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1 GFL acquires Vancouver-based liquid waste collector M&R

by Solid Waste & Recycling

Ontario-based GFL Environmental Inc. has agreed to acquire 100 per cent of the shares of M&R Environmental Ltd., a Vancouver-based market leader in liquid waste collection.
Last year alone, M&R helped clients divert nearly 19 million litres of used oil from landfill; also diverted were 871,900 kilograms of used oil bottles and 1.5 million kilograms of used oil filters 〞 all while recycling over two million litres of antifreeze.
GFL president and CEO Patrick Dovigi said that ※bringing together M&R and GFL seemed like a natural fit.§
Dovigi adds that over the last 20 years, M&R has ※built a strong regional presence in the Vancouver market,§ where GFL has not historically had any operations.
Following completion of the acquisition, scheduled to close on July 1, 2015, GFL will have a workforce of more than 1,950 employees.
M&R president George Mate says, ※We saw this opportunity with GFL as a great way to continue M&R*s longstanding commitment to excellent customer service and to our employees.§
GFL, headquartered in Vaughan, Ont., is a diversified environmental services company that provides a comprehensive lineup of solid waste, soil remediation and liquid waste services. Through a national platform that currently spans eight provinces, GFL currently serves approximately 23,400 commercial, industrial and institutional customers and more than 1,000,000 households under municipal solid waste contracts.
GFL plans to build on M&R*s strong customer base and broader product offerings in the market, says Dovigi.

2 Verizon, Partnering With Communities Across U.S., Keeps 2 Million Pounds Of Electronic Waste Out Of Local Landfills

Wilmington, NC /PRNewswire/ -- In 2010, Verizon set a goal to collect 2 million pounds 每 or 1,000 tons 每 of electronic waste in communities it serves by the end of 2015. That five-year goal was achieved today, eight months ahead of schedule, during Verizon's e-waste recycling rally in Wilmington, as area residents, businesses and Verizon employees safely disposed of tens of thousands of pounds of unwanted computer hardware, TVs and small appliances.
The 2 million pounds collected for recycling over the past five years is equal to the weight of 500 average cars, or roughly 50,000 cathode ray tube computer screens.
"The city of Wilmington, its citizens and its business community share Verizon's commitments to protecting the environment and preserving the natural resources that sustain our way of life," said Mayor Bill Saffo. "So it's fitting that Wilmington is the city that helps Verizon reach its goal of responsibly recycling 2 million pounds of electronic waste. I congratulate Verizon and commend the people of Wilmington." Verizon immediately set a new e-waste goal: recycling another 2 million pounds of e-waste by 2020.
Inappropriate e-waste disposal in landfills can cause the electronic devices' toxic materials 每 such as lead, arsenic, beryllium and mercury 每 to leach into the environment, posing a potential threat to the ecosystem. Thanks to the Wilmington community's participation, Verizon has collected and kept from entering landfills roughly 200,000 pounds of electronic waste in the area to date 每 equivalent to the weight of more than 9,000 desktop computers.
"Volunteers from our 18,000-member employee Verizon Green Team worked with Wilmington community members on a milestone achievement today," said James Gowen, chief sustainability officer for Verizon. "The recycling rally helped reach Verizon's goal of collecting and keeping 2 million pounds of e-waste out of landfills 每 months ahead of schedule. But as environmental stewards, we won't stop hiking the path of sustainability. That's why we've already set our next five-year goal to collect another 2 million pounds of electronic waste by 2020."
Since 2009, Verizon has hosted recycling rallies in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia,Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utahand Virginia.
Verizon adheres to a zero-landfill objective for e-waste. All materials it collects are reused or recycled so they do not end up in a landfill. The recycling rallies also benefit Verizon's HopeLine program, which diverts working mobile phones from landfills and donates them to domestic violence prevention and support organizations. Over 9 million wireless phones have been collected through the program since 2001.

3 ABB Lands Waste-to-Energy Supplier Contract

Switzerland-based ABB won a contract to supply a comprehensive electrical and control solutions for two waste-to-energy plants in England and Poland.
Hitachi Zosen Inova, a Swiss-based waste-to-energy engineering, procurement and construction contractor, awarded the contract. The ABB integrated control system, pictured above, that will be used in the plants is based on its Symphony Plus platform, which is designed to allow for rapid adjustment of combustion conditions for safe and efficient operations.
The Severnside Energy Recovery Centre in England will treat up to 400,000 metric tons of municipal solid waste annually and will have an installed electrical capacity of 37 megawatts〞enough to power 50,000 UK homes. The UK government is building the facility as part of larger goal to keep waste out of landfills.
The plant in Poznan, Poland has a capacity of 18 MW derived from 210,000 metric tons of waste, ABB says. The Poznan plant is part of an effort by Polish cities to comply with new national and European environmental standards on waste disposal.
Both plants are expected to be operational by 2016.

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