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Articles from 2005 In April


Freecycle Founder Gets EPA Award

Tucson, Ariz. – Deron Beal, founder of the Tucson-based re-use organization Freecycle, was one of 37 environmental heroes honored by the Washington-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week. Freecycle diverts about 50 tons daily from landfills and has 1.2 million members worldwide.

"The EPA applauds the outstanding achievements of these environmental heroes," EPA regional administrator Wayne Nastri said in a news release.

The awards, handed out on Earth Day in San Francisco, are given yearly to individuals and organizations whose try to protect the environment.

Waste Management Reports Flat First Quarter

Houston – Waste Management has reported $150 million in income for the first quarter of 2005, slightly down from $152 million for the same quarter last year. The firm reported $3.04 billion in operating revenue for the first quarter, up 5 percent from $2.9 billion for first-quarter 2004. Looking forward, the company is forecasting total 2005 revenue to reach about $13 billion.

Allied's First Quarter Revenues Are Up

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Allied Waste Industries Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., reported $1.31 billion in revenues for the first quarter of 2005, up 2.4 percent from $1.27 billion in revenue during first-quarter 2004. The firm also reported $17 million in net income for first-quarter 2005 after experiencing a net loss of $2.4 million during the first quarter of last year.

Solar-Powered Trash Cans Coming To Queens

New York — Fifty solar-powered trash receptacles will soon be placed in the Queens borough of New York City, according to a report in the New York Daily News. Known as “Big Bellys,” the containers compact trash and therefore can hold approximately 300 gallons of trash, the paper says. The receptacles will replace traditional 40-gallon trash cans placed on street corners in the borough. The goal of the project is to reduce the number of pickups that the city’s sanitation workers have to make and thereby reduce fuel consumption, the paper says.

Pennsylvania Recycles Record Amount In 2003

Philadelphia — A record 4.5 million tons of municipal solid waste were recycled in Pennsylvania in 2003, according to a state report released last week. In doing so, the state avoided $240 million in disposal costs, the report says. Based on commodity prices, the states estimates that the recycled materials brought in a total of $68 million.

New Additions to SWANA Staff

Silver Spring, Md. – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has hired two people to fill vacant positions. April Owens has joined the Meetings and Expositions department as manager of exposition sales. She most recently was employed with Bristol-Meyers Squibb as a pharmaceutical sales manager and has more than 10 years of corporate marketing and exhibition management experience. Owens will oversee and coordinate exhibit booth sales and associated sponsorships at SWANA events.

Julie Ransom also has joined SWANA as marketing manager. She was most recently the executive director for the Pittsburgh Singles Volunteer Network and has worked for several trade associations. In her new position, Ransom will manage marketing and promotion of SWANA’s technical programs and events, membership programs and internal publications.

“I am pleased to welcome both Julie and April to the SWANA team,” said SWANA CEO and Executive Director John H. Skinner, Ph.D. “We look forward to working with both of them to further SWANA’s goals in the next year and beyond.”

NSWMA To Show New Safety Video At WasteExpo

Washington — The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA), Washington, will unveil a new safety video at WasteExpo 2005 in Las Vegas. The video, funded by a grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to the Alexandria, Va.-based Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF), examines safety hazards faced by solid waste employees at landfills.

Titled “Be Safe, Be Proud — At the Landfill,” the video will be shown at a WasteExpo educational session on Monday, May 2. The video is 20 minutes long and will be available in both VHS and DVD formats. It is the second safety video that NSWMA and EREF have produced for solid waste employers and employees.

Explore Export Opportunities at WasteExpo

Washington — Waste equipment companies will be able to meet with U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) officials at WasteExpo 2005 to discuss export issues. DOC environmental technologies commercial specialists from five different countries — Bulgaria, China, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and the United Arab Emirates — will be available for free one-on-one meetings on May 3rd and 4th.

Advance registration is required, and the appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments can take place either at a company’s booth or at the International Business Center.

Please submit your advance registration at www.buyusa.gov/eme/waste.html. Be sure to indicate any specific country needs and/or questions you have. If you register online now, the specialists will be better prepared to focus on your needs during the meeting. For additional information, contact Bill Cline of the DOC’s Commercial Service’s Environmental Technologies Team at (775) 784-5203 or e-mail him at bill.cline@mail.doc.gov.

Waste Industries Completes Three Acquisitions

Raleigh, N.C. — Waste Industries USA Inc. has purchased Piedmont-McKinney LLC, Foreman’s Sanitation Inc., and the assets of an eastern North Carolina subsidiary of Houston-based Waste Management Inc. The annual revenue produced from the three acquisitions will be more than $11.7 million, according to the company.

Piedmont-McKinney provides commercial service in the North Carolina cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point. Foreman’s Sanitation provides subscription residential service in Douglas County, Ga., and Cobb County, Ga., both of which are part of the metro Atlanta area.

The assets purchased from the Waste Management subsidiary include two hauling operations and two transfer stations.