Weekly News Bulletin: Oct. 7-13, 2003


Chicago Garbage Strike Ends In Settlement

On the ninth day of a strike that left garbage piled throughout Chicago, collectors have reached a tentative agreement with the Chicago Area Refuse Haulers Association following a 20-hour-long bargaining session with a federal mediator. The 3,300 striking Teamsters handle garbage for private haulers in Chicago's high rises and suburbs. The Teamsters and the association, which represents 17 private companies, fought over wages, benefits, and contract length. The latest proposal calls for a 28 percent increase in wages and benefits over the next five years. During the strike, city sanitation officials pitched in and cleaned up in some particularly hard-hit areas, and also around Wrigley Field because the Cubs are playing in the National League Championship Series...Read More »



Michigan Association Decries New Waste Bills

The Michigan Waste Industries Association has expressed disappointment over a package of waste related bills currently moving through a Michigan state Senate committee. The association contends that the bills are politically motivated and would do little to aid Michigan's plans for handling waste on its own terms. In addition, the association says the bills would be unlikely to pass constitutional muster. The bills are designed to address recent controversies over the importation of waste from surrounding states and Canada...Read More »



Ohio Fines Steubenville Landfill $500,000

The Ohio EPA closed the Crossridge Landfill in Steubenville twenty years ago, but the state now says the site failed to follow proper procedures when closing. Now, WTOV-9 has reported that the landfill's owners, C&D Disposal Technologies, will pay $500,000 in fines. The owners must also file a plan to monitor gases and leachate. The owners must also ensure that cleanup funds are secured and available for the proper closure to take place...Read More »



Georgia County Commissioners Risk Jail Over Landfill

The three commissioners of Taliaferro County, Ga. face possible jail time after the state Supreme Court dismissed an appeal of their contempt-of-court citation for refusing to permit a landfill. According to the Augusta Chronicle, the dispute began in May 2002, when Complex Environmental Inc. of Atlanta asked the commission to confirm that the proposed 1,030-acre landfill complied with all zoning rules. The commission claims that the site conflicts with those rules, but the company went to court to contend that the commission had no legal basis for making the refusal. In June, a Superior Court judge found the commission in contempt of court; the Supreme Court's refusal to hear the appeal of that finding means the original order stands...Read More »



IESI Acquires Upstate New York Landfill

IESI Corp. has acquired the stock of Seneca Meadows, Inc., the owner and operator of the Seneca Meadows Landfill, a facility located in upstate New York near Rochester. The landfill is permitted to accept an average of 6,000 tons of municipal solid waste per day, and its revenue for fiscal year 2002 was $47.7 million...Read More »



Environmental Waste Solutions Wins Women's Business Certification

Environmental Waste Solutions, Inc. has received certification as a Women's Business Enterprise from the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. WBENC officials said EWS met its standards based on government guideline. Certification requires that companies be owned and managed by women, as well as adhere to certain "best in class" practices. EWS will be listed in the Women's Business Enterprise database available to corporate purchasing agents and receive access to various B2B sourcing tools offered by WBENC...Read More »



Sub-Surface Waste Management Wins South Carolina Contract

Sub-Surface Waste Management of Delaware, Inc. (OTCBB:SSWM) has received a contract to provide site remediation services with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Underground Storage Tank Program under the State Underground Petroleum Environmental Response Bank Account. SSWM will remediate the site from inadvertent impacts of petroleum products containing Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether, with a total contract authorization of $51,400...Read More »


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