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  • Chittenden County, Vermont leads nation’s households in recycling mercury thermostats

    Chittenden County, Vermont leads the U.S. in its recycling program for mercury-containing thermostats, according to a recent report from the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) that measured county recycling efforts.

  • Environmental Research & Education elects new board

    The board of directors of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has elected three new members:

    •Tim Benter, vice president, engineering and environmental compliance at Republic Services
    •John Casella, chairman and chief executive officer at Casella Waste Systems
    •Mike de Castro, executive vice president, supply chain at Covanta

  • Green Business Certification launches waste rating system

    Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), an organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, unveiled TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency), the new brand identity for its zero waste rating system.

  • NRC supports recycling Harvey debris, opposes open burning

    The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) expressed deep sympathy and respect for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and called for government officials to employ the most environmentally and ethically responsible disposal of the storm debris materials, especially recycling and reuse.

  • Casella shows increased revenues in first half of 2017

    Casella Waste Systems, Inc., a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, reported its financial results for the six month period ended June 30, 2017.

  • Covanta declares regular quarterly cash dividend

    Covanta Holding Corporation announced that the board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share, payable on October 6, 2017 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on September 28, 2017.

    Published in the October 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • The evolving waste-to-energy sector

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    Here’s one thing we know: Waste-to-energy (WTE) initiatives continue to take hold in North America and are beginning to catch up to what is common in Europe.

  • Waste Management reports increased revenues

    Waste Management, Inc. disclosed financial results for its quarter ended June 30, 2017.

  • Waste Connections reports revenue of $1.176 billion

    Waste Connections, Inc. disclosed its results for the second quarter of 2017.

  • WWF, FFAR and Walmart Foundation team up

    World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), and the Walmart Foundation disclosed a research program to maximize crop utilization and edible food recovery.

  • WM opens 100th natural gas fueling station

    Waste Management reported a significant milestone in its natural gas fleet journey, opening its 100th natural gas fueling station. At a ceremony in Oklahoma City, industry representatives, local and state officials joined the company to dedicate the fueling station.

  • Duke Energy recycles coal ash

    Duke Energy announced the proposed location for a third coal ash reprocessing unit at its Cape Fear Plant in Moncure, North Carolina.

  • SWANA publishes safety tips for composting operations

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) released a new installment of its “Five to Stay Alive” series that features safety tips for composting operations employees.

  • Falls Church, Virginia to offer curbside food waste service

    The City of Falls Church, Virginia is offering a new curbside food waste collection service. City residents currently receiving curbside waste services are able to participate in this voluntary new program.

  • Republic Services reports double digit earnings growth

    Republic Services, Inc. reported net income of $202.9 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, for the 3 months ended June 30, 2017, versus $180.8 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, for the comparable 2016 period. Excluding certain gains and expenses, on an adjusted basis, net income for the three months ended June 30, 2017, was $205.9 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, versus $189.5 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, for the comparable 2016 period.

  • Man who illegally disposed of radioactive waste added to EPA’s list of Criminal Fugitives

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added James Kenneth Ward to its list of criminal fugitives. Ward was indicted on April 5, 2017, in federal district court in Montana and escaped custody of local officials during a prison transport in Wyoming in March 2013.

  • Trends to watch in the solid waste industry

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    In the past several years, the solid waste industry has witnessed important changes in the business practices of the industry that is continuing to have a profound effect on the status of the solid waste industry.

  • Ex-landfill manager given probation

    Former Fremont County landfill manager, Dusty VanRenan, plead guilty to a criminal charge of theft. A state investigation accused him of improperly using thousands of tax dollars between October 2014 and August 2015.

  • Technology advances in the waste and recycling industries

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    Here’s one thing we know: Waste-to-energy (WTE) initiatives continue to take hold in North America and are beginning to catch up to what is common in Europe.

  • Veolia will build and operate the first waste-to-energy facility in Mexico

    Veolia, through its subsidiary Proactiva Medio Ambiente Mexico S.A. de C.V., has won the public call for tenders published by the government of Mexico City and just signed the contract to design, build, and operate the first waste-to-energy facility in Latin America.

  • Associations partner to address solid waste challenges in the industry

    The Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA) and The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) have agreed to partner to help advance sustainable materials management in the Northeast over the next five years.

  • Republic Services recognized with recycler award

    Republic Services disclosed that the Oregon Recycling Association has recognized the Pacific Region Compost (PRC) facility with the Recycler of the Year Award. The award was presented at the Association’s annual conference in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.

  • NWRA appoints industry advocate as president

    The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) has appointed Dr. Darrell K. Smith as the trade association’s president and chief executive officer.

  • Further cleanup of lead-contaminated properties in New Jersey proposed

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed an expansion in a cleanup plan to continue removing lead contaminated soil from a residential development previously owned and built by the Tempo Development Group in West Deptford, (Thorofare) New Jersey.

  • Republic Services increases usage of natural gas in fleet

    Republic Services, Inc. will increase its usage of renewable natural gas (RNG) by three times what it used in 2016 through an expanded agreement with Clean Energy.

  • Los Angeles Sanitation launch Green Ribbon Council for waste program

    Los Angeles Sanitation and the City of Los Angeles launched a Green Ribbon Council for recycLA- the City’s new commercial and multifamily residential solid waste, recycling, and food recovery program.

  • EPA awards $213,000 to New Mexico

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $213,511 to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) for waste programs.

  • Virginia reports increase in solid waste volume

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality released its annual report on solid waste management in Virginia.

  • Veolia awarded operations contract for biomass facility

    Through a new $9 million annual operations and maintenance contract with North Carolina Renewable Power – Lumberton, LLC, a subsidiary of Georgia Renewable Power (GRP), Veolia Energy Operating Services, LLC will manage a cogeneration plant that converts poultry litter (waste) and wood chips into biomass energy – diverting up to 285,000 tons of poultry waste a year, while providing a renewable recycling solution for the poultry industry.

  • Closed landfill home to solar farm

    Waste Management, in partnership with project owner Captona Partners, recently completed construction on a five megawatt (MW) solar farm at the closed Hudson/Stow landfill.

  • Creative Waste Solutions merges three companies

    Creative Waste Solutions, Inc., a diversified holding corporation, providing waste services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers announced within the past 12 months, the company has successfully integrated and merged three companies and is operationally profitable.

    Divided into 3 operating entities:

    •Creative Waste Solutions operates as hauling brokerage division focusing on commercial recycling and disposal
    •Integrated Waste Transportation Services (IWTS), services Commercial Hauling Divisions to one of the largest NYSE listed Waste Management Companies
    •Creative Waste Solution South is a transfer station located in Hollywood Florida handling construction disposal, green waste and organic and recyclable materials

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Don Slager named to 2017 highest rated CEO list

    Republic Services president and chief executive officer, Don Slager, was recognized with the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award and named to the 2017 Highest Rated chief executive officers list, according to a recent employee survey conducted by www.Glassdoor.com.

    Based on the anonymous and voluntary reviews shared by Republic Services employees, Slager received an overall approval rating of 94 percent. In addition, 82 percent of Republic employees would recommend working for the chief executive officer. The list recognizes top leaders admired by their employees, with Slager earning a top spot on this year’s list.

    When employees submit reviews about their company on Glassdoor, they are asked to rate various factors about their employment experience, including their overall satisfaction and their approval of senior leadership. As part of this survey, employees are asked to rate whether they approve, disapprove or are neutral about the job their chief executive officer is doing.

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • WCA Waste acquires three solid waste companies

    WCA Waste Corporation (WCA) has acquired three solid waste collection companies in the first five months of 2017.

    In February, WCA acquired the assets of Midwest Companies, Inc., an MSW transfer station and collection operation located in Marshall, Missouri. In March, WCA acquired EnviroStar Waste Service, Inc., a residential, commercial, and roll-off collection company located in the suburbs of eastern Kansas City, Missouri. In May, WCA acquired the commercial collection accounts of Community Waste Services in Gainesville, Florida.

    Acquisitions have been and will continue to be an integral part of the growth strategy of WCA.

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Advanced Disposal makes changes to its board

    Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, shared that E. Renae Conley will be joining the board of directors and will be serving on the company’s compensation committee and nominating and corporate governance committee.

    Conley has over 30 years of business experience in leadership positions across a number of cross-functional disciplines including finance, operations and human resources. Since 2014, she has served as the chief executive officer of ER Solutions, LLC, an energy consulting company.

    In addition to her current responsibilities, Conley serves on the Ball State University Board of Trustees and the Ball State University Foundation, which is also where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and Master of Business Administration.

    Conley’s appointment became effective August 1, 2017 and she meets the independence qualifications outlined by the New York Stock Exchange.

    In addition to Conley’s appointment, the company announced that in connection with the recent secondary offering of common shares of the company by affiliates of BTG Pactual and Highstar Capital, Sergio Pedreiro and Matthew Rinklin have tendered their resignations from the board of directors. These changes are consistent with the company’s continued evolution towards having a board of directors comprised of a majority of independent board members and are in accordance with the terms of the Stockholders Agreement entered into with the company at the time of its initial public offering. Rinklin’s resignation has been accepted by the board.

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Graham Waste acquires Thompson Waste Removal

    Graham Waste Services, a family owned and operated trash and recycling services provider, located in Brockton, Massachusetts, has acquired Thomspon Waste Removal, a residential trash and recycling business, located in Hanson, Massachusetts.

    The acquisition includes Thompson Waste Removal’s residential and commercial pickup customers as well as equipment.

    Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Pennsylvania DEP issues environmental assessment letter to Keystone Landfill

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued its second environmental assessment letter to Keystone Sanitary Landfill regarding the facility’s permit application for expansion in the boroughs of Dunmore and Throop in Lackawanna County.

  • Hundreds of volunteers collect trash at beach cleanup

    In the beachside town of Encinitas, California, 150 professionals from the legal cannabis community dedicated their mornings to helping the environment, at an event sponsored by online medical marijuana marketplace BudTrader.com.

  • Covanta extends partnership for waste disposal

    Covanta announced a new agreement with the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority (DCSWA) for sustainable waste disposal at the Covanta Delaware Valley Energy-from-Waste facility located in Chester, Pennsylvania.

  • Meridian Waste reports first quarter results

    Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., a vertically integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, reported financial and operational results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2017.

  • National Waste Management Holdings reports revenue growth

    National Waste Management Holdings, Inc. announced financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2016, demonstrating continued revenue growth and strength in acquisition based growth strategy.

  • California implements all-electric trash truck

    The City of Sacramento will soon be home to the state’s first all electric automated left side loader garbage truck. The fundamental technology powering the Electric Refuse Vehicle (ERV) is Motiv Power Systems’ scalable and modular All-Electric Powertrain.

  • CARE members divert over 488 million pounds of carpet

    The CARE Annual Report, released by the Carpet America Recovery Effort, reports that CARE members diverted more than 488 million pounds of carpet from U.S. landfills in 2016, down nearly 6 percent from 2015.

  • A Closer Look | JUNE 2017 Warren & Baerg with Randy Baerg

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    Warren & Baerg got its start in 1966, according to Randy Baerg, the company’s president. Baerg’s father, Bob, started the company and Randy came onboard full time in 1979, “although I was here welding, while attending high school,” he said.

    Bob Baerg had a partner when he started, thus the company name, but the partner retired and the Baergs bought him out. Since the company had a good reputation, they decided not to change the name. In the beginning, they bought and operated cubers made by John Deere.

    At that time, the John Deere company owned the patent for making the cubing machines. Baerg explained that cubes are like pellets, but larger. At that time, cubing machines were targeted towards the animal feed industry, for animals like horses and cattle. While cubed feed is convenient, Baerg explained that the material has to be very dry. Most feed needs to be below 14 percent moisture content and alfalfa needs to be below 12 percent. Every percentage point above the minimums means there’s a greater chance that mold will develop or that the material would begin to heat up on its own and could even start a fire.

    During the off season, Warren & Baerg did repairs on cubers “which led to making replacement parts,” Baerg said. The John Deere company took notice of this – in a good way.

    When the John Deere company realized that cubers weren’t going to sell at a volume they desired, they approached Warren & Baerg with a deal – John Deere would quit making cubers and allow Warren & Baerg to have the patent, as long as Warren & Baerg would supply replacement parts to John Deere. The deal was struck and Warren & Baerg went from using and repairing machines to building them.

    Warren & Baerg continued to make machines for the animal feed industry, but in the early 1980s, when fuel prices were increasing, they realized the cubers could be used for making fuel by densifying materials like wood, plastic film, and other waste materials that could be burned as an alternative fuel product.

    When fuel prices dropped again, “the interest in the U.S. disappeared,” but sales were still good overseas, partially because of the high cost of sending materials to landfills in Europe and Asia. Because it cost so much to landfill the materials, “that made the alternative fuel option attractive,” Baerg said.

    Slowly, the use of alternative fuels has increased in the U.S., and the cubers are again being sold for that purpose. Along with cubers, the company also manufactures dust-free grinding equipment for de-baling materials that will be cubed, as well as conveyors that are part of the cubing systems.

    Baerg said that compared to when they started selling machines for alternative fuel use, the materials being cubed are much cleaner than before. The company often does a test run of a new machine, using the customer’s own materials to make sure it meets the customer’s needs. Years ago, the material would have a lot of metal that would need to be removed. “We’ve gone from pretty primitive to unbelievably accurate as far as material sorting. Metal is not a big issue in the test run,” Baerg said.

    While clean materials make it easier for the cubers to work, Baerg said that the company is always “looking at what we do and making what we do better.”

    Part of that betterment is the company’s goal of making equipment that is less seasonal and less reliant on things like fuel or landfill prices. While conveyors have been part of the company’s lineup for some time, they had focused on conveyors that fit with the machines they made. Now, they’re making conveyors for customers who are not using cubers at all. They’ve also branched out into making bins and hoppers.

    Because they’ve broadened the customer base, their employment levels have remained steady, but in the recent past, they’ve had from 24 to 48 employees, depending on customer orders and market conditions.

    While the company has been doing more business with alternative fuel producers, they are still manufacturing machines for the agricultural industry. Baerg estimated that about half of their machines are sold for agricultural uses and the other half is for the waste and biomass industries.

    When it comes to biomass, Baerg said that the biggest challenge in selling to that market is that it tends to be cheaper in the U.S. to landfill the material than to process it for use as an alternative fuel. It also takes more work, and it takes a machine to do the required processing.

    However, Baerg anticipates that there will be more growth in the fuel sector as companies embrace gasification or pyrolysis of the materials and people in the biomass industry begin making higher value fuels, like jet fuel. “That’s a lot more value,” Baerg said.

    Baerg is in an industry involving many high tech methods. Referrals from existing customers speaks to the company’s reputation and the quality of their machines. “We stand behind what we make,” Baerg said.

    Published in the June 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

     

  • New Guam landfill built under GBB Receivership

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), through its Office of Research and Development, recently released a research report providing technical assistance on solid waste management for remote, economically challenged communities in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and American Samoa in the US Pacific territories.

  • Pro Disposal driver named as ‘finalist’ for national award

    An employee at Pro Disposal & Recycling was named recently as a finalist for “Driver of the Year” in a national competition sponsored by the National Waste & Recycling Association.

  • SWANA & EREF partner on joint needlestick survey

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) are conducting a joint research project to quantify and address the issue of needlestick injuries at material recovery facilities (MRFs) in the U.S. and Canada.

  • Republic Services expands its Twin Cities compressed natural gas powered fleet

    Republic Services unveiled a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station and over 50 new CNG powered trucks to serve customers throughout the Twin Cities region. The new CNG trucks are replacing older, diesel-powered trucks in the company’s Twin Cities-based fleet.

  • Dollar General to pay over a million in fines

    The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, along with 31 other California District Attorneys, disclosed that Kern County Superior Court Judge Sidney P. Chapin has ordered the Tennessee based company Dolgen California, and its subsidiary corporations, that own and operate Dollar General Stores and a Distribution Center in California to pay $1.125 million as part of a civil settlement in an environmental prosecution.

  • DSNY contracts with WM to transport waste from Brooklyn by barge

    The New York City Department of Sanitation has selected Waste Management for a $3.3 billion, 20 year contract to export waste from the Hamilton Avenue and Southwest Brooklyn marine transfer stations.

  • NWRA honors Hall of Famers

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) named this year’s recipients of the industry’s highest awards.

  • Rumpke driver receives award for service

    Terry Russell, a driver for Rumpke Waste & Recycling Services in Circleville, Ohio, received a Driver of the Year Award from the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) at a special awards ceremony in New Orleans.

    Russell, who has worked for Rumpke for 13 years, has an outstanding safety record on the road. Each week he drives an average of 900 miles on his route, with an average 2,250 pickups.

    Published in the June 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • RiverRoad Waste creates management buyout

    RiverRoad Waste Solutions Inc., a specialist in waste and recycling solutions, has undergone a successful management buyout from owner CharterHouse Equity Partners. The acquisition has been led by RiverRoad’s chief executive officer Kris Bunnell and chief operating officer Dan McGowan.

    The transaction will enable RiverRoad to enhance its position as a market leader, building on the strong client base it has nurtured since 2004, while providing a robust platform for growth as a provider of digital solutions for efficient waste diversion and recycling.

    Strategic imperatives for RiverRoad following the transaction include leveraging the company’s strong market positioning, reputation and track record working with leading brands nationwide. The company also will look to increase adoption of its market leading digital platform for waste management and recycling, building on the myRoad 3.0 release in 2016.

    Published in the June 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Meridian Waste acquires Mobile Science Technologies

    Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., a non-hazardous solid waste services company, acquired Mobile Science Technologies, Inc., a technology service provider and builder of innovative apps. Mobile Science Technologies, Inc. will operate as wholly-owned subsidiary of Meridian Waste.

    Mobile Science Technologies, Inc. develops and operates technology, websites, hosting and security. The tech firm has been developing web-based software and mobile applications for the last six years.

    Published in the June 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Clean Earth acquires AERC Recycling Solutions

    Compass Diversified Holdings, an owner of middle market businesses, announced that its subsidiary, Clean Earth, Inc., has acquired AERC Recycling Solutions.

  • Big Lots Stores ordered to pay $3.5 million to settle hazardous waste civil lawsuit

    Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin, along with 34 District Attorney’s Offices and two City Attorney’s Offices across California, disclosed that a judge has ordered Ohio-based Big Lots Stores, Inc., and its subsidiary corporations, to pay $3.5 million in civil penalties and costs for environmental violations.

  • Equipment Spotlight | MAY 2017 Containers

  • Waste Connections rebrands Canadian operations

    Waste Connections, Inc. will rebrand its operations in Canada from Progressive Waste Solutions to Waste Connections of Canada.

  • Republic Services kicks-off its first national championship truck ROAD-EO

    Republic Services, Inc. celebrated its industry leading safety program by hosting its first national championship truck ROAD-EO competition, a rigorous skills competition for Republic’s top drivers and technicians from across the country.

  • Casella Waste Systems increased revenues for 2016

    Casella Waste Systems, Inc., a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, reported its financial results for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2016.

  • Ontario reaches waste diversion milestone

    Ontario Tire Stewardship’s (OTS) Used Tires Program, has reached an incredible milestone of recycling its 100 millionth tire since the program opened in 2009.

  • Slow Down To Get Around adopted in Kentucky

    Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, signed into law new legislation that will protect workers in the waste and recycling industry. HB144, Kentucky’s version of the Slow Down to Get Around law, requires motorists to slow down or move out of the way of waste and recycling vehicles.

  • National Waste Management acquires Northeast Data Destruction

    National Waste Management Holdings, Inc., a growing vertically integrated solid waste management company, has acquired Northeast Data Destruction and Recycling, LLC.

    National Waste’s reach in upstate New York now extends south to Kingston, New York, where Northeast Data Destruction and Recycling offers cardboard recycling and document destruction, hard drive destruction, and other data destruction. Implementing its existing services offered in other areas, National Waste will grow its new Kingston operation to also include roll-off services.

    The acquisition also provides an additional revenue stream as National Waste continues its acquisition based growth strategy in vertical markets.

    Published in the May 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Ohio EPA launches online materials marketplace

    Ohio EPA director Craig W. Butler disclosed the launch of a new online service where Ohio businesses, not-for-profits and government organizations can advertise and acquire potentially useful products and materials that might otherwise be destined for disposal in landfills.

  • Oregon DEQ issues order to Industrial Harbor to prevent overflow at closed landfill

    The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an order in February to Industrial Harbor USA LLC requiring it to immediately hire an operator to supervise its wastewater treatment facility at the company’s closed paper mill waste landfill off Highway 101.

  • EPA orders Toa Alta’s landfill to stop accepting waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered the Municipality of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, along with current and past operators of the Toa Alta Municipal Solid Waste Landfill, to take immediate action.

  • Covanta extends partnership

    Covanta disclosed a new agreement with the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resource Recovery Authority (SCRRRA) for sustainable waste disposal at the Southeastern Connecticut Resource Recovery Facility (SECONN) located in Preston, Connecticut.

  • Advanced Disposal reports quarterly results

    Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. reported revenue for the 3 months ended December 31, 2016 of $352.0 million versus $349.6 million in the same period of the prior year.

  • Landfill usage and its impact on the industry

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    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, waste material collection – specifically of refuse and recycling materials – is the fifth most dangerous job in the country, and incidents involving the transportation of waste are the cause of 40 percent of the injuries and fatalities.

  • Ongoing safety initiatives in the waste and recycling arena

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    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, waste material collection – specifically of refuse and recycling materials – is the fifth most dangerous job in the country, and incidents involving the transportation of waste are the cause of 40 percent of the injuries and fatalities.

  • Waste Management board elects new chairman and appoints new CEO

    The board of directors of Waste Management Inc. has elected Bradbury H. Anderson, who previously served as a member of the board of directors, to the position of board chairman.

  • Waste Connections reports increased revenues

    Waste Connections, Inc. announced its results for the fourth quarter of 2016. Revenue in the fourth quarter, which included $497.9 million from the Progressive Waste acquisition completed on June 1, 2016, totaled $1.049 billion, up from $531.9 million in the year ago period.

  • Waste Pro opens MRF in FL

    Waste Pro has opened a new 14,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art material recovery facility at its Regional Operations Center in Sarasota, Florida.

  • National Waste acquires Burts Refuse operation

    National Waste Management Holdings, Inc., a growing and emerging vertically integrated solid waste management company, has acquired Burts Refuse LLC, continuing its commitment to completing one acquisition per quarter.

    Burts Refuse is a waste disposal and recycling business located in West Davenport, New York. The acquisition of the company, which closed February 28, 2016, increases National Waste’s territory for commercial and residential garbage collection in Upstate New York, as well as expands its roll-off customer base and business relationships. Additionally, the acquired trucks, equipment and containers fortify National Waste’s existing line of equipment.

    The transaction is a direct tuck-in of operations in which National Waste will not absorb the overhead of Burts Refuse, allowing for expected EBITDA numbers in the 45 percent range of carved-out operations.

    Published in the May 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Santek acquires Picklesimer Garbage Service

    Officials with Santek Waste Services, LLC. disclosed its acquisition of Picklesimer Garbage Service in Jasper, Georgia.

    Santek began servicing all of Picklesimer’s residential waste customers in Cherokee and Pickens counties, Georgia. This acquisition will complement Santek’s growing waste collection presence in the North Atlanta market.

    Santek chief business development officer Edward Caylor said the Picklesimer acquisition is the first of more business opportunities currently being considered by the company in the new year.

    Published in the May 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Waste Management reports increased revenues and recycling volumes for 2016

    Waste Management, Inc. reported financial results for its year ending 2016. The company reported revenues of $13.6 billion, compared with $13.0 billion for 2015.

  • Graduate scholarships available

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

  • New facility converts landfill gas to energy

    Cox Enterprises has completed the New River Energy Facility in Beckley, West Virginia. The facility captures landfill gas to generate energy and reduce methane emissions, which produces positive outcomes for the local community and the environment.

  • Pro Disposal & Recycling adds commercial accounts

    Pro Disposal & Recycling, a residential waste and recycling hauler in the Denver area, has embarked upon an expansion into commercial operations with the completion of an agreement to handle Douglas County government facilities.

    In the 18 years since its founding, Pro Disposal & Recycling had limited its operations to residential service, garnering numerous awards along the way for its customer satisfaction. New management at Pro Disposal & Recycling decided in recent months that the time was right to launch into the world of B2B.

    Pro Disposal & Recycling added $700,000 worth of new fleet equipment in anticipation of the additional business, including a front loader, roll-off and container delivery truck. They estimated that by 2020, about 25 percent of the company’s gross revenues will be attributable to commercial accounts. He said Pro Disposal & Recycling will begin its commercial focus in the Douglas County and Aurora areas.

    Under terms of the contract with Douglas County, Pro Disposal & Recycling will handle the waste hauling for fairgrounds, the County Sheriff’s office, Public Works and all County facilities.

    Published in the April 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Meridian Waste Solutions acquires The CFS Group

    Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., a vertically integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, has completed the acquisition of The CFS Group, LLC, The CFS Group Disposal & Recycling Services, LLC and RWG5, LLC (collectively, The CFS Group).

    The CFS Group services 30,000+ commercial, industrial and residential customers in the Richmond, Virginia market area utilizing frontload, roll off and automated side load vehicles, containers and other related equipment, two MSW landfills, one transfer station and one recycling facility all located within central Virginia.

    Following the transaction, under Meridian Waste’s ownership, The CFS Group companies will continue to own and operate all of their existing waste collection and disposal assets with greater access to capital for growth and acquisitions. The transaction marks Meridian Waste’s first solid waste acquisition outside the state of Missouri and creates a vertically integrated market for the Company within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    In 2016, The CFS Group generated $25 million in revenues. Rob Guidry, a 27 year veteran of the solid waste industry, and all 109 CFS employees join the Meridian Waste family in this transaction and will continue operations in their respective locations.

    Guidry will continue in his role as the president of The CFS Group, responsible for managing the business and operations of the companies.

    Published in the April 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Republic Services has major economic impact in Nevada

    Republic Services, Inc. shared the results of a study of its annual economic impact in the state of Nevada.

  • New waste technology brought to U.S.

    Cox Enterprises announced that its Golden Isles Conservation Center, located in Nahunta, Georgia, is bringing a new technology to the U.S. and making a positive impact on the environment.

  • Waste Management posts increased revenues for 2016

    Waste Management, Inc. announced financial results for its quarter ended December 31, 2016. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $3.46 billion, compared with $3.25 billion for the same 2015 period.

  • Republic reports 2016 results

    Republic Services, Inc. reported net income of $189.5 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, for the three-months ended December 31, 2016, versus $172.3 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, for the comparable 2015 period.

  • Advance Disposal acquires CGS Services

    Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, has completed the acquisition of CGS Services, Inc. (CGS). Based in Morristown, Indiana, CGS services a 14 county area in central and eastern Indiana through a vertically integrated network of solid waste collection, recycling, and disposal assets that generates annual revenue approaching $30 million.

    Published in the March 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • California Recycling extends e-waste contract

    Crednology Holding Corp. disclosed that its wholly owned subsidiary, California Recycling, Inc. has signed a three year extension to its contract with the City of Calabasas, California to provide electronic waste recycling for the city, its residences and business community. California Recycling has been providing recycling services to the City of Calabasas, its residences and businesses since 2009.

    California Recycling holds several recycling events every month for the city where local residents may bring their e-waste and appliances to locations provided by the city where they collect and recycle the products. These events are promoted by the city at no cost.

    Published in the March 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Duke Energy to recycle coal ash at H.F. Lee Plant in Goldsboro

    Duke Energy plans to excavate coal ash from four basins at the H.F. Lee Plant in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and safely recycle the valuable material for use in concrete products.

  • Texas Universities address hazardous waste violations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced settlements with three Texas universities over hazardous waste violations at university facilities.

  • OBC adds Waste Services Division

    Ohio Baler Company (OBC) has expanded core competencies with the launch of a new waste division.

  • Lakeshore acquires K. Hoving Companies

    Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), an independent recycling and waste diversion services provider, has acquired K. Hoving Companies, a full service waste management, recycling and dumpster rental company based in West Chicago, Illinois. As a result of the acquisition, LRS is now Illinois’ largest private waste company and expands its system-wide services to include street sweeping and portable restrooms as part of a new Temporary Services Division. Financial terms were not disclosed and the acquisition is effective immediately.

    K. Hoving Companies has built a strong reputation as a full service waste and recycling company offering services in dumpster rental, roll-off, commercial, construction recycling, portable restrooms and street sweeping in DuPage County and throughout greater Chicagoland. Moreover, K. Hoving Companies operates the only recycling facility in Chicago that is nationally certified by the Recycling Certification Institute.

    K. Hoving Companies founding executives, Ken Hoving and KJ Loerop will lead the newly-formed LRS Temporary Services Division with Loerop serving as the division’s new vice president. The Temporary Services Division will serve individuals and companies seeking roll-off services, portable toilets, on-site storage and street or job site sweeping.

    With the addition of K. Hoving Companies, LRS now operates seven material recovery facilities throughout the Midwest, increasing annual revenues to nearly $170 million and its workforce to over 720 full time employees. The combined companies will now control nearly 20 percent of Chicagoland roll-off market and will be the second largest portable toilet business in Illinois. Further, the acquisition increases the amount of inbound waste under its control to nearly 2.2 million tons per year.

    Published in the February 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Veolia completes acquisition

    Veolia Energy North America Holdings, Inc. has acquired Enovity, a San Francisco-based energy services firm. Enovity is a strategic acquisition that complements Veolia’s existing SourceOne energy services business, providing a platform for expanding the company’s geographic footprint.

  • Blue Sphere shares status update

    Blue Sphere Corporation, an international independent power producer, provided a project update for the waste-to-energy facility it has developed and is currently under construction in Johnston, Rhode Island.

  • Reducing waste in the C&D industry

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    Back in October, Austin, Texas passed an ordinance requiring at least 50 percent of unused materials from construction be recycled or reused. Other municipalities are joining suit and mandating recycling rates for construction.

  • Carroll County, Indiana to benefit from new plastics recycled to renewable diesel facility

    State and local officials joined officials from GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana to disclose its decision to build two facilities in Carroll County, Indiana.

  • Virginia Recycling Association awards Republic Services

    The Virginia Recycling Association has named Republic’s Northern Virginia Recycling Center the winner of the Outstanding Service Provider of the Year Award. The award was presented at the Virginia Recycling Association annual membership meeting and awards ceremony in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

  • Refuse and recycling collection career has fifth highest fatality rate

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released 2015 final figures for industry and occupational fatality data.

  • Keep America Beautiful unveils results of national consumer recycling survey

    While the majority of consumers believe many of the issues related to recycling have improved since the 1970s, such as ease of recycling and the amount of waste that is recycled, most consumers feel the amount of waste in landfills and oceans is worse, according to the first “Consumer Tracker Recycling Survey,” released by national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and Natural Marketing Institute, a national market research firm.

  • Covanta Tulsa celebrates 30 years of service

    Covanta Tulsa, the energy-from-waste facility which serves the City of Tulsa, neighboring communities and local businesses with a sustainable alternative to landfills, is celebrating 30 years of reliable operations.

  • U.S. EPA releases final report on impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its scientific report on the impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources, which provides states and others the scientific foundation to better protect drinking water resources in areas where hydraulic fracturing is occurring or being considered.

  • Insight on glass recycling gained by officials

    More than 150 local and state government representatives reaped insights during a Making Glass Recycling Work in MRFs webinar recently hosted by the Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC).

  • The expansive effect of the commodities market

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    The automotive industry continues to see increased growth and demand for parts and accessories (P&A), especially online.

  • Anaerobic digestion provides environmental benefits

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    The automotive industry continues to see increased growth and demand for parts and accessories (P&A), especially online.

  • City of Los Angeles overhauls waste management system

    Following a historic vote by the Los Angeles City Council, multiple members of the City Council held a press conference alongside 200 members of the Don’t Waste LA Coalition in celebration of the final approval of the Zero Waste LA exclusive franchise system.

  • Advanced Disposal’s Flag Retirement Program collects over 4,500 flags in 2016

    Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, was honored to retire more than 4,500 American flags the company collected this summer as part of its annual flag retirement program, a free service offered to the communities it serves. In 2015, a total of 2,539 flags were collected and retired.

  • ProMed Waste acquires waste transport company

    ProMed Waste Solutions LLC, a comprehensive medical waste disposal company servicing the entire state of Florida, has acquired American Medical Transporters, Inc.

    The acquisition of the Largo based company marks the third acquisition since September of 2015 for ProMed Waste Solutions, continuing an aggressive strategy to increase service route density by providing more resources within key geographic markets.

    Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    The addition of American Medical Transporters, recognized as the oldest medical transport company licensed in Florida, supports the company’s goal of leading the way in compliance, safety and customer service.

    ProMed Waste Solutions was founded in 2011 with operations in the Orlando area, and steady demand has since expanded their services state-wide. The privately held company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, with additional operation facilities outside Miami and outside Orlando.

    Published in the January 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Wastebuilt appoints Podell as vice chair of the board

    Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions, LLC, a provider of parts, service, and equipment for the waste and recycling industry, announced that Greg Podell will transition from chief executive officer to vice chairman of the board. Taking over day-to-day responsibilities at Wastebuilt is chief operating officer Dave McKeon, who joined the company in February 2016.

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

    Published in the January 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Waste Industries acquires Cardinal Waste Solutions

    Waste Industries has acquired Cardinal Waste Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia, merging the operation into its existing Atlanta assets, operated out of Waste Industries’ Fairburn location. The acquisition closed November 1, 2016, with November operating as a transitional month with a full operational transfer effective December 1.

    Cardinal Waste customers will see no changes at this time to their existing service plans with the acquisition. Waste Industries is absorbing the Cardinal customer service team, phone number, and website to ensure a smooth and effective transfer of operations from Cardinal Waste to Waste Industries.

    Waste Industries is a regional provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling, and disposal services. The company currently operates in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

    Published in the January 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • NWRA president Sharon Kneiss resigns from office

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

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

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

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

    Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • EREF awards a dozen new scholarships

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

  • Food waste disposal impacts landfill space

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

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  • NYC teamsters applaud sanitation reforms

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

  • EPA issues actions to cut methane emissions from municipal landfills

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

  • Republic Services issues sustainability report for 2015

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

  • Sodexo is reducing food waste in distribution and service industries

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

  • Pension plan invests in Advanced Disposal Services

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

  • EREF awards first Evergreen Surety Bond Scholarship

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

  • Enerkem works to convert MSW into biomethanol

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

  • Over $1.3 million awarded to Arizona to reduce waste

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

  • LA Sanitation team achieves Excellence in Technology Award

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

  • Safety a major concern in the waste and recycling industries

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

  • RIRRC and ARIA Energy win safety awards

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

  • Solterra Recycling completes acquisition

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

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

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

    Published in the November 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Republic Services earns recycling systems award

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

  • EPA and City of Columbia set agreement

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

  • LDEQ speeds up flood debris removal

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

  • Tracking feature helps building managers save money

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

  • Advanced Disposal hires Salmons as a new director

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

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

    Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Medical waste hazardous to recycling and waste workers

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

  • Waste Management reports strong earnings

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

  • Republic Services reports second quarter results

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

  • Casella Waste Systems reports increased revenues

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

    Highlights include:

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

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

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

    Published in the September 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • U.S. residential solar market booms

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

  • Republic Services and Mas Energy unveil latest renewable energy project

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Published in the September 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Protests over toxic landfills

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

  • Progressive Waste Solutions withdraws proposal to NYC

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

  • Mandatory municipal composting slowly grows

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

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

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

  • EPA finalizes methane rules

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

  • Quest Resource to expand food waste diversion

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

  • Legislation introduced allows states to limit waste imports

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

  • Study finds 80 percent of trash is recyclable or compostable

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

  • Newton Trailers new dealer for Titan Thinwall trailers

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

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

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

    Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Wastequip partners to offer roll-off monitoring solution

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

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

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

    Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Silverstar renamed to Creative Waste Solutions

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

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

    Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Waste company mergers and acquisitions continue to thrive

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

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

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

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

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

  • Over 15 million pounds of waste recycled in competition

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

  • EPA updates methane rules

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

  • Waste Connections and Progressive Waste Solutions complete merger

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

  • Republic unveils new ash metal recovery facility

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

  • Advanced Disposal buys Pete’s Economy Hauling

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

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

    Published in the July 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Waste Connections buys Red River Waste’s assets

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

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

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

    Published in the July 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

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

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

  • Equipment Spotlight | JUN 2016 Compactors

  • Exploring waste to energy trends

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

  • Fast food companies move toward improved package recycling

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

  • Freudenberg-NOK’s facility uses aggressive recycling program

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

  • Advanced Disposal acquires Arwood accounts

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

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

    Published in the June 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Rinaldi named president of Tunnel Hill Partners

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

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

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

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

    Published in the June 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Working to curb recycling violations

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

  • Progressive Waste Solutions reports revenue growth

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

  • United Nations receives complaints about Republic Services’ radioactive landfill

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

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

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

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

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

  • Clean Earth acquires Phoenix Soil in Connecticut

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

  • Volunteers clear eight tons of litter

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

  • Casella reports increased earnings for first quarter

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

  • Fairfax County launches public awareness campaign

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

  • Alpine Waste & Recycling named Best of Colorado

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

  • NJ DEP to award community grants for litter cleanups

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

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

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

  • Greenbuild diverts over 84 percent of waste

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

  • Companies to take part in a safety stand down effort

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

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

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

  • Republic expands Florida CNG fleet

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

  • Wastebuilt appoints new chief operating officer

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

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

    Published in the May 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Advanced Disposal honors top employees

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

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

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

  • Graduate scholarships in waste research available

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

  • Waste Management exceeds 2015 expectations

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

  • Progressive Waste Solutions appoints Dan Pio as CEO

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

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

    Published in the April 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Advanced Disposal acquires Tatum Sanitation

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

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

    Published in the April 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Blue Sphere completes acquisition of biogas facilities in Italy

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

  • California’s trash control policy approved

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

  • Republic Services makes organizational changes

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

  • Bennington awards outreach contract to NRRA

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

  • Covanta acquires Chief Industrial Services

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

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

    Published in the March 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Alpine Waste rewards local collector

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

  • Waste Connections to acquire Progressive Waste

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

  • Area Disposal acquires Casali & Sons Disposal

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

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

    Published in the February 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • WM acquires Southern Waste/Sun Recycling

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

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

    Published in the February 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • WCA Waste acquires Town And Country Disposal

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

  • Organix Solutions commercializes technology that removes organics from MSW stream

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

  • EPA grant helps fight dumping

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

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

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

  • Food waste expert offers consumer food saving guide

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

  • Study shows composting remains the best option

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

  • Carrier held summit to reduce waste

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