Category Archives: Industry News

New York City Transfer Station Plan Could Triple Costs

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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Federal Trade Comission wants Eco- Packaged Products to Prove Their Claims

Oh, yeah? Prove it!” That’s what the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants from companies whose products or packaging purport to confer planet-friendly benefits.    

“It’s no secret that consumers want products that are environmentally friendly, and that companies are trying to meet that need,” says Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “But companies that don’t have evidence to support the environmental claims they make about their products erode consumer confidence and undermine those companies that are playing by the rules.”

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New York Adopts Mercury Thermostat Producer Responsibility Law

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a producer responsibility law for the collection of mercury thermostats.

The Mercury Thermostat Collection Act requires that manufacturers develop and implement a thermostat collection program that meets a pre-established goal of collecting 15,500 thermostats by 2015, according to a news release from the Boston-based Product Stewardship Institute.

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