Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Drug makers lose challenge to disposal law

    A federal judge says a California ordinance requiring prescription drug manufacturers to take back unused product is legal.

  • Florida community renews solid waste contract for 9 years

    The Villages, Florida, District Board of Supervisors approved a nine-year renewal of its contract with CH2M HILL to provide complete operations and management of commercial and residential solid waste, recycle and yard waste collection, with an option for two additional five-year renewals.

  • 4 Solid Waste Innovations

    As the volume of municipal solid waste grows, engineers and officials are looking increasingly toward smarter management. Here are four smart municipal solid waste management innovations.

  • L.A. project scores highest sustainability award

    The fourth project to be certified by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure has earned the highest rating level possible. "This evaluation allowed us to benchmark the plan," says Los Angeles County Public Works Director Gail Farber of an eight-project effort to curb flooding.

  • Padre Dam Awards construction contract for Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project

    Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors approved a $1,547,000 contract to Integrated Water Services to construct a new Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project on September 3.

  • 4 key strategies to increase recycling

    Here's an overview of what works (and what doesn't) vis-a-vis disposal bans, recycling policies, and pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) service fees.

  • Human remains discovered at recycling facilities

    A body turned up at one plant, parts were found at another.

  • Never rely on an old worksite survey

    A state DOT that used a 30-year-old asbestos survey has been fined $56,000 for worker safety violations.

  • Law protects waste-collection employees

    Florida is the fifth state to add garbage trucks to the list of vehicles that drivers must move over a lane to pass.

  • A $17 billion highway spending program

    The House of Representatives’ fiscal year 2015 (FY15) funding bill gives the U.S. DOT $17.1 billion, and community planning and development $6.2 billion.

  • Long-time road partners earn 2 awards

    A $2.5 billion road reconstruction in Tarrant County, Texas, earned the Texas DOT and infrastructure developer Cintra U.S. (among others) national recognition for environmental stewardship and community relations. The east-west corridor crosses six municipalities and impacts more than 1 million...

  • City of Cleveland: RFP to Design/Build/Own/Operate the Waste Reduction and Recycling Project

    The City of Cleveland (City), Department of Public Works, through its Director, is soliciting proposals from qualified firms interested in proposing to Design, Build, Own and Operate, The Waste Reduction and Recycling (WR&R) Project for the City of Cleveland.

  • Rent a hybrid refuse truck

    Parker Hannifin Corporation has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Big Truck Rental to offer a Parker RunWise Advanced Series Hybrid Drive System on refuse trucks available for rent prior to purchasing a truck.

  • The Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority receives EPA award

    The Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority (IERCA) received the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2013 Environmental Award in the Green Government category.

  • Waste industry unveils product stewardship policy on packaging and printed paper

    Industry opposes product stewardship mandates for paper products over concerns programs will increase costs for consumers, hurt recycling rates and undercut competition.

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    New recycling program to be tested in Denver parks

    A new recycling program is making its way to two of Denver’s parks. Special recycling containers arrived in Cheesman and Washington Parks.

  • Americans are recycling less

    According to EPA's latest analysis of solid waste trends, Americans recycled 0.2% less in 2012 than in 2011. That doesn't mean, however, that the amount of waste going into landfills has increased, says a prominent industry group.

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    Sustainable dual-purpose rebar chair

    As the only rebar chair made entirely of recyclable materials, the WireHolder helps projects qualify for LEED credits.

  • Award-winning biosolids facility

    A public water and wastewater utility in California racks up another industry first: North America's largest composting facility. The operation’s other “sustainable” innovations include selling more recycled water to regional businesses and using more renewable energy.

  • Americans will compost IF you make them

    A recent survey shows they know composting's important in terms of freeing up landfill space, but won't support the practice if it means paying higher solid waste rates or higher taxes.


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