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December 10, 2014
Waste company seeks to close incinerator, transfer trash “Plans to close one of two trash-burning incinerators in Broward County have some folks fuming. Waste Management's Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. wants Broward County Commission approval to stop using the northern trash-to-energy plant in unincorporated Broward near Pompano Beach, and instead haul residents' trash south to the energy-producing incinerator on U.S. 441, a bit north of Griffin Road.” (Sun Sentinel)
Recycling reprieve for food businesses “City businesses in the food industry are required by Local Law 146 to recycle their organic waste beginning July 1, 2015. But the same law, passed last year, includes a provision that is likely to exempt every one of those businesses indefinitely. The provision essentially postpones the law's effective date until food establishments have an affordable facility nearby that will recycle their organic waste. The law defines that as "sufficient capacity within a 100-mile radius of the city" that will process the waste at a cost that is competitive with sending it to landfills or incinerators.” (Crain’s New York Business)
Call2Recycle Diverts 100M Pounds from Landfills “Call2Recycle, North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization, yesterday announced that its battery and cellphone recycling program has diverted 100 million pounds from landfills since 1994.” (Environmental Leader)
SRS upgrades U.S. facilities “Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) has announced that all of its SRS facilities in the United States have received an upgraded e-Stewards 2.0 Certification. The company, headquartered in West Chicago, Illinois, says that the new certification focuses on data security and greater employee and environmental protections.” (Recycling Today)
Auburn, other towns in pact for lower fees at Wheelabrator trash-to-energy plant “Selectmen were informed Monday that Town Manager Julie A. Jacobson intends to have the town join 32 other Massachusetts communities, including Worcester, in signing an amended contract with Wheelabrator Millbury, the trash-to-energy plant that accepts local solid waste. The change is expected to lower the town's tipping fees starting Jan. 1, according to Darlene M. Coyle, acting director of development and inspectional services.” (Telegram.com)
Palo Alto halts plan for a local compost plant “The long-running debate over the future of composting in Palo Alto reached a temporary truce Monday night, when the City Council agreed that now is not the time to build a local composting facility. The decision by the council not to move along with a local composting operation came more than three years after voters approved Measure E, which made a 10-acre portion of Byxbee Park available for a potential composting plant.” (Palo Alto Online)
Waste-to-energy solution imminent: environment minister “A solution to end the garbage crisis by converting solid waste into energy is in the offing, Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk said Tuesday” (The Daily Star)
Waste transfer station priority for new Woolwich Mayor Sandy Shantz “Sandy Shantz, Woolwich Township's new mayor, says the finding a solution to the fallout from the proposed closure of the Elmira waste transfer station is among her top priorities. Shantz, who will be sworn into office Tuesday night at the inaugural council meeting, said township residents need a convenient, efficient place to get rid of their garbage in order to prevent dumping.” (CBC.ca)
City of Cincinnati could lose $100K on big garbage truck it can’t fill with gas “The city of Cincinnati is trying to unload a large garbage truck it bought in 2013 as a part of a program it was developing to buy trucks that would automatically pick up garbage cans with minimal help from city employees. The City Council's Budget and Finance Committee unanimously approved an ordinance allowing the city to sell the $356,253 truck.” (Cincinnati Business Courier)
Prairie Village considers banning plastic grocery bags “Several nations and scores of U.S. cities, including Chicago and Seattle, have done just that in recent years. Next July, a statewide ban takes effect in California. However, no bag restrictions are on the books hereabouts, despite some false starts. As a result, shoppers return home with millions of single-use bags every year, ignoring many retailers’ offer to pay a nickel for each reusable cloth bag brought into the store.” (KansasCity.com)
Executive Director, Content & User Engagement, Waste360
David Bodamer is Executive Director of Content & User Engagement for Waste360 and NREI. Bodamer joined Waste360 in January 2014. He has been with NREI since September 2011 and has been covering the commercial real estate sector since 1999 for Retail Traffic, Commercial Property News and Shopping Centers Today. He also previously worked for Civil Engineering magazine. His writings on real estate have also appeared in REP. and the Wall Street Journal’s online real estate news site. He has won multiple awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and is a past finalist for a Jesse H. Neal Award.
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