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Help NAHMMA grow!
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NAHMMA is an opportunity for everyone in the hazardous waste management field and those that are considering or planning to enter into the profession. A strong and growing membership benefits us all, and with your help, we can continue this growth by participating in the Member-Get-A-Member campaign.

You chose NAHMMA to learn about hazardous material management and to enhance your professional knowledge and career – now help your friends and colleagues do the same. Not only can you help a friend's career, you might win anywhere from $100 to $500 in cash and prizes.

Help grow NAHMMA's membership now through Aug. 31, and earn a chance to win a cash prize or gift certificate. The more people you recruit, the more you increase your chances to win. Recruiting new NAHMMA members increases your own networking circle and strengthens the overall success of our profession.
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NW Chapter Conference
NAHMMA
  • Registration for the NW Chapter Conference is now live, here, along with details about speakers, tours and trainings

  • Accommodations - link here, (the room block at the Doubletree expires on May 2)

  • Scholarships - the Chapter will again be offering scholarships to cover registration costs, application form here

  • If you may be interested in a vendor display or otherwise sponsoring the conference, see info here

  • Presentations from past years' NAHMMA Northwest Chapter conferences are available for perusal here

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2015 annual conference call for presenters
NAHMMA
TOPIC IDEAS INCLUDE: HHW, Facility Design And Operations, Outreach/Community Engagement, Universal Waste, Paint, Toxicology/Environmental, Health Spill Response/Emergency Management/Facility Safety, Hazardous Waste - Small Business, Debris Management/Disaster Clean-up, Public Awareness/Education/Advertising, EPR/Product Stewardship, Pharmaceuticals, Zero Waste, Chemical Policy, Diversion and more!
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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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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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INDUSTRY NEWS


45 amazing facts about the Earth
The Weather Channel
It's been 45 years since the first Earth Day, a moment that's come to symbolize a movement for bettering the planet. It's not only about how far we have left to go in terms of helping the Earth, but also how far we've come. The latter may actually surprise you.
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Which country is on top of the world's electronic waste mountain?
Forbes
2014 saw a record amount of electronic waste discarded across the globe, according to a report compiled by the United Nations University. 41.8 million tons of refrigerators, televisions, washing machines, vacuum cleaners and other electrical appliances were thrown away last year, up from 39.8 million in 2013. Last year's mountain of e-waste is equivalent to 1.15 million heavy trucks forming a line 14,300 miles long, according to the report.
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The world is throwing out billions of dollars along with its electronic waste
Popular Science
In 2014, the world got rid of 92 billion pounds of electronic waste, and nearly $50 billion worth of recyclable materials. That's a hefty amount of lamps, laptops and air conditioners that get tossed every year, and it's only getting worse. A new report from the United Nations University found that over the next three years, that number is expected to rise to over 110 billion pounds.
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Study: E-cig flavors may be dangerous
Time
The chemicals used to flavor e-cigarettes may surpass safe levels, a new study says. The study, which is published in the journal Tobacco Control, reveals that high exposure levels of these chemicals could spur respiratory irritation.
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Incinerating hazardous waste
Environmental Protection
Most industrial processes produce waste, some of which can be hazardous and detrimental to public health and the environment if not managed properly. Hazardous wastes are generated in the production of cosmetics, detergents, pharmaceuticals, household paints and cleaning products, phones, televisions, garden pesticides, computers, gasoline and even light bulbs. Many companies have made significant progress in recent years to reduce or recycle hazardous wastes from their processes. However, despite their best efforts, more than 200 million tons of hazardous waste are generated each year.
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Assessment questions plastics' non-hazardous ranking
BBC News
A study has questioned plastic's non-hazardous ranking, as an estimated 150 million tonnes "disappears" from the global waste stream each year. Researchers outlined measures that can be used to shed light on the wider environmental impact of waste plastic. An estimated 150 millions of tonnes of plastic "disappears" from the global waste stream each year, much of it is believed to end up in the environment.
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Study finds toxic chemicals widespread in flooring sold by top retailers
MarketWatch
A new study found that most vinyl flooring tested contained toxic phthalates, a number of which have been banned in children's products since 2009. The flooring samples tested were purchased from major home improvement retailers including Lowe's and Lumber Liquidators.
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High costs put cracks in glass-recycling programs
The Wall Street Journal
The glass recycling business is at a tipping point. In many parts of the country, glass — the original recyclable — is becoming too expensive to handle, placing a growing burden on towns and businesses. Some cities, including Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Charleston, West Virginia, consider it more cost-effective to have residents throw glass bottles in the trash than to recycle them.
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