June 1, 2001 Issue

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Opinion Poll


-Allied Waste Subsidiary Announces Acquisition Agreement

-Head of Freightliner Steps Down

-Arizona Litter Survey Results Published

-Pataki Selects Three Brownfields Sites

-Dana Receives Environmental Award

NewsBriefs: Acquisitions, Announcements, Awards, etc.


Highlights from Waste Age’s June issue


What is your business’ most serious challenge? a) finding good employees; b) declining revenues; c) regulations; d)increased taxes; e)other

E-mail your comments to [email protected].


Will your 2001 capital expenditures be more or less than in 2000?

You said: 17 percent, more; 66 percent, less; 17 percent, the same

Additional opinion poll comments included:

"Definitely less. Our city (50,000 pop.) has been impacted by the state of North Carolina’s financial woes. I guess you could call it ‘negative trickle-down.’ As a result, both capital and manpower needs will suffer. Many of our surrounding municipalities also have been greatly impacted by a closing or struggling textile industry. Thanks, NAFTA.

— John Yvars, Concord, N.C.


Allied Waste Subsidiary Announces Acquisition Agreement

Pompano Beach, Fla. — A subsidiary of Allied Waste Industries Inc. has announced a merger agreement to acquire Star Services Group Inc. in a cash transaction valued at approximately $34 million plus the assumption of Star Services Group’s long-term debt.

Head of Freightliner Steps Down

Frankfurt, Germany — James Hebe, head of DaimlerChrysler’s U.S. truck unit Freightliner, stepped down Friday after a year of deep losses. Reiner Schmueckle, formerly with DaimlerChrysler, has replaced Hebe as head of the unit.

Arizona Litter Survey Results Published Phoenix — The Center for Marine Conservation announced the results of its 2000 Dirty Dozen litter survey, a part of the International Coastal Cleanup where volunteers record what they find along the shorelines of lakes and rivers. Beverage cans were at the top of the listing, accounting for nearly 23 percent of all litter collected.

Pataki Selects Three Brownfields Sites

Albany, N.Y. — New York Governor George E. Pataki announced three new sites were selected for the state’s ReBuild Now-NY pilot program, which promotes the cleanup and reuse of brownfield sites with high economic potential. The three sites are located at the Village of Green Island Industrial Park in Albany County, the Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Suffolk County and Parcel Two of the Union Ship Canal in Buffalo.

Dana Receives Environmental Award

Toledo, Ohio — Dana Corp.’s Perfect Circle Division Richmond Liner Foundry recently was given the Indiana Governor’s Award for Excellence in Recycling. Since its program began in 1999, the company has recycled 64 million pounds of quenched cupola slag, a nonhazardous waste material, into a substitute raw material used for making cement.

NEWSBRIEFS: Acquisitions, Announcements, Awards, etc.


-Environmental Support Solutions (Environ.com), Tempe, Ariz., is acquiring RMS Systems Inc., Denver, a developer of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training and safety software.


-Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind., has ceased discussions with International Truck and Engine Corp., Chicago, on a potential heavy duty engine development and manufacturing joint-venture.


-Weyerhaeuser Co., Federal Way, Wash., has announced that its Richmond, Va., recycling plant has won the 2000 safety award, presented by the American Forest and Paper Association, Washington, D.C. The Richmond facility reported zero accidents last year.


-A total of 614 exhibitors from 25 countries and 69,000 visitors worldwide attended the Envitec 2001 10th Annual Trade Fair and Conference for Environmental Technology, in Düsseldorf, Germany.

New Facilities

-Peterbilt Motors Co., Denton, Texas, has opened three locations: a full-service branch in Scott, La.; a full-service dealership in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada; and a retail parts branch in Carson City, Nev.

- Document Destruction and Recycling Services (DDRS), Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has opened a confidential material shredding site in Davenport, Iowa, which will serve the Quad Cities, Mississippi River Valley and Western Illinois areas.


June 5-6, 2001

Sustaining the Environment, the Bay and You: The Maryland Recycler’s Coalition’s (MRC) Annual Conference, Training and Exposition Wye Mills, Md. Contact: Carrie Capuco, MRC, P.O. Box 1928, Annapolis, Md. 21404-1928. Phone: (410) 990-1181. Fax: (410) 990-0152. E-mail: [email protected]

June 18-20, 2001

SWANA 6th Annual Landfill Symposium

San Diego. Contact Kent Drinker, program manager. Phone: (301) 585-2898 ext. 257. E-mail: [email protected]

June 11-13, 2001

Northeast Resource Recovery Association Recycling Conference &Exposition

Hyannis, Mass. Contact: Kim Morrell. Phone: (603) 798-5777. E-mail: [email protected]

June 11-29, 2001

The Comprehensive Safety Professional Program

Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago. Contact: American Safety Training. Phone toll-free: (800) 896-8867. Fax: (888) 398-6245.

June 18-20, 2001

SWANA 6th Annual Landfill Symposium

San Diego. Contact: Kent Drinker, program manager. Phone: (301) 585-2898 ext. 257. Fax: (301) 589-7068.

June 18-22, 2001

Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pollution Prevention Conference: Continuing to Move Toward a Pollution-Free DOE

Albuquerque, N.M. Sponsored by the DOE, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Sandia National Laboratory and the Waste Management Education and Research Consortium. Contact: Alicia Hale. Phone: (505) 667-6711. E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://p2.werc.net.



-Clicks and Mortar: Tips on building an e-commerce strategy.

-Leachate Flow Control: One landfill’s study of a bioreactor leachate collection and removal system.

-Ripping into It: The latest in shredder technology.

Business Trends:

-Congress May Get Tough on Busted-Small Firms

-Using Your Insurance to Close a Deal

-Have Your Ducks in a Row Before a Crisis

Business Briefs:

-New Japanese Recycling Law Takes Effect

-WMI and Sharps Create Safe Syringe Disposal Pilot

-Federal Brownfields Funding Focus Shifts


-Circular File: Recycling’s Mid-Life Crisis, by Chaz Miller

-Legal: Guilt Bars Federal Gelt, by Barry Shanoff

-Profiles in Garbage: Steel Cans, by Chaz Miller

Waste Age Product News:

-Uplifting Experiences: The latest in carts, arms and lifters.

-Keeping Tight: A sample of products to keep landfills from leaking and slopes from slipping.

-Product Specifications: Truck Chassis

-New Products: A look at new waste-industry products.