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  • 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

  • National waste association hits record membership

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) has reached a record high membership at 813 members, marking a nearly 20 percent increase in growth over the past 2

    Published in the December 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Waste Pro completes recapitalization

    Waste Pro USA, Inc. a large privately owned solid waste services company, has completed a $579 million recapitalization of the Longwood, Florida based company.

    The new credit facility for the firm is all debt, which included an asset base loan revolving line of credit led by Wells Fargo Capital Finance.

    Waste Pro, valued at more than $1 billion, had 2013 revenues of $510 million in its 8 state Southeastern U.S. footprint.

    The transaction also completes and fulfills the terms of Waste Pro’s 5 year $100 million investment by Atlanta-based Roark Capital Partners.

    Published in the December 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Big issues handling Ebola medical waste

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    Even though Ebola has only caused one death and several infections in the U.S., it has raised panic among the general public as well scrambling and stumbling by government agencies to respond to the crisis.

  • GGH Wyoming to open new waste facility

    GGH Wyoming, LLC will open a waste management facility in Bill, Wyoming for the oil and gas exploration and production industry.

    The facility, called Grasslands Environmental, is a turnkey waste management facility that is designed to serve the disposal and water needs of Wyoming’s oil and gas exploration and production industry at a single location.

    The facility will include a commercial oilfield wastewater disposal facility, an industrial landfill, a non-potable water supply well and two Class I injection wells.

    Published in the November 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Republic Services acquires Rainbow Disposal Co.

    Republic Services, Inc. disclosed the acquisition of one of Southern California’s largest independent solid waste companies, Rainbow Disposal Co., Inc. The transaction further enhances Republic’s Southern California footprint, and reinforces the company’s growth strategy to expand its operations through targeted, accretive acquisitions.

    Republic has acquired Rainbow’s state-of-the-art business and facilities, which include hauling routes in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Midway City, Westminster, Orange County, Newport Beach and Irvine as well as a recycling facility, a transfer station, a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station, and a vehicle fleet,  powered by CNG.

    As part of the transaction, the primary principals at Rainbow, Jerry Moffatt and Jeff Snow, have joined Republic Services and will lead a newly created business unit of the company based at the Huntington Beach campus. Republic’s new business unit will continue to serve residential and commercial customers, providing waste collection, transfer, disposal, diversified material recovery/recycling and organic composting.

    Published in the November 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Equipment Spotlight | NOV 2014 Truck Scales

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    As the electronics market expands exponentially, more and more efforts are made to prevent discarded electronics from ending up in landfills.

  • Six more charged in DEP dumping crackdown

    The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and lands has yielded six more enforcement actions, all related to illegal dumping in New Jersey.

  • EPA works to improve operations at landfill

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the owner and the operator of the Moca Municipal Solid Waste Landfill in Moca, Puerto Rico, have reached an agreement that will result in improvements at the landfill.

  • WM awards KAB affiliates Think Green grants

    Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Waste Management stated that $10,000 Think Green® Grants were being awarded to 8 KAB community-based affiliates across the country.

  • Sunshine produces renewable energy in California

    Sunshine Gas Producers, a joint venture between DTE Biomass Energy and EIF Renewable Energy Holdings through its subsidiary Landfill Energy Systems, has started generating electricity from landfill gas at its recently constructed renewable energy facility at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Sylmar.

  • BJ’s Wholesale joins EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Frank Pallone, BJ’s Wholesale Club’s Doug Schiefelbein Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s (CFBNJ) Tristan Wallack and Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey to announce BJ’s participation in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge program at the store in Edison, New Jersey.

  • Global industrial waste market to double by 2020

    Regulations that facilitate a shift away from landfill towards more value-adding segments such as recycling are lending momentum to the global industrial waste management services market.

  • Eleven more GM facilities achieve landfill-free status

    Eleven additional General Motors facilities have achieved landfill-free status. The running total is 122 manufacturing and non-manufacturing operations spanning Asia, Europe, and South and North America that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations.

    “Our landfill-free movement is part of our culture of continuous improvement embraced by teams globally,” said Jim DeLuca, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “Not only does it make our operations more efficient and help conserve vital resources, but we’re able to reinvest the money we get from recycling into future vehicles for our customers.”

    GM’s new landfill-free facilities include:

    •CAMI Assembly (Canada)
    •Colmotores Assembly (Colombia)
    •Joinville Engine (Brazil)
    •Zaragoza Assembly (Spain)
    •Zaragoza Stamping (Spain)
    •Grand Rapids Operations (Michigan)
    •Burton Warehouse and Distribution Center (Michigan)
    •GM Heritage Center (Michigan)
    •Shanghai Headquarters (China)
    •Luton Warehouse (England)
    •Fontana Warehouse and Distribution Center (California)

    The addition of these 11 facilities to landfill-free status helps GM avoid more than 600,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions. This is comparable to the greenhouse gas benefit of 15 million tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

    “Our ultimate goal is not to generate any waste at all,” said John Bradburn, GM global manager of waste reduction. “Until then, we do everything we can to ensure it doesn’t end up in the ground. From connecting our suppliers on special recycling projects to reusing packaging, we apply lessons learned across all of our operations to broaden the positive impact.”

    Employee awareness is key in the drive to landfill-free. Colmotores Assembly in Colombia launched awareness campaigns that engaged employees in reducing waste and sorting it correctly. GM’s Shanghai headquarters, a LEED-Gold facility, formed a “Green Team” spanning IT, finance, facilities, R&D and supply chain departments to identify recycling and waste reduction opportunities. Luton Warehouse attributes its success to a robust training initiative that drove a zero-waste culture.

    All of these facilities treat their waste as resources out of place and employ a number of methods to give them a second or third life.

    Reduce: Zaragoza Assembly changed its manufacturing process to reduce solvent consumption from its paint shop; it now reuses 80 percent of it. Packaging continues to be a large waste stream for many plants and CAMI Assembly is tackling it by setting aggressive targets to reduce non-reusable packaging.

    Reuse: Grand Rapids Operations’ in-house oil recycling saves GM $1.2 million per year. It recycles and reuses every gallon of oil it buys from a refinery several times.

    Recycle: CAMI Assembly turns scrap wood into mulch for its wetlands and Grand Rapids Operations recycles grinding wheels as sandpaper. The Grand Rapids site also works with a partner that processes wastewater treatment sludge into a fuel source for the building materials industry.

    Compost: Zaragoza composts wastewater treatment sludge to create fertilizer and Joinville Engine composts its organic cafeteria waste to provide additional nutrients for the site’s trees and plants.

    A strong network of recycling partners and suppliers helps facilities achieve their goals. Localizing the supply chain strengthens the business case and reduces overall carbon footprint. One of Zaragoza’s biggest challenges was finding a nearby partner to efficiently transport and treat paint sludge so it could be used to generate electricity. Burton Warehouse and Distribution Center hired a waste technician to help sort packaging waste generated from expanded shipping and distribution operations. A new recycling partner helped push GM’s Heritage Center to landfill-free status.

    According to GM, landfill-free has no finish line. For example, Colmotores Assembly set a goal to work with suppliers on minimizing packaging waste and designing products for easier reuse or recycling.

    GM’s goal is to achieve 125 landfill-free sites globally by 2020. The company already has met its 10 percent total waste reduction commitment – 7 years ahead of schedule.

    Published in the November 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • PWS revs up CNG conversion

    Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. (PWS) has added about 250 natural gas-powered trucks to its waste and recycling collection fleet since it announced its commitment in May 2013 to increase the number of compressed natural gas (CNG) powered trucks it purchases.

  • New waste-to-energy businesses in Italy created

    Reservoir Capital Corp. has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Saxa Gres S.r.L. to develop recycling, manufacturing, waste-to-energy and renewable energy businesses in Italy.

  • Cascade Cart helps fund the fight against Alzheimer’s

    Cascade Cart Solutions, a division of Cascade Engineering, is joining the fight against Alzheimers with the launch of its purple Alzheimer’s Cart. Proceeds from the sale of each first-of-its-kind purple cart and bin will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • Illegal dumping fought with grant

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Conejos County Clean Water, Inc. (CCCW) of Antonito, Colorado, a $120,000 Environmental Justice grant to address illegal dumping in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado.

  • B&M and MBTA to perform cleanup of Iron Horse Park site

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached a $4.2 million settlement with Boston and Maine Corp. (B&M) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) for partial reimbursement of EPA’s past costs, and for full payment and performance of future cleanup work at the Iron Horse Park Superfund Site, Operable Unit 4 (OU4), in Billerica, Massachusetts.

  • More big batteries enter recycling stream

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    When people think about big batteries, they usually think about lead-acid automotive batteries, but these are only one type of battery coming to scrap yards these days, like those from electric vehicles (EVs) and from backup storage arrays.

  • Software technology reduces fuel costs for refuse trucks

    “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This brainy notion from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures is often quoted by strategic planners to make a foundational point.

  • Bluesphere to convert emissions from landfills into clean energy

    Bluesphere Corp., a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, is pursuing a strategy to work in partnership with landfill owners to convert harmful methane gas emissions from landfills into electricity.

  • National waste associations comment on proposed revision to landfill regulations

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) have jointly provided comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed rules to update the Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.

  • Ford’s Oakville assembly plant goes landfill-free in Canada

    The Oakville Assembly plant now sends no operational waste to landfills, an achievement that gives Ford Motor Company the distinction of becoming landfill-free at all its manufacturing facilities in Canada.

  • Rumpke names Greg Beamer regional VP

    Rumpke has selected Greg Beamer as regional vice president for the company’s Southern market.

    Beamer will oversee daily operations of waste, recycling and portable restroom services in more than 30 counties throughout Kentucky and Indiana. His 42 year waste industry career includes several Rumpke management roles in Cleveland and Cincinnati. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Louisville and served in the U.S. Navy.

    Published in the October 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Discount Dumpsters now Western Elite

    Effective immediately, Discount Dumpsters, LLC will begin doing business as Western Elite.

    Western Elite, a recycling and waste removal company in Nevada, operates a material recovery facility where customers can drop off construction debris and green waste.

    Western Elite also provides options of several sizes of dumpsters including front load recycling services for businesses throughout Clark County. While there may be some overlap as the rebranding of equipment and signage occurs, there will be no change in ownership or personnel.

    Published in the October 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Equipment Spotlight | SEP 2014 Separation Systems

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    As the electronics market expands exponentially, more and more efforts are made to prevent discarded electronics from ending up in landfills.

  • WM sues city of Oakland over trash contract

    Waste Management (WM), a large trash hauler business, has sued the city of Oakland, California. WM alleges that the city illegally awarded a $1 billion contract to a local garbage company.

  • National Waste & Recycling Association opposes new labor standards

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) joined the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Restaurant Association in filing an amicus brief with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in support of NW&RA member Republic Services, Inc., in a case involving the application of the Joint Employer Standard at its Newby Island facility in California.

  • EPA finalizes plan to address closed landfills

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its determination that no further action is needed to address the capping of two closed landfills at the Cinnaminson Groundwater Contamination Superfund site in the townships of Cinnaminson and Delran, New Jersey.

  • Waste industry employment in summer grows

    Employment for the waste management and remediation services industry has reached a record high, according to new statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

    BLS disclosed employment of 382,500 workers in the waste industry for July 2014, an increase of 1,200 employees (0.3 percent) from June’s numbers.

    Waste industry employment trends have mirrored national trends this year. Nationally, 209,000 jobs were added last month – the second consecutive month with an increase of 200,000 or more. The U.S. unemployment rate now hovers just above 6 percent; the waste industry’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in July – near a 7 year low.

    The waste management and remediation services category (NAICS 562) includes: solid waste collection; hazardous waste collection; other waste collection; hazardous waste treatment and disposal; solid waste landfill; solid waste combustors and incinerators; other nonhazardous waste treatment and disposal; remediation services; materials recovery facilities; and, all other waste management services.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Casella Waste settles with New York on charges

    New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman disclosed a settlement with a waste hauling firm, Casella Waste Systems, Inc., resolving concerns that Casella’s restrictive contracting practices, combined with its market dominance and pattern of acquisitions of smaller competitors, unlawfully restrained competition in the North Country and Southern Tier.

  • National association hires new director of safety

    National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) president and chief executive officer Sharon H. Kneiss welcomed John Haudenshield, NW&RA’s new director of safety. Haudenshield will work with industry stakeholders to address industry safety issues and to expand the association’s safety program.

    Haudenshield brings extensive corporate safety experience to NW&RA, having begun his career as a safety professional in waste and recycling industry operations and environmental, health and safety (EOSH) compliance. During 14 years of progressive experience leading EOSH compliance and management systems, he also held senior level safety and risk management positions for Diageo, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Unique Industries and Cycle Systems. While with Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Diageo, John was able to further corporate safety initiatives within automated, high-speed manufacturing sites, as well as across a direct store delivery sales region.

    Haudenshield has extensive experience with DOT Compliance, Driver Safety, Incident Management and Safety & Environmental Management Systems (OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001).

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Equipment Spotlight | AUG 2014 Waste-to-Fuel Equipment

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    Awareness of the benefits of waste to fuel conversion continues to grow.

  • Bluesphere gets emissions permit for North Carolina waste-to-energy

    Bluesphere Corp. has been issued an air emissions permit by Mecklenburg County for its 5.2 MW waste-to-energy project in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Republic names Maruster executive VP and CEO

    Republic Services, Inc. has named Robert A. Maruster, executive vice president (EVP) and chief operating officer, responsible for the company’s expansive field operations, which include 170 business units encompassing 29,000 employees across 39 states and Puerto Rico; 336 collection operations; 199 transfer stations; 190 active landfill operations; and 64 recycling facilities. Additionally, Maruster will be responsible for safety & environmental compliance; operations support; and fleet management, which encompasses the eighth largest vocational truck fleet in the country. He will report to president and chief executive officer, Don Slager.

    Maruster is joining Republic from JetBlue Airways Corporation where he was the airline’s EVP, chief operating officer, a position he assumed in 2009. In this role, he was responsible for the safe and reliable operations of nearly 900 daily flights to over 85 cities in 16 countries with a mixed fleet of 200 aircraft. He joined JetBlue in 2005 and held key leadership positions.

    Prior to JetBlue, Maruster held a variety of leadership roles at Delta Air Lines, including running the Atlanta hub as vice president, operations and customer service.

    Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Covanta’s Waffenschmidt reappointed to board

    Covanta disclosed that John G. Waffenschmidt, vice president of environmental science and community affairs, has been reappointed to the Pennsylvania Environmental Justice Advisory Board (EJAB) by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo.

    The EJAB is charged with overseeing the implementation of DEP’s Enhanced Public Participation Policy to protect the health of local communities, especially communities with the greatest concentration of environmental risks. Among the group’s objectives is to ensure that the DEP maintains a proactive approach to Environmental Justice (EJ) within the state, and increase the level of environmental monitoring in low-income and minority communities.

    In addition to his work at Covanta, Waffenschmidt also serves the Product Stewardship Institute Advisory Council, the Regional Plan Association, Long Island Chapter, and was a member of the original workgroup that helped establish the Pennsylvania EJAB. He also participates in different policy forums and gives lectures related to sustainability. His second consecutive two year term will extend through 2016.

    Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Advanced Disposal sets senior vice president

    ADS Waste Holdings, Inc., operating as Advanced Disposal, disclosed that Michael K. Slattery has been appointed senior vice president and general counsel following the departure of Scott Friedlander who recently left Advanced Disposal to pursue other opportunities. Slattery will serve as a member of the executive committee and as corporate secretary.

    Prior to joining Advanced Disposal, Slattery most recently served as senior vice president and general counsel for Veolia Environmental Services North America for eight years with responsibility for the management of the law department and all legal affairs in North America. Prior to joining Veolia, Slattery served as vice president and deputy general counsel for Fruit of the Loom, Inc. with responsibility for the management of legal affairs throughout North America, Canada, Europe, North Africa and Latin America. Prior to Fruit of the Loom, he served as vice president and general counsel for Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc. and as general counsel for several major North and Latin American operating divisions for Waste Management, Inc. over his 15 year career with Waste Management.

    Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • TransForce acquires Veolia Solid Waste Canada

    TransForce Inc. disclosed that Matrec, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransForce, has acquired the majority of assets of Veolia E.S. Matières Résiduelles Inc. operating under the name of Veolia Solid Waste Canada.

    In the last 12 months, Veolia Solid Waste Canada generated annual revenues of more than $30.0 million and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of more than $5.0 million. The purchase price of $25.0 million, excluding estimated working capital of $5.0 million, represents an Enterprise Value to trailing 12-month EBITDA multiple of less than 5.5 times.

    Veolia Solid Waste Canada has been operating in the Quebec City, Montreal and the Beauce regions for more than 40 years. It offers collection, transportation, disposal and recycling of trash and industrial waste to municipalities, as well as to commercial and industrial customers.

    Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Benzene gas detected at Missouri landfills

    A Missouri Department of Natural Resources on-site inspector detected elevated levels of benzene at the Bridgeton landfill’s perimeter substantially in excess of site-specific standards established by the Missouri Department of Health.

  • Seaside Heights man charged in illegal dumping

    New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) new initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and natural lands has resulted in charges of a Seaside Heights man who has been court ordered to pay more than $21,000 in penalties.

  • Shaw Industries Group expands with Georgia facility to recycle more fiber types

    Shaw Industries Group, Inc. will expand its robust reclamation and recycling program to include a new Evergreen facility in Ringgold, Georgia.

  • University of Dayton and Rumpke form partnership

    A new, five year agreement with Rumpke Waste and Recycling will support the University of Dayton’s sustainability education efforts and recover more than 1.6 million pounds of recycling annually.

  • Republic opens recycling facility in North Carolina

    Republic Services dedicated the Conover Recycling Facility in Catawba County, which will introduce or expand single-stream recycling capabilities throughout Alamance, Catawba, Guildford, Montgomery, Richmond, and Stanly counties.

  • Advanced Disposal appoints Bill Westrate

    ADS Waste Holdings, Inc., operating as Advanced Disposal, disclosed that Bill Westrate has been promoted to chief administrative officer. He will direct Advanced Disposal’s administrative functions, including human resources, procurement and information technology.

    Westrate has more than 17 years of experience in executive IT leadership. As vice president of information technology at Advanced Disposal and former CIO of Veolia Environmental Services North America, Westrate has worked closely for four years with Burke, who became chief executive officer.

    Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Wastequip expands operations in the Southeast­

    Wastequip has opened its newest manufacturing facility in Blacksburg, South Carolina.

    The Blacksburg facility will initially produce front-load and roll-off containers, as well as grease containers and specialty products. The facility offers space for on-site inventory to serve customers quickly. It also will have capacity to manufacture compactors and other Wastequip products.

    Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Rodriguez elected to Republic Services board

    Republic Services, Inc. has elected Ramon A. Rodriguez as non-executive chairman of the company’s board of directors, succeeding James W. Crownover who completed his term and will remain a director. Rodriguez has been a director of Republic Services since 1999.

    Rodriguez has over 40 years of experience in public accounting and business management. He served as president and chief executive officer of Madsen Sapp Mena Rodriguez & Co., P.A., a firm of certified public accountants. During his tenure there, which spanned from 1971 to 2009, Rodriguez developed vast accounting, management and financial experience.

    Rodriguez served as chairman of the company’s audit committee and was a member of the integration committee before becoming chairman of the board of directors. He is also a member of the board of directors of Alico, Inc. and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

    Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Senior vice president at Schaefer Systems to retire

    Schaefer Systems International’s senior vice president of waste technologies, Michael L. Knaub, is retiring after 23 years with the company and over 40 years in the waste and recycling industry. Knaub joined Schaefer in 1991.

    Knaub’s career in the waste and recycling industry began as a child. His father owned and operated a waste hauling and recycling company started by his grandfather in 1915. During his high school and college years, Knaub continued to work with the family business. In 1979, he began working with Rubbermaid Applied Products in a regional sales position.

    Knaub joined Schaefer Systems International, Inc. in 1991 as regional sales manager and worked his way through the ranks until he was appointed senior vice president/managing director in 2007. During his years with the company, he served on many boards and committees within the industry. These include the WASTEC Board of directors (2003-2008) and the SWANA North Carolina Board of directors (2008-2010). Knaub was also the SWANA International Corporate director (1997-1999) and WASTEC chairman of the board of directors (2007-2008).

    Effective July 1, Maria Frizzell, current executive director of sales and operations, leads the Waste Technology Division at Schaefer Systems International, Inc. Frizzell joined the company 11 years ago. During this time, she worked side by side with Knaub growing the division into one of the top suppliers of products for waste technology and recycling in North America.

    Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Casella partners on solar project

    Borrego Solar Systems Inc. has partnered with Soltage Greenwood, a joint venture between Greenwood Energy and Soltage LLC to develop a solar project, launched by Casella Waste Systems on its Coventry, Vermont landfill site.

  • Bluesphere to build new waste-to-energy project

    Bluesphere Corp. (BLSP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a local developer

  • Eisenmann converts waste to compressed natural gas

    The design and engineering phase of CR&R’s anaerobic digestion project is in full swing.

  • US Ecology to acquire The Environmental Quality Co.

    US Ecology, Inc. has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire The Environmental Quality Company (EQ), an environmental services and waste management company based in Wayne, Michigan, with facilities throughout the Eastern U.S. EQ is owned by an affiliate of New York based private equity fund Kinderhook Industries, LLC. The transaction, valued at $465 million, is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2014 and is subject to customary closing conditions, and a purchase price adjustment based on working capital. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to adjusted earnings per share for the full year 2014.

    The total purchase price of $465 million will be financed using a combination of cash on hand and committed debt financing, consisting of a new $540 million credit facility made up of approximately $415 million in a 7 year term loan and a $125 million 5 year revolving credit facility.

    Published in the June 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Advanced Disposal appoints Spegal as COO

    ADS Waste Holdings, Inc., operating as Advanced Disposal, has appointed John Spegal chief operating officer (COO). He will direct company-wide operations for Advanced Disposal’s footprint.

    Prior to joining Advanced Disposal, Spegal spent more than 6 years with AIR-serv Group LLC as regional vice president and was responsible for their East coast operations, providing tire inflation and vacuum vending services for 20,000 machines at service stations to convenience stores.

    Spegal was employed at Allied Waste Industries/Browning Ferris Industries for over 20 years serving in various management roles.

    Published in the June 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • New York City names new waste commissioner

    New York City Mayor de Blasio appointed Kathryn Garcia as the city’s Department of Sanitation commissioner.

    A native New Yorker, Garcia is currently the chief operating officer of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), where she has overseen the operations of the Bureaus of Water Supply, Water and Sewer Operations, and Wastewater, with a combined staff of 4,000 employees, a $540 million expense budget, and a $1.9 billion 4 year capital budget.

    As head of day-to-day operations at DEP, Garcia developed and managed DEP’s performance program, H20Stat, which significantly decreased DEP’s response time to 311 complaints and street repair requests, and developed a number of DEP’s crisis management plans, including the Continuity of Operations Plan and a Water Contamination Response Plan.

    Garcia came to the city’s DEP after spending 10 years as vice president of Appleseed, the non-profit consulting firm and advocacy organization. At Appleseed, Garcia specialized in economic development strategies and urban planning, working to ensure equity of access and fair allocation of resources to schools and neighborhoods across the city. Garcia began her career as a policy analyst at the New York City Department of Finance and as a press officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

    Published in the April 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • RiverRoad Waste appoints new vice president

    RiverRoad Waste Solutions Inc. has appointed waste industry veteran Stephen Coskery to the position of senior vice president of business development. Coskery is the former vice president of business development at sister company FrontStreet Facility Solutions Inc.

    Prior to his involvement at FrontStreet, Coskery was responsible for strategic accounts in the food and retail sector at Waste Management. He was the leading revenue producer at Waste Management, generating 70 percent of the division’s sales and exceeding $275 million in contracted revenue in the 3 years prior to his departure.

    Published in the April 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Advanced Disposal completes acquisition

    Advanced Disposal has completed the acquisition of certain assets of M.A.S.S. Services, Inc., doing business as The Dumpster Company.

    The acquisition includes 600 residential customers who will be serviced by Advanced Disposal’s Ball Ground. The waste will be disposed of at Advanced Disposal’s Eagle Point Landfill.

    Published in the March 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Virginia waste association names new leadership

    The Virginia Waste Industries Association (VWIA), the state’s chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association, disclosed its new leadership officers for 2014 and 2015.

    Tad Phillips, general manager of TFC Recycling in Chester, was elected as VWIA Chapter chair. Phillips, a 35-year industry veteran, takes over for Bob Kania of Waste Industries.

    Tim Loveland, general manager of Republic Services Inc. in Richmond, was elected vice chair. Mike Dobson will
    serve as the regional manager of the

    VWIA also elected Tommy Stump, president and chief executive officer of First Piedmont Corp. in Chatham, to serve as the chapter’s representative to the operators advisory board of the National Waste & Recycling Association. Lisa Kardell, director of public affairs for Waste Management, Inc. in Washington, D.C., will serve as Stump’s alternate.
    Kardell was also named chair of the chapter’s membership committee. Joining her as elected chairs of VWIA committees are Dobson (fundraising); Rodney Rosebrough of Waste Industries (financial); Leonard Joyce, Jr. of Joyce Engineering (legislative); Bob Dick of SCS Engineers (regulatory and environmental stewardship); and Aaron Gilman of SCS Field Services (communications). Gilman will also serve as editor of the VWIA newsletter, Virginia Waste Connection.

    Published in the March 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Avis Industrial acquires Harris Waste Management

    Avis Industrial Corporation has acquired The Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. Harris has been in the recycling industry for over 100 years and manufactures ferrous and nonferrous processing equipment. Manufacturing facilities are located in Baxley and Cordele, Georgia, with additional offices in Texas and the United Kingdom.  

    Published in the February 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Waste Pro appoints new chief operating officer

    Waste Pro has appointed Chris Ciaccio as chief operating officer.

    With more than 17 years of experience in the solid waste industry, Ciaccio has served in virtually every facet of the business, ranging from sales and marketing to director of operations.

    Prior to joining the Waste Pro Team in 2011, Ciaccio was the director of operations and business development for Veolia Environmental Services, where he assisted with their acquisition program by implementing an industry database and acquisition tracking program. In addition, while serving as the region manager for the southern region, he was instrumental in increasing their EBIT by $13 million in a 3 year period.

    Prior to being named chief operating officer, Ciaccio served as Waste Pro’s chief information officer, overseeing technological and data management processes and procedures. 

    Published in the February 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Advanced Disposal acquires waste haulers

    Advanced Disposal has completed the acquisition of the assets of DC Disposal, Inc., further expanding the company’s Indiana footprint. The official asset acquisition was December 31, 2013.

    The acquisition includes 900 residential carts, 130 rear load containers and 3 mixed residential and commercial routes that will be serviced by Advanced Disposal’s Evansville, Indiana hauling location. All waste will be delivered to Advanced Disposal’s Evansville Transfer Station and then properly disposed of at the company’s Blackfoot Landfill in Winslow, Indiana. In addition to these assets, four employees will be joining Advanced Disposal, including David Mckeethen, DC Disposal’s owner, as residential/construction sales representative.

    Advanced also completed the acquisition of the assets of Sherman Sanitation, Wisconsin. The acquisition includes six commercial routes. The waste will be disposed at Advanced disposal’s Mallard Ridge Landfill in Delevan, Wisconsin. 

    Published in the February 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Organic Waste Solutions names new CEO

    Evan Edgar has been named chief executive officer of Organic Waste Solutions, a Sacramento, California-based sustainability consulting firm that focuses on managing organic waste with innovative, closed loop technologies and sustainable problem solving for businesses.

    Edgar has 30 years of experience in all aspects of solid waste management as principal of Edgar & Associates, Inc., an environmental engineering firm. He has advocated for green energy incentives, compost market development and greenhouse gas reduction policies before legislative committees, regulatory agencies and local commissions on issues involving the collection, hauling, processing and composting of urban green and yard waste and food waste. He has advised private industry, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations on recycling and organic waste project development matters.

    Edgar served as the director of Regulatory Affairs for the California Refuse Recycling Council, a California non-profit trade association representing the interests of over 100 solid waste management companies involved in collecting, hauling, processing, recycling, composting and landfilling organic waste. Edgar co-founded the California Compost Quality Council and the California Compost Coalition. 

    Published in the February 2014 Edition of American Recycler News