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Articles from 2015 In November

2015 Mergers and Acquisitions Database

This database tracks the key mergers and acquisitions in the waste and recycling industry.  Financial amounts are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted. Click on a close date to see the full transaction details.

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EPA’s Proposed Rules Update the Federal Hazardous Waste Generator Program to Provide Real World Flexibility and Efficiencies

In 1980, the EPA launched perhaps the most comprehensive single environmental program under its jurisdiction in terms of the number of affected US businesses — the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C hazardous waste program. Central to the program was the regulation of generators of hazardous waste where the “cradle to grave” system that RCRA envisioned starts. Given the complete novelty of this comprehensive program at the time these regulations were first developed in 1979, the EPA’s initial generator regulations were based upon informed guesses about how many generators would be affected and how generators actually operated. The EPA was keenly aware that their new program needed to be broad enough to be effective but practical enough to be workable.

The EPA made a key policy decision at the start: it would equate the level of environmental risk and environmental requirements with the monthly generation of hazardous waste by volume. An exception was made for a small class of hazardous wastes, deemed acutely hazardous, but given the unprecedented broad definition of “hazardous waste,” this policy decision was critical. Regulations would be tailored in terms of requirements to those who were large quantity generators (LQG), small quantity generators (SQG) or so small as to be conditionally exempt small quantity generators (CESQG). These distinctions are critical because RCRA’s enforcement sanctions are stiff and compliance by each facility is linked to the category of hazardous waste the generator falls under.

Continue reading at Environmental Leader

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Austin, Texas, Passes C&D Recycling Ordinance

Austin City Council in Austin, Texas, has passed an ordinance intended to increase the reuse and recycling of materials from construction and demolition projects. The ordinance had been under discussion in the summer of 2015, including comments made by a skeptical demolition contractor.

With the ordinance passed, beginning Oct. 1, 2016, the city of Austin will require 50 percent diversion of materials from construction projects larger than 5,000 square feet. In 2019, the ordinance will expand to include all commercial demolition projects.

Continue reading at Construction & Demolition Recycling

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3 Firefighters Hurt in Recycling Plant Fire in NJ

Three firefighters sustained minor injuries in a blaze at a New Jersey recycling plant, authorities say. 

It's not clear what started the fire inside a building that houses compact recycling material at NY NJ Recycling on Page Avenue in Lyndhurst before 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The fire chief on the scene said the plant deals with paper products, and demolition crews had to get involved because the fire was so deep-seated that a wall in the building had to be knocked down. 

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B.P. Greer Recycling Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

B.P. Greer Recycling Inc., a Reidsville business that buys and sells scrap metal for commercial use, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy.

According to recent filings with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina Greensboro division, the business located at 219 Watlington Industrial Drive has assets ranging between $1 million and $10 million and debts ranging between $10 million and $50 million.

Continue reading at the Triad Business Journal

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Drones Monitoring Methane Emissions from UK Landfill

A BBC Science & Environment report has highlighted work being carried out to monitor and analyse methane emissions from Britain’s 200 landfill sites using unmanned drone aircraft.

The video report shows time-lapse footage of a chicken swelling with gas as it decomposes in laboratory conditions designed to simulate those of a landfill site at the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.

Dr Jillian Newton calculated that the 1.2kg chicken produced 31.2 litres of biogas - which would contain 79.8g of methane and carbon dioxide.

Continue reading at Waste Management World

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Waste Disposal Laws Overhaul Proposed by Maine Legislator

Studies indicate that every person in Maine generates at least four pounds of trash a day. That adds up to millions of pounds that to be disposed of, somehow, every year.

Lawmakers are gearing up to take a second look at how the state can do a better job at managing its waste...and increasing its recycling rate.

Maine has not looked at its solid waste laws for 15 years. Sen. Tom Saviello, a republican from Wilton says "its time."

Continue reading at MPBN.net

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Resolute Acquires Atlas Paper for $156M

Resolute Forest Products Inc., Montreal, has announced its acquisition of Atlas Paper Holdings Inc., a manufacturer of tissue products based in Miami, for $156 million.

“This is a step-change acquisition that provides us with an immediate position in the multibillion-dollar North American consumer tissue market,” says Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer of Resolute Forest Products. “We’re following through on our strategy toward the Resolute of the future with an acquisition that capitalizes on our unique ability to capture synergies by integrating forward our U.S. market pulp assets. This acquisition also gives us immediate tissue industry experience as we work toward bringing our Calhoun tissue project online by early 2017.”

Continue reading at Recycling Today

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State Approves Long-Awaited Permits to Expand Ontario County Landfill

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has approved the permits needed to for a 43.5-acre expansion of the Ontario County landfill. The permits will allow landfill manager Casella Waste Management Systems to continue taking waste at the landfill in the town of Seneca while the company expands the landfill by constructing new cells at the site.

The DEC Commissioner affirmed the Oct. 7, 2015 ruling of the administrative law judge, according to Ontario County.

The ruling means the county “successfully established the proposed landfill expansion will meet all New York State environmental law requirements, and that any increase in noise from landfill operations will fall below the regulatory maximum levels,” according to the county.

Continue reading at WHEC.com

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Sonoma County Reduces Fees Faced By Waste Hauler at Santa Rosa Recycling Sites

Sonoma County health officials have substantially reduced the fines that the region’s largest waste hauler will face for having too much garbage coming into its recycling centers.

Instead of the $5,000-per-day penalties that North Bay Corp. was facing beginning Dec. 1 for exceeding the allowable garbage levels at its Santa Rosa recycling centers, the company will now face fines of $1,000 per day.

The accommodation could end up saving the company more than $200,000 in fines if it remains out of compliance with regulations through the end of the year, which seems likely.

Continue reading at The Press Democrat