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Articles from 2006 In February

EPA orders construction companies to remove waste from Arizona river

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, ordered Tucson, Ariz.-based Triumph Builders and Benson, Ariz.-based D. Fenn Enterprises to remove demolition debris from the San Pedro River in Arizona. According to a press release, D. Fenn Enterprises illegally dumped concrete, metal, pipes and other debris into the river without authorization following a 2003 construction project that Triumph Builders supervised. Both companies have been ordered to transport the waste to a landfill, after which the river must be restored.

Wisconsin officials propose garbage fee increase to discourage out-of-state trash

To keep out-of-state trash from entering Wisconsin landfills, state legislators are proposing a new garbage tipping fee that would increase from $3 to $10 per ton. According to an article in the Duluth News Tribune, Wisconsin’s cheaper dumping rates have attracted out-of-state trash haulers from other states including Minnesota and Illinois. While environmentalists are in favor of the proposed bill, opponents say that the fee increase will benefit private companies that have invested in landfill expansions in the state.

Allied Waste reports fourth quarter 2005 earnings

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Allied Waste has released its fourth-quarter earnings, reporting a net income of $51.9 million for fourth quarter (4Q) 2005. According to a press release, the company earned a net income of $12 million for 4Q 2004. For 2005, the company received a net income of $151.8 million from $5.73 billion in total revenue. In 2004, the company earned $27.7 million from $5.51 billion in total revenue.

New Pennsylvania law puts more regulations on waste tire recycling facilities

This week, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell signed a bill that will place stricter regulations on tire recycling facilities. According to a press release issued by the governor’s office, House Bill 1114 requires the facilities to have proper registration with the state Department of Environmental Protection and will prevent those without state authorization from providing tires to waste tire haulers. The bill will also require those who contribute to waste tire piles to pay for the cleanup.

Waste Management releases fourth quarter 2005 earnings

Houston, Texas-based Waste Management has released it fourth quarter earnings, reporting a net income of $290 million for fourth-quarter 2005. During the same period in 2004, the firm reported $269 million in net income. In fourth-quarter 2005, the company received $3.37 billion in total revenue versus $3.21 billion in 2004, according to a press release. In 2005, the company received a net income of $1.18 billion from a total revenue of $13.07 billion. This represents an increase from the company’s 2004 net income of $939 million from a total revenue of $12.52 billion.

EPA honors landfill methane partners

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA), Washington, Landfill Methane Outreach Program has awarded it latest round of partner and project of the year awards. The awards recognize “excellence in reducing landfill methane emissions and creating renewable energy.” According to the EPA, the winners accepted their awards at the recent ninth annual LMOP Conference and Project Expo in Baltimore. The list of winners can be found at www.epa.gov/lmop/awards.htm.

St. Louis program encourages e-waste recycling

In an effort to encourage electronics recycling in St. Louis, local governments, community organizations and businesses in the city have launched “E-cycle St. Louis,” an initiative designed to develop ways to manage e-waste. According to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the program, which is the first of its kind in the city, urges residents to recycle their electronic equipment at 10 sites throughout the city. Residents can bring obsolete items such as cell phones and computer monitors to the sites. In addition to the collection sites, educational materials and a Web site have been created to promote the program.

Report shows haulers are using natural-gas trucks

A report by the New York-based environmental organization INFORM has found that 1,500 out of 136,000 garbage trucks in use today are powered by natural gas, according to Reuters. The three-year study, titled “Greening Garbage Trucks: Trends in Alternative Fuels Use, 2002-2005,” also found that California has the most trucks that are powered by natural gas with 1,268. New York, Texas, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., also use natural-gas trucks. In a statement, INFORM president Joanna Underwood said: “Replacing diesel fuel-powered trucks with trucks powered by natural gas is a tremendous opportunity not only for cleaner air and quieter neighborhoods, but also for reducing reliance on a fuel coming from risky and unreliable foreign sources.”