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In an effort to have more uniform and easier to understand recycling rules for all businesses, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) proposed amended rules governing recycling requirements for commercial establishments and others who have their garbage and recycling collected by private carters.

At busy Alewife Station in Massachusetts, 7’ tall kiosks built with 100 percent recycled materials offer Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) users the ability to recycle.

The New York City Chapter of the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) is urging New York City to proceed with implementation of Local Law 146, sometimes referred to as the Commercial Organics Law.

The new travel lane on US 29 in Columbia, Maryland will have “green” asphalt pavement but drivers will not be able to see a difference.

The California Legislature, in a bipartisan vote, approved legislation authored by Assembly Member Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) that would generate investments in jobs and a more efficient economy by creating a sales tax exemption on equipment used for recycling and composting. A previous attempt to enact this policy stalled during the prior legislative session. AB 199 now goes to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown.

AB 199 would provide a sales-and-use tax exemption on recycling and composting equipment, as well as equipment that uses recycled content in the manufacturing of new products. According to CalRecycle, California exports 20 million tons of recyclables annually, worth nearly $8 billion. Keeping more of these valuable materials here would allow Californians to share in the benefits of their recycling efforts.

According to CalRecycle, for every ton of materials that gets recycled instead of being disposed, California’s 5300 recycling establishments will pay an additional $101 in salaries, produce $275 more in goods and services, and generate $135 more in sales. Furthermore, CalRecycle estimates that meeting the state’s recycling goals with in-state infrastructure could generate an additional 110,000 jobs, on top of the existing 125,000 people employed in recycling.

As California strives to achieve its ambitious recycling goal (AB 341 Chesbro, 2011) of recycling 75 percent of the solid waste it generates by 2020, an estimated 22 million tons will have to be collected and diverted from the state’s waste stream. Additionally, next year’s implementation of AB 1826 (Chesbro) will require restaurants, grocery stores, apartments and other commercial generators of organic waste to contract to have to that waste composted or anaerobically digested, increasing the need for infrastructure to handle this new material.

Published in the October 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) named its recycling award winners at the inaugural Waste360 Recycling Summit in Chicago, Illinois, an event hosted by Penton and NWRA.