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  • Privatization of waste hauling expands nationwide

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    There’s one thing we know – it is becoming more difficult for municipalities to manage and maintain their waste facilities and fleets in a cost-effective manner.

  • Municipalities’ interest in organic recycling grows

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    There is huge amount of interest in decreasing the amount of food that is wasted and also recycling or repurposing the food scraps that are generated. This interest spans across many sectors and types of organizations, but certainly includes municipalities. In fact, municipalities throughout the U.S. are making significant strides when it comes to organic recycling programs.

  • New recycling rule starts for self-haul customers in King County, Washington

    To reduce waste and save room in the landfill, the King County Solid Waste Division (SWD), beginning January 2, began to require customers at solid waste transfer stations and drop boxes to recycle cardboard, scrap metal, yard waste and clean wood at facilities where the materials can be recycled.

  • Aemerge RedPak opens new medical waste treatment center

    Aemerge RedPak, a pioneer in technology resulting in cleaner, smarter and more renewable approaches for handling waste and producing energy, has opened a medical waste treatment facility that destroys and sterilizes medical waste, converts it to clean energy and diverts up to 95 percent of treated waste from landfills. The new $55 million facility will create 30 jobs.

  • NY expands benefits for sanitation workers

    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation to provide enhanced disability retirement benefits to uniformed police officers, firefighters, corrections officers and sanitation workers in New York City.

  • Republic Services opens its most advanced facility

    Republic Services unveiled its newest and most advanced hauling facility which is expected to serve customers throughout North Texas for generations. The new 25,000 sq.ft. facility features a contemporary workspace for employees, various employee amenities and modern infrastructure to support hauling and maintenance operations.

  • NWRA applauds house decision

    The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) sent a letter to House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) thanking him for holding a hearing on the impact of federal regulations on the small trucking industry.

  • Canada recognizes grand opening of solid waste transfer facility

    The Government of Canada is committed to developing sustainable waste management systems through modern infrastructure, operations, training and partnerships in consultation with our First Nation communities.

  • Waste optimization plant planned

    TransAct Energy Corp has signed a conditional purchase agreement for an 18.4 hectare, greenfield, industrial site located in the industrial zone of El Salto, Jalisco Mexico.

  • EPA removes the Shpack Landfill from the priorities list

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has removed the Shpack Landfill, a superfund site located in Attleboro and Norton, Massachusetts, from the National Priorities List (NPL, aka Superfund). Deleting sites from the NPL may occur once all response actions are complete and all cleanup goals have been achieved. EPA added the site to the NPL in 1986.

  • New England organizations honored by EPA for reducing food waste sent to landfills

    Two Massachusetts organizations were honored nationally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their work keeping wasted food out of landfills and incinerators and putting it to better use. Another 24 organizations across New England received certificates recognizing their work reducing food waste as part of EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge.

  • Eco-Products partners to turn trash into soil

    Eco-Products is partnering with the National Aquarium on an innovative new effort to turn guests’ trash into rich, fertile soil – rather than ending up in area landfills.

  • Republic Services names Jon Vander Ark COO

    Republic Services, Inc. named Jon Vander Ark chief operating officer (COO), effective January 1, 2018. As COO, Vander Ark will be responsible for operationalizing the company’s strategy and executing its business plan across its field operations.

    Additionally, he will have functional responsibility for all operational support departments, including safety, engineering, environmental compliance and fleet management, which includes the seventh largest vocational truck fleet in the country. Vander Ark will continue to report to Don Slager, president and chief executive officer.

    Prior to this appointment, Vander Ark was executive vice president, operations, responsible for maximizing Republic’s field performance, ensuring superior service delivery, and achieving financial and operational results across the Company’s operations in the eastern half of the U.S., which represents approximately $5 billion of Republic’s annualized revenues. Previous to this, he oversaw the western half of the company’s operations.

    Prior to Republic, Vander Ark served as partner at McKinsey & Company’s Detroit office, managing clients across a variety of industries, including transportation, logistics, manufacturing and consumer products.

    Published in the January 2018 Edition

  • Carpet recycling increases much needed landfill space

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    Within the construction and demolition industry, carpet recycling remains top of mind for industry players. As such, states such as California, and organizations such as the Carpet American Recovery Effort (CARE), are leading the charge in establishing carpet recycling programs that will lessen the affect carpeting discards have on the environment.

  • Workplace injury rate drops for collection workers

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its 2016 Workplace Injury and Illness Data, showing major improvements in safety within the solid waste collection industry. In addition to the decrease in total recordable cases, the report also shows declines in injuries and illnesses that resulted in lost workdays and job transfers or job restrictions.

  • Ohio Senate approves Slow Down to Get Around legislation

    The Ohio Senate unanimously approved SB 127, legislation that would protect workers in the waste and recycling industry on the state’s roadways. This vital legislation, commonly referred to as Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA), is designed to protect waste and recycling workers.


  • NY DEC strengthens state’s solid waste regulations

    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that the state has finalized revisions to the state’s Solid Waste Management Regulations, commonly referred to as Part 360.

  • Enerkem’s WTE facility now approved to sell ethanol

    Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer, has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, AB, Canada facility under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

  • Waste Oil Recyclers acquired

    Mahoney Environmental, a recycler of used cooking oil for 65 years, has purchased Waste Oil Recyclers, Inc., (WOR) a used oil recycling company based in Modena, Pennsylvania a suburb of Philadelphia.

  • The Healthcare Waste Institute names new chairs

    The Health Waste Institute (HWI) disclosed that Selin Hoboy, vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs at Stericycle, Inc. has been elected as the new chair while Rudy Vingris, the healthcare business development manager for Waste Management will remain as vice chair. Hobo will begin her one-year term on January 1, 2018.

    Hoboy is responsible for managing legislative and regulatory affairs. She has worked in the environmental health and safety industry for over 20 years, and at Stericycle for over 17 years. Selin has supported the waste industry as an active member of the Healthcare Waste Institute.

    Vingris has been involved extensively in hazardous waste management for over 25 years. At Waste Management, Vingris manages the Pharmaceutical & Hazardous Waste Management Program that provides services to healthcare customers that manages and disposes of all pharmaceutical and chemical wastes.

    The Healthcare Institute is an industry group within the National Waste & Recycling Association. Their mission is to facilitate responsible healthcare waste management.

    Published in the December 2017 Edition of American Recycler News