Jan. 6, 2003

Canadian Waste To Place Michigan in No. 2 Importing Slot

Sumpter Township, Mich. -- When the Keele Valley Landfill, Toronto, closes this month, all 23,750 tons of waste generated weekly in the Toronto area will be sent to Sumpter Township, a suburb of Detroit. Michigan currently is the third-largest trash importer, but the estimated 1.2 million tons per year of Toronto waste may push the state to No. 2. The Associated Press reports that two Michigan Democrats, Rep. John Dingell and

Waste Industries Completes Three Acquisitions
Raleigh, N.C. -- Waste Industries USA Inc. has acquired three companies: Hammock Sanitation, Crossville, Tenn.; Kellett Sanitation, Easley, S.C.; and S&Sanitation, Wilson, N.C. Waste Industries provides collection, transfer, disposal and recycling to commercial, industrial and residential customers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Rhode Island Landfill to Pay for Clean Air
Johnston, R.I. -- The Central Landfill will pay more than $5 million for air pollution control measures as part of a settlement for Clean Air Act violations cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice, both based in Washington, D.C. Complaints about gases emitted from the 190-acre landfill spurred the EPA’s investigation in July 1999. The Justice Department says this settlement one of the first enforcements of New Source Review under the Clean Air Act at a solid waste landfill.

Carolina County Approves Landfill and Sparks Question of Discrimination
Raleigh, N.C. -- The North Carolina Court of Appeals has announced is allowing the construction of the 189-acre South Wake Landfill in Holly Springs, N.C. The landfill will take over for the North Wake Landfill, which will close in 2006. The South Wake site will take approximately 18 months to construct and will handle 600,000 tons of garbage per year.

The population of Holly Springs has been steadily increasing during the past 10 years and so has residents’ opposition to the new landfill. Residents in Easton Acres have filed a separate suit against the county in federal court claiming that landfill placement represents a longstanding pattern of intentional discrimination.

WTC Steel May Be Used for Navy Assault Ship
Albany, N.Y. -- A steel beam identified as part of the south tower of the World Trade Center was removed from the Fresh Kills Landfill, Staten Island, N.Y., on Dec. 27 and hauled to Pascagoula, Miss., where the U.S. Navy will determine whether it meets ship-building specifications. If it does, the steel will be used to build the bow of the USS New York, a warship named in honor of the victims of Sept. 11. The $800 million vessel is expected to go into active duty in 2007.

Oakleaf Waste Management, East Hartford, Conn., has bought back the minority of its interest that was owned by Encompass Services Corp., Houston. This gives the company 100 percent control of its operations.

Drivers at the Fairfax County, Va., I-66 Transfer Station have logged more than 5 million miles without a police-cited chargeable accident.

Roll Call
Richard Brown has been named president, chief operating officer and member of the board of directors of Krause Corp., Hutchinson, Kan. The company’s solid waste equipment division, K-PAC, manufactures soil management and agricultural tillage products.

February 20, 2003 OSHA Compliance 2003 Atlanta. To register, call: (800) 601-4636 or (913) 677-3200; E-mail: [email protected] or fax (913) 362-4241.

February 24-March 1, 2003
SWANA’s 14th Annual Waste Reduction, Recycling and Composting Symposium and Seventh Annual Collection and Transfer Symposium Orlando, Fla. Contact: Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Phone toll-free: (800) 467-9262. E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.swana.org.

February 24-26, 2003
Take it Back! Conference (sponsored by Raymond Communications, publishers of state recycling laws) Alexandria, Va. http://www.raymond.com for details.

February 24-28, 2003
International Erosion Control Association (IECA) 34th Annual Conference and Expo Las Vegas. Contact: IECA. Phone: (970) 879-3010. Fax: (970) 879-8563. E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.ieca.org.

Tip Off:
-- L.A. Hikes Hauler Fee for Diversion
-- Talking Trash at WASTECON
-- Zeroing in on Waste Keeps College Clean
-- Landfill: Avoiding Landfill Exposures
-- Legal: Perk-Free Zone
-- Insurance: Cutting Health Care Costs
-- COVER STORY: Run Silent, Run Deep: Allied’s diligent effort to integrate its diverse operations keeps this $5.6 billion giant on an even keel.
-- A Moveable Feast: The growing food waste stream is becoming a hefty problem, but a few enterprising communities are doing something about it.
-- Dynamic Duo: new transfer station that sorts and bales waste teams up with an old landfill.
-- Legal Lode: Waste Tax Derailed, by Barry Shanoff
-- Circular File: Burn Barrels, by Chaz Miller
-- EIA: GOP Defies Odds, by Bill Sells