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  • Equipment Spotlight | SEP 2014 Separation Systems


    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


    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