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


  1. Appliance Recycling Centers of America CEO retires at 74 “Minneapolis-based Appliance Recycling Centers of America Inc. has announced that Edward (Jack) Cameron is retiring as the company's president and CEO and that Mark Eisenschenk has been promoted to fill the position. Cameron, 74, founded the company in 1976 and served as president, CEO and chairman of the board until announcing his retirement. He will remain with the company and continue to serve as chairman of the five-member board of directors. Cameron will work closely with Eisenschenk to ensure a smooth transition of executive leadership.” (Solid Waste & Recycling)
  2. EPA: Pensacola landfill mess continues “By the time the Environmental Protection Agency's cleanup of the former waste water pond and landfill on Palafox Street's 3900 block is finished, that effort will have taken more than 50 years longer than the industrial work went on that originally polluted the property. What's more, by the time the cleanup of dioxins and other contaminants is done, more than a century will have passed since the now-defunct Escambia Treating Company began generating wastewater on the site in 1942.” (Pensacola News Journal)
  3. Inside Scoop: N.C. House and Senate may have reached coal ash compromise “House Speaker Thom Tillis said today the General Assembly may have agreed on a compromise coal ash bill. Three weeks ago House and Senate leaders came to an impasse on the bill, which would clean up the state's toxic coal ash ponds by 2029. The House and Senate are poised to adjourn their session this week. Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said last week he preferred to adjourn and return to special session in November that would take up the coal ash legislation again.” (News & Record)
  4. Hearing set on garbage-to-fuel facility in W.Va. “A public hearing will be held Monday on a company's plans to produce solid-refuse fuel from household garbage at the old county landfill property off Grapevine Road. The hearing on Entsorga West Virginia LLC's solid-waste facility permit application will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spring Mills (W.Va.) High School at 499 Campus Drive north of Martinsburg, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said Monday.” (Herald-Mail Media)
  5. Flexible film waste-to-oil pilot project continuing in California “A recent decision to discontinue operations at a plastics waste-to-oil site in Portland, Ore., is not impacting a pilot program aimed at hard-to-recycle plastics in California. The Energy Bag program launched this summer in Citrus Heights, Calif., to capture plastics that are typically not recycled.” (Plastics News)
  6. Rumpke opposes landfill expansion delay “Rumpke Waste & Recycling wanted to proceed with a trial to determine whether the company can expand a Colerain Township landfill, but a Hamilton County judge today agreed to a township request for a delay. The trial that was to begin Sept. 22 was delayed until Dec. 8 by Judge Ralph Winkler of Common Pleas Court.” (Cincinnati Business Courier)
  7. San Bernardino taking on more of its waste-collection services “The city is expected to expand its waste-hauling service and gain new revenue with the expiration of franchise agreements for two long-standing companies working here. Public Works Director Tony Frossard said the city, which is in bankruptcy, stands to gain about $750,000 annually, though not immediately, from taking over the waste-hauling services after this year’s expiration of one existing small business franchise, Cal Disposal, and the anticipated discontinuation of Burrtec’s trash hauling service in the city.” (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
  8. Oregon DEQ seeks comments on MRF renewal permit “The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is inviting residents of the state to submit comments in regard to the proposed renewal of a permit for McKenzie Recycling Inc., which operates a material recovery facility (MRF) in Eugene, Oregon. The facility has been permitted by the Oregon DEQ since 2004; its existing permit expires Nov. 17, 2014. Under the renewed permit, McKenzie would be able to continue to operate the MRF with the requirements, limitations and conditions set forth in the original permit.” (Recycling Today)
  9. State Fair strives to be most eco-friendly in US “Illinois State Fair officials say they're ramping up recycling as part of an effort to have the most eco-friendly fair in the country. More than 25,000 pounds of aluminum, cardboard and plastic was recycled last year, and this year paper has been added to the effort, the State Journal-Register in Springfield reported.” (The Daily Journal)
  10. County considers 14-year extension to LCSWMA contract “Lancaster County Commissioners on Wednesday will consider extending the county’s contract with the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority through 2044 and approving revisions to the county’s municipal solid waste management plan. The current agreement dates back to 1990 and expires 2030. The MSW plan was also adopted in 1990 but has been revised several times since.” (Lancaster Online)
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