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  • CSWD reinstitutes recycling fee for haulers

    first_imgCSWD reinstitutes recycling fee for haulersThe economic crisis has come to roost in, of all places, your recycling bin. Chittenden Solid Waste District’s Materials Recovery Facility – where most blue-bin recyclables are sorted – is funded in large part by the money it makes by selling recyclables on international commodities markets. Those markets have been shaken badly by the current economic crisis and the recent plunge in prices CSWD receives for those same commodities means that the District will have to resume charging haulers for the recyclables they bring to its Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). At this time, recycling will remain free at CSWD Drop-Off Centers, where quantities up to a cubic yard are accepted.Beginning January 2, 2009, CSWD will charge haulers $20 per ton for recyclables generated within the District and $25 per ton for out-of-District materials. For all of 2008, CSWD has paid haulers up to $7 per ton for in-District recyclables. Prior to that, CSWD charged for recyclables at $13 and $24 per ton respectively. Trash disposal fees remain at about $100 per ton, thus the economic incentives for recycling are still significant.”There isn’t a single commodity that hasn’t been affected by the economic situation we find ourselves in today, except for glass, which is used locally in the construction industry” comments CSWD General Manager Tom Moreau. “Our strategy has been to buffer haulers and consumers as much as possible from price swings but this latest dive has been so extreme that we had to respond with a fee increase.”As recently as this summer, blue-bin recyclables such as aluminum, steel, plastics, and paper commanded a combined average of $128 per ton. The use of recycled instead of virgin materials in manufacturing processes typically requires significantly less energy and generates less pollution. Spiking oil prices made manufacturers even hungrier for these materials because it became much cheaper to manufacture new products by using recyclables instead of virgin materials. Enter the banking crisis with the resulting credit crunch and global economic downturn, and you have a perfect storm for grinding manufacturing to a halt and sending those once-robust commodities markets for recyclables down to an average of $20 per ton-with the bottom not yet in sight. “The fee increase at the MRF will have a small impact on the average Chittenden County household,” notes Moreau. “The average household generates about a quarter of a ton of recyclables per year. The $20 per ton fee increase extrapolates to an increase of about $0.61 per month per household.”last_img read more

  • Red-hot Raptors complete L.A. sweep

    first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We gave up 34 points in the first quarter and I thought that it was going to be a long night,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “The second unit, Terrence and that group came in and changed the game; started getting into bodies and getting into players, being physical. I thought that changed the mentality.”The Raptors beat the Clippers for the fourth straight time, completing a second straight season sweep. It also marked the first time in franchise history the Raptors swept both Los Angeles teams in the same season, having beaten the Lakers in both meetings already.The Raptors’ winning streak is the second-longest in franchise history, one short of the team-record set in the 2001-02 season.“We are playing team basketball, so that’s how it goes,” Ross said. “It’s halfway through the season so we all know how to play. We all know where we like the ball and the tendencies of the other players, so it’s all about playing together.”Chris Paul had 23 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, and DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 13 rebounds. JJ Redick added 17 points. TORONTO >> The Toronto Raptors used a stellar game from its reserves to cruise past the Los Angeles Clippers for their season-high eighth straight win.All-Star guard Kyle Lowry scored 21 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 20 and DeMar DeRozan added 18 as the Raptors beat the Clippers 112-94 on Sunday.Toronto’s backups outscored their Clippers counterparts 51-29 while shooting 57.6 percent and finishing with their highest total of the season. Terrence Ross led the reserves with 18 points on 5-for-7 shooting on 3-pointers for his fourth straight game with at least 10 points off the bench. Cory Joseph had 12 points, and Patrick Patterson and Bismack Biyombo added 10 each.center_img Los Angeles — which fell to 11-3 while Blake Griffin recovers from a strained left quad — led by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, but Toronto’s second unit sparked a change in the second quarter as they began the period on a 17-3 run to turn the game around and help the Raptors take a 62-49 lead at halftime.Clippers coach Doc Rivers didn’t mince his words when it came to discussing the performance of his bench players.“They were just awful,” he said. “I think that’s it. It’s rare when you lose by 18 points and your starters all have a plus. That doesn’t happen very often. Our bench has been good but tonight they were awful.”The Clippers got within four points at one point in the third, but the Raptors then pulled away again. With Toronto leading 78-71 with 1:48 left in the quarter, Joseph made a layup and DeRozan followed with a 3 in the final minute to push the lead to 12 heading into the fourth.“It’s not about the first unit, the second unit, it’s our team,” Paul said. “There’s been nights where the starters have come out and haven’t played well and the second unit has brought us back so I told us after the game that we’ve just got to find a way to put it all together.”NotesThe newest Clipper, Jeff Ayres played five minutes and had two points on free throws. Ayres signed a 10-day contract on Saturday. He had previously been playing for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, averaging 16.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists while appearing in 23 games. The power forward has previously played in 220 NBA games with Portland, Indiana and San Antonio, winning a championship with the Spurs in 2013-14. … Before Sunday’s game, Paul had averaged 10.6 assists per game against the Raptors, the most of any player against Toronto in the franchise’s history.last_img read more