• After some compromise, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the city council have finalized the $41.4 billion 2003 budget, part of which calls for a suspension of glass recycling for two years and plastics recycling for one year. The city will maintain metal and paper recycling.

The recycling plan is expected to save $40 million, which should shave off a bit from the city's current $5 billion deficit, according to Bloomberg. His original plan would have saved the city $56 million but would have suspended glass, metal and plastic recycling for 18 months. See Waste Age's August 2002 issue for more information.


  • Earl Burrell, president and CEO of Texas-based Resource Waste Services, has received the 2001 Texas Businessman of the Year award.

  • The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF), Washington, D.C., has named DaimlerChrysler, Auburn Hills, Mich., its 2002 Environmentalist of the Year.

  • Lockwood, Kessler and Bartlett Inc., Syosset, N.Y., has received the New York State Society of Professional Engineers' award for its work on closing and capping the Merrick Landfill in Long Island, N.Y., and for creating the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve.


  • Cincinnati-based Fecon Inc. has redesigned its website, www.fecon.com, with detailed descriptions of the company's resource recovery equipment and systems.

  • The PVC Geomembrane Institute (PGI), Urbana, Ill., has revamped its website, www.pvcgeomembrane.com.