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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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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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