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Articles from 2005 In January

Blue Bag Recycling Program To Start In Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio — Some Columbus, Ohio, residents will soon be able to recycle paper, bottles and cans by putting the items in a blue bag and placing the bag in their regular trash containers. Approximately 10,000 households will take part in the program at first. The households are ones that are served by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio’s (SWACO) Jackson Pike Transfer Station.

According to SWACO, the goal is to have about 20,000 households in the program by the end of the year.

Congressmen Introduce National E-Waste Recycling Bill

Washington — U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., have introduced the National Computer Recycling Act, which would direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and implement a national electronic waste recycling program. If passed, the bill would order the EPA to create a grant program to encourage individuals, organizations, cities and counties to start e-waste recycling programs. The bill also would require the EPA to conduct a study of e-waste and make recommendations on how to address it, and would impose a $10 fee on new computers to fund the EPA grant program. According to the bill, manufacturers and retailers with existing recycling programs would be exempt.

Leavitt Confirmed As Secretary of HHS

Washington — The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm Michael Leavitt as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Leavitt, a former governor of Utah, had served as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since late 2003. President Bush has not yet nominated a successor for Leavitt at the EPA.

San Fran Commission Urges Grocery Bag Fee

San Francisco — The San Francisco Commission on the Environment has unanimously approved a proposal recommending that the city charge residents 17 cents for each plastic or paper bag that they take home from larger grocery stores.

"As a result of the commission’s action, a private agency will be hired to analyze the impact of shopping bags on the city’s budget and its environment and examine the impact of a bag fee on low-income people and large families," reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The report is expected at the end of April.

Tires Piling Up in Manitoba Landfills

Winnipeg, Manitoba -- Despite a recycling program designed to prevent tire disposal at landfills, large tires are being sent to landfills in the Canadian province of Manitoba. A tire stewardship program that started 13 years ago has stopped taking responsibility for farm and industrial tires because the program is running out of money. Manitobans pay for the recycling program through a three-dollar fee on passenger and truck tires at the time of purchase, but fees have not increased in a decade and tire pick-up costs have increased. Because of the funding shortfall, more than 3,000 used tires have accumulated at retailers and landfills in the province. Provincial officials say that the tires will eventually be retrieved once the recycling program’s funding gets reconfigured.

FMCSA To Re-examine 2003 Hours Of Service Rule For Truckers

Washington — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will re-address the 2003 Hours of Service rule that regulates the length of time commercial truck drivers can operate their vehicles. The Federal Register will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking today.

BFI Canada Completes Purchase of IESI

Toronto — BFI Canada Inc., Toronto, has completed its $1.1 billion (Canadian) purchase of Ft. Worth, Texas-based IESI Corp. The transaction was announced on Nov. 29, 2004, and was subject to regulatory and unitholder approvals, which have now been received.

Keith Carrigan will remain as president and CEO of BFI Canada. Mickey Flood will keep his titles as president and CEO of IESI, and also will become executive vice president of BFI Canada.

Republic Services Sets Fourth-Quarter Conference Call

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — Republic Services, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., will hold a conference call on Feb. 9 at 8:30 a.m. EST to discuss the company’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings releases. The firm will broadcast the conference call live on its Web site (www.republicservices.com) and will archive the call on the Web site in the "Investor Information" section.

Idaho Firm Offers To Handle Hawaiian Trash

Mountain Home, Idaho — Idaho Waste Systems, Mountain Home, Idaho, has proposed to transfer trash from the Hawaiian island of Oahu to a landfill near Boise, Idaho. According to The Daily News paper in Longview, Wash., the company’s proposal calls for the trash to be shipped by barge from Honolulu to either Longview, Wash., or Rainer, Wash. From one of those locations, the trash would be transferred by rail to the landfill, the paper reports.

According to the paper, "Honolulu, which handles solid waste on the island of Oahu, has no current plans to ship trash, but companies on the U.S. mainland have made unsolicited proposals to the city-county government."