Latest Waste management News

Man fatally struck by garbage truck in Maine

Oct. 23, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

MILFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say a waste management worker was fatally struck by a garbage truck in Maine. The Penobscot County Sheriff's Office says 39-year-old Ryan Leeman, of Bangor, was hit and killed at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. The Bangor Daily News reports Leeman worked at Casella Waste Systems. No...

Residents urged to take part in National Drug Take Back Day

Oct. 23, 2019 4:43 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police officials are encouraging people to participate in National Drug Take Back Day as a way to potentially combat drug misuse. The program allows people to remove potentially dangerous medicines from homes and dispose of them safely. Officials say 16 collection sites...

Southwest tribes oppose spent nuclear fuel storage plans

Oct. 22, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders from New Mexico are opposing plans that call for storing in the desert Southwest tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants around the U.S. The All Pueblo Council of Governors in a resolution adopted late last week affirmed its commitment to protecting...

South Carolina county temporarily fixes recycling issues

Oct. 21, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county says it is sending its recyclable material to a facility that separates garbage from salvageable material and turns irrecoverable waste into fuel pellets. News outlets report Charleston County announced Friday that it'll start paying Berkeley County about $40...

DNR board ready to move forward on water pollution rules

Oct. 21, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board is poised to move forward on extensive rewrites of Wisconsin's water pollution regulations that could cost well-users, farmers and wastewater treatment plants millions of dollars. The department has proposed restricting manure in areas...

Ban on single-use plastic bags taking effect in Providence

Oct. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A ban on single-use plastic bags in the city of Providence is going into effect. The city says the ordinance takes effect on Tuesday. It prohibits retailers form offering single-use plastic bags at checkout counters, unless they can prove a qualifying exemption. The ordinance allows...

New York lawmakers hold hearing on changing recycling market

Oct. 20, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state lawmakers will hold a hearing on recycling amid China's decision to restrict scrap imports. The halt on China's imports of wastepaper and plastic has disrupted U.S. recycling programs, but it also has spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables. The heads...

Maui mayor to defy committee settlement over injection wells

Oct. 19, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The mayor of Maui has announced plans to defy a County Council resolution and continue to pursue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court over the use of injection wells. Mayor Michael Victorino posted a letter to the county website Friday saying he has decided not to exercise the...

Virginia revokes permit of Petersburg landfill

Oct. 17, 2019 5:11 AM EDT

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators have revoked the permit of a Petersburg landfill that's prompted complaints from residents. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced Wednesday that CFS Group Disposal & Recycling Services is no longer permitted to accept solid waste at the...

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...