May 29, 2001 Issue

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Opinion Poll


- Navistar-Cummins Venture Needs Indiana Loan Guarantee

- Los Angeles Airport Begins Food Recycling Project

- Proposed DOT Rule Could Disqualify Truck Drivers for Non Work-Related Violations

- Alaska House Passes Cruise Ship Pollution Bill

- Long Battle Over Cook County Landfill Not Yet Finished

NewsBriefs: Acquisitions, Alliances, Announcements, etc.


Highlights from Waste Age’s June issue


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Navistar-Cummins Venture Needs Indiana Loan Guarantee

Chicago — Cummins Inc. and commercial truck manufacturer Navistar International Corp. are planning to develop cleaner, medium-bore engines at Cummins’ Jamestown, N.Y., plant. However, unless the state of Indiana agrees to provide Cummins with a $35 million loan guarantee, the proposed $200 million joint venture could disintegrate, Stark’s Component Ledger reports.

Los Angeles Airport Begins Food Recycling Project Los Angeles — Los Angeles’ International Airport (LAX) has begun a six-month food recycling pilot project, wherein the Los Angeles Department of Public Works uses waste from LAX’s restaurants and concessions to create electricity. LAX produces more than 8,000 tons of food waste per year, and the project will attempt to divert that waste from local landfills through a composting process that converts methane gas into power.

Proposed DOT Rule Could Disqualify Truck Drivers for Non Work-Related Violations

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed a rule that could revoke a heavy-duty truck driver’s commercial license for traffic offenses committed in any vehicle. Offenses that could disqualify a commercial truck driver include drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, committing a felony, excessive speeding and reckless driving.

Alaska House Passes Cruise Ship Pollution Bill

Juneau, Alaska — Alaska’s legislature is one step away from enacting the nation’s strictest cruise ship pollution law. Last week, the state’s House passed a bill that would give the state authority to set and enforce cruise ship discharge standards. If enacted, the law would cover air, water and solid waste pollution, and would require cruise ships to register with the state and sign a document promising to comply with state standards.

Long Battle Over Cook County Landfill Not Yet Finished

Springfield, Ill. — After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) last year in a controversial landfill siting case, many believed that the landfill was a foregone conclusion. But Illinois legislators Carole Pankau and Doris Karpiel have co-sponsored a bill that would require SWANCC to undergo the entire landfill permitting process again. Pankau and Karpiel argue that because the state’s landfill permitting rules have changed since the original permit was issued, SWANCC should have to reapply and meet the new requirements. The landfill has yet to be constructed or receive any garbage, so the legislators and environmental groups believe that the landfill should abide by the new rules.

NEWSBRIEFS: Acquisitions, Alliances, Announcements, etc.


-Waste Holdings, Raleigh, N.C., formerly known as Waste Industries, has acquired some of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Allied Waste Industries Inc.’s commercial routes in Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Augusta, Ga.; Pensacola, Fla.; and Norfolk, Va.


-Wireless Data Solutions Inc., Oceanside, Calif., has formed an alliance with Soft Pak Inc., San Diego, to provide a tracking and communication system for waste industry commercial trucks.


-Wayne Engineering, Cedar Falls, Iowa, has resumed support services for its Curbtender automated side loader following a five-year sales and service agreement with Leach Co., Oshkosh, Wis. oTechnology Recycling LLC., Denver, has announced it now recycles mainframe computers, fax machines, copy machines, mailing systems and obsolete personal computers.


-BASF Corp., Mt. Olive, N.J., has won the 2001 Automotive News Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contributions to Excellence award in the environmental advances category.

Court Decision:

-The Virginia Supreme Court, Richmond, Va., has refused to grant an appeal from a jury verdict that found waste hauler Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI), Scottsdale, Ariz., not liable in a case involving a county-owned landfill near Bowling Green, Va.


May 15-16, 2001

ASTM Training Course, Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

Tampa, Fla. Contact: Eileen Finn, ASTM, West Conshohocken, Pa. Phone: (610) 832-9686. Fax: (610) 832-9668.

May 15-18, 2001

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) Course

Phoenix, Ariz. Contact: Wynecta Fisher, training manager. Phone: (301) 585-2898 ext. 233. E-mail: [email protected]

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]



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

-Before a Crisis, Have Your Ducks in a Row

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.