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For those of you who plan to participate in the HAZWOPER Train the Trainer Training, don’t forget the first segment of this training will be a webinar conducted on Aug. 11, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. A link to the WebEx webinar will be sent to each registrant closer to the date. If you are registered for the training and have not yet received a notice about this webinar, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hazwoper Train the Trainer:
Attendees of this training will receive instruction in the fundamentals of effective presentation skills to conduct engaging, effective hazardous waste operator trainings. The 11.5 hour training will be conducted over four days in three formats; webinar, conference sessions and a full-day training and will be delivered by five of NAHMMA’s most skilled and experienced trainers. The basis of the training will be NAHMMA’s 24 Hour Hazwoper Manual, but the focus will be on improving your skills as a trainer while also preparing you to deliver the OSHA 8-hour refresher training to your staff or others.
The webinar is free for all NAHMMA members, the sessions are open to all conference attendees and the 8-hour training requires separate registration. You must attend all to be certified by NAHMMA as having completed the training.
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Fracking industry seeks better chemicals
Inside Science News Service via Laboratory Equipment
Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, propels fluids deep into the Earth to break up rock and release natural gas. It's an impressive feat of engineering that collects a relatively clean-burning fuel, but it has issues. Scientists have linked the process to mild seismic activity. It also uses lots of water and many toxic chemicals.
Could EPR cut New York City's $600 million for paper and packaging waste?
Waste Management World
Managing post-consumer packaging and printed paper costs New York City tax payers some $600 million per year, a cost which could be shared by the producers as is increasingly the case in Europe and Canada, according to the latest analysis from U.S. environmental research firm which advocates for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
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Amcor joins Coke, Ball and Sonoco in packaging recycling group
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Eco-Business (press release)
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Plant plastics reach for the stars
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This year three Rhode Island companies are on pace to divert some 6 million pounds of e-waste from the state’s waste stream. But that 3,000 tons is just a fraction of what is collecting dust in basements, attics and garages, being tossed illegally into Dumpsters or vacant lots and being left on the curb for no one in particular.
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PermaLink via Wired
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Biodegradable plastic technology moves forward
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