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10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (November 17, 2014)

10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (November 17, 2014)


  1. Waste from Ebola-Exposed Patient Incinerated at Ft. Detrick “An official with the union that represents workers at Maryland's Fort Detrick said he's troubled by the lack of details provided by officials about medical waste from an Ebola-exposed patient that was incinerated at the installation. The Frederick News-Post reports that medical waste generated by the treatment of an Ebola-exposed patient at the National Institutes of Health was incinerated at Fort Detrick last month. An installation spokeswoman said the waste was not infectious and had been processed through a sterilization device before being taken to the fort.” (NBC Washington)
  2. Regional recycling firm files for bankruptcy in Memphis “One of the largest recycling companies in the Southeast, Memphis-based Recycle Solutions Inc., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Recycle Solutions, launched in 2001, reported debts of nearly $6.4 million and assets of more than $11.5 million in its voluntary petition filed Nov. 4 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.” (Memphis Business Journal)
  3. Bottle Bill rejection a surprise to Arlington Recycling Committee “Most Arlington voters last week turned down the so-called Bottle Bill, an expansion of the state’s deposit law, by roughly 55 - 45 percent. Essentially, supporters argued that adding redeemable deposits to more kinds of beverage containers would reduce the amount of plastic in trash and litter. Among other arguments, opponents said the change was unnecessary and would be burdensome for grocery stores, who would pass increased costs on to consumers.” (Wicked Local Arlington)
  4. Atari Games Buried in Landfill Net $37,000 on eBay “What some have called the worst video game ever made has fetched thousands of dollars for a New Mexico city. An old ‘E.T. The Extraterrestrial’game cartridge drew the highest bid among 100 Atari games auctioned on eBay by Alamogordo officials.” (The Associated Press)
  5. Tyler Talks Trash app and new recycling schedule “A new resource is available to Tyler Solid Waste customers to help keep up with their recycling and trash pick-up schedule: It's called Tyler Talks Trash. Available on the website or as a mobile app, on both Android and Apple phones, the service allows customers to see their collection day calendar by simply typing in their address.” (
  6. LA County Supervisors File Lawsuit Against Polluting Recycling Plant “Exide Technologies in Vernon, Calif. has been closed since March over concerns about its emissions. Today, L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina says the government needs to do more to punish the battery recycling company for contaminating the neighborhood with arsenic and lead. Molina also says that the $9 million that Exide agreed to pay to the contaminated neighborhoods as part of its deal with the Department of Toxic Substances Control is not enough.” (
  7. Illegal medical waste disposal threatens solid waste workers “Solid waste officials report recent illegal dumping of medical waste — hypodermic needles or ‘sharps’ — in blue cardboard recycling containers north of Ruidoso has contaminated a recent cardboard recycling truck load, placing material processing employees and truck drivers at Greentree Solid Waste in jeopardy. Medical waste, particularly sharps, can spread infectious disease and can injure workers, a release from Greentree Solid Waste Authority states. The contaminated load was reloaded at the Greentree Recycling Center and transported the same day to the Otero-Greentree Regional landfill.” (Ruidoso News)
  8. Dunmore council tables decision on landfill proposal “Borough council again tabled a decision on whether to accept a contract proposal from Keystone Sanitary Landfill after residents spoke against it and lawyers raised concerns over wording. The contract could bring $191.7 million into borough coffers over the next 52 years if state regulators approve Keystone’s controversial expansion, which would allow the landfill to expand up to 220 feet higher than the current peak.” (
  9. Fenimore landfill: Court decision won't stop work to control foul smells, state says “The state says a court decision voiding the emergency order that let it take over the troubled Fenimore landfill won't stop ongoing work to control gases that have caused rotten egg-like smells to travel for miles throughout Roxbury.” (
  10. Departing commissioner advocates for expanded recycling “Despite the improvement, however, the county burns more than 236,000 tons of garbage annually at its trash incinerator in Shady Hills. In other words, an improving residential curbside recycling program still diverts just 1.5 percent of the county's municipal solid waste from the incinerator.” (Tampa Bay Times)
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