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In This Issue: May/June 2016

Safety Spotlight

  • Safety briefs
  • Legalized marijuana’s impacts on safety policies
  • New fire hazards in shredder piles

2015 Commodity Market Wrap-Up: A Year to Forget
A stronger U.S. dollar, a weak U.S. manufacturing sector, excess production in China, and lower international scrap demand were among the economic and market factors that combined to make 2015 a harrowing year for recyclers. By Joe Pickard

Mixed Feelings on Mixed Waste
Collecting solid waste and recyclables in one bin to maximize recycling collections is making it harder for processors to produce clean, salable commodities, critics say. Is that why such facilities have yet to succeed in the United States? By Megan Quinn

Think Tank: Canada’s Recycling Challenges
Leading the “small but mighty” Canadian Association of Recycling Industries through tough times has strengthened Tracy Shaw’s resolve and resilience for the future.

Equipment Focus: Vibratory Feeders
Most vibratory feeders work on the same principle, but your choice of machine will depend on the types of materials you process and your budget, among other factors. By Megan Quinn

Containing Cargo Theft
ISRI research on scrap metal theft from international shipping containers is pinpointing the hardest-hit destinations and materials and drawing more attention to the problem. Exporters also are stepping up their efforts to reduce their risk. By Rachel H. Pollack

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