Advanced Disposal Services continued its fast-moving expansion last week, acquiring Georgia's AAA Sanitation and Pennsylvania's G&C Industries. The acquisitions are expected to broaden Advanced Disposal's reach in northern Georgia and greater Philadelphia. It follows recent acquisitions in Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Paint recycling has been solidified in Oregon after House Bill 2048 passed through Legislature, making the state's program permanent. Oregon became the first state in the country to enact a paint recovery program in 2009. The latest bill includes a significant budget increase and a goal of bringing collection sites to within 15 miles of 95 percent of Oregonians.

A new report reveals that food companies disposed of 4.1 billion pounds of food scrap in 2011. The comprehensive report took into account disposal data from food manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently released a $30.2 billion appropriations bill that would increase funding for EPA by roughly $105 million, or 1.25 percent. An earlier, Republican-supported version of the legislation, which also sets out funding for the Interior Department, proposed slashing EPA funding by 34 percent for the coming fiscal year.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has issued a policy that opposes most bans and fees on plastic and paper bags. The trade group's decision arose from worries that the growing number of municipal bans on the products would significantly reduce material levels for some recycling companies.

The American Forest & Paper Association has introduced a new poster to help educate the public on what to shred and, perhaps more importantly, what not to shred. According to the poster, the public is instructed to shred documents containing private information, including bank statements and medical records, while being encouraged to recycle – without shredding, natch – all non-sensitive documents.

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