China set to ban import of many recyclable materials by 2018. Beijing notified the World Trade Organization in July that it plans to ban the import of 24 varieties of solid waste and recyclables, including types of plastic, unsorted paper, and metals commonly sold by U.S. recyclers. The ban is part of a broader Chinese customs program called “Operation Green Fence,” which began in 2013, aims to reduce waste importation and contamination of recyclable materials. The latest phase of this operation is called “National Sword,” which increases enforcement and bans the import of many materials. Visit the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Assocaition by clicking here for more information about this ban and to see a list of banned materials.
In relation to China's ban on recyclaebles, Oregon regulators have received more than a dozen requests from companies that want to throw recyclable materials into landfills. They are expecting more as China cracks down on waste imports from the U.S. The full article, published by Waste Advantage in Octber, 2017 can be found here.
On July 15, 2016, the EPA announced final updates to its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) to reduce emissions of methane-rich landfill gas from new MSW landfills. In a separate action, EPA also issued guidelines for reducing emissions from existing MSW landfills. See article on side bar for more information.
Due to political conflict and lack of government resolutions, Beruit is drowning in garbage. Get the full story here.
From trash to treasure: Scientists turn plastic bottles and bags into liquid fuel. Read the full story here.
Idaho-based developer Boise Biogas is working with two tech companies to install an anaerobic digestion (AD) system that will be fed by various feedstocks to produce pipeline gas for local distributors and fertlizer for local farmers. Read the full story here published by Waste 360 in August, 2017.
Teton Vallet Recycling has launched a new website. Check it out at tetonrecycling.org.
A proposal to turn gas at the Milner Butte Landfill in southern Idaho into usable energy is one step closer to reality. Get the full article here, published in the Idaho Mountain Express in October 2016.
Regional Landfill Deal Getting Closer for Adams County Site. Get full article here published in March 2016 by the Lewiston Tribune.
The ISWA Spring Conference will be held March 5th - 7th at Boise State University. The conference this year will kick off with a half day of operators training followed by an afternoon of facility tours in the Boise area. Registration and Agenda information can be found IEHA's website by clicking the button below!
From Trash to Gas
Southern Idaho Solid Waste is currently constructing a 2.6 MW landfill-gas-to-energy facility. Click on the link below for the full article.
This negotiated rulemaking has been vacated. The meeting set for June 22, 2017 has been cancelled.
On May 23, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 90 day administrative stay for the August 2016 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Emissions Guidelines (EG) for municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The 90 day stay began upon publication of EPA’s May 31, 2017 notice in the Federal Register. During the stay, EPA will reconsider certain aspects of the NSPS and EG for existing MSW landfills. As part of the reconsideration process, EPA expects to prepare a proposed rule, which will allow for public comment. Additional information on the stay and reconsideration is available at https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/municipal-solid-waste-landfills-new-source-performance-standards.
Based on the stay and the likelihood of updated requirements, DEQ is vacating the current rulemaking effort. This is consistent with the public comments received on the negotiated rule draft. A common theme in the comments received was that DEQ should delay the rulemaking and allow EPA time to address inconsistencies in the rules promulgated in August 2016. After EPA completes its reconsideration, DEQ will assess resuming rulemaking for MSW landfills.