Waste and Resource Efficiency

Allied Waste settles fine from Chicago for $11 million

Waste & Recycling News - Sat, 01/21/2012 - 01:07
Jan. 20 -- One of Chicago´s largest trash haulers has paid an $11-million settlement after a city investigation found "substantial shortfalls" in meeting goals for subcontracting work to companies owned by women and minorities since 2002.

Arvensis secures loan to expand PET recycling

Waste & Recycling News - Sat, 01/21/2012 - 01:02
Jan. 20 -- Plastic packaging manufacturer Arvensis, based in Airedale Park in Keighley, U.K., has been awarded a $233,000 (ú150,000) business loan from Finance Yorkshire to help the company develop its PET recycling operation.

NSF International to help certify product compostability

Waste & Recycling News - Fri, 01/20/2012 - 08:16
Jan. 19 -- Certifying that products, resins and packaging can use the compostable logo from the Biodegradable Products Institute will now by done by NSF International under an agreement reached by the two organizations.

Plastics recyclers appreciate California ruling

Waste & Recycling News - Fri, 01/20/2012 - 08:14
Jan. 19 -- California has eliminated a controversial loophole that has allowed plastic container manufacturers to switch to a lighter weight resin and gain an exemption from the state´s 20-year-old rigid plastic packaging container law that governs recycled content.

Business leaders form corporate sustainability council

Waste & Recycling News - Fri, 01/20/2012 - 03:58
Jan. 19 -- Heavy hitters in the global corporate world have come together to form the Innovations in Environmental Sustainability Council.

Shut down composting facility, Missouri court says

Waste & Recycling News - Fri, 01/20/2012 - 03:51
Jan. 19 -- A southwest Missouri composting facility will be shut down indefinitely after the state's attorney general obtained a preliminary injunction.

Biohazardous waste plant to be built in California

Waste & Recycling News - Fri, 01/20/2012 - 03:20
Jan. 19 - A Fremont, Calif., landfill that is nearing its capacity plans to add a biohazardous waste processing facility.

Sierra Club tries to stop planned WTE plant in Puerto Rico

Waste & Recycling News - Fri, 01/20/2012 - 03:14
Jan. 19 -- A proposed Puerto Rican waste-to-energy plant is receiving backlash from a group of activists.

Old Dominion landfill in Virginia producing gas

Waste & Recycling News - Fri, 01/20/2012 - 03:09
Jan. 19 -- A new landfill gas-to-energy project developed by Fortistar LLC is up-and-running at Republic Services Inc.´s Old Dominion landfill in Richmond, Va.

GM plant in Flint, Mich., gets green award from state DEQ

Waste & Recycling News - Fri, 01/20/2012 - 03:05
Jan. 19 -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality presented General Motors Co.´s Flint Assembly Plant with the state´s Clean Corporate Citizen Program award.

Garbage worker in New Jersey killed by truck

Waste & Recycling News - Wed, 01/11/2012 - 03:33
Jan. 10 - A sanitation worker was run over and killed early Monday morning in Newark, N.J., as he tried to climb on the back of the garbage truck he was working on.

Cincinnati, Ohio, proposes changes for scrap yards

Waste & Recycling News - Wed, 01/11/2012 - 02:58
Jan. 10 -- The Cincinnati, Ohio, City Council will introduce proposals to combat scrap metal thefts today.

NSWMA: Consider recycling industry in product stewardship laws

Waste & Recycling News - Wed, 01/11/2012 - 02:40
Jan. 10 -- For product stewardship to be successful, a wide range of parties have to be involved, the National Solid Wastes Management Association says.

WM names Caesar president of Recycle America

Waste & Recycling News - Wed, 01/11/2012 - 02:35
Jan. 10 -- Waste Management Inc. has a new leader for the company´s recycling business.

Sprint plans to offer more sustainable phones, packages

Waste & Recycling News - Wed, 01/11/2012 - 02:30
Jan. 10 -- Sprint announced that all of its new cell phones must go through a certification process to improve reparability or recycling, and that it plans to use more sustainable packaging.

15 garbage trucks out of service after vandalism in Va.

Waste & Recycling News - Wed, 01/11/2012 - 02:14
Jan. 10 -- There's no trash collection in Roanoke County, Va., today after a vandal smashed mirrors and windshields overnight.

EPA: Sims discharged pollutants into San Francisco Bay

Waste & Recycling News - Wed, 01/11/2012 - 02:13
Jan. 10 -- Sims Metal Management unlawfully discharged PCBs, mercury, lead, copper and zinc into the San Francisco Bay, inspections by the U.S. EPA uncovered.

WTE plants benefit communities, SWANA report finds

Waste & Recycling News - Wed, 01/11/2012 - 02:10
Jan. 10 -- The Solid Waste Association of North America has released a white paper that details the economic benefits of waste-to-energy facilities.

Chain hotels more likely to install green practices

Waste & Recycling News - Wed, 01/11/2012 - 02:07
Jan. 10 - Hyatt Hotels Corp., Marriott International Inc., Hilton Hotels & Resorts and other chain hotels are more likely to use energy-efficient light bulbs and water-saving bathroom fixtures than their independent hotelier counterparts, according to a recent

Buffalo, N.Y., residents get new recycling carts, pickup schedule

Waste & Recycling News - Wed, 01/11/2012 - 02:02
Jan. 10 -- In an effort to increase the city´s recycling rates, residents in Buffalo, N.Y., are getting new roll-out recycling carts, city officials said.