HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 12/11-12/15

The following is a recap of the HOBI blog during the week of 12/11-12/15. U.K. students research cheaper tools for identifying plastics Team Matoha, a group composed of four undergraduate students at Imperial College London, is looking into developing low-cost instruments that will manually identify and sort plastic materials based on resin type. OEM representative…

Chinese leaders will be enforcing import restrictions “to the letter”

Top Chinese environmental official recently revealed that China will be enforcing the upcoming import restrictions “to the letter.” Environmental Minister Li Ganjie characterized the country’s materials ban and recently updated contaminant standards revision as two separate actions during a press conference held by Chinese environmental officials on Nov. 16. This confirmed the growing speculation that…

U.K. students research cheaper tools for identifying plastics

A team of four undergraduate chemistry and physics students at Imperial College London are trying to develop low-cost instruments that will manually identify and sort plastic materials based on differing types of resin. Students Martin Holicky, Han Chan, David Dai and James Kung, are working towards re-thinking how near-infrared spectrometers are designed and constructed to…

Canadian company targets growing lithium-ion battery stream

As lithium-ion batteries become more useful in the manufacturing of vehicles, the more experts predict that the batteries will regularly appear in the waste stream within the next coming years.  Despite the batteries still in the early stages of entering the waste stream, British Columbia-based company American Manganese sees this trend as a great opportunity.…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 11/20-11/22

The following is a weekly recap of the HOBI blog for the week 11/20-11/22. China Releases New Proposed Contaminants Threshold On Nov. 15, the Government of China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to adopt the Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imported Solid Wastes as Raw Materials (GB 16487 .2-13), standards that…

China Releases New Proposed Contaminants Threshold

In an alert sent to its members Nov. 16, ISRI says the Government of China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to adopt the Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imported Solid Wastes as Raw Materials (GB 16487 .2-13), the standards that set the allowable contaminates thresholds for scrap imports. China proposed that…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 11/13-11/17

The following is a weekly recap for the HOBI blog for the week 11/13-11/17. The E-Waste Evolution Continues As electronics continue to boom, so does e-waste management. Companies are looking at advanced systems to help compile waste details and find ways to reduce waste in this ever-advancing society. America Recycles Day 2017 America Recycles Day…

Recycling Partnership Creates Job Opportunities for Disabled Students

Triangle Inc. and Green Network Exchange have come together not only to promote electronic waste recycling but to help people with disabilities find careers. Triangle Inc. is a company that provides services to help individuals with disabilities find careers, become self-advocates, and live independently. The company’s Transitions to Successful Careers (TSC) program provides high school…

ISRI Oversees Debate on Expanding MRF Materials List

On Nov. 7, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ (ISRI) MRF (material recovery facility) Council heard presentations from Keurig Green Mountain, the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) and the Hefty EnergyBag Program. These three organizations gathered to argue in favor of having their packaging types accepted at MRFs. The three types of packaging were: K-Cups, takeout…

America Recycles Day is Here – Are You Ready to #BeRecycled?

This year marks the 20th anniversary of America Recycles Day (ARD), a Keep America Beautiful national initiative. It is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling within the United States. Each year, thousands of communities nationwide participate in promoting environmental citizenship and take action to increase and improve recycling in America. The…