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Articles from 2012 In November

November 28, 2012 - ReEnergy Holdings LLC has acquired a construction and demolition waste and recycling facility in Boston with the purchase of United Waste Management Inc. for an undisclosed amount

Buying Company: ReEnergy Holdings LLC (Albany, N.Y.)

Selling Company: United Waste Management Inc. (Boston)

Transaction Amount: Undisclosed

Asset Acquired: construction and demolition waste and recycling facility

Close Date: 11/28/2012

New Headquarters:

CEO: Larry Richardson



Recology Halts Waste-by-Rail Contract with San Francisco

Recology Halts Waste-by-Rail Contract with San Francisco

Recology Inc. has terminated its contract with San Francisco to ship waste by rail to Yuba County, Calif.

San Francisco-based Recology said in a news release the termination of the Green Rail landfill contract with the city will allow San Francisco to participate in a broad environmental review of the project. Recology also expects that terminating the contract will end litigation “by an unsuccessful bidder and others that threatened to interfere with the Yuba County review.” Yuba County is north of Sacramento.

The waste-by-rail project remains San Francisco’s preferred proposal for the disposal of its municipal solid waste (MSW) once it exhausts its current capacity, Recology said.

“Recology, San Francisco’s longstanding partner, is working with the city to provide the needed time and discretion to fully participate in the CEQA [California Environmental Quality Act] process,” says Recology spokesman Adam Alberti. “Recology looks forward to moving ahead with a new landfill agreement after the project has been fully vetted and, as we expect, environmentally cleared.”



Illinois Bag Recycling Bill Fails Veto Override

Illinois Bag Recycling Bill Fails Veto Override

Illinois’ state senate failed to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of the state’s proposed plastic bag bill that would have required manufacturers to develop a collection and recycling plan for the bags.

The senate approved the override by a 24-23 vote, but it needed 36 votes, or a three-fifths majority, according to the Illinois general assembly website.

In August the Democratic governor vetoed Senate Bill 3442, sponsored by Sens. Terry Link and John Millner. He said in a news release that it would have kept individual communities from developing their own solutions to plastic bag litter. The governor characterized the bill as more restrictive on municipalities than any other plastic bag regulation in the country.

“While well-intentioned, this legislation is a roadblock to innovation that would do little to boost recycling in Illinois. We can do better," Quinn said.

The bill was opposed by the Illinois Municipal League and 150 municipalities that viewed it as undermining home rule.

Quinn said he would work with communities, businesses and environmental advocates to pass a better bill to increase recycling.

Under the vetoed bill, which passed the state legislature in June, makers of plastic carryout bags would have had to register with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and submit to the agency a plan for the collection and recycling of the bags and plastic film product wrap. The act would also have created penalties for violations.

 In addition, the state would have encouraged manufacturers to include recycled content in the plastic carryout bags they produce. It would have outlawed the purchase of plastic bags from non-registered manufacturers and prohibited municipalities from enacting their own recycling programs or bans for plastic bags.


Toronto Rejects Proposed Bag Ban

Toronto decided against a plastic bag ban that was to take affect Jan. 1.

The city council voted against the measure that would have banned retail stores from offering single-use plastic carryout bags.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) applauded the decision in a news release. CFIG President John Scott said the decision to scrap the proposal “validates our view that this bag ban bylaw was probably illegal and with no prior consultation or deliberations, set a dangerous precedent for how measures that have such a profound impact on both businesses and consumers in the city, would be brought forward at city council.”

Scott added that voluntary measures have reduced the volume of bags in circulation. The province of Ontario has an agreement with the major retail associations that has cut plastic bag use by nearly 60 percent in three years. The program has been replicated in British Columbia, Manitoba and Alberta.




California County to Open Landfill Gas-to-Energy Plant

California County to Open Landfill Gas-to-Energy Plant

Ameresco Inc. and Butte County, Calif., are opening a landfill gas-to-energy facility at the county’s landfill in Paradise.

Framingham, Mass.-based Ameresco said the facility, north of Sacramento, will produce 2.2 megawatts initially, according to a news release. It can expand up to 4.3 megawatts. Ameresco, an energy company, designed, built, owns and operates the facility, which will generate enough energy to power more than 1,300 homes.

A portion of the revenues from the sale of the power will go to the county for the life of the 20-year contract.

ReEnergy Buys Boston C&D Waste and Recycling Facility

ReEnergy Holdings LLC has acquired a construction and demolition (C&D) waste and recycling facility in Boston with the purchase of United Waste Management Inc. (UWM) for an undisclosed amount.

The Albany, N.Y.-based renewable energy company said in a news release the purchase of the C&D disposal and recycling facility will increase its presence in the eastern New England market, particularly Boston. It will enhance ReEnergy’s ability to convert a significant percentage of recovered wood into high-quality fuel to generate renewable energy.

The new facility will complement ReEnergy’s existing operations, which include eight renewable energy generation facilities in New England and northern New York and two C&D material processing facilities that serve the eastern New England/Boston metropolitan area marketplace. ReEnergy will take on UWM’s 21 employees.

 “This addition to our portfolio exemplifies our strategy to build a vertically integrated renewable energy company,” said ReEnergy CEO Larry Richardson.


BHS Names John Warne Director of Sales and Marketing

Eugene, OR - November 28, 2012--  Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has named John Warne as its Director of Sales and Marketing. Warne will be based at the company’s Eugene, Oregon headquarters and report directly to CEO Steve Miller. He will oversee BHS’ global sales and marketing initiatives.

“The ability to add someone of John Warne’s background is a testament to BHS’ success,” said Miller. “We are fortunate to bring aboard an experienced and accomplished senior executive to continue to expand our market size and competitive posture. John will be responsible for providing strategic sales oversight to our complete product offering in multiple geographic markets and industries.

Warne has more than 20 years of leadership experience in a manufacturing environment. During the previous 15 years he has developed sales teams with consistent and sustainable growth and profitability in diverse economic climates. Most recently he served as the President of Townley Engineering and Manufacturing Company from 2005 until accepting the BHS position. “BHS is very forward-thinking and offers solutions unique to the industry. I am extremely excited to hit the ground running and join a leading company in a rapidly expanding market,” remarked Warne.

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)

Headquartered in Eugene, OR, BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. Clients around the globe choose BHS because of its experience, dedication to cutting-edge technology, quality construction and durability, and unmatched customer service. BHS has built some of the biggest and most durable MRFs in the world – and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery, and purity rates in the industry.

EPA Collecting Household Hazardous Waste Generated by Sandy

EPA Collecting Household Hazardous Waste Generated by Sandy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other government departments are collecting and disposing of potentially hazardous household waste products from New York homes in New York City and Nassau County damaged by flooding from Superstorm Sandy.

The EPA said in a news release it is encouraging the public to put waste products on their curbs, separate from trash, for pickup, including: solvents, paints, cleaners, oil, propane tanks, batteries, petroleum products, weed/bug killers, car batteries, bleach and ammonia. The EPA and its contractors will drive the streets of impacted areas to pick up the household hazardous waste on the curb.

The EPA is working with the Department of Sanitation (DOS) in New York City and and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Nassau County there.

In New York City the DOS will be picking up white goods, such as refrigerators and other appliances, and will remove the refrigerants from refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners.

Parker and Autocar Receive Large Follow-On Order for Refuse Trucks Featuring RunWise® Advanced Series Hybrid Drive System - Miami-Dade County Acquires 29 Autocar E3 Refuse Trucks with Fuel-Saving Technology

CLEVELAND, Nov. 27, 2012 - Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced that Miami-Dade County in south Florida has placed a follow-on order for 29 Autocar E3 refuse trucks featuring Parker's fuel-saving RunWise® technology. These vehicles are being used in municipalities across the country yielding significant reliability and performance measures.

"We have invested significantly in the development of this technology and to see its benefits be proven out in the marketplace is very rewarding," said Jeff Cullman, President – Hydraulics Group. "Miami-Dade has seen some tremendous results with their test fleet and we are pleased they have made such a strong commitment to the technology with this large order. While they were able to secure federal EPA funding for half of this order, investing their own money demonstrates the positive economics and payback on the technology as a stand-alone purchase."

Miami-Dade used funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to purchase 15 of the vehicles as part of the National Clean Diesel Campaign's Emerging Technologies List.  RunWise is the only drivetrain technology on the list.   

"We've been very pleased with the overall performance of the vehicles with RunWise technology," said Danny Diaz, Director of Fleet Management for Miami Dade County. "The savings we are seeing is significant when you look at the long-term with these hybrid trucks."

Beyond brake energy recovery capabilities and reduced noise levels, the Autocar refuse trucks equipped with RunWise technology commonly demonstrate annual fuel savings in the range of 35-50 percent (equivalent to a 50-100 percent improvement in fuel economy measured in miles per gallon) for the automatic side loader, reusing as much as 71 percent of the vehicle's braking energy.  Additional benefits include reduced maintenance costs, less engine wear and tear as well as extended brake life.

The RunWise version of the Autocar refuse trucks is currently in operation in Miami-Dade County and a number of cities around the country including in Hialeah, Florida; Miami, Florida; Seymour, Indiana and Austin, Texas.

For additional information on Parker's hydraulic hybrid drive technology, visit http://parkerhybrid.parker.com.

About Parker Hannifin Corporation
With annual sales exceeding $13 billion in fiscal year 2012, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 60,000 people in 48 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 56 consecutive fiscal years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.parker.com, or its investor information web site at www.phstock.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Forward-looking statements contained in this and other written and oral reports are made based on known events and circumstances at the time of release, and as such, are subject in the future to unforeseen uncertainties and risks. All statements regarding future performance, earnings projections, events or developments are forward-looking statements. It is possible that the future performance and earnings projections of the company, including its individual segments, may differ materially from current expectations, depending on economic conditions within its mobile, industrial and aerospace markets, and the company's ability to maintain and achieve anticipated benefits associated with announced realignment activities, strategic initiatives to improve operating margins, actions taken to combat the effects of the current economic environment, and growth, innovation and global diversification initiatives. A change in the economic conditions in individual markets may have a particularly volatile effect on segment performance. Among other factors which may affect future performance are: changes in business relationships with and purchases by or from major customers, suppliers or distributors, including delays or cancellations in shipments, disputes regarding contract terms or significant changes in financial condition, changes in contract cost and revenue estimates for new development programs and changes in product mix; ability to identify acceptable strategic acquisition targets; uncertainties surrounding timing, successful completion or integration of acquisitions; ability to realize anticipated cost savings from business realignment activities; threats associated with and efforts to combat terrorism; uncertainties surrounding the ultimate resolution of outstanding legal proceedings, including the outcome of any appeals; competitive market conditions and resulting effects on sales and pricing; increases in raw material costs that cannot be recovered in product pricing; the company's ability to manage costs related to insurance and employee retirement and health care benefits; and global economic factors, including manufacturing activity, air travel trends, currency exchange rates, difficulties entering new markets and general economic conditions such as inflation, deflation, interest rates and credit availability. The company makes these statements as of the date of this disclosure, and undertakes no obligation to update them unless otherwise required by law.


SOURCE Parker Hannifin Corporation

Media - Aidan Gormley, Director, Corporate Communications, +1-216-896-3258, aidan.gormley@parker.com; Financial Analysts - Pamela Huggins, Vice President & Treasurer +1-216-896-2240, phuggins@parker.com 

Tennessee Launches Recycling Program for Visitor Centers

Tennessee is implementing a recycling program at its visitor welcome centers.

The statewide program involves 10 welcome centers. The program is being launched by three Nashville-based state organizations: The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEOC), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Tourist Development, according to a news release.

The program began as a pilot plan in Clarksville and expanded to a few locations to test its feasibility. The recycling receptacles will have blue and green lids.

“Recycling away from home is one challenge that all recyclers face,” said DEOC Commissioner Bob Martineau.

The program’s community partners that provide recycling services include Appertain Corp., Bi-County Solid Waste, Orange Grove Recycling and Campbell, Putnam, Robertson, Sullivan and Unicoi counties.