Talkin' Trash: Bag bans, Houston recycling intrigue, and Rubicon's new president
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"In order for some of the changes that we need as a country and as a planet to really take hold, they also have to make economic sense."
— Rubicon Global's incoming president, Elaine Richards, in an interview with Waste Dive. Richards said she'd be making Rubicon's small business clients a top priority, which would involve more education and personalized solutions, all with sustainability in mind.
"The EPA's announced renewable volume obligations fall short of the full potential of the U.S. biofuels industry. That is disappointing, particularly the lack of increase for biodiesel levels and the cut in cellulosic level requirements."
— Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, in a written statement after the Environmental Protection Agency released finalized volumes for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard.
"It seems to me somebody, somewhere has decided FCC is going to win this contract no matter what, and that offends me."
"With our amount of homes, we lost four years of airspace. With double that amount of homes there, they’ll probably lose six to eight years. Hopefully they’re ready for this."
— Kris Byrd, manager of the Lake County, CA landfill, to The Press Democrat, following news that wildfire debris was putting pressure on landfill space in Sonoma County. Lake County was hit by wildfires before Sonoma County was, and fewer homes were destroyed.
“We have seen conclusively that these initiatives work. We know what the recipe is, how we can do this, and the benefits cannot be challenged."
— Councilor Matt O'Malley during the Boston City Council meeting where members unanimously approved a bag ban. The bill still needs approval from Mayor Marty Walsh.
"What we like about #WasteLessWednesday is, rather than an annual recycling awareness day — which is great — [we can] use it as a way to continue the discussion about 'reduce, reuse, recycle' every week of the year."
— Valerie Salinas-Davis, CEO of EnviroMedia and one of the creators behind America Recycles Day, on a new social media campaign.
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