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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Sylvia Quast as regional counsel for the Pacific Southwest.

EPA’s Pacific Southwest office serves Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and 148 Tribes. Quast has over two decades of experience handling environmental matters in both the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining EPA, Quast served as executive assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorneys’ Office (USAO) in Sacramento, California where she was responsible for managing an office of 170 employees and personally handled environmental enforcement and defense cases. She has litigated environmental enforcement actions in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Quast also served as the chief of the USAO’s Defense Litigation Unit, where she was responsible for litigation on various issues including environmental cases involving, among other laws, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. After several years in private practice, Quast started her federal career in 1994 with the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C., where she worked on cases involving a variety of environmental issues.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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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

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Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) has appointed Alan T. Handley to chief executive officer, and John J. Larsen, vice president of operations. Handley, previously served in the capacity of chief financial officer at LRS; Larsen joins LRS from Republic Services, where he served as general manager, Chicago operations.

Handley previously served as chief financial officer at LRS and has helped drive the company’s growth and integration following the merger of Lakeshore Waste Services with Recycling Systems Inc. in 2012. He brings more than two decades of frontline executive management leadership, operations and turnaround experience.

Larsen will be responsible for all LRS commercial, residential and roll-off operations. He joins LRS following a successful 15 year run at Republic Services, Inc., where he rose to the rank of general manager for the company’s Chicago operations, overseeing 210 employees who serviced commercial and industrial customers.

Larsen also served as liaison and contract administrator with large government accounts, including Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Transit Authority and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.

Larsen began his career at Waste Management, Inc., where he served as operations manager of the company’s Morris, Illinois division.

Published in the June 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Aleris has completed its acquisition of Nichols Aluminum, LLC, a producer of aluminum sheet for the transportation, building and construction, machinery and equipment in North America.  

The acquisition includes two production facilities in Davenport, Iowa, a facility in Decatur, Alabama, and a facility in Lincolnshire, Illinois. The company has agreed to pay $110 million in an all-cash transaction.

Published in the June 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Newalta Corporation has nominated two new directors for election to the board of directors.

Harvey Doerr, retired in 2009 as executive vice president of El Dorado, Arkansas-based Murphy Oil Corporation. With more than 28 years in the oil and gas industry, his experience includes broad exposure to domestic and international exploration and production, heavy oil/oilsands, offshore, refining, retail marketing, acquisition and divestiture, strategic planning and government relations. At Murphy, a major U.S.-based independent oil company, he was responsible for worldwide refining and marketing operations and strategic planning. Doerr is also on the board of MEG Energy Corp. of Calgary, which is actively developing enhanced oil recovery projects in Alberta that utilize steam-assisted gravity drainage extraction methods.

Robert Gemmell, was president and chief executive officer of Citigroup Global Markets Canada and its predecessor companies (Salomon Brothers Canada and Salomon Smith Barney Canada) from 1996 to 2008. In addition, he was a member of the Global Operating Committee of Citigroup Global Markets from 2006 to 2008. Gemmell is a director of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, one of the world’s largest gold mining companies.

Published in the June 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Atlas Copco Construction Equipment has entered into a distributor agreement with Stewart & Stevenson throughout various territories in the U.S.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas since 1902, Stewart & Stevenson provides equipment and service from a network of sales and service centers. Stewart & Stevenson teams with partners to provide a broad line of products, including quality custom power generation packages for on-site continuous, emergency standby, peak-shaving and now, Atlas Copco portable energy equipment.

Published in the June 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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