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College football fans recycle 1.5 million pounds of material

Dedication ceremony held at material recovery facility

Missouri airport terminal expands recycling program

Christie administration awards $18.6 million in grants

Survey finds most Americans are proud to recycle

Community Recycling expands into Delaware

Recycling challenge raises $133,695 for local charities

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Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center opens exhibit

ISRI’s board of directors approves changes to the group’s division structure

EPA proposes 2014 renewable fuel standards

Recycled content use proves important to U.S. consumers

Free lessons to teach recycling awareness in elementary schools

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Alternative Energy

Republic adds natural gas powered vehicles to fleet

Solar project construction started in Massachusetts

Automotive News

AutoTrader.com survey reveals shopper concerns

Shingo Komatsu receives APRA’s Distinguished Service Award

EPA funds project to prevent pollution from auto repairs

2014 Honda Accord named Green Car of the Year winner

GM’s Rochester, New York facility is company’s 109th to achieve landfill-free status

International

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Import market share 22 percent in November

ScrapSource named as a fast growing company

Can recycling rate hits 67 percent

Ben Weitsman upgrades with new shredder in Albany

Thalheimer Brothers acquires Ansam

Metalico signs $125 million refinancing agreement

Paper Recycling

Rumpke now accepts cartons

AF&PA releases paper reports

Waste

Galbreath expands dealer network

Waste Management posts earnings increase for Q3

New Jersey police charge man with illegal dumping

NSWMA opposes New York City Transfer Station Capacity Reduction Bill

Proposed OSHA silica rules of concern to recycling industry Click to Enlarge

Skirmish lines are forming between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the newly established Silica Coalition. The coalition comprises more than 20 industry associations with members who are routinely exposed to crystalline silica dust during construction, demolition and recycling.

Exposure to airborne silica dust, which causes silicosis, occurs in operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling and crushing of concrete, brick, stone and drywall. Silica is also used in products like asphalt shingles, and in other manufacturing operations using sand products. Many of these operations affect the recycling industry.

OSHA has issued a proposed rule, not a final rule, aimed at curbing silicosis, an incurable and progressive lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary and kidney disease. The proposal essentially aims to cut in half the current permissible exposure limits (PELs) for respirable crystalline silica to lower worker exposure. OSHA believes that current PEL levels kill hundreds of workers and sicken thousands. ...read more


More states ban organic waste in landfills

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After a six-month program in which restaurants volunteered to keep commercial food waste out of landfills, New York City is planning to ban food scraps from hotels, hospitals and other large generators from being landfilled entirely. The city would join Northeastern states Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont, as well as West Coast cities Seattle, San Francisco and Portland, all of which have banned landfill disposal of food waste from large commercial food waste generators.

The New York City proposal made by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in November 2013 would affect facilities generating more than one ton of food waste per week. It would require food waste to be collected and sent to a composting facility or to an anaerobic digester for conversion to energy. Bloomberg’s office said the bill would affect less than five percent of the city’s largest food waste generators. However, it would reportedly cover 30 percent of commercial organic waste, or more than 250,000 tons annually.

Connecticut was the first state to ban commercial food waste from landfills. In 2011, it passed a state law requiring generators of two or more tons of food waste per week to recycle the materials rather than sending them to a landfill if located within 20 miles of a suitable recycling facility. ...read more

 

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