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Recycling Industry News

  • The Aluminum Association (Arlington, Va.), the Can Manufacturers Institute (Washington, D.C.), the Glass Packaging Institute (Arlington, Va.), and the National Association for PET Container Resources (Charlotte, N.C.)—trade associations representing aluminum, glass, and PET container manufacturers—are urging the continuation or resumption of container deposit-return systems in the 10 deposit-program states as government officials make policy decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Packaging manufacturer Cascades (Kingsey Falls, Quebec) is manufacturing pre-cut medical visor parts using recycled plastic in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Circle Economy (Amsterdam), a collaboration among textile collectors, sorters, and recyclers, is commercializing Fibersort, a near-infrared spectroscopy sorting system manufactured by Valvan Baling Systems (Menen, Belgium).
  • The Seattle-based Basel Action Network nonprofit has started a crowdfunding campaign to support migrant shipbreaking workers in Chattogram, Bangladesh, who it says are at risk of losing their jobs and of getting exposed to the novel coronavirus due to cramped working and living spaces.
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Equipment Spotlight

  • Shear blades made with nickel

    Shear blades made with nickel

    The NiCore blades for mobile and stationary shears consist of a specialized high-alloy material with 4% nickel content that is designed to last 60% to 80% longer per edge than average standard blades, BladeCore (Superior, Wis.) says.
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