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10 Things You Need to Know For the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (Feb. 25, 2014)

  1. E-Waste to Exceed 93.5 Million Tons Annually “The global volume of e-waste generated is expected to reach 93.5 million tons in 2016 from 41.5 million tons in 2011 at a compound annual growth rate of 17.6 percent from 2011 to 2016, according to a new report from Marketsandmarkets.” (EnvironmentalLeader.com)

  2. Trash cleanup near Menomonee Falls landfill to continue all week “Help has been called in to help clean up the blowing trash swirling outside a Menomonee Falls landfill. Cleanup crews are going to new heights to gather the garbage. Along County Line Road in Menomonee Falls, people don't have to look far to find wind-blown trash. Crews have been working nonstop since Friday to clean up the trail of garbage. 'It goes a mile that way, all the way out to Wausaukee Road, down. It's a massive mess,' said Larry Fry of AJ Outdoor Specialist. (WISN.com)

  3. Can Coal Fly Ash Waste Be Put To Good Use? “Coal ash is the largest type of waste produced in the United States and in many other countries, with over 100 million tons produced in the USA every year. Coal ash contains a toxic stew of chemicals including lead, arsenic, mercury and radioactive uranium. The EPA is considering new rules to regulate coal ash waste despite protests from industry. The size of this problem begs the question, is there any beneficial use for coal ash waste? And what is being done around the world to address this common problem?” (TheEnergyCollective.com)

  4. Carroll commissioners ready to exit waste-to-energy incinerator project “The Board of Carroll County Commissioners could formally move to exit the waste-to-energy incinerator agreement with Frederick County in as soon as the next two weeks. After the news Friday that the Maryland Department of the Environment had issued the appropriate permits for a waste-to-energy incinerator in Frederick, Carroll County commissioners said Monday that it is time for Carroll to exit the project in the most 'cost-effective way for taxpayers.' … Commissioner Doug Howard acknowledged that this has been 'one of the most complex projects' he has ever seen, but said the county is hopefully nearing the end of the process.” (Baltimore Sun)

  5. Recycling company urges Tulsans to watch what you toss “Tulsans are doing a poor job of separating their trash from recycling, and the city's vendor is losing money despite record amounts of recycling, an official told trash board members recently. Tulsa Recycle and Transfer officials have asked Tulsa's Authority for Recovery of Energy for a subsidy to offset the amount the company loses transporting contaminants trash in the recycling from the recycling plant to the city's burn plant.” (Tulsa World)

  6. WV Recycling Services overrun with plastic bottles in wake of water crisis “If you have been to the recycling center on Slack Street in Charleston lately, you may have noticed things are piling up. The center was overwhelmed the weekend of February 22-23, with recycling. Most of the items being dropped off are plastic bottles. The owner of West Virginia Recycling Services said it was likely a combination of good weather which allowed people to pack up their recyclable items and bring them in to the center, and the recent water crisis.” (WOWKTV.com)

  7. 100-foot-high Longview landfill set to close “A landfill is about to close on the outskirts of Longview and some people are glad to see it go. The Tennant Way Landfill is where all the trash created by Cowlitz County residents currently gets deposited. The hill sits at around 100 feet high, with 2.5 million tons of garbage. The trash heap is in sight of traffic coming in from Interstate 5 to the city. Business leaders are pleased the landfill will be sealed off and grass and shrubs will eventually cover the ground. They say it will make a better impression on visitors.” (KGW.com)

  8. Landfill employee arrested in theft of more than 2 tons of metal “A landfill employee was arrested and accused of stealing thousands of pounds of scrap metal from his work to sell to scrap yards, Volusia County sheriff’s investigators said. Korey Woulard, 44, who lives in an unincorporated area of DeLand and works for Volusia County’s Tomoka Landfill, earned thousands of dollars on the side for more than half a year in his illegal activity, sheriff’s spokesman Brandon Haught said.” (The Daytona Beach News-Journal)

  9. Council votes to open $1.5 million line of credit for green waste recycling center “Chambersburg Borough Council members voted Monday evening to open a line of credit with Farmers and Merchants Trust Company of up to $1.5 million for the future green waste recycling center. The future center, which is slated to be created at 455 W. Commerce Street in a 6 to 7 acre lot outside the borough, will address a potential violation from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the "unregulated disposal of yard waste" at the closed borough landfill on Dump Road.” (Public Opinion Local News)

  10. Cranston City Council approves new trash-collection system using large containers “The City Council on Monday approved implementation of 'automatic garbage collection,' revising an ordinance to provide for the free distribution of large containers to residents but disclaiming city responsibility for bulky waste. The city is revolutionizing its collection system, adopting what Mayor Allan W. Fung calls 'automatic garbage collection.' One-man trucks with hydraulic arms will pick up and dump 65-gallon containers for garbage and recyclables that residents will be required to use.” (Providence Journal)
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