July 3, 2001 Issue

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Opinion Poll


- Caterpillar Appoints New General Manager to Truck Engine Division

- Brunswick Named Interim CFO for Waste Holdings

- Virginia Sees Less Trash

- South Carolina Debuts Recycling Survey Results

- House Approves Funding for Nuclear Waste Cleanup and Renewable Energy Projects

- EarthCare Awarded Ft. Lauderdale Recyclables Contract

NewsBriefs: Awards, Reorganization, Sales etc. Events

Highlights from Waste Age's July issue


In response to the problem of recruiting qualified truck drivers, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has proposed a pilot program to train 1,000 18- to 20-year-olds. Would you hire an18-year-old with a commercial drivers license to drive your trucks?

a) yes; b) no; c) other

E-mail your comments to [email protected].


Caterpillar Appoints New General Manager to Truck Engine Division

Mossville, Ill. — Caterpillar recently has appointed Sara Anderson as general manager of its Truck Engine division. Anderson`s new responsibilities will include managing worldwide marketing, sales and support for mid-range and heavy duty truck engine lines, according to the company. She previously was general manager of Caterpillar`s Service Technology Group, Peoria, Ill., and is replacing William Mayo, who has been promoted into the Track Type Tractor Division.

Brunswick Named Interim CFO for Waste Holdings

Raleigh, N.C. — Stephen C. Shaw has resigned from his position as chief financial officer of Waste Holdings Inc., formerly Waste Industries Inc. Paul L. Brunswick will serve as interim CFO on a consulting basis while the company seeks a permanent replacement.

Virginia Sees Less Trash

Richmond, Va. — Those who think Viriginia is a dumping ground for trash had better reconsider. The volume of trash imports into the state dropped slightly in 2000, according to a report from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Incoming municipal solid waste totaled 3.89 million tons in 2000, a reduction of nearly 230,000 tons from 1999, the report states. In 1999, trash imports were projected to rise from 4 million tons to 7 million tons once New York's Fresh Kills Landfill closed. But the landfill has closed, and trash imports have dropped.

South Carolina Debuts Recycling Survey Results

Columbia, S.C. — Four out of five South Carolina residents say they recycle at least occasionally, and most recyclers say they do it because they are committed to environmental protection, according to a state telephone survey of more than 1,000 residents. According to Richard Chesley of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control Office of Solid Waste reduction and Recycling, the survey was conducted to identify the who, what and why of residential recycling and "to identify opportunities to increase resident involvement." For additional results or for more information on how the survey was conducted, call Chesley at (803) 896-4209.

House Approves Funding for Nuclear Waste Cleanup and Renewable Energy Projects

Washington, D.C. — A House committee voted Monday to increase spending plans for renewable energy and nuclear waste cleanup. Included in the $23.7 billion measure were $4.5 billion for hundreds of dredging, beach restoration and other Army Corps of Engineers water projects, and $377 million in funding for solar, geothermal and other forms of renewable energy projects. The Senate has yet to write its version of the bill.

EarthCare Awarded Ft. Lauderdale Recyclables Contract

Dallas — EarthCare Company has announced that its South Florida subsidiary, EarthCare Resource Management of Florida, Inc., is expected to be awarded a contract to collect curbside commingled recyclable solid waste from 40,000 homes in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The contract is expected to close in July 2001 following normal governmental approvals. EarthCare also announced that it recently concluded the purchase of a solid waste collection company in South Florida that services commercial, industrial and construction customers.

September 3-6, 2001:

ISWA 2001 International Waste Congress

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

NEWSBRIEFS: Agreements, Alliances, Awards, etc.


- As part of the Seventh Minnesota Safety and Health Conference, Veit Cos., Rogers, Minn., received the Governor's Safety Award for safety and cleanliness in the workplace.

- Delphi Automotive Systems, Troy, Mich., has received two Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Environmental Awards. Brian Spuck, product engineer, won in the materials development and usage category, and Cesár González, environmental engineering general supervisor, was a finalist in the recycling, reuse and remanufacturing category.


- Waste Industries Inc., Raleigh, N.C., has completed the reorganization of its holding company, Waste Holdings Inc. After receiving approval from its shareholders on Jan. 30, 2001, Waste Industries became a wholly owned subsidiary of Waste Holdings.


- The Los Angeles-based South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will purchase microturbine power systems from Capstone California, Woodland Hills, Calif., for $4 million.

- SL Industries Inc., Mt. Laurel, N.J., has announced it will explore selling the company.


- The International Tire &Rubber Association Foundation Inc. (ITRA), Louisville, Ky., board of directors has approved 10 $1,000 scholarships in memory of Dwight Peel, who lost his life when a truck tire he was inflating blew off the rim.


- Ashland Environmental Services, Dublin, Ohio, offers hazardous waste management training seminars. For more information, call Jim Vitak at (614) 790-3715.


July 11-12, 2001:

National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) Indiana Chapter Golf Tournament

Indiana. Contact: Peggy Macenas, NSWMA Midwest region manager. Phone toll-free: (800) 679-6269.

July 12, 2001:

National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) Carolinas Chapter Golf Tournament

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

July 13-17, 2001:

National Association of Counties Annual Conference

Philadelphia. Contact: Tiffany Ricci, media relations manager. Phone: (202) 942-4220. Email: [email protected]

July 21-24, 2001:

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Executive Management Seminar with Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Lisa Ness. Phone: (202) 662-8534. E-mail: [email protected]

August 20-22, 2001:

Environmental Challenges at Federal Facilities: Past, Present &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: ISWA. E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.stavanger-forum.no/iswa2001.



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Business Briefs:

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- 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