WCA Waste Buys Town and Country Disposal, Expanding in Missouri

WCA Waste Corp. has purchased Town and Country Disposal, a waste and recycling company in the Kansas City, Mo., area, for an undisclosed amount, expanding its presence in the region.

Town and Country, based in Harrisonville, Mo., operates more than 100 collection vehicles in the Kansas City market. Town and Country also owns and operates a solid waste transfer station and a materials recycling facility (Kansas City is a no-glass recycling market), according to a news release.

Houston-based WCA will continue to operate Town and Country from its Harrisonville facility. WCA also plans to relocate its regional Missouri headquarters to the Town and Country Harrisonville facility.

"WCA will maintain the locally-oriented customer service focus that has been instrumental to Town and Country becoming a market leader in the greater Kansas City area,” said Kevin O'Brien, WCA regional vice president. “We are confident WCA can build on Town and Country's success through our expanded disposal, capital and technology resources."

WCA has substantial waste collection and disposal operations in central Missouri but had not had a presence in the Kansas City market until January, when it purchased the Manchester Transfer Station. The acquisition of Town and Country establishes WCA as one of three fully-integrated waste companies serving the Kansas City market.

"For a number of years, WCA has been seeking opportunities to expand into the Kansas City market and made doing so an important part of our long-term growth strategy,” said WCA CEO William Caesar. “With the addition of Town and Country, WCA can now offer Kansas City residents and businesses a locally-focused premium level of service."

On Town and Country’s website the description of its coverage area includes Cass County and Southern Jackson County in Missouri, and parts of Johnson County, Kansas.

WCA Waste provides service to more than a half million residential and commercial/industrial customers in 10 states, with 1,200 employees and a fleet of more than 950 vehicles.

It is the first major strategic move for WCA since April, when it announced it acquired several other waste and recycling haulers in core markets, divested its waste-by-rail operations in Ohio and Massachusetts and expanded its investment in compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle operations. WCA said it purchased nine tuck-in hauling businesses in the previous 12 months. They include the collection operations of Royal Disposal and Caney Creek Disposal in Houston; Manchester Transfer, a construction and demolition (C&D) transfer station in east Kansas City; Lloyds Loads, Fort Scott Sanitation and Behnen Enterprises, all in Missouri; C&S Sanitation in Little Rock, Ark.; and collection and recycling routes from Buzzard Waste and Abitibi, respectively, in Oklahoma City.

The initiatives are the first major announced major moves by the Houston-based company since former Waste Management Inc. executive Bill Caesar took over as CEO of WCA last October.

Meanwhile, the hauler mix in region was shaken up in August, when Inland Waste Solutions LLC acquired certain assets from Waste Management Inc.’s Deffenbaugh Disposal Inc. subsidiary, in connection with the Justice Department’s ruling on the Waste Management buy of Kansas City, Kan.-based Deffenbaugh earlier this year.

Inland Waste, based in Austin, Texas, has purchased commercial assets from Deffenbaugh in the markets of Bethel Heights, Ark.; Fort Smith, Ark.; and Topeka, Kan.

Alaskan Native American Reserve Pursuing WTE Plans

The only Native American reserve in Alaska is looking to be one of the first to utilize waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies to process its municipal solid waste (MSW).

The Metlakatla Indian Community (MIC), located in Southeast Alaska, has partnered with Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc. (GBB), a national solid waste management consulting firm located in Fairfax, Va., to launch a small scale WTE facility for processing its MSW on Annette Island, Alaska.

“The MIC’s solid waste management system’s reliance on the municipal dump is unsustainable. We are therefore looking into changing the existing system to prevent the MSW from being disposed in the dump and allow for its proper closure,” MIC Mayor Audrey Hudson said in a statement. “Working closely with GBB, we are getting valuable guidance in updating our Solid Waste Management Plan, investigating recycling options, and navigating this procurement process.”

The MIC is located on Annette Island in southeastern Alaska and is the only Indian reserve in the state of Alaska. The MIC has a population of approximately 1,500 residents and currently relies on a municipal dump for the disposal of the community’s municipal and industrial solid waste. To help the MIC improve their waste management program, the United States Department of Interior provided a grant to the MIC to review options for their solid waste management program, including a review of WTE.

MIC is aiming at evaluating and short-listing companies and WTE technologies that offer an affordable solution providing local jobs, creating energy, and capable of processing at least 5 tons per day of MSW as currently generated by MIC, with an allowance for an increase of feedstock to around 10 tons per day.

The primary goal is to allow the MIC to cease using the municipal dump on the island for the disposal of the community’s solid waste. A secondary goal is provide the highest value to the community from this resource, such as creating energy from the waste.

John Carlton

“Through a grant received from the U.S. Department of Interior to update the Solid Waste Management Plan, the MIC is considering small scale WTE strategies to reduce or eliminate the need for the dump,” says John Carlton, P.E., BCEE, GBB senior vice president, and project manager for this assignment. “Our ultimate goal with this procurement is to identify appropriate technologies that can process the MSW and generate electricity and/or heat for facilities such as schools, a medical clinic, or a fish packaging plant.”

The MIC issued a competitive request for proposals in March 2015 to assist the MIC develop a comprehensive strategic plan for community waste management that included an in-depth investigation of waste-to-energy solutions. GBB was selected by the MIC in April 2015.

Now that the response deadline has passed, GBB has met with the MIC, reviewed the community’s resources, and completed a technology assessment. 

“We are currently developing several economic models for waste management strategies that include WTE,” says Carlton. “We hope to present these strategies and model results to the MIC in November 2015. If the MIC determines that pursuing small-scale WTE is in their best interests, the next steps will be to develop the selected alternative into a project with greater design and economic detail.”

It is estimated that the MIC generate approximately 5 tons per day of municipal and industrial solid waste.

“From the perspective of WTE, it is expected that heat recovery will provide the best economics to the MIC. The heat recovery may be used for heating a community building or a community pool,” Carlton says. “It is not clear that electricity production will be the best economical choice for the MIC, but if electricity was to be produced we estimate 300 to 350 kwh during the time the equipment is operating.”

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Emanuel Agrees to Limit Chicago Trash Pickup Fee Increases

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to temporarily limit increases to the controversial new trash pickup fee he wants to charge Chicago households as he tries to build broader support for his bad-news budget.

The $9.50 monthly household garbage fee "shall not be subject to increase from 2016 through and including 2019," according to an amended revenue ordinance introduced to the City Council Finance Committee on Tuesday.

The four-year limit on increases would carry aldermen and the mayor through the next city election in early 2019. That could spare aldermen who have been reluctant to support the new garbage tax from the political difficulty of explaining to residents why it's going up again as voters prepare to head to the polls.

Continue reading at the Chicago Tribune

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Orlando Residents Face Fines for Leaving Trash Cans Out Too Long

Orlando is offering some incentive to get residents to remove their garbage cans from the curb after trash pickup.

If garbage cans are not pulled off the curb and brought closer to homes by 6 a.m. the next day, homeowners will face a $25 roll back fee.

The policy has been around for five years, but some people said they had no idea.

“If you don’t, they sit out there and somebody will knock them over, or you get stuff in there, and boy they’ll stink. I mean, they will really smell bad. So there’s nothing wrong with that. Of course. I didn’t know about it,” Bobby Duncan said.

Continue reading at WESH.com

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ISRI Testifies Before US International Trade Commission

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has announced it testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission Oct. 14, 2015. The purpose of the testimony, presented by ISRI Chief Economist Joe Pickard, was to support recognition of recycled commodities and recycling equipment as environmental goods and to inform the commission of the benefits of tariff reduction, according to an ISRI news release.

Pickard’s testimony as prepared follows:

“I am extremely honored and pleased to represent ISRI and appear today before the U.S. International Trade Commission in support of the commission’s investigation into the probable economic effects of providing duty-free treatment for a second list of articles under the WTO’s (World Trade Organization’s) environmental goods trade negotiations.
Continue reading at Recycling Today

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New $7M Waste/Recycling Facility in Minnesota Close to Opening

Jon Mitchell was excited the Redwood Gazette was there to take pictures of the new $7 million waste and recycling facility on the western edge of Redwood Falls.

“This is probably the only time you’re going to be able to get photos of it with a clean floor!” Mitchell said Friday, showing off the spotless 10-inch thick concrete floors.

The clean floors won’t last long.

The new facility — the Redwood/Renville Regional Material Recovery Facility — is about to begin testing all the new equipment inside.

Right now, when Redwood Falls garbage trucks are full, the drivers have to make a two-hour round trip west to a landfill to empty the contents.

Continue reading at the Redwood Falls Gazette

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Fire Erupts at Sterling, Illinois Recycling Center

Firefighters were on scene for nearly three hours when a blaze erupted at the CIMCO Recycling Center in Sterling Illinois.

The fire was initially called in as an outside fire at 4:35 p.m. Monday, October 19, 2015, according to the Sterling Fire Department. When firefighters got to the center, at 13509 Galt Road, they found a pile of scrap rubber and plastics involved in “heavy fire” on the south side of the separator building.  That pile is known as a “fluff pile.”

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Eight Takeaways from Casella’s Latest Financial Results, Board Moves

Casella Waste Systems Inc. reported stronger preliminary financial results for its third quarter, and also named Jim O’Connor its lead independent director on its board.

The Rutland, Vt.-based Casella posted higher net earnings and revenue for the period ended Sept.30, according to a news release. It will release final results Oct. 23.

It also named O’Connor, a current Casella director and the long-time CEO of Republic Services Inc., as lead independent director, succeeding Gregory Peters, who continues as a member of the Casella board.

Here are eight things to know about Casella’s latest financial results and corporate moves.

  1. Net income climbed 112.6 percent to $2.3 million, up $1.2 million from the same period in 2014. Operating income advanced 19.5 percent.
  2. Revenue increased 3 percent to $146.2 million, a hike of $4.3 million.
  3. The assessment of Chairman and CEO John Casella: "During our third quarter, we continued to execute well against our key strategies of increasing landfill returns, improving collection route profitability, creating incremental value through resource solutions, reducing financial and operational risks, and improving our balance sheet.” He said the company reduced leverage and accelerated free cash flow generation by retiring its highest cost debt.
  4. Solid waste pricing rose 2.9 percent, and the company’s operating efficiency improved with success in implementing its Sustainability Recycling Adjustment fee to offset lower recycling commodity prices.
  5. Casella Waste affirmed its previous guidance for the year. It expects earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of between $103 million and $107 million. Revenue guidance is between $525 million and $535 million.
  6. The naming of O’Connor reflects the company’s effort to recruit new independent directors with varying perspectives, experiences and competencies, the company said.  O’Connor and William Hulligan were added as directors in the past four months. The independent director’s responsibilities include presiding at all meetings at which the chairman is not present and serving as a liaison between the chairman (and management) and the independent directors.
  7. Said John Casella of the move, “Jim’s appointment, the result of constructive input from our stockholders, is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to enhance the ability of our board to serve the long-term interests of stockholders.”
  8. The board move comes as the company gets closer to a proxy battle for its board of directors at its Nov. 6 meeting. Casella Waste wants its shareholders to re-elect its slate of existing directors, while investor JCP Investment Management LLC wants its two director candidates elected.


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NYC $3.3B Plan Could Bring Loads of Trash to Finger Lakes

Winery owners and environmentalists in the Finger Lakes are protesting a plan by New York City to bring trainloads of trash to the region as part of a 20-year, $3.3 billion deal with the giant Seneca Meadows landfill.

The concerns are that the landfill, which some say is the largest in the northeastern United States, is near wineries, a gleaming casino-under-construction and the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

The Finger Lakes region already is New York’s trash capital, being home to four of the state’s largest landfills. Fully half of all municipal solid waste that’s buried annually in the state goes to those facilities.

Continue reading at the Democrat & Chronicle

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One Suit Against Clinton Landfill All But Settled, While Local Group Files New Lawsuit

A suit filed by 14 local governments against the Clinton Landfill is close to being settled. But the landfill in DeWitt County is now facing a new legal challenge.

Bill Spencer with the group W.A.T.C.H Clinton Landfill says his group filed suit in DeWitt County Court on Thursday, asking that the landfill be cited as a public nuisance. Spencer says the landfill poses a threat to the Mahomet Aquifer ---- the multi-county water source that lies beneath it.

“There’s certain requirements to protect the Mahomet Aquifer,” said Spencer. “It’s a Sole Source Aquifer in the state of Illinois. And, the landfill doesn’t have those safeguards in place to protect the Mahomet Aquifer. And that’s what the nuisance suit’s going to be about.”

A message was left with Clinton Landfill Inc. vice president and chief operating officer Chris Coulter late Friday afternoon, seeking comment on the lawsuit.

Continue reading at Illinois Public Media