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  • East Hartford, Conn.-based Oakleaf Waste Management, a waste services broker, has acquired Tampa, Fla.-based Valet Waste Inc., which provides waste collection services for apartment communities.

  • Des Moines, Iowa-based Mid America Recycling Co. has purchased Rock-Tenn Converting Co.'s paper recovery facility in Dallas. The site will operate under the name Vista Fibers.

  • C.N. Wood, Woburn, Mass., has become a Heil Environmental distributor. C.N. Wood will cover Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire for Heil.

  • Community Waste Disposal, Dallas, has received the 2005 Corporate Business of the Year Award from the Frisco, Texas, Chamber of Commerce. The award is based on the community involvement of both a firm's executives and its employees.

  • Manchester, N.H., has contracted with Corcoran Environmental Services, Kennebunk, Maine, and Pinard Waste Systems, Manchester, N.H., to provide recycling and yard waste services. The 10-year agreement can be extended up to eight times. Each contract renewal would last five years.

  • Mid-Atlantic Waste Systems, Easton, Md., has appointed Jim Coffren as operations manager. Coffren was previously with Navistar International.

  • The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), Atlanta, has reached an agreement to place rechargeable battery collection boxes in Kragen Auto Part stores.

  • Inform Inc., New York, has released a report calling for commercial haulers in New York City to reduce the emissions of their fleets by buying natural gas trucks and by adopting retrofit technologies on their diesel vehicles. The report can be found at www.informinc.org/NYCCommercial2.pdf.

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety have produced "Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes." The 32-page report details a program that can help to minimize the risk of vehicle crashes. The report can be ordered by calling (202) 693-1888 or by visiting www.osha.gov and clicking on the “Publications” link.