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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Organic recyclers and composters improve profitability with one versatile

WH-MR-1-Allu Attachments 4TETERBORO, NJ — ALLU Group Inc. introduces its line of Screener Crusher attachments for organic recyclers and composters. This line of attachments processes food waste in a single step — screening out contaminants and unwanted materials, reducing material to a uniform size, mixing and placing it into windrows for composting, as well as turning and aerating organic material. These versatile attachments are ideal for pre-processing food waste of all sizes and composition, fitting a variety of applications such as preparing organic material to pump through a digester. The attachments couple easily to an existing wheel loader, excavator, skid steer or backhoe, and allow operations to transport and process food waste in one step, without the use of expensive stationary crushers and screens. [Read more…]