August 6, 2001

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Opinion Poll
- EPA Co-Sponsors Brownfields Conference
- Ag-Bag Announces Second Quarter Results
- SWANA Solicits Proposals for Compost Training and Certification Program
- OSHA Nominee Stresses Balance to Cure Ergonomics Woes
- Waste Management Ends Contract with Oakleaf
- EIA Testifies Before Congress on Interstate Waste
NewsBriefs: Acquisitions, Agreements, etc.
Highlights from Waste Age’s August issue

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OPINION POLL RESULTS: Does your business or organization have a program for managing electronic waste such as computers, televisions, fax machines, etc.?
You said: 50 percent, yes; 50 percent, no

"At this time - no. We are looking, but [the] problem is distance to markets and low income of trade area, i.e. things are expensive except salaries!"
- Deborah Barton

"Yes, the state of Rhode Island has a program set up. We collect computers once a month from any state resident at no charge."
- David M. Goldberg, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp.

EPA Co-Sponsors Brownfields Conference
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 is co-sponsoring Brownfields 2001, a conference showcasing research related to Brownfields policy, cleanup and redevelopment issues. The conference will be held Sept. 24-26, 2001, in Chicago. Visit the conference's website at

Ag-Bag Announces Second Quarter Results
Warrenton, Ore. - Ag-Bag International Ltd. has announced net sales for the second quarter ended June 30, 2001, of $10.1 million, compared with $9.65 million for the same quarter last year. The company also announced net income of $460,597, compared with net income of $596,700 for the same quarter last year.

SWANA Solicits Proposals for Compost Training and Certification Program
Silver Spring, Md. - The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is soliciting proposals through Aug. 31, 2001, to develop a training course and certification exam for composting organic materials typically found in municipal solid waste (MSW). Contact: Wynecta Fisher, training manager, SWANA. Phone: (301) 585-2898 ext. 233.

OSHA Nominee Stresses Balance to Cure Ergonomics Woes
Washington, D.C. - John Henshaw, newly nominated assistant labor secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), made a statement Thursday stressing the need for an even balance between voluntary efforts and enforcement when dealing with ergonomics issues. More must be done through partnerships with companies and voluntary programs to prevent workplace injuries, he said.

Waste Management Ends Contract with Oakleaf
Houston - Waste Management Inc. has terminated its contract with waste broker Oakleaf Waste Management LLC. A Waste Management spokesperson said that Oakleaf had canceled service at 50 percent of its locations, spurring Waste Management’s decision.

EIA Testifies Before Congress on Interstate Waste
Washington, D.C. - Bruce Parker, president and CEO of the Environmental Industry Associations (EIA), testifies today before Congress on the possible passage of several interstate waste bills that would grant states and local governments the authority to put a cap on the flow of imported waste.

NEWSBRIEFS: Acquisitions, Agreements, etc. Acquisitions
- A subsidiary of Allied Waste Industries Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., has entered a merger agreement to acquire Star Services Group Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., in a cash transaction valued at approximately $34 million plus assumption of all of Star Services Group’s long-term assets.
- SCS Engineers, Bellevue, Wash., has acquired Applied Hydrogeologic Research Inc., Lynnwood, Wash.
- Aero Industries Inc., Indianapolis, has acquired OCA, Streetsboro, Ohio.
- Agco, Duluth, Ga., has acquired Ag-Chem Equipment Co. Inc., Jackson, Minn.

- Dana Corp., Toledo Ohio, has entered into a supply agreement with Paccar Inc., Bellevue, Wash. Dana’s Commercial Vehicle Systems operations will supply standard equipment on Paccar’s Kenworth and Peterbilt Class 6, 7 and 8 commercial vehicles.

- ElectroniCycle Inc., Spencer, Mass., has announced a combined merger and expansion plan involving principals of American Retroworks Inc., Middlebury, Vt.
- Sebright Products Inc., Hopkins, Mich., has installed a completely integrated robotic waste handling system at Royal Plastics in Grand Rapids, Mich.

- The Energy Information Administration, an independent analytical agency in the U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C., has released its annual report entitled, "Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases, 1999." To view the report, visit

Sept. 12-13, 2001
North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Symposium
Grand Forks, N.D. Contact: Angela Schneider. Phone: (701) 298-6944. E-mail: [email protected]

Sept. 16-18, 2001
SWANA Annual Joint Fall Forum
Orange Beach, Ala. Contact: Alabama Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), P.O. Box 11628, Montgomery, Ala. 36111. Phone: (334) 260-7970. Fax: (334) 272-7128.

Sept. 19-21, 2001
"21st Century: A Zero Waste Fantasy?" Waste Reduction Conference Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Recycling Council of Alberta. Phone: (403) 843-6563. E-mail: [email protected]

Sept. 19-21, 2001
National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) Southeast Chapter Annual Meeting
Miami. Contact: Cathy Maimon, meetings department. Phone toll-free: (800) 424-2869. E-mail: [email protected]

Sept. 23-25, 2001
2001 N.Y. Solid Waste Fall Conference
Callicoon, N.Y. Contact: Eric Swenson, The New York State Association for Solid Waste Management, 150 Miller Place, Syosset, N.Y. 11791. Phone: (516) 677-5790. Fax: (516) 677-5875.

Sept. 25-26, 2001
ASTM Training Course, Phase II Environmental Site Assessments Baltimore, Md. Contact: Eileen Finn, ASTM, West Conshohocken, Pa. Phone: (610) 832-9686. Fax: (610) 832-9668. Website:

Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2001
20th Annual National Recycling Congress (NRC) and Exposition
Seattle. Register online at NRC’s website:

Oct. 1-5, 2001
Waste Management and Landfill Symposium
Sardinia, Italy. Contact: EuroWaste Srl, Via Altinate 96, 35121, Padova, Italy. Phone: 39-049-663860. Fax: 39-049-663960. E-mail: [email protected]

Oct. 2-4, 2001
TASWER Third Annual Conference
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Nakita McNeil, Tribal Association on Solid Waste and Emergency Response (TASWER), 1001 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: (202) 331-8084, ext. 222. E-mail: [email protected] Website:

Oct. 4-6, 2001
26th Annual Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Members Conference
St. Louis. Contact: The Deep Foundations Institute, 120 Charlotte Place, Third Floor, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 07632. Phone: (201) 567-4232. Fax: (201) 567-4436. Email: [email protected] Website:

October 8-10, 2001
National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter Annual Meeting
Contact: Cathy Maimon, meetings department. Phone Toll-Free: (800) 424-2869.

Oct. 15-18, 2001
WASTECON 2001: A Waste Odyssey, SWANA’s 39th Annual Solid Waste Exposition
Baltimore. Contact: Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), P.O. Box 7219, Silver Spring, Md. 20907-7219. Phone: (301) 589-7068. Fax: (301) 585-0297. Website:

- Good Wood Gone Bad: The effects of arsenic leaching from CCA-treated wood are creating very real concerns for the waste industry.
- 2002 Buyers’ Guide: Waste Age’s annual listing of products, truck equipment and suppliers.
- Feedstock or Famine: MRF managers speak out about the issues affecting their recycling operations.
- Putting on the Pounds: Whether you use a heavier machine or a special option that’s been spec’d, your landfill compactor must minimize airspace.
Business Trends:
- Don’t Get Stung by Severance Deals
- South Carolina Lessens Dorm Dumping
- Preventing a Risk Management Free-Fall
Business Briefs:
- Congress Eyes Possible Quotas on Steel Imports
- Small Businesses May Be Exempt from Cleanup Liability
- Landfill Gas Helps Chicago Go "Green"
- Profiles in Garbage: Aseptic Boxes, Milk Cartons, by Chaz Miller
- Circular File: Turn Down the Volume, by Chaz Miller
- EIA: Regulating Isolated Wetlands, by Alice P. Jacobsohn
- Legal: Un-Happy Gilmore, by Barry Shanoff