August 27, 2001 Issue

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Opinion Poll


- California Smog Case Affects Trash Haulers

- EPA Funds Brownfields Cleanup Training Project

- SWANA Hosts International Road-E-O

- EPA Official's Nomination Creates Doubts for Some

- Paper Hits an All-Time-High 48 Percent Recovery Rate

Newsbriefs: Awards, Call for Comments, etc.

Highlights from Waste Age’s August issue

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Do you agree with a recent federal court ruling allowing California smog officials to order public agencies with fleets of 15 or more to buy cleaner cars, buses and trucks?

a) yes; b) no; c) other

E-mail your comments to [email protected].

All comments are subject to publication. Please include your name, city, state and company.


Should the Environmental Protection Agency allow chromated copper arsenate (CCA)-treated wood to be buried in unlined C&D Landfills?

You said: 29 percent, yes; 49 percent, no; 22 percent, other

"There should be a of quantity limitation. Large quantities should not be allowed in C&D landfills, but small quantities of CCA-treated lumber and small amounts of treated lumber (e.g., 19 percent or less) in C&D loads should be exempt. Many small disposals would be likely to originate from household projects, and tracking and enforcing prohibitions against disposal of small quantities would be next to impossible."

- Rick S. Brown

"Absolutely not. No CCA lumber should be allowed in unlined landfills. The stuff should be banned outright!"

- Becky Secrest, Moore Recycling Associates Inc., Bethel, Maine

"EPA should require all CCA-treated wood manufacturers to take the material back at the end of its useful life. … This may stimulate a redesign of the material using non-toxic substances, or alternate ways to treat the wood prior to disposal or potential technologies for recycling the material."

- Paul Hauck, Kisinger Campo and Associates, Tampa, Fla.


California Smog Case Affects Trash Haulers

Los Angeles -- A federal judge ruled on Aug. 23 that California smog officials can order public agencies to buy cleaner cars, buses and trucks for their fleets. This landmark decision centers on new rules proposed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The rules apply to fleets of 15 or more, and include trash trucks, street sweepers and buses.

EPA Funds Brownfields Cleanup Training Project

Washington, D.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will fund $2 million for the Brownfields Job Training and Development Demonstration Pilots to train residents in communities affected by brownfields. The agency expects to set up 10 pilot projects by Dec. 2001. Each site will receive up to $200,000 over two years. The deadline for submitting proposals is Oct. 19, 2001.

SWANA Hosts International Road-E-O

Silver Spring, Md. -- The Southern California founding chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is hosting its annual International Road-E-O Aug. 23-25, 2001. The event will be held at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif. Website:

EPA Official's Nomination Creates Doubts for Some

Washington, D.C. -- On Aug. 1, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the nomination of Donald Schregardus as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief enforcement official. But many democratic senators lately have expressed their opposition to the nomination, noting that Schregardus has voted pro-industry in the past. They fear that his nomination would embrace the Bush administration's push to drop Clean Air Act litigation against several power plant operators.

Paper Hits an All-Time-High 48 Percent Recovery Rate

Washington, D.C. -- The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its Paper Recovery Progress Report for 2000, noting that key indicators of paper recovery increased appreciably last year. Office paper recovery climbed from 37.5 percent in 1999 to 41.1 percent in 2000, newspaper recovery climbed from 68 percent to 71 percent, and corrugated box recovery climbed from 70.1 percent to 75 percent, giving the industry its all-time highest overall recovery rate of 48 percent.

NEWSBRIEFS: Awards, Call for Comments, etc.


- The Worldwide Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Systems (WERCS) Ltd., Albany, N.Y., has given its Best Practices award to Valspar, Minneapolis.

- RecycleMax Inc., Dearborn, Mich., has received an award for Outstanding Public Recycling Program by the Michigan Recycling Coalition for its implementation at the University of Michigan’s Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Call for Comments

- The Legislative Commission on Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes, Albany, N.Y., has requested people stop burning backyard household waste in the state, citing that backyard burning is illegal in most states. Backyard burning produces hazardous air pollutants such as dioxins, formaldehyde, cadmium and mercury; and long-term exposure can increase the risks of asthma, emphysema and cancer. The Commission urges people to call or write their state senators to request that they support passing S.B. 3772, which would ban backyard burning.

Call for Entries

- Through Sept. 1, 2001, supply companies and engineering firms can enter products, production processes or technologies for the 2002 European Engineering Awards. Awards will be presented on January 22, 2001, during the European Subcontracting and Engineering Fair (ESEF). To be considered for an award, entries should not be more than two years old. Contact the Foundation for the European Engineering Awards, P.O. Box 753, NL-1000 at Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Phone: (31) 20-4283-546. E-mail: [email protected]

Call for Presentations

- The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), Oakland, Calif., is seeking presentations on how Oakland and Alameda Counties are meeting the 50 percent state and 75 percent County-mandated waste reduction goals. Presentations will be heard at the 26th Annual CRRA Conference in Oakland, July 14-17, 2002. Contact: Susan Kattchee, CRRA Conference Presentations, City of Oakland, Public Works Agency – ESD, 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5301, Oakland, Calif. 94618. Fax: (510) 238-7286. Applications must be received by Nov. 2, 2001.


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.

September 17, 2001

NTEA 2002 Economic Outlook Conference

Dearborn, Mich. Contact: National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA). Phone toll-free: (800) 441-6832. Website:

September 17-19, 2001

CAPS Logistics Supply Chain Conference

Atlanta. Contact: Nicole Day, CAPS Logistics. Phone: (770) 437-7259. Fax: (770) 438-9630. Website:

September 19-21, 2001

NSWMA Southeast Annual Conference

Miami. Contact: Cathy Maimon, meetings department, National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA), 4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20008. Phone toll-free: (888) 679-6272. Fax: (202) 966-4824. Website:

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.

September 24-26, 2001

Brownfields 2001 Conference

Chicago. Co-sponsored by 22 organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5, the Illinois EPA, the International City/County Management Association and the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania. To register, visit the conference website at

September 24-27, 2001

SAE Fall Fuels and Lubricants Meeting

San Antonio. Contact: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Inc., 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, Pa. 15096-0001. Phone: (724) 776-4841. Fax: (724) 772-1851. Website:

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:

September 25-27, 2001

International Construction and Utility Equipment Expo (ICUEE)

Louisville, Ky. Contact: ICUEE, 927 Main Street, Racine, Wis. 53403. Phone: (262) 633-4500. Fax: (262) 633-0249. E-mail: [email protected]

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]

October 1-5, 2001

Eighth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium

Sardinia, Italy. Contact: EuroWaste Srl, Via Beato Pellegrino, 23, 35137, Padova, Italy. Phone: (39) 049-663860. Fax: (39) 049-8726987. 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