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Maritime Case appointed as Ammann dealer Maritime Case Ltd. has been appointed the exclusive Ammann dealer in the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Maritime Case appointed as Ammann dealer

Maritime Case Ltd. has been appointed the exclusive Ammann dealer in the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

“Together with other Maritime dealers, they will help to solidify Ammann’s position in the region,” says Peter Price, Area Sales Manager of Ammann Canada.

Maritime Case is a Fredericton-based, family-owned business with various holdings and has represented Case IH farm machinery since 1988. In 2007, the company reorganized to become the exclusive Case Construction distributor in New Brunswick and PEI. Case will stock a full line of light and heavy Ammann compaction equipment.

WM solar-powered compactor

Waste Management says it has developed a product called the SmartEnergy Compactor that uses a solar panel to operate the controls of a compacting dumpster. The dumpster can also be remotely monitored to avoid unnecessary servicing.

The technology behind the electronic control system originated at Big Belly Solar, which makes public trash and recycling bins equipped with solar panels that power a motor to compact the trash. Waste Management invested in Big Belly Solar in 2009. Waste Management said the solar panel system saves money on hauling and is a visible way for dumpster users to use renewable energy.


California carpet recycling law

Consumer support is needed to ensure the success of a new, ground-breaking carpet stewardship law that will increase the recycling of carpet into valuable new products, preserve landfill space, reduce dependency on fossil fuels, and create green jobs in California communities.

Signed into law on September 30, 2010, AB 2398 is the first product stewardship law in the country to specifically address carpet.

Beginning July 1, 2011, a $.05 per square yard stewardship assessment will be added to the sale of all carpet sold or shipped into California. The assessment will appear as a separate, after-tax line item to raise consumer awareness about carpet recycling. The revenue generated will be used to incentivize carpet recycling by rewarding entrepreneurs who recycle carpet and produce marketable products made from post-consumer carpet.

Like many textiles, carpet is made of petroleum-based material. Currently, more than 400 million pounds of used carpet are discarded in California landfills each year, an amount representing 39 million gallons of oil that could be put to other uses.

Carpet has been recycled for more than a decade in California and across the U.S, and the recovered carpet resources have been used to manufacture new carpet fibre, building and construction materials and products for the consumer and automotive industries, among other uses. A key goal of AB 2398 is to significantly increase the quantities of carpet recycled in California.

The carpet product stewardship program will be administered by Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), a not-for-profit organization formed as a public/private partnership between government entities, entrepreneurs, and the carpet industry to find market-based solutions for carpet recycling.

Since the group was founded in 2002, CARE members have diverted more than two billion pounds of carpet from the nation’s landfills.

CalRecycle will provide oversight for the AB 2398 program, which requires carpet manufacturers to participate in an approved carpet stewardship program as well as conduct consumer education programs.

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