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Articles from 2006 In November

John Zillmer tapped to join EREF board of directors

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF), based in Alexandria, Va., has elected John J. Zillmer, chairman and CEO of Allied Waste Industries, to its board of directors. Zillmer will serve a three-year term, concluding in December 2009.

"I am grateful that John Zillmer is coming onto the board and look forward to benefiting from his expertise," said Kevin Walbridge, chairman of the EREF board and regional vice president of Republic Services, in a press release.

Michael Paine selected to chair EIA

The Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) today announced that Michael Paine will take over as chairman on Jan. 1, 2007. Paine is the president of Paine’s, Inc., an East Granby, Conn. waste handling company founded in 1929 by his grandfather. A longtime member of EIA’s Board of Trustees, Paine has also served as Chairman of the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA).

“Mike’s dedication to our association and the industry make him a great choice to lead EIA,” noted Bruce J. Parker, EIA’s President and CEO in a press release. “Under Mike’s leadership, NSWMA’s membership has grown by more than 10 percent. Mike has been involved in virtually every major industry initiative over the past 20 years, and his steady, quiet leadership style has earned him respect by those within and outside the solid waste industry."

New Jersey landfill fined $70,000 for polluting

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a $70,000 fine against Edgeboro Disposal in East Brunswick, N.J. after investigating an environmental group's claim that the landfill was polluting the Raritan River. According to the Edison/Metuchen Sentinel, the fine was assessed after the Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) filed suit against the landfill, claiming the facility was dumping waste into the river, in direct violation of state and federal regulations. The DEP fines represent $35,000 for violations of the Solid Waste Management Act and $35,000 for violations of the Water Pollution Control Act.

The EWA lawsuit purports that the landfill owner, despite agreeing to DEP demands for cleanup in 1995 and later submitting plans for that work, failed to properly cover, contain, clean up and prevent discharge of solid waste into the Raritan River. The discharge is said to come from a portion of the landfill that has been closed since 1987, separate from the active portion of the facility now owned and operated by Middlesex County, which is not subject the fines or the lawsuit.

Waste Connections acquires Southeast assets from Waste Management

Folsom, Calif.-based Waste Connections has announced that it will acquire several Waste Management operations in the southeastern United States. Though details of the deal were not disclosed, Waste Management currently provides collection, transfer and disposal services in several markets in the region, including Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. In a press release, Waste Connections says the acquisition will net the company an additional $22 million a year in revenue.

Chicago opens chemical and computer recycling plant

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on Saturday helped cut the ribbon at the city’s new Household Chemical and Computer Recycling Center on Goose Island. According to the Chicago Tribune, the $3.8 million, 24-000-square-foot plant is the first permanent facility of its kind in the city. In addition to recycling computers, the center will accept batteries, cell phones, fluorescent lamps and bulbs, antifreeze, gasoline, drain cleaners and old paint. City officials say the facility has the capacity to divert 500 tons of obsolete electronics and an equal amount of discarded batteries from area landfills.

"Chicago has been making strides to become the most environmentally friendly city in the country," Daley said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "We need to dispose of these hazardous household products safely."

Waste Management wins Wildlife Habitat Council Award

Houston-based Waste Management has received the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) President's Award. The announcement, made yesterday at the WHC’s Annual Symposium in Baltimore, Md., marks the first time that the President’s Award has been presented to an organization instead of an individual. According to a press release, Waste Management was selected for its wildlife habitat management and environmental education programs at 16 landfill sites across North America.

"We are very honored to receive this award from the Wildlife Habitat Council," said Waste Management CEO David Steiner, in the release. "Waste Management is a leader in environmental stewardship, and our 50,000 employees prove that every day. I am proud of the work they do to protect the environment and to educate our communities about conservation programs and appreciate the Wildlife Habitat Council's recognition of those efforts."

The President's Award was established by the WHC in 2002 to recognize individuals or partner organizations that have demonstrated leadership in community outreach, conservation education and environmental stewardship.

NSWMA weighs in on U.S. Supreme Court flow control case

The National Solid Waste Management Association (NSWMA) on Monday filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to overturn a Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in United Haulers Association, Inc. v. Oneida-Herkima Solid Waste Management Authority. That ruling upheld laws passed by two New York counties designating sites for the shipment of waste. The NSWMA, along with the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Trucking Association, who cosigned the brief, are concerned that allowing these laws to stand would open the door to flow control.

“Flow control will significantly reduce competition and raises prices for businesses and homeowners,” said NSWMA General Counsel David Biderman in a NSWMA press release.

In the Second Circuit Court decision, the judge drew a distinction between publicly-owned and privately-owned facilities, stating that there can be no discrimination against interstate commerce when favored disposal facilities are publicly owned. In its amicus brief, NSWMA questions this assessment, arguing that the effect on interstate commerce is the same, regardless of who owns the facilities.

EIA Women’s Council announces 2007 board

The Environmental Industry Associations’ (EIA) Women’s Council today announced its new board members for 2007:

Chair - Mary Margaret Cowhey, Land and Lakes Co.

Vice-Chair – Melissa Gauger, International Truck and Engine Corp

Treasurer - Christine Loch, Allied Waste Industries

Education - Danielle Forget, Waste Corp of America

Membership - Kathy Trent, Waste Management

Fundraising - Madeleine Szots, Labrie Group

Community Relations - Nancy Bretas, Republic Services

Member-at-Large - Holly Waters, Harris Waste Management Group

Immediate Past Chair - Xenya Mucha, John Deere Construction Equipment

EIA Women’s Council unveils new scholarships

The Environmental Industry Associations’ (EIA) Women’s Council today announced the creation of a new scholarship program designed to encourage women to pursue careers in the environmental industry. Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded annually to graduate or undergraduate students in environmental studies. The scholarships were primarily funded by successful sales of the coloring book, “Where Does My Garbage Go,” which was produced by the Women’s Council. According to an EIA press release, it is hoped that the awards will further the Women’s Council’s stated mission of bringing more female employees, owners and operators into the waste industry.

Scholarship applicants must be EIA members or dependents of EIA members or employees. For more information, visit www.envasns.org.