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Oct. 10, 2013

Carthage Specialty Paperboard says it will increase recycled paperboard output by 23 percent at its Carthage, New York mill.  When the project is completed next summer, the mill will be capable of producing 60,000 tons of recycled paperboard per year.

Schools across the country have until Oct. 15 to register for Recycle-Bowl 2013, organized by Keep America Beautiful (KAB).  Cash prizes will be awarded to K-12 schools that manage to collect the most recyclable material between Oct. 21 and Nov. 15.

Waste Management (WM) employees in a Florida community have partnered with county sheriff and police departments to launch a public safety program known as Waste Watch.  WM trash and recycling haulers serving the Indian River County will be trained to serve "as an extra set of eyes and ears for local police, fire department and emergency services."

Large residential buildings and offices in Austin, Texas, are now required to provide recycling services as part of the city's Universal Recycling Ordinance passed in 2012.  Hoping to reduce landfilling by 90 percent by 2040, city officials in Austin say a total of 680 apartments and 270 commercial office spaces will be affected.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has applauded California Gov. Jerry Brown for vetoing a scrap metal law.  In a statement, Gov. Brown highlighted the importance of enforcing California's existing laws against metals theft.  The proposed law would have forced scrap buyers to make payments for metals only through checks sent via mail, a regulation ISRI said would limit legitimate business.

Exide Technologies will invest an additional $7 million during the next two years to upgrade its Vernon, California facility as part of an agreement with state environmental officials.  One of the few domestic lead-acid battery recycling facilities in the country, Exide has spent more than $18 million since 2008 to comply with environmental regulations and reduce air emission levels.

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