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10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (October 17, 2014)


  1. EPA wants Navy to help fix former dump “In a clash of two federal agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the Navy to take care of a hazardous garbage dump along Highway 3 about two miles southwest of Gorst, Wash. The 5.7-acre dump, previously known as the Bremerton Auto Wrecking Landfill, has collapsed several times since 1997 and threatens to blow out Highway 3.” (Kitsap Sun)
  2. Ebola and trucking: DOT issues waste-hauling guidance, gives special permit to carrier “As public concern over a second U.S. health care worker’s contraction of Ebola grows and media coverage intensifies, the Department of Transportation has issued guidance on the transport of Ebola-tainted waste.” (CCJDigital.com)
  3. Republic Services: Little risk to public if landfill fire reaches radioactive waste “A new report from the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill finds little risk to public health even if an underground chemical reaction spreads to the adjacent West Lake Landfill and the radioactive waste illegally dumped there 40 years ago. The low-temperature reaction has been smoldering in the Bridgeton Landfill for almost four years, fueling public concern about the nearby radioactive material.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  4. Mayor wants to bring composting program to Mpls. homes “Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is trying to build support for the most expensive new initiative in her first budget proposal: a recycling program for the city's food waste. Hodges wants the organic material turned into compost rather than going into landfills or the garbage-burning power plant in downtown Minneapolis.” (MPR News)
  5. Montgomery stays with Waste Management, looks to new future services “The Montgomery City Council unanimously approved re-signing a contract with Waste Management Tuesday to extend waste service through Sept. 30, 2015. After that, the city will put the service out for bid. Interim City Administrator Ken Knight ‘strongly advised re-signing’ with Waste Management for now, and making a change later due to the cost increase the city may receive after the first year.” (The Courier)
  6. Recycling campaign urges Tulsa residents to help cut down on trash collection costs “he City of Tulsa is trying to cut down on trash collection costs with an informational campaign. While recycling efforts have a positive impact on the city, the Tulsa Authority for Recovery of Energy says non-recyclable stuff is being put into bins, causing high contamination rates. The city has had to pay people to sort the recyclables from the trash, resulting in an increase of costs.” (KJRH.com)
  7. City of Springfield, Ill., rakes in recycling revenue following fee increase “The city’s recycling fee is expected to bring in more than three times the annual revenue it did before the charge was increased 1 1/2 years ago, allowing Springfield to offer new programs and expand existing ones. The increase, which raised from 50 cents to $1.50 a month the recycling fee collected by the city through private haulers’ bills, took effect April 1, 2013. This year, Public Works Director Mark Mahoney expects the fee to generate $720,000, compared with $219,000, the average amount the city saw with the smaller charge in years past.” (The State Journal-Register)
  8. Recycling center may need new plan to stay open “The Solid Waste Authority board came out of a lengthy closed-door session at its regular meeting Tuesday, saying it might need a new plan to keep the Slack Street recycling center open. The board signed a lease in late 2012 with recycling center owner George Hunyadi and his company, West Virginia Recycling Services, to take over running the facility after it was closed over health and safety concerns. Meanwhile, members of the authority’s governing board have asked Hunyadi to clean up stacks of unshipped bales of materials that are cluttering up the site.” (WVGazette.com)
  9. Pierre receives funds for landfill construction “Pierre City Commissioners Tuesday night gave their approval to an agreement that provides the city with more than $1.17 million for the construction of a new cell at the Pierre Regional Landfill. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has awarded the city a $817,600 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and a $354,400 Solid Waste Management Program grant.” (KCCR AM 1240)
  10. Recycling to become mandatory at Calgary's multi-family buildings “Recycling at multi-family buildings will become mandatory in 16 months. Members of the Utilities and Corporate Services Committee voted in favour Wednesday of adopting a new bylaw which will make recycling at multi-family buildings — condos and apartment buildings — mandatory starting in February 2016.” (Calgary Sun)
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