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Five Stories from Around the Waste Industry for Feb. 6

Developments in Hawaii, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Carolina and Washington and illustrate some highlights and lowlights from around the waste industry.

  • Minnesota Legislature won't take up 10-cent deposit on bottles. "Minnesotans won't be asked to pay a 10-cent deposit on bottles and cans anytime soon.DFL lawmakers say there just isn't time to consider such a big change this year. But some of them still hope there is time to address the state's lagging recycling rates through other legislation." (WDAZ8 Television)
  • Kenoi outlines plan to reduce waste. "Mayor Billy Kenoi has a plan to take out the trash. Kenoi told the County Council on Tuesday he will soon begin to pursue a waste-elimination project to address the Hilo landfill’s capacity problems. That could include a waste-to-energy incinerator, an idea the council rejected in 2008 under a previous administration. But Kenoi said he doesn’t intend to pursue any particular technology, an approach that appeared to receive the full support of the council members.” (Hawaii Tribune Herald)
  • Port Angeles unanimously approves solid waste flow control ordinance. “The City Council has approved a change to city code that is expected to help keep a steady flow of garbage — and revenue — flowing to the Port Angeles transfer station. The city's solid waste flow control ordinance, approved unanimously Tuesday night, would require the vast majority of waste generated within the city limit and not picked up curbside to be taken to the regional transfer station at the west end of 18th Street.” (Peninsula Daily News)
  • Metal recycling dealers arrested following copper theft probe. “An ongoing joint investigation by the DeSoto and Natchitoches sheriffs’ offices into the theft of copper from a lignite mining operation has resulted in the recent arrests of two metal recycling business owners. James E. Strickland Jr., 66, and Joel Brandon Taylor, 36, both of Natchitoches were cited with one count of violation of the Louisiana Scrap Metal Recyclers Law, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. said in a news release. Strickland was released on bond, and Taylor was given a summons to appear in court.” (Shreveport Times)
  • Broken Duke pipe was metal, not concrete. “As crews continued Wednesday to try to stop the flow from a leaking Duke Energy ash pond in Eden, the company announced a surprising discovery. The stormwater pipe that broke Sunday under the 27-acre pond was made of corrugated metal, not the reinforced concrete that Duke had believed it to be." (Charlotte Observer)
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