July 22, 2002

IN THIS ISSUE:
What's Your Opinion?
News:
-- EPA Says Waste Generation Declined in 2000
-- LA Sanitation Department Implements Program to Replace Containers
-- NYC Considers Dropping Rate Cap
-- EPA Sues Denver, WM Over Superfund Site
-- Britain Strikes, Follows Toronto's Lead
Updates: Announcements, certification, etc.
Mark It: Waste Industry Events
Highlights from Waste Age's July issue


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WHAT'S YOUR OPINION?
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NEWS:
EPA SAYS WASTE GENERATION DECLINED IN 2000
Washington, D.C. -- According to a recently released study conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans generated nearly the same amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2000 as in 1999, but per capita waste generation declined.


Specifically, in the EPA's "Municipal Solid Waste in the United States" report states that Americans generated 231.9 million tons of MSW in 2000, an increase of about 900,000 tons, or an increase of less than 0.4 percent. However, daily waste generation per person decreased by approximately 2.8 percent, from 4.64 pounds in 1999 to 4.51 pounds in 2000.


The stagnant economy may be the reason for the decline, according to the report. To view the report, visit www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/msw99.htm.


LA SANITATION DEPARTMENT IMPLEMENTS PROGRAM TO REPLACE CONTAINERS
Los Angeles -- The Los Angeles Department of Public Works' Bureau of Sanitation has launched a 10-year program to systematically upgrade all of the city's 2.1 million aging automated refuse containers with brand new green and black containers. The program, which will begin in 2008, was launched because of the high failure rate of existing carts.


NYC CONSIDERS DROPPING RATE CAP
New York -- According to a recent Crain's New York Business article, New York City waste regulators are considering eliminating caps on trash prices.


Pressure by carters mounted last week when Pennsylvania's governor passed its 2003 budget, which included a $4 per ton tipping increase at landfills. Afterward, several transfer stations in the Bronx and Brooklyn raised their fees by as much as $6 per ton, except to commercial customers, because of a retail cap.

Carters have pushed to end the cap because dumping fees are calculated by weight, and several haulers have been reluctant to pick up heavier waste produced by restaurants and other food stores.


EPA SUES DENVER, WM OVER SUPERFUND SITE
Denver -- The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sued the city of Denver and Houston-based Waste Management Inc., claiming they owe more than $12 million for cleanup costs associated with the Lowry Landfill, a Superfund site. The city and Waste Management agree that they owe money to the EPA for cleanup costs, but contend that it does not total $12 million.


BRITAIN STRIKES, FOLLOWS TORONTO'S LEAD
London -- More than 750,000 municipal workers, including garbage collectors, staged a one-day strike on Wednesday at 8 p.m., rejecting a 3 percent increase in wages and demanding 6 percent instead. So far, local authorities say they cannot afford the increase, and Prime Minister Tony Blair's government has not intervened.


UPDATES: Announcements, certification, etc.
Announcements
-- Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind., has marked the production of the 5,000th QST30 engine with a celebration at its Seymour, Ind., office.
-- CDM, Cambridge, Mass., will celebrate its 10th anniversary in design-build and construction delivery services.


Certification
Weigh-Tronix, Fairmont, Minn., has achieved certification in the Scale Manufacturers Association's (SMA) Conformity Assessment Production Meets Type program.


Internet Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Co., Webb City, Mo., has relaunched its completely redesigned website, http://www.cardinalscale.com.


MARK IT
August 6, 2002
University of Florida Landfill Training Session: Measurements and Calculations for Landfill Operators
Gainesville, Fla. Presented by the UF/TREEO Center in Gainesville. Contact: Janet Touchton. Phone: (352) 392-9570, ext. 112. [email protected]


August 6-9, 2002
SWANA Training Center
Charlotte, N.C. Contact: Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Phone toll-free: (800) 467-9262. Fax: (301) 589-7068. mailto:[email protected]


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IN WASTE AGE'S JULY ISSUE:
Features:
-- Is Recycling Garbage? As New York City and other communities consider cutting back on recycling, the industry faces ongoing questions about its viability.
-- 2003 Buyers' Guide: Waste Age's annual listing of products, truck equipment and suppliers.
-- Cheaper Trick: Rustin Transportation selects an unpopular, but more cost-effective solution to manage its tricky transfer station problems. Tip Off:
-- Wireless Waste Disposal on the Rise
-- WTC Cleanup Finished Early
-- Heavier Trucks Encouraged
Trends:
-- Business Management: Eyesore No More
-- Paper: Following Paper's Trail
-- Legal: Corporate Collars Climb
Columnists:
-- Legal Lode: Double Exposure, by Barry Shanoff
-- Circular File: Big Apple Recycling, by Chaz Miller
-- Profiles in Garbage: Corrugated Boxes, by Chaz Miller
-- EIA: Needling Change, by Alice Jacobsohn


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