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10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (December 22, 2014)

10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (December 22, 2014)


  1. Coal Ash Is Not Hazardous Waste under U.S. Agency Rules “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste. The label means that states, and not the EPA, will be the primary enforcers of the new rules, which will require the closure of some coal ash holding ponds leaking contaminants into surrounding water.” (Reuters)
  2. Wheelabrator acquired by Energy Capital Partners “Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. has announced the close of its $1.94 billion acquisition by Energy Capital Partners from Waste Management. Wheelabrator, a waste-to-energy company based in Hampton, New Hampshire, operates a facility in West Deptford Township.” (
  3. Duke Energy, green groups agree on cleaning up ash at S.C. coal plant “Duke Energy will excavate all 3.2 million tons of ash at the soon-to-be-closed W.S. Lee Steam Station in Upstate South Carolina and bury it in a lined landfill.” (Charlotte Business Journal)
  4. Waller Co. leaders pledge transparency after landfill verdict “Incoming Waller County leaders are pledging more transparency in the wake of a jury's verdict that sitting county commissioners illegally discussed a contentious landfill project in closed-door sessions and in private with the project's developer.” (Houston Chronicle)
  5. South Jersey Town Gets Sizable Check For Their Recycling Efforts “Cherry Hill’s ongoing recycling efforts have earned the town an accolade from the state of New Jersey, along with a nice sized check. The statewide average for recycling in 2012 was 44 percent. Cherry Hill’s rate…65 percent, the highest in our part of South Jersey and one of the 10 best in the state.” (CBS Philly)
  6. Allied Paper landfill: Proposed redevelopment plan hinges on EPA's acceptance “A redevelopment plan for the 90-acre Allied Paper Superfund site that has the backing of city officials now hinges on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency changing its feasibility study of the site.” (
  7. Construction on Entsorga plant delayed until spring “Although Entsorga West Virginia was anticipating breaking ground on its first United States facility in December, delays have caused the progress at the Martinsburg facility to be pushed back to at least spring.” (The Journal)
  8. Casella finalizing plan to double capacity of Old Town landfill “Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town is expected to fill in less than seven years at the current rate of disposal, which is prompting Casella Waste Systems — the company hired to operate it — to prepare an expansion plan.” (Bangor Daily News)
  9. Pinelands group criticizes 3 Ocean County projects “The Pinelands Preservation Alliance criticized three Ocean County projects this week and accused both municipal and state officials of putting development goals ahead of environmental conservation within the Pinelands National Reserve.” (
  10. CA junks Obando residents’ plea to stop landfill project “The Court of Appeals has dismissed with finality the writ of kalikasan case filed by residents of Obando, Bulacan protesting the establishment of a controversial “modern” sanitary landfill along the town’s coast.” (
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