Latest Recycling News

Starkville suspends recycling after contractor raises price

Sep. 18, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city will end its current recycling program Oct. 1. The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted this week to suspend recycling indefinitely because its contractor had raised the price, news outlets report. Mayor Lynn Spruill said the city is talking with Mississippi...

2 key Rhode Island coronavirus metrics on the decline

Sep. 8, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two key indicators of how well Rhode Island is containing the coronavirus are heading in the right direction, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The seven-day rolling average of daily new confirmed cases in the state dropped over...

European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton shows a map of Europe as he talks to journalists during an online news conference at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Worried by an increasing dependency on the raw materials used to make smart phones, televisions and energy-saving lights, the European Union on Thursday launched a new strategy to secure access to rare earth minerals and reduce reliance on suppliers like Chile, China and South Africa. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)

EU unveils plan to secure raw materials, cut dependency

Sep. 3, 2020 7:04 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Worried by an increasing dependency on the raw materials used to make smart phones, televisions and energy-saving lights, the European Union on Thursday launched a new strategy to secure access to rare earth minerals and to reduce reliance on suppliers like Chile, China and South Africa....

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Air Force One for a trip to Kenosha, Wis., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump spins baseless tale of ‘thugs’ flying to protests

Sep. 2, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump is recycling a baseless conspiracy theory to claim that recent protests have been orchestrated by powerful people in “dark shadows” intent on undermining his reelection prospects. The claims first took root on Facebook and Twitter earlier this year after...

Autopsy: Topeka man died when caught in recycling truck

Aug. 28, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man whose body was found among recycling materials at a landfill building apparently was inside a dumpster when its contents were put into the back of a recycling truck, officials said. Paul Vigil, 62, died March 9 from several injuries suffered in a cardboard recycler...

Baltimore suspends recycling pickup to focus on garbage

Aug. 27, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s Department of Public Works announced Thursday that it is suspending recycling pickup throughout the city through at least Nov. 1 to focus on its trash routes, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a factor in the move. The department pointed to shortages of workers and an...

Firefighters attack a fire from the ground as several stations responded to a large fire at Metro Metals Recycling in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP)

Firefighters battling large fire at St. Paul scrap yard

Aug. 18, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters battled a large fire at a recycling facility in St. Paul Tuesday. Thick black smoke billowed from the blaze at Metro Metals Recycling. Firefighters were called to the scrap metal facility about 11:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, fire officials said. Crews are trying...

Trash rests piled up on a street Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The COVID-19 pandemic has frustrated efforts to keep Philadelphia's streets clear of garbage this summer. Residents complain about the stink and the flies. (Kara Kneidl via AP)

Philadelphia trash piles up as pandemic stymies its removal

Jul. 30, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

What would Ben Franklin think? The Founding Father who launched one of America’s first street-sweeping programs in Philadelphia in the late 1750s would see and smell piles of fly-infested, rotting household waste, bottles and cans as the city that he called home struggles to overcome a surge in garbage...

Hawaii lawmakers pass bill blocking Oahu landfill expansion

Jul. 30, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii state lawmakers have passed a bill that would block the planned expansion of the landfill used for large commercial projects including the demolition of Aloha Stadium and Honolulu’s rail system. PVT Land Co. countered that the measure could force the company to raise disposal...

Firefighters contain Colorado tire fire to 7.5 acres

Jul. 23, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

HUDSON, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters have contained a fire at a large tire recycling facility in northern Colorado to 7.5 acres (3 hectares) and hope to have the fire mostly extinguished Thursday. The fire near Hudson broke out Wednesday night, sending up plumes of dark smoke visible from far away. A fire...