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Waste Connections To Announce Fourth-Quarter Results In Feb.

Folsom, Calif. — Waste Connections Inc., Folsom, Calif., will announce its fourth-quarter 2004 and overall results for the year on Feb. 22, 2005. The company also will release an outlook for 2005 on the same day. The firm will hold a conference call to discuss the results and the outlook at 8:30 a.m. EST on Feb. 23.

Charlotte Offers Reward For Recycling

Charlotte, N.C. — Over the next three and a half months, the city of Charlotte, N.C., will randomly reward a recycling household with a $100 gift card to a local store, according to the Charlotte Observer newspaper. The city will select one household per week.

"City officials hope the chance for cash in the trash can boost the recycling rate, now between 50 percent and 60 percent of households," the paper reports.

WCA Waste Purchases Missouri Landfill And Collection Company

Houston — WCA Waste Corp., Houston, has purchased Gecko Investments LLC, whose assets include the Eagle Ridge Landfill in Bowling Green, Mo., and a collection company located about 50 miles outside of St. Louis.

The 271-acre landfill contains 50 permitted acres and has about 18 years of remaining life at current volumes. The collection company services about 1,750 customers and disposes its waste at the landfill.

Waste Management To Hold Investor And Analyst Day

Houston — Waste Management Inc., Houston, will host an Investor and Analyst Day on Thursday, Feb. 10, in New York City. Presentations will begin at 10 a.m. EST. A live webcast of the meeting will be available on the firm’s Web site (www.wm.com). A replay of the meeting will be archived on the site until Thursday, Feb. 24.

Waste Management Workers Go On Strike In Trenton, N.J.

Trenton, N.J. — Some 200 employees of Waste Management Inc. who work in the Trenton, N.J., area went on strike on Monday. According to The Times newspaper, garbage went uncollected on "numerous" streets in the area on Monday. The paper also reports that "[r]eplacement workers were jeered by members of Teamsters Local 701, which set up picket lines outside facilities that Waste Management operates in Ewing, Hamilton and Trenton."

A Teamsters official told The Times that the employees were offered a 4 percent pay raise "that amounted to a pay cut by a 7 percent increase in the cost of benefits." For more information, visit here.

EBay Launches E-Recycling Effort

Las Vegas — EBay has launched an electronics recycling initiative. The Web site, on which consumers bid on and sell all kinds of used personal items, has added a page that provides information of e-recycling. The page contains information on how to choose a recycler, provides programs to erase information from a computer’s hard drive and features a list of electronics recyclers. The page can be found at www.ebay.com/rethink.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Proposes Eliminating State Recycling Board

Sacramento, Calif. — In his annual State of the State address yesterday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed the elimination of more than 90 boards and commissions, including the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB). The board, established by the state assembly in 1989, has responsibility for implementing and enforcing waste reduction and recycling policies to meet the state’s 50% waste reduction and recycling goal. CIWMB receives no money from the state’s general fund, and its activities are supported mostly by fees collected from waste haulers that dispose of waste in the state.

Several groups oppose the governor’s proposal to eliminate CIWMB, including the environmental group Californians Against Waste. Executive Director Mark Murray said, "We believe that simply ‘chopping off the administrative head’ of the state’s waste management and recycling agency would have serious consequences for the implementation and enforcement of policies designed to protect public health and the environment."

BFI Canada Buys Landfill From Waste Management

Toronto — BFI Canada has completed its purchase of the Ridge Landfill in Ontario, Canada, from Waste Management of Canada Corp. The transaction was valued at $110 million (Canadian).

"We are delighted to be able to add the Ridge Landfill to our expanding footprint in southern Ontario because it enables us to optimize performance of our existing collection operations by internalizing volumes and achieving a higher degree of vertical integration," said Keith Carrigan, president and CEO of BFI Canada, in a statement.

Ohio's Trash Is More Than 40 Percent Paper

Columbus, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a study that shows 42 percent of the garbage that is disposed of in the state’s landfills is, by weight, some type of paper. The DNR’s report adds that approximately 60 percent of what the state’s residents put in their trash is material that can be recycled. For more information, visit www.dnr.state.oh.us.

Oregon's Plastic Recycling Rate Increases Slightly

Portland, Ore. — Oregon’s rigid plastic container recycling rate increased slightly to 27 percent in 2003, up from 26.2 percent a year earlier, according to a report by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The rates are the lowest since DEQ began calculating the rates in 1993.

Oregon has a 25 percent mandatory recycling rate for rigid plastic containers. If the rate falls below that mark, containers sold in the state may be required to feature recycled plastic or types of plastic that are more easily recycled in the state. Rigid plastic containers include plastic bottles, jars, cups, tubs, pails and other containers that are designed to hold a for-sale product.