In case you missed it: Thoughtful, newsworthy comments from industry professionals, consumers and legislators.
"To say that the ferrous scrap metal market has collapsed, from a pricing standpoint, would not be hyperbole."
— Jeff Isroff, CEO of United Milwaukee Scrap, on the declined value of scrap metal. According to THOnline, industry experts project decline in metal's value to continue.
"Residents who put their green waste into their recycling bins are enabling local farmers to grow organic, chemical-free produce. They are also helping cities to become more sustainable."
— Agromin CEO Bill Camarillo in a press release regarding the company's new organics recycling site in Chino, CA. The facility aims to produce 50,000 tons of 100% organic compost annually.
"Going forward, we will strive to continue constructive, ongoing communications with all of our stockholders and will continue to remain very receptive to their views and opinions as we concentrate on executing our key strategic initiatives and driving operational and financial improvements."
— A public statement from Casella Waste Systems regarding the company's decision to re-elect its three director nominees at the stockholders' 2015 meeting.
"All trends are positive this year, in a very tough market. We’re pleased that we continue to both maintain and see slight growth going forward."
— Association of Plastics Recyclers Executive Director Steve Alexander to Plastics News, regarding a report showing that the U.S. recycled more than three billion pounds of post-consumer plastic bottles in 2014.
"When you consider the carbon issue, I think we’re doing the right thing ... It’s a tremendous advantage for the community. We're sending full truckloads to end users, so it doesn’t have to be handled twice."
— Twin Enviro Founder Les Liman on the company's newest MRF being constructed in Northwest, CO. Twin Enviro has decided to make the facility open to all trash haulers in the area — including competitors like Waste Management.
"I think [the National Park Service’s] intentions were correct. But hoping people will just get it and carry their own trash home is a bad idea. Personally, if I had a bunch of garbage and I was cleaning up from an event, the last thing I would want to do is bring all of the damp trash to my car and throw it in."
— Scott Hutter, a resident near Ocean Beach, CA, on the National Park Service's decision to remove garbage bins along the beach in an effort to reduce littering.