In case you missed it: Thoughtful, newsworthy comments from industry professionals, consumers, and legislators.
"This is truly the beginning of the end of the landfill. The more we can postpone that inevitability, the better ... It’s a bit of an uphill battle to fight the trend of total waste generation, but it’s something we need to focus on."
— Ecology Action Center Executive Director Michael Brown on the McLean County landfill in Bloomington, IL, which will most likely reach capacity in less than two years.
"These moves are a balanced and responsible response to concerns that have been raised and we are in discussions with officials regarding how to appropriately reflect this shift in operations in the permit renewal process."
— EnviroSolutions CEO Dean Kattler in a statement regarding the company's decision to stop accepting rail deliveries of out-of-state trash at Kentucky's Big Run landfill.
"What (the DNR) is citing as ‘leachate outbreaks’ are actually the result of historic rainfalls, 13 inches in June alone ... It would be normal at any site. Were it not for the timing of the litigation, (the DNR) would almost certainly agree with that."
— Republic Services spokesman Richard Callow in an email to St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding issues at the Bridgeton Landfill in Missouri, where an underground fire has been burning for more than four years.
"I'm just accustomed to the disparity of service ... It goes beyond service. People understand that certain lives are more valuable than others. The Westside gets more attention and other sides don't. But I refuse to accept that."
— Ron Smith, a resident of Los Angeles' Green Meadows neighborhood, regarding the city's failure to collect refuse from low-income areas of Central, Northeast and South L.A.
"No one has ever been instructed on how to label their bins, and therefore everybody is coming up with their own thing, and none of it is working."
— Mitch Hedlund, executive director of Recycle Across America, on the organization's new ad campaign that will promote recycling labels. The organization hopes to create "a nationally adopted system with agreed-upon standards," according to USA TODAY.
"Cans provided by the city do help keep trash properly stored and the use of municipal cans across the city gives us the best tool we could have to combat rats and keep our communities clean."
— Baltimore Public Works Director Rudolph S. Chow regarding the mayor's plans to spend $10 million on 210,000 garbage cans, one for each househould in the city.