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Where's the best state to set up shop as a recycling company in America? According to SizeUp, an online rankings website, the top four states — Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont and Delaware — all hail from the Northeast, with Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, Oregon, Kentucky and Washington rounding out the top 10.  Not quite sure about the underlying data, but a list is a list, right?

Noting the difficulty local business seemed to be having in efficiently disposing of their waste, Villanova University student Charlie Dolan developed Sequoia Waste Solutions. Now an employer of 12 full-time staff members at its Pittsburgh office, Sequoia monitors and manages waste collection through advanced data analysis tailored to each client's unique needs and waste output.

Auburn University's Waste Reduction and Recycling Department recently received an $84,505 grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). ADEM has awarded Auburn nearly $250,000 in grant funds since 2009, with this year's cash infusion earmarked for the purchasing of additional recycling bins to place throughout campus.

Owego, New York-based Upstate Shredding has opened a $15 million scrap metal export facility in Albany, New York. A grand opening was held Aug. 10, and the company hopes to employ 60 employees once it is running at full capacity.

The Pacific Princess, better known to Americans as the Love Boat, is officially going out of commission after 42 years of seafaring and fame. The vessel, now at a scrap yard in Turkey, became famous as the backdrop to the popular U.S. television series in the 1970s. The scrapping of the ship took a sad turn when two workers died after being exposed to "toxic gases" in the ship's engine room.

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