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How to mitigate odor issues amid the growth of organics processing

For many industry professionals looking to operate a successful organics processing facility, one word has become synonymous with failure: Peninsula. After significant public pushback, the state of Delaware shut down the infamous Peninsula...

Posted March 10, 2017    

Organics may offer most growth potential for creating renewable energy from waste

Energy is among the many byproducts created during the waste management process, but in height of the country’s current clean power push, the industry’s role has yet to reach its full potential.The waste industry has been creating various forms of...

Posted February 28, 2017    

Republic to preserve landfill capacity in Boise, ID through curbside organics program

Dive Brief:Residents of Boise, ID are being asked to opt into a new citywide curbside organics collection program managed by Republic Services that is set to begin in June, as reported by the Idaho Statesman.Residents will see an increase in their...

Posted February 16, 2017    

Renewable energy on the rise, but WTE has stalled

Dive Brief:Renewable energy is on the rise in the U.S., but waste-to-energy (WTE) is not part of that growth according to the Business Council for Sustainable Energy's new 2017 "factbook" produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. No new...

Posted February 10, 2017    

New York's plastic bag fee on the chopping block in state legislature

Dive Brief:A new set of bills has been introduced at the state level that would delay implementation of New York's 5-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags until at least 2018, as reported by the New York Daily News. The state Assembly...

Posted February 7, 2017    

Zerocycle pilot program reduces waste 13% in Fremont, CA

Dive Brief:Data analytics company Zerocycle has announced results of its Resident Engagement Platform pilot program in Fremont, CA, touting a 13% reduction in overall trash bin weight among participating households, according to a press...

Posted February 1, 2017    

Carton recycling now available to 60% of US households

Dive Brief:The Carton Council of North America has announced that 60% of U.S. households now have access to recycling options for standard aseptic and gable-top cartons.This is a key number for the carton industry because it now qualifies the...

Posted January 26, 2017    

Ohio EPA shuts down Cleveland C&D facility, engineer warns of air pollution

Dive Brief:The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has issued an order of violation and shut down Arco Recycling, a construction and demolition debris facility, for storing waste in an open dump rather than recycling it. The EPA has ordered the...

Posted January 24, 2017    

Ohio waste authority sees sharp decline in use of recycling drop-off bins

Dive Brief:The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) has seen use of its public recycling drop-off sites decline by almost 50% since 2011, as reported by The Columbus Dispatch.SWACO removed 15 containers within Franklin County,...

Posted January 19, 2017    

Who's responsible for making plastic packaging more recyclable?

In the ongoing discussion about whether manufacturers, material recovery facilities (MRFs) or recyclers should be responsible for the sustainability of plastic packaging, the answer still seems to be all of the above.MRFs have always had to keep up...

Posted January 17, 2017    

Milwaukee rolls out pilot organics collection program

Dive Brief:Milwaukee has become the latest city to explore curbside organic waste collection with a pilot program for about 500 households, as reported by FOX6 News.The city's Department of Public Works funded the carts for $22,000 and participating...

Posted January 10, 2017    

UK recycling rate drops slightly for first time since 2010

Dive Brief:A new report from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says the U.K.'s diversion rate for "waste from households" dropped to 44.3% in 2015, down from 44.9% the year before, as reported by Resource.Within...

Posted December 19, 2016