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  • Three cities add food service packaging to curbside recycling programs

    Washington, D.C., Chattanooga, Tennessee and Louisville, Kentucky are part of a growing number of cities recycling food service packaging at the curb.

  • New York strengthens state’s solid waste regulations with revisions

    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.

  • Electric car sales in NY up 74 percent since start of Drive Clean Rebate

    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York has seen a 74 percent increase in electric car sales over the same time period last year, resulting from the Drive Clean Rebate initiative launched on March 21, 2017. The Drive Clean Rebate provides New York residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase of a new electric car from participating dealers.

  • Lawsuit filed over foam ban in NYC

    The Restaurant Action Alliance of New York City and a coalition of restaurant owners joined foam manufacturers, recyclers and foodservice industry leaders to announce the filing of a lawsuit against the de Blasio Administration that seeks to block the city’s second attempt to ban polystyrene foam.

  • New York expands curbside e-waste collection program

    New York Mayor de Blasio has expanded a successful curbside electronic waste collection program started on Staten Island to other boroughs of the city beginning this fall.
    “Since the e-waste pilot on Staten Island was such a success, we’re expanding it to a lot more New Yorkers.” said Mayor de Blasio.

  • City of Columbus removes glass from recycling list

    Columbus, Ohio city officials voted unanimously to extend their recycling program for another year but removed glass from the contract to save money.

    Removing glass from the program saved the city $6,000. The city will pay Shred Monster $60,000 to continue accepting paper, cardboard, plastic, cans and newspaper through September 2018.

    Published in the October 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • City of Long Beach to transform commercial waste and recycling system

    Long Beach City Council members voted overwhelmingly to issue a five year notice to waste haulers, setting the clock ticking as it explores the best options for transforming the city’s current commercial waste and recycling system.

  • Recycle DSM Program expansion brings 42 new bins to downtown Des Moines, Iowa

    Recycle DSM (Des Moines, Iowa), a partnership between the City of Des Moines and Operation Downtown, have added 42 new recycling bins for downtown. The new bins will be placed in the Historic East Village and the Western Gateway.

  • SWANA & EREF partner on joint needlestick survey

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) are conducting a joint research project to quantify and address the issue of needlestick injuries at material recovery facilities (MRFs) in the U.S. and Canada.

  • DSNY contracts with WM to transport waste from Brooklyn by barge

    The New York City Department of Sanitation has selected Waste Management for a $3.3 billion, 20 year contract to export waste from the Hamilton Avenue and Southwest Brooklyn marine transfer stations.

  • City Of Los Angeles partners with ERI for mail back program

    LA Sanitation, (LASAN) has officially launched the City of Los Angeles’ Electronics Recycling Mail Back Program, an online electronics recycling program in partnership with ERI, a recycler of electronic waste and a security focused hardware destruction company.

  • La Paz County issues proposal request for solar projects

    Leveraging Congressman Gosar’s federal legislative effort to empower La Paz County’s rural economy, the board of supervisors issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to attract renewable energy partners to develop large scale, utility sized solar projects to create up to 1,500 megawatts of electrical power for use in Arizona and California.

  • California Recycling extends e-waste contract

    Crednology Holding Corp. disclosed that its wholly owned subsidiary, California Recycling, Inc. has signed a three year extension to its contract with the City of Calabasas, California to provide electronic waste recycling for the city, its residences and business community. California Recycling has been providing recycling services to the City of Calabasas, its residences and businesses since 2009.

    California Recycling holds several recycling events every month for the city where local residents may bring their e-waste and appliances to locations provided by the city where they collect and recycle the products. These events are promoted by the city at no cost.

    Published in the March 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • New Jersey to remove low level radioactive slag

    New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved a plan that requires the removal of approximately 50,000 tons of slag and baghouse dust containing low levels of radioactivity from the Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp. site in Newfield, Gloucester County.

  • New Jersey’s DEP awards $14.3 million in recycling grants

    New Jersey’s local governments will receive $14.3 million in state grants to help implement and further enhance recycling efforts in their communities.

  • Carroll County, Indiana to benefit from new plastics recycled to renewable diesel facility

    State and local officials joined officials from GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana to disclose its decision to build two facilities in Carroll County, Indiana.

  • Virginia Recycling Association awards Republic Services

    The Virginia Recycling Association has named Republic’s Northern Virginia Recycling Center the winner of the Outstanding Service Provider of the Year Award. The award was presented at the Virginia Recycling Association annual membership meeting and awards ceremony in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

  • Refuse and recycling collection career has fifth highest fatality rate

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released 2015 final figures for industry and occupational fatality data.

  • Covanta Tulsa celebrates 30 years of service

    Covanta Tulsa, the energy-from-waste facility which serves the City of Tulsa, neighboring communities and local businesses with a sustainable alternative to landfills, is celebrating 30 years of reliable operations.

  • Insight on glass recycling gained by officials

    More than 150 local and state government representatives reaped insights during a Making Glass Recycling Work in MRFs webinar recently hosted by the Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC).

  • City of Los Angeles overhauls waste management system

    Following a historic vote by the Los Angeles City Council, multiple members of the City Council held a press conference alongside 200 members of the Don’t Waste LA Coalition in celebration of the final approval of the Zero Waste LA exclusive franchise system.

  • Expanding polystyrene recycling to curbside level

    In 2014, a dozen members of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) came together to establish the Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC) to provide direct support for the increased recycling of foodservice packaging made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam.

  • Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority shortlists developers

    Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) disclosed that 12 firms responded to the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued on August 14, 2015.

  • Organix Solutions commercializes technology that removes organics from MSW stream

    Organix Solutions, an organics recovery and municipal waste consultancy based in Minnesota, recently reported their commitment to commercialize BurCell™ Recovery Technology.

  • Teamsters testify about Republic Services’ radioactive landfill in St. Louis

    The Teamsters testified at the St. Louis Tribunal that is investigating human rights violations against communities surrounding Republic Services’ West Lake Superfund landfill site in Bridgeton, Missouri. The tribunal will report to the United Nations Human Rights and Environment Program.

  • Recycling rates hit plateau

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    When the economy droops it appears that almost everything else declines with it, including recycling.

  • Motorists in Virginia must slow down to get around waste and recycling vehicles

    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took part in a ceremonial signing of House Bill 1649 that enhances safety for workers in the waste and recycling industry.

  • New York City shoots for zero waste to landfills

    The de Blasio administration released “One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City,” a comprehensive plan for a sustainable city for New Yorkers that addresses social, economic and environmental challenges.

  • Solar energy on landfills and brownfields continues growth

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    Solar energy generation on closed landfills and brownfields has experienced significant growth over the past few years.

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  • Low cost loans available for recycling infrastructure

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    A new investment fund is making $100 million in zero interest and below market loans for recycling infrastructure.

  • Re-evaluating single stream: Is there a better way?

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    Twenty years ago, almost every American community with a recycling program required residents to sort recyclable materials, separating paper, plastic, glass and other materials before placing them in one or more bins for curbside collection. The advent of single-stream recycling changed all that.

  • ‘I Want To Be Recycled’ campaign launched

    Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the Ad Council revealed that the City of Austin, Texas is the first city to partner in the “I Want To Be Recycled” multimedia public service advertising campaign.