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10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (October 20, 2014)

10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (October 20, 2014)


  1. State Says Bridgeton Landfill Owner Must Do More To Contain Fire's Spread “Republic Services has confirmed that it agreed on Thursday, in writing, to comply with all of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' requirements ― although the company remains committed to its position that the additional measures are not needed.” (St. Louis Public Radio)
  2. Environment Agency has received 44 complaints about food waste plant “More than 40 complaints about the food waste plant have been lodged with the Environment Agency since it opened in July. The Environment Agency said that it has received 44 complaints about the site to do with the noise and smell. However, it could not give specific figures as to how many individuals lodged complaints and said that a number of people had complained several times.” (Essex County Standard)
  3. Zero-Interest Loans to Develop Recycling Infrastructure “Municipalities across the US can now apply for zero-interest loans to develop recycling infrastructure. The Closed Loop Fund has opened its application process for municipalities and private entities across the country. It plans to invest $100 million over the next five years to support the development of recycling infrastructure and services. The zero interest loans are repaid from either landfill diversion savings or revenue generated from the sale of recyclable material. Companies that service municipalities may also apply — interest rates will be below market rates.” (Environmental Leader)
  4. Future of Metro Vancouver waste-to-energy facility in doubt after regional waste bylaw rejected “The future of a $470-million waste-to-energy project is in doubt after the B.C. government Friday rejected a Metro Vancouver bylaw that would have prohibited waste generated within the region from being transported outside to Abbotsford and beyond to Washington state. Metro Vancouver chair Greg Moore said regional officials must now meet to determine the future of regional waste management and the prospects for meeting aggressive diversion targets.” (Vancouver Sun)
  5. $1.6 billion San Jacinto waste pit trial under way “A much anticipated, billion-dollar courtroom battle between Harris County and a group of companies over whether they bear responsibility for turning a site on the San Jacinto River into one of the most polluted places in the nation commenced in a packed courtroom Thursday. Nearly half a century ago, the owners and operators of a paper mill dumped tons of dioxin-laced waste into pits on the banks of the river that over the years became submerged and started leaking the cancer-causing chemicals into the water.” (Houston Chronicle)
  6. No problems reported as Ebola waste comes to isle “A truck containing 100 barrels of medical waste from Dallas’ Presbyterian Hospital arrived at the University of Texas Medical Branch on Saturday morning so it can be destroyed in an incinerator. The waste, which includes items such as blankets and gloves that came into contact with Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan, arrived at the medical branch’s incinerator on Harborside Drive around 6 a.m. The truck was escorted to the campus by police.” (Galveston County Daily News)
  7. Proposal would run recycling program as non-profit “The Fairbanks-North Star Borough is looking 300 miles south in the hopes of finding a better solution to trash and recycling. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough runs a recycling program as a nonprofit, with eight employees and 400 volunteers. An ordinance going before the assembly for a vote next week would spend $75,000 on updating a municipal recycling plan from 2005.” (
  8. Quebec Waste Reduction Week aims to keep food out of trash “Quebec's Waste Reduction Week kicked off over the weekend and this year's focus is cutting down on the amount of food that ends up in the trash. Environmental group Action RE-Buts says about a third of food in Canada goes to waste. They say not only is the food wasted, but so are the fossil fuels and water that went into growing and transporting the food.” (
  9. Much larger bins expected to increase recycling “Marathon residents have more room to recycle after receiving new -- much bigger -- bins that Marathon Garbage Service delivered to homes last week. The 65-gallon bins on wheels replace 18-gallon bins and are part of the ongoing state effort to get more Florida residents to recycle.” (KeysInfoNet)
  10. Electronic recycling program now costing town, non-profit “A law requiring electronic manufacturers to help pay the cost of recycling their products had a successful start, but now the program is costing Normal taxpayers thousands of dollars. Environmentalists blame the problem on low yearly recycling goals Illinois set for manufacturers under the federal Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. Once the goal is met, manufacturers can withdraw their funding without penalty.” (
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