Casper, Wyo. - Integrated solid waste management systems are popping up across the country and ci-ties in Wyoming are jumping on the bandwagon.
For example, the city council of Casper, Wyo., has adopted a new sol-id waste management plan that re-portedly will re- duce the city's waste stream by as much as 32 percent.
The plan, which will affect the city's 52,000 residents, integrates 12 solid waste management efforts including: education and public involvement; source re-duction; a drop-off facility; curbside collection for recyclables, yard waste, commercial paper and cardboard; recyclables processing and marketing; and yard waste composting and marketing. The plan also includes household hazardous waste collection; landfilling/balefilling; monitoring costs and progress; and evaluating future waste-to-energy options. In addition, the city plans to test a weight-based pricing system as well as new collection equipment and routes.
The programs will be phased in over the next four years.
R.W. Beck, the Seattle-based consulting and engineering firm that completed the plan, estimates the programs will create 31 new jobs in the city's private and public sectors by 1999.
Acquisitions United Waste Systems Inc., Greenwich, Conn., has acquired the following companies: Waste Systems Corp., Lake Mills, Iowa; Waste-co Inc., St. Paul, Minn.; Ma-lone's Refuse Removal Inc., Troy, N.Y.; Ironland Disposal Service Inc., Iron River, Mich.; and Superior Environmental Services Inc. in Menominee, Mich.
Contracts James C. Ander-son Associates Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J., has been contracted by the City of Philadel-phia to quantify and characterize the solid waste stream of small commercial businesses.
Community Waste Disposal Inc., Dallas, has received a curbside recycling contract from the town of Pantego, Tex-as.
Joint Venture The Heil Co., Chattanooga, Tenn., has announced a joint venture with Kasetphand Industry Co., Bangkok, Thailand, to construct and operate a manufacturing facility.
Merger Gundle Environ-mental Services Inc., Hous-ton, and SLT Environmental Inc., Houston, have agreed to merge under the name Gun-dle/SLT Environmental Inc.
Name Change Computer-ized Waste Systems, Louis-ville, Ky., recently has changed its name to Compre-hensive Waste Services.
New Distributor Wendt Corp., Tonawanda, N.Y., is a distributor for Eldan Recy-cling A/S of Denmark.