USA Hauling & Recycling Attends the 2014 CRC CT Organics Recycling Conference and Trade Show

USA Hauling & Recycling attended the 2014 Connecticut Recyclers’ Coalition (CRC) Connecticut Organics Recycling Conference and Trade Show on December 16, 2014 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Connecticut. Mark Murren (Permanent Sales Manager), Dave Casarano and Patti Oberg (Outside Sales Representatives) and Joe Engravalle (Major Accounts Manager) had a booth promoting USA Hauling & Recycling’s food scraps and organics recycling programs and to answers questions from attendees of the event about how the programs are beneficial to all involved.

The event included a speech from Lee Sawyer of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on “…their plan to update the state’s current Solid Waste Management Plan pursuant to Public Act 14-94, including provisions for stakeholder and public input. The significance of the recycling of organic material as a key strategy to help meet the new 60% statewide recycling goal [was discussed] and an overview of Connecticut’s Organics Recycling Law.”

USA Hauling & Recycling's booth while attending the 2014 Connecticut Recyclers Coalition Connecticut Organics Recycling Conference & Trade Show at The Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Connecticut on December 16, 2014.
USA Hauling & Recycling’s booth while attending the 2014 Connecticut Recyclers Coalition Connecticut Organics Recycling Conference & Trade Show at The Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Connecticut on December 16, 2014.

The event also included talks about community and municipal composting programs where panelists spoke “…about their experience and lessons learned from their community and municipal composting programs. [They shared] where they see challenges and promise for future small to mid-scale organics recycling to develop in Connecticut.” During the commercial organics facilities forum, they spoke about “The state’s leading commercial composting facilities and anaerobic digestion developers [explained] their system operations and various technologies. In addition, they [presented] their views on the promise each holds toward overcoming the challenges to diverting the state’s organic waste from waste stream as well as the creation of sustainable energy and products.” The final forum included technologies and infrastructure challenges for statewide organics recycling and composting. Panelists included “waste haulers and large institutional and commercial food waste generators [presenting] their perspectives on the infrastructure challenges that must be overcome to achieve a successful statewide organics recycling program. The panel [addressed] where they see key barriers and opportunities with current issues, such as costs and logistics.”

As a proponent of increased usage of organics recycling in Connecticut and nationwide, USA Hauling & Recycling continues to stay at the forefront of innovations and supports its’ increased recognition as a viable option for commercial and residential purposes. For more information on how their program works and why it helps the community, see USA Hauling & Recycling’s Food Scraps & Organics Recycling page.

USA Hauling & Recycling is Awarded a NGV Achievement Award

USA Hauling & Recycling has been awarded a 2014 Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) Achievement Award for “their outstanding contributions toward the advancement of natural gas as a vehicular fuel.” As a pioneer in Connecticut for Natural Gas use in their trucks and by opening a clean compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Hartford in May 2013, USA Hauling & Recycling has shown a commitment to Natural Gas in their business and throughout the community.

CNG Station in Hartford, CT
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station at 35 Maxim Road in Hartford, CT opened by USA Hauling & Recycling on May 1, 2013. The station is open for public use.

According to the NGV America wesbite, winners must have achieved:

  • Have significantly advanced the use of natural gas as a vehicular fuel
  • Are unique, innovative or creative in approach to a problem or opportunity
  • Are specific and have measurable results
  • Advance community and NGV industry goals of improving air quality and reducing dependence on oil
  • Illustrate good character and are consistent with ethical business practices
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USA Hauling & Recycling rear load Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) truck, part of their new fleet of environmentally friendly trucks replacing the old diesel trucks.

USA Hauling & Recycling has met all of these standards and more in their commitment to clean Natural Gas. But why is it so important to get away from gasoline and diesel and move towards alternative fuels like compressed natural gas? Moving to CNG helps the three largest challenges the country faces:

  1. CNG increases our national security by decreasing our dependence on foreign oil.
  2. CNG fosters local economic growth – domestic jobs are created in the capture of CNG and the build out of local infrastructure.
  3. It is environmentally far superior to gasoline or diesel. It is far cleaner for the environment.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in June of 2012 has also classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogen to humans. On top of that, there are many benefits for CNG use in vehicles economically and environmentally:

  • It is 98% domestic product
  • Produced here, distributed here = jobs here
  • Much more predictable source / less political risk source
  • Reduces dependence on foreign oil
  • 30% less greenhouse gas emissions
  • 85% less nitrogen oxide emissions
  • 90% less soot
  • 70-90% less carbon monoxide emissions
  • Trash trucks powered by CNG are 90% quieter than diesel burning trucks.
  • Public access CNG Fueling Station
  • In 2012 the World Health Organization (WHO) added diesel exhaust to it’s list of known carcinogens

USA Hauling & Recycling will continue to support CNG usage in it’s commercial trucks as it converts all of it’s existing trucks over to the fuel. They also have additional plans for opening more natural gas stations in Connecticut to further promote it’s usage in the area. For more information on Compressed Natural Gas, check out USA Hauling & Recycling’s CNG page or’s What is CNG? page.

America Recycles Day 2014


November 15 is America Recycles Day and as many of you may know, USA Hauling & Recycling has been, and continues to be, a pioneer of recycling in the area. With the national recycling rate slightly above 34%, there is a great opportunity to increase the amount of material that gets recycled every day. “A 2014 NW&RA national survey found that a third of Americans are not clear on what materials go in recycling bins and carts.” By knowing what can and can’t be put into the recycling bins, people can feel confident that what they’re putting in the bins are going to the right place.

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Single Stream Recycling makes recycling easier by allowing you to put all of your recyclables into one bin.

Not sure of what you can recycle and what you can’t? Check out our Recycling Page or check out this article on, “Top 10 in the Bin” List.

USA Hauling & Recycling has also done what it can to make it easier to recycle. By introducing Single Stream Recycling for many of our over 75,000 residential and 5,000 commercial customers, they now don’t need to worry about separating their recyclables. Customers can now put all of their recyclables in one bin and let us separate them afterward. USA Hauling & Recycling also offers multiple Recycled Landscaping Products recycled roof shingles, reprocessed concrete and recycled wood fiber animal bedding, to name a few. A new initiative USA Hauling & Recycling has introduced is Food Scraps & Organics Recycling, which allows customers to further reduce waste and increase their recycling rates.

How do organics get recycled
How does recycling food scraps and organics work? – USA Hauling & Recycling delivers organics and food scraps to facilities that produce compost providing our local soils with valuable nutrients. Closing the loop from farm to consumer and back to the earth.

By continuing to spread the knowledge of what can be recycled and improving technology to make it easier, we can continue making strides in making this planet greener for future generations. Are you doing anything special to recycle? Tips or suggestions? Leave a comment below!

“Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” Exhibit Opens Sponsored By USA Hauling & Recycling

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of an exhibit about the Manchester Road Race, sponsored by USA Hauling & Recycling, called “Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” was held on Wednesday, November 5th.  The ceremony took place at the Manchester Community College’s Arts and Education Center on Main Street in Manchester, just down the street from the start line for the annual race. The exhibit contains photos, facts and memorabilia about the race, it’s runners and the tradition of the race.

Attendees of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the exhibit “Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” take in some of the history of the race on November 5th, 2014

An area Thanksgiving morning tradition since it was established in 1927, the 4.748 mile race brings upwards of 15,000 runners and walkers a year, along with thousands of people cheering them on. In attendance for the ceremony was Julia Chase-Brand, the first woman to ever run in a major road race when she completed the Manchester Road Race in 1961.

Julie Chase-Brand (center) speaks about her experiences in the Manchester Road Race while Jim Balcome (left), Manchester Mayor Jay Moran (right) and a group listen during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the exhibit “Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” on November 5, 2014

The ceremony started with a ceremonial run down main street in honor of the exhibit by members of the Manchester High School cross country team. Inside, the ribbon cutting took place with Manchester Mayor Jay Moran holding one end of the ribbon. Jim Balcome, director of the Manchester Road Race then gave some history of the race, along with some words from Jay Moran, Stephen Gates, Manchester Board of Directors, Julia Chase-Brand and some other accomplished local runners showing support for the race.

Members of the Manchester High School cross country team on a ceremonial run down Main Street in Manchester in honor of the exhibit “Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” on November 5, 2014

As a proud sponsor of the Manchester Road Race, USA Hauling & Recycling will be providing trash and recycling services for the event.  The exhibit will be open free to visitors now through November 29th, Tuesday through Saturdays, including on Thanksgiving day. For more information about the race, you can visit

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the exhibit “Thanksgiving in Manchester: A History of the Manchester Road Race” in the Manchester Community College’s Arts and Education Center on Main Street in Manchester on November 5, 2014

USA Hauling & Recycling Supports CRWC’s Source To Sea Cleanup

USA Hauling & Recycling recently had a group of volunteers participate in the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s Source To Sea annual cleanup on September 27. We had a nice turnout and amazing weather while cleaning up near the Scantic River on Bailey Road in Enfield, CT.

The link below is to a photo of our very own Eric F and his daughter Naya that’s entered into their photo contest from the event. It’s a great photo, so let’s get as many votes as we can to help them win the photo contest.

Thanks to everyone that volunteered and we hope to have an even bigger turnout next year!

You can vote for the photo here:

The photo is about 2/3 of the way down the page and is called “Generations to Come.”

Source To Sea - Eric Naya
Source To Sea – Eric Naya

Six Flags Continues Recycling Efforts With Help From USA Hauling & Recycling

As the largest amusement park in New England, Six Flags New England recognizes the opportunity they have to make a positive impact on the environment. They have been committed to lowering the waste produced at their park and have made a conscience effort to do so for years. As a whole, Six Flags has done it’s share to be environmentally friendly, including converting multiple trains, trams and vehicles to run on vegetable oil and also implemented “Six Flags Unplugged,” an energy awareness program created to educate employees on conservation, to name a couple.

In 2000, the New England park partnered with USA Hauling & Recycling to improve their recycling capabilities. At the time, Six Flags New England was still using a “source separate” method for recyclables; a slow, costly, time consuming process of separating recyclable materials on site before sending out to recycling facilities. Over the 14 years that Six Flags New England has been partnered with USA Hauling & Recycling, they have been instrumental in making strides in their recycling process.

Six Flags New England
Six Flags New England

With technology advances that have been made in the recycling industry, USA Hauling & Recycling has been able to help implement Single Stream Recycling into their plan, allowing for recycling stations to be setup throughout the park. Strategically placing these recycling centers in the park allows for easy recycling for patrons, saves money and ultimately allows for more material to be recycled that would have ended up in landfill. Six Flags New England now recycles upwards of 145 tons of material per year, which is quite an accomplishment for a seasonal facility that operates only 7 months a year from April until the end of October.

Six Flags will continue to be a leader in employing new  “green” practices and USA Hauling & Recycling will be there to keep the New England park on the cutting edge of waste management technology.

6 Flags Recycling Center
A recycling center at Six Flags New England


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Carando Foods Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill Status

Over the years, some companies have placed an increased emphasis on being environmentally friendly. From choosing suppliers that take back packaging for reuse to reducing paper waste by making double-sided copies and emailing or posting information on an announcement board. Still, even with all the efforts they put into being mindful of their impact on the environment, they still eventually send some trash to the landfill. Is it possible to operate efficiently without filling up landfills?

On July 9, 2014 Carando Foods of Springfield, MA and John Morrell Food Group were recognized by Smithfield Foods, Inc., the largest pork producer and processor in the United States, for doing just that. Carando is now creating zero waste that ends up in a landfill. Denis Punch, who works in human resources for Carando, spearheaded the plan on February 1, 2013. With the help of USA Hauling & Recycling, Carando is able to reuse or recycle 100% of material that would otherwise be filling up a landfill.

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Denis Punch (center) of Carando Foods stands with Chris Roscio (right) and Mark Murren (left) of USA Hauling & Recycling holding the award presented by Smithfield Foods, Inc. for achieving zero waste to landfill status on July 9, 2014.

Punch, with the help of Chris Roscio and Mark Murren of USA Hauling & Recycling, created a plan that included all of the following environmentally friendly processes:

Since the start of using this program, Carando has been able to recycle 1,915 tons of material that would otherwise have been disposed of in a landfill. Not only has their efforts helped further their “green” operations, it also has saved the company $90,000 in disposal fees since the start of the program.

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Denis Punch (left) of Carando Foods stands with Chris Roscio (right) of USA Hauling & Recycling holding the award presented by Smithfield Foods, Inc. for achieving zero waste to landfill status on July 9, 2014.

“It has been a great experience working with Carando Foods. They have dedicated all their efforts in really making a big difference to our environment,” said Roscio, “Their main goal was to make their company a complete landfill free work place and with USA Hauling’s expertise and Carando’s diligence – they succeeded.”

Carando Award
Award presented by Smithfield Foods, Inc. to Carando Foods for achieving zero waste to landfill status with the help of USA Hauling & Recycling on July 9, 2014.


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History of the Garbage Man

Today is National Garbage Collector Day! Celebrate by supporting all the workers who collect our trash, recyclables and other garbage!


The Beginning

As you can imagine, the world would be a disgusting place without the garbage man. For many years people burned waste, fed it to animals, buried it, and most commonly, tossed it over their shoulder. Some cities became buried, and built over the waste, and others pioneered new ways to save their cities from vermin and disease. Recycling began as a necessity and ended up in present day as a responsibility to the environment.

History of the Garbage Man
History of the Garbage Man

The most amazing thing about garbage collection is the fact that it was there in the beginning and it will be there in the end. It was part of the package deal when we hit this planet. Our consumerism in the United States only gets larger every day. This brief history summarizes some facts and fiction that helped keep our planet clean.

Earliest Garbage Regulation Efforts

3000 B.C. – The first landfill is developed when Knossos, Crete digs large holes for refuse. Garbage is dumped and filled with dirt at various levels.

2000 B.C. – China develops methods of Composting/Recycling, and recycling bronze for later use.

500 B.C. – Athens, Greece develops new law claiming garbage must be dumped at least one mile from the city.