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10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (October 29, 2014)

10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (October 29, 2014)


  1. Recycling workers continue strike at Waste Management Bay Area sites “Workers in Waste Management's recycling division are continuing a strike that began Friday, union representatives said. ‘Escucha, escucha, estamos en la lucha,’ or ‘Listen, listen, we are in the fight,’ was the chant outside of the company's recycling facility at 2615 Davis Street in San Leandro today. Recycling workers in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 6 are also picketing outside the Houston-based company's Alameda County headquarters at 172 98th Ave. in Oakland.” (San Jose Mercury News)
  2. Harvest Power Has Raised Another $20M for Turning Waste into Energy “Harvest Power has added $20 million in new funding to continue expanding its organics-to-energy plants and compost production facilities in North America. The company has now raised at $220 million in funding since its founding in 2008.” (BostInno)
  3. Republic Waste workers approve 3-year contract “Members of Teamsters Local 92 employed by Republic Waste Services voted Sunday to ratify a three-year agreement with the company. A majority of members approved the agreement by a vote of 100 to 26. Teamsters Local 92 has 140 employees at Republic Waste Services, said Doyle Baird, president of Local 92. Drivers from the Massillon location at 2800 Erie St. S, cover much of Northeast Ohio, Baird said, including as far as Akron, Wooster and Newcomerstown.” (
  4. New Metro incinerator would cost $1.3 billion more than planned: study “Metro Vancouver is taking more heat over its plan to build a second garbage incinerator, with a new study commissioned by waste company Belkorp Environmental Services suggesting the move could cost up to $1.3 billion more than originally estimated. The analysis, conducted by ICF International on behalf of Belkorp, comes as Metro Vancouver attempts to deal with the province’s rejection of its proposed Bylaw 280, which was integral to its solid waste management plan because it would have ensured garbage generated in Metro was kept in the region.” (Vancouver Sun)
  5. Boosting recycling would add jobs in Michigan “Michigan has lots of natural gas that could be extracted, potentially putting a lot of people to work, but an aboveground effort to ramp up recycling and improve energy efficiency in homes could quickly add thousands of new jobs.” (Lansing State Journal)
  6. The Municipality of Lima plans to formalize recyclers in the city “The Municipality of Lima has proposed an order to formalize and regulate city recyclers. People work across the city gathering recyclable items to exchange them for cash. The move, which is yet to be approved, will require these people to register themselves and legalize their situation.” (Peru This Week)
  7. Grand jury investigation approved in Cherokee County to investigate proposed landfill “The Cherokee County District Court confirmed today that Judge Oliver K. Lynch has approved a grand jury to investigate actions taken by members of the Galena City Council in connection to a proposed landfill project. The decision comes after opponents of the landfill — proposed near Riverton —  filed a second petition earlier this month calling for the investigation. Cherokee County Clerk Rodney Edmondson last week verified 504 signatures on the petition, which is more than double the requirement of 225.” (The Joplin Globe)
  8. Decision on Covanta plant expected within a month “Negotiations between five municipalities and the Covanta trash-to-energy plant are being finalized and officials said they expect to have contracts approved by the end of November. Meriden, Wallingford, Cheshire, North Haven and Hamden are under contract to send waste to Covanta, which is planning to turn the plant into a transfer station. Covanta also operates facilities in Bristol and Preston.” (
  9. Shippensburg Borough Launches Single-Stream Recycling Program “Shippensburg borough residents have a simpler way to recycle, under a new single-stream recycling program. Glass, metals, plastics and paper can now be combined into the same container for pick-up, and the borough no longer has to take materials to separate recycling facilities. ‘Everything is placed in one container. We can then place it in one truck and take it to one facility,’ said Shippensburg borough manager Lance Hoover. ‘It's much more convenient - hopefully for the residents, and more convenient for us as well.’” (
  10. Sun Recycling opens new Florida location “The Sun Recycling subsidiary of Southern Waste Systems (SWS) opened its newest recycling facility in South Florida on Oct. 22, 2014. SWS says Sun Recycling is the largest recycler of construction and demolition (C&D) material in the state of Florida. The new 10-acre site on Wallis Road in West Palm Beach, Florida, adds an additional 10 employees to SWS’ current roster of 709 employees. The new facility is dedicated to the recycling of concrete aggregate and is designed to complement a nearby location dedicated to recycling mixed C&D material and yard waste. The company has two other facilities in the county in West Palm Beach and Lantana.” (Recycling Today)
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