July 30, 2001 Issue

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Opinion Poll


- Volvo Sells Xpeditor

- Reassessing Hazwaste Incinerators' Standards

- Waste Management Announces New VPs

- Pennsylvania Awards Grant To Clean up Tires

- Clapp Named Head of FMCSA

NewsBriefs: Announcements, New Company, etc.


Highlights from Waste Age's August issue

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Does your business or organization have a program for managing electronic waste such as computers, televisions, fax machines, etc.

a) yes; b) no; c) other

E-mail your comments to [email protected].

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


Do you think that offenses such as drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident and excessive speeding — even if committed during off-duty hours — should cost a commercial truck driver his license/job?

You said: 80 percent, yes; 20 percent, no; 20 percent, other

"No! I've been victimized by traffic cops many times. They give you a ticket, although they obviously know you aren't guilty - and then count on your being out of town so that you won't show up to trial. I surprise them. I show up to trial - even in other states. Usually, the cop isn't there - he's on guard training, testifying at another trial, etc. Unfortunately, traffic tickets are revenue raisers, and not used to improve traffic safety."

- Rick Nudd, Rick Nudd, Ltd., Walworth, N.Y.

"My husband and I have been in a trucking related business since 1970. We have a rule: If you work for us, we have a no DUI tolerance. [If we didn’t feel this way, it would reflect poorly] on our company, and on truck drivers in general. I believe truckers always are getting a bum rap. [However,] if the state requires you to forfeit your driver’s license, then yes, we agree, especially [with] DUI charges."

-Barbara and James Johns, J &Jay Services, Hughesville, Pa.


Volvo Sells Xpeditor

Greensboro, N.C. — Volvo Trucks North America Inc. announces the sale of its Xpeditor truck product line to Grand Vehicle Works Holdings LLC. The agreement includes the assembly and sale of low cab-over engine (LCOE) heavy class 8 trucks and the licensing of "Autocar" to a recently formed Grand Vehicle Works Holdings subsidiary entitled Autocar. By selling Xpeditor, Volvo is complying with the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust clearance from the acquisition of Renault V.I. and Mack Trucks Inc. in Dec. 2000.

Reassessing Hazwaste Incinerators' Standards

Washington D.C. — A federal appeals court has ruled that standards for hazardous waste burning incinerators and cement kilns must be rewritten. The court stated that there are no proper limits on dioxin, mercury and metals emissions. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency must reassess such emission standards.

Waste Management Announces New VPs

Houston — Waste Management Inc. has appointed Lawrence O'Donnell III executive vice president for the company's Western region, and David Steiner senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.

Pennsylvania Awards Grant To Clean up Tires

Harrisburg, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded more than $540,000 to Carbon Services Corp., Lehighton, Pa., to cleanup nearly half a million illegally dumped tires in piles across the state.

Clapp Named Head of FMCSA

Washington, D.C. — President George W. Bush has appointed Joseph M. Clapp as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

NEWSBRIEFS: Announcements, New Company, etc.


- Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind., has announced a $400,000 investment to help underwrite the Seattle Diesel Solutions Program, a public-partnership designed to retrofit diesel engine fleets to improve emissions.

- Hoover Materials Handling Group Inc. has announced an agreement with National Container Group to refurbish containers for Hoover’s container recovery programs.

New Company

CE Attachments Inc, Mequon, Wis., recently opened for business, supplying compact equipment attachments such as buckets, breakers and trenchers.


Containers America, Charlotte, N.C., announces its merger with Russell-Stanley. The merger expands Containers America’s steel drum manufacturing and logistics capabilities.


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: www.astm.org.

Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2001

20th Annual National Recycling Congress (NRC) and Exposition

Seattle. Register online at NRC’s website: www.nrc-recycle.org.

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: www.taswer.org.

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: www.swana.org.



- 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