333

ATN Engineering Booth 1329

BearCom Canada Booth 1729

KD Stadskanaal, Netherlands

London, ON, Canada

Baleforce Recycling Equipment Inc. Booth 1101 Brampton, ON, Canada

Benzaco Scientific Inc. Booth 1835

Adverio B.V. Booth 1329 DL Groningen, Netherlands

AET Group Inc. Booth 1937 Kitchener, ON, Canada

Aggregates Equipment, Inc. Booth 1828

Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS) Booth 1129 160 King Street Thorndale, ON N0M 2P0 Tel: 519-461-1271

220 Bayview Drive, Unit 6-7 Barrie, ON L4N 4Y8 Tel: 888-413-5800

Bandit Industries, Inc. Booth 1401 6750 W. Millbrook Road Remus, MI 49340 Tel: 800-952-0178

Leola, PA, USA

Bateman Manufacturing Booth 1526 5 Winstar Road Oro-Medonte, ON L0L 2L0 Tel: 705-487-5020

Aljon by C&C Manufacturing Booth 1834 15075 Al Jon Avenue Ottumwa, IA 52501 Tel: 612-845-8164

The Aljon “Advantage” series landfill compactors are back and better than ever under new energetic and service driven ownership. Equipped with efficient Tier 4 Final Volvo-Penta power plants, the Aljon “Advantage” series features many improvements and upgrades. Stop by for a good look.

Visit the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS) at Booth 1129, and pick up your complimentary copy of Spotlight Municipal Directory of Products and Services. Vendors, enquire about getting your company in the Spotlight for 2020, and be seen by over 4,000 municipal public works professionals across Ontario. The AORS is a Provincial association of public works professionals dedicated to providing high-quality public services through certification, educational programs and interaction amongst its members.

Bateman Waste Sorting Grapple Designed to handle, pack and sort any solid waste or C&D debris. Many options to choose from, including integrating a magnet or sorting vs. demolition tines. 360-degree rotation whether dangling or manipulating. If you need to sort material you need a Bateman Sorting Grapple.

Industry-leading manufacturer of solid waste odour management products including waterless vapour, atomization, topical and injection technologies that can dramatically reduce or eliminate foul odours. Benzaco provides site evaluation, custom engineering, installation, service and unparalleled customer support. For 30 years Benzaco has been the preferred choice for municipalities to champions of industry.

Berlie Technologies Inc. Booth 1228 La Prairie, QC, Canada


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2019 EXHIBITORS Booth 2030 Brossard, QC, Canada

Britespan Building Systems Inc. Booth 1629 Wingham, ON, Canada

CDEnviro Booth 1439 Cleburne, TX, USA

1128 rang Ste-Geneviève Roxton Falls, QC J0H 1E0 Tel: 450-915-0614

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Springville, NY, USA

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) Booth 1934 Eugene, OR, USA

Busch Systems International Inc. Booth 1414

Whitby, ON, Canada

Cummins Westport Inc. Booth 1926

Buffalo Turbine, LLC Booth 1039 Blue Metal Industries Booth 1337

Crevier Ontario Division Booth 1126

Classic Displays Booth 1743 5959 Ambler Drive Mississauga, ON L4W 2K2 Tel: 905-282-8888

DCS Group Booth P400 Saint-Laurent, QC, Canada

DeSpray Environmental Booth 1329 PA Almelo, Netherlands

DiCAN Booth 1319

Barrie, ON, Canada

Burlington, ON, Canada Blue Metal Industries specializes in building custom workbenches and cabinets up to 12 feet in length with numerous drawer bank options, workbench tops, and more. Built by hand using heavy gauge steel in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

Diesel Force Booth 1521 Caliber Communications Booth 1000

Rauma, Finland

Classic Displays offers waste management solutions suitable for any environment. From specialty bins designed to collect dog waste to our top-selling Griffin bin that offers the added bonus of advertising panels. Other models include multistream, weather, fire and vandal resistant and narrow garbage bins for high-traffic areas.

Bonar Plastics Material Handling – a brand of Snyder Industries Booth 1726

CleanRiver Recycling Solutions Inc. Booth 2022

108-1100 South Service Road Stoney Creek, ON L8E 0C5 Tel: 855-755-7233

BMH Technology, OY Booth 1435

Lincoln, NE, USA

Bottaro Mario S.r.l. Booth 1918 Novate Milanese, MI, Italy

Brigade Electronics (Canada) Ltd. Booth 1315 Hamilton, ON, Canada

Caliber Communications provides LIVE Remote Video Monitoring services on fast LTE cellular networks. From viewing log reports, high-res images, actions, observations, audio recordings of voice commands, to searching captured license plates, syncroReports allows clients to see and be alerted in real time, of the actions taken by Caliber Monitoring staff on their properties.

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Aurora, ON, Canada

Chesapeake, VA, USA

Dings Company – Magnetic Group Booth 1527 Milwaukee, WI, USA

Distribution Cardinal Booth 1339 Angliers, QC, Canada

Drycake Booth 1329 Surrey, BC, Canada

Compost Council of Canada Booth 1131 Toronto, ON, Canada

Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Booth 1329 Toronto, ON, Canada

DURABAC Booths 1109 & 1011 22 Milton Road Granby, QC J2J 0P2 Tel: 800-565-1723


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2019 EXHIBITORS Environmental Research & Education Foundation Booth 1911 Ecolo Odor Control Technologies Inc. Booth P100 Eagle Vision Systems Booth 1508 111 Golf Course Road Waterloo, ON N2L 6R5 Tel: 519-884-9170

59 Penn Drive Toronto, ON M9L 2A6 Tel: 416-740-3900

Raleigh, NC, USA

Frontline Machinery Booth 1128

EnviroWirx by RTS Companies Booth 1731

43779 Progress Way Chilliwack, BC V2R 0E6 Tel: 604-625-2009

St. Clements, ON, Canada

Ex-Cell Kaiser Booth 1321 Save time, reduce costs and improve H&S with the CartCatcher™, an AI-based cart recognition system whereby the operator simply stops the truck and the system automatically picks up, dumps and replaces the cart back on the ground, eliminating the need for the joystick manipulation.

Eco Mobile d.o.o. Booth 1229 Samoborska cesta 330, Zagreb Croatia T: + 385 1 555 66 36

Waste Bin Identification System System for automatic electronic identification of waste bins and containers, wireless data transfer in real time and data access from a remote location.

Ecolo – Made For A Better Future. For over 40 years, Ecolo has been an industry leader in innovative odour control technologies, proudly offering a comprehensive line of proprietary formulations and odour control systems. Our ISO-certified facility produces air atomization, waterless vapour, biochemical additives, pneumatic and vapour delivery systems, and cannons.

11240 Melrose Avenue Franklin Park, IL 60131 Tel: 847-451-0451

Fleetmind Solutions, Inc. Booth 1230 Montreal, QC, Canada

Flexahopper Plastics Ltd Booth 1409 Lethbridge, AB, Canada

Ecoverse Industries, Ltd. Booth 1437

FOCUS Fleet and Fuel Management Inc. Booth 1320

Avon, OH, USA

Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

Enerpat Group UK Ltd Booth 1823

Franzen Gravity Locks Booth 1734

Nantong, Jiangsu, China

Kitchener, ON, Canada


Frontline Machinery – your equipment specialist for crushing, screening, grinding, shredding, and material measuring and handling applications. Backed by over 20 years of experience in heavy machinery service, sales and rentals, we work with a growing network of clients in waste and recycling, construction and demolition, biomass production, aggregate, and heavy civil construction with leading equipment brands such as CBI, Edge Innovate, Keestrack, CBI, Neuenhauser, H-Sensortechnik and more.

Frost Products Ltd. Booth 1138 Burlington, ON, Canada



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2019 EXHIBITORS Geoware Inc. Booth 1130

Havis, Inc. Booth 1927

Waterloo, ON, Canada

Warminster, PA, USA

Hein, Lehmann Booth 1237 Global Sensor Systems Inc. Booth 1022 6600 Goreway Drive, Unit D Mississauga, ON L4V 1S6 Tel: 905-507-0007

Lexington, KY, USA

Hydraline Booth 1101 Brampton, ON, Canada

Hydrolico International Inc. Booth 1730 Terrebonne, QC, Canada

ICOM Canada Booth 1831 Mississauga, ON, Canada

Industek – Dynatek Booth 1338 Search Eye offers you Automatic Braking. When in reverse, any object entering the vehicle’s sensing area will be detected and the brakes will apply automatically.

Victoriaville, QC, Canada



Grinder Wear Parts & Apollo Equipment Booth 1519 Largo, FL, USA

Hallco Industries, Inc. Booth 1534 Tillamook, OR, USA

Harris Booth 1520 315 W 12th Avenue Cordele, GA 31015 Tel: 770-631-7290



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2019 EXHIBITORS Inter Asia Minerals and Energy (India) Private Ltd. Booth 2036 Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Kinshofer Booth 2034 Burlington, ON, Canada

Luff Industries Ltd. Booth 1226

Margo Supplies Ltd. Booth 1836

Rocky View, AB, Canada

High River, AB, Canada

McNeilus Truck And Manufacturing, Inc. Booth 1701 Dodge Center, MN, USA

IPL Plastics Inc. Booth 1509 140 Commercial Street St-Damien, QC G0R 2Y0 Tel: 877-552-2883

Krown Corporate ‘Krown Rust Control’ Booth 1219 35 Magnum Drive Schomberg, ON, Canada Tel: 800-267-5744

MDA Compaction Booth 1713 Machinex Industries Inc. Booth 1608

Plessisville, QC, Canada

2121 Rue Olivier Plessisville, QC, Canada Tel: 819-362-3281

Metro Compactor Service Inc. Booth 1101

IPL offers a full range of injection-molded containers for municipal and industrial waste, recycling or organic handling projects. All our carts are tailored to your needs as we have several options that can be integrated to our products from different types of wheels, locking mechanisms and different types of colours.

Krown Rust Control is a manufacture of penetrate and lubricant rust proofing products that can be applied on trucks and all types of equipment to control corrosion issues in the industry. The Krown Lubricant Product is a non-conductor of electricity up to 59.kv. The product also displaces moisture leaving a film of product behind on parts. Krown also manufactures Cleaning Products such as Salt Eliminator, which removes salt and chlorides off trucks and equipment.

ISN Canada Booth 1418

Labrie Enviroquip Group Booth 1301

Vaughan, ON, Canada

Levis, QC, Canada

J. McGale Industries Inc. Booth 1032

Laurin Inc. Booth 1235

Mississauga, ON, Canada

Laval, QC, Canada

Joe Johnson Equipment Inc. Booth 1301

Loadman On-Board Scales Booth 1328

Innisfil, ON, Canada

Renton, WA, USA

Keith Mfg. Co. Booth 1727

London Machinery Booth 1701

Brantford, ON, Canada

London, ON, Canada

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For over 35 years Machinex has used innovative solutions to design and produce custommade sorting and recycling technologies for Material Recovery Facilities. The company also offers a full range of highquality recycling equipment such as Sorting Robots, Optical Sorters, Ballistic Separators, Disc Screens Separators, Balers, Trommels, Glass Cleanup Systems, Conveyors and much more.

Mack Trucks Booth 1601 Mississauga, ON, Canada

Mac Trailer Manufacturing, Inc. Booth 1620 Alliance, OH, USA

MANULIFT Booth 1420 Burlington, ON, Canada

145 Heart Lake Road South Brampton, ON L6W 3K3 Tel: 416-743-8484

Metro Compactor is Canada’s leading expert in waste and recycling equipment. We are committed to quality – in our staff, our service and in the products we provide. We produce top-of-the-line residential waste and recycling equipment and are the Canadian master distributor of Marathon Equipment, the largest manufacturer of compactors and balers in North America. Our service fleet – the industry’s largest in Canada – repairs and maintains equipment of every make, model and size in every marketplace.

2019 EXHIBITORS The Metro Group Booth 1101 Brampton, ON, Canada

Metso Waste Recycling A/S Booth 1322 Horsens, Denmark

Michel’s Industries Ltd. Booth 1631 St. Gregor, SK, Canada

Molok North America Ltd. Booth 1529 Mount Forest, ON, Canada

MSW Management Magazine Booth 1935 Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Municipal Waste Association Booth 1931

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Guelph, ON, Canada

Nantong Jiabao Machinery Co., Ltd. Booth 1227 Shanghai, China

NCM Odor Control Booth 1034 Brodheadsville, PA, USA




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2019 EXHIBITORS OutFront Portable Solutions Booth 1829

Recycling Today Media Group/Waste Today Magazine Booth 1922

Beamsville, ON, Canada

NORS USA Booth 1438

OWS Nv Booth 1830

PO Box 79200 Corona, CA 92877 Tel: 909-393-6577

Gent, Belgium

NORS’ patented system converts food waste to a dry (zero bacteria) end product that can be used for Feed, Fertilizer or Bio Char. NORS accomplishes this in MINUTES!!! Our custom process cuts expensive emissions, removing 98 percent moisture, creating an odour-free end product. Complying with food waste and landfill laws.

Paradigm Software, LLC Booth 1316 113 Old Padonia Road #200 Cockeysville MD, USA Tel: 410-329-1300

ORBIS Corporation Booth 1626 Oconomowoc, WI, USA

Ontario Waste Management Association Booth 1811 Brampton, ON, Canada

Orkin Canada Booth 1034 Mississauga, ON, Canada

Peterbilt of Canada Booth 1201 Mississauga, ON, Canada

Primary Machinery Booth 1020 Salem, OR, USA

Provix Inc Booth 1826

Rehrig Pacific Company Booth 1334 Vernon, CA, USA

Revolution Systems Booth 1336 Golden, CO, USA

Roll-Rite LLC Booth 1223 Gladwin, MI, USA

Rotobec Inc Booth 1115 Sainte-Justine, QC, Canada

Alliston, ON, Canada

Purves Redmond Limited Booth 1921 Toronto, ON, Canada

Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Fort Erie, ON, Canada

Perkins Manufacturing Company Booth 1819 380 Veterans Parkway, Suite 110 Bolingbrook, IL 60440 Tel: 800-882-5292

Norseman Structures Booth 1326

Nova Products (Peninsula Plastics Limited) Booth 1318

Valley View, OH, USA

CompuWeigh 6 (CW6) by Paradigm Software, LLC continues to outweigh the competition. Paradigm Software, LLC is the standard in the weighing and routing industry and will operate any weigh or route-based business. CW6 includes scheduled/batch reporting, can be customized and can automate your facility with our unattended processing solution.

Par-Kan Company Booth 1135 Silver Lake, IN, USA

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RDF Recycling Systems Group LLC Booth 1936

Rotochopper, Inc. Booth 1628 217 West Street Saint Martin, MN 56376 Tel: 320-548-3586

Keller, TX, USA



Recycling Product News Booth P300 2323 Boundary Road Vancouver, BC V5M 4V8 Tel: 604-291-9900 Through our print and digital channels, Recycling Product News continues to provide insight and overview on the ever evolving Recycling and Waste Diversion industry in North America.

For nearly 30 years, Rotochopper has specialized in grinding equipment that transforms waste materials into profitable opportunities. As a factorydirect company, we are uniquely focused on providing innovative solutions and extraordinary customer service. We look forward to showing you what is possible with the power and support of Rotochopper.

2019 EXHIBITORS RouteOptix Management Systems Inc. Booth 1426 Kitchener, ON, Canada

SENSA Networks Booth 1101 Toronto, ON, Canada

Routeware, Inc. Booth 1134

Sheridan Electric Services Ltd. Booth 1928

Portland, OR, USA

Mississauga, ON, Canada

Silver Top Supply – A Division of SITECH Mid Canada Booth 1234 London, ON, Canada

SUEZ Booth 1528

Solid Waste & Recycling Magazine Booth 1736

#307, 9426 51 Avenue NW Edmonton, AB T6E 5A6 Tel: 780-391-7300

Toronto, ON, Canada

SCARAB International, LLLP Booth 1622

Sustainable Planet Solutions Booth 1329

White Deer, TX, USA

Schaefer Systems International Inc. Booth 1122 Charlotte, NC, USA

SHOWA Booth 1014 2507 MacPherson Magog, QC J1X 0E6 Tel: 800-565-2378

Schuyler Rubber Co. Inc. Booth 1929

MP Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands

SWANA – Solid Waste Association Of North America, Inc. Booth 1035

Specialized Trailers International Inc. Booth 2001 #3 – 218 Boida Avenue Ayr, ON N0B 1E0 Tel: 888-705-7715

Woodinville, WA, USA

Silver Spring, MD, USA

tarpARMOR Booth 2026 Rogers, AR, USA

Scott Equipment Company Booth 1523 605 4th Avenue NW New Prague, MN 56701 Tel: 952-758-2591

The THOR model Turbo Separator is a perfect choice for separating organics from packaging, up to 25 tph. The Turbo Separator product line has been manufactured in the USA with North American steel, bearings, motors and drives for over 20 years. Scott Equipment offers the system, deep application knowledge, and support directly to you, the customer.

Telitek Wireless Inc. Booth 1012 Richmond Hill, ON, Canada Sustainability isn’t just a commitment – it’s part of SHOWA’S legacy and remains at the heart of everything we do. Our Eco Best Technology (EBT) is the breakthrough innovation that makes our gloves fully biodegradable, sustainable and the first of their kind. Help preserve our planet without ever sacrificing performance.

Shred-Tech Corporation Booth 1518 Cambridge, ON, Canada

Sierra International Machinery, LLC Booth 1127 Bakersfield, CA, USA

Our company, with 35+ years of experience with walking floor, belt, and tipper trailers, is based in Ayr, ON. Partnered with TYCROP Mfg. from British Columbia, we supply trailer equipment for waste hauling and recycling. Visit our booth to see our new 2020 TYCROP SmoothFlow Walking Floor trailer.

Torxx Kinetic Pulverzier Ltd. Booth 1421 Vaughan, ON, Canada

Toter / Wastequip Booth 1920 Statesville, NC, USA

SSI Shredding Systems, Inc. Booth 1618 Wilsonville, OR, USA

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2019 EXHIBITORS Transport Trailer Sales Inc. Booth 1620 Milton, ON, Canada

Trison Tarps Inc. Booth 1735 Brantford, ON, Canada

Ty Cushion Tire, LLC Booth 1036 2275 E Francis Street Ontario, CA 91761-8083 Tel: 909-230-5141

VAN DYK Recycling Solutions Booth 1415 360 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Norwalk, CT 06854 Tel: 203-967-1100

960 Gateway Burlington, ON L7L 5K7 Tel: 905-633-6886

Truckz & Binzz Inc. Booth 1101 Brampton, ON, Canada

TRUX Route Management Systems Inc. Booth 1522 Cambridge, ON, Canada

Riviera Beach, FL, USA

Waste Management of Canada Booth 1434 Kitchener, ON, Canada powered by D-Lux Screen Printing Booth 1538

Trojan Tire Inc. Booth 1827

Trojan Tire is the Canadian manufacturer of L-10 Tuff Haul® Loader Tires with Reusable Soft Core®. Super deep tread gives you long service life, with air-like ride for machinery and operator. Trojan services and supports the waste industry with our full line of high-quality OTRIndustrial Tires. Choose Trojan for your lowest cost per hour.

Waste Advantage Magazine Booth 1221

Holmen, WI, USA

Through years of innovation and investment in state-of-theart technology, TY Cushion has revolutionized many manufacturing processes to create a line of solid tires that will solve traditional drawbacks of industrial tires, including those on transfer station and recycling facility machinery.

University of Waterloo, Co-operative Education & Career Action Booth P200 Waterloo, ON, Canada

Untha America Inc. Booth 1635 Hampton, NH, USA

VAN DYK is design, consulting, and equipment sales for the North American recycler. We design, install and service complete systems for single-stream, commercial waste, C&D, mixed waste, plastics sorting, glass cleanup, waste-to-fuel, e-waste and more. Our key technologies include: high-capacity balers, drumfeeders, non-wrapping starscreens, optical sorters, density separators and more. VAN DYK represents Bollegraaf, Lubo, TOMRA and Walair in North America.

Verge Insurance Group Booth 1018 St. Catharines, ON, Canada

Vermeer Canada Inc. Booth 1137 Brampton, ON, Canada

Vulcan On-Board Scales Booth 1419 Kent, WA, USA

Vecoplan, LLC Booth 1327 5708 Uwharrie Road Archdale, NC 27263 Tel: 336-861-6070

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Walker Environmental Group Booth 1428 Niagara Falls, ON, Canada

WEIMA America, Inc. Booth 1335 3678 Centre Circle Fort Mill, SC 29715 Tel: 803-802-7170 WEIMA’s wasteto-energy equipment includes preshredders, which are robust enough to shred dirty, contaminated materials. Next, the materials can be pre-treated or sorted before being further reduced in a WEIMA secondary shredder. Whether you need a single machine or a multiplestage system, WEIMA is at the forefront of size reduction.

Wessuc Inc. Booth 1427 Brantford, ON, Canada

Zone Defense Inc. Booth 1429 Red Deer, AB, Canada


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Consulting and equipment sales to help recyclers maximize profits. The most advanced technology in the industry to outfit your turnkey or retrofit project. Decades of experience in: Single stream Plastics Glass cleanup C&D MSW Waste to fuel and more

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Robotic sorting is driving carton recycling into the future



hile the recycling industry faces challenges stemming from China’s restrictions and bans, things are looking up in the form of increased investment from both MRFs and end markets. Today, there are more opportunities than ever for food and beverage cartons to find a second life in products ranging from paper products like towels, writing paper, tissues and cups, to ecofriendly building materials. The process of sorting cartons into their own grade so they can go on to make these products is becoming more efficient thanks to the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics. It all started in 2017 when the Carton Council, a group of food and beverage carton manufacturers that came together to expand and improve carton recycling across the U.S. and Canada, entered into a partnership with AMP Robotics. AMP took existing AI technology and adapted it to help sort valuable recyclables. Working with the Carton Council, AMP is a pioneer in the field, and was among the first to introduce robotics to the recycling industry to sort food and beverage cartons. During the 2017 project pilot phase, the Carton Council provided MRFs with grants to

purchase and work with AMP to install cartonsorting robots. The first was at Alpine Waste & Recycling in Colorado, followed soon after by one at Dem-Con Companies in Minnesota. Past the pilot phase, the robots are now ready for prime time and there have been growing numbers of installations in the U.S. and Canada. This summer, another carton-sorting robot was installed at Single Stream Recyclers in Sarasota, Florida, along with several robots to sort other valuable materials and help to reduce contamination. With arms and grippers that can pick materials out of the recycling stream faster and with a higher rate of accuracy than their human counterparts, these robots utilize a vision centre with a camera that allows for monitoring materials as they pass through on a conveyer belt. Powered by AI, the robots learn over time as they sort, recognizing the various shapes and logos that are characteristic of food and beverage cartons. Connected via cloud technology, robots stationed at different MRFs across the U.S. can communicate and share their learnings with one another, each growing “smarter” as they sort more recyclables. In addition to these benefits and their ability to work continuously September 2019


ROBOTIC SORTING without stopping, the robots are also making it safer for human workers in MRFs by removing some of the more dangerous contaminants from the recycling stream that could otherwise cause injuries or illness. Contrary to large optical sorters, robots take up significantly less space on the MRF floor and have a lower price tag. In a relatively short time, the installation and adoption of robotic sorters has become instrumental in diverting food and beverage cartons from landfills and giving them the best chance at realizing their full potential by being positively sorted and baled as Grade #52 cartons. Whether gable top or aseptic, cartons are comprised of multiple layers. Gable top (or refrigerated) cartons contain approximately 80 percent paper and 20 percent polyethylene. Aseptic (or shelf-stable) are comprised on average of 74 percent paper, 22 percent plastic (polyethylene) and 4 percent aluminum. While a common myth is that multiple layers means cartons are difficult to recycle, the reality is that there are more than 160 active carton recyclers globally and four in North America. The paperboard that cartons are primarily made of is valued for its long fibre length, and the poly/aluminum can be recovered to generate energy or is sold to manufacturers that use it for lumberboard-like materials. While cartons can also be baled together with mixed paper,

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While cartons can be baled with mixed paper, highest value is achieved when sorted and baled into Grade #52. these post-consumer cartons retain their highest value when sorted and baled into Grade #52. This positive sort is where robotic sorting technology is making the most significant impact, both for food and beverage cartons, as well as other valuable recyclable materials. The use of carton recycling robots makes it easier for MRFs to sort and bale cartons as Grade #52 to meet the growing demand for these materials from end markets. Robotic technology can also be used to remove contamination that could hurt the value of sorted cartons, or diminish the profit MRFs earn from selling bales of other high-value materials.

This technology, supported by strong and strategic partnerships, is already going a long way to ensure that what consumers place in their recycling bins gets recycled. We are hopeful that by increasing awareness that this technology is currently available and already making a difference in a growing number of communities, it will drive home the notion that recycling must remain a top priority. The successes thus far are promising signs that robotic sorting technology has the potential to transform the recycling industry. The installation of these robots is helping improve the economics of recycling by increasing the quality of materials going to end markets. With that in mind, it should be viewed as a cost-effective and long-term solution for MRFs that are working to create additional opportunities to recycle, and for communities that are looking to strengthen their local recycling programs. While the current rate of adoption of recycling robots is accelerating, it is only just scratching the surface of what is possible. We’re confident that this innovation will help drive the next stage of recycling growth and development, and we’d encourage any MRF to learn more. Scott Byrne is the director of government affairs for the U.S.-based Carton Council, where he works with food and beverage brand owners, local municipalities and communities, and other stakeholders to increase the availability of carton recycling in North America.

BHS Max-AI AQC-C combines VIS and CoBot


t Waste Expo 2019, Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) launched the Max-AI AQC-C, a solution that is comprised of Max-AI VIS (for Visual Identification System) and at least one collaborative robot (CoBot). According to BHS, the company’s new CoBots are designed to work safely alongside people which allows the AQC-C to be quickly and easily placed into existing MRFs. Unlike the AQC, which needs more structure to support the robot and guard employees, the new AQC-C can be installed in sort cabins, on narrow walkways and in other tight locations. It is also easily scalable; up to four robotic sorters can be added behind each Max-VIS system. Plus, each sorter can sort up to 40 picks per minute and up to three different material types. According to BHS, the AQC-1 and AQC-2 are the perfect complement to the Max-AI family of sorters. BHS also states that unlike a manual sorter, the AQC-C won’t get tired, sick, injured or not show up for work, and it will sort all day without a break. “The flexibility is tremendous: customers are able to add one, two, three or four units per VIS and adapt with their processing needs,” said BHS’ Rich Reardon. The Max-AI VIS is a stand alone piece of equipment used

to analyze and report material composition data to operators, and is standard on all new Max-AI product line machines. This makes possible the installation of VIS independent from a robotic or optical sorter. When VIS is installed beforehand, the robotic or optical sorters can be installed when the AI is trained and optimized, providing excellent flexibility for future equipment updates.

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On the trail of Canada’s first robotic sorters BY KEITH BARKER, EDITOR


he first robotic sorting systems in Canada were installed in the Fall of 2018 by Machinex, at the Sani-Éco MRF in Granby, Quebec, and soon after, at the Chatham-Kent Recycling MRF in Merlin, Ontario. At both facilities Machinex installed a double robotic sorting system, using two SamurAI robotic sorting units placed in succession on a single line. This summer, Machinex installed three more robotic sorting units at a MRF in Toronto and one machine at a MRF in Winnipeg. Chatham-Kent MRF operator Darren Kervoelen says their robotic sorters (shown here) are tasked with positively picking natural HDPE, coloured HDPE, tubs and lids. According to Charles-Étienne Simard, Eng., Machinex project director, key benefits of SamurAI robotic sorting

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SamurAI sorting robots employ sophisticated artificial intelligence that learns to recognize more types of material and containers over time. technology includes a pick-rate up to 70 picks per minute (compared to 30 to 50 for the average employee) and he says “robots do not take breaks or time off.” SamurAI robots are also modular, adaptable to growth and changes at the MRF, and feature easy maintenance. Besides increasing productivity on the sorting line, Simard says these new robots can provide peace of mind for their customers – as reliable labour can be hard to find, especially in more rural areas such as Merlin, Ontario. At the Sani-Éco MRF in Granby, Quebec, the two SamurAI robotic sorting units were installed as part of a major facility upgrade completed in December 2018. The robotic sorters in Granby are working on positively sorting both cartons and PET/HDPE plastic.

Julie Gagné, operations director at Sani-Éco, says since their installation, they have seen improvements in capacity (about double, close to 17 tonnes per hour) and in purity of end materials. They have also noted increased peace of mind with respect to labour issues. “Our first objective with this upgrade, with the robots, was to achieve clean output quality,” said Gagné, adding that while they have not laid off any employees, the robots do alleviate some pressure with respect to the current labour shortage for new pickers in the region. “At Sani-Éco currently, the robots currently pick 50 to 55 items per minute, so between the two of them, they are picking over 100 per minute,” explains Simard. “Our system provides 90 percent efficiency, which results in up to 98 percent purity of fibre output. We do positive sorting of HDPE, aluminum cans and cartons.” Simard continues, “The more robots we have in the field, the more intelligent they become.” After the first year, recycling facility owners using SamurAI robotic sorting technology pay a yearly Cloud-based subscription fee to keep their robots updated, so they can recognize the latest types of containers and materials in the ever-changing input stream. “What we see with these robots is the same as the human eye,” he says. “New items need to be labelled in the system. We work with AI technology to teach the robots about new items in the waste stream. They are labelled and then the robots can recognize them. “With every new sight, new knowledge of items,” Simard concludes, “these robots get more knowledgeable.” RPN

Greentec partnership results in new robotic sorting cell for e-waste


lectronics recycler Greentec, based out of Cambridge, Ontario, recently partnered with Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario, on Project Lexi – the development of a robotic cell that completely dismantles a hard drive in less than a minute, and makes recovery of all components possible. According to Greentec, a major obstacle with recycling hard drives is the difficulty in cost effectively separating and recovering all of the useful materials, such as rare earth metals. By learning how every make and model of hard drive is constructed, Project Lexi is able to safely and efficiently disassemble hard drives. “Greentec typically sees around eight tonnes of hard drives a month,” said Greentec president and CEO Tony The Javelin™ Perrotta. “Until the arrival of Lexi we recovered some hard drive components Brand of Magnetic by manually disassembling them. Lexi Separators are specifically allows us to recover valuable compoengineered for your application to nents from the drive, including rare provide higher recovery rates at lower earth materials – magnets, aluminum, gold, silver and copper – as well as other operating costs. recyclable materials. JAVELIN™ EDDY CURRENT SEPARATORS “Once these materials have been We utilize the highest grade rare earth magnets to create the strongest recovered, they can be reused in the and deepest field in the industry which produces the longest throw creation of new hard drives or other and assures higher recovery and purity rates. A Javelin™ Eddy Current new products, including high-efficiency Separator will add to your bottom line regardless of your volume. energy appliances.” “The new robotic cell is truly a game JAVELIN™ MAGNETIC changer for the electronic recycling inSTAINLESS STEEL SEPARATOR dustry,” added Dr. Hamid Karbasi, ConA powerful magnetic separator that excels at collecting lightly magnetic estoga College. “With Lexi, recyclers stainless steel. This unit eliminates the can efficiently and effectively recover need for manual picking of small pieces valuable materials and increase the rate of stainless out of the waste stream. at which these materials can be reused. “We at Conestoga College are proud SUSPENDED PERMANENT to be on the cutting edge of electronic MAGNET SEPARATORS recycling innovation.” Our SMS magnets are selfCurrently in the trial stage, Greentec cleaning permanent magnets says they plan to scale up production designed for separation of ferrous metal from a variety of over-the-belt before the end of 2019. conveyor applications. “We look forward to further exploring other electronic devices that could be dismantled using this robotic cell,” said Perrotta. “Products like laptops, mobile phones and tablets contain Industrial Magnetics, Inc. numerous high-value components that 260.447.4959 • could be targeted through this robotic separation system.”


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an Jose, California-based Zanker Recycling, a specialist in construction and demolition (C&D) materials processing systems and recycling, in partnership with Plexus Recycling Technologies, the North American distributor of ZenRobotics, have announced that ZenRobotics’ ZRR2 AI Robots are now officially operational at Zanker Recycling’s San Jose site. “The advantage of deploying AI robotics to recycling differentiates Zanker from our competitors,” said Michael Gross, director of sustainability for Zanker Recycling. “Reaching the diversion goals for our multiple judications is extremely important to us, which is why we chose Plexus Recycling Technologies as our partner in reaching these goals.” The ZenRobotics ZRR2 AI operates 20 hours per day with total system production of 150,000 tons per year, increasing diversion of recyclables by 20 percent. According to Plexus, in a new twist for recycling systems, Zanker’s material feeding is highly automated from the beginning of the process. The front end operates 50 percent of the time to process inbound material. In the middle of the system are two large dosing bunkers that store up to 100 tons of material. The ZenRobotics Brain controls these along with all downstream equipment to allow a very smooth-running operation focused on recovery and efficiency. “This is the most advanced waste material processing facility in the world,” said Dane Campbell, the project’s System Engineer from T3CHCOMP. “We have combined the very best equipment

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One of four ZenRobotics ZRR2 AI robots, which operate 24 hours per day sorting C&D, with total production of 150,000 tons yearly. available into one fantastic recycling system for Zanker recycling.” As an initial community initiative on this latest update in San Jose, Zanker asked students from the nearby Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley, located in Alviso, California, to participate in the naming of Zanker’s four new AI robots. The winning entries were Clean-up Carl, Magneto, Snatcher and Thrasher, with the submitting students each receiving a $250 gift certificate. Plexus Recycling Technologies provided key European-built equipment, including the ZenRobotic Recyclers,

as well as three Komptech machines: a Terminator shredder, Ballistor ballistic separator and Fines Drum Screen. In addition, the system’s electrical controls are provided by Hertlein Industries, which according to Plexus, is one the most experienced and knowledgeable teams ever used for controlling and integrating waste material processing systems. “Zanker Recycling’s investment into the best-available technology with the Plexus-designed system is a testament to the ownership and management’s commitment to increasing diversion rates.”

Marcel Vallen, CEO of Plexus and Komptech Americas says. “We could not have partnered with a better group of people than Zanker to unveil the power of automation with robotics in the waste industry. All of our teams that contributed to this success are incredibly excited.” San Jose–based Zanker Recycling is owned by Zanker Road Resource Management Ltd. Zanker Recycling began operations in 1985 by developing a landfill into a full-service resource management and composting and recycling facility. In 1998, Zanker Recycling expanded operations by permitting and transforming an adjacent landfill site as a construction and demolition debris processing facility. These two facilities process more than 2,600 tons of mixed debris per day. Currently, Zanker Recycling operates four C&D recycling and composting facilities in the U.S. The company says that through its aggressive and innovative recycling efforts, they now divert

Zanker’s C&D recycling facility in San Jose, California. from landfill more than 80 percent of waste received. Denver-based Plexus Recycling Technologies, is owned by M-L Environmental, LLC. The company says they are changing the face of the environ-

mental solutions industry by combining years of experience with advanced sorting technologies, such as the ZenRobotics ZRR2 AI units, that solve entrenched problems and help recyclers prepare for the future of the industry. RPN


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Because of strict quality control, dense, uniform bales can be stacked very high at VVG in Barcelona, Spain. From left: VVG’s Tomas Vilar and Octavi Ginjaume, with Carles Clapes from Kadant Paal.


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nly a few years ago the standards for recycled paper and board in China were not high. As a massive importer, China is now known to reject entire container loads based upon one inferior bale. Responding to this reality, Valorizaciones Vilar Guillén SL (VVG) set out to streamline their entire business to deliver against tight specifications. The company has since earned respect and repeat business as a result. Says Tomas Vilar, co-founder and CEO of the family business started three

generations ago, “Some customers pay a considerable premium for VVG bales. We work closely with them to control content and stability, especially because of shipments over long distances. Our bales, made exclusively with Kadant Paal presses, are dense and uniform, so shipping and handling costs are lower. “We evolved from a focus on local recycling to providing premium raw materials to world markets,” continues Vilar. “At our Les Franqueses del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain, facility, we make customized compact bales from two robust production

lines. We know exactly what each bale contains, documenting precise content. That’s why the most demanding Chinese and European paper mills choose our products. Adapting each day is the VVG way, because markets keep changing.” Vilar considers it important to educate customers, government officials and all VVG employees about ongoing changes in recycled paper and board content. “Carton board can be white on one side, for example, and that can be good. Brown paper has a range of colours,” he says. “We try to find a balance, being

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In the yard at VVG’s Les Franqueses del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain, facility.

VVG defines the change of culture for a new generation in recycling. They look less at price and more at quality.” Oriol Juvanet, Kadant PAAL export area manager

ready from the beginning of any change, always taking the first step without delay.”


Frequent inspections from customers and the CCIC (China Certification Inspection Group) in Spain are the new norm. Often the inspections focus in on 120 containers. “We have discussions and review sessions, including opening some bales to guarantee 0.5 percent or less of unacceptable material,” says Vilar. “Once they give the OK, we send this notification to the client and prepare the logistics according to the latest rules and specific ports.” After the ocean journey of a few weeks, he says VVG bales arrive for a site inspection at the foreign market. “Having all of our photos from loading, the inspectors verify the quality,” says Vilar. “If something is wrong, they reject the whole container. For us, this problem has never happened. “Two years ago, no one could believe this degree of change would happen. Many in our industry are still thinking it’s not possible,” says Vilar. “No one used to

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sell this way. Now, inspections up to 3 to 4 times per month are common. “China pays a premium, higher than anyone else, because they are buying the best we have to offer. It’s not really the same material. There are fewer imperfections. “Recycled paperboard and paper has a new standard and a higher price.”


Back in December of 2013, VVG installed Kadant Paal’s Konti 600 channel bale press. This fully automatic channel machine has a pressing force of 800 – 1,950 kN and bale formats of 75 x 110 cm or 110 x 110 cm. High pressing force is independent from the cutting and compressing process, and pre-press settings, combined with individual channel adjustments, make for the highest quality baling results. “High performance, efficiency and low operating costs played a key role in the decision to acquire a second Kadant Paal press in 2017,” explains Vilar. In early 2017, based on their growth and expansion into the international market-

place, he says they chose Kadant Paal’s Likon baler to be an integral part of their new facility. The horizontal-tying Likon baler is a fully automatic channel baler, known for high loading levels in continuous operation at maximum efficiency. Robustly constructed, high pressing forces of 1,200 – 1,950 kN demonstrate the quality and reliability of the Likon baler. The combination of high pressing forces, independent cutting and compression processes, as well as individual channel adjustment, creates bales with maximum compression. According to Carles Clapes, Kadant Paal’s sales manager for Northern Spain, “VVG employs our balers to maximum capability, based upon customers seeking more from recycled paperboard and paper.” “VVG defines the change of culture for a new generation in recycling,” adds Oriol Juvanet, Kadant Paal export area manager. “They look less at price and more at quality. They don’t want to lose time with delays. They expect that critical machines don’t stop every three days. They want a supplier they can trust to meet production objectives. They trust us to be part of their planning.” “Locally, individuals and companies want raw materials to be reused and not buried in landfills,” concludes Vilar’s

brother-in-law Octavi Ginjaume. “Our global customers want high value when they employ recovered materials. The VVG team is proud to contribute by constantly adapting and supporting sustainable success.” RPN

Frequent inspections from customers and the CCIC (China Certification Inspection Group) are the new norm.

Tomas Vilar beside their original Konti 600 CW (cross wire tying) baler, a key piece of equipment for shipping dense, uniform bales and meeting high standards. September 2019





n the last several years, North American recycling operations have seen overseas markets for fibre products that have historically been reliable become much more difficult to access. Rising global purity standards are either virtually unobtainable using traditional sorting and separation methods, or they are too costly to meet using options such as adding additional manual sorters. China’s National Sword and Blue Sky policies since 2017 have effectively closed the door of the world’s largest purchaser of recovered paper. And it was just the beginning. “Markets like Indonesia, India and Japan are all following China’s example and demanding the same high purity standards for recycled material,” explains Nick Doyle, recycling area sales manager west North America for TOMRA Sorting Recycling. He says the result is high supply, low demand and a market saturated with recovered fibre. This has driven down the price of key MRF fibre products including mixed paper and corrugated boxes (OCC). Mixed paper now consistently sells at a negative value or zero (at best) U.S.

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dollars per ton in most markets, while OCC is trading at the lowest levels seen in a decade. “It’s the simultaneous drop of both commodity prices that is hurting MRFs,” says Dan Gee, senior associate with Moore & Associates, an Atlanta, Georgia-based consulting firm specializing in the paper recycling industry. Market indicators show this being more of a long-term industry trend, rather than a short dip in the market. “There is no quick fix for mixed paper,” Gee adds. “Most estimates are it will take a minimum of two or three years, possibly longer, for mixed paper to recover, and recycled paper quality required from MRFs will increase.” Gee says MRFs are handling these current market challenges in several ways. Some are renegotiating contracts with their municipal customers, if possible. Others are simplifying what recyclable material they will accept, while some are returning unmarketable material to the landfill. Some domestic buyers are not accepting any paper, while others are biding their time and hoping for a market rebound.


The United States recycles roughly 58 million tons of fibre products annually. (In Canada, according to Environment Canada, paper and fibre products account for more than 1/3 of all Canada’s waste, with approximately 6 million tonnes of paper and paperboard recycled annually.) With MRFs processing high volumes of fibre daily, sitting back and waiting for a market rebound could be a costly strategy. “My customers tell me roughly 70 to 75 percent of their volume received is fibre – cardboard, newspaper, office paper, etc.,” comments Doyle. “Most of the material inflow is sorted into products the operation either has to pay someone to take, or the value is a fraction of what it has been. “MRFs must start looking at sorting their paper differently. While there isn’t money in mixed paper, there is money if this commodity is further separated,” he says. Mark Neitzey, director of sales for Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, a specialist in turnkey sorting systems based in Stamford, Connecticut, tells his customers to examine the market from a supply and demand angle. “Say you run a soup business, and for

years your customers wanted this one soup recipe. It was your cash cow,” Neitzey explains. “Unfortunately, demand for that recipe has vanished, but there are opportunities for you to switch to other recipes and make more money. “What would the company do?” he asks. “Think of mixed paper as the mirror image of being ‘greater than the sum of its parts,’” says Doyle. “Mixed paper

sorted into individual components can result in much more revenue for the MRF, measured in the thousands of dollars per day.”


To survive, MRFs must rethink their approach to their recycling streams and shift practices to focus on making more profitable products that are in demand.

Above: Mixed paper currently sells at a negative value, or zero at best. Opposite: At the MRF, mixed paper, sorted into individual components can result in much more revenue. Photo courtesy of Van Dyk Recycling Solutions.

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PAPER RECYCLING “One MRF manager in the southwest put it well when he said, ‘We are no longer in the business of making commodity grades. We are in the business of making products,’” relates Doyle. Even without plant modifications or adding new sorting technology, shifting focus to a product vs. commodity mentality can help MRFs pull more OCC from mixed paper, for example, which will increase profitability. Estimates show approximately 40 percent of North Americans shop online multiple times monthly, resulting in the “Amazon Effect,” by which a significantly higher percentage of smaller OCC ends up in single-stream recycling. “We are not seeing as much large cardboard in single stream anymore,” comments Neitzey. “Virtually everything comes in boxes today, so there are a lot of small boxes and chip board in the stream.” Doyle agrees, “Many existing MRF sorting systems were designed to remove the larger cardboard boxes. Since small boxes act like paper, more cardboard and chipboard will end up in mixed paper. Further sorting mixed paper to remove the OCC will help to boost profitability.” Moore & Associates’ Gee mentions that a trend for some MRFs currently is to produce a sorted residential papers and news product (SRPN-PSI #56) from their residential paper stream, rather than from their mixed paper stream. SRPN consists of newspaper, junk mail, magazines, printing and


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Optical sorting equipment manufacturers have responded to current market challenges with a new generation of technology to help MRFs create maximum value from recovered fibre. writing paper, as well as other acceptable paper coming from residential material. Depending on the region, this “new” newspaper grade currently commands upward of U.S. $55 per ton.


MRFs also have the option to invest in high-tech sorting technology to further sort mixed paper contents and substantially improve sorted fibre revenue streams. Cognizant of today’s market trends and tightening purity standards, optical sorting equipment manufacturers, such as TOMRA Sorting Recycling, have responded with a new generation of technological advancements to meet the sorting needs of today’s MRFs. While robotics is the hottest topic in the recycling industry currently, Van Dyk’s Neitzey notes that savings from replacing manual sorters with robots can only go so far. “While upgrading existing circuits is not as flashy as robotics, investing in intelligent separation through upgraded technology and rethinking sorting practices have the potential of saving the MRF hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in lost revenue,” he says. For example, the introduction of laser-based sorting technology within the last year promises to help deliver cleaner paper products like SRPN. Most MRF sorting systems include near infrared (NIR) technology to either positively or negatively sort paper. “NIR works great for sorting newspaper, white paper, magazines, PET bottles, milk jugs, etc.” comments Neitzey. “However, this technology cannot see the black plastic bowl from a to-go container, or glass on the belt, allowing some of this material to end up in SRPN as impurities or prohibitives.” Laser-based sorting technology, such as TOMRA’s Laser Object Detection (LOD), was designed specifically to identify and remove these traditionally hard-to-see materials from the paper stream, helping MRFs to pass a mill customer’s sight-test. “Since LOD detects items like black plastic and glass that NIR cannot see, combining LOD technology with our AUTOSORT system gives MRFs the ability to produce a cleaner paper product that meets today’s purity standards,” says Carlos Manchado Atienza, regional director Americas for TOMRA Sorting Recycling. “It can be installed as an add-on to an existing line to minimize investment cost or it can be a stand-alone unit on a new circuit.”

“SHARP EYE can look through the colour to see if the fibres are completely dyed or if the paper is just colour-coated with a white base,” explains Doyle. “It is capable of sorting the fully coloured fibres from the white paper wanted in an SOP clean product sort.” The latest TOMRA sorting technology also includes a larger, high-resolution lens not available on previous versions. Continued on page 76.

Sorting mixed paper to produce indemand recycled paper products such as sorted office paper (SOP) currently garners over U.S. $100 per ton. SOP MAY BE THE KEY

Commanding over U.S. $100 per ton domestically and much more in certain markets, sorted office paper (SOP) may be the key to helping MRFs survive today’s mixed paper market. This product consists primarily of white and coloured groundwood-free paper, free of unbleached fibres, and cannot contain more than one percent prohibitive materials, with outthrows plus prohibitives not exceeding five percent. SOP can be separated from residential paper, but there is a catch. Unless the MRF has contracts with businesses or receives shredded paper, the percentage of white paper found in single stream can be limited, and it is market dependent. “MRFs operating in a place like Boulder, Colorado, which has a high telecommute population, will tend to find more paper fitting the SOP parameters than those operating in urban areas,” explains Neitzey. Still, Doyle is a strong proponent of MRFs making the effort to sort out their SOP product and to consider changing business practices toward taking in more white paper. “Say the MRF receives U.S. $148 per sorted ton of SOP,” he says, “but is paying $2 per ton to offload mixed paper. That’s a $150 per-ton swing toward profitability.” The next generation of optical sorting technologies available also aid in separating office-grade from mixed paper. TOMRA’s latest upgrade to the AUTOSORT system, called SHARP EYE, peers through paper into its molecular makeup to provide a cleaner paper sort.



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n August 15, 2019, at Canada Fibers’ facility in North York, Ontario’s Environment Minister Jeff Yurek announced the next steps to transition funding of the province’s Blue Box Program away from municipal ratepayers to the producers of products and packaging. The plan is one of the most significant waste management developments in modern Canada. “We expect to see changes when producers are fully responsible for the recycling system,” says consultant Maria Kelleher, principal of Kelleher Environmental in Toronto. “When producers assume market risks and need to access supplies of packaging materials to meet recycled content commitments, we may see changes to product and packaging design to make recycling easier.” Stewardship Ontario is developing actions and timelines to start transitioning the Blue Box program toward producer responsibility, based on recommendations from Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste David Lindsay. For six weeks this spring, Lindsay met with municipal and industry stakeholders, delivering his report to the government in July. Lindsay recommended phasing in the changes over a period of three years. The first group of municipalities will transfer responsibility for their programs to producers January 1, 2023. Producers will then be fully responsible for providing blue box services province-wide by December 31, 2025. Assigning extended producer responsibility (EPR) to the blue box is part of an overarching provincial strategy called the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan that includes reducing plastic waste and litter, and a range of other conservation and pollution prevention ideas. The plan dovetails with a recently proposed federal ban on single-use plastics that will also impact waste streams. Lindsay’s report acknowledges that Ontario’s recycling rate has stalled. Confusion over what’s allowed in recycling bins in the

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province’s more than 240 different municipal programs has led to high contamination rates (as much as a third of what’s set out for recycling may be sent for disposal) and missed opportunities for economy-of-scale savings. In a perfect storm, Canada’s recycling programs have also been hit by the recent closure of Chinese and other Asian markets to the import of recyclable commodities. Stewardship Ontario (which manages the current Blue Box Program) will develop a detailed plan based on Lindsay’s report and submit it to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) by June 30, 2020. The RPRA will approve it no later than the end of that year, at which point preparation for transition will begin. (Under Ontario’s Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016, the RPRA is responsible for overseeing the orderly wind up of current waste diversion programs and the industry funding organizations responsible for managing them.)


Ontario was the first jurisdiction in the world to fully implement municipal curbside recycling via its acclaimed “blue box” program in the 1980s. Roughly four decades after the program took off and was widely copied across North America, its inherent limitations have been recognized. Ontarians have much to be proud of: they divert almost 50 percent of their household waste. However, when household rates are combined with commercial and industrial waste, the so-called “general” waste diversion rate falls below 30 percent. This means over 70 percent of waste ends up in landfills or incinerators (some exported to the U.S.). The cost of managing Ontario’s curbside recycling programs is currently split between municipal taxpayers and producers. With a status quo program, blue box costs would increase by approximately $10 million per year after 2019. Once full producer responsibility is in effect, however, Ontario’s municipalities will save between $125 million and $175 mil-

lion annually (based on 2017 costs). Change will especially affect the soft drink industry, whose desire to shed its historic glass bottle refilling system was a major impetus for the blue box in the first place. Ontario remains one of only two provinces without a deposit-refund

system for used non-alcohol beverage containers. (The other province is Manitoba.) This has kept diversion rates for these containers low. Clarissa Morawski is managing director of the European association Reloop, which sponsored a report released in

June entitled Better Together, from Eunomia Research and Consulting, that looks at Ontario’s system. “Contrary to old industry arguments,” Morawski says, “Eunomia found a deposit-refund system for non-alcoholic beverage containers would save money.”

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EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY With this change, along with improvements in curbside programs, an additional 118,000 tonnes of materials would be recycled every year, with overall savings of $12 million.


However it unfolds, EPR will assign costs where they belong: with producers, who have the most control over the packaging in which goods are sold. Private companies will drive efficiencies through the system, since they’ll pay for it. It’s impossible to anticipate all the coming changes, but a few highlights might include: • Soft drink and bottled water producers will likely place their containers on deposit. In place of yesteryear’s glass bottles, a new system might make use of European-style refillable PET or other materials. Redemptions are likely to use high-tech reverse vending machines (such as those offered by TOMRA) and bar codes that facilitate bulk returns. The space in recycling bins previously occupied by beverage containers could be devoted to other materials. • Alternative distribution and recovery systems reminiscent of yesterday’s milk man may pop up to deliver everything from cereal to ice cream to shampoo, direct to people’s homes. TerraCycle is already marketing just such a system called Loop. • Producers and recycling professionals will innovate with new technology. Ontario is well positioned on that front, having the largest and fastest-growing cleantech sector in Canada, with $19.8 billion in annual revenues and over 5,000 companies employing 130,000 people. • Specific strategies will be brought to bear on the challenging multi-residential sector, where recycling rates and organics collection lags behind rates for single-family homes. • EPR for the blue box – in combination with bans on singleuse plastics – could translate into windfall diversion gains in commercial and industrial waste, and raise the overall recycling rate (not just the residential one). • EPR isn’t simply about “who pays” for conventional waste management. Instead, it motivates companies to “design for the environment” (DfE). The new system should reduce the upstream environmental impacts of resource extraction, manufacturing and distribution (including climate change impacts). • Plastic shopping bags and other flexible plastic film is currently accepted in Toronto blue boxes, but not in those of Waterloo. Uniformity of what may be recycled will lead to collection and processing efficiencies, lower costs and higher diversion rates. • It’s unclear to what extent companies will simply contract out collection and recycling to municipalities. Householders might not even notice much difference. In any case, some reorganization is likely at waste transfer, sorting and processing facilities, including their locations and what they process, to which both municipal and commercial waste and recycling professionals should pay close attention. Guy Crittenden has worked in the solid waste and recycling industry over three decades. He is a Principal of Crittenden Communication, a consulting firm in Innisfil, Ontario, which specializes in environmental issues and the circular economy.

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IC&I waste Graphics sources: Statistics Canada, Waste Management Industry Survey 2016 for non-residential data; Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority; Datacall data and residential diversion rates for residential data; Data on organic waste from 2018 study prepared for MECP by 2cg.

Rare Earth Metals (Continued from page 23). Consider the lithium-ion batteries from the first-generation electric vehicles, being traded in at our used car lots. The cars may be junk, but the batteries in them are replete with manganese, cobalt, nickel, and of course lithium. These metals were in ultra-pure form when they went into the new battery. American Manganese has developed a patented process to extract these materials and restore them to that pristine purity for re-use in next-gen batteries, or other technology applications. The more we do that, the less likely it will be that another nation will hold the U.S. or Canada hostage over critical metals supply. Specifically, the RecycLiCo patented process for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries provides high extraction of cathode metals, such as lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese and aluminum at battery-grade purity, with minimal processing steps. In August, analytical

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modern economy. In Canada, flow-through shares are approved for the mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, and energy conservation sectors. The U.S. could do the same for critical mineral development, and jump-start a new era of domestic resource development. The rare earth metals global supply situation should be a wake-up call. Tech-centric economies like the United States, Canada and their industrial democratic allies are going to need a stable supply of tech metals and minerals that are essential to our innovation economies. It’s time we got equally innovative about how we encourage capital investment in innovation to supply these minerals to the manufacturers who depend on them.


Incentivizing innovation in the capital markets needed to fund innovators is the next crucial step. We have a tool in Canada that works quite well. It’s called flow-through financing. The concept – unlike so much of modern tax codes – is simple: the dollar-value of an investment into a resource developing company can be deducted – by the investor – from capital gains. The receiving company surrenders its right to expense that dollar amount, which then “flows-through” to the investor. The company gets the capital, and the investor gets the tax benefit. Society, in turn, gets the metals and minerals that are essential to the

Larry Reaugh is CEO of American Manganese, Inc., based out of Surrey, B.C.


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Mixed Paper (Continued from page 71). “We now offer customers the flexibility to choose between the standard resolution for regular sorting, and a highresolution package, with SHARP EYE for sorting different products, including office paper that meets purity standards,” says Doyle. Manchado Atienza agrees and stresses to customers that purity is critical with sorting. “Classification volume is important, but without detection precision, the investment is useless.” Neitzey also advises customers who want to separate out office paper that tipping floor management is a very important aspect to consider. “Blending everything together on the floor will reduce the amount of white paper an operation can separate from the mixed paper,” he says. “It’s best to sort out as much of the white paper as possible on the floor. Some customers currently do this and dedicate two or three days a week for sorting office paper.” While targeting high-value products within the fibre stream isn’t new, the consequences of not doing so within the confines of today’s market conditions may be the difference between profitability and survival for MRF operators. “Fibre is also the most labour-intensive process to which there is no financial gain, given today’s mixed paper mar-

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ince its inception in 2010, the Carton Council of Canada (CCC) has worked to deliver long-term solutions to help increase carton recovery and recycling in Canada. Cartons are recognized as an environmentally sound packaging choice for food and beverage products such as milk, juice, soy beverage and soup. Their primary component is paperboard, derived from renewable resources, in a format that is lightweight and transport-efficient, with an excellent product-to-package ratio. Since 2010, we’ve gone from a 41 percent national recovery rate for cartons to 60 percent in 2018. And while carton packaging has among the lowest environmental impact within the packaging industry, CCC members (including carton manufacturers Elopak, Evergreen Packaging, Tetra Pak and SIG Combibloc) continue to minimize the number of food and beverage cartons that end up at disposal sites. As a result, in 2019, CCC members have set an ambitious goal to see the carton recovery rate grow to 70 percent by 2025.

Achieving this ambition will require all members of the recycling value chain, including sorting facilities, municipalities, waste management companies and other stakeholders, to work together toward a collaborative and increasingly innovative future. In particular, three areas of focus can have a significant impact on the rate of food and beverage carton recovery across the country: working and supporting material recovery facilities (MRFs), continuing to develop end-markets for used cartons, and continuing the ongoing education of Canadian consumers.


One of CCC’s main objectives is to help optimize the carton sorting efforts of Canada’s MRFs. The Carton Council of Canada advocates for positive sorting of cartons because these post-consumer cartons retain their highest value when sorted and baled into Grade #52. On the environmental side, this practice allows for the recovery of the polyethylene and polyethylene/ aluminum residuals (PolyAl).

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LASTWORD Likewise, it is very important that MRFs demonstrate a commitment to creative thinking and the resourceful use of technology that lead to increasingly productive recovery solutions. Many have already done so. The Sani-Eco MRF in Granby, Q.C. for example, is the first in the country to install a robot on its line, significantly improving the efficiency of its operations. Other examples include the Tricentris MRF in Gatineau, Q.C., which reimagined their limited sorting space, refining their processes and doubling their carton volume production, as well as the MRF in Port-Cartier, Q.C., which despite its small size and remote location, has found a way to make positive sorting of cartons work. It’s this kind of innovation that will help increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the carton recovery process.


Stable and thriving end markets for post-consumer cartons are critical to the success of national recycling and recovery efforts. Traditionally, there have been a limited number of end market options for cartons. Today, however, advancements in sorting technology, the ability to process cartons into different types of

paper or tissue as well as green building products, and an increasing number of purchasing agents, support evolving carton markets around the world. And while global markets have faced recent challenges brought on by the closure of the Chinese market, the value of polycoat (grade PSI-52) remains significantly higher than that of residential mixed paper, and almost at par with newspaper (ONP #8). CCC continues to work with municipalities and MRFs to identify purchasers of post-consumer cartons and help ensure pricing and services are competitive and suited to their needs.


We know that Canadians genuinely care about the environment and the steps they can take to reduce their environmental footprint. We also know that engaging Canadians in an ongoing dialogue about the importance and potential impact of carton recycling helps increase the effectiveness of recycling messages. It also encourages positive changes in public attitudes and behaviours related to waste and recycling. As a result, CCC regularly finances and produces cartonrecycling awareness campaigns. We also

partner with existing initiatives to provide educational programs and recycling infrastructure to schools. As an example, projects like The Great Carton Search, a Carton Council of Canada-sponsored SARCAN initiative, encouraged schools in Saskatchewan to share stories about the success of their beverage container recycling program, with a focus on cartons. The contest and the responses from participating schools reinforced the fact that through education, a little bit of creativity and a great deal of commitment, we can certainly help increase the rate of carton recycling in our communities. CCC’s national recovery target of 70 percent recovery by 2025 is certainly an aspirational goal – but one worth continuing to strive for. Working closely with stakeholders across the country, raising awareness and implementing new thinking and processes, we can all help drive this improvement. Achieving 70 percent recovery begins with each of us demonstrating a daily commitment to being a positive and productive contributor to the process, and encouraging others, through our example, to do the same. Isabelle Faucher is the managing director of the Carton Council of Canada.

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