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Save the date — Call for Presenters
NAHMMA
The Northwest Chapter of NAHMMA presents
Northwest Hazardous Materials Conference for Household and Small Business Programs
June 1-4, 2015
Doubletree by Hilton Seattle Airport
18740 International Blvd SeaTac WA 98188

Learn about the latest developments in HHW/CESQG management and education, product stewardship, chemical policy and safer products. The conference will include training on a variety of relevant topics, technical sessions addressing hot topics in our field, and interesting facility tours.
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Save the date — Florida Chapter Workshop
NAHMMA
2015 NAHMMA Florida Chapter Workshop

Training and education for Household Hazardous Waste and Small Quantity Generator programs

May 11-14
Lido Beach Resort
Sarasota, Florida

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Bad medicine? New disposal option
Waste Management World
Concern over the management of pharmaceutical waste has increased in the past decade as a result of research confirming the presence of a wide range of drugs and medicines in the environment, especially in the drinking water of many major cities around the world. However, a new non-thermal, commercially scalable process has been developed that utilizes oxidizing agents as well as a high alkaline environment to treat all forms of pharmaceutical waste.
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Toyota expands hybrid battery collection scope
Recycling International
With 91 percent of its hybrid batteries being "successfully collected" through its own retail network, Toyota Motor Europe is now extending collection to independent end-of-life vehicle treatment operators across the continent. The major car brand intends to collect 100 percent of Toyota's as well as Lexus' used hybrid batteries.
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Nebraska scientist looks to end electronic waste
NET News
Nebraskans produce a lot of waste. In 2010, we sent more than two million tons of material to landfills. While most of that is food waste, electronics accounted for around 7,500 tons. Carrie Hakenkamp is the executive director of WasteCap Nebraska, a nonprofit which helps businesses and communities implement more eco-friendly practices.
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Is your couch making you fat? Study finds flame retardants can lead to obesity
Consumer Affairs
We're accustomed to hearing that too much couch time can make us fat. But it's not just sitting around that's making us fat, it may be the couch itself. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire say that synthetic flame retardants used in couches and other furnishing and home electronics have been found to cause metabolic and liver problems that can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major cause of obesity.
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New Jersey considers paint fee to fuel recycling efforts
Waste360.com
New Jersey is considering enlisting every producer of paint sold in the Garden State in a paint stewardship program. A bill under consideration in the legislature would require retailers to pay a fee to the manufacturer for each can of paint.
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Chemicals linked to early menopause
NBC News
Researchers have identified 15 chemicals that may be linked to earlier menopause. Women with the highest levels of these chemicals in their bodies went through menopause anywhere between two and four years earlier than women with the lowest levels, the team at Washington University in St. Louis found.
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Paint program collects 240,798 gallons in 1st year
Hartford Business
Connecticut's paint recycling program collected 240,798 gallons of oil-based and latex paint in its first year, according to the report filed by administrative organization PaintCare. In its first year that started July 1, 2013, the paint stewardship program established 127 collection sites in the state, providing at least one drop site within 15 miles for 99 percent of the state's population.
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High levels of benzene found in fracking waste water
Los Angeles Times
Hoping to better understand the health effects of oil fracking, California in 2013 ordered oil companies to test the chemical-laden waste water extracted from wells. Data culled from the first year of those tests found significant concentrations of the human carcinogen benzene in this so-called "flowback fluid." In some cases, the fracking waste liquid, which is frequently reinjected into groundwater, contained benzene levels thousands of times greater than state and federal agencies consider safe.
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Kane County, Illinois, shifting garbage from landfills to recycle and recovery efforts
Chicago Tribune
Brett Hanlon wore a few layers of clothes as he directed drivers to one of two drop off points located behind the Kane County Circuit Clerk's office one Saturday morning. The cold temperature didn't stop more than 350 people from bringing their old computers, big screen TVs and other electronics for recycling.
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