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PegEx Says Latest Update Solves the e-Manifest Problem

Haz-Waste Experts Twitter PegEx Says Latest Update Solves the e-Manifest Problem

PegEx, Inc. recently announced an update to its waste management software as a service platform that leads the way in solving the e-Manifest problem the waste industry has been experiencing. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just announced a major price hike for submitting a paper manifest, raising the price from $15 to $25. This was done in an attempt to force waste generators to switch to e-Manifest, which costs $8 per submission.

The problem that has everyone up in arms is trying to use the EPA's RCRAInfo e-Manifest system, which can be a slow, tedious and frustrating process. According to PegEx, the PegEx Platform enables a two-way connection with the EPA's RCRAInfo Portal.

PegEx said it has solved the e-Manifest problem by creating software that makes it “fast and easy” to create and submit e-Manifests directly to the EPA's RCRAInfo Portal. The software also makes it easy to print EPA and Department of Transportation approved paper copies of a manifest using a normal printer. 

“Our main goal is to help our customers move from a paper-based workflow to a digital workflow, transforming their business to be more streamlined and efficient. Our e-Manifest technology is just one part of that process. If you want to go all digital, and save a lot of money, we have you covered. But if you still need paper copies, it’s easy to create and print a PDF. If you are still stuck in the dot-matrix world, we have a solution for that as well,” said Jason Konen, vice president of product development for PegEx, in a statement. “We automate much of the process of filling out the manifest plus we provide two-way communications with the EPA RCRAInfo Portal. Submitting your manifest electronically is as easy as a click of a button.”

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Waste Pro Promotes Five Top Leaders Across Florida

Waste Pro Promotes Five Top Leaders Across Florida

Waste Pro has promoted five of its top leaders across its 10-state footprint. West Coast Regional Vice President Keith Banasiak is assuming the role of senior vice president; Director of Human Resources Shannon Early is now vice president of human resources; Southwest Florida Regional Maintenance Manager David Kutschinski has been promoted to vice president of fleet and maintenance; Athens, Ga., Division Manager Jerry Harrison has been promoted to divisional vice president of Georgia; and Production Manager of Waste Pro’s Ocala recycling center Will Howard is now vice president of recycling.

Banasiak leads one of Waste Pro’s largest regions with more than 200,000 residential customers and 10,000 commercial accounts. In addition to his more than 20 years of experience in the waste industry, he also serves as chairman emeritus of Keep Lee County Beautiful and Keep Manatee Beautiful.

Early has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, beginning her career with SunTrust Banks, Inc. handling recruiting and employee relations. She joined Waste Pro’s Corporate Office, located in Longwood, Fla., in 2011 as manager of training and human resources before being promoted to director of human resources in 2013.

Kutschinski joined Waste Pro as regional maintenance manager in 2015, working alongside Banasiak in the West Coast Region. He has 27 years of management experience in the waste industry and has grown to become a recognized industry leader in fleet operations and maintenance. Waste Pro maintains a fleet of more than 2,900 trucks.

Harrison has been with Waste Pro as Athens division manager since 2014. He has managed a team of dozens to service more than 13,000 residential customers and more than 2,500 commercial customers in the Athens region and has led many community involvement initiatives, including a recent donation to the Walton County Sheriff’s Department to purchase ballistic vests for its K9 deputies.

Howard joined Waste Pro’s Ocala materials recovery facility in 2015, supervising the processing workflow of materials through the recycling facility. He was a member of Waste Pro’s inaugural Leadership Initiative class, which is a mentorship program designed to develop a vibrant second generation of young leaders. In addition, he is a recognized recycling industry expert and often serves as Waste Pro’s spokesperson for recycling-related issues.

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Tyrex Resources Acquires Tire Management

Tyrex Resources, LLC LinkedIn Tyrex Resources Acquires Tire Management

Tyrex Resources, LLC (CompacTyres), a fast-growing scrap tire removal company in the Northeast, announced the acquisition of Tire Management, a provider of tire removal services based in Paterson, N.J. The combined operations service more than 1,600 clients and manage the recycling of nearly 2 million tires annually.

Tyrex/CompacTyres is based in Hamilton, N.J., and is known for the application of its patented compaction technology and predictive software to deliver increased service frequency and greater value to its clients throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The company has been rapidly growing its operational footprint, and the Tire Management transaction represents its first expansion through acquisition.

Tire Management's Founder Chris LaBanca, who built the tire collection service company, will be joining the Tyrex/CompacTyres management team. In his role, he will lead client integration operations in the region and will help to guide continued rapid expansion of the combined entities.

“Tyrex has built an innovative and efficient model for delivering collection services,” said LaBanca in a statement. “Our team and our clients are in great hands.”

“We are looking forward to bringing our unique technologies and unmatched level of service to the large Tire Management client base,” said Tyrex/CompacTyres' Co-founder and CEO Fred Devlin in a statement. “We’re pleased to have successfully completed our first acquisition and welcome Chris and his team to our expanding organization.”

Advisory services for the transaction were provided by Mystic Environmental Solutions and Emerging Growth Equities.

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More Companies Settle in Ohio’s Closed Loop CRT Lawsuit

More Companies Settle in Ohio’s Closed Loop CRT Lawsuit

Three additional companies have agreed to settle in Ohio’s Closed Loop Refining and Recovery’s cathode ray tube (CRT) recycling case.

Resource Recycling reports that on September 30, Sunnking, Environmental Coordination Services and Recycling and Quicksilver Recycling announced that they have reached settlements with Closed Loop’s former Ohio landlords.

In addition, according to the report, there are agreements with Garrison Southfield Park and Olymbec USA, which own warehouses in Columbus, Ohio, that were occupied by CRT outlet Closed Loop before it failed in 2016. Those properties hold roughly 159 million pounds of CRT materials and claim that it’ll cost more than $18 million to clean up their properties.

Resource Recycling has more:

The field of companies fighting Closed Loop Refining and Recovery’s former Ohio landlords continues to decrease, after three more defendants agreed to settle.

On Sept. 30, Sunnking, Environmental Coordination Services and Recycling, and Quicksilver Recycling Services announced they reached settlements with the landlords. The deals obligate them to pay a combined $167,000.

The agreements are with Garrison Southfield Park and Olymbec USA, which own warehouses in Columbus, Ohio that were occupied by CRT outlet Closed Loop before it failed in 2016.

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Tampa, Fla., Announces Plans to Take Over McKay Bay WTE Plant

City of Tampa Twitter Tampa, Fla., Announces Plans to Take Over McKay Bay WTE Plant

The city of Tampa, Fla., has given notice that it plans to take over the McKay Bay waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in an effort to save money. Tampa Bay Times reports that the move could save the city up to $5 million a year.

New Hampshire-based Wheelabrator Technologies has operated the plant for 30 years. Instead of making a profit from the facility, city officials say they could invest in reducing mishaps that occasionally shut the plant down, causing garbage to be sent to landfills instead of turned into ash and heavy metals, the report notes.

The city plans to hire all of the 40 or so current employees at about the same pay. Though by becoming city workers, they would be eligible for pensions and union membership. The city also plans to add 10 new positions. All employees would become part of the city’s Solid Waste Department.

Tampa Bay Times has more information:

When Tampa officials broke the news last week to the 40 or so employees of the McKay Bay waste-to-energy plant, it came as a surprise to many.

But Public Works Administrator Brad Baird said the plan for the city to take control of the facility that turns Tampa’s trash into enough electricity to power 13,000 homes has been in the works for about a year.

A consultant’s study found that city operation of the plant could save up to $5 million a year, which would allow the city to invest in upgrades and improved maintenance.

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New Brunswick, Canada, Develops EPR Program for Packaging, Printed Paper

New Brunswick, Canada, Develops EPR Program for Packaging, Printed Paper

An extended producer responsibility (EPR) program for packaging and printed paper will be developed by the provincial government of New Brunswick, Canada, in collaboration with Recycle NB and stakeholders.

“New Brunswick will benefit from the implementation of this program because it increases recycling opportunities, diverts material from landfills and puts the onus on large producers to reduce their packaging,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Jeff Carr in a statement. “Having vibrant and sustainable communities is one of our government’s six key priority areas. Our environment and our communities will benefit from this program because it will lead to more recycling of a wider range of items.”

Similar programs are in place in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, representing about 80 percent of the Canadian population.

Extended producer responsibility is an environmental policy that gives industry the opportunity to accept its obligation to provide for the end-of-life management of the products it produces,” said Recycle NB CEO Frank LeBlanc in a statement. “We applaud the provincial government for moving toward a made-in-New Brunswick program that will see a 21st century waste management solution.”

It is estimated that New Brunswickers are already diverting 30 percent of packaging and printed paper through existing voluntary curbside recycling programs. An EPR program is expected to divert more than 60 percent of this material.

“An extended producer responsibility program for packaging and printed paper will help reduce waste and reduce strain on our landfills,” said Wayne Sturgeon, president of the Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick, in a statement. “It will save local governments money without costing our residents more in taxes. And since many products are priced nationally, New Brunswickers are already paying without getting the benefits.”

Currently, there are extended producer responsibility programs in New Brunswick for tires, paint, oil and glycol products and electronics.

Salesforce Creates Cloud-based Carbon Footprint Tracker

Salesforce News Twitter Salesforce Creates Cloud-based Carbon Footprint Tracker

Following the United Nations’ (U.N.) lead regarding climate change and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a San Francisco-based customer relationship management company has launched a sustainability platform to help businesses track their carbon footprints.

Salesforce’s Sustainability Cloud is a carbon accounting product that gives businesses a 360-degree view of their environmental impact so they can analyze and report environmental data. Data measured with Sustainability Cloud provides insights that guide the process of setting sustainability goals.

“Sustainability Cloud tracks carbon emissions, renewable energy use and how a company is measuring against its sustainability goals,” says Ari Alexander, general manager of the Salesforce Sustainability Cloud. “Based on a system that Salesforce first used internally to track carbon emissions, Sustainability Cloud makes data easily accessible to sustainability managers and helps businesses view their carbon footprint.”

A company’s carbon data is surfaced in Salesforce Einstein Analytics, which analyzes user data to help them make informed business decisions—both for audit purposes and executive engagement.

“As a company whose core offering is inherently forest-friendly, we are helping our more than 535,000 customers save millions of trees every year and decrease their use of paper,” said Dan Springer, CEO of San Francisco-based DocuSign, in a statement. “This focus on sustainability is why we’re excited about Salesforce’s launch of Sustainability Cloud—it has great potential to help businesses tackle climate change more effectively by providing an easy solution for tracking, evaluating and ultimately reducing their impact on the environment.”

The platform’s goal is to drive climate action that will accelerate the world’s efforts toward carbon neutrality.

“We care about the environment and are conscious of our ecological footprint, while striving to minimize it,” said Isabelle Leung-Tack, vice president of global communications at Paris-based Criteo, in a statement. “The opportunity to work with Salesforce has been a tremendous one. Sustainability Cloud allows us to gather our entire carbon footprint, look at the data and start making a change. Our vision is that by having access to the data around our efforts, we will be able to reduce our environmental impact by identifying potential risks and taking action sooner than ever before.”

Salesforce is committed to achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2022 and advocates for policies that support a low-carbon economy, according to Alexander.

“At Salesforce, we believe that business is a powerful and trusted platform to drive positive social and environmental impact for all stakeholders,” he says. “As the effects of climate change worsen, we continue our commitment to protect the environment.”

In 2018, Salesforce partnered with Mission 2020 to establish the Step Up Declaration, an alliance committed to harnessing the power of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to help reduce emissions across all economic sectors. The company also has joined 87 other companies in a commitment to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and reach net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. The company is a member of the “Business Avengers” coalition, focusing on the role businesses play in hitting the targets of the U.N.’s 17 SDGs by 2030.

“We all have a role to play, based on our unique skills, resources and core competency—we have tapped into our innovation and technology to take climate action now,” says Alexander.

SC Johnson, Plastic Bank Partner to Fight Ocean Plastic and Poverty

SC Johnson Plastic Bank Partner to Fight Ocean Plastic and Poverty

SC Johnson and Plastic Bank launched a global partnership to stop plastic waste from entering the ocean and to fight poverty. The three-year effort creates recycling infrastructure on a massive scale across five countries and pays residents to collect plastic in exchange for digital savings and rewards. Once the plastic is collected and exchanged, it will be recycled into a 100 percent Social Plastic bottle, which SC Johnson will use for its Windex line beginning in February 2020.

"More than 8 million metric tons of plastic leak into the ocean every year, so building infrastructure that stops plastic before it gets into the ocean is key to solving this issue," said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, in a statement. "I'm particularly pleased that this program we developed with Plastic Bank helps to address poverty and this critical environmental issue at the same time."

SC Johnson and Plastic Bank already have nine collection centers in Indonesia. Under the new three-year agreement, they will expand to 509 total collection centers and points across several countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam—four of the five countries that contribute most to ocean plastic—and Brazil.

SC Johnson Plastic Bank Partner to Fight Ocean Plastic and Poverty

Plastic Bank plans to collect 30,000 metric tons of plastic waste over three years. This is the equivalent of stopping approximately 1.5 billion plastic bottles from entering the waterways and oceans, as 100 percent of the plastic will be collected within 30 miles of an ocean or waterway in countries without a formal waste collection infrastructure.

Extreme poverty often compounds extreme pollution as many developing countries lack the resources necessary to build waste removal and recycling infrastructure. Researchers estimate that 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean every year and approximately 90 percent of it comes from 10 rivers around the world—eight in Asia and two in Africa.

Addressing Poverty and Pollution: How Social Plastic Works

Developed by Plastic Bank, the Social Plastic ecosystem builds and activates recycling infrastructure in the world's poorest regions and invites residents to earn a stable income by joining the effort. Residents can collect and exchange plastic for digital tokens. Using blockchain technology, they can use the tokens in exchange for access to necessities, healthcare coverage, school tuition, local currency and more—reducing the risk of loss or theft.

Residents can substantially boost their incomes, according to Plastic Bank, as they receive the spot market rate plus premium for the plastic they collect. Once collected, the plastic is recycled into Social Plastic and sold to make new products.

SC Johnson Plastic Bank Partner to Fight Ocean Plastic and Poverty

"Together with SC Johnson, we now have the ability to help close the loop and advance a circular economy while developing infrastructure in the areas where it is needed the most," said David Katz, Plastic Bank's founder and CEO, in a statement. "We are eager to expand exponentially and maximize our efforts in cleaning the environment, prohibiting waste from entering the ocean and alleviating poverty simultaneously. There is no better partner than Fisk and SC Johnson—other CEOs should take note."

Beginning in February 2020, SC Johnson will incorporate 100 percent recycled Social Plastic collected by Plastic Bank into its iconic Windex line. The 100 percent recycled Social Plastic bottle will be incorporated into Windex Original and Windex Vinegar in both the United States and Canada.

In addition to its partnership with Plastic Bank, SC Johnson is carrying out its commitment to help tackle the plastic pollution crisis. The company said it has steadily increased the use of post-consumer recycled plastic in its products and removed excess plastics wherever possible.

  • 94 percent of SC Johnson's plastic packaging is designed to be recyclable, reusable or compostable. The goal is 100 percent by 2025.
  • SC Johnson uses post-consumer recycled bottles for several product lines.
  • SC Johnson removed more than 1.7 million kilograms of plastic from its primary packaging during fiscal year 2018-19.

Since the unveiling of Windex concentrates in 2011, SC Johnson has expanded its refill options to other cleaning brands, including Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout and fantastik. The new line of SC Johnson concentrates launched in both the United States and Canada last summer, with Scrubbing Bubbles, Windex and fantastik bottles available on Amazon. The next wave of concentrate refills—including Scrubbing Bubbles, Windex and Mr Muscle—are launching in Mexico, the United Kingdom, China and Japan this fall.

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Kellogg Company Provides Update on Global Packaging Goal

Kellogg Company Provides Update on Global Packaging Goal

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 311 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year, the equivalent of more than 900 Empire State Buildings. Annually, 8 million tonnes of this plastic enters the oceans. Packaging is a considerable contributor to this issue; however, it also plays an important role in food quality, safety and reducing food waste.

Nigel Hughes, senior vice president of global research and development at Kellogg Company, is responsible for leading a team that looks at how packaging can protect Kellogg's foods, deliver the quality people expect and support a more sustainable future. Here, he has provided an update on how Kellogg is progressing toward its global packaging goal.

“At Kellogg, we're wasting no time in working toward our goal of using 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025,” said Hughes in a statement. “Our goal aligns to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, which we were among just a handful of food companies to sign on to in 2018. Doing so is part of our global Kellogg's Better Days commitment to create better days for 3 billion people around the world by addressing the interrelated issues of food security, climate resiliency and well-being.”

“Already, more than 97 percent of our timber-based packaging that goes into cereal and other boxes comes from either recycled or certified-sustainable content,” he added. “And we're speeding up our efforts. For example, although plastic packaging is just one part of our overall packaging mix, we've already ensured that 32 percent of what we use globally is recyclable. And we have many projects in the works to ensure that we achieve our 2025 sustainable packaging goal.”

Around the world, the company’s approach to reducing waste with more sustainable packaging includes three tenets:

  1. EXCLUDE certain items and materials
  2. REDUCE packaging across the portfolio
  3. REDESIGN packaging to be recyclable or compostable

Exclude

“In 2018, we transitioned to compostable paper foodservice products in all our plants and offices … no more plastic and no more single-use foam,” said Hughes. “In our U.S. operations in Illinois and Michigan alone, we diverted 2 million pieces of silverware, 105,000 straws and 110,000 bottles from landfill every year. We're also removing the plastic spoons from our joyböl granola smoothies. Once this is complete, no Kellogg food packaging will use plastic forks, knives, straws, stirrers, polystyrene or oxo-degradable plastic.”

Reduce

Over the years, the company has significantly reduced the amount of material in its cereal boxes and other packages. Kellogg also has reduced flap sizes, eliminated excess air and introduced other innovations to make packaging better for the environment.

“Currently, we have some instances where we bulk ship cereal in reusable bins from the production facility to the final destination where it is packed into pouches or bag-in-box packages,” explained Hughes. “This happens with our granolas and cereals in multiple regions. In Africa, India, China and Australia, we've significantly reduced packaging using this approach.”

Redesign

In Europe, Kellogg redesigned its cereal pouches to use recycle-ready material, eliminating approximately 480 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging each year.

In the United States, Bear Naked recently launched new, store drop-off, recycle-ready packaging for its granolas and granola bites. The new packaging includes a "Store Drop-Off" logo and website link to help people find a nearby recycle drop-off location. All Bear Naked granolas and Bites varieties will adopt this packaging going forward. The company has also had similar success in the U.S. reducing packaging in its MorningStar Farms veggie foods by moving to resealable bags. As an added benefit, the bags help fight freezer burn, which reduces food waste.

“Most importantly, we're looking at breakthrough packaging innovation by considering sustainability right from the start,” said Hughes. “We're excited about the opportunities to deliver for people, our customers and the planet.”

Recycling Via Partnerships and New Technologies

Kellogg also is encouraging more recycling and partnering on new technologies. For example:

“In Australia, we include the Redcycle logo on our cereal bags,” according to Hughes. “At the Redcycle website, people can easily find the location of their nearest drop-off location. A similar effort is underway in the U.S., where we include the How2Recycle label on most of our packages.”

In the U.K., Pringles launched a partnership with TerraCycle to collect and recycle its cans. And in Malaysia, the company’s local waste collector converts rejected Pringles cans into corrugated paper.

In Mexico, Kellogg is piloting a project to replace PET packaging with material that can more easily be crushed into pellets and recycled.

Kellogg India is piloting an innovative project with waste management company Nepra Environmental Solutions in Pune, Maharashtra. Together, they’re developing a system to collect and dispose of multilayer plastic (MLP) waste. Nepra purchases MLP from the local waste sorting workers and turns it into fuel for cement kilns.

“More than 110 years ago, the very first box of Kellogg's cereal was created with recycled content,” concluded Hughes. “So, using sustainable packaging is part of our DNA. Today, the people of Kellogg are proud to be taking this commitment to the next level. While we don't have all the solutions, we're hard at work researching, collaborating with partners and piloting new approaches to keeping our foods safe and fresh while also protecting the planet. You can learn more about our efforts in our newly published 2019 Global Sustainable Packaging Milestones.”

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Los Angeles to Test Recycled Plastic in Road Construction

TechniSoil Industrial, LLC Facebook Los Angeles to Test Recycled Plastic in Road Construction

The city of Los Angeles is piloting a project that will use recycled plastic as a key ingredient in city roads. The city is using technology from TechniSoil and will test the method on First Street and Grand Avenue to see if it will work for other roads.

According to One Green Planet, tests show that plastic roads are up to seven times stronger than those made with regular asphalt. Environmentalists, however, have expressed concern about the leaching of plastic into waterways once they’re made into roads.

According to the report, currently, much of the recycled plastic in the city has ended up in landfills because of rising recycling costs. A place to put the bottles would help keep them out of landfills and alleviate the costs to the city.

One Green Planet has more information:

The use of plastic in streets is being piloted in Los Angeles this year. Recycled plastic will be a key ingredient in roads, acting as the binder. Using technology from a company called TechniSoil, the city hopes it will be a good use of its excess plastic.

Using a pilot site of First Street and Grand Avenue, the city will test the method to see if it will work for other roads. To make a road, the asphalt is made into plastic by taking plastic pellets and turning them into an oil. This plastic oil is then mixed with materials and paved like normal, according to spokesperson Kevin Mozee from the Department of Street Services in Los Angeles.

Apart from using up recycled bottles and other plastics, these roads will produce less emissions and use less materials, costs and time to build. Tests show that plastic roads are up to seven times stronger than those made with regular asphalt.

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