Composting Municipal Green Waste at Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority

WH-MR-7-Composting Municipal004by Al Dorantes

Composted yard waste at Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority (OHSWA) begins with the residents of Oneida and Herkimer counties. It is from their homes and businesses that green waste ends up in the recycling center in Utica, NY, That is, once the waste has been collected by municipalities. Day in and day out, trucks enter OHSWA loaded with grass clippings, leaves, limbs and branches and some food waste as well to begin a composting process that has become a regional success story. Each year, OHSWA keeps thousands of tons of brush and yard waste out of local landfills by producing certified compost. [Read more…]

Thursday, December 4, 2014


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Upstate Shredding Buys Recycling Firm Murtagh Scrap

Upstate Shredding LLC-Ben Wietsman Recycling has acquired scrap recycler Murtagh Scrap Handling in Rome, N.Y., for an undisclosed amount.
Owego, N.Y.-based Upstate Shredding said in a news release it has “big plans” for the new location, calling it the company’s most strategic location purchased to date. The facility is located between Syracuse and Utica in the heart of Oneida County.
Upstate Shredding expects to complete the deal in January and open the facility as Ben Weitsman of Rome at that time.
“This is a very strategic move for the company as we continue to expand throughout the Northeast,” said Adam Weitsman, Upstate Shredding CEO.
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Atlas Copco completes new soil roller line with Dynapac CA1300 and CA1500 Rollers

Atlas Copco has introduced its CA1300 and CA1500 single-drum soil rollers for high maneuverability and visibility on parking lot, road, utility pipe and street projects. The new CA1500 roller features Atlas Copco’s exclusive Active Bouncing Control (ABC), a cross-mounted Tier 4 Interim or Tier 4 Final engine and steel blades that improve compaction, safety and visibility.
The engines on the CA1300 and CA1500 are cross-mounted, or placed perpendicular to the frames, which is an industry first. The rollers’ hydraulic pumps are also in line with the engine. This allows users to reach all the necessary components on the engines and hydraulic pumps for fast and easy service and maintenance. And because the engines are cross-mounted rather than parallel to the frame, they provide optimal weight distribution and contribute to the units’ minimal footprint.
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Ohio shingle recycler seeks operating permit

Roof to Road LLC, which has been operating an asphalt shingle recycling facility in Columbus, Ohio, for about six years, has taken steps to correct a zoning issue and has applied to the city to receive the proper permitting to operate in a part of the city zoned M-1 Manufacturing.
The Columbus City Council approved a zoning variance in July for the facility, which is zoned for manufacturing but still needs a variance for this type of business, where asphalt shingles are stored, ground and processed to be used as road materials.
Before receiving final approval, the Board of Zoning Adjustments has requested the company put together an environmental study that it can present to the board. Jamie Freise, the case planner who has been working on the Roof to Roads project, says the company hopes to be able to present the study and make the official request by the zoning adjustment board’s January, 2015, meeting.
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Three New Members, Returning Board Members Take on USCC Leadership

Bethesda, MD (Dec. 2, 2014) The U.S. Composting Council (USCC) announces election results for the 2015 Board of Directors. Four board members return and three new perspectives come to the US Composting Council board.
Clayton Leonard, New Earth Inc. was appointed to fill a slot being vacated by a departing board member; Tim Goodman, Natureworks; and Robert Michtisch, a professor at the University of Wisconsin Stevens, Point Soils Department were elected to openings on the Board; and Patrick Geraty, St. Louis Composting; Wayne King Sr., Erth Products, and Jeff Ziegenbein, Inland Regional Compost Authority and consultant Matt Cotton will return to the board for another term.
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Missing brains mystery solved at the University of Texas

Those missing brains from the University of Texas at Austin? They’ve been found in San Antonio.
After several news stories appeared Wednesday about 100 brains vanishing from the college, someone called from the University of Texas in San Antonio to say the 100 specimens in glass jars full of formaldehyde were just fine, and they’d been at the school for years.
One is thought to belong to Whitman, who shot to death 16 people, including his mother and his wife, with a high-powered rifle as he fired from the 307-foot clock tower on campus. The former Marine was killed by police.
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