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  • 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 www.stopdumping.nj.gov, 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 www.stopdumping.nj.gov.

  • 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

  • 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
    years.

    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
    organization.

    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