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L.A. and its trash haulers are quarreling over customer bills in the city's new recycling program

Published: 
Tue, 12/26/2017 (All day)

The honeymoon could soon be over between Los Angeles and the trash companies picked to carry out the city’s huge new recycling program.

Over the last three months, the city’s Bureau of Sanitation and the refuse haulers have been at odds over the hefty new fees showing up on customers’ bills — including one being charged when trash truck drivers use a remote control to open a gate.

The haulers have accused city officials of disregarding the terms of contracts approved more than a year ago for trash service. Sanitation officials, in turn, say they recently identified more than 300 bills with incorrect fees, roughly 1 out of every 5 surveyed.

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46 killed, dozens missing in Ethiopia garbage dump landslide

Published: 
Tue, 03/14/2017 (All day)

A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing at least 46 people and leaving several dozen missing, residents said, as officials vowed to relocate those who called the landfill home.

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Tapping landfills to generate power seemed smart. So why is the industry threatened?

Published: 
Tue, 10/25/2016 (All day)

Tapping methane produced from decaying garbage in landfills to generate electricity was among California’s earliest experiments in renewable energy.