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Casella Waste Systems, the publicly traded waste management firm with a strong presence in the Northeast, had recycling sales of $11.2 million in the quarter ended July 31. This was on par with the sales level in the comparable 2012 period and represents 8.7 percent of the firm’s total revenues. Company officials say the form sold more tons of material in 2013, but at a lower price, and they do not expect recycling pricing to improve in the short-term.

A new study on recycling behavior shows that people have a harder time recycling material when it appears tarnished, crumpled or deformed. Study participants were far more likely to recycle full pieces of paper, while opting to throw away just bits of paper. Participants also saw greater value in an intact empty aluminum can, in comparison to one that was crumpled, though the true value was equal.

Two Texas-based mattress companies are teaming up to expand a recycling program for end-of-life and discarded mattresses. Houston's Mattress Firm and Corsicana's Sleep Inc. will co-run the Dream Green Initiative, a Sleep Inc. initiative that led to the recycling of more than 60,000 mattresses and box springs in 2012.

Sonoco Recycling has launched a new recycling microsite to provide customers with extensive information on Sonoco's services and locations, as well as educational tools. A unit of Sonoco, Sonoco Recycling operates more than 40 recycling facilities worldwide, according to the new site.

Preliminary data from the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries ranks refuse and recyclable material collecting as the sixth most dangerous profession in America. The industry experienced 26 deaths in 2012, with a fatality rate of 27.1 for every 100,000 full time employees.

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