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10 Things You Need to Know For the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (June 10, 2014)

10 Things You Need to Know For the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (June 10, 2014)

  1. Chemung landfill opponents hold news conference, rally “Opposition to depositing drill cuttings from hydrofracking in the Chemung County landfill began Monday outside the Hazlett building in Elmira and continued before the county legislature. About 60 protesters opposed to county landfill expansion gathered on the sidewalk with signs that read ‘Chemung County, do your job — stop drill cuttings,’ ‘Keep the frack out of my water,’ ‘Legislators — don’t waste Chemung County,’ ‘Just say no,’ ‘Respect our county — don’t dump on it’ and ‘Health before wealth.’” (
  2. Recycle project turns e-waste into boon for JC “E-waste is turning into ‘currency’ for Jacksonville College, as students and faculty donate unwanted items to a recycling project that translates into cash and prizes for the school. According to Ann Cumbee, administrative assistant to college president Mike Smith, the project has been percolating in her mind for a while now, since talking with JC admissions director Sandra Clay about the program's success at a college in Georgia.” (Daily Progress)
  3. Connecticut, California consider tweaks to mattress-recycling laws “Both the Connecticut and California legislatures are considering minor changes to the mattress recycling laws enacted in their states last year. The Connecticut legislature passed legislation in early May that made several small changes to the state’s mattress recycling law. Connecticut’s mattress law, the first in the country, was enacted in 2013.” (Bed Times)
  4. Allegany Co. wants fracking waste tested at landfill “Lawmakers and an Allegany County community activist group want hydraulic fracking material remnants being brought to Allegany County’s landfill area tested by the State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Concerned Citizens of Allegany County (CCAC) in a letter to the Times Herald said thousands of tons of potentially radioactive and hazardous waste — remnants from drilling in developing Marcellus shale gas wells in Pennsylvania — was disposed of in the Hyland Landfill in Angelica for the last five years.” (Olean Times Herald)
  5. Coalition fights Ballard plan to shake up curbside recycling “Recycling for Indianapolis households could mean throwing everything in one curbside bin, under a proposal soon to be announced by Mayor Greg Ballard and incinerator operator Covanta. Covanta is proposing to build a $40 million material recovery facility that would handle all the city's waste—garbage and recyclables alike. As part of a new contract with the city, residents would be encouraged to throw all their waste into one bin. While households could continue contracting for traditional curbside recycling, it wouldn't be the city's main means of recycling.” (Indianapolis Business Journal)
  6. Illinois Dept. of Agriculture starts recycling program “The Illinois Department of Agriculture is starting a new program for farmers to recycle fertilizer and pesticide containers. Department officials say beginning in late July there will be sites throughout the state that collect containers and recycle them into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing and plastic lumber among other products.” (Associated Press)
  7. Waste Connections COO Sells $925,800 in Stock “Waste Connections COO Darrell W. Chambliss unloaded 20,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Thursday, June 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.29, for a total value of $925,800.00. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 148,903 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,892,720. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.” (Ticker Report)
  8. Complaint filed by South Huntingdon officials against landfill “In response to residents' complaints, South Huntingdon officials have filed a criminal complaint against landfill operator MAX Environmental Technologies Inc. of Upper St. Clair, alleging it violated a 1966 township ordinance by storing industrial waste within 600 yards of the nearest public road — Spring Street — and by allowing noxious odors and dust to escape. A preliminary hearing on the matter will be scheduled before Scottdale District Judge Charles Moore.” (
  9. State grant will pay for Armstrong recycling center upgrade “A state grant will help upgrade equipment at the Armstrong County Recycling Center on Armsdale Road, Rayburn, this summer. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded the county a $66,844 grant to upgrade the county-owned center's security and conveyor belt systems and purchase a cross-cut document shredder, said Sally Conklin, Armstrong County planning and recycling coordinator.” (
  10. New American flag collection center opens at landfill “On June 14, Flag Day, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. for the new American Flag Collection Center at the Prince William County Landfill on Va. 234. The collection center, led by Scout Leader Dave Byrne, is a joint effort between the Boy Scouts of America Occoquan and Bull Run districts, Keep Prince William Beautiful and Prince William County Solid Waste Division. The collection center will be available during normal operating hours so residents can place folded or unfolded flags in a special bin.” (
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