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10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (September 12, 2014)

10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (September 12, 2014)

  1. Worker Killed After Being Run Over By Trash Truck “The victim is 52 -year -old Richard Jones. He's worked for the Sand Springs Sanitation Department since July as a temporary solid waste collector. Police said around 7:30 a.m., Richard Jones and two other employees were collecting trash near Rustic Road and East 41st street. But Richard Jones routine ride on the back of the trash truck turned into a sudden death. ‘He exited the vehicle and fell beneath the trash truck and was caught by the rear tires of that vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene,’ said Deputy Police Chief Mike Carter, Sand Springs Police.” (
  2. Increased fines being considered to encourage more recycling “Recycle or face a fine: That's how it may shake out as the city of San Diego looks for ways to get residents to look more closely at what goes in the black trash bin or the blue recycle bin. An audit shows that more than 75 percent of the trash thrown out should be recycled. A ‘zero waste’ plan is being considered by the city council with a recommendation that code would be beefed up.” (
  3. Paper companies sue over Indianapolis recycling deal “Two paper companies and a citizen are asking a Marion County judge to halt Covanta's agreement with the city of Indianapolis to build a $45 million recycling facility. Graphic Packaging International Inc., Rock-Tenn Converting Co. and Cathy Weinmann filed a lawsuit Sept. 5 in Marion Superior Court alleging the Indianapolis Board of Public Works violated public bidding requirements and state law governing the collection and disposal of waste in Indianapolis.” (
  4. Seeing low recycling rates, city won't increase services “About half of the time that a county recycling truck stops at a city of Frederick home, the blue recycling bin isn’t out on the curb, according to new data. Looking at the data, the city’s Board of Aldermen agreed Wednesday it wouldn’t be worth it to send the trucks around more frequently. The board reviewed new curbside recycling data provided by Frederick County, collected between 2011 and 2013, showing that 91 percent of city homes have a recycling bin, and the average rate at which the homes with bins put them out on the curb is about 51 percent.” (The Frederick News-Post)
  5. Payne City could get medical waste treatment facility “Payne City, a municipality without zoning or land use ordinances, could soon be home to a proposed ‘red bag’ medical waste treatment facility. City leaders denied a request for a compliance letter filed by Medsafe LLC and Kenneth Taylor, the property owner, in 2011. Taylor and the company subsequently filed a petition in Bibb County Superior Court asking a judge to rule that the city must issue a letter verifying the proposed facility complies with Payne City’s zoning ordinances and solid waste management plan.” (The Telegraph)
  6. Fayetteville officials hold mock hazardous waste spill exercise “Downtown Fayetteville was the scene of a mock hazardous waste spill Thursday morning as various agencies practiced their response. The mock spill was part of a preparedness exercise marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.” (
  7. Flint Hills, EPA settle waste complaint over Alaska refinery “Flint Hills Resources Alaska has agreed to pay an $80,000 fine to resolve accusations by federal regulators that the company mishandled hazardous waste last year at its North Pole refinery. The company's settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stems from groundwater cleanup activity at the refinery on June 19, 2013. Flint Hills was processing groundwater to remove sulfolane, an industrial chemical that has been traced back to an old spill at the refinery.” (
  8. Dane County Landfill’s expansion goes green “According to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, the landfill used by the city of Madison should have already reached capacity. ‘We were reaching capacity, we had about two to three years left on the landfill when I was elected about 3 1/2 years ago,’ Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said. Dane County’s Rodefeld Landfill broke ground on an expansion project this week in an effort to increase longevity and decrease environmental impact from waste emissions.” (
  9. City Handing Recycling to Private Firm “The city has turned the operation of all of its recycling operations to a private firm in a deal that officials say will save the city money, reduce liability and create incentives for improving efficiency. Public Works Director Michael Harmon said this is a prime opportunity to create a private-public partnership, and there may be others in the future.” (Daily Sitka Sentinel)
  10. TDY Industries fined for waste violations at Wah Chang facilities “TDY Industries LLC has been issued penalties of $16,500 for hazardous waste violations at two Wah Chang facilities. The violations were discovered during an inspection in December of 2013 at facilities of the Wah Chang Research Center, 2951 E. Front St., and the metals production facility at 1600 Old Salem Road. TDY is appealing the penalties.” (Albany Democrat-Herald)
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