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10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (November 21, 2014)

10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (November 21, 2014)


  1. Landfill Fire Sparks Radiation Concerns “A state agency is worried a fire burning underground at the Brighton Landfill could spread to a nearby nuclear waste site. The West Lake Landfill holds radioactive waste that was dumped illegally 40 years ago, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the fire could spread through smoke or water vapor if it surfaces. Federal EPA officials disagree, telling "The St. Louis Post-Dispatch" there is no danger of radioactive fallout. The fire, from an chemical reaction, has been smoldering underground for four years.” (
  2. AT&T pays California $23.8 million for improper waste disposal; other companies investigated “AT&T agreed Thursday to pay California authorities nearly $24 million to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste during a nine-year period. California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Thursday that the telecommunications giant has also agreed to spend $28 million over the next five years to properly dispose of the waste, which includes batteries, electronic equipment and various gels and liquids.” (Fox News)
  3. Man responsible for Gary compost fire arrested “Gary police say a businessman who admitted setting the trash fire that led to a nine-day blaze at a compost operation has been arrested after an open fire. Lt. Thomas Pawlak says 49-year-old scrap metal dealer Edwin Torres Diaz of Hammond is charged with criminal recklessness and violating a restraining order.” (The Elkhart Truth)
  4. Waste district plans to convert landfill methane into carbon-negative hauling fuel “A new waste hauler is taking over Peninsula trash next spring. Monterey Regional Waste Management District, already a national model in eco-friendly landfilling, is using the opportunity to go even greener. GreenWaste Recovery, which beat current hauler Waste Management and several others in a competitive bidding process, is taking over waste collection contracts for seven Peninsula jurisdictions. The four-month rollout begins with Sand City in April, followed by Del Rey Oaks, Seaside, Marina, Carmel, Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove.” (Monterey County Weekly)
  5. Roanoke Valley landfill cited for environmental violation “State environmental regulators have cited the Roanoke Valley’s landfill for sediment that made its way into the watershed of Fort Lewis Mountain An investigation by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality found no hazardous releases from the Smith Gap Regional Landfill itself. And while the DEQ cited the landfill’s operators for the discharge of fill dirt from an expansion project, there was no documented environmental damage from the violation.” (The Roanoke Times)
  6. Polk City Giving Republic Second Chance at Contract “The city might not be ending its 15-year relationship with Republic Services of Florida for solid waste services any time soon. The City Council voted unanimously this week to extend its current contract with Republic Services while it negotiates a new agreement with the company, possibly one that would lower the monthly fee or residents.” (
  7. PVT dedicates $4M recycling machine “A new $4 million recycling machine at the PVT landfill in Nanakuli will not only recycle tons of construction debris but could help produce enough electricity to light 12,000 homes. PVT Land Co. held a dedication ceremony for the massive recycling equipment at its Nanakuli landfill. The new machine will help break down demolished buildings and other construction material into smaller pieces that can be recycled.” (Hawaii News Now)
  8. Electronics recycling bill introduced in Springfield “A proposed change in state law aimed to save underfunded electronics recycling programs made its debut Wednesday in Springfield. House Bill 4204, sponsored by state Rep. Emily McAsey, D-Lockport, was aired on the first day of the lawmakers’ November veto session during an Illinois House Environmental Committee subject matter hearing.” (The Herald-News)
  9. Tulsa trash board votes to sign contract to burn green waste “Tulsa’s trash board approved entering into a contract to burn Tulsa’s green waste Wednesday, but not before wrangling over the controversial plan and the reasoning for it. Former Tulsa Authority for Recovery of Energy Chairman Randy Sullivan said he didn’t feel comfortable approving the eight- to 12-year contract with only six days of review for board members and conflicting reports of what it costs city crews to pickup the waste.” (Tulsa World)
  10. Hub City recycling plans firming up for first of year “For Hattiesburg residents interested in recycling, the city’s curbside service shouldn’t miss a beat after the first of the year. The city intends to take over the recycling program once its contract with Waste Pro Inc. expires Dec. 31.” (Hattiesburg American)
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