Cheyenne looking at higher recycling costs
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's biggest city might soon pay more for recycling.
Officials in Cheyenne are asking the City Council to double to $80 per ton the amount the city pays a...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is taking applications for grants that would support increased access to proper electronics recycling in rural...
FOSSTON, Minn. (AP) — Several counties in northwestern Minnesota are betting that recycling more and burning any remaining trash will be cheaper in the long run than burying everything that's...
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — The last recycling plant in Sullivan County, Tennessee, that handles paper and plastics for local governments is set to close, affecting recycling efforts across the...
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's redemption and recycling program is susceptible to fraud because it relies on beverage distributors and redemption centers to self-report what they import and recycle,...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say they're stepping up financial support for recycling infrastructure projects.
The state Department of Environmental Quality says it's boosting...
Californians lose millions of dollars in recycling deposits
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California consumers lost out on at least $308 million in nickel deposits on cans and bottles in 2018, largely because it's increasingly difficult to find a place to...
Tennessee awards $1.9M in landfill reduction grants
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee environmental officials have awarded $1.9 million waste reduction grants for community projects across the state.
Correction: Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story
CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Feb. 15 about a Department of Energy lithium-ion battery research and development project, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount that would be spent over three years and the name of Hans Eric Melin's company. The correct amount is $15 million, not $15 billion. Melin's company is called Circular Energy Storage, having changed its name from Creation Inn.
A corrected version of the story is below:
US seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones
Man’s body found amid materials at Missouri recycling center
HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis-area authorities are investigating how a man's body was delivered to a recycling center.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports workers at the Republic Services Recycling Center in Hazelwood found the body Thursday morning amid the recyclable materials.
Seattle metal recycler fined $98K for polluting Duwamish
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle metal recycling company has been fined $98,000 for discharging pollutants into the Duwamish River.
The Washington Department of Ecology said Wednesday it fined Seattle Iron and Metals Corp. for violations in 2017 and 2018.
Officials say the company, which recovers metal from cars, appliances and other machinery, discharged excessive levels of zinc, copper, lead and other pollutants into the water 43 times.
Hezbollah leader appears on Israeli recycling ad
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has invaded the Israeli city of Tel Aviv — as the face of an eye-catching, satirical new recycling campaign.
A gigantic poster featuring the Lebanese militant leader overlooking Tel Aviv's Ayalon highway went up Thursday and encourages Israelis to recycle plastic bottles.
Above Nasrallah's head reads the caption: "I don't recycle bottles." Beneath him, the poster says: "Nasrallah has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years. What is your excuse?"
Recycling advocates want better system in Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Recycling advocates are urging leaders to re-evaluate Indiana's recycling system, which they say is plagued with issues including a lack of locally sourced recycling material for businesses and landfills filling with recyclable goods.
‘The milkman model’: Big brand names try reusable containers
A new shopping platform announced Thursday at the World Economic Forum aims to change the way we buy many brand-name products.
Loop, as the platform is called, would do away with disposable containers for things like shampoo and laundry detergent from some of the world's biggest manufacturers. Instead, those goods will be delivered in sleek, reusable containers that will be picked up at your door, washed and refilled.
Montana lawmakers take up bills on straws, plastic bags
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two bills sponsored by a Missoula senator wending their way through the Legislature could change life as some Montanans know it by limiting plastic straws in retail food establishments and charging for plastic bags in stores.
And there is a bill by another lawmaker that would send Styrofoam containers packing.
Oregon bottle redemption rate reaches 90 percent
BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, which oversees the state's bottle deposit program, says about 90 percent of the containers covered by the plan were returned and redeemed in 2018.
That's a jump of around 25 percent over where the figure stood just two years ago.
Recycling company settles lawsuit over river pollution
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle metals recycling facility will make more than $1 million in improvements to settle a lawsuit claiming the company discharged dangerous chemicals into the Duwamish River.
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Lawsuit prompts Seattle metal recycler to cut pollution
SEATTLE (AP) — A major Seattle scrap metal recycler has agreed to make an estimated $1 million worth of pollution-control improvements to settle a federal lawsuit.
The conservation group Puget Soundkeeper alleged that Seattle Iron and Metals Corp. has been discharging contaminated wastewater and stormwater into the Duwamish River, which is already a federal Superfund site from decades of heavy industrial use.
Police: ‘Grenade’ at recycling plant was a butane lighter
AUBURN, Mass. (AP) — Police say what was at first described as a live grenade at a Massachusetts recycling plant turned out to be a lighter.
The Massachusetts State Police bomb squad responded Thursday morning to Casella Recycling in Auburn to a report of a "live explosive device."
Auburn police tweeted out the all clear just after 10 a.m. and said the device was a "butane lighter which had been designed to look like a live hand grenade."
Police close investigation into 2003 killing; suspect died
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Police say they've closed the investigation into a 2003 killing after determining that a man who died of a drug overdose in 2017 is believed to be the killer.
The body of 28-year-old Joshua Salyer was found wrapped in cardboard and plastic inside a recycling bin at a recycling center in Fort Wayne. He'd been shot. Police say a witness came forward last year who identified the alleged killer, who died at the age of 39. The killing was reportedly over a $30 debt.
Winterthur cafe becomes state’s first ‘green’ restaurant
WINTERTHUR, Del. (AP) — Not using foam cups, while recycling paper and serving some meat-free dishes, has helped the Visitor Center Garden Cafe at Winterthur Museum to be named Delaware's first certified green restaurant.
The honor, awarded to restaurants that work to reduce their environmental impact, was given to the cafe by the Green Restaurant Association, a Boston-based nonprofit.
Snyder OKs spending; vetoes abortion, online gambling bills
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed $1.3 billion budget legislation that is tied to a contentious plan to shift tax revenue for schools to other priorities such as roads, environmental cleanup and recycling.
Cheyenne recycler no longer accepting glass
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The only major glass recycler in Cheyenne is no longer accepting glass.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports WYCO Recycling is still accepting cardboard, paper, cans, plastics and other recyclables.
St. Louis parks accepting Christmas trees for recycling
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several St. Louis-area parks are accepting used natural Christmas trees to be recycled and used as fish habitat.
Trees can be dropped off at Spanish Lake Park, August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles and Cuivre River State Park.
Trees should be free of decorations and left in one piece. Trees can be donated through Jan. 6.
Oregon recycling rate short of 2020 goal
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is unlikely to reach its goal of recycling and recovering 52 percent of the waste generated in the state by 2020.
The Statesman Journal reports that Oregonians recycled and recovered about 42.8 percent of all waste in the state in 2017. That's just a slight increase from the state's 42.2 percent rate in 2016.
Website offers info about Louisiana Christmas tree recycling
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana has a new one-stop webpage for information about Christmas tree recycling in five coastal parishes. The trees are used in breakwaters to slow erosion.
The webpage explains where to drop off trees or how to ensure they're picked up in Orleans, Jefferson, Tangipahoa and Terrebonne parishes and expects information about St. John the Baptist Parish.
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Recycling crackdown leads to violations
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Latah Sanitation Inc. workers have placed 1,662 contamination tags on recycling carts in Moscow, Idaho, since the marking process began Nov. 1.
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that's about 50 violations every recycling collection day.
Carts can be tagged if there are visible non-recyclable materials in the container.
Montgomery to recycle live Christmas trees
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery residents can recycle their live Christmas trees this season.
The City of Montgomery, Montgomery Clean City Commission and the Alabama Department of Conservation will accept trees on Saturday, Dec. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 5.
Officials seek cause of massive warehouse fire; no injuries
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A massive fire at a paper recycling facility in Philadelphia was brought under control after numerous firefighters battled the blaze for several hours.
No injuries were reported in the fire, which was reported around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Nearby residents reported hearing some explosions around the time they first saw the flames, but the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
Austin sees spike in recycling after boil-water notice
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin's recycling center became overwhelmed by a spike in recycled plastic items in the weeks after the city ended its boil-water notice following flooding that filled lakes with silt, mud and debris.
Woman’s body found in trash bin; adult grandson arrested
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A 23-year-old man has been arrested in Ohio after the body of his 68-year-old grandmother was found in a recycling bin in the detached garage of her Detroit-area home.
Police in Warren found the body late Wednesday night after the woman's son became concerned when other relatives had not heard from her.
Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said the woman appeared to have suffered stab wounds to her neck. Investigators believe she was slain Saturday.
Africa’s solid waste is growing, posing a climate threat
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — No one would envy a life of scavenging in Kenya's biggest landfill, but Daniel Kiarie says he would never leave it.
Birds circle overhead and dogs scuffle as the 35-year-old moves through the filth of Nairobi, intent on useful finds. Ground-up garbage, from used hospital needles to battered toys, crunches under his feet. Thirty pungent acres stretch out before him at the center of the city's poorest slums.
Des Moines dumps paper recyclables due to lack of buyers
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Tons of paper meant to be recycled was instead dumped into a Des Moines landfill because of plunging prices for the material.
Michigan recycling facility faces challenges with law change
HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — For the first time in the nearly 30 years Recycle Livingston has existed, it has had to pay to send away the materials it collected for recycling.
The nonprofit organization paid $946 to waste management company Green For Life for materials sent to them for the month of October, said Julie Cribley, Executive Director at Recycle Livingston. In contrast, for the month of September, Green for Life paid $850 to Recycle Livingston for its materials.
Businessman sentenced to prison in theft of plastic crates
DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan hauling company president who pleaded guilty to wire fraud after plastic crates valued at more than $2.9 million were sold to a recycling firm for about $460,000 has been sentenced to 33 months in prison.
The Justice Department says in a statement that Arshawn Hall learned his punishment Thursday in Detroit federal court.
Recyclable plastic piling up in Rockford
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The plastic is piling up in Rockford.
The Rockford Register Star reports that Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful finds itself with more than 7 tons of plastic at its recycling center with no place to send it after a decision made by China nearly a year ago to refuse shipments of recyclable plastics from the West.
Interior recycling bins added at Tennessee State Parks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State Parks have expanded recycling with interior recycling bins added at all 56 state parks.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said in a news release that more than 400 exterior recycling receptacles were placed in August.
The release says the state has received all of the new Recycle Away Triple Recycling Station receptacles. The bins are made with 97 percent pure recycled plastic from milk jugs. Each bin uses about 1,000 milk jugs.
Maine schools to get help improving recycling programs
CHELSEA, Maine (AP) — Schools around Maine are getting help improving their recycling programs.
Ecomaine, a nonprofit group, is providing more than $20,000 in grants to 13 recipients in the state. The group says the grants involve a suite of programs intended to keep waste from ending up in landfills.
Study finds Colorado only recycling 12 percent of trash
FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado is too trashy.
That's the conclusion drawn from the Colorado Public Research Interest Group's annual State of Recycling report. In 2017, Colorado created a record 9.3 million tons of waste while "flatlining" at 12 percent for recycling, compared to the national average of 35 percent.
Illinois EPA unveils online tutorial about recycling
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has set up an online guide to answer consumers' questions about recycling.
IEPA Director Alec Messina announced the Recycle Illinois webpage Thursday as part of America Recycles Day .
Detroit, Warren get state grants to boost curbside recycling
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is helping the cities of Detroit and Warren pay for curbside recycling carts.
The department awards grants to help communities improve their recycling collection infrastructure.
Warren will receive $500,000 to support the purchase of 25,000 recycling carts, while Detroit will get $75,000 for 7,000 carts.
Report details the cost of recycling coal ash in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy said in a long-awaited report on Wednesday that it would cost billions of dollars to recycle Virginia's toxic coal ash or move it to lined landfills, an endeavor that customers would pay for over several years.
Environmental groups and some lawmakers said the cost would be well worth the effort as some aging storage facilities leak chemicals or potentially lay vulnerable to hurricanes.
Snyder wants fees hike for cleanup before leaving office
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday that his top remaining legislative priorities include pushing through trash and water fee increases to pay for environmental cleanup, infrastructure and recycling needs — proposals that a top lawmaker said continue to concern many Republicans.
Lincoln recycling processors hike rates after China decision
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — China's decision to require cleaner recyclables has put some U.S. recyclers out of business or forced them to limit the kind of materials they will take.
But in Lincoln the China decision has had a more limited impact, so far.
Recycling processing companies — which buy from local haulers, sort and resell material — have raised their rates, but they are still taking all the traditional recycling products, except for glass and plastic bags.
Man cited for pile of barrels leaking chemicals in creek
ROCKY TOP, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say a stockpile of thousands of barrels containing chemicals has been leaking into a Tennessee creek.
News outlets report Larry Watters, the owner of the Rocky Top property where the barrels are stored, was cited by the state Department of Environment and Conservation.
The violation notice says federal and local officials discovered the apparent dump site while investigating a complaint about an unknown pollutant being discharged into a Coal Creek tributary.
Coroner ID’s man found dead at Chicago recycling center
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities have identified a man whose body was found Monday at a Chicago scrap metal and recycling center.
The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the man as 35-year-old Hugo Marcial Checo Silva. An autopsy Tuesday did not rule on the cause and manner of his death, pending further investigation.
Chicago police and General Iron Industries Inc. say Silva's body was found Monday morning at the recycling center on the city's North Side.
Police refocus investigation into discovery of baby’s body
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities investigating the discovery of a dead infant at a Connecticut trash and recycling facility have updated the areas where the child may have originated.
Police are looking into material delivered to the Stamford facility from Westchester County, New York, as well as Danbury and Ridgefield, and lower Fairfield County, including Stamford, Westport and Norwalk. Areas on Long Island, New York and Massachusetts have been ruled out.
State cautions on recycling certain plastics as market slims
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state regulators are asking counties to consider not recycling certain plastic and other products if there's not a market for it.
Since China stopped buying certain recycled waste, such as certain plastics, unsorted paper and scrap metals, more of those items are piling up at landfills.