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Articles from 2005 In December
West Virginia recycling organization receives grant to promote e-waste recycling
The National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER), Davisville, W.Va., has received a $100,000 grant to fund e-waste recycling efforts in the state. According to the NCER, the grant was funded by the West Virginia High Technology Consortium, a non-profit organization located in Fairmont, W.Va. In conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and local recycling companies, the NCER will host various e-waste recycling initiatives during 2006, including recycling collection events and recycling activities.
Missouri city to construct bioreactor landfill
Columbia, Mo. officials have agreed to construct a bioreactor for the city’s Columbia Sanitary Landfill, an effort that could increase the landfill’s life by five years. According to The Associated Press, construction on the bioreactor is expected to begin next year, costing the city’s Public Works Department an estimated $2.3 million. Cambridge, Mass.-based Camp Dresser & Mckee, an environmental engineering and consulting firm, will design the 8- to 9- acre bioreactor, which could be complete by 2007.
The project is part of the Washington-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s research and development trial, which enables cities to utilize bioreactor technology and report their findings. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will observe the landfill over a 12-year period and share its findings with state and federal environmental organizations, according to The Associated Press.
Florida county to add height to landfill cell
Officials from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have allowed Hernando County to increase its landfill cell by 40 feet, which will save the county $724,000. According to an article in Hernando Today, the county is required by state law to use the money it will save for programs such as waste disposal and recycling. The landfill’s additional height will give the county an extra three years before having to construct another collection site within the landfill.
Chicago alderman proposes curbside recycling
Chicago Lakefront Alderman Joe Moore has proposed that the city adopt curbside recycling programs, an effort that is projected to cost the city $35 million. According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, the proposed curbside pickups would replace the city’s blue-bag recycling program, which has generated a 13 percent participation rate and recycled 8 percent of the collected waste. For nine months, the city has experimented with curbside recycling in a Chicago neighborhood, garnering an 80 percent participation rate; however, Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Michael Picardi says that there is “no revenue source” to expand the program.
If the proposal is approved, the city would have until January 2009 to implement the curbside recycling program.
Ohio bill to place new restrictions on CD&D landfills
Following the approval of state legislators, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft is expected to sign a bill that will place new regulations on the state’s construction and debris landfills. According to an article in The Vindicator, the bill places several stipulations on CD&D landfills and regulates their placement near residential and recreational areas. The bill states that CD&D landfills cannot be placed within 500 feet of a residential property without the consent of the homeowner unless the landfill owns the residential property; and CD&D landfills cannot be placed within 500 feet of a national or state park or recreational area. The bill is expected to be signed into law by the end of the year.
Pennsylvania court rules against county’s hauler licensing fees
A Pennsylvania appeals court recently ruled that under state law, Lehigh County does not have the authority to charge recycling and licensing fees to haulers and landfills. The fees, which the county has charged since 2003, are used to fund a compost center and recycling operations, according to an article in The Morning Call. The county charges haulers $30 to $250 each year in licensing fees and $10 to $25 for each vehicle depending on the size of the truck. The ruling could result in a $700,000 loss in annual revenue for the county.
Railroad company making progress to enclose open-air waste transfer stations
In the first of a two-day hearing, New York Susquehanna & Western Railway Corp. testified to a U.S. district court judge that the company is making progress to replace its open-air waste transfer stations. According to an article in The Record, the company is working to close down three open-air facilities. In addition, a new enclosed facility was opened last week with plans to complete a second one by the end of the month. According to the article, a third facility is near completion. Construction of the new facilities will cost about $4 million.
The hearing comes after the railroad company was accused of violating state and local regulations requiring rail operators that ship solid waste to enclose their waste facilities. Although the company claims that it is exempt under federal law from these regulations, it is attempting to comply.
U.S. senator to work on improved e-waste legislation after release of GAO report
According to a statement issued by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.) has announced his intentions to create bi-partisan legislation in an effort to minimize the environmental effects of e-waste. Jeffords’ announcement comes after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Washington, released a report titled “Electronic Waste: Strengthening the Role of the Federal Government in Encouraging Recycling and Reuse,” which discusses the nation’s rising amount of e-waste and advocates for e-waste solutions at the federal level. According to the GAO report, 100 million items of electronic equipment become obsolete each year and are stored in attics, warehouses and garages.
EPA proposes changes to municipal waste combustor requirements
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, is proposing a revision to its existing emission level standards for municipal waste combustors (MWC) to reflect the current operations of these facilities. According to a press release issued by the organization, the proposed changes will help MWCs to continue operating at high-performance levels. Since the 1995 implementation of the EPA’s emission control requirements, dioxin and furan emissions have been reduced by 99 percent; mercury, cadmium and lead have decreased by 93 percent; and sulfur dioxide and hydrogen chloride have decreased by more than 91 percent.
For information on the proposed changes to the emission level requirements, visit www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg.