Thursday, November 13, 2014

Events

Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo
November 19th – 20th, 2014. Mississauga, ON

COMPOST 2015 January 20-23, 2015. Renaissance Hotel, Austin, TX
C & D World March 28 – 31, 2015. Nashville, TN

 


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Compost Controversy: Small business claims taxpayer supported agency is undercutting business

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A private businessman in the business of producing commercial compost and mulch claims a taxpayer supported agency is undercutting his business by giving away the same product.
After the July 8 storm ripped through the Village of East Syracuse, Ian Hunter of Last Chance Recycling hauled 300 truckloads of tree limbs and brush to his facility in Manlius. He says he would use his $2 million machine to grind up most of the material into compost or mulch which he would sell to homeowners and contractors for gardens and landscaping.
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JASON Learning, ISRI Announce Automobile Recycling Awareness Contest

ASON Learning and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) are inviting young filmmakers, artists, automobile enthusiasts, and recycling advocates to participate in a contest that asks young people to build awareness around the different commodities that can be recycled from cars at the end of their lifespan.
The automobile plays an important role in our everyday lives. Many different commodities are needed to make all the parts that go into a car, and almost all of them are recyclable. In the Automobile Recycling Awareness Contest, students in grades 5–12 are challenged to research one or more of the commodities that go into making a car and find out what happens to each commodity through the automobile recycling process and beyond.
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Rotochopper Expanding into 2015

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Rotochopper, Inc. recently completed an 8,400 sq. ft. factory expansion, which includes a new shipping and receiving area, paint preparation bay, and parts warehouse. “While our customers invest in Rotochopper grinding equipment, we need to continue to invest in them,” states John Babcock, Rotochopper president. “This new warehouse is just one small, practical way we are planning ahead to maintain our commitment to customer uptime.”
The warehouse expansion will go into usage on December 1st, 2014.
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Newest Cat® Vocational Truck Model Enters Full Production

Introduced at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014, the CT681 is a Class 8 set-forward-axle model with a spacious and ergonomic cab, industrial styling, and a vocational-specific engine and transmission. Like the Cat CT660, the first model in the Cat vocational truck line, it’s backed by bumper-to-bumper service at more than 400 Cat dealer locations with over 2,300 service bays in North America.
Extensive testing of the CT681 with North American customers was done as part of Caterpillar’s field follow program—the equivalent of more than three years of heavy truck use. Applications included snow plow, concrete mixer, dump and super dump.
“This process provides a crucial feedback loop between our customers and our vocational truck product team, identifying any required changes to design and production,” said Dave Schmitz, Global On-Highway Truck Product Manager.
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Anderson Cooper Had No Idea His ‘Ridiculist’ Was About Him

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Anderson Cooper thought he was doing a segment on annoying co-worker “crimes” Monday night, but as it turned out, his co-workers had a little something else in store for the CNN host.
It seems that some of Cooper’s colleagues have taken issue with a particular foul-smelling candle that he burns in his office. So they decided that rather than tell him of their dislike for the candle in person, they would let him read it off his teleprompter, live, on national television.
It didn’t take long for Cooper to realize that the annoying co-worker he was describing was himself.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Events

TCI EXPO 2014 November 13 – 15, 2014. Hartford, CT
Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo
November 19th – 20th, 2014. Mississauga, ON

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


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Fort Worth’s ‘sewage sludge’ raises a stink in the country

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It is a picturesque day in the country — the sun is out and the temperature is in the upper 60s as Luanne Langley drives down a bumpy dirt road lined with pastures and homes in Hill County.
But when she rolls down her window, instead of breathing in fresh, cool air, she gets a whiff of something that smells like rotting flesh. Flies swarm into her pickup, and she rolls the window up before more can get in.
“This is not right. I should be able to enjoy my home and my property without this smell,” she said.
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National Recycling Organizations Provide “Top 10 in the Bin” List

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With the national recycling rate slightly above 34 percent, Americans have the opportunity to capture more material for recycling by recycling correctly. Among the common barriers to recycling more, however, is confusion about what can be recycled.
To help answer the question – “What can I recycle?” – three national organizations that focus on recycling – Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) – as well as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have joined together on an initiative to help make recycling requirements clearer and easier to follow.
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New York City Transfer Station Plan Could Triple Costs – Report

New York City’s proposal to replace existing waste transfer stations with a new marine transfer station will triple the cost of waste management for the city, according to the city’s Independent Budget Office (IBO).
The IBO estimated that the waste management costs per ton at a new facility proposed for the city’s Upper East Side would be $278 in its first year of operation, 2016. The current interim plan of shipping waste to transfer stations in New Jersey and Yonkers, N.Y., is $93 by comparison, said Ronnie Lowenstein, director of the IBO, in a letter to City Council Member Benjamin Kallos.
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Cat® Grade Control 3D for Dozers Delivers Production Efficiency and Versatility with Integrated Grade Technology and Enhanced Control

Cat® Grade Control 3D offers dozer customers a “built in” tool to enhance track-type tractor productivity and improve the contractor’s bottom line. Cat Grade Control 3D is a factory-integrated Cat Connect GRADE technology to help operators improve grading accuracy and efficiency—from production dozing all the way to finish grade.
Cat Grade Control 3D is engineered specifically for Cat dozers and fully integrated into the machine at the factory. Deep integration allows the system to work seamlessly with other machine features to optimize for full blade loads.
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Smart Highway: Solar Power Bike Path Opens In Netherlands This Week

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On November 12, 2014, the Netherlands will proudly open up the world’s first public solar powered road.
The smart highway connects the Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer. According to the Guardian, nearly 2000 cyclists ride the bike path every day. Now, in addition to providing an easy path for commuters, the bike path will also provide energy to the town.
Collective-Evolution notes that the solar panels embedded in the concrete bike path are not as efficient as panels installed on homes because they cannot be adjusted to the position of the sun.
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