News Briefs

ACQUISITION * Waste Industries Inc., Raleigh, N.C., has acquired three companies in Easley, S.C.: Southeastern Associates Inc., Trashbusters LLC and J&B Partnership LLC.

AGREEMENTS * Ravens Inc., Akron, Ohio, has announced that four dealers have joined its national dealer network: Semi-Trailer Sales & Leasing, Bismark, N.D.; JES Sales Co. Inc., Blaine, Minn.; Motor Power Equipment Co., Billings, Mont.; and Lubbock Truck Sales Inc., Lubbock, Texas.

* Newell Industries Inc. (NII), San Antonio, Texas, has reached an agreement with its Chapter 11 trustee and Newell Recycling of San Antonio. The agreement allows NII's shredder manufacturing business to continue operating during bankruptcy proceedings.

* Superior Special Services Inc., Fond du Lac, Wis., has signed an agreement with Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG), Newark, N.J., to provide recycling services for a lighting and electronic waste recycling program at PSEG's Resource Recovery Center, Paulsboro, N.J.

ANNOUNCEMENTS * American International Group Inc. (AIG), New York, has announced that its division, AIG Environmental, has been named the exclusive endorsed provider of environmental insurance products and services to the United States Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. The program, named Chamber EnviroPak, will help Chamber members address environmental exposures that can lead to financial loss.

* Environmental Waste Management Associates LLC (EWMA), Parsippany, N.J., has announced the start-up of its SECUR-IT program, a remediation service with Cost Cap and Pollution Legal Liability policies that can be provided at the beginning of the reme- diation process.

AWARDS * A dozen Minnesota-based agencies have won the 2000 Partnership Minnesota Cooperative Public Service award from Partnership Minnesota, Duluth, Minn. They are: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Minnesota Department of Transportation; Western Lake Su- perior Sanitary District; St. Louis County Solid Waste Department (Virginia Office); City of Hibbing Sanitation Department; Lake County Solid Waste Office; City of Duluth Building Inspection Division; St. Louis County Public Works Department; Carlton County Planning and Zoning Office; Fond du Lac Environmental Program; Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (Superior Office); and the U.S. Coast Guard-Marine Safety Office in Duluth.

* Fifty-nine commercial hazardous waste facilities have received the Environmental Information Ltd. (EI), Minneapolis, RCRA Environmental Compliance Award. The winning facilities had no Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations in 1999. For a list of winners, visit the Audit and Compliance Service section at

* Maryland Recyclers Coalition (MRC), Annapolis, Md., has awarded the top state recyclers during its recycling conference in Wye Mills, Md. Maryland Soft Drink Association, Annapolis, received the Outstanding Corporate Leadership Award; Hartford County Commercial Partners-In-Recycling Program received the Outstanding Government Leadership Award; U.S. Naval Academy Qualified Recycling Program, Annapolis, received the Outstanding Small Government Program Award; BGE Ash Operations and Marketing Unit, Pasadena, Md., received the Best Market Development Program Award.

* Freightliner Corp., Portland, Ore., has awarded three Masters of Quality awards to Portland-based Consolidated Metco plants in Monroe, N.C.; Clackamas, Ore.; and Bryson City, N.C.

* The Council of Economic Priorities (CEP), New York, has named Collins & Aikman Floorcoverings, Dalton, Ga., one of six winners in the 14th annual national Corporate Conscience Awards.

CALL FOR PAPERS * Environmental Industry Associations (EIA), Washington, D.C., has called for presentations for WasteExpo 2001 on subjects such as innovative systems, new processes, research findings and case studies. The deadline is September 1, 2000. Contact: Dawn Apple, WasteExpo 2001, c/o EIA, 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 300, Washington, D.C. 20008. Phone: (202) 244-4700. Fax: (202) 966-4824. E-mail: dapple

* Raymond Communications, College Park, Md., has announced a call for papers and sponsors for the plastics recycling summit to be held in 2001.

Contact: Michele Raymond, Publisher, "Recycling Laws International," 5111 Berwyn Rd. #115, College Park, Md. 20740. Phone: (301) 345-4237. Fax: (301) 345-4768. Website: www.

* The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Md., has called for papers for its 2001 Landfill Gas Symposium on topics that include: rules and regulations, international landfill gas (LFG) issues, LFG utilization, and LFG control systems. Deadline: September 15, 2000. Contact: SWANA, Attn: Scott Settar, P.O. Box 7219, Silver Spring, Md. 20907-7219. Fax: (301) 589-7068. E-mail:

* Texas Disposal Systems Landfill Inc. (TDS), Creedmoor, Texas, has been awarded a 30-year contract from the Austin City Council to provide the city with long-term disposal of municipal solid waste, processing of yard trimmings and related services.

* EMCON/OWT Solid Waste Services, Mahwah, N.J., has announced that its subsidiary, National Earth Products Inc. (NEP), Lancaster, Pa., has been awarded a $10.5 million contract by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, Dover, Del., to construct the Cell 4 Disposal Area at the Southern Solid Waste Management Center, Sussex County, Del.

* McClain Industries Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced that sales for the second quarter ending March 31, 2000 were a record $38,334,080, compared to $31,856,781 for the same quarter a year earlier. Net income for the quarter was $799,614 compared to $958,655 for the quarter ending March 31, 1999.

ATG Inc., Fremont, Calif., has announced that revenue for the quarter ending March 31, 2000, was $11.1 million, compared to $12.9 million for the same quarter in 1999. The company attributed the decrease to a shortfall involved in its Oak Ridge, Tenn., facility. ATG Inc. also has completed a $5.375 million private placement of approximately 2.7 million shares of common stock through Taglich Brothers Inc., New York. The net proceeds from this placement will be used to increase the production capacity of ATG's waste processing system at the company's Richland, Wash., facility.

Grant Plastic Innovations Inc., Crawfordsville, Ind., has received a $30,000 Recycling Market Development Grant from the Energy Policy Division (EPD) of the Indiana Department of Commerce, Indianapolis, to market recycled-content brochure boxes.

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Caterpillar Engine Division, Mossville, Ill.:

Name Change PolyJohn Enterprises Corp., Whiting, Ind., has changed its name to PolyJohn Finance Inc.

New Facilities WasteQuip Accurate of Canada, Toronto, has announced the opening of its new 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Toronto.

Dana Corp., Toledo, Ohio, has opened a technology center for research and development in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The Parts and Service Division of Morgan Corp., Morgantown, Pa., has started a new distribution center adjacent to its corporate offices that will serve six regional facilities and Morgan's nationwide network of distributors. The division also will relocate its Tampa, Fla., facility and most of the Tampa staff to Lakeland, Fla.

Ely Enterprises Inc., Cleveland, has created a new sales and service facility in Chicago: 7730 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, Ill. 60457. Phone: (708) 233-9381.

J.V. Manufacturing Inc., Springdale, Ark., has opened its Dallas Service Center.

New Locations LFG&E, El Cajon, Calif., has moved to 663 Greenfield Drive, El Cajon, Calif. 92021. Phone: (619) 593-3690. Fax: (619) 579-5858. Website:

KG Rear Vision, Mount Prospect, Ill., has moved to 1697 W. Imperial Court, Mount Prospect, Ill. 60056. Phone: (847) 952-8800. Fax: (847) 952-0832

Sales Waste Connections Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., has purchased one landfill in Garden City, Kan., and a transfer station and a collection operation in Wichita, Kan., from Allied Waste Industries Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Waste Industries Inc., Raleigh, N.C., has sold its collections operations in Ooltewah, Tenn., and Dalton, Ga., to Allied Waste Industries, Scottsdale, Ariz. Waste Industries also has purchased Allied/BFI's Sampson County landfill in Roseboro, N.C., and collections operations in Fayetteville, N.C.

HERSHEY, PA. - Environmental awareness has become a circus, at least at chocolate playland Hersheypark, an amusement park.

The Hersheypark Green Team, a group that educates about half the park's 2 million visitors about environmental issues, has been performing a show for children at the park since 1993. The circus-like program focuses on themes such as recycling and cleaning up litter, and features clowns who juggle balls and clubs, ride a unicycle and walk on huge balls called rolla bollas, says Kathy Burrows, Hersheypark public relations manager. "The performers also do sleight-of-hand tricks and illusions," she says. "They involve the audience by bringing kids up to be in the skits."

Burrows says the Green Team's show is a unique way to relay an environmentally sound message. "It is important to let our visitors know that we recycle and that we buy recycled products. It always has been our goal to be environmentally conscious," she says. "The show is an extension of that goal, and it teaches while it entertains, so people are more likely to retain information."

Burrows says she's already seen positive benefits. In 1999, Hersheypark recycled 156 tons of cardboard, 35 tons of office paper, 5 tons of newspaper, 25 tons of glass, 49 tons of steel and 8 tons of used oil. "I have noticed that kids are more responsive [to environmental concerns] by going a couple of extra feet to throw cans in our recycling bins," she says.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Harrisburg, Pa., awarded Hersheypark a $15,000 grant this year from its Clean Air Fund to sponsor the Green Team, according to Jeff McCloud, DEP information specialist. " I was at Hersheypark and I happened to see the show. I thought it would be a great thing for the DEP to be involved with to get our message across," he says.

The DEP also supplied the Green Team with brochures and fact sheets on environmental issues, McCloud adds. "We have some curriculum that we have developed for teachers, so we supplied the information, and Hersheypark used it to develop the show.

"I think everybody is concerned about the environment," McCloud continues. "By partnering with Hersheypark, we can get our message out and educate the public on what they can do to help the environment."

The Hersheypark Green Team performs five half-hour shows every afternoon through Labor Day. Although there are five performers, four of the five participate each day. For information, call Hersheypark, (717) 534-3900.

Construction & Demolition Waste Material Densities * Wood: Density of Material: 2.75 lbs/board foot

Broken or waste density: 300 lbs/cubic yard

* Drywall (half-inch): Density: 1.8 lbs/square foot

Broken or waste: 350 lbs/cubic yard

* Plaster: Density: 60 lbs (loose); 160 lbs (hard material)/cubic foot

Broken or waste: 1,000 lbs/cubic yard

* Metals (aluminum, copper, brass, etc.): Density: 165-490 lbs/cubic foot

Broken or waste: 500-1,500 lbs/cubic yard

* Mixed demolition rubble: Density: N/A

Broken or waste: 1,400 lbs/cubic yard

* Masonry (brick): Density: 120 lbs/cubic foot

Broken or waste: 1,400 lbs/cubic yard

Source: Construction Materials Recycler, Lisle, Ill.