Weekly News Bulletin: Mar. 16-22, 2006


Waste Services Reports Full-Year 2005 Results

Waste Services Inc. (NASDAQ: WSII) has reported revenue for the year ended Dec. 31, 2005. Revenue was $382.4 million, up 23.1 percent over the same period last year. The company posted a net loss of $50.3 million for the year, or $0.51 per share, compared to a net loss of $48.2 million, or $0.55 per share, for the previous year. For 2006, the company is focusing on profitability of collection operations and increasing the disposal volumes at its three United States landfill...Read More »



Allied Names Two New Members To Board Of Directors

Allied Waste Industries has announced the appointment of David I. Foley of the Blackstone Group, L.P. and Steven Martinez of Apollo Management, L.P. to Allied's Board of Directors. The appointments to the eleven-person Board of Directors are effective immediately. Foley is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity group at Blackstone. Martinez is a partner at Apollo...Read More »



Waste Management Names Weidman President Of Wheelabrator Technologies

Waste Management Inc. (NYSE: WMI) has named Mark A. Weidman as the new president of subsidiary Wheelabrator Technologies. Weidman had served as vice president of operations at Wheelabrator since 2001. Prior to joining Wheelabrator, Weidman served as president and COO of the processing division at Synagro Technologies Inc...Read More »



Appliance Recycling Centers Reports Year-End Results

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARCI) has reported revenues of $74.9 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2005, an increases of 42 percent from the same period in 2004. ARCA's net loss for the year declined to $933,000, or $0.22 per diluted share, from $1.3 million, or $0.48 per diluted share in 2004. The per-share amounts reflect the greater number of shares outstanding in 2005 as a result of the private placement of ARCA common stock in December 2004...Read More »



Pennsylvania Authority Seeks Landfill For Nuclear-Contaminated Ash

The Kiski Valley (Pa.) Water Pollution Control Authority is seeking bidders to accept ash contaminated by water from former nuclear processing plants in Apollo and Parks. The authority is seeking bids to accept 12,000 cubic meters of the ash from its former wastewater treatment lagoon. The state has declared the ash to be municipal waste, not hazardous waste, and has approved the plan to take the material to a MSW landfill. The authority scrapped a similar plan last year after residents protested the idea of uranium-contaminated waste going to the Greenridge Landfill in Westmoreland County...Read More »



Los Angeles Approves Extension Of Contract With BFI

The Los Angeles City Council has completed negotiations with Browning-Ferris Industries on a five-year extension on the city's contract. The agreement will cost about $3.4million more than BFI's previous contract, but will allow the city to divert some of the waste from BFI's Sunshine Canyon Landfill, which local residents have sought to close for nearly two decades. Los Angeles generates about 940,000 tons of waste per year...Read More »



New Service Helps New York Developers Put EIS On Web

New York State is requiring all environmental impact statements to be placed on the Internet, and to help meet the need, Statewide News Network has created a new website, NYS-EIS.com, to serve as a clearinghouse for EIS documents across the statement. According to state law, a draft EIS must be posted when approved, and remain online until the final EIS is approved...Read More »



NSWMA Releases Report On Landfill Technology

The National Solid Wastes Management Association has published a white paper documenting the technology behind modern landfills, and the regulations in place to protect human health and the environment. "Modern Landfills: A Far Cry from the Past" is available on the NSWMA's website (www.nswma.org) or by contacting the association's Public Affairs Department at (800) 424-2869...Read More »



New Jersey Authority Offers Free Disposal Of Pesticide Containers

The Cumberland County (N.J.) Solid Waste complex is offering free recycling of empty pesticide containers for farmers and commercial firms. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture noted that participants in the program could save almost $57 per ton in landfill fees; the program is open to anyone holding a state Department of Environmental Protection pesticide license. If successful, the program could potentially serve as a model for other similar efforts across the state and region...Read More »



New Virginia Landfill Proposal Draws Opposition

A new proposal to place a 200-acre landfill in New Kent County, Virginia is drawing some protests from local residents. But the developers of the proposed Schiminoe Meadow landfill say the project will bring in more than $5 million a year in revenue and will be state-of-the-art to protect human health and the environment...Read More »



Wisconsin Group Pens Song To Protest Imported Waste

Stymied in their legislative efforts to halt the flow of waste into Wisconsin, a coalition of environmental groups has turned to song with a satirical tune entitled "Just Send Cash." The chorus of the song is a message to surrounding states-"next time just send cash; keep your trash." The coalition is using the song, along with a letter-writing campaign, to raise public awareness and encourage the Wisconsin Legislature to approve a bill that would raise the state's fee for every ton of garbage dumped in a Wisconsin landfill from $3 to $10. Out-of-state waste in Wisconsin increased by 46 percent in 2004, the last year for which statistics are available...Read More »



Maine Will Use OnyxPak Recycling Technology To Handle Special Wastes

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has announced that it will use the OnyxPak recycling program for fluorescent lamps, lamp ballasts, batteries, and electronics. OnyxPak is the first prepaid recycling program approved for shipment using a common carrier in the state of Maine. The state is also seeking to increase recycling rates of mercury-containing waste by offering the system for smaller generators to comply with Maine's Universal Waste Rule. OnyxPak was developed by the Technical Solutions division of Veolia Environmental Services, formerly Onyx Environmental Services...Read More »


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