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New International Standard Guides Recycling of Earth-Moving Machinery

New York, Dec 12, 2008

Machines built to move mass amounts of earth are invaluable to the quick and cost-effective construction of buildings, bridges, and roads; however, when broken or no longer effective, they create large volumes of waste. A new International Standard provides guidelines on how earth-moving machinery can be recycled once it reaches the end of its useful life.

Developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO 16714:2008, Earth-moving machinery – Recyclability and recoverability – Terminology and calculation method, specifies a method and defines related terms for calculating the recyclability rate and the recoverability rate of earth-moving as a percentage by mass of the machine, which can potentially be recycled, reused or both (recyclability rate), or recovered, reused or both (recoverability rate).

Guidelines found in the standard can be applied to machinery designed to perform excavation, loading, transportation, drilling, spreading, and compacting or trenching of earth, rock, and other materials. Specific information on machinery covered by the standard can be found in ISO 6165:2006, Earth-moving machinery – Basic types – Identification and terms and definitions.

ISO 16714: 2008 was developed by Technical Committee (TC) 127, Earth-moving machinery, subcommittee (SC) 3, Machine characteristics, electrical and electronic systems, operation and maintenance. This TC is U.S.-led, and as the official U.S. representative to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) holds the secretariat of ISO/TC 127. The committee is chaired by Dan Roley of Caterpillar.

For more information, see the ISO news release.

TC 127, the committee that developed ISO 16714:2008, was recently presented with the prestigious 2008 Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award to honor its outstanding work in creative and innovative standards development. For more information, see the ANSI news item.

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