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States, Industry Ask Supreme Court to Block Clean Power Plan

In another attempt to block the Clean Power Plan, 29 states and state agencies are urging the US Supreme Court to stop the carbon emissions rule for power plants from taking effect. The have been joined by 16 trade associations including the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association … Read more »

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Clean Power Plan Becomes Law, 24 States Sue to Block Carbon Rule

The EPA published the Clean Power Plan in the federal register today, making existing power plants in the US legally responsible to limit carbon pollution for the first time. Under the new carbon law, existing coal-burning power plants must cut carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 … Read more »

$4.6 Million Metals Recycling Facility Under Construction

German metals recycler Mairec plans to build a $4.6 million recycling facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the company’s first overseas operation. Headquartered in Alzenau, Germany, Mairec specializes in the recovery of high-valued rare metals from recycled goods that contain them. Mairec has a diverse customer base across a number of … Read more »

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Verizon Diverts 2 Million Pounds of E-Waste, Sets New Goal

Verizon today achieved its goal to collect 2 million pound of electronic waste, reaching its 2010 target eight months early. The company also set a new goal: to collect another 2 million pounds of e-waste by 2020. Verizon met its earlier five-year e-waste goal during today’s e-waste recycling rally in … Read more »

Republic Services Adds 74th Landfill-Gas-to-Energy Project

Republic Services latest landfill-gas-to-energy project will bring the company’s total to 74 such projects, reports Waste Management World. The new site will be located at the Upstate Regional Landfill in Union County, South Carolina. Company subsidiary, Republic Services of South Carolina, partnered with Lockhart Bioenergy to develop the Upstate Regional … Read more »

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Recleim Opens Closed-Loop Recycling Facility

Recycling services provider Recleim has opened its $40.6 million flagship center in Graniteville, South Carolina — the first facility in North America to feature an entirely closed-loop resource recovery process, the company says. Using exclusively licensed recycling technologies, Recleim de-manufacturers household appliances, HVAC systems, vending machines and related electronics into … Read more »

Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Recleim Sign Recycling Agreement

Pepsi Bottling Ventures, the largest privately held Pepsi bottler in North America, has selected Recleim to provide recycling services, disposing of PBV’s retired cold drink vending machines, fountain units, glass door merchandisers, and other parts and components. Recleim’s exclusively licensed recycling technology enables it to recover 95 percent of PBV … Read more »

Nuclear Industry Calls Clean Power Plan Unfair

States and energy utilities say the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan – designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions – would penalize nuclear energy, a sector that produces no greenhouse gases, according to the Washington Examiner. The Clean Power Plan is intended to produce a 30 percent cut in power-sector emissions … Read more »

Recycling Industry Brings $13bn Boost to SC Economy

The recycling industry in South Carolina brings a $13 billion boost to the state’s economy annually — double the estimated impact of recycling in 2006 — according to a report. The report, an update to a 2006 study, says despite the recession, the total economic impact of recycling activities in … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GHG Reporting, CDM ‘Coma,’ SC May Sue Feds

The EPA is amending the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule to implement technical corrections, clarifications and other amendments, including revisions to global warming potentials for certain greenhouse gases. The agency’s action also establishes confidentiality determinations for the reporting of new or substantially revised data elements. The UN’s Clean Development Mechanism offset market will likely remain “in … Read more »

Collected

FundingFactory Pays Colleges to Collect E-Waste

FundingFactory, a recycling fundraiser program of Clover Technologies Group, has launched Collected, a free electronic waste recycling program for college campuses that lets schools exchange e-waste for cash or rewards. The program also prevents millions of pounds of e-waste from reaching landfills, FundingFactory says. Collected pays higher education institutions for … Read more »

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Businesses’ Blue Tape Shows Climate Change Risk

Some 90 businesses in South Carolina have put posters, decals or blue tape marking a 6-foot rise in sea level — high tide in 2100 if worst-case climate change scenarios play out — as part of a campaign to draw attention to climate risks to small businesses. The National Oceanic … Read more »