Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Events

COMPOST 2015 January 20-23, 2015. Renaissance Hotel, Austin, TX
C & D World March 28 – 31, 2015. Nashville, TN
International Biomass Conference & Expo April 20 – 22, 2015. Minneapolis, MN


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Fort Drum powered by wood-burning power plant in renewable energy push

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Bulldozers rumble up and down steaming mountains of wood chips 24 hours a day, stoking the boilers that provide electricity to all 168 square miles of Fort Drum, home of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.
The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the sprawling northern New York base starting this month. It’s the first green energy project to come online since the Pentagon’s 2012 commitment to developing 3 gigawatts of renewable energy — enough to power 750,000 homes — on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025 as a way to help ensure the military’s energy security.
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Bad smells persist at Barnes Composting, critic says

The arrival of winter weather has brought an unpleasant surprise for neighbors of the Barnes Composting operation in Huron, says a critic of the the operation.
It still smells bad, said Dan Tracht, who lives on the 3200 block of West Cleveland Road. That’s surprise, because the smell usually goes away when the weather gets really cold.
“Yesterday, it shocked me,” Tracht said Wednesday. “Historically, when it gets below freezing, we don’t smell anything.”
Complaints from neighbors about the smell from the Barnes Composting operation at 1630 Camp Road in Huron has been an issue for months. Tracht has attended the monthly meetings of the county health board. In late September, the Erie County Health Department imposed new operating rules in an effort to reduce the problem.
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Appalachian Power Starts Appliance Recycling Program

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Appalachian Power has started an appliance recycling program that provides incentives to customers for recycling.
The Charleston, W.Va.-based utility, a unit of American Electric Power Co. Inc., is providing a $50 reward for customers wanting to discard an old refrigerator or freezer, according to a news release.
Appalachian Power said Mill Creek, Wash.-based JACO Environmental, an appliance recycler, will provides free pickup for customers of the appliances, which the company will transfer to an appliance recycling facility. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition and be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size.
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Raleigh-Durham airport plans final demolition work at Terminal 1 concourses

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Raleigh-Durham International Airport is moving forward with the final phase of the Terminal 1 reconstruction: the tear-down of what’s left of the old building.
The first section was constructed in 1955, and the remaining north and south concourse demolition is estimated to cost between $6 and $7 million. This year, the reconstructed Terminal 1 was opened to the public after a $68 million modernization, and has opened five of its nine gates to Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV).
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Iconic Budweiser Clydesdales reportedly being replaced for hipper ad campaign

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Have we seen the last of the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales?
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Anheuser-Busch (properly known as AB InBev) will look to connect with a younger generation which means commercials featuring the Clydesdale horses are likely to be replaced by a hipper advertising campaign.
The Wall Street Journal reports that means the company “will not trot out the traditional Budweiser Clydesdales for this year’s holiday advertising.
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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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