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Republic Services, the second largest waste management firm in the U.S., saw sales of recyclables in the quarter ended June 30 decline by 7 percent to $90.3 million. Recycling sales represented just 4.3 percent of the firm’s second-quarter revenues, which totaled $2.1 billion, up 2.5 percent.

The largest trash and recycling firm in the U.S., Waste Management, also announced its second quarter earnings this week, seeing profits rise 17 percent, even though average recycling commodity prices fell 13 percent. WM had recycling sales of $366 million in the second quarter, up 2.2 percent from the Q1 2013. Recycling sales made up 10.4 percent of total revenues for the company.

The College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) will be hosting a webinar August 8. Three presenters will discuss a range of issues, including recycling bin placement aimed at maximizing campus recycling figures and information on available national grants supporting the use of recycling bins on college campuses.

Aluminum giant Novelis has made a $340 million expansion to its Sao Paulo, Brazil facility, a move that is the company's largest investment in South America in a decade. The additions allow the facility, which the company says is the largest aluminum recycling center in South America, to increase production by 50 percent.

The city of Pittsburgh is completing the expansion of its recycling program to serve business districts. The expansion has been in the works for some time now, and 110 of the 130 blue bins have been set up in business districts throughout the city, with 20 remaining bins scheduled for installation this month.

Keep America Beautiful has opened registration for recycling advocates across the country who are organizing events that tie into America Recycles Day, which takes place Nov. 15. The organization supports registered event organizers through best practices guides for hosting events, activity ideas, downloadable posters and banners, media outreach tools and sample proclamation.

The state of Illinois has issued a $900,000 grant to the city of Naperville, allowing the municipality to construct a drop-off recycling facility that will collect traditional recyclable materials as well as batteries, propane tanks, paint, oil and other potentially hazardous items.

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