Weekly News Bulletin: Apr. 17-23, 2006


Environmentalists Say Green Opportunity is Wasted In New Orleans

Environmental groups have complained to the Associated Press that the rush to rebuild New Orleans after Katrina comes at the expense of recycling and the environment. Officials lament that there has been little time to put in place and infrastructure to deal with an estimated 22 million tons of debris caused by Katrina, a figure that includes 8.5 million tons of green waste alone. Instead much of the potentially recyclable material is going to the Old Gentilly Landfill, a municipal dump in the swampiest part of New Orleans...Read More »



A New Paradigm for Waste Management The Path to Sustainability

The New Jersey Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America is hosting its New Jersey Spring Conference on April 27, 2006 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
Conference registration costs $95 for SWANA members and $115 for non-members...Read More »



ISRI Recognizes HP with First Design for Recycling® Award

ISRI named HP the recipient of its first Design for Recycling® award. The award was created to recognize a company or individual that has made progress in achieving the goal of Design for Recycling®, a voluntary program that encourages manufacturers to consider end-of-life recyclability in the earliest stages of product design. The award was presented Thursday, April 6, during the closing session of ISRI's 2006 Convention and Exposition at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas...Read More »



Allied Waste Announces Completion of Senior Secured Term Loan Refinancing

Allied Waste Industries, Inc. (NYSE: AW) announced that it has completed the refinancing of the term loan portions of its senior secured credit facility. The Company's $1.275 billion Term Loan and $495 million Institutional Letter of Credit Facilities, which funded April 12, 2006, were re-priced at LIBOR plus 175 basis points; a reduction of 25 basis points. Additionally, pricing will step down to LIBOR plus 150 basis points when the Company's leverage ratio is equal to or less than 4.25x...Read More »



MHF Logistical Solutions Appoints Michael D. Bornak as Chief Financial Officer

MHF Logistical Solutions Inc. (MHF-LS), a leading provider of packaging, transportation and technical services for generators and shippers of radioactive, hazardous and non- hazardous waste and materials, appointed Michael D. Bornak chief financial officer.

Bornak is responsible for all aspects of the company's financial management, as well as its human resources and information technology activities.

Bornak previously was chief financial officer of Portec Rail Products, Inc., a railroad products and material handling company active in the U.S., Canadian and United Kingdom markets...Read More »



CH Energy Group Subsidiary Acquires Controlling Interest in Upstate New York Biomass Plant

Central Hudson Enterprises Corporation (CHEC), a subsidiary of CH Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: CHG), has purchased the majority interest in a 19-megawatt upstate New York biomass electric generating plant for $9.8 million from Dallas, Texas-based Catalyst Renewables Corporation. Catalyst will continue to own a minority share and provide asset management services to the facility. Lyonsdale Biomass, which was constructed in 1992 and burns wood to generate electricity, lies about 35 miles northwest of Utica, New York, in the Lewis County community of Lyonsdale...Read More »



Oakville Hydro to Create Green Energy from Waste

Oakville Hydro Corporation, in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Halton, announced that it will build a facility to generate electricity from landfill gas. A by-product of decomposing refuse, landfill gas is an environmental pollutant and a potent contributor to global warming. It is composed of approximately 50% methane, which is the main ingredient of Natural Gas. The landfill gas will be collected, "scrubbed" and used as fuel for internal combustion engines that will drive electrical generators feeding the provincial power grid. The landfill operation is expected to produce enough gas to generate electricity for over 20 years...Read More »



FedEx Kinko's Offers Customers Brighter Recycled Paper

FedEx Kinko's, an operating company of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), announced a nationwide upgrade to a new brighter version of its standard white recycled paper at FedEx Kinko's Office and Print Centers. The upgraded paper, with an increased brightness rating from 84 to 92, displays noticeably sharper text and images and will produce higher quality prints for customers. The new paper is available to customers at no additional cost and will be used in most production equipment and self-service areas at all FedEx Kinko's retail centers...Read More »



Recycling E- Waste & Metals Preserves the Environment, Benefits Charities; Used Inkjet Cartridges, Cell Phones, PDAs Become Fundraisers

Businesses and households alike run through inkjet cartridges at breakneck speeds. Stacked end to end, all the inkjet cartridges thrown away in one year would cover a distance of over 24,000 miles -- enough to circle the earth. Non-profit organizations now know that mileage can bring quick and easy dollars for their programs in finding a cure or funding valuable research.
Veteran recycler, B.C.S. Recycling Specialists' website, www.scrapdr.com features a 'How to Recycle' section that lists current charitable partners and their websites...Read More »



FPL Selects Park/Landfill for 250 kW Solar PV Array

Through its Sunshine Energy program, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) selected Rothenbach Park in Sarasota as the site for its first solar photovoltaic (PV) array. The Sarasota Board of County Commissioners approved the location for the site, pending final permitting. Rothenbach Park is also the location of the closed Bee Ridge Landfill...Read More »


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