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Employment for the waste management and remediation services industry has reached a record high, according to new statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

BLS disclosed employment of 382,500 workers in the waste industry for July 2014, an increase of 1,200 employees (0.3 percent) from June’s numbers.

Waste industry employment trends have mirrored national trends this year. Nationally, 209,000 jobs were added last month – the second consecutive month with an increase of 200,000 or more. The U.S. unemployment rate now hovers just above 6 percent; the waste industry’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in July – near a 7 year low.

The waste management and remediation services category (NAICS 562) includes: solid waste collection; hazardous waste collection; other waste collection; hazardous waste treatment and disposal; solid waste landfill; solid waste combustors and incinerators; other nonhazardous waste treatment and disposal; remediation services; materials recovery facilities; and, all other waste management services.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman disclosed a settlement with a waste hauling firm, Casella Waste Systems, Inc., resolving concerns that Casella’s restrictive contracting practices, combined with its market dominance and pattern of acquisitions of smaller competitors, unlawfully restrained competition in the North Country and Southern Tier.

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A Missouri Department of Natural Resources on-site inspector detected elevated levels of benzene at the Bridgeton landfill’s perimeter substantially in excess of site-specific standards established by the Missouri Department of Health.

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New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) new initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and natural lands has resulted in charges of a Seaside Heights man who has been court ordered to pay more than $21,000 in penalties.

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Representatives from Advanced Disposal, Green Power EMC, and Energy Systems Group (ESG) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate completion of the Pecan Row Landfill Gas-to-Electricity facility at the Pecan Row Landfill in Valdosta, Georgia.

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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) new initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and lands has yielded two more arrests and a warrant for a third arrest, all related to illegal dumping at Leonardo State Marina in Middletown Township (Monmouth County).

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