Weekly News Bulletin: Feb. 26-Mar. 3, 2004


Rhode Island Looks To Expand Central Landfill

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is hoping to expand the Central Landfill in Providence, the second-largest landfill in the Northeast. The facility is nearing capacity, and as Rhode Island law does not permit incinerators and no other communities are offering to host a facility, the Central Landfill could close by July. An expansion plan is on the table, but local residents are protesting the plan because it marks the fourth expansion in ten years...Read More »



Pennsylvania Borough Works Out Agreement With Waste Management

Pen Argyl Borough in Pennsylvania has approved a new agreement from Waste Management Inc. that would give the borough up to $11 million over nine years to compensate for its location near the company's Grand Central Sanitary Landfill in Plainfield Township. Most of the money would be paid only if the township and the state approve the company's pending expansion request. The borough will continue to oppose the 42-acre expansion. The final arrangement involves initial payments of up to $800,000 and per-ton payments for nine years...Read More »



Atlantis Business Development Corporation Acquires Share of TST Recycling

Atlantis Business Development Corporation, Inc. (OTCBB: ABDV) has acquired 10 percent of TST Recycling Technologies Inc., a company that treats hazardous and toxic wastes. TST's predecessor company began testing the process of treating waste through High Temperature Vitrification in the late 1980s, converting toxic waste into marketable, non-hazardous, recycled glass ceramics. ABDC initially will concentrate on household battery and florescent light bulb recycling...Read More »



Monsanto Takes On Illinois Cleanup But Denies Responsibility

Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON) has agreed to take on the cleanup of a Sauget, Illinois landfill in Illinois to avoid paying federal penalties. The project would involve building a barrier wall at a cost of about $12 million around a landfill constructed by the former Monsanto Co. Monsanto had sought to avoid involvement in the cleanup, saying it was the responsibility of Solutia Inc., a company spun off from Monsanto in 1997. But the Justice Department threatened fines if Monsanto did not take on the work ordered by the EPA. Solutia filed for bankruptcy in December, saying it was overwhelmed by liabilities totaling $100 million a year, including environmental lawsuits. Monsanto continues to deny responsibility for the liabilities...Read More »



New Hampshire Supreme Court Affirms Casella Landfill Approvals

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has issued an opinion affirming that Casella Waste Systems' (Nasdaq: CWST) Bethlehem, N.H. landfill has all the local approvals necessary to develop and operate its business within the landfill's 51-acre footprint. The area would provide three to five years of disposal capacity at the landfill. The town had sought to enact height limitations contrary to a design approved by the state Department of Environmental Services...Read More »



EMS Wins Right To Operate Two WasteCo Soil Treatment Facilities

Environmental Management Solutions Inc. (TSX: EMS) has been granted the licenses to operate two new Soil Treatment Facilities in Western Canada under the WasteCo banner. The facilities will be located in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and High Level, Alberta and will open in June 2004, adding an estimated $2.5 million in revenues to EMS this year...Read More »



Atlanta Allied/BFI Workers Join Teamsters

Workers at Allied Waste/BFI in Atlanta have voted to form a union with Teamsters Local 728, beginning the union's national organizing campaign in the sanitation industry. The union is working to organize Allied Waste/BFI and Waste Management workers throughout the country. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 1.4 million workers in the United States and Canada...Read More »



Metech Begins PC Recycling Program

Metech International has rolled out a new program, www.RecycleAPC.com, designed to help consumers recycle their personal computers. Metech has established a set of "Accountable Resource Management" protocols designed to recycle computers and handle disposal of hazardous waste. Consumers visit the website, purchase a $30 shipping label, and can ship up to 60 pounds of computer hardware using it. Metech will recycle the material and provide a Certificate of Recycling for each shipment...Read More »


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