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A new survey suggests that although most Americans encounter garbage trucks on the road each week, only a third of people slow down near them while nearly 40 percent are actually tempted to speed around them.

In an effort to improve waste recycling in some Illinois communities, a test program is underway at the Flood Brothers Disposal & Recycling Services, headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois’ plant to recycle food waste in an innovative way.

Waste Pro has opened a new state-of-the-art material recycling recovery facility in Ocala, Florida.

The New York City Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management held a hearing in February on Intro 495, a bill that proposes to reduce waste transfer station capacity in select neighborhoods in the city.

New Jersey State Park Police have charged another eight people in the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) continuing crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and recreational lands.

The DEP’s “Don’t Waste Our Open Space” campaign was launched in late March of last year. Investigations of illegal dump sites on state properties by State Park Police, Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Conservation Officers and DEP’s Compliance & Enforcement personnel has resulted so far in 36 arrests or charges.

The program is a coordinated effort  and all activities are posted on www.stopdumping.nj.gov, a website that serves as a hub for the entire program.

Recent enforcement actions for the illegal dumping initiative, all conducted by State Park Police, include:

  • Andrew Carter, of Shamong, was charged with illegal dumping and illegal transporting of solid waste after a dump site consisting of construction material, work site debris and household trash was discovered in Wharton State Forest. Carter faces a maximum fine of $15,000.
  • Pawel Klos of Hamilton (Mercer County) was charged with illegal dumping after an investigation of a dump site consisting of construction debris in a parking lot of D&R Canal State Park in Lawrence. Klos faces a maximum fine of $5,000.
  • Dylan Nowakowski of Ledgewood was charged with illegal dumping after disposing of construction and household debris in Allamuchy State Park in Mount Olive. Nowakowski pled guilty and was ordered by Mount Olive Municipal Court to pay $1,466 in fines.
  • Drew Dash of Medford, was charged with disposal and transportation of solid waste after several bags of trash and personal belongings were found in Wharton State Forest in Shamong. Dash faces a maximum fine of $15,000.
  • James Cassady, of Lumberton, was charged with illegal dumping after a Burlington County park ranger witnessed him dumping yard debris in Rancocas State Park. Cassady faces a $1,000 fine.
  • Dylan Scarpone, of Stanhope, and Christopher Ederer, were separately charged with illegal dumping in Mount Olive Township. Both pled guilty in Mount Olive Court and were ordered to pay $283 in fines.
  • Deanna Cottle, of Browns Mills was charged with illegal dumping after being captured on surveillance photos dumping leaves on three separate occasions in Brendan Byrne State Forest in Pemberton. Cottle pled guilty and was ordered to pay a $283 fine.

Strategically deployed motion-sensor cameras have been set up in select state parks and wildlife management areas to help nab violators. Information on arrests and charges filed in connection with illegal dumping will be posted on www.stopdumping.nj.gov.

Waste Management, Inc. disclosed financial results for the fourth quarter and for the year ended December 31, 2014.