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By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced this week that the city was expanding its residential recycling program to include 130,000 more households this March and April. The additional households served by the Windy City's recycling program are part of a greater expansion of 340,000 households, to be completed later this year.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Novelis, the giant aluminum producer, have decided to end the Cash for Cans City Recycling Challenge. The joint aluminum can collection project issued about $450,000 in contest prizes over nearly a decade. The two parties cited waning interest in the contest among local governments over the past three years, due in part to budget constraints at many cities.

The Beer Store, the primary alcohol retailer in Ontario that also collects the packaging for beer and spirits, has launched a plot project where consumers can drop off electronics, batteries and paint. Called "Recycling Plus," the program will debut in Ontario's west end and is being done in cooperation with Stewardship Ontario through its Orange Drop Program and Sims Recycling Solutions Canada will handle the recycling.

In Oregon, lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow winemakers to fill up reusable containers that customers bring in or buy, not unlike what the state currently allows with microbrews, reports The Oregonian. "It puts us at the leading edge of sustainability," Dan Jarman, a lobbyist for the Oregon Winegrowers Association, said of the idea, citing how it could cut down on the need to haul around glass.

PGA, Inc. , a processor of recycled plastics, will relocate its operations to an existing facility in White Haven, Pennsylvania, creating 28 jobs. The company will invest more than $600,000 in land and building acquisitions and development, building renovations, equipment purchases and employee training.

The U.S. Composting Council has launched a new website, Buy-compost.com, that's meant to help consumers purchase compost from members of the trade organization. It also will answer purchasing questions and serves as a portal for community gardens looking for compost donations.

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