Newsletter Archive

Lighting Better Lives

Posted 12-14-2015

The biggest impact light has on human health is the circadian system, which regulates body functions based on circadian rhythms that are in turn based on the 24-hour day/night cycle. As a key example, exposure to light affects the timing of hormones like melatonin, which regulates sleep. More »

An Integrated Approach to Reducing Total Cost of Ownership

Posted 12-14-2015

In today’s industrial operating environment, facility owners stay awake at night worrying about operating budgets, project schedules and timelines, cost overruns, critical path jobs and safety infractions. More »

Federal Bill Would Discourage Burning Fiber for Energy

Posted 12-14-2015

A bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would discourage federal agencies from buying electricity generated by burning fibers. More »

Fight for Responsible Electronics Recycling Continues Unabated

Posted 12-14-2015

The battle continues for electronic recyclers and lawmakers wanting to do the right thing – responsibly recycle e-waste. More »

OLED: A Technology on the Cusp

Posted 11-16-2015

“Today, OLED is just a design topic,” said Karsten Diekmann, senior manager of marketing, product, and application engineering for OSRAM OLED (osram-oled.com). “Tomorrow, OLED is a valid alternative to everything. More »

EPA Works to Improve Hazardous Waste Handling

Posted 11-16-2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing two new hazardous waste rules to strengthen environmental protection while reducing regulatory burden on businesses. More »

Kentucky Firm Admits to Burying CRTS

Posted 11-16-2015

This week a Kentucky news channel unearthed a CRT dumping ground near a processing facility owned by processor Global Environmental Services. More »

How Certifications Are Reacting To the Evolving CRT Situation

Posted 11-16-2015

Citing recent changes to the CRT recycling landscape, the leaders of e-scrap environmental certifications e-Stewards and R2 are taking a look at what they can do to help address downstream challenges and concerns. More »

Performance-Based Contracting

Posted 11-16-2015

In today’s competitive marketplace, industrial customers are continuously looking for ways to get more value from their service providers. More »

Veolia Now Makes Recycling Easy for Lead Aprons

Posted 10-26-2015

The risk of unstoppable fires is prompting U.S. officials to back a proposed international ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines. More »

Battery Fires: FAA to Back Ban On Passenger Plane Shipments

Posted 10-26-2015

The risk of unstoppable fires is prompting U.S. officials to back a proposed international ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines. More »

California Now Able to Fine for False Statements, Representations

Posted 10-26-2015

The state of the California is attempting to strengthen reporting and compliance requirements for its e-scrap program by imposing fines for false statements or representations. More »

N.C. Bill Leaves E-Scrap Program Intact

Posted 10-26-2015

A bill that had the potential to do away with North Carolina's e-scrap program was revised before passing. More »

EPA Works to Improve Hazardous Waste Handling

Posted 10-26-2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing two new hazardous waste rules to strengthen environmental protection while reducing regulatory burden on businesses. More »

LED Street Lighting: An Untapped Opportunity in Driving Energy Efficiency

Posted 10-26-2015

For too long, energy efficiency has been seen as yet another hair shirt in an age of austerity. The common assumption is that using less energy is the right thing to do for the environment but requires sacrifice — either financially or in quality of life. More »

EPA Report Shows Advancements in E-Recycling

Posted 09-25-2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Facts and Figures report. More »

The DOE Evaluates Market Penetration of LED Lighting

Posted 09-25-2015

The DOE has updated its 2013 report, Adoption of Light-Emitting Diodes in Common Lighting Applications. In the report, the DOE estimates 2014 energy savings achieved due to current adoption of LED lighting in 10 lighting applications and energy savings if all applications switched entirely to LED. More »

Decision Day Near on Paused Ohio Energy Efficiency Standards

Posted 09-25-2015

Businesses and health, community and environmental groups are asking Ohio lawmakers to reinstate targets for clean coal, wind, solar power and other renewable and advanced energy sources, according to The Washington Times. More »

Once Maligned Methane Gas Now an Asset for Energy Production

Posted 09-25-2015

Today, recycling methane gas is not only a growing source of energy generation, but also an effective means of preventing greenhouse gas from polluting the atmosphere and turning it into a valuable revenue stream. More »

Energy Independence: How the City Of Gresham Uses Biogas And Solar Energy To Fuel Wastewater Operations

Posted 08-25-2015

Ten years ago, the wastewater treatment plant in Gresham, Oregon (just east of Portland) was the City’s biggest energy-consumer, but a lot has changed since then. More »

Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s Vow to Upgrade Interior Lighting

Posted 08-25-2015

The Energy Department says more than 65 organizations are participating in the Better Building Alliance’s Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) to drive greater energy efficiency. More »

Federal Bill Would Create Zero Waste Grant Program

Posted 08-25-2015

Recycling interests are applauding a bill in Congress that would authorize a grant program to fund waste reduction, recycling and reuse efforts. More »

Progress to Electronics Recycling Threatened

Posted 08-25-2015

Over the last decade or so there has been remarkable progress in recycling electronic devices, but e-waste recyclers are facing enormous challenges these days. More »

Operational Excellence Program with New York City Produces $98 Million in Annually Recurring Financial Benefits; Helps Stabilize Rates for Nine Million New Yorkers

Posted 07-27-2015

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection recently received approval for a FY 2016 rate increase of 2.97% - the lowest increase in 15 years - due in part to a Peer Performance Solutions partnership between DEP and Veolia North America. More »

EPA Report Shows Advancements in E-Recycling

Posted 07-27-2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Facts and Figures report. More »

Vermont Bans Disposal of Recyclables, Mandates PAYT

Posted 07-27-2015

Recyclable metal, glass, plastic and fiber materials are banned from disposal in Vermont starting this month. More »

Illinois E-Scrap Bill Sent To Governor

Posted 07-27-2015

An Illinois bill increasing the amount of material e-scrap manufacturers must collect and recycle has been sent to the governor. More »

It’s Going to Take Time to Implement Tenant Star

Posted 07-27-2015

In April President Obama signed Senate Bill 535 – the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act – which, among other things, establishes a voluntary Tenant Star program to promote energy efficiency in rental property. More »

Illinois Is Set To Put A Legislative Band-Aid On The State's E-Scrap Program, Requiring Electronics Manufacturers To Collect And Recycle More Material In Coming Years.

Posted 06-23-2015

Passed unanimously by both the state House of Representatives and Senate, HB 1455 would require manufacturers to collect and recycle a combined 23,300 tons of e-scrap in 2015 and 24,800 tons in 2016 and 2017. More »

How Three Bottle Bill Proposals Are Playing Out

Posted 06-23-2015

A Maine bill removing large beverage containers from the deposit program has died, while a Michigan bill that would add containers lives on. In Hawaii, meanwhile, an effort to completely eliminate the bottle bill failed. More »

Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Renews Environmental Partnership with Veolia; Increases Participation Levels by Economically Disadvantaged Companies

Posted 06-23-2015

Ten-year renewal for operation, maintenance and management of city’s wastewater treatment plants also supports investment in local businesses and continues cost savings and compliance measures. More »

ACEEE Evaluates the Impact of Performance Incentives on State Energy Efficiency

Posted 06-23-2015

Performance incentives are an important part of a comprehensive state policy strategy that includes energy efficiency savings targets and utility business model tools, according to an American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) report. More »

Illegally Traded and Dumped E-Waste Worth up to $19 Billion Annually Poses Risks to Health, Deprives Countries of Resources, Says UNEP Report

Posted 05-25-2015

Geneva -- Up to 90 per cent of the world's electronic waste, worth nearly US $19 billion, is illegally traded or dumped each year, according to a report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). More »

US Testing of Lithium Batteries Alarms Aviation Officials

Posted 05-25-2015

International aviation officials are trying to quickly come up with safer packaging for cargo shipments of lithium-ion batteries on passenger planes after U.S. testing confirmed that aircraft fire suppression systems can't prevent overheated batteries from causing powerful explosions and fires. More »

60% of Retailers Consider Energy Management a Top Priority

Posted 05-25-2015

Ecova dug deeper into its “2015 Energy and Sustainability Prediction,” report based on survey results from late 2014, and looked at the retail vertical. Ecova found that 60 percent of retail respondents consider strategic energy and sustainability management plans to be their top priority in 2015. More »

Is the UN Underestimating US E-Scrap Activity?

Posted 05-25-2015

A United Nations-backed study on global e-scrap generation and recovery suggests the U.S. recycling rate for end-of-life electronics and appliances sits at about 15 percent. An analysis of the method used to arrive at that figure, however, raises questions about its accuracy. More »

Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of Energy Efficiency Project at Grand Central Terminal

Posted 05-25-2015

Veolia's energy consulting business, SourceOne, was the implementing contractor for NYPA's energy conservation programs and was contracted to manage the design, implementation and commissioning for the $25 million infrastructure improvements at Grand Central. More »

New York State Considers Electronics 'Right to Repair' Bill

Posted 05-25-2015

A "right-to-repair" bill in the New York legislature would require electronics manufacturers to provide repair and recycling information, parts and tools to independent e-scrap recycling entities. More »

46% of Energy Efficiency Project Decision Makers Think Efficiency Projections are ‘Too Good to be True’

Posted 04-20-2015

Seventy percent of all commercial energy efficiency projects are less than $250,000 (see chart), and although million-dollar energy efficiency retrofits get a lot of attention, the small lighting projects and HVAC controls updates drive the market, according to a Noesis survey. More »

Veolia Helps New York City Mobilize One of The World's Largest Harmful Household Products Recycling Programs

Posted 04-20-2015

Already one of the world’s largest events of its kind, the NYC SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables and Electronics) Disposal events, administered by the New York City Department of Sanitation, will now double in size to ten events per year. More »

Minnesota Bill Would Amend State E-Scrap Program

Posted 04-20-2015

Minnesota is the latest state to consider updating its e-scrap recycling law. More »

Millions of Pounds of CRT Devices Abandoned Causing Headaches in Utah

Posted 04-20-2015

Millions of pounds of CRT devices abandoned by Utah's Stone Castle Recycling continue to plague local communities. More »

EPA Approves New Climate-Friendly Refrigerants/Rule Supports President’s Climate Action Plan by Curbing Emissions of Potent Greenhouse Gases

Posted 03-22-2015

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is increasing the options for refrigerants used in various kinds of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in the United States that offer better climate protection without harming the ozone layer. More »

DOE Details Long-Term Test Results for Retail LED A-Lamps

Posted 03-22-2015

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has published Caliper Retail Lamps Study 3.2 entitled "Lumen and chromaticity maintenance of LED A-lamps operated in steady state conditions." The DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) tested 15 LED products alongside halogen and compact fluorescent (CFL) benchmark bulbs for more than 7500 hours. More »

E-Scrap Certification Programs Beef up Auditing

Posted 03-22-2015

The two environmental certification programs for electronics processing, R2 and e-Stewards, both recently announced changes to their facility inspection protocols. More »

Veolia Receives Intel’s Preferred Quality Supplier Award

Posted 03-22-2015

Veolia North America has been recognized as one of 19 companies receiving Intel Corporation’s Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for their performance in 2014. More »

Soaring Together

Posted 03-22-2015

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Denver International Airport (DIA) is a wonder of modern aviation design and construction. Built when the city’s original Stapleton International Airport exceeded its design capacity and considered the newest commercial airport in the United States, the 53-square-mile DIA, located 25 miles from downtown Denver, hosts 53 million passengers annually (and can accommodate nearly twice that many when fully expanded to its master plan) and boasts 35,000 employees. More »

Looking for a great environmental job?

Posted 02-23-2015

Check out Veolia's environmental careers site. More »

LED Takes On fluorescent In Troffers

Posted 02-23-2015

According to the DOE, four out of five lamps in service in commercial buildings in 2010 were fluorescent, with a majority used in troffer (cross between “trough” and “coffer”) luminaires. Available in standard 1x4´, 2x4´, and 2x2´ sizes, these luminaires are popular in applications featuring dropped acoustical-tile ceilings. More »

Maryland Executive Order Calls For 65 Percent Recycling Rate

Posted 02-23-2015

Maryland Gov. Mark O'Malley has issued an executive order that includes a mandate to recycle 65 percent of the state's waste by 2020 and to divert at least 60 percent of organics. It also calls for an 80 percent recycling rate by 2040. More »

Legislation Curbing Exports of Non-Working, Untested E-Scrap

Posted 02-23-2015

The Coalition for American Electronics Recycling is calling on Congress to pass legislation curbing exports of non-working, untested e-scrap. More »

Regulation Changes in Battery Transportation

Posted 01-26-2015

“The biggest and most obvious change in the new battery transportation regulations is that the US Department of Transportation is deleting three shipping names that were previously authorized for the shipment of lithium batteries. More »

EPA Rule Promotes Responsible Hazardous Materials Recycling, Protects Communities

Posted 01-26-2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized new safeguards that promote responsible recycling of hazardous secondary materials and demonstrate a significant step forward in promoting recycling innovation, resulting in both resource conservation and economic benefits, while strengthening protections for environmental justice communities. More »

Reducing Waste in Leeds

Posted 01-26-2015

A multi-million pound project to construct a new waste management plant in Leeds continues to make good progress. More »

California Firms Receive Reminder on Downstream Due Diligence

Posted 01-26-2015

In another sign of the increasingly tight CRT glass market, regulators in California have asked registered e-scrap firms to exercise caution when planning to send glass beyond state lines. More »

Rulemaking for General Service Fluorescent and Incandescent Reflector Lamps Energy Conservation Standard

Posted 01-26-2015

DOE issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule (December 30, 2014) regarding GSFLs and IRLs. More »

Metal Halide Lamps: DOE Updates Efficiency Standards

Posted 01-26-2015

The US Department of Energy has finalized new energy efficiency standards for metal halide lamp fixtures. More »
help desk software