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Articles from 2005 In May

Waste Management Names New Group Vice President

Houston — Waste Management Inc. (WM), Houston, has appointed Michael Watson as group vice president-sales and marketing. Watson will direct sales and marketing for the company’s Midwest region and will be based in the firm’s Lombard, Ill., office. Previously, Watson was the market area sales manager for WM’s Chicago Market Area.

Roadcheck 2005 Set For June 7-9

Roadcheck 2005, the 18th annual truck and motorcoach safety and security education event, will take place on June 7-9 for 72 continuous hours throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. This year’s event will focus on the importance of safety belts, motorcoach safety and commercial vehicle security.

The Maryland State Police will host a kick-off ceremony at the Hyattstown, Md., inspection station on Interstate 270 southbound. For more information, visit www.cvsa.org.

WASTEC-NSWMA Executive Roundtable Conference Set For October

The 2005 Executive Roundtable Conference, a joint event for senior managers of companies that belong to either the Waste Equipment Technology Association or the National Solid Waste Management Association, will be held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Oct. 25-27.

Guest speaker Oren Harai will speak on branding. For more information, visit here.

Congressional E-Waste Group Formed

Washington — U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., Randy Cunningham, R-Calif, Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., and Mary Bono, R-Calif., announced on Tuesday the formation of the Congressional E-Waste Working Group. The group will explore ways to handle the nation’s growing amount of electronic waste.

After the news conference announcing the group’s formation, the group held a meeting between congressional staff members and seven stakeholder organizations.

SWANA Member Testifies Before Congress On Landfill Gas Tax Credits

Washington — Curt Ranger, chairman of the Solid Waste Association of North America’s Landfill Gas Advocacy Committee, lobbied Tuesday for an expansion of landfill gas tax credits by testifying before the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. Ranger is the president of Ann Arbor, Mich.-based DTE Biomass Energy Inc.

“If Congress enacts an extension of the current Dec. 31, 2005 placed-in-service deadline, many more projects could come on-line,” he said in his testimony. “Based upon [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates], over 500 landfill gas-to-energy projects can still be developed, and based upon DTE’s experience, extending the construction deadline three years would enable the landfill gas industry to build up to 150 of these projects.”

“Furthermore, if the landfill gas industry was afforded the same provisions as other renewable energy resources, such as ten-year credit periods, five-year placed-in-service deadlines and full tax credit value for electricity produced from landfill gas, Congress could enable the development of most of the EPA’s 500 viable candidate sites,” he added.

Aluminum Can Recycling Up Slightly

Washington — The recycling rate for aluminum cans has risen slightly, according to statistics compiled by the Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. In 2004, 51.2 percent of aluminum cans were recycled, up 1.2 percentage points from 2003. The uptick represents the first rise in the rate since 1997.

Bipartisan Group Of U.S. Reps. To Launch E-Waste Working Group

Washington — U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., Randy Cunningham, R-Calif., Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., and Mary Bono, R-Calif., will announce the formation of the Congressional E-Waste Working Group tomorrow at a press conference in Washington. The group will work to educated members of Congress about e-waste and will study potential ways of handling the waste.

Waste Services Names Mark Pytosh Executive VP and CFO

Burlington, Ontario, Canada — Waste Services Inc., Burlington, Ontario, Canada, has named Mark Pytosh executive vice president and chief financial officer of the firm. Pytosh succeeds Ronald Rubin, “who has decided to leave the company to pursue other professional opportunities,” according to a company press release.

“We want to thank Ron Rubin for his valuable contribution to the company’s growth and development in the past two years,” said David Sutherland-Yoest, chairman and CEO of Waste Services, in a statement. “We believe that Mark will make a significant contribution to the company as we continue to grow the business.”

Proposed Increase In Michigan Tipping Fee Appears Dead

The proposal of Michigan state House Democrats to increase the state’s tipping fee surcharge appears to be going nowhere, according to a report in the Macomb Daily newspaper.

“Republican leaders have told us this package is DOA — dead on arrival,” Democratic state Rep. Fred Miller said Monday at a press conference, according to the paper. “There’s a cozy relationship between the waste industry and the Republican Party.”

The bill would increase the state’s surcharge on tipping fees from $.21 per ton to $7.50 per ton. Supporters of the proposal claim that it would stem the flow of out-of-state waste into Michigan’s borders. To view the full article, visit http://www.macombdaily.com/stories/051705/loc_trash001.shtml.