In case you missed it: Thoughtful, newsworthy comments from industry professionals, consumers and legislators.
"An expedited ordinance would have zero public outreach ... Outreach is at the heart of all the projects we do."
— Environmental planner Caroline Mitchell on a Fort Collins, CO ordinance regarding recycling fees for residents.
"Prehistoric landfills don't exist anymore and incineration just spews material into the atmosphere, which is not good for anyone. There are technologies out there that could fix all of these boo-boos, and WSI [technology] just happens to be one of many."
— WSI Management Vice President Matthew Linda on the importance of disposing municipal solid waste through their patented gasification process.
“We’ve all agreed we’re going to be working on this issue together ... There’s no magic wand to make this whole thing go away. We’re going to have to figure out together, collectively, what’s the best solution for each community."
— Keyna Cory, lobbyist for NWRA's Florida chapter, on the issue of bears getting into residential trash bins.
"A billion bottles is a good start, but we feel there is still ample opportunity for innovation, and we look forward to helping our brands create eco-conscious garments for many years to come."
— Polartec CEO Gary Smith on the company's billionth recycled PET bottle.
"We work hard to have a good relationship with our communities ... And we're going to continue to have good relationships, including with Florence."
— Waste Management spokesman John Hambrose on the company's rocky relationship with Florence, NJ, after complaints were issued regarding odors from the Tullytown Landfill in Tullytown, PA.
"If this had been a rich, white neighborhood, the landfill would never have gotten here ... They put it here because we're a poor, black community. They knew we couldn't fight back."
— Uniontown, AL resident Esther Calhoun, president of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice, on the town's Arrowhead Landfill, which has been the focus of civil rights complaints.