May 31, 2016 Waste hauler plans shift to chip technology in Highland Park
by Karen Berkowitz Contact Reporter Pioneer Press

Starting in August, Highland Park residents who pay for trash collection by volume no longer will need to affix waste stickers to their trash carts. Radio frequency chips implanted in the trash carts will tell the waste hauler where to send the bill. Lakeshore Recycling Systems is implementing the RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, system for the first time in Highland Park. "Highland Park is the first community I know of in the Chicago area doing it," said Joshua Connell, managing partner with Lakeshore Recycling Systems, which took over refuse service in the suburb this year.Detail

September 10, 2015 Sonrai Honored NWRAS First Recycling Game Changer Award
by Waste360 Staff

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) awarded its first recycling awards at the inaugural Waste360 Recycling Summit in Chicago. Four awards and three honorable mentions were given to companies that have made substantial contributions to American recycling through partnerships, public education, innovations in recycling equipment and innovations in recycling facilities.Detail

April 01, 2013 Rolling Out Single Stream
by Don Ross, Resource Recycling

Switching to single-stream recycling collection is a decision more and more communities are making these days. It starts, simply enough, with a recycling resident and a single cart. Take that cart and add a materials recovery facility (MRF) that can process commingled recyclables and you have the fundamental elements of a single-stream recycling collection program.Detail

March 25, 2012 Automation Showdown
by Mike Fickes, Waste360

Sonrai Systems removes the guesswork from truck selection by providing quantifiable data. While converting from dual-stream to single-stream recycling, Charleston County, S.C., and its consulting firm, Tampa-based Kessler Consulting, Inc., decided to pit two kinds of collection equipment against each other in a pilot test. The options were an automated side loader (ASL) and a front-end loader with an automated attachment called the Curotto-Can.Detail

March 02, 2012 Cutting Back by Keeping Track
by Jennifer Grzeskowiak, Waste360

When the Southeastern Public Service Authority stopped providing recycling services to residents in Chesapeake, Va., the city and its waste management division had a decision to make: allow recycling to end or create their own program from scratch. With tipping fees at $145 per ton, Chesapeake decided to buy carts equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, contract with a hauler and implement a rewards system. The loss of one recycling program became an opportunity to increase diversion and improve operations using the RFID technology.Detail

August 28, 2011 RFID: Recycling Research by Radio
by Mary Catherine O'Connor, Waste 360

Walmart and other retailers have long relied on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to improve product tracking while increasing efficiencies and productivity. Today, companies in the waste management industry are starting to see the benefits of employing the technology too. Detail

August 24, 2011 RFID Tracks Recycling Progress in Charleston County
by Claire Swedberg, RFID Journal

By installing Sonrai Systems' UHF RFID system on its new single-stream recycling carts, as well as on its trucks, the county can now measure the growth of recycling. As Charleston County, S.C., Shifted its recycling program from a dual to single-stream system (with all recyclables being deposited into a single large container, rather than separated into two smaller ones). The County employee a Radio Frequency Identification System to measure that shift's success in increasing recycling participation Detail