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10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (November 13, 2014)

10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (November 13, 2014)

  1. LA County Supervisor To Call For Legal Action Against Battery Recycling Plant “A Los Angeles County official was expected Wednesday to call for legal action against a battery recycling plant in Vernon which authorities say has operated without a permit for decades. L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina was scheduled to be joined by environmental justice advocates, community activists, and concerned Boyle Heights residents to urge the Board of Supervisors to move against Exide Technologies, according to officials.” (CBS Los Angeles)
  2. Anadarko suit finalized, $68M to Columbus site “Barring an appeal, companies entrusted with cleaning up Kerr-McGee sites across the country are going to receive the money they need to do so within weeks, including the one focused on Columbus.  In April, Anadarko, the company that bought Kerr-McGee's major assets in 2006, settled to pay $5.15 billion to rid areas, including the wood treatment site along 14 Avenue North, of pollutants and contaminants. This was after the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York found Kerr-McGee liable for damages ranging from $5.2-$14.2 billion.” (The Dispatch)
  3. Garbage hauler proposes compost operation for Sonoma “For years, the solid waste hauler Sonoma Garbage Collectors has picked up the city of Sonoma’s trash and green waste for transfer to the county-owned central landfill west of Cotati, where yard trimmings are composted. The hauler now wants to build its own composting facility in Sonoma Valley to process not only the city’s yard waste but also an assortment of food scraps that would include meats and dairy.” (The Press Democrat)
  4. Council questions why Waste Haulers isn't paying damages “City Council members are asking why the operator of the city's waste transfer station on Grotto Avenue still hasn't submitted plans for a new access road months after blueprints were due, and why city officials aren't collecting damages from the company. Council members questioned Public Works Director Lance Hill last week about why Waste Haulers isn't paying damages after the company failed to submit plans for an access road that would run from the south side of the transfer station to Concord Street.” (The Valley Breeze)
  5. Carpet recycling project begins in Maine “The staff of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the town of Warren, Maine, and Triumvirate Environmental have begun work to prepare for the removal and shipment of 27,000 tons of carpet-like fiber to a recycling facility in Pennsylvania. The carpeting was meant for the construction of shot-and-sound containment berms at a former rifle range, though it was never used and is considered a fire hazard. The Maine DEP says finding acceptable solutions for cleaning up this site has been a long process for the town and the DEP.” (Recycling Today)
  6. KiOR files for bankruptcy, but not Miss. unit “Biofuel maker KiOR Inc. has filed for bankruptcy, although its Mississippi subsidiary has not, preserving the chance that its Columbus plant could be sold quickly. The company, based in Pasadena, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, where it's incorporated.” (The Clarion-Ledger)
  7. Cheyenne Data Center Launches New Biogas Project “Last week, Governor Matt Mead attended a cable cutting for a new biogas-fueled data center in Cheyenne. It’s a zero emissions demonstration project built in collaboration with Microsoft, the governor’s office, the University of Wyoming and the utilities industry. Cheyenne LEADS is an economic development group that helped coordinate the project.” (Wyoming Public Media)
  8. Bridgeport council approves recycling pick-up “Bridgeport council voted on a motion to change the amount of garbage collections as well as introduce recycling in 2015 for residents at their Tuesday night meeting. The motion passed 6-0, with Kenneth Frymoyer absent. Currently, Bridgeport’s trash collector J.P. Mascaro collects trash two times a week with no recycling option. Recycling has been discussed over the years with council; however, a program was never implemented. The cost of the current trash collection is approximately $380,000 per year.” (The Times Herald)
  9. Winslow to explore pay-as-you-throw “In discussion this week, members of the Winslow Town Council were quick to reject the idea that adopting a pay-as-you-throw system for solid-waste disposal could serve as a revenue enhancement for the town. Still, the council formed a three-member subcommittee to explore the possibility of adopting a system that would have residents pay for each bag of garbage they dispose of as a means to encourage recycling.” (
  10. Man sues after falling in Lincoln landfill pit “A Hustonville man who claims he was injured last year while unloading his garbage at a landfill has filed a lawsuit. Timothy Himes filed the complaint last week in Lincoln Circuit Court against Tri-K Landfill and parent company Republic Services alleging they are responsible for injuries he suffered after falling into a pit at the Lincoln County trash disposal site on Nov. 18, 2013.” (The Advocate Messenger)
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