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10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (November 11, 2014)

10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (November 11, 2014)

  1. Medina County seeks bids for short-term operation of recycling facility “Medina County commissioners voted today, 2-1, to seek bids from companies interested in jointly operating the county recycling facility for at least a year, while county officials come up with a plan for future recycling.” (
  2. Unifi joins with UNC to promote recycling of plastic bottles “Greensboro-based Unifi Inc., which makes recycled fibers from plastic bottles and other materials, is partnering with UNC-Chapel Hill's athletics program to encourage students, fans and others to recycle. UNC is the first college athletics program to join the company's #TurnItGreen movement, according to a press release.” (Triad Business Journal)
  3. Vt. AG suing landfill, claims it failed to control gas “Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell recently filed a lawsuit suit against Moretown Landfill, Inc., for allegedly violating numerous state regulations in operating the Moretown Landfill. The company allegedly failed to capture and control landfill gas, which led to numerous odor complaints; control debris; and conduct regular inspections. The lawsuit also said there were signs of sediment discharged into local streams without a permit.” (Legal Newsline)
  4. Puente Hills Landfill gets ready to become a park via private sector “The 10 million residents of Los Angeles County weren’t at all spooked about where their trash would go after the monster-sized landfill in the heart of the county closed on Halloween night in 2013. More than a year later, the Puente Hills Landfill near Hacienda Heights is as quiet as the cemetery next door, signaling a significant if unnoticed twist in the management of household trash.” (Press-Telegram)
  5. Three Turlockers Arrested in Recycling Fraud Scheme “The Department of Justice’s Sacramento Recycle Fraud Team arrested five subjects, including three from Turlock, who have allegedly been illegally claiming California Redemption Value refunds on beverage containers that had already been redeemed. Robert Nicastro and James Reese, both of Turlock, who owned the recycling center, as well as Jonathan Andrino, of Turlock, Michael Marchant, of Hughson, and Leila Arretche, of Hughson were all arrested on charges of conspiracy, grand theft, and recycling fraud.” (Turlock City News)
  6. Commissioners seek delay filing landfill plan “The Noble County Board of Commissioners is seeking a delay in filing a plan for monitoring gas emissions at the Noble County landfill. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management sent a letter Nov. 3 to the commissioners that stated it wanted a plan in place within two weeks of the county receiving the letter to address methane gas emission monitoring at the landfill at Baseline Road and C.R. 215E near Albion.” (
  7. From landfill lawsuit settlement, new $3.3 million athletic complex in Johnston “The breeze carried a rotten odor across Johnston without sparing the dusty high school football field in late 2011. The old football field, which offered only swatches of grass by midseason, was in rough shape at the time. But the thinness of the grass never stopped coach Joe Acciardo from feeling like he was in a Kenny Chesney song, “The Boys of Fall,” as he stood in the dust on beautiful autumn afternoons.” (Providence Journal)
  8. Viridor Plastics Recycling Facility Officially Opens “A new plastics recycling facility (PRF) owned by waste management company Viridor was officially opened by Mayor of Medway Councillor Barry Kemp on Thursday (6 November). The facility, constructed in conjunction with Stadler UK, will annually process up to 75,000 tonnes of mixed plastics into ‘high-quality, clean plastic grades’ for packaging, while separating up to 10,000 tonnes of glass from combined input streams.” (
  9. East Lansing adds clothing to recycling pickup “The city has partnered with a recycling company for weekly curbside collection of clothing, textiles and other household items. Pickup by Simply Recycling is scheduled to begin the week of Nov. 17, the city said today in a news release.” (Lansing State Journal)
  10. Athens City Council amends proposed update to trash law “Athens City Council voted for a second time last Monday to amend the language of a proposed amendment to Athens' trash storage ordinance. The amendment has been a source of contention between city administration and City Council over the past two months. Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl said last week that the city's code enforcement officers have been placed back on their usual rental inspection duty. He had said at a City Council meeting last month that he had taken the officers off their usual rental inspection duty in order to continue a campaign of sticking warnings on the doors of city residents whose trash cans are visible from the street, and as such, violate the city's current trash storage ordinance. That warning campaign, which started in early October, raised the ire of some city residents.” (The Athens News)
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