Dec. 12, 2013
Officials in Vail, Colorado are considering legislation  that would make recycling mandatory for residents and businesses in the world-renowned ski town. Vail currently diverts around 20 percent of its waste stream and has a goal to lift that number to 25 percent by 2019.
Columbus, Ohio is expanding  its recycling collection program to include around 15,000 multifamily residences in the city. Bins will be distributed to those residents during the first few months of 2014, and the push means a total of 200,000 households in the city will have access to curbside recycling.
Casella Waste Systems announced  year-over-year revenue growth of 13.2 percent for the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year. The firm's adjusted operating income was $9.7 million, up more than 50 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Casella provides waste management services for communities in a number of Northeast states.
Public health organization NSF International is now offering  companies a landfill-free verification that can be used for marketing and sustainability tracking purposes. To earn the mark, firms must demonstrate that less than 1 percent of their waste streams are sent to landfills. It should be noted that waste-to-energy does not equate to landfilling under the system's guidelines, so companies can lump that process into their diversion totals.
San Francisco-based Recology has donated $40,000  to help relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which battered the Philippines last month. Hundreds of workers at the company contributed by donating vacation days.
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