× The state Department of Environmental Protection is awarding more than $14 million in grants to municipal and county governments to enhance recycling efforts, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe has announced.The annual grants are awarded through the state’s Recycling Enhancement Act, which authorizes a $3 per-ton surcharge on trash disposed at solid waste facilities to fund recycling efforts. The DEP allocates this money back to municipalities and counties based on their recycling accomplishments. This year’s grants are based on recycling performance in 2017. In Hudson County, grants have been allocated to Jersey City, $267,960; Secaucus, $144,738; and North Bergen, $116,714.Each year, recipients use these grants to improve recycling rates through a variety of initiatives, including funding recycling coordinator positions, providing recycling receptacles and pickup in public places, upgrading recycling drop-off centers, conducting education and outreach, and implementing curbside recycling pickup programs.In 2017, New Jersey generated 9.6 million tons of municipal solid waste, with 3.85 million tons recycled, for a 40-percent municipal solid waste recycling rate, compared to 44 percent in 2016.Overall, New Jersey in 2017 generated 23.4 million tons of solid waste, which includes municipal waste plus construction debris and other types of non-municipal waste. Of this, 14.1 million tons were recycled, for an overall recycling rate of 60 percent, compared to 61 percent in 2016.The DEP attributes the 4-percent decline in the 2017 municipal solid waste recycling rate to manufacturers of consumer products, such as drink bottles, continuing to shift to lighter materials such as plastic over glass. Manufacturers are also using thinner and lighter weight plastics. In addition, the volume of newspaper recycled continues to shrink as consumers increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices for information.The 2017 recycling rate does not fully reflect challenges recycling programs in New Jersey and across the nation have been facing since mid-2017 as China and other nations started rejecting recycling shipments that contain non-recyclable materials, an issue known as recycling contamination. Beginning in early 2018, China began banning the importation of most recyclable materials and other nations have followed.Some examples of recycling contaminants are plastic bags, syringes, auto parts, non-recyclable types of plastic, Styrofoam cups, improperly rinsed and cleaned food containers, food packaging that can’t be cleaned such as soiled pizza boxes, and trash.To help municipal and county governments address these contamination challenges, the DEP has launched programs to help local governments educate the public on which materials can be recycled and those that cannot. These efforts include Recycle Right NJ, which provides social media and education materials to recycling programs, and the free RecycleCoach app, which provides convenient access to municipal recycling program information, spelling out what can be recycled on the local level.For a complete list of recycling tonnage grants, visit www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/stats.htm. For the first time, municipal recycling rate breakdowns are available to municipalities as a tool to help them better target recycling efforts.To learn more about recycling in New Jersey, visit www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/.Follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP.
A lot has happened since my last post in the run-up to VMworld San Francisco, especially from a management standpoint. Now with VMworld Barcelona in full swing, I wanted to circle back and show how VCE’s investments are delivering value for customers and partners. The new version of VCE™ Vision Intelligent Operations provides exciting functionalities for our customers, specifically around leveraging the integrated management experience that VCE and VMware have developed together.The VCE Vblock System is the only converged infrastructure that delivers multi-vendor, API-driven, single point of visibility, inventory and reporting, but we aren’t stopping there. We’ve extended the Vblock System’s VMware vCenter Server plugin by coupling our “Intelligently Control” functionality with the “Intelligently Inform” functionality. Originally designed to verify the compliance of software and firmware versions, the updated plugin can now remediate any updates that need to be made from the same interface, providing full System Update Automation capabilities. Now, customers do not have to jump from siloed tool to siloed tool in order to update the storage, network, compute and virtualization components that are supporting their workloads – they can do it all from the one tool VCE customers use the most.Next, we’ve extended that same compliance engine to include a new Security Compliance and Validation feature. Our investors have a long tradition with security hardening practices, as well as allowing customers to validate and report that hardening practices are in place as the infrastructure evolves. Now, customers can complete this task from the same vCenter Server interface – a unique and much-requested feature. If you read between the lines, you’ll see that the combination of a real-time inventory, a full-fledged Vblock Object Model and a compliance engine will provide many beneficial possibilities for Vblock customers in the future!These features are the headliners of the new VCE Vision release, but certainly aren’t the only updates. We’ve also made updates to the API in the areas of Serviceability and Diagnostic Tools, giving customers more context in management data being generated by their Vblock Systems. Lastly, we’ve extended the roles-based access model to include more third-party management tools, allowing customers to better integrate their existing investments into the VCE Vision API.The new features and roadmap are exciting, but the feedback from partners, analysts and customers is equally important. Make sure you watch our new video on VCE Vision, below. The video shows Trey Layton, VCE’s chief technology officer, describing VCE Vision’s new features, as well as proof points from Ramin Sayar, VMware’s senior vice president and general manager of virtualization and cloud management, Mark Bowker, ESG senior analyst, and Russell Temple, the director of the data center practice group at Insight.
Arsenal ignored advice from own recruitment chief to sign Shkodran Mustafi Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 Apr 2020 9:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link271Shares Mustafi was signed against the scouting team’s wishes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal pressed ahead with the signing of Shkodran Mustafi, despite being told not to by one of the most vital cogs in their recruitment process.Francis Cagigao, who is credited with the signings of Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin Robin van Persie and Gabriel Martinelli, is the head of international scouting at the Emirates and has been involved in the transfer decision making process at Arsenal for more than two decades.But there have been times where his highly respected voice was ignored. Most notably, in the signing of Mustafi, according to The Athletic.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementArsene Wenger was open to data-driven recruitment, which meant Mustafi was signed based on compelling statistics. But Cagigao’s department were not willing to recommend the Germany international based on what they saw. His time at Arsenal has been littered with mistakes and he is a much-maligned figure among the club’s fanbase.Another striking example of where the club got it wrong was in the signing of Lucas Perez. Advertisement Comment Perez’s transfer didn’t work out (Picture: Getty)An agent asked Cagigao if Arsenal would be interested in signing the then Deportivo La Coruna attacker, to which he reportedly responded: ‘Not a chance. He’s a mid-table player.’However, with Arsenal chiefs desperate for a last-minute striking addition, Perez was signed against Cagigao’s wishes. Cagigao was heavily involved, however, in the signing of William Saliba, who is currently on loan at Saint-Etienne. He is tipped to challenge Mustafi for a first-team spot next season.Should Arsenal sell Mustafi?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Philippe Coutinho’s agent speaks out on Chelsea transfer target’s futureMORE: Lothar Matthaus predicts Chelsea target Manuel Neuer will leave Bayern MunichFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement