Weekly News Bulletin: Nov. 7-13, 2002


Battery Recycling Corporation Recognizes Indiana's Efforts

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries, has awarded the Indiana Household Hazardous Waste Task Force its second annual National Community Recycling Leadership Award, with special recognition being given to the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District in Indiana. In 2001, IHHWTF collected nearly 11,800 pounds of rechargeable batteries. In a year and a half, the number of communities in Indiana participating in the RBRC collection program has increased 325 percent. There are now over 350 collection sites in Indiana that accept rechargeable batteries...Read More »



Pennsylvania Waste Association Endorses Surcharge Reauthorization

The Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association has urged state legislators to re-authorize the $2-per-ton tax on waste disposal at landfills and incinerators earmarked to pay for curbside recycling in Pennsylvania. Authorization for the recycling surcharge is due to expire in October 2004. But PWIA officials said the General Assembly has the opportunity to extend the surcharge for five years by passing House Bill 2190 before the end of the current legislative session. For every ton of waste they process, landfill and incinerator operators pay $2 to Pennsylvania's Recycling Fund. The waste industry contributed more than $48 million to the fund in fiscal 2000-2001, or about 83 percent of its total receipts. The money is used to support recycling programs at the municipal level. The Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association represents private-sector waste haulers and landfill operators in Pennsylvania and is affiliated with the National Solid Waste Management Association...Read More »



Capital Environmental Reports Third Quarter Results

Capital Environmental Resource Inc. (Nasdaq: CERI) has reported third quarter 2002 results. Net income was $1.5 million for the three months ending September 30, 2002. Earnings per share were $0.12 for the quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $28.0 million, compared to $22.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2001. Acquisitions, particularly the Ottawa Landfill purchased with the Waste Services Inc. acquisition, contributed to revenue growth of 21 percent, or $4.8 million...Read More »



England Considers Landfill Regulation Legislation

England Prime Minister Tony Blair's government has unveiled details of draft legislation allowing it to specify how much biodegradable municipal waste local authorities will be allowed to dump in landfill sites. A key aspect of the new law is that authorities will be able to trade their "landfill allowances" in an arrangement that the environment ministry believes may be the first of its kind in Europe. The bill sets up the framework requiring local governmental authorities, to reduce progressively the amount of biodegradable waste they send to landfill, through a system of tradable landfill allowances. The government aims by 2020 to reduce biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to 35 percent of that produced in 1995...Read More »



Waste Management Averts Strike In Los Angeles

After the threat of a strike loomed this past weekend, Waste Management Inc. (NYSE:WMI) said all 500 of its Los Angeles-area drivers reported to work as scheduled and said contract negotiations will resume at a meeting on Thursday. Teamsters Local 396, which represents the company's drivers in Los Angeles, rejected a proposed contract that would have increased salary and benefits by 38 percent over the next five years. The union had also authorized a strike. Waste Management officials said they would not meet the Teamsters on their proposed 70 percent wage hike, but that the company will continue talks...Read More »



Armstrong Recovers 10 Millionth Square Foot Of Ceiling Tile

Armstrong World Industries (OTC: ACKHQ) announced that it has reclaimed its 10,000,000th square foot of discarded ceiling tiles as part of its Ceiling Recycling Program. The 10,000,000th square foot was received at the company's Beaver Falls, PA plant as part of a shipment that contained 57,143 square feet of discarded ceiling tiles from an office renovation project at the General Motors Tower in Dearborn, MI. Armstrong is the world's largest producer of acoustical ceiling tiles. Its recycling program enables building owners to ship old ceilings from renovation projects to an Armstrong ceiling plant as an alternative to landfill disposal. Under the program, Armstrong even pays freight costs for shipping the old ceilings, which it uses as raw materials in the manufacture of new ceilings. More than 3,500 tons of construction waste has been diverted from landfills since the program began in June 1999...Read More »


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