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by MARK HENRICKS

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.

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“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This brainy notion from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures is often quoted by strategic planners to make a foundational point.

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The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) have jointly provided comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed rules to update the Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.

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Waste Management (WM), a large trash hauler business, has sued the city of Oakland, California. WM alleges that the city illegally awarded a $1 billion contract to a local garbage company.

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534 million pounds of carpet kept from landfills last year
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its determination that no further action is needed to address the capping of two closed landfills at the Cinnaminson Groundwater Contamination Superfund site in the townships of Cinnaminson and Delran, New Jersey.

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