July 23, 2001 Issue

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Opinion Poll


- Waste Management Announces New VPs

- Pennsylvania Awards Grant To Cleanup Tires

- Clapp Named Head of FMCSA

- EPA Gives Grant To Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines

- New Hampshire Bans Trash-Burning

NewsBriefs: Announcement, Certification, Facility, etc.


Highlights from Waste Age's July issue

Don’t miss out on this year’s Waste Age 100! For details, visit: wasteage100.com


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?

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.


Illegal dumping is a problem within my community:

You said: 78 percent, yes; 11 percent, no; 11 percent, other

"Yes - it is a significant problem, for a host of reasons. The ‘integrated waste management’ system in Kansas City is underfunded, primarily due to real and perceived ideas related to an earnings tax in 1970. Things have changed since then and alternative management needs to be available. Without convenient, reasonable and efficient alternatives in place, people begin to use their imagination … to make stuff disappear. Once it starts, it is difficult to stop."

- Scott Cahail, KCMO Environmental Management, Kansas City, Mo.

"Illegal dumping isn't a problem in our community. What is an annoyance is the careless disposal of soda bottles [and] cans, even though there is a 5-cent deposit in New York state."

- Rick Nudd, Walworth, N.Y.


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 Cleanup 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. — Joseph M. Clapp has been appointed by President George W. Bush to be administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

EPA Gives Grant To Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a $25,000 grant to Northern Arizona University to study air emissions and fuel consumption from idling diesel trucks in the Southwest, and to sponsor a workshop for owners and operators of diesel-powered vehicles.

New Hampshire Bans Trash-Burning

Concord, N.H. — Effective Monday, July 23, New Hampshire will ban residents from burning garbage in their yards in an attempt to cut down on cancer-causing pollutants emitted by trash fires. The state Department of Environmental Services says household trash-burning contributes about 17 percent of New Hampshire's dioxins. Residents still will be allowed to burn untreated wood, leaves, brush and certain paper products.

NEWSBRIEFS: Acquisition, Awards, Certification, etc.


- GEZ Architects Engineers, San Francisco, will provide architectural and engineering services for a new 45,000-square-foot material recovery facility and support facilities for Norcal Waste Systems, San Francisco.


- Bobcat, West Fargo, N.D., announces the purchase of Superstav, Dobri, Czech Republic, a compact loader and backhoe manufacturer.


- Haldex Services Centers, Kansas City, Mo., recently earned ISO 9002 certification for manufacturing.


- Mack Trucks Inc., Allen Town, Pa., announces the opening of a new parts distribution center in Joliet, Ill.


August 20-22, 2001

Environmental Challenges at Federal Facilities: Past, Present and Future

Tampa, Fla. Sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO). Contact: Dania Rodriguez, ASTSWMO, by Friday, July 20. Phone: (202) 624-5973. E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.astswmo.org.

September 3-6, 2001

ISWA 2001 International Waste Congress

Stavanger, Norway. Register by July 15, 2001. Contact: International Solid Waste Association. E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.stavanger-forum.no/iswa2001.

September 12-13, 2001

North Dakota Solid Waste &Recycling Symposium

Grand Forks, N.D. Contact: Angela Schneider. Phone: (701) 298-6944. E-mail: [email protected]

September 14, 2001

National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) Maryland/Delaware

Chapter Golf Tournament.

White Hall, Md. Contact: Cathy Maimon, meetings department. Phone toll-free: (800) 424-2869.

September 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.

September 25-27, 2001

International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition

Louisville, Ky. Contact: Paula Miller. Phone: (312) 321-1470. Website: www.icuee.com.

September 26-28, 2001

National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) Heartland Chapter Annual Meeting

Contact: Cathy Maimon, meetings department. Phone toll-free: (800) 424-2869.

September 30-October 3, 2001

20th Annual National Recycling Congress (NRC) and Exposition

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

October 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]



- Colorful Haulers: Waste Age announces the winners of its 23rd Annual Design Contest.

- Sorry, Landfill Closed: What's happening to landfills in their afterlife?

- Why Are My Insurance Rates Going Up?: Although insurance premiums always will be cyclical, there are ways to protect yourself.

Business Trends:

- How to Start a Bottle Recycling Plan

- Report Claims with Road Runner Speed

- Penn State Palm Sizes Hazwaste Program

Business Briefs:

- Los Angeles Airport Creates Energy from Food Waste

- Proposed Highway Safety Rule Gets Tough on Commercial Drivers

- Balefill's Future Remains Uncertain

- Newsbriefs: Acquisitions, Awards, Fiscal, etc.


- Circular File: Less Mowing, Less Waste, by Chaz Miller

- Legal: Self-Haul Ban Upheld, by Barry Shanoff

- Profiles in Garbage: High-Density Polyethylene, by Chaz Miller