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The City Council’s trash plan is garbage

While the solid-waste industry and its labor unions are often at odds about work rules and wages, both agree a City Council bill designed to reduce how much material a transfer station can receive is a really bad idea. This bill, Intro 495, seeks to cap the percentage of the city’s waste that can be […]

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Clean Energy Open CNG Station in New Jersey

Waste-to-energy firm Covanta Energy Corp. and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Newark, N.J., to serve waste and recycling trucks in northern New Jersey and New York City. It’s the first station built as part of the partnership between the Morristown, N.J.-based Covanta and the Seal Beach, Calif.-based […]

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How To Be “Green” This Holiday Season

As we feast, give gifts, decorate and travel during holiday season, we also consume lots of resources and generate lots of waste. The amount of household garbage in the United States can increase by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, from 4 million tons to 5 million tons. The holidays are special, but […]

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Recycling drops in 16 London boroughs

Almost half of London boroughs are recycling less domestic waste, latest figures show. Sixteen of thirty-three London boroughs have seen a drop in the amount of waste being recycled in 2013-14 compared to 2012-13. Newham is the worst performer, dropping 3.4% year on year. Havering, Wandsworth, Richmond and Lewisham make up the five worst performers. […]

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Young Americans Less Likely to Recycle

Younger Americans are less likely to recycle and be green than older age groups, according to a new survey. American adults ages 18-34 are significantly less likely to say they always recycle than those older – 33 percent compared with 48 percent, according to an online poll conducted in November of more than 2,000 U.S. […]

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How to Implement a School Recycling Program

Recycling and schools are a natural fit. Schools have large numbers of people generating lots of waste—much which is recyclable. Environmentally, recycling reduces the amount of waste heading to landfills and incinerators. Additionally, recycling can reduce carbon emission and conserve natural resources. Economically, a school may be able to reduce the volume of waste they […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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New York City Launches Waste Junk Mail Program

New York City has launched a campaign to help residents unsubscribe from unwanted mail waste to their homes. The city is launching a public education campaign to connect residents to a free online tool established by GreeNYC to opt of junk mail. The city said in a news release New Yorkers get an estimated 2 […]

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