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Late model compactors for the price you want to pay! Ritchie Bros. auctioneers is selling a 2007 Cat 826H and two 2006 Cat 836H landfill compactors at its unreserved auction in Northeast, Maryland from December 16 – 17. Compactors and other equipment sells to the highest bidders. See: or contact the sale site: +1.410.287.4330
Daily News
SPSA to Sell WTE Plant to Wheelabrator
The Southeastern Public Service Authority’s (SPSA) Board of Directors has voted to sell the authority’s waste-to-energy plant in Portsmouth, Va., to Wheelabrator.

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Survey: Consumers Believe Recycling is the Way to Handle E-Waste
In a recent Pike Research survey of more than 1,000 Americans, 76 of the respondents said that recycling is the best way to handle e-waste.

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620,000 Tons Composted in San Francisco Since 1996
Recology announced last week that San Francisco residents and businesses have composted more than 620,000 tons of waste through the city’s green-cart recycling program since the program began in 1996. Recology handles recycling and composting for San Francisco.

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Arizona Town to Recycle CFL Bulbs
The city of Show Low, Ariz., will recycle its compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs through Waste Management’s (WM) Lamptracker program.

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Deadline to Submit Abstracts for GWMS is Tuesday
The Global Waste Management Symposium has extended its deadline to submit abstracts to Dec. 1, 2009. Proposed topics include:

• Waste minimization, reuse, recycling and management policy, regulation, economics, and planning

• Facility operation and design

• Global climate change

• Chemical and biological treatment and processes

• Life cycle analysis

• Conversion technologies and diversion strategies

• Waste containment

• Leachate treatment and management

• Bioreactors

• Air/gas emission quality, collection, control, utilization, and destruction

• Energy recovery and thermal treatment

• Equipment and safety

• Environmental characterization of waste

• Reuse of high-volume industrial waste materials

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The Curotto Can is the result of fifteen years of on-the-route development. It has the highest productivity of any automated curbside collection system. Per shift the Curotto Can services more homes than either an ASL or a rear loader. The cab forward pickup both reduces workman's compensation costs and allows the operator to easily see and remove contaminants from the waste stream. The Curotto Can can be ordered complete and installed on new front loaders or retrofitted to existing units.

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Of Trash, Tryptophan and Trampling

Well, another Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone. If you want these days to be more environmentally friendly next year, Greenopolis has the tips for you.

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Greenie in a Bottle

The Atlanta-based Coca-Cola company has unveiled a new container technology it calls PlantBottle — a fully recyclable PET plastic bottle containing up to 30 percent organic material. Specifically, the organic material being used in the initial run of bottles is a byproduct of sugar cane processing, though it seems other organic material could also be used. Coke is pitching the new containers as beneficial to the environment (its production requires a smaller carbon footprint) and a means of reducing petroleum dependency.

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• Texas Environmental Training and Compliance (TETC) has completed its acquisition of the San Antonio-based Institute for Infrastructure and Environmental Development (IIED). Both firms provide safety training and compliance consulting to solid waste firms.

• The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will hold Webinars on its Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) in December. The registration deadline for the Webinars is Monday, Nov. 30.

The “CSA 2010 Overview and Operational Model Test Results” Webinar will be held at 3:30 EST on Thursday, Dec. 3. The “CSA 2010 from a Motor Carrier and Driver Perspective” Webinar will be held at 3:30 EST on Thursday, Dec. 10. Both sessions are 90 minutes. To register, click here.

CSA is an FMCSA “initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce commercial motor vehicle (CMV)-related crashes, injuries and fatalities,” says the FMCSA’s Web site.

Stories from the Latest Issue of Waste Age
Profiles in Garbage: Office Paper
Office paper recycling has more than quadrupled since 1960.

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Speak Up
Believe the hype: Social media has a lot to offer waste industry professionals.

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Industry Events
Dec. 3, 2009
Carolinas Chapter Steering Committee Meeting
Concord, N.C.
For details, visit the "Meeting Registrations" link of

Dec. 4, 2009
Greenhouse gas reporting Webinar
sponsored by NSWMA
Participation details to follow.

Dec. 15, 2009
NSWMA Georgia Chapter Meeting
Marietta, Ga.
For details, visit the "Meeting Registrations" link of

Dec. 17, 2009
VWIA Quarterly Steering Committee Meeting & Annual Holiday Party
Richmond, Va.
For details, visit the "Meeting Registrations" link of

Feb. 8-9, 2009
SWANA's Thinking Outside the Blue Box
Charlotte, N.C.
For details, visit

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