Website helps companies track landfill diversion

American Industrial Apps, a Phoenix-based developer of affordable custom mobile apps that help industrial facilities automate their processes, has developed a new website, www.DiversionTracker.com.

The website is designed to help organizations track their waste and recycling load data, computing their landfill diversion rates and resulting savings in real time, the company says.

According to American Industrial Apps Founder Phil Cacioppo, a company or organization generating discarded materials can enter its own recycling data or can work in cooperation with its vendors, such as waste and recycling haulers and material recovery facility (MRF) operators.

“The idea is that an organization will experience improved results with its sustainability program if it is able to better track its progress in terms of its landfill diversion rate and resulting savings,” says Cacioppo. “I would like to partner up with MRFs across the U.S. to get this to their customers as a way of increasing each MRF’s customer retention in a cost-efficient manner.”

The website can collect waste, recycling and composting data and compute it in an ongoing manner. The data can be exported to an Excel spreadsheet or in a PDF that can be distributed.

Cacioppo says MRF customers who care about their sustainability program will see this as a value-added benefit.

Boundless Energy Recycling to distribute Dryclone nonthermal drying systems

Boundless Energy Recycling Inc., Calgary, Alberta, has become the exclusive distributor of Dryclone for western Canada, California, Washington and Oregon, with other territories being added soon.

The Dryclone nonthermal drying system from Resource Converting LLC (RCI), Las Vegas, is a nonthermal air drying system for wet semisolid materials.

Dryclone uses a high-velocity air stream and physical impaction to separate water mechanically from feedstock. It is designed to reduce feedstock moisture content from more than 75 percent to less than 15 percent.

RCI touts Dryclone as a cleaner, lower cost and more efficient alternative to drum dryers, fluidized bed dryers and other conventional thermal drying processes.

RES Polyflow commissions rapid diagnostic tool for evaluating nonrecycled plastic

Chagrin Falls, Ohio-based manufacturer RES Polyflow has announced it has developed a rapid assessment solution designed to prequalify raw materials for the company’s proprietary plastic-to- fuel energy recovery technology.

The Remote Universal Feedstock Utilization System, or RUFUS, is a mobile diagnostic tool that uses pyrolysis to convert nonrecycled plastic to a liquid hydrocarbon for on-the-spot analysis that determines the quality of the raw material for conversion to petroleum products.

By using RUFUS, nonrecycled plastic is now able to be evaluated against graded raw material specifications that support the financial and operational performance goals of a RES Polyflow plastics-to-fuel facility. Development of the RUFUS system was funded in part by a market development grant awarded to the company by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2015.

The system can be used at the company’s northeast Ohio-based technical center and in the marketplace at the source of the supply. The company is also collaborating with Trine University in Angola, Indiana, and the Northeast Indiana Solid Waste Management District to prequalify raw material streams.

MedXwaste rebrands as RedBags.com

MedXwaste, a provider of solutions for medical and dental waste disposal, pharmaceutical and chemo incinerationand Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance training, has announced that it will begin operating under a new business name, RedBags.com, effective immediately.

The introduction of the new company name allows RedBags.com to better represent the business of medical waste disposal as it expands its service areas and offers a one-stop solution for OSHA compliance training, the company says.

“Changing our name to RedBags.com formalizes a shift in our branding strategy that has been underway for quite some time,” says Sean Fredricks, CEO of RedBags.com. “We are very excited about the introduction of our new company name. We believe the name RedBags.com allows us to better represent our business as leaders in safe, effective medical waste disposal.”

The company says health and safety are its top priorities and that it is committed to helping customers stay in compliance, have access to quick turnaround times with next-day service options and have all of the tools required to stay updated on OSHA standards.

OBC expands into waste industry

Ohio Baler Co. (OBC), Cleveland, has expanded its core competencies with the launch of a new waste division. OBC Waste will focus on placing waste compactors and developing solutions for companies to most efficiently manage their nonrecyclable materials.

Patrick Spear has been hired to lead the new division. As the co-founder of Cleveland-based firm Home Team Marketing, Spear comes with more than 14 years of experience in managing customer relationships, fulfilling sponsorship agreements and executing marketing plans. In addition, Bob Koch has been promoted to sales director for OBC Baling Equipment and OBC Used Equipment, and Jim Olszewski will now fulfill the position of director of operations for OBC Rigging Services. Koch has been with OBC for 14 years and Olszewski for five.

OBC serves customers through consultation and sales of new and used recycling equipment, including balers, shears, foam compressors, wire strippers, waste compactors and more. OBC Rigging offers installation and relocation services for companies looking to move or place large equipment or relocate an entire facility.

“The OBC brand represents trust and reliability for any need related to the recycling or disposal of waste material,” says Mike McChrystal, president and owner of OBC. “This realignment helps clarify all the capabilities we offer and allows our customers to understand that they can depend on us for a wide range of products and services.”

Rubicon signs deal with Atlanta to track waste and recycling figures

Rubicon Global, based in Atlanta, has begun a public/private partnership with the city of Atlanta that is expected to help the city accelerate its environmental leadership by using technology to improve its residential waste and recycling services.

Rubicon is a waste and recycling company that works with customers to find inefficiencies and cost savings in their waste streams and to develop new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.

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Under the program, the city of Atlanta will use Rubicon’s cloud-based technology platform as part of an initial six-month program. The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a resolution establishing the test program in October 2016.

“Rubicon is building a new model for the waste and recycling industry, realigning incentives away from landfills and in favor of more sustainable communities,” says Michael Allegretti, Rubicon director of public policy.

“Mayor (Kasim) Reed and the city of Atlanta share these goals, and we are incredibly excited to bring our technology platform to Atlanta’s residential waste systems,” Allegretti adds. “While many leaders talk about a future based on smart solutions, Mayor Reed and Rubicon are delivering a smart platform today. We are thrilled to bring real innovation to the public sector and demonstrate the benefit for our hometown taxpayers.”

“We are excited to work with Atlanta-based company Rubicon to explore new technologies for innovation in our waste management systems,” says Reed. “We have ambitious, clear goals for improving efficiency and increasing recycling rates and effectiveness. This unique partnership with Rubicon will open new opportunities and support our conservation efforts.”

Smartphones loaded with the Rubicon hauler mobile app will be placed into the Atlanta Department of Public Works’ entire fleet of residential solid waste, recycling and yard waste trucks. The department also will use Rubicon’s desktop vendor portal, which works with the mobile app, to create operational efficiency, improve customer service and is expected to save taxpayer dollars.

The partnership also will enable real-time information on current landfill diversion and recycling rates in support of Atlanta’s zero-waste efforts and help the city understand how to better target its recycling education efforts, Rubicon says.

National Joint Powers Alliance adds Autocar to national vendor list

Hagerstown, Indiana-based Autocar Trucks says it has been awarded a contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), Staples, Minnesota, to offer Class 7 and 8 chassis to the more than 50,000 NJPA members. Under the contract, NJPA member agencies now have access to purchase Autocar refuse trucks, street sweepers, asphalt trucks, hoists, grapples, salt spreaders, plows and other utility and maintenance equipment used in the public works sector.

NJPA contracts are solicited across North America and are competitively awarded on behalf of NJPA current and potential government and education member agencies, Autocar says. “Now even more municipalities can choose the best truck for their needs by leveraging the NJPA chassis contract,” says Dan Vermeer, Autocar vice president of sales and market development.

Vermeer adds, “The NJPA contract gives fleet managers a trusted option validated by their sister cities, with the full opportunity to specify a custom-engineered chassis and select their preferred body to fit their unique application and operations.”

NJPA members also retain “the full, unlimited use of the Autocar Solutions Service Command Center for technical support, 24/7,” says the company.

The Autocar Trucks contract (081716-ACT) is already in effect.

Parkhill, Smith & Cooper merges with Gordon Environmental

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Parkhill, Smith & Cooper (PSC) a Lubbock, Texas-based design firm, has announced that it has merged its company with Gordon Environmental Inc. (GEI), an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based firm that specializes in municipal solid waste engineering and compliance projects. GEI notes that it has established a national reputation for transfer station planning, design and project implementation.

PSC now has nine locations throughout the southwestern United States—seven in Texas and two in New Mexico.

With the addition to GEI, PSC strengthens its solid waste program, as well as expands its base of private, municipal and institutional clients.

“Based on our similar beliefs and drive toward excellence, joining forces with PSC offers a mutually beneficial relationship as we serve communities throughout Texas and New Mexico,” says Keith Gordon, GEI president. “I look forward to the increased capacity and knowledge base that this merger represents for both of our firms.”

“No other engineering firm in the state of New Mexico offers municipal solid waste engineering expertise like Gordon Environmental,” says Joe Rapier, PSC president and CEO. “GEI offers a tremendous value in quality solid waste engineering and consulting that will be a huge asset to PSC. We look forward to building community further into New Mexico with all of our architectural and engineering services.”

Navistar opens used truck reconditioning facility

Lisle, Illinois-based Navistar recently held the grand opening of its used truck reconditioning center in Melrose Park, Illinois, saying the event signaled a new chapter for the Diamond Renewed certified brand of used International brand trucks.

With the closure and sale of the Indianapolis center, Navistar reviewed potential replacement options and decided to co-locate to the Melrose Park prototype and testing facility, near Chicago.

“One of the greatest advantages of a centralized reconditioning center is the ability to work hand in hand with the on-site product engineering and prototype team in order to fully understand product durability and use this knowledge to provide the highest level of service to our customers,” says Jeff Heichel, vice president of used truck operations with Navistar.

A centralized reconditioning center supports used truck activities by examining the Diamond Renewed reconditioning process to ensure a consistent product is available to all International dealers and to Navistar’s own 15 used truck sales centers, the company says. Additional benefits of the reconditioning center, according to Navistar, include the ability to handle large transactions in a timely fashion, ensure quality improvements and meet internal cost targets. The reconditioning center in Melrose Park includes a wash bay, detailing and paint booth, welding room and a parts storage area.

East Manufacturing appoints product manager

East Manufacturing, Randolph, Ohio, has announced Chris Cooler’s appointment to product manager for dump trailers in addition to mid-south regional manager. In his new role, Cooler will oversee all dump trailers and truck dump bodies.

Cooler’s knowledge of East dump trailers began in the 1992 when he became manager of production engineering for East. In that role, he led the engineering team in addition to performing all engineering functions for the dump trailer product line.

After four years at East, Cooler became chief engineer at Davey Drill, a Kent, Ohio-based construction drill rig manufacturer. He subsequently advanced to sales engineer and then after a four-year period at Schnabel Foundation Co., Sterling, Virginia, Cooler became vice president for Davey Drill, where he was involved with sales in addition to production and engineering management.

Wastequip names new CFO

Wastequip, a waste hauling and recycling equipment company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has named Steve Klueg chief financial officer (CFO). Kleug takes the place of Steve Svetik, who announced his retirement in early 2016.

Klueg has more than 25 years of financial leadership expertise, including significant experience on the manufacturing side.

He previously served as CFO for The Affinia Group and for Recommunity Recycling, where he led financial strategy and planning, financial reporting, auditing, forecasting, pricing initiatives and business development to increase profitability and strengthen accountability for the materials recovery operations.

“I am very excited to welcome a candidate of Steve Klueg’s talent and depth of experience to our team,” says Marty Bryant, Wastequip CEO. “His background in aftermarket parts and recycling make him a great fit for our business. We also believe that his more than 25 years of financial leadership and extensive experience in strategy development and execution will help position our company for future growth.”