He sees your one bag ... and raises you three years

Last week, I wrote about John Newson, a guy in England who recycled and reused like crazy and ended up throwing away one – and only one -- bag of trash during 2012. (And it was a regular-sized bag, too, not this.)

Astounding, admirable and unbeatable … or so I thought.

Leave it to Waste & Recycling News' readers to find someone even more efficient.

A day after the blog post, I got an email from Shawn Williamson, a partner with Baleen Group in Canada.

Roll Off Container Specifications

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Understanding the specifications for a roll off container can provide for an efficient disposal of construction debris. A roll off container is a solid waste disposal box that is delivered to a home or business with a specialized truck. A roll off can be used to remove a large volume of debris, but it is important to review the size, weight, site and content specifications to avoid delays and surcharges.

Study: Single-stream is more wasteful, expensive

Sorted recycling systems win out over single-stream recycling in a head-to-head competition when the municipal playing fields are even, according to a research report that tracked outcomes in United Kingdom markets over a four-year period.

Trash-to-fuel plan has warm, wary reception

AUGUSTA -- A proposal to turn trash into diesel fuel at Hatch Hill landfill got a warm, if wary, reception from city councilors Thursday.

City officials are in discussions with a new firm that proposes to build a $20 million plant at Hatch Hill to convert trash into diesel fuel using technology developed by a Texas-based waste-to-energy company.

Waste-to-energy plan mulled

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AUGUSTA -- That bag of trash you leave curbside or take to the Hatch Hill landfill today could end up powering your diesel pickup truck in the future.

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Birds swirl around the compactor at Hatch Hill landfill on Tuesday afternoon in Augusta. City officials are in discussions about a trash to diesel facility at the site

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SNAPSHOT: 'See you soon'

An excavator tears down the old Burger King restaurant Tuesday afternoon on Western Avenue, between Airport Road and Armory Street in Augusta. The sign in front reads “See You Soon.” A new Burger King is planned to open in a few months at the site. “It will have a new image. Burger King has a new look,” Paul Lenowicz, construction manager for Carrols Corp., owner of the Augusta Burger King, said at July planning board meeting. “It will be a little smaller, more energy-efficient and more geared to the drive-through.”

Chelsea considers recycling revamp

CHELSEA -- Residents may join a regional effort to increase recycling and extend the life of the Hatch Hill landfill.

The regional landfill operated by the city of Augusta is estimated to have only 15 years of capacity remaining.

"We're looking long-term at trash buried at Hatch Hill," said Bill Najpauer of Renaissance Planning Associates. "Landfill expansion is getting much more expensive. (Hatch Hill) could become a transfer station.

"The cost will go up for either of those two scenarios," he said. "So the less garbage we produce will help keep costs down."

Hatch Hill landfill users may pay by the bag

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AUGUSTA -- Residents of the nine communities that have their garbage hauled to Hatch Hill landfill in Augusta could eventually be required to pay by the bag.

The Kennebec Regional Recycling Committee, in a presentation similar to one already made in the eight communities that send waste to Hatch Hill, outlined several steps that would increase recycling in the region.

Judy Dorsey, a committee representative from Gardiner, said recycling rates in the region are much lower than the state average and need to increase.