Metso M&J F320 shredder
Helsinki, Finland-based Metso Outotec has introduced the M&J F320 to target the production of alternative fuels like refuse-derived fuel (RDF) or solid recovered fuel (SRF). Features of the new shredder include:
- a unique cutting system that requires minimal daily maintenance
- generates a limited amount of heat, so operators can avoid downtime due to encountering materials such as molten plastic
- easy access to the shaft from both sides for servicing and cleaning, and the knife blocks have been designed for easy replacement
- 35 percent lower operating expenses, low total installed power requirements and low operational energy costs
Visit https://www.metso.com for more information.
Cat M320 wheeled excavator
Cat, Deerfield, Illinois, says its new M320 wheeled excavator is designed to optimize performance and efficiency at the job site. Features of the wheeled excavator include:
- up to 9 percent more swing torque than the Cat M320F to get work done faster
- longer wheelbase increases operating stability and improves machine ride at speeds reaching 21.7 mph
- upgrades in machine design reduce the time needed for daily maintenance, while extended filter life and longer service intervals maximize machine uptime availability at the job site
- powered by a 174 horsepower Cat C4.4 engine that meets EU Stage V and U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emissions standards
Visit https://www.caterpillar.com for more information.
Fairbanks Scales ACC-3300 quad loadcell launcher
Fairbanks Scales Inc., Overland Park, Kansas, has announced the launch of the ACC-3300 quad load cell controller (QLC). Features of the ACC-3300 include:
- created to enhance the performance of industrial floor scales, tank scales and hopper scales
- offers monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities
- cell-addressed information allows for the immediate identification of issues, reducing service time and improving scale uptime
- allows for real-time load cell diagnostics and identification of load cell issues
Visit https://www.fairbanks.com for more information.
Eagle International Eagle Edge 360
Eagle International, Lyons, Nebraska, has debuted the Eagle Edge 360, which is designed to produce high-quality mulch from the treads and sidewalls of over-the-road (OTR) tires. Features of the Eagle Edge 360 include:
- multiple rasp heads in three locations at varying angles increase the surface area that can be claimed as mulch and speed up cycle times
- can shred rubber mulch from the tread and sidewall simultaneously
- uses semi-automation through PLCs to maximize efficiency by providing consistent pressure and tire rotation to remove mulch evenly across the whole surface of the tread
- operators can control rasp angle and depth with a remote function
Visit https://eagle-equipment.com for more information.
BHS to supply MRF system in the Sooner State
Oklahoma-based American Waste Control (AWC) has selected Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to supply a replacement of the company’s single-stream recycling system that was heavily damaged by a fire this spring.
According to BHS, the new material recovery facility (MRF) system in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will boost throughput by 33 percent and increase AWC’s targeted recovery performance on its fiber and container lines with the addition of the latest BHS optical and robotic sorting.
The new design includes BHS “no wrap” Tri-Disc screens, National Recovery Technology (NRT) optical and Max-AI artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Max-AI technology has been designed to identify recyclables similar to the way a person does, plus collect and report material characterization information.
As part of the new AWC system, nine Max-AI AQC (Autonomous Quality Control) robotic sorters will identify and pull residue and return recyclables from sort positions. The robotic sorters include a Max-AI AQC-C unit, plus a CoBot that is designed to work alongside people and can be installed on narrow walkways and other tight locations with minimal structural requirements and footprint.
“The industry has changed, and this new system will bring Tulsa to the forefront of recycling excellence,” says AWC Vice President of Recycling Robert Pickens. “BHS offers the overall quality, partnership and advanced technology to help AWC achieve the throughput and quality to meet our business goals. We believe the future of recycling will rely heavily on using technology and data to optimize performance, and the Max-AI and NRT equipment in this system will deliver that for our operation. We are excited for our future and confident that this innovative technology will empower us to meet recycling expectations for our community and for our business.”
BHS Sales Director Paul Holman comments, “This single-stream system is an excellent example of new technology being used to adapt to change in the industry. The system features proven screen technology to increase throughput and precisely present material downstream to NRT and Max-AI sorters to maximize both recovery and product purity. We are thrilled to deliver this creative solution to meet our customer’s business objectives. I want to thank the AWC team for choosing BHS and we look forward to our future collaboration.”
BHS describes itself as a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy and construction and demolition industries.
Toter to supply Sourcewell co-op members
The Toter brand of Wastequip says it has secured a five-year contract with Minnesota-based Sourcewell that will provide Sourcewell’s members with access to the Toter Waste and Recycling Collection Solutions product line. Sourcewell is a government agency and service cooperative with more than 50,000 participating entities.
According to Toter, the Sourcewell purchasing program is tied to more than 400 “competitively solicited contracts to government, education and nonprofit entities throughout North America.” By using Sourcewell contracts, participating agencies save time and money by capturing the buying power of more than 50,000 organizations, Toter adds.
“Solidifying this contract provides a strong partnership to supply Toter products to Sourcewell at agencies quickly and efficiently,” says Laura Hubbard, director of municipal sales for Toter. “Working with Sourcewell’s vast network of agencies provides the company with the ability to supply products to both residential and professional customers through one vendor.”
The Toter business unit of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Wastequip describes itself as a leading provider of waste and recycling carts to haulers and municipalities in North America.
Midwest Crushing & Screening to represent Terex Ecotec in Wisconsin
Terex Ecotec, with U.S. headquarters in Newton, New Hampshire, announced that Midwest Crushing & Screening will now represent the brand in Wisconsin, expanding on its current territory in Illinois. Midwest Crushing & Screening, with headquarters in Crestwood, Illinois, will immediately assume responsibilities for sales, rentals, service and parts related to Terex Ecotec equipment.
Terex Ecotec’s product portfolio consists of shredders, trommel screens, recycling screens, metal separators, and conveyors.
Midwest Crushing & Screening has supplied mobile materials processing equipment to Illinois and Wisconsin since 2008. They offer rental equipment, parts, on-site service and freighting services. In addition to expanding their territory coverage of Terex Ecotec, Midwest Crushing & Screening will soon be opening the doors of its new location in Polk, Wisconsin.
“Midwest Crushing & Screening is already a proven dealership in their regional environmental markets,” says George Wilcox, sales and marketing director at Terex Ecotec. “We’re glad that the timing of this territory expansion will coincide with the opening of their new facility in Polk, Wisconsin.”
Big Truck Rental adds McNeilus Cart Seeker to rental offerings
“We are an innovative and technology-focused organization, and the addition of the McNeilus Zero Radius Automated Side Loader sweetens our rental offerings,” says Zach Martin, president of Big Truck Rental. “This truck’s recent enhancements, including the CartSeeker Curbside Automation technology, allow us to put leading-edge technology in front of our customers. The truck is ready to go to work, so folks should reach out to BTR if they’re interested in trying it out.”
“We’re thrilled that our top-selling side loader with this innovative technology will be running with one of our loyal partners, BTR,” says Matt McLeish, vice president of sales and marketing at McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing. “Our Zero Radius Side Loader has also recently been enhanced with several field-proven upgrades, and we’re excited to get them in the hands of our customers.”
McNeilus has partnered with Eagle Vision Systems to offer its patented, artificial intelligence-based CartSeeker Curbside Automation. This cart-recognition technology identifies and locates curbside waste carts and fully automates the operation of the truck’s robotic lift arm without joystick manipulation. According to McNeilus, this helps with cycle times, training time, safety, predictable scheduling and maintenance.
CartSeeker is included in McNeilus’s latest enhancements for its Zero Radius Automated Side Loader, which features a large hopper and a fast pack cycle.
This side loader offers an innovative zero-radius operation to combat clearance issues, narrow streets, and alleyways. The arm reaches, rather than swings, out to grab cans from 30 to 110 gallons. The McNeilus CODE system provides complete vehicle diagnostics, and the Zero Radius is also now available with Tailgate CNG.
This vehicle’s design includes arm carriage enhancements, upgraded finger pins and finger weldments bushings. The new bolt-on wind guards can be replaced as often as needed. Maintenance and servicing are also now easier, according to McNeilus, thanks to a larger access door on the truck’s street side. McNeilus CODE software updates further enhance operator experience and help improve ease of training.
With a new presidential administration comes new budgets, talks of tax changes and discussions on how these changes will impact American businesses. The waste industry has been increasingly active in M&A over the past year, and at least in part, this increased activity could be attributed to fears of a potential increase in capital gains taxes.
But what does this mean for waste business operators? Curtis Kim, M&A tax principal for Los Angeles-based GHJ Advisors, broke down the potential tax increases and how an increase in capital gains may influence some business owners’ decisions to sell or stick it out.
Waste Today (WT): What are the potential changes we might see with capital gains taxes, and when might these take effect?
Curtis Kim (CK): President Biden proposed the American Families Plan (AFP) on April 28. One of the items in the AFP is a proposal to increase the capital gains tax rates for those earning more than $1 million ($500,000 for married individuals filing separate), the same with ordinary income tax rates, which are also proposed to increase from 37 percent to 39.6 percent for the highest marginal rate.
A month later, on May 28, the Biden administration issued its 2022 Fiscal Year Budget including an explanation of revenue proposals (including the increased capital gains tax). What surprised many is the proposal included capital gains tax rates increases for gains recognized after April 28, 2021. In other words, this would increase the capital gains rate on transactions that already happened, as well as future ones.
While no one has a crystal ball on how high the capital tax rates will go and when such changes may be effective, many anticipate a somewhat moderate increase perhaps effective in 2022. As we are living in an increasingly fluid world, it would not absolutely shock us if things play out as laid out in Biden’s 2022 budget.
WT: What would this mean for business owners thinking of selling their businesses?
CK: The M&A market has been very active for the past few years. There are many business owners looking for liquidity, retirement or a strategic business combination. At the same time, financial and strategic buyers are looking for investments fueled by the low interest rate environment. In addition, after the 2020 presidential election, there has been even more interest by business owners for a liquidity event in anticipation of increased tax rates. If the capital gains tax rates go up as proposed in Biden’s budget, it is likely that nearly a 20 percent tax rate increase may discourage some business owners from selling. However, we anticipate that business owners will quickly pivot and utilize some of the deferral provisions allowed in the tax law. There may be an increased appetite for tax-free reorganizations, tax deferred rollovers, qualified small-business stock exemptions, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) transactions and dividend recapitalizations, to name a few.
WT: Do you think the potential escalation in capital gains taxes has brought business owners to the table quicker than they might have originally been willing to to avoid this over the last year?
CK: We think so. We noticed a significant uptick in business owners selling their businesses especially after the 2020 presidential election.
WT: How might capital gains impact M&A dealings in the waste and environmental services industry, specifically?
CK: For the past few years, there has been a fair bit of consolidation in the waste and environmental services industry. We have also seen more private equity players enter the market. This activity is being driven largely by more complex regulations and the need for significant capital outlays to stay relevant in the market. If the capital gains tax rates increase, the structure of the deals will change, but we still anticipate a frothy market. There are still several tax deferral strategies that may work for business owners depending on the facts and individual circumstances. While this may not provide as much cash as an outright sale for cash, owners can now wait and see if the capital gains tax rates will change again.
WT: What advice would you offer to business owners concerned about when is the right time to sell?
CK: As the old adage goes, taxes should not drive business decisions. A prudent business owner serious about selling his or her business can talk to an investment banker experienced in the industry to ascertain up-to-date market trends, valuation data, and help perform a self-check on whether the company is ready for sale. Your CPA and attorney can help assess what needs to be done before a sale and how to best position the company from accounting, business and tax perspectives.
Even if the capital gains tax rates end up going up, it is not the end of the world. There may be creative ideas to alleviate the impact. A good tax advisor can go a long way.
For OC Waste & Recycling (OCWR)—which oversees the solid waste disposal needs of 34 cities and 16 unincorporated areas throughout Orange County, California—ensuring the safety and health of the community, as well as the agency’s employees, is a top priority.
Over the last few years, the county has put an emphasis on utilizing modern management techniques to better regulate the county’s three active landfills: the Olinda Alpha Landfill near Brea, the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill near Irvine and the Prima Deshecha Landfill next to San Juan Capistrano.
These efforts have translated into the creation of an online safety management system, known as OC Safety, to document and track details related to safety, including audits, training, inspections, near misses, and the reporting of incidents and injuries.
“[OC Safety] was developed in partnership between the OC Waste & Recycling agency and the county’s IT department,” says Jordan Young, safety culture manager for OCWR. “What it does is it allows us to easily and efficiently track all the details that we need to with regard to these inspections, audits and incidents, and do it in a consistent way that provides transparency and accountability.”
The first prototype of OC Safety was originally developed internally by landfill staff with prior safety and technical knowledge, says Young. Once the agency caught wind of the rudimentary program and recognized the value of having a digital safety management system, it soon began to invest in the development of a more formal program.
“We started developing [the program] back in 2016,” says Tom Koutroulis, director for OCWR. “As it was being developed, we wanted to incorporate a lot of the safety-related information to provide analysis as to how we are managing operations for not only our employees, but also as it related to the public and contractors that were coming in.
“OC Safety is really a tool for our employees to take advantage of [to improve] safety at the sites. Our industry is ranked one of the sixth [most dangerous] industries, so, knowing that … we see this as a step in the right direction for us to provide a safer working environment for our employees and those that frequent the landfill.”
With the responsibility of managing more than 4 million tons of solid waste from over 3 million residents and businesses across the county, OCWR’s three landfills are among the largest in the state. Given the scale of the county’s operations, Young says keeping track of records and documentation prior to the development of OC Safety was a challenge.
“Anyone from the waste industry can understand that when you have more than one landfill or more than one facility, you have various employees working in different locations,” he says. “Before we had the web-based system, we were looking at paper documents and had to make sure those were getting reviewed and that we kept a good record of them.
“OC Safety took us from the days of papers and snail mail and days and days between submitting a form and having that recorded or verified to all those things happening instantly.”
Now, landfill supervisors can file inspection reports via phone or tablet application. Within the system, Young says users can document the location, report any findings and include a picture. These details are then uploaded directly to the electronic system, which can be routed to other required reviewers to incorporate feedback or edits.
Depending on what type of incident report or form is created, the system will notify the correct personnel through a series of distribution lists.
“The system will automatically notify the people who need to be notified, whether it be a landfill superintendent, a landfill manager or the safety manager,” says Young. “That’s a big benefit for the agency when it comes to completing inspections. As soon as the tablet hits connectivity or is plugged back in at the office, the results of the inspection are distributed to the person who is responsible for following up on any issues.”
“OC Safety took us from the days of papers and snail mail and days and days between submitting a form and having that recorded or verified to all those things happening instantly.” – Jordan Young, safety culture manager, OCWR
Supervisors can also run reports and trend analysis rather than having to manually enter data into spreadsheets, which has simplified the process of identifying areas for improvement.
“When we look at the incidents and accidents that are happening on an individual case by case basis, we always identify the root cause in order to implement effective corrective actions,” says Young. “But when you take a step back and you look at the data or trend analysis, you can learn more about what’s happening in the organization and which areas of our safety program need more focus.”
This practice has been particularly effective in the event of near misses, where trend analysis gives supervisors the opportunity to identify hazards and find solutions.
“OC Safety gives us a tool to identify issues and track who did the investigation, what solutions were identified and the status on the implementation of those solutions,” says Young. “And before anything can be closed out, it has to be field verified. So, whether it’s the safety representative or a supervisor, someone goes out to the field and documents that is has been effectively implemented.”
Since its launch in 2020, OC Safety has been adopted by half of the county’s agencies and is projected to be running in all 22 of them later this year. To facilitate the widespread rollout, OCWR developed a class for supervisors to help transition them from paper reporting to utilizing the web platform.
“Each field supervisor goes through a class called Supervisor Safety Training. So, essentially whenever someone is promoted to a new supervisory position, we walk them through traditional safety training to help them understand and become familiar with their new roles and responsibilities with regards to safety,” says Young. “We also cover documentation and record-keeping practices, and that’s where we give them an introduction into the system, how it works and how to utilize that.”
In addition, the agency uses a process where they will partner a newer employee with a more experienced employee to practice performing facility safety inspections.
By automating the documentation of OCWR’s safety-related inspections, Koutroulis says the agency has seen a decrease in incidents. However, he notes the most important area of improvement has been in overall safety culture.
“Our industry is driven by its people,” he says. “You can have the best piece of equipment; you can have a state-of-the-art facility, but if you don’t have the right mindset and the right people in place, you’re going to be faced with these challenges. So, what we’ve tried to do is identify our opportunities with our team so they can use these tools to further improve upon our safety culture and demonstrate that we care enough to invest in this.
“Their use and efforts of following the process and implementing the near-miss program demonstrates their level of care and engagement. For us, it’s sort of a way of identifying the benefit of having that level of engagement and empowering your employees to take control and ownership of their own safety.”
The author is the assistant editor of Waste Today and can be reached at email@example.com.