Category Archives: Materials Recovery

Dem-Con Companies Installs AMP Cortex Robot in its Minnesota Facility

In late March, the Carton Council of North America joined forces with Alpine Waste & Recycling and AMP Robotics to test the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the recycling of food and beverage cartons via a robot called …
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‘Wish-cycling’ headaches spur recyclers to help people toss the right materials

Recyclable materials zip along a conveyor belt in Shakopee as workers scramble to grab what doesn’t belong: Plastic bags, shredded paper, clothes hangers, a giant poster of Garfield. It’s all evidence of “wish-cycling,” the well-intended pitching of trash into the …
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Schooled in recycling

Dem-Con Cos. President Bill Keegan recently had an eye-opening experience during a Minnesotan city council meeting about a specific landfill. When residents who opposed the landfill were asked where they believed their garbage ended up, one woman replied, “It goes …
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Good Question: What’s Recyclable?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ever heard of wish-cycling? It’s a phenomenon recyclers refer to when people put materials in their recycling bins that’s supposed to go in the trash.

Global Shift Puts Squeeze on Twin Cities Recycling

Plunging oil prices and a slowdown of the Chinese economy are causing ripple effects in the Minnesota recycling market, wiping out monthly profits that cities use to drive down costs for the service. The falling price for recyclable materials, coupled …
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NWRA honors recycling innovation, education and partnerships

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), Washington, awarded its first recycling awards Sept. 10, 2015, at the inaugural Waste360 Recycling Summit, an event hosted by Penton and NWRA in Chicago. Four awards and three honorable mentions were given to …
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Recycling or Wish-Cycling – Star Tribune

Are you guilty of “wish cycling?” That’s the practice of tossing questionable items in the recycling bin, hoping they can somehow be recycled. The term arose this weekend in a story about how low material prices are hurting the Twin Cities …
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SWANA honors Dem-Con MRF with Excellence Award

Dem-Con Cos. LLC, Shakopee, Minnesota, has been awarded the gold medal in the 2015 SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) Excellence Awards in Recycling Systems for its 20-ton-per-hour residential and commercial single-stream recycling facility. Since 1965, privately owned Dem-Con …
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Dem-Con Materials Recovery Wins SWANA Excellence Award

Dem-Con Companies, LLC’s 20 tonne per hour (tph) residential and commercial single stream recycling facility has been awarded the gold medal in the 2015 SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) Excellence Awards in Recycling Systems.   http://www.waste-management-world.com/articles/2015/08/dem-con-materials-recovery-facility-wins-swana-excellence-award.html

Interview with Bill Keegan on Greater MSP Business

Single sort recycling is the most convenient recycling method and the Dem-Con Company has a state of the art facility in Shakopee that processes 20 tons of recyclables per hour. Dem-Con works with local recycling and waste collection companies to …
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