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10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (December 3, 2014)


  1. Could taxpayers save $288 million by shutting down garbage burning plant? “Onondaga County Legislators will be asked to ditch the county's garbage burning power plant when they meet to consider what to do with trash for the next 20 years…. Hunter and the Conservative Party Chair John Mulhall, will try to convince legislators to block the extension of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency's 20 year contract with Covanta, which operates the waste to energy plant. Hunter and Mulhall say taxpayers could save up to $288 million over 20 years by simply burying the garbage in landfills.” (CNYCentral.com)
  2. Fenimore owner: I'm under criminal investigation “The owner of the troubled Fenimore landfill says he's become aware of a criminal investigation into his activities at the site. ‘They're telegraphing their moves now,’ said Richard Bernardi, who for years has been locked in legal battles with the state over the Fenimore operation — a now-halted project by his company, Strategic Environmental Partners, to convert a long-abandoned landfill into a solar facility.” (NJ.com)
  3. Delaware Businesses Say Good-bye to Recycling Fee “After four years of paying a recycling fee on bottles, many stores in Delaware can say good-bye to the extra cost. Four years ago, the number of people recycling in Delaware was low. Now, the state is among the nation's leaders keeping recyclables out of landfills. Officials credit a law passed in 2010 named the Universal Recycling Law.” (WBOC.com)
  4. EPA Expected to Finalize First Federal Coal Ash Regulations This Month “Four-and-a-half years after they were first announced, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to finalize the nation’s first federal rules on the handling of coal ash this month…. The EPA has proposed two ways to regulate the material. One option—called ‘subtitle C,’ would effectively regulate it as a hazardous waste. The other—‘subtitle D’—would treat it as solid waste. Environmental groups are lobbying for the former, while industry representatives prefer the latter.” (WKYUfm.org)
  5. Rotten Luck: NYC's Pilot Compost Program in Trouble, with Shutdown of Delaware Processor “New York City's fledgling composting program has hit a major snag. The nearly two-year-old pilot project takes food scraps from about a dozen neighborhoods and 400 schools as part of an effort to reduce waste. But the facility that processed most of that organic material was shut down last month, forcing the city to send the bulk of what's picked up to landfills.” (WNYC.org)
  6. Black Hawk County Landfill digs new hole “The Black Hawk County Landfill is in a deep hole. But that's just the way customers like it. Cell W-2, a new $5 million pit on the southwest corner of the landfill south of Waterloo, was cleared for business last week by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Cities and private waste haulers have been looking forward to the new cell. It should dramatically cut down closures due to high winds, which can lead to the cancellation of garbage collection.” (WCFCourier.com)
  7. Legislators to review Chemung landfill expansion “The environmental review documents have been completed for the proposed expansion of the Chemung County Landfill, and will be reviewed by the Chemung County Legislature before being sent to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Casella, which operates the county-owned landfill, is seeking a permit from the DEC to increase its maximum annual tonnage from 180,000 tons of municipal solid waste to 417,000 tons as part of an expansion plan.” (The Leader)
  8. County eyes expanded recycling operation “Everybody, it seems, has a different idea of how Columbia County’s solid waste department can convert its composting facility into a state-of-the-art, partly automated recycling center. That’s why Solid Waste Director Greg Kaminski said he is making his request for proposals deliberately ‘vague.’” (Portage Daily Register)
  9. Campbell County Planning Commission votes no on landfill expansion “The Campbell County Planning Commission unanimously opposed a proposal Monday to significantly expand the size and lifespan of the regional landfill in Rustburg. Neighbors flooded a public hearing to speak against Region 2000’s request to rezone about 213 acres of adjacent farmland and permit it for landfill operations.” (News & Advance)
  10. Wisconsin residents recycled more than 830,000 tons in 2013 “Recent collection numbers compiled by the Department of Natural Resources are showing that Wisconsinites support recycling all year long. The information, available by searching ‘recycling studies’ at dnr.wi.gov, showed Wisconsin's 2013 residential and commercial recycling efforts recovered about 831,000 tons of used paper products and food and beverage containers for use in manufacturing. That's a 79,000 ton increase over 2012 figures.” (WQOW.com)
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