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Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s community improvement nonprofit organization, plans to ignite a passion for recycling in schools across the country with the launch of its 7th Annual Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl. Registration is now open for the fall recycling competition at http://Recycle-Bowl.org.

Atlantic Coast Recycling disclosed that they have been awarded a five year contract to operate and maintain the Ocean County Recyclable Materials Processing Facility in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Safety related and fire incidents involving hoverboards, cellphones, headphones and laptops are making the headlines. Many of these incidents are being traced to batteries, further intensifying safety concerns.

Chittenden County, Vermont leads the U.S. in its recycling program for mercury-containing thermostats, according to a recent report from the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) that measured county recycling efforts.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the employer’s responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to November 10, 2018.

The board of directors of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has elected three new members:

•Tim Benter, vice president, engineering and environmental compliance at Republic Services
•John Casella, chairman and chief executive officer at Casella Waste Systems
•Mike de Castro, executive vice president, supply chain at Covanta