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  • Landfill closure costs outweigh state assistance fund

    12/14/2018 7:02:01 PM PST · by Steve Schulin · 11 replies
    Times Union (Albany NY) ^ | Dec 14, 2018, p. A1 | Brian Nearing (Albany Times Union)
    Dec 14, 2018 - Is your local landfill financially prepared to fund its closure and monitoring after it is filled? NY State Comptroller issued a report yesterday which concludes that it will cost approximately $300-million over the next 30 years to close and monitor 80 current and former municipal landfills in NY. There is a state fund in NY meant to help local governments with such bills. The state government adds $250,000 to that fund every year. This represents woeful underfunding, the report concludes.
  • EPA Warning: Holiday Leftovers Contribute to Climate Change

    12/28/2015 9:39:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2015 | 10:43 AM EST | Penny Starr
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a video on its website to tell Americans that they should think about how much food they waste during the holiday season if they want to help save the planet. The video is part of the EPA's "Fight Food Waste" campaign. In the video posted on YouTube and in the text accompanying it, EPA claims that food waste contributes to climate change. [...] "Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change," the text states. "So, this holiday season, take steps to cut down your...
  • San Marcos Downsizing Trash Carts

    08/01/2014 7:30:38 AM PDT · by bgill · 23 replies
    keye ^ | July 31, 2014 | Bettie Cross
    The City of San Marcos is downsizing. It's reducing the size of its trash carts by 30 gallons to cut back on the amount of garbage being dumped at landfills... San Marcos customers will be put to the test October 1.That's when the older trash carts will be replaced by the new smaller ones. Customers who want to keep the bigger carts will have to pay at least $3 more a month.
  • NY to build solar power plants on capped landfills

    04/20/2011 9:52:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4/20/11 | AP
    NEW YORK – New York City plans to build solar power plants on capped landfills and launch a loan program to help property owners pay for green energy efficiency upgrades. ... Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to announce the update Thursday. .. ... The city also plans to use $40 million in federal stimulus funds to launch the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation to help property owners get financing for green improvements.
  • Trains derail dependence on trash trucks in Northeastern United States

    07/30/2010 2:55:41 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 4 replies · 1+ views
    American Recycler ^ | AUGUST 2010 | Mike Breslin
    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has authorized $118 million dollars for the purchase and major improvements to the 100 year old Greenville Rail Yards in Jersey City, New Jersey. When completed, this barge-rail link will carry solid waste across New York Harbor in sealed containers between Brooklyn and Jersey City. The plan is projected to remove 360,000 garbage trucks per year from trans-Hudson River roads, bridges and tunnels. “The board just approved it so we are still working on the property acquisition. It is scheduled to be completed and open for business by 2013,” said Steve...
  • Three Myths about Trash (The Costs of mandatory recycling)

    12/02/2009 8:26:31 PM PST · by sickoflibs · 40 replies · 2,177+ views
    Mises Institute ^ | December 02, 2009 | Floy Lilley
    There are three things everybody knows when we talk trash: 1.We know we're running out of landfill space; 2.we know we're saving resources and protecting the environment by recycling; and 3.we know no one would recycle if they weren't forced to. Let's look at these three things we think we know. Are they real or are they rubbish? 1. Are We Running Out of Landfill Space? Two events created the perfect garbage storm in the late 1980s. One barge and one bureaucrat created this overhyped myth. The garbage barge was the Mobro 4000. The bureaucrat was J. Winston Porter. The...
  • Economy: Landfills (and thrift stores) hurting as consumers repair, reuse

    04/26/2009 3:37:32 PM PDT · by llevrok · 50 replies · 1,135+ views
    Thrift-driven Americans are fixing up, making do and reusing so much to cope with the recession that the drop in throwaways means less fill for landfills. To deal with the drop-off in dropoffs, landfills are laying off workers, reducing hours of operation and hiking disposal fees, with the increases passed along to cities, businesses and consumers. "You can look at waste and see what the economy is doing," said Tom Houck, manager at the Defiance County Landfill in northwest Ohio. He's watched the amount of trash arriving at the landfill plunge 30 percent in the past year. With consumers cutting...
  • Plants' Cleanup May Create Side-Effect (landfills w/ millions more tons of potentially harmful ash)

    08/26/2007 7:10:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 403+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/26/07 | Anna Jo Bratton - ap
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- As the nation's coal-fired power plants work to create cleaner skies, they'll likely fill up landfills with millions more tons of potentially harmful ash. More than one-third of the ash generated at the country's hundreds of coal-fired plants is now recycled -- mixed with cement to build highways or used to stabilize embankments, among other things. But in a process being used increasingly across the nation, chemicals are injected into plants' emissions to capture airborne pollutants. That, in turn, changes the composition of the ash and cuts its usefulness. It can't be used in cement, for...
  • Californians Now Recycle Half of Their Trash (Today trash,Tomorrow,Politicians! California Dreamin')

    08/25/2006 10:24:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 368+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/25/06 | Amanda Covarrubias
    State officials announced Thursday that California has finally achieved its goal of reducing landfill waste by 50%, thanks to diligent recycling by residents and businesses. The milestone culminates a 16-year campaign by the state to persuade people to separate recyclables out of the trash. The state passed a landmark law in 1989 mandating that communities establish waste-management plans for residents and businesses that would ultimately divert at least 50% of all recyclable trash from landfills. California was supposed to reach the goal in 2000, but preliminary data released Thursday show that the goal wasn't reached until last year. A total...
  • E-waste: Electronic paperweight crisis?

    07/12/2005 11:35:13 AM PDT · by JZelle · 13 replies · 724+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-12-05 | Dana Joel Gattuso
    Supposedly, we face a major tech-trash "crisis." Too many Americans, according to a handful of in Congress, use their old home computers and other outmoded electronics as giant paperweights, storing them in attics, garages, and basements and "taking up space in homes and businesses." The "inappropriate storage of these things is not an option," said Rep. Mike Thompson, California Democrat, at a recent press conference. In the face of this calamity, he and three colleagues announced a new "working group" to educate Congress, apparently in the dark on the dangers of so called "e-waste" stored in homes or buried in...
  • Wireless World: Old mobile phones a hazard

    12/03/2004 10:18:54 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 98 replies · 1,644+ views
    United Press International ^ | December 3, 2004 | Gene Koprowski
    By Gene J. Koprowski UPI Technology News Published 12/3/2004 9:04 AM CHICAGO, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A mobile phone is a disposable product -- consumers buy a new one about every year and a half, and toss the old one in the closet. Then, years later, when they have a major house-cleaning weekend, they find a few old phones collecting dust and toss them out in the trash. Experts told UPI's Wireless World this pattern is starting to become a major environmental issue, as old mobile phones start to fill up garbage dumps across the United States and leach lead,...
  • Cranky Callers to Target Disney

    08/13/2003 12:22:58 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 26 replies · 331+ views
    wired news ^ | 8.13.03 | Katie Dean
    <p>Angry at Disney's plans to sell disposable DVD movies, environmentalists plan to dump their grievances on CEO Michael Eisner in a massive phone protest Wednesday.</p> <p>Hundreds of students from around the country will call Eisner to discourage the sale of these throwaway DVDs, and urge the company to abandon the product, according to the protest's organizers.</p>
  • Rangers Go to Landfills and Smell Them

    06/05/2003 5:51:12 AM PDT · by yonif · 3 replies · 215+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/5/2003 | AP
    FREIHEIT, Texas - Have Nose. Will Travel. That sums up Barbara Emmerson's job. She's one of two so-called Nasal Rangers at the Comal County, Texas, Landfill. They stop at specific locations and take a big whiff. The Nasal Rangers are part of an effort to control yucky odors emanating from the landfill. They say it can be a little embarrassing when they tell others about the unusual job. The Rangers have office duties at the landfill as well. But Emmerson says sticking her nose in the air is the satisfying part of the work. She says she wants to help...
  • Group apologizes for allowing flags to go to landfill

    10/01/2002 4:36:54 PM PDT · by SheLion · 3 replies · 190+ views ^ | 1 October 2002
    <p>RUMFORD, Maine (AP) A committee that organized an event marking the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has apologized for the improper disposal of thousands of American flags in a New Hampshire landfill.</p> <p>The flags were supposed to have been burned following a ceremony Sept. 7 organized by the Sept. 11 Remembrance Day Committee. Instead, they were taken to a local transfer station and later sent to North Country Environmental Services Inc.'s landfill in Bethlehem, N.H.</p>
  • Government mandated recycling wastes more resources than it saves.

    04/09/2002 6:58:29 AM PDT · by grundle · 5 replies · 375+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 30, 1996 | John Tierney
    The article is too long to post here. But go to the link and read it. The article explains how government mandated recycling wastes more resources than it saves. But smug environmentalists don't care. Because the real purpose of this recycling is to make the smug environmentalists feel morally superior. It has nothing to do with actually helping the environment. Recycling Is Garbage - By John Tierney New York Times June 30, 1996. pps. 24-29,44,48,51,53