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  • NWRA president Sharon Kneiss resigns from office

    Sharon H. Kneiss, the president and chief executive officer of the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) for the past four and a half years, has resigned.

    During her tenure as the leader of the premier association in the waste and recycling industry, Kneiss led the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan to help the industry move the needle on safety, effectively communicate and educate about the industry’s priorities and champion legislation that helped to protect workers in the field.

    In a letter to the NWRA board of trustees, Kneiss wrote, “After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I have taken the association as far as I can to make it the most effective and respected voice of the industry. The timing is right for a new chief executive officer to take this special organization to the next level.”

    The NWRA board of trustees will soon begin an executive search for Kneiss’ successor. In the interim, current vice president and general counsel Kevin Kraushaar will assume the role.

    Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • EREF awards a dozen new scholarships

    The Board of directors of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has awarded a record of 12 scholarships to Master’s and Doctoral students across the U.S. and Canada.

  • Food waste disposal impacts landfill space

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    Consider this: In the U.S. alone, food waste is estimated at between 30 to 40 percent of the food supply.

  • Equipment Spotlight | NOV 2016 Primary Reduction Equipment

  • NYC teamsters applaud sanitation reforms

    Teamster leaders from across the country are applauding the announcement by the de Blasio administration to overhaul New York City’s waste-collection system.

  • EPA issues actions to cut methane emissions from municipal landfills

    Cost effective updates will strengthen requirements for new, modified and existing landfills and will provide important climate and public health benefits.

  • Republic Services issues sustainability report for 2015

    Republic Services, Inc. released its latest Sustainability Report for the 2015 Fiscal Year.

  • Sodexo is reducing food waste in distribution and service industries

    Sodexo is making major reductions in both waste and carbon emissions at the facilities, cafés, sport and leisure venues and other food service sites where it operates.

  • Pension plan invests in Advanced Disposal Services

    Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has invested $280 million in convertible preferred equity securities of a parent company of Advanced Disposal Services, Inc.

  • EREF awards first Evergreen Surety Bond Scholarship

    The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has awarded the inaugural Evergreen Surety Bond Scholarship, funded by Evergreen National Indemnity Company, to Gomathy Radhakrishna Iyer, a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Arlington.

  • Enerkem works to convert MSW into biomethanol

    Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada.

  • Over $1.3 million awarded to Arizona to reduce waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1.34 million to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to support hazardous waste reduction and environmental cleanup activities in Arizona, including activities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • LA Sanitation team achieves Excellence in Technology Award

    A software development team from the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works LA Sanitation Bureau (LASAN) has won a Los Angeles Excellence in Technology award, which is given in conjunction with a local government-technology conference.

  • Safety a major concern in the waste and recycling industries

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    Perhaps no other single issue stands out in a waste company owner’s mind more than the safety and security of employees. Good waste management employers are serious about safety.

  • RIRRC and ARIA Energy win safety awards

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced that Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) is the winner of its 2016 Biggest Safety Improvement award and Aria Energy as the winner of its 2016 Biggest Safety Innovation award.

  • Solterra Recycling completes acquisition

    Solterra Recycling Solutions has completed the acquisition of Bridge Disposal, a provider of solid waste collection services. Bridge Disposal, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, services residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout Central New Jersey. The acquisition of Bridge Disposal, which closed on June 30, 2016, comes on the heels of the company’s refinancing of its credit facility in April 2016.

    Based in Ewing, New Jersey, Solterra is a leading provider of non-hazardous solid waste, organic waste and recyclables collection and hauling services. The company serves over 30 municipalities, 400,000 residential households and 2,000 commercial customers throughout central and north New Jersey and in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

    Solterra was formed to serve as a growth platform with the goal of building a scalable and integrated solid waste focused environmental services operation. Solterra is led by Ed Apuzzi, chief executive officer and Joe LoVerde, chief operating officer, who previously ran Progressive Waste’s operations in the northeastern U.S.

    Published in the November 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Republic Services earns recycling systems award

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has named Republic’s Southern Nevada Recycling Center winner of the Gold Excellence Award in the Recycling Systems

  • EPA and City of Columbia set agreement

    EPA Region 7 has reached a proposed settlement of Clean Water Act violations by the City of Columbia, Missouri involving pollutant discharges from the Columbia Landfill and Yard Waste Composting Facility.

  • LDEQ speeds up flood debris removal

    The debris staging site at North Sherwood Forest Boulevard has had an immediate impact on the pace of the debris removal in East Baton Rouge Parish.

  • Tracking feature helps building managers save money

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a waste and materials tracking feature in its Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which is a free benchmarking and tracking tool for commercial building owners and managers.

  • Advanced Disposal hires Salmons as a new director

    Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, has hired Wesley A. Salmons, certified director of safety (CDS) as the new corporate director of safety and compliance.

    Salmons has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of transportation companies and in the solid waste sector. Salmons joins Advanced Disposal from Team Drive-Away as their director of safety and recruiting. From 2007 to 2013, Salmons worked for Veolia Environmental Services. Salmons was also a route supervisor with Allied Waste in Kansas City, Kansas for over two years, before joining the U.S. Air Force.

    Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Medical waste hazardous to recycling and waste workers

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    The improper management of discarded needles and other sharp medical devices can pose a health risk to the public and waste workers.

  • Waste Management reports strong earnings

    Waste Management, Inc. released their financial results for its quarter ended June 30, 2016.

  • Republic Services reports second quarter results

    Republic Services, Inc. reported net income of $180.8 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2016, versus $190.3 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, for the comparable 2015 period.

  • Casella Waste Systems reports increased revenues

    Casella Waste Systems, Inc., a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, reported its financial results for the 3 month period ended June 30, 2016. The company also increased its Adjusted EBITDA guidance and reaffirmed its revenue and free cash flow guidance for the year ending December 31, 2016.

    Highlights include:

    •Revenues were $144.7 million for the quarter, up $1.0 million, or 0.7 percent, from the same period in 2015.
    •Net income was $5.2 million for the quarter, an improvement of $4.2 million from the same period in 2015.
    •Adjusted EBITDA was $34.8 million for the quarter, an improvement of $4.1 million, or 13.3 percent, from the same period in 2015.
    •Overall solid waste pricing for the quarter was up 3.5 percent, mainly driven by strong collection pricing up 4.8 percent.

    For the quarter, revenues were $144.7 million, up $1.0 million, or 0.7 percent, from the same period in 2015, with revenue growth mainly driven by robust collection, disposal and recycling commodity pricing, the acquisition of three transfer stations, and higher volumes in the organics line-of-business, partially offset by lower landfill and low margin transportation volumes.

    Net income attributable to common stockholders was $5.2 million or $0.12 per diluted common share for the quarter, compared to net income attributable to common stockholders of $1.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted common share for the same period in 2015. The current quarter included a $0.6 million loss on debt extinguishment related to the redemption, repurchase and permanent retirement of $15.5 million of our 7.75 percent Senior Subordinated Notes due 2019, while the same quarter last year included a $0.7 million gain on the divestiture of non-strategic collection routes.

    Published in the September 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • U.S. residential solar market booms

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    While the U.S. market share of the solar industry declined in the early 2000s, the residential solar market is booming once again.

  • Republic Services and Mas Energy unveil latest renewable energy project

    Facilities capable of powering over 15,000 households and one of the largest landfill-gas-to-energy portfolios in Georgia

  • WM names James C. Fish, Jr. as new president

    Waste Management, Inc. has appointed James C. Fish, Jr. to the position of president, reporting to David Steiner, the company’s chief executive officer. Fish retains his existing role as chief financial officer while the company conducts a search to fill that role.

    The new chief financial officer will report to Fish, who will maintain his responsibility for all financial affairs for Waste Management, including treasury, audit, accounting, financial planning, tax and investor relations. He will also continue to oversee the information technology group and several of the company’s growth areas, including strategic business development and the company’s organic growth group.

    Fish joined Waste Management in 2001. Prior to becoming chief financial officer, he held several key positions with the company, including senior vice president for the company’s Eastern group, area vice president for Pennsylvania and West Virginia, market area general manager for Massachusetts and Rhode Island, vice president of price management and director of financial planning and analysis.

    Before joining Waste Management, Fish held finance or revenue management positions at Westex, a Yellow-Roadway subsidiary; Trans World Airlines; and America West Airlines. He began his professional career at KPMG Peat Marwick. Fish earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Arizona State University and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

    Published in the September 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Protests over toxic landfills

    Teamsters with the Solid Waste and Recycling Division, and Beth Roach, a community activist from Wayne County, Georgia, attended Republic Services Inc.’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Phoenix, decrying the company’s mismanagement of its landfills and the lack of care and respect for affected communities.

  • Progressive Waste Solutions withdraws proposal to NYC

    Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. disclosed that its subsidiary, IESI NY Corporation, recently withdrew a proposal it submitted in response to a request for proposals issued by the City of New York for municipal solid waste management transportation and disposal services.

  • Mandatory municipal composting slowly grows

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    Glance down the streets of San Francisco on “garbage day” and you will see a common theme – green, blue and black bins grace the sidewalks, driveways and alleyways of one of the country’s largest metro areas.

  • Ohio waste industry pioneer inducted into National Waste & Recycling Hall of Fame

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) honored Charles Walton, Founder of Wastequip.

  • EPA finalizes methane rules

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent its final rules on controlling methane from new and existing landfills to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

  • Quest Resource to expand food waste diversion

    Quest Resource Holding Corporation is expanding food waste diversion services for Sprouts Farmers Market, an existing client.

  • Legislation introduced allows states to limit waste imports

    U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced bicameral Trash Reduction and Sensible Handling (TRASH) Act, H.R. 5656, legislation that would allow states to determine waste entering into its borders.

  • Study finds 80 percent of trash is recyclable or compostable

    Results from a comprehensive study found that more than 80 percent of materials in Austin, Texas community’s trash could have been recycled or composted.

  • Newton Trailers new dealer for Titan Thinwall trailers

    Titan Trailers, the originator of the heavy duty Thinwall® line of extruded aluminum bulk trailers, has disclosed that Newton Trailers of Milton Keynes will be the manufacturer’s official dealer for the UK and Eire.

    Based in Canada, Titan Trailers has been delivering trailers to UK haulers since 2004. In 2009, Titan opened its facility in Middlesbrough to assemble Thinwall tippers, moving floors, rear-dump and hopper trailers for the UK and EU market.

    Formed in 1964, Newton Trailers operated in its early years as a bulk transport company. The firm later turned to supplying tipper trailers for hire and still maintains more than 100 hire trailers. Newton is now considered among the largest dealers of both new and used trailers in the UK.

    Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Wastequip partners to offer roll-off monitoring solution

    Wastequip has reached a partnership agreement with Compology, a San Francisco-based waste technology company that provides waste container tracking and monitoring solutions.

    Under the agreement, Wastequip has exclusive rights to Compology sensors sold on new roll-off containers purchased through Wastequip. The agreement allows Wastequip customers to schedule installation of the monitoring device at their yard or facility directly with Compology. These container monitoring devices contain GPS-enabled sensors and cameras to allow container location tracking and real-time fullness monitoring through Compology’s web-based dashboard.

    With Compology roll-off container monitoring, waste haulers know exactly where their containers are located, how full each container is and how long it has been since the container was last emptied. This information allows haulers to better manage their costs and to improve customer service.

    Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Silverstar renamed to Creative Waste Solutions

    Creative Waste Solutions, a diversified resource and recycle management company, has changed their name from Silverstar Resources, Inc. to reflect their current business model.

    The company has recently acquired privately held Creative Waste Solutions, LLC and Integrated Waste Transportation Services, Inc. through cash and stock purchases.

    Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Waste company mergers and acquisitions continue to thrive

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    Merger and acquisitions (M&A) professionals have enjoyed tremendous success these days within the waste industry.

  • A Closer Look | JUL 2016 DeCarlo Demolition with Dan DeCarlo

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    ­­DeCarlo Demolition might have one of the most humorous taglines in the industry: “Home Wrecking…A Family Tradition Since 1945.”

  • Weeklong safety event reached more than 65 percent of waste & recycling industry nationwide

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), shared the results of its 2016 Safety Stand Down on Water. Rest. Shade.

  • Over 15 million pounds of waste recycled in competition

    Aramark, and 71 of its higher education partners recycled more than 15.2 million pounds of waste in the 2016 RecycleMania competition, an annual competition for college and university recycling programs, aimed at promoting waste reduction on campuses.

  • EPA updates methane rules

    As part of the president’s Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two proposals to further reduce emissions of methane-rich gas from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills.

  • Waste Connections and Progressive Waste Solutions complete merger

    Waste Connections, Inc. has completed the merger transaction involving New Waste Connections (formerly Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd.) and Waste Connections US, Inc.

  • Republic unveils new ash metal recovery facility

    Republic Services, Inc. and Lab USA unveiled a state-of-the-art ash metal recovery facility at the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Washington.

  • Advanced Disposal buys Pete’s Economy Hauling

    Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, has completed the acquisition of assets of Pete’s Economy Hauling, based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

    The acquisition includes commercial and industrial customers in Sheboygan County and will be operated out of their existing Sheboygan facility.

    Published in the July 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Waste Connections buys Red River Waste’s assets

    Waste Connections Inc. has purchased select non-core hauling assets of Red River Waste Solutions, based in Dripping Springs, Texas. Specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    Waste Connections purchased Red River’s hauling operation in Rapid City, South Dakota, which provides solid waste collection, recycling and disposal services. The transaction combines the two largest waste management participants in the South Dakota market.

    Founded in 1988, Red River is a solid waste management and recycling company specializing in residential and commercial solid waste collection, hauling and landfill management. The company provides services to residential and commercial customers, primarily in the southern U.S., including Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as Iowa and Texas.

    Published in the July 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • A Closer Look | JUN 2016 CW Mill Equipment with Tim Wenger

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    ­­Tim Wenger, the vice president and sales manager of CW Mill Equipment, is part of the second generation of ownership of the company that’s known for the Hogzilla name. Wenger’s brother, Jim, is the president, and their father, Clyde, started the business.

  • Equipment Spotlight | JUN 2016 Compactors

  • Exploring waste to energy trends

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    Waste to Energy (WTE) means many things to many people. Incineration dominates the industry today, which classically means the “mass burn” of unprocessed, unsegregated municipal solid waste (MSW). Simply defined, waste to energy is the process of generating electricity and/or heat from municipal solid waste.

  • Fast food companies move toward improved package recycling

    Chipotle, Dunkin’ Brands, and YUM! Brands have made new commitments toward packaging recycling and composting, leading the shareholder advocate group As You Sow to withdraw proposals filed at the companies.

  • Freudenberg-NOK’s facility uses aggressive recycling program

    With landfill space at a premium throughout the world, a Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies plant in Mexico is making an environmental difference every day by recycling nearly 100 percent of its industrial scrap and waste.

  • Advanced Disposal acquires Arwood accounts

    Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, has completed the acquisition of certain accounts of Arwood Waste, Inc., based in Florida, which serves the five county area in addition to Glynn and Camden counties in Georgia.

    The acquisition includes roll-off collection accounts and will be operated out of the Jacksonville commercial facility. Arwood Waste will continue to operate their temporary roll-off, demolition and nationwide waste brokering businesses under their existing brand name.

    Published in the June 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Rinaldi named president of Tunnel Hill Partners

    Tunnel Hill Partners, LLC, a waste-by-rail transfer service company, has named William F. Rinaldi its new president.

    A successful businessman, philanthropist, and proud member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania community, Rinaldi has contributed a great deal to the area over the last two decades. As a developer of complex projects that create and improve the area’s infrastructure, Rinaldi is also the co-founder of Hazleton Creek Properties, LLC, a beneficial reuse site dedicated to improving the quality of life for Hazleton Area residents.

    Previously serving as the director of Strategic Planning & Development of Tunnel Hill Partners since its merger with Hazleton Creek Properties in 2013, Rinaldi continues to find innovative ways to cultivate business that benefit the community in which he lives and works.

    In addition, Rinaldi also continues to serve as president of both the Northeastern Economic Development Company, since 2004 and Mark Construction Services, since 1999. He has over 20 years of experience in brownfield and economic redevelopment. His latest project, the Lackawanna Energy Center, is a 1500 megawatt energy plant located in Jessup, Pennsylvania which will bring an economic impact of over $1.2 billion.

    Published in the June 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Working to curb recycling violations

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    Take a walk in any neighborhood on “garbage day” and you’ll likely find a curbside recycling bin at every residence.

  • Progressive Waste Solutions reports revenue growth

    Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. reported its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

  • United Nations receives complaints about Republic Services’ radioactive landfill

    Teamsters with the Solid Waste and Recycling Division, Saint Louis residents Dawn Chapman and Karen Nickel, founders of JustMoms STL and Center for Health Environment and Justice founder Lois Gibbs lodged a formal human rights complaint with the United Nations Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment.

  • SWANA: Surge of waste-related fatalities on America’s roads unacceptable

    The recent increase in fatal accidents involving garbage trucks is of great concern and is unacceptable, according to the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

  • BioHiTech Global expands waste stream product offering with launch of Entsorga North America

    BioHiTech Global, Inc., a green technology company that produces innovative data-driven solutions for food waste disposal, has launched its new subsidiary, Entsorga North America that expands the company’s value proposition to include organic and inorganic waste streams and provides enterprise solutions to the residential and municipal marketplaces.

  • Clean Earth acquires Phoenix Soil in Connecticut

    Clean Earth, Inc. has acquired privately owned Phoenix Soil, LLC located in Plainville, Connecticut.

  • Volunteers clear eight tons of litter

    Tellico Village residents were among the more than 350 East Tennesseans who participated in a long tradition of keeping the shorelines of the Tellico Reservoir Watershed clean.

  • Casella reports increased earnings for first quarter

    Casella Waste Systems, Inc., a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, reported its first quarter financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2016.

  • Fairfax County launches public awareness campaign

    SWANA, the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program, and key stakeholders in the safety and solid waste industry were on hand in Fairfax, Virginia for the launch of the county’s Slow down to Get Around (SDTGA) awareness campaign.

  • Alpine Waste & Recycling named Best of Colorado

    Alpine Waste & Recycling has been named the Best of Colorado in the waste and recycling industry for 2016, according to ColoradoBiz Magazine.

  • NJ DEP to award community grants for litter cleanups

    The Christie Administration is awarding a record $23.7 million in Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties conduct litter cleanup efforts to help beautify New Jersey’s communities and roadsides.

  • 20 percent of Nestlé Purina factories achieve zero waste to landfill status

    Nestlé Purina shared that five of its factories in North America have achieved zero waste to landfill status. This important milestone marks Purina’s first zero waste facilities in North America.

  • Greenbuild diverts over 84 percent of waste

    USGBC and Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate have released the 2015 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held last fall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

  • Companies to take part in a safety stand down effort

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) launched its second safety stand down with an emphasis on keeping collection workers safe during hot weather.

  • Federal Court issues injunction against Warrick County Solid Waste Management District

    The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued a temporary injunction against the Warrick County Solid Waste Management District striking down its plan to establish an exclusive curbside waste and collection service that would have restricted competition and create a de facto monopoly for the processing of waste and recycling in the County.

  • Republic expands Florida CNG fleet

    Republic Services has added 62 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks serving customers in Broward and Dade Counties.

  • Wastebuilt appoints new chief operating officer

    Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC has appointed David E. McKeon as its chief operating officer.

    McKeon joins Wastebuilt with considerable experience managing all facets of industrial distribution, manufacturing, and service. Prior to joining Wastebuilt, he spent nine years as president of C&H Distributors, where he oversaw its North American operations. His operating experience also includes leadership positions with McMaster-Carr Supply, Beckley Cardy Group, and USABlueBook.

    Published in the May 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Advanced Disposal honors top employees

    Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, honored top employees at the company’s fifth annual employee of the year awards celebration in Orlando, Florida.

  • A Closer Look | APR 2016 Alpine Waste & Recycling with John Griffith

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    ­­John Griffith started his career in retail management, but quickly realized that he “didn’t want to wear a name tag.”

  • Graduate scholarships in waste research available

    The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating approximately $1 million annually in research grants and graduate level scholarships.

  • Waste Management exceeds 2015 expectations

    Waste Management, Inc. disclosed financial results for its quarter ended December 31, 2015.

  • Progressive Waste Solutions appoints Dan Pio as CEO

    Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. Disclosed that Dan Pio, Executive vice president and chief integration officer, has been appointed chief executive officer. Joseph Quarin is stepping down from the role of president and chief executive officer and from the company’s board of directors to pursue other opportunities. The chief executive officer succession follows Progressive Waste Solutions’ announcement that Quarin planned to step down during the integration period of the company’s proposed combination with Waste Connections Inc.

    Pio, who has been leading the company’s integration efforts for the combination with Waste Connections, will now also assume primary responsibility for Progressive Waste Solutions’ operations. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016.

    Published in the April 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Advanced Disposal acquires Tatum Sanitation

    Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, has completed the acquisition of assets of Tatum Sanitation, based in Canton, Georgia.

    The acquisition included vehicles and residential customers in Cherokee County, Georgia and will be operated out of their existing Atlanta North facility.

    Published in the April 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Blue Sphere completes acquisition of biogas facilities in Italy

    Blue Sphere Corp., which develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, has completed the acquisition of four operating biogas facilities in Italy.

  • California’s trash control policy approved

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the State Water Resources Control Board’s new water quality standards for trash in California’s waters.

  • Republic Services makes organizational changes

    Republic Services, Inc. made changes to its organizational structure and customer engagement model.

  • Bennington awards outreach contract to NRRA

    The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance, Vermont, has awarded an outreach and education contract to Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) to provide Solid Waste Implementation Plan services to schools, institutions and businesses within the region.

  • Covanta acquires Chief Industrial Services

    Covanta Environmental Solutions, has acquired Chief Industrial Services, a privately-held environmental services company located in Wisconsin. The acquisition will expand and complement Covanta’s existing capabilities in the Midwest, following the 2015 acquisition of Milwaukee-based Advanced Waste Services.

    This most recent acquisition adds two locations to Covanta Environmental Solutions’ current asset base and increases a portfolio of services and customized solutions to current and future customers. Chief specializes in tailored non-hazardous waste management and industrial cleaning services for industrial and commercial customers in the Midwest.

    Published in the March 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Alpine Waste rewards local collector

    Alpine Waste & Recycling named Colleen Chandler of Englewood, Colorado as the winner of this year’s America Recycles Day contest, rewarding her with two weeks of lunches to a local restaurant.

  • Waste Connections to acquire Progressive Waste

    Waste Connections, Inc. and Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. have entered into a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock transaction.

  • Area Disposal acquires Casali & Sons Disposal

    Area Disposal Service, Inc., based in Peoria, Illinois, has acquired Casali and Sons Disposal, a commercial and residential waste hauler serving the Bloomington, Illinois area. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    Area Disposal will manage the Casali routes from its operation in Clinton, Illinois.

    Published in the February 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • WM acquires Southern Waste/Sun Recycling

    Waste Management Inc. of Florida has completed its acquisition of certain business assets of Southern Waste Systems (SWS)/Sun Recycling in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.

    With this transaction, Waste Management Inc. of Florida is acquiring operations and assets at 12 SWS/Sun Recycling facilities located in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The acquired business assets include residential, commercial, and industrial solid waste collection, processing/recycling and transfer operations, equipment, vehicles, real estate and customer agreements.

    Published in the February 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • WCA Waste acquires Town And Country Disposal

    WCA Waste Corporation (WCA), a non-hazardous solid-waste services company recently completed the acquisition of Town and Country Disposal, a substantial Kansas City, Missouri collection, transfer and materials recycling company.

  • Organix Solutions commercializes technology that removes organics from MSW stream

    Organix Solutions, an organics recovery and municipal waste consultancy based in Minnesota, recently reported their commitment to commercialize BurCell™ Recovery Technology.

  • EPA grant helps fight dumping

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a nearly $30,000 Environmental Justice Small Grant to the Coral Bay Community Council, Inc., of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Teamsters testify about Republic Services’ radioactive landfill in St. Louis

    The Teamsters testified at the St. Louis Tribunal that is investigating human rights violations against communities surrounding Republic Services’ West Lake Superfund landfill site in Bridgeton, Missouri. The tribunal will report to the United Nations Human Rights and Environment Program.

  • Food waste expert offers consumer food saving guide

    The Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook offers simple consumer tips and tools to saving money and food, from the grocery store to the kitchen.

  • Study shows composting remains the best option

    Many people compost their food scraps and yard waste because they think it’s the right thing to do.

  • Carrier held summit to reduce waste

    Halving food waste by 2030 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are among the United Nations’ top Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Fluoridation chemical company fined $2 billion

    Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC, is one of the largest sellers of a fluoride chemical, fluorosilicic acid, that cities add to public drinking water.

  • Municipal collection of organics increases

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    Surely the oldest form of recycling is organics recycling. Prehistoric farmers quickly realized that adding food scraps and other carbon based materials to soils resulted in more productive crops.

  • Advanced mixed waste MRFs tackle diverse challenges

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    Over the past few years the precipitous drop in recycled commodity prices has hurt the entire American scrap recycling industry, especially single stream MRFs and the burgeoning advanced mixed material recovery facilities (AMMRF), often derogatively called “Dirty MRFs.”

  • Florida chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association honors legislators

    In conjunction with its statewide legislative meetings and Florida Recycles Day, the Florida Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) honored three state legislators as “Legislators of the Year” for their support of the Florida waste and recycling industry.

  • A Closer Look | JAN 2016 Recycle Solutions with Darren Knepper

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    ­­Darren Knepper said that he came across the idea of electronics recycling about five years ago from a friend. While electronics recycling had taken hold in his friend’s home state of Oregon, Knepper saw it as a new opportunity in Utah.

  • Equipment Spotlight | JAN 2016 Containers

  • Advanced Disposal hosted American flag retirement ceremony for Veteran’s Day

    Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, retired 2,539 American flags that the company collected this summer as part of its flag retirement program, which was a free service to the communities it serves.

  • Veolia and Covanta team up to help businesses recycle universal waste

    Covanta and Veolia have partnered to make Veolia’s RecyclePak® program available to assist in the ability to recycle universal wastes such as lamps, ballasts, batteries and other products that contain hazardous substances.

  • Illinois passes law for safe disposal of used needles and syringes

    A coalition of Illinois government, business and community leaders came together to raise awareness around a new state law regarding safe disposal of used medical needles and syringes.

  • A Closer Look | DEC 2015 Hoosier Hauler with Kyle Wang

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    ­­The tagline for Hoosier Hauler is “We love talking trash,” and owner Kyle Wang said that he does indeed enjoy talking to his customers, particularly, “when I have a satisfied customer and they become a repeat customer.”

  • Waste Connections completes acquisition

    Waste Connections, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Rock River Environmental Services, Inc., a provider of solid waste collection, recycling, transfer and disposal services, with total annual revenue of approximately $75 million.

    The acquired operations service 19 counties in central and northern Illinois and include 5 collection operations, 2 landfills, 1 compost facility, 1 transfer station and 1 recycling facility.

    Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Alpine Waste VP named to national recycling board

    Brent Hildebrand, vice president of Recycling at Alpine Waste & Recycling, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Recycling Coalition.
    Hildebrand runs the Altogether Recycling Plant in South Adams County that recently celebrated its retooling and expansion of capacity. The plant originally opened in 2007, and the recent $5 million investment into all new Machinex equipment and other improvements increased the material capacity by 100 percent.

    In 2012, Hildebrand was named the president of the Colorado Association for Recycling.  In 2009 he received the Sustainability Champion award from the Colorado Environmental Partnership and the Colorado Public Health and Environment for innovating Alpine’s diverse efforts to promote recycling in Colorado.

    Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Republic expands CNG-powered fleet in Phoenix

    Republic Services added four compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Phoenix area.

    The CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic Services throughout Arizona to 34.

    Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Advantek names Hayes as new board member

    Advantek Waste Management Services LLC, a waste management company and innovator of managing wastes produced by the oil and gas industry, disclosed that David J. Hayes has joined its board of directors. Hayes is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Stanford Law School and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

    Prior to teaching at Stanford, Hayes served as the deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Department of the Interior for Presidents Clinton and Obama from 1999-2001 and 2009-2013, respectively, including serving as the Department’s point person in managing the Interior’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • New York Department of Sanitation offers curbside collection of clothing

    To help NYC residents responsibly recycle their unwanted clothing and textiles, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is launching a pilot program to pick-up clothing and textiles from residents at their curbside through a special one-time collection this fall.

  • Universities compete to reduce stadium waste

    Until the end of November, college football is scoring big by tackling stadium and tailgating waste through the national GameDay Recycling Challenge, where teams and their fans compete to see who can reduce and recycle the most GameDay items, such as glass bottles and food packaging waste.

  • Municipality of Isabela agrees to landfill settlement

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Municipality of Isabela, Puerto Rico, have reached a legal agreement that will result in upgrades at the Isabela Municipal Solid Waste Landfill, and a plan to permanently close the landfill by June 2020.

  • Flood Brothers wins a 2015 business of the year award

    The Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business announced the winners of its 22nd Annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards.

  • Fatalities in waste and recycling industry fifth highest among jobs

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, which details that refuse and recyclable material collectors, as a category, ranked fifth among American workers, with a total of 27 fatalities, down from 33 in 2013.

  • EPA proposes emissions cut from landfills

    As part of the Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two proposals to further reduce emissions of methane-rich gas from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills.

  • Republic Services reports increased income for quarter

    Republic Services, Inc. reported net income of $190.3 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2015, versus $179.0 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for 2014.

  • EPA works to improve hazardous waste handling

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

  • Mixed waste processing may increase diversion rates

    The Evolution of Mixed Waste Processing Facilities, 1970-Today by Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) of Fairfax, Virginia notes that mixed waste processing (MWP) facilities use a variety of new and existing technologies to separate recyclable commodities from a stream of mixed trash, or MSW.

  • Republic expands natural gas-powered fleet

    Republic Services has added 17 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Denver area.

  • Green3Power to build renewable energy facility on the St. Lucie County landfill

    Green3Power St. Lucie LLC has executed an agreement to build, own and fund a $175 million renewable energy facility (REF) which will convert approximately 1,000 tons of waste per day into approximately 80,000 gallons per day of ultra-low sulfur synthetic green No. 2 diesel fuel.

  • Progressive Waste Solutions launches automated waste collection service

    Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. officially launched its new automated waste collection service in the municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario.

  • Alpine Waste signs deal with Golden, CO

    Alpine Waste & Recycling has agreed to provide the City of Golden, Colorado with waste hauling and recycling services on an exclusive basis in a deal that will add 3,400 homes to the company’s operations.

  • Casella Waste appoints James O’Connor to board

    Casella Waste Systems, Inc. has appointed waste management industry veteran, James E. O’Connor, to Casella’s board of directors. O’Connor is the former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Republic Services.

    He brings to the Casella board over 40 years of experience in the waste management industry, including extensive leadership experience, as well as experience serving on the boards of directors of publicly-traded companies in a variety of industries, including waste management, transportation and energy.

    During his 13 years serving as chief executive officer of Republic Services, including serving the last eight years as both chairman and chief executive officer, O’Connor led the transformation of Republic Services from a company with $1.4 billion in annual revenues into one with more than $8 billion in revenues, making it one of the largest waste management companies in the world. Among O’Connor’s many achievements at Republic Services was its $12.1 billion transformative acquisition of Allied Waste in December 2008.

    Prior to joining Republic Services, O’Connor spent close to 30 years at Waste Management, Inc.

    Published in the September 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Waste Pro acquires three different haulers

    Waste Pro has acquired Waste Away Services, LLC, a full service hauling company serving approximately 1,850 customers in Elberton, Georgia. The operations will become part of Waste Pro’s existing Athens, Georgia location adding both staff and equipment.

    Waste Away Services is one of three residential and commercial waste service and disposal companies acquired by Waste Pro in the past three months.

    In April, Waste Pro acquired Henson Waste Disposal, adding the service operations into their Asheville, North Carolina division.

    The third acquisition occurred in May, when Waste Pro acquired Liberty Waste Services. Liberty Waste is tucked in with the Waste Pro Charlotte, North Carolina regional operations.

    Published in the September 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Cooper Tire decreases landfill usage nearly 40 percent

    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company released its third annual corporate social responsibility and sustainability report – “Responsibility the Cooper Way.”

  • WM recognizes companies for waste reduction

    Waste Management named the winners of the 2015 “Sustainability Circle of Excellence Award,” a recognition given to the top waste reduction customers in the construction industry whose various projects achieved outstanding sustainability milestones.

  • Sewage sludge as organic fertilizer?

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    Is sewage sludge applied to farmland good for the health of drinking water, foods and humans or not? This is a perplexing question facing humanity. Each wastewater treatment facility serves a particular area’s homes, businesses, industries and hospitals and produces a somewhat different chemical blend of sludge, depending on substances treated and method of treatment.

  • Motorists in Virginia must slow down to get around waste and recycling vehicles

    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took part in a ceremonial signing of House Bill 1649 that enhances safety for workers in the waste and recycling industry.

  • Employee pleads guilty to accepting bribes from haulers

    Tamara Oliver Washington, a former Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) employee, plead guilty to conspiracy and to solicitation of bribes in connection with a 14 year scheme in which DPW employees accepted cash payments from commercial haulers in return for allowing the commercial haulers to dump trash at the Quarantine Road Landfill without paying the disposal fees.

  • U.S. Supreme Court denies challenge to Alameda County drug disposal ordinance

    California local governments have received the news they have been waiting for since 2012 – that an industry legal challenge against Alameda County to make producers share in responsibility for safe medicine disposal will not be taken up by the Supreme Court, allowing Alameda, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties to implement their ordinances and other counties to proceed in adopting similar ordinances.

  • Top professionals receive honors and scholarships from NWRA

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) honored 23 of its industry’s finest professionals at its annual awards ceremony at WasteExpo.

  • Blue Sphere breaks ground on waste-to-energy project

    Blue Sphere Corp., a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, broke ground on their newest waste to energy project in Johnston, Rhode Island.

  • DTE Energy installs Detroit’s first solar energy trash compactors

    DTE Energy will install smart, solar powered trash compactors and recycling units in its downtown Detroit, Michigan neighborhood.

  • Advanced Disposal names Stoeckigt as manager

    Advanced Disposal has promoted Mike Stoeckigt to district manager over the company’s north central Wisconsin and Missouri districts. In his new role, he will oversee 28 hauling, landfill, transfer stations and recycling facilities.

    Stoeckigt has been with the company for seven years.

    Published in the August 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Toter adds two regional sales managers

    Toter, a Wastequip brand, and a manufacturer of two wheel carts for curbside collection of waste, recycling, and organics, has added two regional sales managers. Gareth Buxton will have responsibility for the mid-Atlantic region, and Blake Wetzel will be responsible for the upper Midwest region. Both will be tasked with growing sales in Toter’s residential channel, specifically with municipalities and private waste haulers.

    Buxton began his career with Toter in January 2015 as an industrial distribution manager, where he focused on developing Toter’s industrial, commercial, and institutional customer channels while driving long-term, sustainable growth for the Toter professional products business.

    Prior to joining Toter, Buxton was the founder of Allied Enterprises, LLC, where he offered health and wellness services. Before his entrepreneurial stint, he served six years with a Special Forces unit of the British Royal Marines. He also managed operational planning and crisis management as an assistant director of operations for Aegis, a defense security and risk management service organization. In addition, he served as the reconstruction liaison team leader, focusing on building strategic relationships with government officials and key leaders in Iraq. Buxton’s responsibility for the mid-Atlantic region includes North and South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

    Wetzel brings more than 12 years of industry and sales experience. He joined Toter’s parent company, Wastequip, in 2014. He served as a regional sales manager for Wastequip’s technical division, and was responsible for growing business for the company’s compactor and baler product lines. Prior to joining Wastequip, he worked as a sales supervisor for Republic Services. Wetzel’s responsibility for the upper Midwest region includes Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

    Published in the August 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • American Rivers to surpass trash record

    The 2015 National River Cleanup® season is on track to break records.

  • Ohio’s waste and recycling industry has $6.7 billion annual economic impact

    At its annual meeting, the Ohio Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) released statewide economic impact data on the waste and recycling industry for the first time.

  • Advanced Disposal holds open house for new gas-to-energy plant in Florida

    Advanced Disposal partnered with Sarasota County for a landfill open house and ribbon cutting event for the County’s new gas-to-energy plant.

  • Duke Energy to build two coal ash landfills in North Carolina

    Duke Energy plans to submit permits to construct fully lined on-site landfills at the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, North Carolina and the Sutton Plant in Wilmington, North Carolina.

  • Bruce Ranck inducted into recycling hall of fame

    Republic Services, Inc. said that an industry icon and Republic forefather, Bruce Ranck, has been inducted into the National Waste & Recycling Association’s Hall of Fame.

  • EPA proposes removal of Alexandria Township landfill from Superfund List

    After successfully completing all cleanup work and putting into place long term controls to ensure that people’s health and the environment continues to be protected, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to remove the Crown Vantage Landfill Superfund site in Alexandria Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey from the federal Superfund list.

  • Rehrig Pacific wins bid to replace 500,000 waste containers

    Rehrig Pacific Company has been given the final approval from the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada to provide approximately 500,000 residential organic waste bins.

  • Alpine CFO appointed to state recycling committee

    Alek M. Orloff, chief financial officer of Alpine Waste & Recycling, has accepted an appointment to a state committee that oversees grants for recycling programs.

    The 13 member committee is appointed by the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, which works within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Orloff will fill one of the six positions on the Assistance Committee allocated to representatives of nonprofit and for-profit entities.

    Established in 1992, the board provides overall policy guidance, coordination and advice to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on pollution prevention activities.
    In 2007, the Colorado Legislature established the Recycling Resources Opportunity Act, with a fund to award grants for appropriate projects.

    Orloff previously served six years on the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission. He was selected in 2009 as one of the Denver Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40,” a list honoring 40 Denver business leaders under the age of 40. In 2008, he was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s “Outstanding CFOs.”

    Published in the July 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Chris Kete joins Wastequip to lead its plastics division

    Wastequip has added an executive leadership position at its corporate headquarters. Industrial manufacturing veteran, Chris Kete, has joined the company’s plastics division, where he’ll lead business and brand strategy for the Toter brand.

    In this role, Kete will oversee sales, marketing, manufacturing, operations, supply chain and customer service for one of Wastequip’s largest divisions. He will be responsible for achieving Toter’s long-range growth plans, setting business strategy and building strategies that grow revenue, expand the customer base and take market share.

    Kete brings almost two decades of experience in the manufacturing industry, previously serving in executive leadership positions with The Horsburgh & Scott Company, Industrial Service Solutions, Meritor and Cummins, Inc.

    Kete earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, and then served in the U.S. Navy from 1994 to 1999 as a submarine warfare officer. After his stint in the armed forces, he earned his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.

    Published in the July 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

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  • The economic geography of landfill capacity

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    Some good news! The U.S. has an unlimited amount of vacant land to build new landfills.

  • EAWC Technologies builds waste-to-energy plant

    EAWC Technologies has signed an agreement with Tecnologias Verdes SA de CV, a private Mexican Corporation, to build the country’s first waste-to-energy (WtE) plant at the state of Chiapas.

  • Advanced Disposal acquires Little Hoppers

    Advanced Disposal has completed the acquisition of Little Hoppers based in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

    The acquisition includes municipal, residential and commercial customers throughout Door and Kewaunee Counties, a municipal solid waste, construction and demolition and metals transfer station along with equipment. Ten Little Hoppers’ employees are joining the Advanced Disposal team including the previous owner of Little Hoppers, Steve Estes, who is now serving as Advanced Disposal’s general manager for the hauling company and transfer station.

    Published in the June 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Progressive Waste reports quarterly results

    Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. reported its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015.

  • Britain moves to make food waste disposal illegal

    Companies and organizations that routinely produce food waste should be compelled by law to make arrangements to recycle it, as Britain’s increasingly full landfill sites reach crisis point.

  • WM awards $300,000 to Keep America Beautiful

    Keep America Beautiful and Waste Management disclosed that $300,000 in 2015 Waste Management

  • New York City shoots for zero waste to landfills

    The de Blasio administration released “One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City,” a comprehensive plan for a sustainable city for New Yorkers that addresses social, economic and environmental challenges.

  • Lee County, Florida expands existing composting facility

    The Lee County Composting Facility (LCCF) in Felda, Florida, has constructed three new tension fabric buildings as part of an expansion project that will double the operation’s production capacity for recycling biosolids and yard waste.

  • Republic Services opens Germann Transfer Station

    Republic Services has opened the Germann Transfer Station, Arizona which will provide environmentally friendly waste solutions throughout the southeast Valley for years to come.

  • Republic Services increased net income for first quarter

    Republic Services, Inc. reported net income of $172.4 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2015, versus $132.5 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, for the comparable 2014 period. The prior year’s adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.43 excluded a remediation charge of $0.06 per diluted share.
    Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion (EBITDA) during the three months ended March 31, 2015, was $625.9 million, or 28.9 percent of revenue, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $574.8 million, or 27.7 percent of revenue, for the comparable 2014 period.
    Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2015, increased to $2,169.4 million from $2,077.2 million for the comparable 2014 period. This growth in revenue of 4.4 percent was made up of increases in average yield of 2.1 percent, volume of 1.9 percent, and acquisitions, net of divestitures of 2.1 percent, partially offset by decreases in fuel recovery fees of 0.7 percent and recycled commodities of 1.0 percent.
    Republic’s board of directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.28 per share for shareholders of record on July 1, 2015. The dividend will be paid on July 15, 2015.

  • Waste Connections reports increased revenue for first quarter

    Waste Connections, Inc. disclosed its results for the first quarter of 2015.

  • EPA fines Clean Harbors for violations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a consent agreement and final order to Clean Harbors Deer Park, LLC, in La Porte, Texas.

  • Reusing and recycling junk utilizing cleanout services

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    When man first created junk, he was soon followed by the first junkman who would take or pay for discarded items and try to make a buck. Thus, the scrap industry was born.

  • Carolina Recycling Association recognizes Don Phelps as 2015 Recycler of the Year

    Republic Services’ general manager, Don Phelps, has been named Recycler of the Year by the Carolina Recycling Association.

  • Pennsylvania DEP renews Keystone Landfill’s permit

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) renewed the operating permit for Keystone Sanitary Landfill in the boroughs of Dunmore and Throop, Lackawanna County, for another ten years.

  • Broken toys recycled for less landfill waste

    With three billion toys purchased in 2014 alone, the challenges of what to do with damaged or unwanted toys are greater than ever. Unusable toys that aren’t fit for donating can now find a new home other than a landfill.

  • Most Americans don’t slow down around refuse trucks

    A new survey suggests that although most Americans encounter garbage trucks on the road each week, only a third of people slow down near them while nearly 40 percent are actually tempted to speed around them.

  • Flood Brothers pioneers Bio-Bin compost program

    In an effort to improve waste recycling in some Illinois communities, a test program is underway at the Flood Brothers Disposal & Recycling Services, headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois’ plant to recycle food waste in an innovative way.

  • Glenn Godwin joins Harris Waste Management

    Harris Waste Management Group, Inc., Baxley and Cordele, Georgia, has hired Glenn Godwin as director of quality and safety as of April 20, 2015.

    Previously Godwin was operational excellence manager at an Imerys mining and processing facility in Andersonville, Georgia, where he was responsible for 5S implementation, achieving cost reductions and facilitating continuous quality improvement. Godwin brings over a decade of experience to Harris, having quality, safety, management and leadership experience at a variety of companies throughout the state of Georgia.

    Godwin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

    Published in the May 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Petersen Industries adds TransPro as sole dealer

    Petersen Industries, Inc., manufacturer of grapple trucks and bulky waste collection systems, disclosed that TransPro Equipment Sales is now the sole and exclusive dealer for the entire state of Georgia.

    In late 2013, TransPro Equipment Sales, LLC became an official dealer for Petersen Industries in Georgia with the exception of the northern portion of the state.

    Published in the May 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • SWANA names Biderman executive director

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), board of directors confirmed the selection of David Biderman as its next executive director and chief executive officer.

    Biderman has worked at the National Waste and Recycling Association and its predecessors for 18 years, most recently as vice president of government affairs and general counsel.

    Before coming to in the waste industry, he worked as an environmental and transportation attorney at Steptoe & Johnson, a Washington DC based law firm.

    Biderman holds a degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and earned a B.A. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

    He becomes only the third executive director/chief executive officer in SWANA’s 54 year history, following H. Lanier Hickman (1978 to 1996) and John H. Skinner (1996 to 2015).

    Published in the May 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Coalition urges overturn of decision to build hazardous waste recycling plant

    A broad coalition of community members, advocates and labor groups have petitioned Governor Brown excoriating the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for permitting a company to build a used motor oil recycling plant a stone’s throw from a highly frequented lake and recreation area in Irwindale, California, Consumer Watchdog said.

  • Waste Pro opens recycling facility in Ocala, Florida

    Waste Pro has opened a new state-of-the-art material recycling recovery facility in Ocala, Florida.

  • NYC Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association opposes Intro 495

    The New York City Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management held a hearing in February on Intro 495, a bill that proposes to reduce waste transfer station capacity in select neighborhoods in the city.

  • More NJ violators charged with illegal dumping

    New Jersey State Park Police have charged another eight people in the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) continuing crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and recreational lands.

    The DEP’s “Don’t Waste Our Open Space” campaign was launched in late March of last year. Investigations of illegal dump sites on state properties by State Park Police, Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Conservation Officers and DEP’s Compliance & Enforcement personnel has resulted so far in 36 arrests or charges.

    The program is a coordinated effort  and all activities are posted on, a website that serves as a hub for the entire program.

    Recent enforcement actions for the illegal dumping initiative, all conducted by State Park Police, include:

    • Andrew Carter, of Shamong, was charged with illegal dumping and illegal transporting of solid waste after a dump site consisting of construction material, work site debris and household trash was discovered in Wharton State Forest. Carter faces a maximum fine of $15,000.
    • Pawel Klos of Hamilton (Mercer County) was charged with illegal dumping after an investigation of a dump site consisting of construction debris in a parking lot of D&R Canal State Park in Lawrence. Klos faces a maximum fine of $5,000.
    • Dylan Nowakowski of Ledgewood was charged with illegal dumping after disposing of construction and household debris in Allamuchy State Park in Mount Olive. Nowakowski pled guilty and was ordered by Mount Olive Municipal Court to pay $1,466 in fines.
    • Drew Dash of Medford, was charged with disposal and transportation of solid waste after several bags of trash and personal belongings were found in Wharton State Forest in Shamong. Dash faces a maximum fine of $15,000.
    • James Cassady, of Lumberton, was charged with illegal dumping after a Burlington County park ranger witnessed him dumping yard debris in Rancocas State Park. Cassady faces a $1,000 fine.
    • Dylan Scarpone, of Stanhope, and Christopher Ederer, were separately charged with illegal dumping in Mount Olive Township. Both pled guilty in Mount Olive Court and were ordered to pay $283 in fines.
    • Deanna Cottle, of Browns Mills was charged with illegal dumping after being captured on surveillance photos dumping leaves on three separate occasions in Brendan Byrne State Forest in Pemberton. Cottle pled guilty and was ordered to pay a $283 fine.

    Strategically deployed motion-sensor cameras have been set up in select state parks and wildlife management areas to help nab violators. Information on arrests and charges filed in connection with illegal dumping will be posted on

  • WM reports strong profits for 2014

    Waste Management, Inc. disclosed financial results for the fourth quarter and for the year ended December 31, 2014.

  • PHG Energy acquires Florida waste-to-energy facility

    PHG Energy of Nashville has acquired multiple intellectual property assets and a municipal gasification plant in the bankruptcy of Florida based MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc.

  • No deterrent: Trivial fines for fly tippers criticized

    People prosecuted for fly tipping are getting off with minor fines that don’t act as a deterrent.

  • Poole named chairman at Waste Industries USA

    Waste Industries USA, Inc. disclosed that Jim Perry will be succeeded by Ven Poole, chief executive officer, as chairman of the board.

    Perry, who was the company’s first employee, has been with Waste Industries for 44 years. As part of the founder’s ownership group, he will continue to serve as a director on the board and will serve as compensation committee chairman.

    Other changes include Greg Yorston, president and chief operating officer; Steve Grissom, senior vice president and chief financial officer; and Lisa Inman, senior vice president and general counsel.

    Since Waste Industries was founded in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1970, Perry has helped lead the success that saw the company expand its service area to include Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, managing solid waste collection, recycling, and disposal for over one million residential, commercial and industrial customers.

    Published in the April 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • National waste, recycling industry saw nine monthly employment gains in 2014

    Employment increased by 8,700 in the waste and recycling industry during 2014, bringing total sector employment to a new high of 383,300, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • EPA issues final rules on hazardous waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final rule revising the Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

  • City Hall rally opposes transfer station proposal

    Two members of the New York City Council joined workers at a rally on the steps of City Hall in protest of Intro 495, a proposal to reduce waste transfer station capacity in certain city neighborhoods.

  • Advanced Disposal completes acquisitions

    Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, has completed the acquisition of certain assets of Hornback Recycling & Disposal Inc. based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and certain assets of Pea Ridge Waste Management, LLC based in Henderson, Kentucky.

    The Hornback acquisition includes residential and commercial customers throughout Washtenaw, Wayne, Livingston and Oakland Counties in Michigan. Eighteen Hornback employees including office staff and drivers will join the Advanced Disposal team.

    The Pea Ridge acquisition includes residential and commercial customers throughout Henderson, Union and Webster Counties in Kentucky. Seven Pea Ridge employees including office staff, drivers and mechanics will join the Advanced Disposal team.

    Former Pea Ridge customers will be serviced by Advanced Disposal’s Evansville, Indiana hauling location.

    Published in the March 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Bigbelly to expand reach worldwide in 2015

    Bigbelly, Inc., a provider of waste management solutions, disclosed accelerated worldwide growth in 2014, including an expanded customer base to 47 countries, and development of advanced technologies that support customers’ Smart City and the Internet of Things initiatives.

    The company also expanded its management team with seasoned industry executives who hail from leading industrial automation, technology, mobile and media companies.

    Bigbelly, solar powered, connected and smart waste and recycling stations allows for waste disposal and recycling of paper, plastic, or glass at specified stations. More than 1,500 municipalities, colleges & universities, transit systems, parks & beaches, healthcare facilities, corporate campuses, retail & mixed use, ports and government facilities worldwide have invested in Bigbelly units.

    Published in the March 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Harris Waste develops new recycling systems division

    Mark Haire has been named vice president of Integrated Recycling Systems for Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. Integrated Recycling Systems’ main focus will be engineered projects not only for the Harris family of products, but also for ferrous and nonferrous processing systems design and supply. This specialized group is comprised of experienced material handling and processing, controls automation, project management, and service personnel to ensure that Harris supplies the best processing system solutions in the industry.

    Haire has been with Harris since 2009 and was previously engineering manager for the shredder division.

    Harris is also making two new appointments to shredder products and systems. Scott Holder, formerly a regional sales manager for Harris, is now director of shredder sales. Holder is well known in the industry and is looking forward to focusing more of his efforts on shredder systems.

    In the service area, Jim Summers has joined the Harris team as a shredder specialist. As former operations manager at Midwest Scrap Management in Kansas City, Missouri, Summers has vast experience in shredder systems.

    Published in the March 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Cox Enterprises removes five tons of trash from rivers and shorelines

    Through national partnerships with American Rivers and Ocean Conservancy, Cox Enterprises removed nearly five tons of materials from rivers and shorelines across the nation this year.

  • Recycling grants awarded in NJ

    New Jersey’s municipalities will receive more than $15 million in state recycling grants to help implement and enhance local recycling efforts, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) commissioner Bob Martin said.

  • Sacramento judge rejects Boeing’s bid to demolish and dispose of radioactive waste

    Sacramento, California Superior Court has denied Boeing’s motion for summary judgment in a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuit over the demolition and disposal of radioactively contaminated structures from the site of a partial nuclear meltdown near Los Angeles, Consumer Watchdog said.

  • Colorado Medical Waste receives award

    Colorado Medical Waste, Inc. was honored with the Environmental Sustainability Award.

  • Low cost loans available for recycling infrastructure

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    A new investment fund is making $100 million in zero interest and below market loans for recycling infrastructure.

  • Wilmington compost facility ordered closed

    Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources’ (DNREC) secretary David Small has issued an order to Peninsula Compost Company LLC of Wilmington requiring closure of its recycling facility.

  • More charged in DEP crackdown on illegal dumping

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and recreational lands has yielded eight more enforcement actions, all for disposing of debris and other materials in state-owned natural areas.

  • EPA highlights benefits of food diversion

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator Susan Hedman highlighted the environmental benefits of diverting food waste from landfills at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District’s (WLSSD) composting facility.

  • Global Green helps divert food scraps

    Global Green has joined forces with the City of Albany, California and members of its Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) to launch in-depth pilots in select buildings to collect data, test products and support the broader rollout of food scrap recovery across the region.

  • Veolia and IBM enter partnership to transform management services for cities

    IBM and Veolia have entered into a partnership to provide new solutions that integrate digital technologies into urban services to improve the efficiency of municipal systems around the world – a partnership which opens up new possibilities for smart cities.

  • BioHitech helps hospitals digest

    BioHitech America, a food waste removal company, is adding two more hospital systems to their list of nearly two-dozen healthcare clients.

  • American Textile Recycling Service closes the loop

    ATRS collected approximately 10,000 pounds of clothing, shoes and household textiles through its Pledge2Recycle America Recycles Day campaign.

  • EU study shows end-of-waste is a force for good

    The introduction of end-of-waste (EoW) for scrap from iron and steel, aluminum and aluminum alloys has had only positive effects on the market and the environment, according to a major new study from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC).

  • Progressive Waste adds natural gas powered trucks

    Progressive Waste Solutions (PWS) opened a natural gas fueling station in Coquitlam that services the largest fleet of natural gas powered waste and recycling collection vehicles in BC and Canada.

  • Maine DEP proposes to revamp solid waste rules

    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued several public notices detailing numerous proposed changes to Maine’s solid waste rules.

  • Republic adds 20 natural gas trucks

    Republic Services has added 20 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Springfield, Missouri area.

  • Korney named regional sales manager for Harris

    Ken Korney has joined Harris Waste Management Group, Inc., where he will serve as a regional sales manager.

    In his new position, Korney will be responsible for leading all Harris sales efforts in support of product and market development for Harris’ non-ferrous equipment and Harris distributors. Korney’s sales region includes Eastern Kentucky, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Western New York, Michigan, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

    Published in the January 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • EPA settles with Kern Steel to ensure safe handling of waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined Kern Steel Fabrication, Inc. $57,100 for improper management of hazardous waste generated at its facility in Bakersfield, California.

  • Advanced Disposal completes acquisition

    Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, has completed the acquisition of certain assets of Weaver’s Sanitation Services, Inc. The acquisition includes residential and commercial customers in Somerset County, Pennsylvania and containers.

    Former customers will be serviced by Advanced Disposal immediately.

    Published in the December 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Heritage-Crystal Clean acquires FCC Environmental

    Hazardous waste management and used-oil re-refining company Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc., Elgin, Illinois, has acquired FCC Environmental from Spain’s Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas S.A. for $90 million.

    FCC Environmental, a provider of environmental and used-oil collection services, operates 34 facilities in the U.S. and generated sales of approximately $160 million during its 2013 fiscal year.

    Published in the December 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Republic Services to open complex in Las Vegas

    Republic Services broke ground on a new, highly-advanced recycling complex in November 2014.  

    The Southern Nevada Recycling complex is expected to double recycling capacity throughout North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Henderson and Clark County.

    The 110,000 sq.ft. complex is scheduled to begin operations in the summer of 2015 and when complete, will be the largest residential recycling complex in the nation.

    Published in the December 2014 Edition of American Recycler News