Carbios Achieves a New Key Milestone in the Development of its Controlled Biodegradation Process for Disposable Soft Plastics
Carbios, an innovative green chemistry company specializing in breakthrough technologies dedicated to the recovery of plastic waste and the production of bio-polymers, took a new significant step forward in the development of its controlled biodegradation process for disposable soft plastics. With its innovative process, Carbios obtained completely biodegradable plastic material in domestic conditions. This plastic material issued from an oil-based polymer and an enzyme has a controlled kinetic that loses 50% of its mass in 15 days and completely biodegrades in less than three months. This results underlines that the technology of Carbios is an effective industrial answer to address the legal evolutions to better control the end-of-life of disposable and short life plastics
With the support of its longtime partner VALAGRO, the co-owner, along with the CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research), of the Patent Application WO 2013/093355 A1 called “Method for preparing a polymer/biological entities blend,” whose exclusive worldwide license was acquired by Carbios, the company will draw on this success and continue to develop its controlled biodegradation process for disposable soft plastics. At the end of 2013, Carbios managed to preserve catalytic activity of enzymes after adding them to plastic material and exposing them to temperatures as high as 338°F to its composition. This step forward allows Carbios to consider commercial applications on a global scale for this material, including in the agricultural sector, particularly for mulching films, and in the packaging industry, especially for disposable food, another strategic market targeted by the company. “We are proud of this new breakthrough, which emphasizes the synergy between Carbios and our academic partners as well as the efficiency of our approach and which will bring us one step closer to an industrialized process. This significant advance shows that we can envision an expansion of Ségolène Royal’s amendment <#_ftn1> , without jeopardizing France’s environmental goals or the plastics industry’s ambitions,” concluded Jean-Claude Lumaret, CEO of Carbios.
For more information, visit www.carbios.fr.
TRIB Managing Director to be Featured Speaker at Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo
The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) announced that its Managing Director, David Stevens, will be a featured speaker for the third year in a row at the Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo taking place in Panama City, Panama on July 23 – 25, 2014. Mr. Stevens will give a presentation entitled, “The Positive Environmental Impacts of Retreading” to attendees at the largest tire, wheel, and equipment exhibition in Latin America and the Caribbean. “It’s an honor to be invited to speak for a third year at this prestigious conference.” said Stevens. “This is TRIB’s fourth year to be involved with the Expo and it represents a great opportunity to meet with our many members in Latin America and share the latest news about the global retreading industry.”
TRIB will also be exhibiting at the show and attendees can visit TRIB’s booth to learn more about the benefits of retreading and the benefits of TRIB membership. The Expo will be held at the ATLAPA Convention Center in Panama City, Panama from July 23 – 25 and the Conference will be held on July 24 starting at 10:30am in Salon Portobello on the 2nd floor of the convention center.
For more information, visit www.latintyreexpo.com.
Brad Penn named Parts Manager at E-Z Pack
Brad Penn has been named Parts Manager at E-Z Pack Refuse Hauling Solutions, LLC. The company is now stocking and shipping parts for all E-Z Pack products as well as aftermarket parts for other brands. Prior to the recent change in company ownership, the parts business had been serviced by an outside company. “I’m extremely excited to facilitate a revival of the E-Z Pack parts business,” Brad said. “Our goal is to create a single source solution for both E-Z Pack OEM and aftermarket parts, and to do so in a way that utilizes the technology driving today’s marketplace. In the near future that will mean an e-commerce site along with other online and mobile resources to serve our E-Z Pack customers. “The management team at E-Z Pack is fully committed to making the parts department a priority for the future growth of the company,” he added.
Brad has over 20 years in parts supply distribution and sales. Most recently Brad served as a national/municipal account manager for an aftermarket refuse parts company with accounts in 6 states. He also secured many larger municipal accounts and served as account manager for one of the largest national accounts in the refuse and hauling industry. His early career was spent in the electrical supply and distribution industry, specializing in electrical distribution where he managed an electrical and commercial lighting warehouse. In addition to commercial lighting design and power management, he also managed all sales and distribution operation for manufacturers including Square D, Hoffman Enclosures, and Phillips Lighting while serving many industrial customers including Toyota Motor Manufacturing. Brad also served as a manufacturer’s representative for Lester Sales Co., headquartered in Indianapolis, acting as territory manager for the state of Kentucky while representing 30+ manufacturers and over 100 distributors. While with Lester Sales, Brad was awarded National Marketing & Salesmen of the Year for Pass & Seymour Legrand.
For more information, visit www.ezpacktrucks.com
Wastequip Launches Aftermarket Parts Business
Wastequip®, the leading North American manufacturer of waste and recycling equipment, announces the launch of Go To Parts – a new business that offers genuine OEM aftermarket parts for waste, recycling, and construction equipment. Anyone responsible for keeping equipment running knows the smallest broken part can bring a huge piece of equipment to its knees, and when equipment is down, there’s nothing more frustrating than needing a critical part that’s not available quickly. Until now, finding parts for waste equipment has been frustrating and time consuming – with no centrally-located comprehensive parts inventory, no synergies across OEM brands or categories, and no online search and order capabilities, finding and purchasing waste parts has been near impossible.
Wastequip’s new Go To Parts business offers the largest, most comprehensive selection of genuine OEM parts from industry leading-brands like Wastequip, Galbreath, Mountain Tarp, Pioneer, Accurate, Cusco, and Toter. As a single-source supplier of quality aftermarket parts for containers, compactors, tarps, curbside collection carts, waste trucks, and more, thousands of items are available with same-day shipping, expedited delivery, and competitive freight rates.
Parts can be searched and ordered by three convenient methods: visiting the online store, phoning a Go To Expert, or through a Go to Network of more than 200 dealer partners. The Go To Parts e-commerce site offers user-friendly navigation and a powerful search function for simple, fast online parts identification. Parts can be ordered online and shipped the same day with next-day delivery. Parts also can be ordered by phone, with experienced, knowledgeable Go To Experts always available to assist in identifying the right part. Plus, there’s an advanced dealer locator tool for easily finding certified Go To Parts dealers in local/regional areas.
Go To Parts is a “one-stop-shop” where searching for and ordering parts is fast, simple, and hassle-free:
- Comprehensive inventory of genuine OEM parts
- Same day shipping for thousands of parts
- Expedited delivery options and industry-leading freight rates
- Easy access to availability, pricing, shipping options, and payment options
- Convenience of a single purchase point for genuine OEM aftermarket parts for Wastequip, Galbreath, Mountain Tarp, Pioneer, Accurate, Cusco and Toter branded products
- Nationwide Go To Network of dealers for fast, convenient local parts purchases
- Knowledgeable, experienced Go To Experts always ready to assist
- Easy-to-navigate website with quick part identification with detailed diagrams and images
“Until now, very few options have been available in the marketplace for purchasing parts for waste equipment. There has been no single, comprehensive offering or the ability to search for and/or purchase parts via e-commerce channels,” said Robert Munroe, president of Wastequip’s parts division. “Go To Parts is a one-stop shop, with what we believe to be the largest parts inventory available for waste, recycling, and construction equipment. Genuine OEM parts are always in stock, with same day shipping available, so it’s simple for customers to get the parts they need, when they need them.”
For more information, visit www.gotoparts.com.
County of Sonoma Selects SCS Engineers to Support the Proposed Expansion of Central Landfill
The County of Sonoma selected SCS Engineers as the engineer-of-record for the proposed expansion of the County’s Central Disposal Site. The expansion will add 9,000,000 cubic yards of solid waste disposal capacity, increasing the life of the site by decades. Working in support of Republic Services, SCS provides landfill engineering and permitting services for the expansion. The firm’s scope of work included the preparation of a Joint Technical Document, a preliminary closure plan, a post-closure maintenance plan, application for the revised Waste Discharge Requirements, as well as the necessary updates to the solid waste facility permit, the notice of intent and General Permit for storm water management. All major facility permits for the expansion have been granted by the oversight agencies.
SCS also developed plans, specifications and cost estimates for the foundation excavation, the installation of a dual-composite base liner system, drainage improvements, and an update to the landfill gas system. SCS’s onsite team currently operates and maintains the landfill gas extraction and leachate control systems. “This expansion will extend the lifespan of the County’s Central Landfill for about 20 years,” said Susan Klassen, Sonoma County Director of Public Works and Transportation. “SCS’s engineering expertise will be critical in developing and implementing the most efficient plan for the site, as well as in preparing all the necessary documentation and permitting.”
For more information, visit www.scsengineers.com.
Headwaters MB Advised Centre Partners and Housatonic Partners on their sale of Wind River Environmental to RFE Investment Partners
Headwaters announces today that it advised Centre Partners and Housatonic Partners on their sale of Wind River Environmental LLC (“WRE”), a waste services company based in Hudson, MA, to RFE Investment Partners, a private equity firm based in New Canaan, CT. “This company is one of the most tightly managed and perfectly aligned organizations I’ve ever worked with,” said Managing Director Doug Usifer of Headwaters’ Industrials Practice. “Everyone from the Board of Directors down to the service technicians work off of the same metrics and goals in their proprietary operating system. WRE’s acquisition of five companies during the sale process is further indicative of the strong platform they’ve created and their prospects moving forward.”
Founder and CEO Philip Seefried of Headwaters elaborated, “We were very proud to represent this company and this management team; Wind River is a highly attractive asset. RFE understood the opportunity to acquire the regional leader in this space, and they will empower the management team at WRE to knock it out of the park.”
“We’d like to thank Headwaters for their incredible advocacy throughout our sale process,” said CEO John O’Connell of WRE. “Their diligence in preparation and ability to deliver on every promise found us the right partner in RFE, who will take us to new heights. We’d also like to thank Centre Partners and Housatonic Partners for supporting us as prior owners in building this business.” The Wind River Environmental group of companies was founded in 1946 when Denny Currier of Middleton, Massachusetts began servicing local homes from his “honey wagon”. Since 1999 the company has merged together some of the best known and most respected names in the industry and now provides brown grease and septic services from Maine to Pennsylvania.
For more information, visit http://www.wrenvironmental.com.
Green EnviroTech Holdings Signs Definitive Agreement With Tepia Corporation Japan Co., LTD
Green EnviroTech Holdings Corp. (GETH) announces that the company has signed a definitive agreement with Tepia Corporation Japan Co., LTD (Tepia), which is Asia’s leading consulting company through an introduction from Coast Northwest Management, LLC (COAST). Gary De Laurentiis, CEO stated, “We are very pleased to announce the
new partnerships with Tepia. GETH was introduced to Tepia by Coast Northwest Management, LLC, a private investment banking and executive business management services company based in Seattle whose team
members have extensive global experience capable of matching GETH technology with the needs of the international market.We have been working with COAST for over a year now and they have been working
diligently to introduce GETH to their contacts around the globe. The introduction to Tepia has been the most successful to date and we are discussing marketing our technology to several other entities in Asia.”
De Laurentiis added, “The agreement states that Tepia will identify potential investors, stakeholders or financial partners who are interested in building GETH plants and identifying potential needs for GETH oil conversion technology application in the Asian market and in conducting sales activities to appropriate and concerned stakeholders and plant operators.” The agreements will be assigned to Black Lion Oil Limited, theowner of the non-US rights for the Green EnviroTech plastic/tire to oil technology.
Al Stone, Executive Director of COAST stated, “We believe that the business relationship with Tepia will effectively open up an enormous market for GETH technology applications in Asia. Countries such as China are now pressing forward to resolve their environmental challenges including waste recycling, alternative energy and air
quality improvement, solutions. All of which are well suited to GETH’s technology coupled with its revenue and profitable business model.”
For more information, visit www.greenenvirotech.com.
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National Waste & Recycling Association Launches Driver Certification Program
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) introduced its first-ever safe driver certification for drivers working in the waste and recycling industry. NW&RA developed the program to address the specialized needs of the industry and the specific driving hazards its employees face each day. NW&RA is offering this new program to both members and non-members. The safe driver certification is designed specifically for professional commercial drivers with a current commercial driver’s license and at least 12 months experience as a professional commercial driver in the waste and recycling industry. Passing the certification’s exam indicates a driver has foundational knowledge of the industry’s driver safety best practices. “Launching our certification program is a great milestone for NW&RA,” said Sharon H. Kneiss, the association’s president and CEO. “Our companies have asked for a certification of industry drivers because they understand that it will help them make hiring and promotion decisions, could lower their risk of accidents, and may help reduce their insurance costs. This first certification effort fills a gap that has existed in our safety training. We think this program will become the gold standard for drivers working in our industry. We are working on additional certifications for other professions within our industry and will release them in the coming months.”
Drivers from NW&RA member companies can take the exam for $275, while non-members may take it for $400. A test and online preparation course package will be available for $500. Registration for the inaugural testing period is available now and closes July 31.
For more information, visit www.wasterecycling.org/certification.
The City of Springfield, Missouri, Wins Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Innovation Award
SCS Aquaterra is pleased to announce that the City of Springfield, Missouri, is being recognized for their innovative solution to leachate management by the Missouri Waste Control Coalition (MWCC). The MWCC recently named the City as winner of the 2014 Outstanding Award in Waste Management for Environmental Innovation for the planning, design, and implementation of the City’s leachate management at the Springfield Sanitary Landfill.
“We’re excited that the MWCC is recognizing the environmental benefits and economic value that our partnership with the City of Springfield has brought to the community,” said Nathan Hamm, Vice President of Solid Waste Engineering at SCS Aquaterra.
Leachate is water that has come in contact with wastes deposited in landfills. Historically, leachate management was safe, but labor intensive; with leachate levels in the storage lagoon near maximum levels. During storm events employees would be redirected from landfill and other City activities to transport leachate to the wastewater treatment plant by truck, a costly but necessary solution.
A new pumping system was commissioned and placed into service. The pumping system has transported more than 37 million gallons of leachate to a wastewater treatment plant to date; with no system downtime and requiring minimal annual maintenance. Now, leachate handling has become one of the least labor intensive tasks at the Springfield Sanitary Landfill, enabling personnel to perform other tasks. “Landfill customers and surrounding home owners are enjoying a quieter, safer environment with better air quality and reduced traffic congestion. The community at large is benefiting from the ongoing economic savings enabling the City to maintain low disposal fees for their patrons,” stated Erick Roberts, Superintendent-Environmental Services at the City of Springfield.
For more information, visit www.scsengineers.com.
Innovative Diesel Industry Leader Re-Launches Website for Improved Customer Experience
Lubrication Specialties, Inc. (LSI) announced the re-launch of the Hot Shot’s Secret website – www.hotshotsecret.com – showcasing its family of products providing diesel truck owners with problem-specific solutions through easy website navigation and optimized mobile capabilities for quickly locating the company’s products in retail locations across the country. Hot Shot’s Secret’s newly-enhanced website makes it easier than ever to figure out a vehicle’s diesel problems with Diagnose your Diesel, the online tool that helps define the engine’s issues and offers diagnoses and appropriate solutions. Coupled with the redesigned online navigation, the Hot Shot’s Secret website guides diesel owners to information and products quickly.
In addition to the retail locator, the online shopping cart has been streamlined to allow consumers to quickly choose and purchase from a line of products specially researched, tested and proven to provide solutions to the most aggravating diesel problems. From the Everyday Diesel Treatment to The Original Stiction Eliminator with its 100% stiction removal guarantee, all Hot Shot’s Secret’s products designed to make engines run smoother are now readily available for easy online purchase.
LSI’s outstanding customer support team is actively accessible to customers through the Hot Shot’s Secret website to discuss engine issue diagnosis and the line of powered-by-science products available to treat problems or inefficiencies using the latest lubrication, additives or equipment available. In addition to the Diagnose your Diesel online tool, website visitors can also choose to chat with an expert in real-time email or contact an LSI experienced professional by phone to determine which Hot Shot’s Secret product will have the greatest impact on fixing the engine’s most challenging problems.
The re-launch of Hot Shot’s Secret website is just one avenue that LSI founder and president Chris Gabrelcik is using to bring smoother running engines to truck owners. Through on-going research and innovative, scientific technology, LSI provides end users the opportunity at www.hotshotsecret.com to diagnose engine issues, locate retailers or purchase products online that have been engineered to resolve issues, last longer, make equipment last longer, or improve efficiency.
For more information, visit www.hotshotsecret.com.
NGV Industry Rallies to Support the Adoption of the DGE Standard in Detroit
NGVAmerica, the NGV industry and its advocates rally in support of the adoption of the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard that will be voted on at the National Conference of Weights and Measures (NCWM) meeting to be held July 13–17 in Detroit, Michigan. The adoption of the DGE standard is a critical issue that will have lasting effects on the future of the industry. To bring the DGE standard issue to Detroit, NGVAmerica was joined by natural gas industry leaders, including the American Gas Association (AGA), the American Public Gas Association (APGA) and America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA). Trade allies representing motor fuel retailers and users—the American Trucking Association, National Association for Convenience Stores (NACS), Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) and Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA)—have expressed their support for the DGE approach as a sensible and necessary way to dispense, market and sell natural gas.
In addition, public policy makers from across the country support the DGE proposal. The Governors of Colorado and Oklahoma issued a joint letter expressing support. The Governors of Pennsylvania and Utah likewise issued individual letters supporting the continued use of the GGE standard and adoption of a DGE standard for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Finally, fifty-four members of the U.S. House of Representatives have joined together to sign onto a letter expressing their support. “When people make business decisions, they want an easy way to make comparisons,” said Amy Farrell, a vice president of America’s Natural Gas Alliance. “This is a good, common-sense direction that is consistent and understandable.”
In 1994, the natural gas industry worked with NCWM to develop a standard that paved the way for compressed natural gas (CNG) to be sold in gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE). That standard has benefited consumers and industry alike because it provides a common unit for comparing the cost of CNG and gasoline. Now the natural gas industry has asked NCWM to work with it to develop a DGE standard. This new standard is needed because current rules do not address LNG, and increasingly CNG and LNG are being used in heavy-duty applications where diesel fuel is the dominant fuel. The DGE standard is universally supported by industry and would allow for the ready comparison of CNG and LNG with diesel.
In addition to providing a common-sense unit of sale for fuel retailers and users, the DGE standard provides the benchmark for consistency with taxation methods and creates efficiencies associated with accounting and record keeping requirements. Fourteen states have already adopted taxation changes so that LNG is taxed based on the DGE standard and more states are moving in this direction. “NGVAmerica thanks our members, industry allies and public officials for their tireless efforts that have resulted in getting the DGE standard to the point where it is a voting issue at the NCWM Annual Meeting,” said NGVAmerica President Richard Kolodziej. “The adoption of the DGE standard would provide greater uniformity and clarity for the continued use of natural gas as a transportation fuel.”
For more information, visit www.ngvamerica.org.