Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Events

International Biomass Conference & Expo April 20 – 22. Minneapolis, MN

ISRI Convention & Exposition 2015 Apr, 21 – 25. Vancouver, BC, Canada

Waste Expo 2015 June 1-4. Las Vegas Convention Center


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Mercury Thermostat Program Aimed at Boosting Recycling in Oklahoma

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A Covanta Holding Corp. subsidiary is partnering with a state agency and another firm to provide a recycling option for mercury-containing thermostats in Oklahoma.
Citizens and contractors can deliver intact old thermostats to any Locke Supply location for recycling free of charge. Locke Supply, a heating and cooling distributor, is working with Covanta Tulsa Renewable Energy LLC and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) on the project, according to a news release.
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Judge sides with city in dispute over $45M Covanta recycling center

Two paper companies and a private citizen who sued the city of Indianapolis over a recycling deal with Covanta lacked legal standing to bring their complaint, a Marion County judge has ruled.
Marion Superior Judge Cynthia Ayers awarded summary judgment in favor of the city in an April 6 ruling.
Graphic Packaging International, Rock-Tenn Converting Company and Cathy Weinmann had hoped to stop the city from proceeding with a contract running through 2028, which guarantees the city’s municipal trash will continue going to Covanta’s Harding Street incinerator.
As part of that deal, Covanta will build a $45 million “advanced recycling facility,” which will pluck plastic, metal and paper out of the garbage.
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Lunch, Not Landfill: Nonprofit Rescues Produce Rejected At U.S. Border

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Just across the border from Nogales, Ariz., rows of northbound trucks line up for inspection. Over half of the produce that’s grown in Mexico and imported — $4 billion worth — comes through this border crossing. Most gets distributed to all parts of the U.S. and Canada, but some fruits and vegetables get rejected before they leave the city of Nogales.
Yolanda Soto is determined to give that produce a second life, by redirecting it to needy families across the country. She runs Borderlands Food Bank, which rescues between 35 and 40 million pounds of safe, edible fruits and vegetables headed for the landfill each year. That’s about one serving of produce for every child in the U.S.
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Landfill fire in Chester County burns on

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The fire engines have long since disappeared from the parking lot of the Broad River Mart. With one exception, no evidence remains that the parking lot of this gas station and convenience store on Pinckney Road was the staging area for a weeklong attack on a raging landfill fire last November.
The one exception is smoke from the still-raging fire.
Firefighters from five counties worked for days with state and federal assistance to get the fire in the Bennett Landfill under control five months ago. But an underground seam of debris continues to smolder, with smoke seeping out of the landfill mound and drifting down to the Broad River Mart just outside the gate.
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‘I love lamp:’ Anchor lives a real-life Ron Burgundy moment after badmouthing cats

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Apparently, camera operator Tom doesn’t take too kindly to news anchors making fun of his love of cats.
Two NBC 26 Green Bay news anchors learned this the hard way while discussing their distaste for cat hair, something that Tom apparently has plenty of.
But quick-acting Tom got back at the anchors, jumping into the script to get even.
Watch the video above to see an anchor who truly does read everything on the prompter.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2014

Events

COMPOST 2015 January 20-23, 2015. Renaissance Hotel, Austin, TX

World of Concrete 2015 February 2-6. Las Vegas Convention Center

NDA National Convention March 21-24, 2015. Nashville, TN

C & D World March 28 – 31, 2015. Nashville, TN

International Biomass Conference & Expo April 20 – 22, 2015. Minneapolis, MN

ISRI Convention & Exposition 2015 Apr, 21 – 25 2015. Vancouver, BC, Canada


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New EPA rules unlikely to impact NC coal ash pits

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New coal ash regulations issued by the Obama administration last month are not expected to greatly impact North Carolina, where the state law passed in the wake of February’s massive Dan River spill generally exceeds the federal requirements.
The long-awaited rules announced Dec. 19 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are the first nationwide standards on the disposal of coal ash, the waste left over when coal is burned to generate electricity. The ash contains low but potentially harmful levels of such toxic chemicals as arsenic, mercury, chromium and thallium.
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NYC, “Humanure” Inventor Among Upcoming US Composting Council Award Recipients

A South Carolina program leading the way to markets and food scrap composting, a longtime industry advocate dedicated to composting education and a researcher who has brought her studies to multiple audiences are among those receiving recognition from their peers at the US Composting Council at the upcoming January 22 awards ceremony.
Awardees are nominated by peers and honored each year at the US Composting Council’s Annual Conference and Tradeshow. This year’s program will be held at the Austin Renaissance Hotel during the Closing Plenary on January 22, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
Composter of the Year will be awarded to Charleston County Environmental Services’ Bees Ferry Compost Facility, processing 60,000 tons of green and food scraps each year as one of the region’s first food scrap recyclers.
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NW&RA Backs Federal Tax Incentives Extension

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) endorsed the move by Congress and President Barrack Obama to extend several expiring tax incentives for the 2014 calendar year.
President Obama signed into law H.R. 7551, which allows for a one-year extension of a package of tax credits that would have expired at the end of 2013. Those who benefit from the extensions now can apply the credits toward their 2014 tax year fillings.
Of these extensions, several directly support the waste and recycling industry, the Washington-based NW&RA said in a news release.
“Many of our members will benefit from these tax extensions as they prepare to file their 2014 returns,” said Sharon Kneiss, president and CEO of NW&RA. “We are particularly pleased with the renewable energy and work opportunity credits that not only reward our industry’s forward-thinking efforts but they also promote the good work of the private waste and recycling sector that American families depend on.”
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Kansas Air Force base recycling demolition debris

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With all of the recent renovations being made preparing for the arrival of the KC-46A Pegasus to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, comes millions of pounds of unneeded demolition debris awaiting disposal.
Instead of sending the materials to a landfill, McConnell recycles the wreckage that can no longer be used.
“During fiscal year 2014, McConnell recycled over 78,000 tons of material such as concrete and asphalt, 87 tons of metal and 272 tons of other construction and demolition debris,” says Tina Mayer, 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron environmental engineer.
Recycling helps the base save on garbage disposal costs, and helps to contribute to long-term environmental goals.
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Gaston Humbles Tourist During Push-Up Contest At Walt Disney World

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No one fights like Gaston, douses lights like Gaston, and apparently no one goes viral like Gaston.
Shortly after a little girl became an Internet sensation by giving the “Beauty and the Beast” villain a piece of her mind at Walt Disney World, Gaston is generating views on YouTube again. This time, a guest at the Florida theme park challenges Gaston to a push-up contest.
And let’s just say the Disney character is very much in character.
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