Recycling programs across California are taking a big hit by the recent Labor Dispute.
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Due to the labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA),refuse collection and recycling companies in California have been forced to stockpile and in some cases warehouse, bales of recyclable material. “The continued slowdown is having serious implications on our industry’s ability to fulfill contractual obligations designed to achieve maximum recycling and waste diversion goals” declared CRRC President Sil Garaventa Jr. “There now exists a real danger that these recyclable materials could be landfilled because of the degradation of the recycled material, undermining the very goal of our recycling management operations and California’s environmental goals” added Garaventa.
Fueling a vehicle with food waste was a concept made famous by the movie Back to the Future. But now, almost 30 years later, what was once a futuristic idea, has become reality.
The Organic Waste Recycling Facility at the South Area Transfer Station (SATS) in Sacramento, Calif., began accepting 25 tons of food waste per day in December 2012, collected by Atlas Disposal Industries from area food processing companies, restaurants and supermarkets. Through anaerobic digestion (AD), the food waste is converted into renewable natural gas, electricity and heat, with material remaining from the process being turned into fertilizer and soil amendments.
Despite all of the cleantech innovation that’s occurring daily in the Big Apple and the progress that has been made under the Bloomberg administration in implementing New York City’s sustainability program, PlaNYC, two large, dark, seemingly unrelated clouds continue to loom over the City’s path toward sustainability: 1) the number of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles on our roads (many of which are old diesels), and 2) the volume and management of NYC’s vast waste streams. No number of electric taxis, bike lanes or building retrofits can address these issues, but a somewhat unlikely hero within the City may just emerge with a solution that helps to solve both problems simultaneously: The New York City Department of Sanitation. Continue reading NYC’s Chance to Become a World-Class Leader in Urban Sustainability→
MCDONALD’S HOSTS GRAND RE-OPENING OF NEWLY REMODELED RESTAURANT FEATURING RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING CAPABILITIES
(Sacramento, Ca, December 6, 2012) A local McDonald’s restaurant in Sacramento is hosting a Grand Re-Opening of the newly remodeled restaurant on the corner of Broadway and 24th Street. This particular restaurant is one of the first in the greater Sacramento area to introduce in-house recycling of paper products, and composting of food scraps left over from meals. Waste bins in the restaurant feature two disposal bins specifically labeled to help consumers navigate the difference between the recycling bin and the composting bin. This particular restaurant at 2331 Broadway in downtown Sacramento has contracted with Atlas Disposal to recycle the paper goods, and compost leftover food in an anaerobic digestor system run by Clean World Partners that will convert the food waste into fuel to be used for Atlas’ recycling trucks. Continue reading McDonald’s Hosts Grand Re-Opening→
Green Spot – Atlas Disposal Industries – December 2012 Want to cut down on carbon emissions while rediscovering the joys of your own community, instead of jet-setting off into the distance at the first sign of a holiday?
Take a “staycation” and play local. Greater Sacramento area towns are chock-full of things to do: local Flea markets, craft-fairs, kid expos and other community events close to home. Local fairs can be a great way to find local artists, crafters and farmers to add to your personal directory of local producers. Continue reading Green Spot→
ATLAS DISPOSAL NAMED CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD COOLCALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sacramento, Calif. Atlas Disposal Industries has been named a California Air Resources Board CoolCalifornia Small Business of the Year for demonstrating exceptional climate-change management practices and communication.
Atlas Disposal was one of five 2012 CoolCalifornia Business of the Year winners. The company was recognized for its actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by converting over 25 percent of its fleet to clean natural gas, and for implementing collection and processing systems to divert materials out of local landfills and back into the economy.