Environmental Protection

Waste Handling


Wastequip Introduces its Grease Vault

Grease Vault is designed for secure storage and easy emptying of food grease.

GaiaRecycle Discusses Benefits of Onsite Food Waste Recycling

Attendees at the WasteExpo show can receive an up-close view of GaiaRecycle’s patented “double helix” shredder and blade technology, and learn how the company's systems accelerate the organic decomposition process based on drying, sterilizing and grinding mixed food scraps and organic waste.

Waste Management to Develop New Organics Facility in Central Florida

Waste Management Inc. is developing a new organics facility in Apopka, Fla. The facility will process yard, food and clean wood waste to create value added soil amendments.

Dredging Firm to Pay $105,000 Fine for Ocean Dumping Violations

A Salem, Mass., dredging company has agreed to pay a penalty of $105,000 to settle EPA claims that it improperly disposed of dredged sediments.

Waste Managment Adds Largest Composting Facility in the Eastern U.S. to Network of Organics Processing Facilities

This expansion of organic recycling services and products will be beneficial to the company's residential, commercial, and industrial customers seeking to convert their organic wastes into products such as compost, mulch, and organic soil amendment.

Shipping Conglomerate Concealed Pollution in Magic Pipe Case

Four corporations will pay a $1 million penalty and will be barred from doing business in the United States during a maximum of five years

CareFusion Acquires Pharmaceutical Waste Sorting System

The company says Pyxis EcoStation can help hospitals reduce cost and improve environmental compliance.

DOE Issues Draft RFP Seeking WIPP Contractor

The successful bidder will manage and operate the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M.



Burning trash in the backyard is illegal in many states.

Wisconsin DNR Reminds Residents of Trash Burning Rules

The state agency says that burning trash and landfilling or burning recyclable materials are prohibited by state law.

Waste Facility Employees Get Probation, Fines for CWA Felonies

One vice president, an operations manager, and a lab manager at Ecological Systems were sentenced recently for intentionally discharging untreated wastewater and stormwater into the Indianapolis sewer system.

Solid Waste Privatization Lowers Costs, NSWMA Says

A National Solid Waste Management Association study describes how cities can privatize their garbage collection, disposal, and recycling programs while protecting the environment and often while maintaining employment.

Veolia ES Earns LEED Certification for Landfill Building

The new building at Veolia's Evergreen Landfill in Valdosta, Ga., will be used as a scale house for weighing all waste streams entering the landfill and as an on-site administrative office.

UniSea facility in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. NOAA photo.

Seafood Processor to Pay $1.9M for Ammonia Discharges

Unisea, which operates in Alaska, allegedly discharged ammonia and other pollutants into Unalaska waters from 2005 to 2008.

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Arkla's Wastewater Manager, Supervisor

Two Arkla Disposal Services, Inc. employees were charged in a five-count indictment for discharging untreated wastewater to the local Shreveport publicly owned treatment works and the Red River.

Metal Finisher to Pay for Poor Hazardous Waste Management

Southern Maine Specialties will pay $38,250 for claims that it violated proper storage, labeling, and other management of hazardous waste.

New York Takes Issue with NRC Plan to Dump Nuclear Wastes

The attorney general is suing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for authorizing nuclear power plants to dispose of radioactive wastes at Indian Point for 60 Years after closure, without a mandated review.

Texas Recycling Facility Cited for Bloodborne Pathogens Hazards

OSHA's San Antonio Area Office initiated a safety and health inspection on July 28, 2010, at the company's facility following a complaint that employees were being stuck by hypodermic needles while sorting trash that was to be recycled.

Mace Personal Defense Signs Plea Agreement on Hazardous Waste Storage

The Mace Security subsidiary pleaded guilty to a felony charge of storing the waste at its Vermont factory without a permit.

DEP Fines Minuteman for Operating Transfer Facilities without Approval

Inspectors found roll-off containers filed with natural gas well drill cutting waste and plastic liners.

Iowa City Agrees to Address Sewage Discharge into Miss. River

As part of the plan, the city will improve its combined sewer system over the next 20 years, reducing discharges of hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage to the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

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