Catch up on the top headlines from the waste and recycling industry from April. Whether you’re a waste industry professional or looking for news within your community, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you may have missed this month:
National Waste & Recycling News
The Economics of Recycling Is Making it Harder to Recycle
The recent crash in oil prices has made it cheaper for plastics manufacturers to use virgin materials, rather than recycled plastics. Recycling glass is also expensive. Unfortunately, recycling starts to slow when the market isn’t favorable, as companies start to lose money on recycling. Read more about this recycling conundrum:
SWANA & NWRA Partner to Identify Best Practices for Municipal Recycling Programs
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) released a new publication that guides municipalities through improving their local recycling programs. The goal is to improve the effectiveness of recycling programs that may be struggling. The Joint Advisory on Designing Contracts for Processing of Manual Recyclables was created by subject matter experts from both private industry and government agencies. Read more over at the Environmental Leader.
Dollar Tree Will Settle Hazardous Waste Lawsuit
Dollar Tree must implement an approved hazardous waste compliance program and pay $2.7 million to settle a lawsuit over improper disposal of hazardous waste. Improper disposal of hazardous waste that gets transported to local landfills can contaminate groundwater and other waterways, which can cause health and environmental issues in the future. Add these guys to your list of environmentally-challenged companies.
U.S. and China Are the Worst When it Comes to E-Waste
We can thank the U.S. and China for generating the most e-waste, out of the record 41.8 million tonnes that was dumped around the globe last year. The United States led e-waste dumping with 7.1 million tons, followed by China with 6.0 million tons. Electronic waste often contains hazardous materials such as mercury or lead and poses a serious risk to our health and environment. Considering the volume of e-waste is predicted to rise more than 20% by 2018, we need to better educate people about e-waste recycling.
Waste & Recycling News From Our Communities
Orlando Gets A Green Fleet of Waste Removal Vehicles
Orlando took another step towards greener waste removal this month by adding 5 new garbage trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). The “green fleet” will reduce carbon emissions from waste removal by 12.5 tons per year, which is equivalent to taking 325 vehicles off the road. Read more about greener waste removal improvements in Orlando.
D.C. Proposes Polystyrene Ban To Improve Local Waterways
D.C. waterways have been filling up with pollution from polystyrene products for years. Following the lead of several other cities that have instituted a polystyrene ban, proposed legislation would ban polystyrene starting in 2016 in several D.C. metro counties. Read more about the new legislation that may ban polystyrene in Washington D.C..