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Recycling professionals from across the U.S. gathered in Minneapolis for the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference to further their recycling education. The Recycling Partnership disclosed the recipients of its Steve Thompson Memorial Education Grants.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added a former battery recycling facility in Arecibo, Puerto Rico to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. As a result of previous operations, the site is contaminated with lead, arsenic and heavy metals.

Greenbelt Resources Corporation has successfully developed a solution to address industrial segments of the global food waste problem. In the U.S., 30 to 40 percent of food goes to waste costing the country $220 billion in economic losses, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Consumers and businesses throw another 53 million tons of food away.

Leaders in New Jersey’s environmental, academic, business, science, government, nonprofit and youth sectors are encouraged to showcase their environmental accomplishments by submitting nominations for consideration in the annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA) program.

Despite new commercial recycling rules intended to make recycling easier and more transparent for New York City businesses, the commercial sanitation industry failed to meaningfully increase recycling in 2016. New York’s commercial recycling rate remains a low 22 percent.

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.