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10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (October 30, 2014)

10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (October 30, 2014)


  1. U.S companies halt battery recycling in Mexico on Lead pollution and health concerns “IBM, AT&T, and Sprint are refusing to export used lead batteries to Mexico for recycling due to pollution and health concerns in that country previously documented by Occupational Knowledge International (OK International) and Fronteras Comunes. The companies use massive amounts of lead batteries in server farms and cell phone towers for backup power and sell their used batteries to recyclers.” (
  2. New York State’s First Solar Landfill Complete “OnForce Solar, a leading provider of solar energy systems, announced that they have completed construction on a large-scale, 2.364 MW solar array built on 13 acres of a decommissioned, capped landfill in West Nyack for the Town of Clarkstown. This solar installation is the first of its kind built on a landfill in the State of New York.” (
  3. Texas Amends Waste Disposal Rules For Fracking “The Texas Railroad Commission has amended rules for disposal well operators amid concerns that high-pressure injections can trigger earthquakes. As of Nov. 17, disposal well operators must research U.S. Geological Survey data for a history of earthquakes within 100 square miles of a proposed well site before applying for a permit.” (The Associated Press)
  4. Fenimore Landfill, Tom’s Diner on Roxbury tax sale list “Two notable properties were on Tuesday’s public auction block — Fenimore Landfill and Tom’s Diner — but the former received no bids and the other’s debt was paid at the last possible moment. Bids were coming in at a rapid pace during the Roxbury’s tax sale Tuesday morning at town hall, with all but three of nearly 100 properties receiving bids.” (Daily Record)
  5. North Fargo Incinerator Designated For Ebola Waste “The topic of Ebola is only heating up and that is exactly what needs to be done to get rid of anything contaminated with it once someone is infected. You may wonder where it all goes once it gets sealed up. One of the options is at Healthcare Environmental Services (HESI) in North Fargo. It's an incinerator that reaches 2,000 degrees and bio-hazardous and infectious waste is no longer a danger after it gets inside. Around seven million pounds of waste is destroyed there.” (
  6. Wallingford transfer station request could cost town “The town can anticipate losing $1 million a year in revenue if it accepts a proposal that would allow New Jersey-based company to convert a trash-to-energy plant it operates on South Cherry Street into a solid waste transfer station. Covanta Energy paid Wallingford $1.5 million during fiscal 2013-14 in taxes and monetary benefits for being the host community for the trash-to-energy plant, Doreen Zaback, Wallingford’s resource recovery coordinator, told the Town Council.” (New Haven Register)
  7. War of words over proposed debris-recycling landfill near Palmer “An Anchorage company is making another run at a building debris recycling and disposal site near Palmer, the same site rejected last year by the Mat-Su Borough planning commission. Central Environmental Services operates Central Recycling Services and Central Monofill Services, the company behind the proposal to landfill shredded debris including asbestos at a 120-acre former gravel pit at Mile 38 Glenn Highway near the Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area.” (Alaska Dispatch News)
  8. Columbia moving to roll carts for recycling “About 40,000 Columbia households would have new, large roll carts for recycling as part of the city’s $2 million plan to upgrade its residential recycling program that would be similar to programs in Richland and Lexington counties. The 96-gallon carts could be delivered to homes in the second half of next year if City Council authorizes $1.7 million to enlarge the program, city staffers told a council committee Tuesday.” (
  9. Compromise reached in Chandler residents v. recycling facility “Chandler City Council on Oct.23 approved another use permit for the Hudson Baylor/ReCommunity recycling facility northwest of Ray Road and Hamilton Street near downtown, against some neighbors' hopes of shutting down what they say is a noisy, unsafe and unhygienic operation. The site is surrounded by industrial activity and has hosted recycling activities since 1995. Several neighbors, however, have complained to the city about the trucks, early-morning noise and appearance of recyclable materials on the street.” (
  10. Hanford ‘work for materials’ deal saves money “Three electrical substations at Hanford along the Columbia River have come down with the help of a subcontractor that worked for no money. Instead, the Department of Energy compensated Transformers Technologies of Salem with the materials the company recovered, which included copper, steel and oil.” (Tri-City Herald)
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