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Dealing with the Realities of Organics Recycling

Organics are hot. What to do with them is fast becoming our industry’s biggest challenge. It is also the most elusive. Just defining which materials are "organic" can be maddening. Do we mean only food and yard waste or should we include other products including unrecycled paper products, such as towels, cups, tissues, wood pallets and even diapers and cat litter? If we take the former approach, about 30 percent of the waste stream is organic; with a more expansive definition, more than half of...

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NY makes it illegal to speed past garbage trucks, are we next?

As of Tuesday, it will be illegal to speed past sanitation vehicles.

By classifying garbage trucks and waste collection vehicles as “hazard vehicles,” New York is now the 12th state to enact a ”Slow Down to Get Around” law, which builds off of the preexisting “Move Over” law.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law in August, and it takes effect Tuesday. The state Legislature passed the measure in June.

Motorists must now reduce their speed when passing waste and recycling...

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Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

 

2017 Christmas Tree Drop-Off Locations and Information:

All decorations must be removed from trees prior to drop-off. Please remove all:
Wreaths Plastic bags
Ornaments Tree stands
Hooks Tinsel
Nails Bags
Artificial trees
Please note the following drop –off locations below.

Fort Collins Drop-off Sites:
The City of Fort Collins will accept Christmas trees from December 26, 2016, to January 16, 2017. Trees will be chipped on site and processed into wood mulch for residential...

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What is this ‘Material Recovery Fee’ on my bill?

What is this Material Recovery Fee I see on my bill?

Since the middle part of 2015, the world has seen a major shift in the value of normal recyclable materials. Since then, recyclable commodities values have plummeted to the point that in our local market that we have had a shift of more than $60/ton and now must pay nearly as much to dump recyclables at the area Material Recovery Facility. In many parts of the community, largely including all in city Fort Collins rates for trash collection have...

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Distracted Drivers Pose Hazard to Waste & Recycling Workers

Safety leaders in the waste and recycling industry are talking about the danger inattentive drivers cause and what they can do to keep the sector’s drivers safe.

National Waste & Recycling Association Director of Safety John Haudenshield says that solid waste vehicles are struck by third party vehicles quite often, which is problematic because it could injure or potentially kill an employee collecting trash. But what’s worse, Haudenshield says, is sometimes the driver who rear-ends a truck...

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