Weekly News Bulletin: Mar. 6-12, 2003


Norcal Opens Major New Recycling Center in San Francisco

Recycle Central by Norcal Waste Systems Inc., billed as "the most modern recycling facility in the United States," opened last week on San Francisco's Pier 96. The 200,000-square-foot plant is capable of sorting and baling up to 2,100 tons of recyclables a day. Recyclables in the $38 million facility are separated using a combination of specialized equipment and hand sorting. San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has set a goal of achieving 75 percent recycling citywide by 2010...Read More »



Casella Waste Systems Purchases Hardwick Landfill

Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CWST) has entered into an agreement to acquire the Hardwick Sanitary Landfill in Hardwick, Mass. The facility is primarily a construction and demolition debris landfill, although it is allowed to accept a limited amount of municipal solid waste and certain difficult-to-manage wastes, the company said. The facility currently is permitted to accept 300 tons per day, including 50 tons per day of MSW. The transaction is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2003...Read More »



RPM Announces New "Smart Plastic" Pallet

RPM Technologies Inc. (OTC BB: RPMM.OB) has developed a "smart plastic" pallet which will save costs while offering strength and safety benefits. Company officials noted that completely recyclable RPM plastic pallet will meet and exceed their expectations. A RPM plastic pallet that costs $11 will last at least 75 trips, or $0.15 per trip. A wood pallet that costs $8 will last for about seven trips, or $1.14 per trip. Wood pallets also weigh 45 to 50 pounds, versus 22 pounds for the RPM Plastic Pallet. A RPM plastic pallet can be tailored to the needs of the shipper. ``Smart chips'' can be imbedded in the pallet's surface to track location, shipping data and materials conveyed...Read More »



Noranda Establishes New Electronic Recycling Facility In Toronto

Noranda Inc. is investing in a new electronic hardware recycling facility in Canada. The operation, the only one of its kind in Canada, will be located in an 82,200 square-foot industrial facility in Brampton, Ontario, near Toronto. The new facility is expected to be operational by summer 2003. The expansion is a direct response to increasing volumes of end-of-life electronics in Canada. Material from the new Brampton plant will be shipped to Noranda's Horne smelter in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec for further processing and metal recovery...Read More »



Waste Connections Purchases Three Companies

Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE: WCN) has signed definitive purchase agreements with three predominantly franchise companies with approximately $32 million in annualized revenue. These operations include the Green Team of San Jose, a collection and recycling operation servicing a portion of the San Jose, California market; Green Waste of Tehama, a collection and landfill operation servicing Red Bluff, California; and a collection company in Oregon...Read More »



R.W. Beck Acquires Reed, Stowe & Yanke

R. W. Beck, Inc. has acquired water, wastewater, stormwater, electric, gas and solid waste consulting firm Reed, Stowe & Yanke, LLC of Austin, Texas. RS&Y, a 12-person firm with a reported $1.5 million in billings for 2002, is now a division of R. W. Beck, a 61-year-old firm with general offices in Seattle that serves the public and private sectors in the areas of power, water/wastewater/stormwater, solid waste, telecommunications with management consulting and engineering services...Read More »



Foster Wheeler Sells Subsidiary to Tetra Tech

Foster Wheeler Ltd. (NYSE: FWC) has announced the sale of the operating business of its wholly owned subsidiary, Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation, to Tetra Tech, Inc. on March 7, 2003. Foster Wheeler received immediate net cash proceeds of approximately $80 million. Foster Wheeler also expects to receive an additional $57 million before year-end under FWENC's contract with a federal agency, which was not included in the sale. These cash proceeds will be added to the company's worldwide cash balances as of December 31, 2002, of $429 million and will be available for general corporate purposes...Read More »



Ecology & Environment Wins Analysis Contract From EPA

Ecology & Environment Inc. has received a contract worth up to $7.3 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to provide analytical support services. The company's analytical services center will provide analysis for wastewater, soil, sediment, pulp, sludge, tissue and other solid and aqueous samples. The EPA will use the contract to support various studies, primarily involving development of industrial discharge regulations...Read More »


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