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CNG Tax Credit Renewed: What’s the Impact for Solid Waste?

Congress has passed a funding bill that includes renewal of compressed natural gas (CNG) tax credits that expired at the end of 2017. The bill was signed by President Trump on December 20. The extension is to 2020 and is retroactive back to the expiration. That means all solid waste companies with CNG trucks operating in their fleet…
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EPA Releases PFAS Groundwater Guidance for Federal Cleanup Programs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued Interim Recommendations for Addressing Groundwater Contaminated with Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) under federal cleanup programs, a priority action under EPA’s PFAS Action Plan. Aggressively addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is an active and ongoing effort for the agency. “Today, we are delivering on…
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Blue Bottle, aiming for ‘zero waste’ in 2020, could eliminate to-go coffee cups

Dive Brief: Upscale coffee chain Blue Bottle announced this week it plans to achieve “zero waste” by the end of 2020, diverting roughly 90% of waste from landfills from nearly 70 locations around the country. In a blog post, CEO Bryan Meehan wrote “we’re part of the problem” and committed the company to eliminating usage of…
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Inside NYC’s organics collection program

Organic waste makes up one-third of what New York City residents throw away—but up until just a few years ago, most of it was sent directly to landfills. While New York City’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) deployed a seasonal organics collection program for leaf and tree waste and experimented with several food waste collection pilots in the…
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Philly Builds Urban Composting Facility

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, the city of Philadelphia is building the state’s first urban composting facility. The new facility is expected to open in the spring. According to WHYY, the facility will compost food scraps from 30 to 35 city recreation centers, with the goal…
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With electronic recycling becoming increasingly crucial to the future of the planet, recovering mobile phones, and recycling old computers, televisions, printers and other electronic goods should be a priority for those that want to improve their ecological footprint. When considering the importance of e-waste recycling, it’s worth remembering some of the more shocking electronic recycling…
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Landfills: A future source of raw materials

Decontamination of landfills and open dumpsites could prove profitable — both financially and for the environment. This is demonstrated by Yahya Jani in a new dissertation in environmental science from Linnaeus University. Environmental pollution, health threats and scarcity of raw materials, water, food and energy are some of the greatest challenges our world is facing…
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The Recycling Mistake You Probably Never Knew You Were Making

It seems everyone has gone green or is getting there soon, but you could be botching your recycling efforts and not even know it. Plastic grocery bags are a little-known misstep people often make in curbside recycling programs. They not only impact recycling facilities financially, but more importantly, they create a safety issue for employees.…
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Over 83% of our sofas in the UK are not re-used. Our previous post explored this issue, introduced our forthcoming report ‘Rearranging the Furniture’ and told the story of our ‘Survivor Sofa’, plucked from landfill and reimagined and redesigned for a circular economy. So, what can you do to avoid your own sofa ending up in landfill? Here are seven top tips from The Great…
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New Approaches for Automating Landfill Gas to Energy Operations

This blog will focus on landfill gas to energy operations and the benefits of automation therein. Landfill gases (LFG), a natural byproduct of the decomposition of organic material in landfills, is composed of roughly 50 percent methane, 50 percent carbon dioxide, and a small amount of non methane organic compounds.  Methane is a particularly potent…
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