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Articles from 2005 In July


Waste Management To Eliminate 600 Jobs

Houston — Waste Management Inc. (WM), Houston, is planning to divest collection businesses and transfer stations, and is undertaking an organizational restructuring that will eliminate about 600 jobs, according to the company. The firm estimates that the job cuts will result in a third-quarter pre-tax restructuring charge of $20 to $30 million. However, the job cuts will mean pre-tax cost savings of about $30 million this year and $70 million annually beginning next year, according to WM.

Allied Waste Posts Third-Quarter Net Income of $39.3 Million

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Allied Waste Industries Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., posted a net income of $39.3 million on $1.45 billion in revenue during third-quarter 2005. During the same period last year, the firm posted a net loss of $20.6 million on $1.40 in revenue.

During the first six months of 2005, Allied Waste posted a net income of $56.3 million on $2.8 billion in revenue. During the first half of 2004, the firm posted a net loss of $23 million on $2.7 billion in revenue.

SWANA Announces 2005 Excellence Award Winners

Silver Spring, Md. — The Solid Waste Association of North America, Silver Spring, Md., has announced the winners of its 2005 Excellence Awards. The winners will be recognized at a luncheon at WASTECON 2005 on Thursday, Sept. 29, in Austin, Texas. This year’s Excellence Awards include 13 separate awards, and a gold and silver winner for each award.

The gold winners are as follows: Collection System Award — Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority in Pennsylvania; Transfer Station Award — Waste Management of Arizona for the San Tan Transfer Station; Communication Award — City of Tacoma, Wash., Solid Waste Management; Public Education Award — Delaware Solid Waste Authority; Marketing Award — Southeastern Public Service Authority in Virginia; Landfill Management Award — Waste Management’s Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility in Kentucky; Landfill Gas Control Award — King County, Wash., Solid Waste Division for its Cedar Hills Landfill; Landfill Gas Utilization Award — H2Gro-Innovative Energy Solutions; Special Waste Management Award — Pinellas County, Fla., Department of Solid Waste Operations; Solid Waste Management Systems Award — Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority in Pennsylvania; Composting Systems Award — Abington Township, Pa.; Recycling Systems Award — Ocean County, N.J., Department of Solid Waste Management; and Waste-to-Energy Award — Montgomery County, Md., Resource Recovery Facility.

Goodwill, Dell Launch Computer Recycling Program In Bay Area

Goodwill Industries of San Francisco and Round Rock, Texas-based Dell have launched the San Francisco Bay Area Computer Recycling Project. The pilot program provides drop-off recycling and reuse options for unwanted computers at no charge to residents. Goodwill will collect the computers, and materials with remaining value will be separated and be given to Dell’s Asset Recovery Services. Proceeds from equipment recovery will be returned to Goodwill, and materials without resale value will be recycled.

Waste Tech Landfill Conference Set For Spring 2006

The 2006 Waste Tech Landfill Technology Conference will be held Feb. 27-March 1, 2006, at The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix. The conference will focus on the latest issues affecting the landfill industry. If you are interested in making a technical presentation, contact Ed Repa at 202-364-3773 or erepa@envasns.org. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Catherine Pickett at 203-358-4128.

Report: Feds Investigating More Than 60 Hauling Firms

More than 60 waste companies are under investigation by the FBI and the IRS for organized crime connections, according to The Associated Press (AP). “A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because records in the case are sealed, said investigators are looking for evidence of intimidation, price-fixing and conspiracy in the industry,” the AP reports. “Investigators also want to know whether certain companies paid more than others at municipal dumps.”

Paper Recovery Decreases Slightly

Washington — Just less than half — 49.3 percent — of the paper and paperboard that Americans consumed in 2004 was recovered for recycling, according to the Washington-based American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). In 2003, Americans recycled 50.3 percent of their paper and paperboard, an all-time high, according to AF&PA. The association says that a rebound in paper and paperboard supply and a decline in export demand caused the rate decline. For more information, visit http://www.afandpa.org.

Program To Recycle Lottery Tickets Hits Jackpot

Westboro, Mass. — A program run by E.L. Harvey & Sons and the Massachusetts State Lottery to recycle non-winning lottery tickets has collected more than 50 tons of tickets during its first year of operation. The recycled tickets are used to make paper good such as tissue, toilet paper and napkins. Several collection events are scheduled throughout July and August.

Dr. Oren Harari To Speak At WASTEC Conference

Washington — The Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC), Washington, has announced that consultant Dr. Oren Harari will speak on branding at the organization’s Executive Roundtable Conference, which will take place on Oct. 25-27 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. According to WASTEC, the London Financial Times newspaper called Harari one of the 40 “best minds” in management. For more information on the conference, visit www.wastec.org.