Resource Recycling Systems Inc. (RRS), Ann Arbor, Michigan, added Elisa Seltzer and Shaun Spalding to its team as senior consultants. RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that strives to create a world where resources are managed to maximize economic and social benefit while minimizing environmental harm.

Seltzer is the former public works director for Emmet County, Michigan, where she designed, implemented and oversaw the county’s self-funded resource recovery program. During her 30-year tenure with Emmet County, Seltzer helped the county reach a diversion rate approaching 50 percent, spearheaded the successful bin-to-cart transition for six municipalities and managed a regional facility that included a material recovery facility (MRF) providing recycling processing services in a hub and spoke network of five counties, a transfer station and a compost facility. She also collaborated with private haulers and government stakeholders, oversaw the solid waste management planning process, developed markets for many hard-to-recycle materials, and developed and oversaw the residential and commercial curbside routes and drop-site recycling sites in Emmet and four partner counties.

In her role as an RRS senior consultant, Seltzer will focus on assisting communities in developing and improving recycling and composting programs, cultivating public-private partnerships, and strategically connecting the right resources to move communities toward zero-waste and sustainability goals. She will operate out of Michigan’s northern lower peninsula near Mackinaw City.

Spalding is a certified engineering technologist and environmental professional in waste management. Over his 19-year career, Shaun has worked in the public and private sectors improving operational service delivery, developing program and material specific strategies, creating master plans and conducting material stream composition studies across Canada and the U.S. His career has included working with a large urban Ontario municipality, a private sector gas-to-energy company, and various consulting engineering firms.

Spalding will be working with public and private sector clients as an RRS senior consultant focusing on recovery infrastructure development including MRFs, transfer stations, and organics recovery sites, in addition to program and service level reviews, operational plan development, and compositional assessments. He will operate out of Ontario, Canada.

“We are seeing increased demand from community, company, and organizational leaders to tackle the tough questions around recycling, organics recovery, and sustainability,” says Jim Frey, co-founder and CEO of RRS. “Elisa and Shaun bring unique sets of experience and expertise that are valuable additions to the RRS team. We look forward to engaging with more organizations that are working toward a more sustainable future.”

The Switzerland-based Frutiger will present its latest equipment in the field of dust control at this year’s Bauma conference April 8-14 in Munich. The company is the creator of the wheel wash MobyDick Quick system.

To coincide with the increasingly stringent regulations on air pollution control, as well as new findings about the harmful effects of dust on the human body, the demand for effective dust binding solutions has increased significantly. Some dust emissions, such as dust whirled up on construction site exits, have already been successfully reduced in the past using wheel wash systems. However, other dust problems, such as those typically seen in the field of demolition, as well as at steel and cement works or material terminals, increasingly required additional solutions.

It was for this reason, Frutiger says, that it launched the MobyDick Cannon Line for dust control around five years ago. The right dust control equipment is usually dependent on the type of work and weather conditions, including wind, temperatures and air humidity. However, these factors tend to vary considerably during use, which makes choosing the right model a challenge for operators. It’s a challenge Frutiger says it set out to solve with its dust binding equipment under the brand MobyDick.

The first stage of development was based on intensive cooperation with the Aviation Centre at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). During this stage, measurements were taken to assess the effectiveness of various items of dust binding equipment in accordance with scientific criteria. Following this, the engineers developed a total new version of the outer cone with the help of computer-aided calculations. In addition, the guiding plates were replaced by modelled high-performance stators, and the motor unit was given an aerodynamic cover.

After Frutiger produced the first prototypes, control measurements were taken, which the company says showed an increase in effectiveness of around 25 percent in comparison with the previous models.

“The initial calculations revealed how performance can be improved at any early stage. However, even we were surprised that the effectiveness of the Frutiger prototype was now so far over and above the results achieved by all the other models we tested,” said Michael Ammann, a research assistant at ZHAW, about his findings. The researchers said their key focus involved optimizing the motor performance of the fan as much as possible using current scientific knowledge in order to achieve an improved range of throw for water droplets.

Frutiger says conventional sheet metal is not suitable to produce an optimal aerodynamic cone formation, it used high-quality composite fiber instead. The company says the material is durable, resistant against acid and corrosion, sound absorbent and easy to repair.

The Frutiger engineers based at the company’s headquarters also worked to ensure the range of throw was adjustable. For the New Generation 3060 model, the range varies between 30 and 60 meters (98 to 197 feet), and the larger 3090 model has an even bigger range of between 30 and 90 meters (98 to 295 feet).

“This innovation has significant added value in practice, as sources of dust can now be managed from the perfect distance with maximum effect, thus drastically reducing unnecessary water loss” said André Perret, the division manager for dust binding. “Our equipment is very often used in different locations and under varying conditions. This means it’s not always ideal to run the equipment at full capacity. Therefore, our new models can be continuously regulated, which also significantly reduces power consumption and noise emissions for many uses.”

The adjustable range of droplet throw is another feature of the equipment, allowing operators to both cover large areas with the traditional nozzle ring and use a more concentrated flow in the wind. The quantity of water can also be regulated and, like the range of throw and type of spray, it can be adapted to the working conditions.

“By collaborating with ZHAW and conducting comprehensive testing, we’ve optimized a technology that originated from the snow industry for use in the building industry. This provides our customers with real added value in their everyday work compared with using converted snow cannons,” says Urs Frutiger, the CEO of Frutiger. “It’s definitely an advantage that we’ve been working in the building sector for over 60 years and develop our equipment specially for use in dust binding right from the outset”.

The development of the equipment was also supported by the Agency for Innovation of the Swiss Confederation.

Frutiger also says that began with the launch of its wheel waste systems, MobyDick ONE, at Bauma 2016 will continue at Bauma 2019: the restructuring of the MobyDick wheel washing system product range. The range now includes about 30 standard models in the ConLine KIT Flex and KIT Plus lines, which are predominantly used on building sites.

Florida state legislators have introduced bills to both the state’s House and Senate that would aim to create a bottle bill system in Florida. 

According to a report from the Tampa Bay Times, Florida House Bill 853, which was introduced by Rep. Richard Stark (D-Weston) March 5, and Florida Senate Bill 672, which was introduced by Sen. Kevin Rader (D-Delray Beach) March 5, call for consumers to pay a 20-cent or 30-cent deposit on plastic, glass and aluminum containers holding between 6 fluid ounces and 1 gallon.  

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Rader says he thinks the extra financial incentive of a bottle bill would translate to less litter and higher recycling rates. He adds that consumers would also get the money back when they return the bottles and cans. 

Currently, 10 other states employ bottle bills: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Vermont. If Florida moves forward with these bills, it would be the 11th state to enact a bottle deposit law.

Bend Garbage Co. of Bend, Oregon, announced it has entered into an agreement to sell its companies, High Country Disposal of Redmond, Oregon, Bend Garbage & Recycling and Deschutes Recycling, both of Bend, to Republic Services Inc. of Phoenix.Bend Garbage & Recycling and High Country Disposal provide waste management, recycling, and hauling services in the cities Bend, Redmond and Sisters. Deschutes Recycling is a recycling depot and compost facility located at Knott Landfill.

“We have been honored to work with our cities, counties, and such a great community over the years, but we feel now is the time for our family to retire and transition the company to new ownership,” said Brad Bailey, the president of Bend Garbage Company, in a news release.Republic Services currently serves several communities across Oregon.

Nearly 80 of the company’s top drivers, operators and technicians participated in its ROAD-EO National Championship.

Republic Services Inc., Phoenix, announced the winners of its ROAD-EO National Championship, which brought together nearly 80 of the company’s top drivers, operators and technicians from across the country for a competition focused on safety and skill.

Republic’s ROAD-EO competition involved 40 drivers, 20 heavy equipment operators and 19 vehicle technicians who earned the opportunity to compete by winning local and area competitions.

The finalists, who represented 31 states, traveled to Arizona for the competition at ISM Raceway in Avondale. After a day of competitive skills challenges, the following eight winners were named:

The collection drivers competed in one of four categories—residential rear-loader, residential side-load, industrial roll-off, and commercial front-loader—and were required to complete seven timed challenges, including parallel parking, alley backing and a serpentine course.

In the post-collection division, 10 heavy equipment operators competed in the bulldozer category, while 10 others competed in the wheel loader category, completing seven challenges of their own, including forward/back, dirt pickup and drum roll.

The technician competition consisted of diagnostic tests on either a roll-off truck or a bulldozer. Competitors were challenged with identifying and troubleshooting 10 vehicle problems in an allotted amount of time.

These 79 finalists qualified from a field of 16,000 drivers, operators and technicians. Altogether, the finalists have tallied nearly 1,000 years of service with the company.

The first-, second- and third-place winner in each category was awarded a cash prize and additional paid time off.

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