August 20, 2001 Issue

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Opinion Poll


- Microturbine Facility To Run on Landfill Gas

- Detroit Cleans Itself Up

- Trucking Industry Showing Signs of Economic Improvement

- Safety-Kleen Names New CEO

- U.S. Plastic Lumber Q2 Revenues Up $6.5 Million

- BFI Wants to Haul Trash on Train

Newsbriefs: Awards, Grants, etc.


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

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.


Do you agree with the recent court decision to allow two New York counties to use flow control to direct waste into their facilities because they are publicly owned rather than privately owned?

You said: 57 percent, yes; 29 percent, no; 14 percent, other

"No, I do not believe it is a good thing. I have seen many independent vendors suffer financially throughout the country where flow control is involved. This is supposed to be a capitalist society where competition is foremost. New York has obviously forgotten about the independent and how this country got started."

- Susan V. Daywitt, SLM Waste &Recycling Services Inc.

"Yes, I agree that flow control should be allowed if directed to a publicly owned facility. Many counties and municipalities are required, either through statutes or by regulations, to provide sufficient waste disposal facilities for residents’ needs. Private entities do not have the same restrictions and can freely market for waste that is significantly out of the area to meet their revenue needs."

- David Crowe


Microturbine Facility To Run on Landfill Gas

Lake View Terrace, Calif. -- The largest biomass-powered microturbine facility in the world, which will run on landfill gas, will be dedicated today at the Lopez Canyon Landfill in Lake View Terrace. The ceremony will highlight the use of alternative gases such as landfill gas designed to help improve California's energy and environmental concerns. The project will use 50 microturbines from Capstone Turbine Corp. to produce 30 kilowatts each for a total of 1.5 megawatts. Coupled with an existing 6-megawatt plant, the project will produce enough electricity to power 7,500 homes, according to the company.

Detroit Cleans Itself Up

Detroit -- The City of Detroit has removed 20,000 tons of bulky waste and debris from nearly 300 square blocks as part of its Big Clean-up Program, which began earlier this year. The city also is dedicating an additional $2 million to the cleanup effort, bringing the total budgeted program cost to $4 million.

Trucking Industry Showing Signs of Economic Improvement

New York -- A recent 1 percent increase in tonnage has led some researchers and industry experts to believe that the trucking and transportation industries have found the "bottom" of the economic downturn and are on their way back up. According to some, the trucking industry historically has been the first to experience a slowing economy and, conversely, a growth in demand. Bob Castello, chief economist of the American Trucking Association (ATA), says the increase may be due in part to a drop in competition, which has led many trucking companies to close up shop in the last year and a half. But, he adds that he has seen enough in the trucking industry to sense a broader economic recovery could take place by 2002.

Safety-Kleen Names New CEO

Columbia, S.C. -- Safety-Kleen Corp. has appointed Ronald A. Rittenmeyer chairman, CEO and president of the company. Rittenmeyer has been a member of Safety-Kleen’s board of directors since April 2001.

U.S. Plastic Lumber Q2 Revenues Up $6.5 Million

Boca Raton, Fla. -- U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp. has reported revenues for the second quarter of 2001 of $50.8 million, compared with $44.3 million for the same quarter last year.

BFI Wants to Haul Trash on Train

Linden, N.J. -- BFI Transfer Systems of New Jersey testified before the state's Union County Board of Freeholders that it wants to move New York City garbage by train to landfills in states such as South Carolina and Georgia to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and associated costs for the area. The garbage would be loaded by barge and sent to a transfer facility in Linden, N.J., where it then would be sealed in steel containers and placed on rail cars. Using trains will replace the 1,000 trucks per day that currently move the garbage, according to BFI Transportation Manager David Iverson. The hearing was scheduled in response to N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Robert Shinn's request for more information on the proposal.

NEWSBRIEFS: Awards, Grants, etc.


- J&Truck Equipment, Somerset, Pa., has received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement from Tulsa, Okla.-based Auto Crane for excellence in sales for the second year in a row.

- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, D.C., has awarded a nearly $5 million grant to the Gas Technology Institute of Des Plaines, Ill., to support the development of a demonstration food processing facility to be used by Butterball Turkey Co., Carthage, Mo., to adopt an efficient process for converting poultry waste into energy products without harming the environment.


- The Ohio Organization for Recycling and Reuse, Akron, Ohio, has received a $100,000 grant from Summit County to begin a recycling program for business hazardous waste.

New Companies

- CalRecovery Inc., Concord, Calif., has founded a sister company, CalRecovery Europe Ltd., Skipton, United Kingdom.

- Legénter LLC, Great Falls, Va., has launched its safety and risk management consulting service.


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