Sept. 4, 2001 Issue

The Waste Age Wire is an e-mail newsletter from the Waste Age magazine staff, designed to provide you with a quick view of news, events and upcoming magazine topics. For in-depth news coverage, visit WasteAge.Com. Compiled by Rebekah A. Hall


Opinion Poll


- Landfill's National Historic Landmark Status Withdrawn

- New Tire Technologies on the Horizon

- Labor Secretary Stresses Prevention To Reduce Worker Injuries

- EPA, Midwest Try to Solve Gas Crisis - Temporarily

- Waste Management Wins CIO Award

Newsbriefs: Acquisitions, Alliance, Contest


Highlights from Waste Age's September issue

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Do you believe OSHA should implement more ergonomic regulations or should businesses try to reduce workplace injuries through a voluntary education and prevention program?

a) more ergonomic regulations; b) develop voluntary programs; c) other

E-mail your comments to

All comments are subject to publication. Please include your name, city, state and company.


Do you agree with a recent federal court ruling allowing California smog officials to order public agencies with fleets of 15 or more to buy cleaner cars, buses and trucks?

You said: 57 percent, yes; 29 percent, no; 14 percent, other

"Absolutely! This ruling applies to all other vehicle fleets as well. Why not switch to CNG or LNG? The L.A. County San Districts already are producing these alternative fuels at the Puente Hills Landfill. Why not unload waste and fuel up all at one stop? It's no hardship to hauling companies because the larger ones (those with 15 or more collection trucks) will pass it onto their constituents (governmental or private) anyway. All of these large companies will be in the same boat when upgrading, so there are no inequities."

- Bob Healy, URS, San Jose, Calif.

"No, smog officials should not be allowed to institute fleet rules."

- Frank R. Caponi, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Whittier, Calif.


Landfill's National Historic Landmark Status Withdrawn

Fresno, Calif. -- U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton withdrew the Fresno Municipal Sanitary Landfill from its national historic landmark status on Tuesday. The landfill was added to the list of 2,350 historic sites on Aug. 27, but after learning from National Park Service advisory board members that the landfill was declared a toxic Superfund site in 1989, the site was removed. The administration claims it did not know about the Superfund classification until Tuesday.

New Tire Technologies on the Horizon

Everett, Wash. -- New radio frequency identification (RFID) tags designed to identify tire size, specific tire components and tire manufacture dates to help track tire warranties will be released in early 2002 by Intermec Technologies Corp. A new tire-tracking standard, called B-11, also is under development by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), which will help implement the RFID tag technology. The technology already is being used to track hazardous medical waste.

Labor Secretary Stresses Prevention to Reduce Worker Injuries

Washington, D.C. -- In a prepared statement before a Labor Department partnership program meeting in New Orleans on Monday, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao announced that she wants more emphasis on reducing workplace injuries through prevention and education, not just enforcement. Chao said she supports making voluntary programs a part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and would like to expand voluntary program participation. But Chao will announce next month whether she'll proceed with a new ergonomics regulation to reduce workplace injuries or institute a voluntary policy.

EPA, Midwest Try to Solve Gas Crisis - Temporarily

Washington, D.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has temporarily relaxed standards on the gasoline sold by Citgo Petroleum Corp. in the Midwest to alleviate a recent price spike in the area. Under the agreement, Citgo will be able to sell inventories of autumn-grade gasoline for the remainder of the summer, which has a less stringent vapor pressure standard. The EPA has promised that the environmental impact will be minimal.

Waste Management Wins CIO Award

Houston -- Waste Management Inc. has received the CIO-100 Award from the International Data Group's (IDG) CIO magazine. Chief information officer (CIO) Tom Smith and his team earned the award for their work to stabilize and improve the company's business information systems.

NEWSBRIEFS: Acquisitions, Alliance, Contest


- American Ref-Fuel Co., Chester, Pa., has expanded its services into waste collection in the Delaware Valley area by acquiring ARC Waste's assets of Anchor Waste, Chester, Pa.

- Autocar LLC, a subsidiary of Grand Vehicle Works Holdings LLC, Highland Park, Ill., has agreed to purchase the Xpeditor line of Class 8 low cab over engine (LCOE) trucks from Volvo Trucks North America Inc., Greensboro, N.C.


- WCI Communities Inc., Bonita Springs, Fla., and Audubon International, Albany, N.Y., have partnered to develop a new breed of environmentally sustainable residential communities.


- To celebrate production of its half-millionth skid-steer loader, Bobcat Co., West Fargo, N.D., has announced a giveaway contest for equipment users willing to share stories about their skid-steer equipment. Contact: Wanda Roath. Phone: (701) 280-7845.

Event Recap

- A total of 614 exhibitors from 25 countries and 69,000 visitors worldwide attended the Envitec 2001 10th Annual Trade Fair and Conference for Environmental Technology in Düsseldorf, Germany.


Sept. 12-13, 2001

North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Symposium

Grand Forks, N.D. Contact: Angela Schneider. Phone: (701) 298-6944.

Sept. 16-18, 2001

SWANA Annual Joint Fall Forum

Orange Beach, Ala. Contact: Alabama Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), P.O. Box 11628, Montgomery, Ala. 36111. Phone: (334) 260-7970. Fax: (334) 272-7128.

September 17, 2001

NTEA 2002 Economic Outlook Conference

Dearborn, Mich. Contact: National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA). Phone toll-free: (800) 441-6832. Website:

September 17-19, 2001

CAPS Logistics Supply Chain Conference

Atlanta. Contact: Nicole Day, CAPS Logistics. Phone: (770) 437-7259. Fax: (770) 438-9630. Website:

September 19-21, 2001

NSWMA Southeast Annual Conference

Miami. Contact: Cathy Maimon, meetings department, National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA), 4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20008. Phone toll-free: (888) 679-6272. Fax: (202) 966-4824. Website:

Sept. 19-21, 2001

"21st Century: A Zero Waste Fantasy?" Waste Reduction Conference Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Recycling Council of Alberta. Phone: (403) 843-6563.

Sept. 19-21, 2001

National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) Southeast Chapter Annual Meeting

Miami. Contact: Cathy Maimon, meetings department. Phone toll-free: (800) 424-2869.

Sept. 23-25, 2001

2001 N.Y. Solid Waste Fall Conference

Callicoon, N.Y. Contact: Eric Swenson, The New York State Association for Solid Waste Management, 150 Miller Place, Syosset, N.Y. 11791. Phone: (516) 677-5790. Fax: (516) 677-5875.

September 24-26, 2001

Brownfields 2001 Conference

Chicago. Co-sponsored by 22 organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5, the Illinois EPA, the International City/County Management Association and the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania. To register, visit the conference website at

September 24-27, 2001

SAE Fall Fuels and Lubricants Meeting

San Antonio. Contact: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Inc., 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, Pa. 15096-0001. Phone: (724) 776-4841. Fax: (724) 772-1851. Website:

Sept. 25-26, 2001

ASTM Training Course, Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

Baltimore, Md. Contact: Eileen Finn, ASTM, West Conshohocken, Pa. Phone: (610) 832-9686. Fax: (610) 832-9668. Website:

September 25-27, 2001

International Construction and Utility Equipment Expo (ICUEE)

Louisville, Ky. Contact: ICUEE, 927 Main Street, Racine, Wis. 53403. Phone: (262) 633-4500. Fax: (262) 633-0249

Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2001

20th Annual National Recycling Congress (NRC) and Exposition

Seattle. Register online at NRC's website:

October 1-5, 2001

Eighth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium

Sardinia, Italy. Contact: EuroWaste Srl, Via Beato Pellegrino, 23, 35137, Padova, Italy. Phone: (39) 049-663860. Fax: (39) 049-8726987.

Oct. 2-4, 2001

TASWER Third Annual Conference

Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Nakita McNeil, Tribal Association on Solid Waste and Emergency Response (TASWER), 1001 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: (202) 331-8084, ext. 222. Website:

Oct. 4-6, 2001

26th Annual Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Members Conference

St. Louis. Contact: The Deep Foundations Institute, 120 Charlotte Place, Third Floor, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 07632. Phone: (201) 567-4232. Fax: (201) 567-4436. Website:

October 8-10, 2001

National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter Annual Meeting

Contact: Cathy Maimon, meetings department. Phone toll-free: (800) 424-2869.

Oct. 15-18, 2001

WASTECON 2001: A Waste Odyssey, SWANA's 39th Annual Solid Waste Exposition

Baltimore. Contact: Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), P.O. Box 7219, Silver Spring, Md. 20907-7219. Phone: (301) 589-7068. Fax: (301) 585-0297. Website:



- Waste Age 100: Our annual ranking of private waste management companies.

- Truck &Body Report 2002: Waste Age's 22nd annual digest of the latest garbage trucks.

- Keeping It Cool: New software and management techniques can help reduce methane and minimize greenhouse gases.

Business Trends:

- Squeezing Money out of Debtors

- Landfill Rides on a Performance-Based Contract

- Companies Shuck Health Insurance Costs

Business Briefs:

- Labor Department Seeks To Improve Squashed Ergonomics Rule

- Old Process Aims To Convert Tires into New Oil

- Federal Appeals Court Upholds Flow Control in New York


- Profiles in Garbage: Batteries, by Chaz Miller

- Circular File: Whose Capacity?, by Chaz Miller

- EIA: DOT Upholds Medwaste Hauling, by Alice P. Jacobsohn

- Legal: Stealth Litigation Upheld, by Barry Shanoff