Weekly News Bulletin: Nov. 3-9, 2004


Pennsylvania Kicks Off Mercury Switch Recovery Program

The Pennsylvania Environmental Protection has launched a new partnership with scrap dealers, the automotive-recycling industry and environmental groups to recycle 600 pounds of mercury in the next two years in Pennsylvania. The program will achieve this goal by removing mercury-containing switches in salvaged cars. The state has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AERC Recycling Solutions, Bethlehem Apparatus Co. Inc., the Clean Air Council, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the Pennsylvania Automotive Recycling Trade Society and the Steel Recycling Institute...Read More »



VERSAR Reports First-Quarter Financial Results

VERSAR, Inc. (Amex: VSR) has announced the financial results for the first quarter of FY2005 ended October 1, 2004. Gross revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year 2005 was $19.2 million, a 40% increase from the same period last year. The increase was attributable to larger construction contracts that the Company is performing. Net income for the quarter was $407,000, an increase of 19% from the same period last year...Read More »



Covanta Virginia Incinerator Wins Star Designation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (www.osha.gov) will honor the City of Alexandria (Virginia) and the County of Arlington's 975 ton-per-day waste-to-energy facility, operated by Covanta Energy Corporation (www.covantaenergy.com), with a "STAR" designation, the agency's highest honor given to power generating facilities for outstanding health and safety practices. The designation is given to less than one percent of all worksites in the United States and comes following participation in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program. Covanta Alexandria/Arlington is the third facility within Covanta's network of WTE facilities to achieve VPP STAR recognition...Read More »



OfficeMax Adds 100-Percent Recycled Paper

OfficeMax, Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is adding a new 100 percent post-consumer paper to help contract business customers meet their environmental goals. Starting in 2005, OfficeMax will offer its North American business customers a 100 percent post-consumer paper that is manufactured with wind power and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Mohawk Color Copy 100% Recycled paper is manufactured without the use of chlorine and chlorine compounds, and is manufactured by Mohawk Paper Mills, the only mill in the U.S. using wind energy to make paper. It will be available through contract orders, and will not initially be available in OfficeMax retail stores...Read More »



Republic Reports Quarter-End Results

Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) has reported net income of $62.5 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2004, versus net income of $44.7 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the same period last year. Revenue in the third quarter of 2004 increased 8.0 percent to $699.9 million from $648.0 million for the same period in 2003...Read More »



EarthFirst, Oak Ridge Roll Out New Tire Destruction Process

EarthFirst Technologies (www.earthfirsttech.com) and Oak Ridge National Laboratories (www.ornl.gov) have completed a five-year R&D effort to develop a new recycling technology for tires and other solid wastes, known as the Catalystic Activated Vacuum Distillation (CAVD) processing plant. The proprietary process recycles tires by heating the rubber in an oxygen-less chamber, then extracting the valuable constituent elements that originally made up the tire. A CAVD processing plant can recycle 80,000 pounds of tires per day. Other applications currently under development include municipal solid waste, meat and bone meal, sludge, wood chips sawdust and hydrocarbon contaminated soil...Read More »



PC Scale Wins New York City Sanitation Software Contract

PC Scale, Inc. has won a contract to provide customized point-of-sale software for driver-assisted scale data management systems for New York City Department of Sanitation transfer stations. PC Scale will provide software and peripheral devices such as driver-assisted terminals, radio frequency units and proximity readers for both the transfer station and adjoining compost facility at the Fresh Kills Landfill, located on the western shore of Staten Island. The Staten Island Transfer Station is expected be operational by early 2005. PC Scale will also provide software for four marine transfer stations designed to ship waste by barge. Construction of the marine transfer stations is scheduled to begin April 2005, with the transfer stations projected to be operational by the end of 2007...Read More »



Waste Management Announces NASCAR Sponsorships

Waste Management Inc. (NYSE: WMI) has announced that during the 2005 season, it will sponsor the No. 17 Waste Management Ford Taurus driven by Matt Kenseth in the NASCAR Busch Series. Since 2001, Waste Management has been a title sponsor of NASCAR's "Picking Up Places" award, which recognizes the driver of the car who advances the most places in the field from qualifying to race finish. The company also provides waste and recycling services to nearly all of the tracks holding NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series races...Read More »


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