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Two hauling companies in Massachusetts were recently fined more than $1,000 each for dumping recyclable material at a landfill in the town of South Hadley. J. Tinnerello Waste LLC of Agawam and McNamara Waste Services LLC in East Longmeadow took part in illegal dumping more than 20 times combined, state officials allege.

The University of Kansas launched a program called Rock Chalk Recycle to encourage more fans and students attending school sporting events to properly dispose of recyclable material. The effort involves new bins inside and outside the school's stadiums as well as bins set up in football tailgate areas.

The New Mexico Recycling Coalition has released a report detailing how the state used federal stimulus dollars to enhance recycling options for rural areas over the last three years. The group says it used the funding, which came to approximately $2.8 million, to add six regional recycling processing centers, improve two others and develop roughly 40 new drop-off centers.

General Mills shareholders voted on a resolution to ask the food giant to take more responsibility for the post-consumer recycling of its product packaging. One element of the extended producer responsibility plan would push for more recycling of the hundreds of millions of Yoplait yogurt lids that enter the market each year and are made of polypropylene.

Mattress manufacturer Simmons began an effort to recycle old mattresses from hotels that buy new Simmons products. The move comes in the wake of formal mattress recycling legislation being passed in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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