May 29, 2014
The era of extended producer responsibility for curbside materials has officially begun in the Vancouver metro area of British Columbia, but glass is not in the picture. Under the new producer-funded and run collection system, residents are being encouraged to take glass to a depot instead of leaving it at the curb -- program administrators say glass is too prone to break to include alongside other recyclables.
As if Exide's shuttered battery recycling facility in Vernon, California needed any more bad news, the federal EPA has informed the company that lead emissions have recently exceeded regulatory limits on 30 separate occasions. The violations could lead to a number of penalties, including a hefty $37,500 fine per day for each violation. The news follows a string of other emissions violations at the plant.
Representatives in Pennsylvania are gearing up to introduce a bill that would permit municipalities to charge a fee for trash and recycling pick-up services. A recent court ruling in the state argued such fees are invalid, citing regulations in the state's Solid Waste Management Act.
Despite reports to the contrary, Charleston, West Virginia will be switching over to single-stream recycling this June, according to City Manager David Molgaard. Cardboard, Molgaard says, is the only exception as the city awaits equipment that should be able to handle an influx of cardboard alongside other recyclables by September.