WASTE GENERATOR BRIEFS
Naya to use 100% recycled bottles
Canada-based Naya Spring Water announced Dec. 2 that all of its
water will now be bottled in 100% recycled plastic bottles.
The PET plastic used in Naya’s new bottle is FDA approved and
meets the same safety standards as virgin plastic bottles. Naya’s water will be available in the new bottles in the New York City area beginning this month and the rest of North America in early 2010.
“We’re proud to be the first major spring water brand to introduce
100% recycled plastic bottles, which is a win for the environment as
well as for consumers who enjoy bottled water and want to reduce
their impact,” said Daniel Cotte, president of Naya Waters. “This innovation is another demonstration of our commitment to put the environment at the heart of Naya’s company strategy.”
For more information, visit www.naya.com.
E-recycler starts RIOS certification
Lifespan Technology Recycling, an electronics recycling company
based in Wellesley, Mass., has started the R2/RIOS certification.
The company is already certified by the International Association
of Electronics Recyclers.
The Recycling Industry Operating Standard is the scrap recycling
industry’s standard for integrated quality, environmental and health
and safety. The RIOS standard was developed by the Institute of
Scrap Recycling Industries. The R2 (Responsible Recycling Standard), also developed by ISRI, is a set of voluntary practices specific
to electronics recyclers and their management of environmental,
worker health and safety and security issues.
Ocala Recycling, of Ocala, Fla., was the first company to achieve
PSI to hold chapter meeting at ISRI
The Paper Stock Industries Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. will hold its spring chapter meeting at ISRI’s
2010 convention being held May 4-8 at the San Diego Convention
“We are delighted that the PSI Chapter will be meeting during the
ISRI convention,” said ISRI President Robin Wiener. “This will facilitate a greater presence of the paper recycling community at the convention and provide more opportunities for recyclers in all commodities to network, share information, and prepare for future success.”
The Paper Stock Industries Chapter includes about 100 member
firms that process broker and consumer recycled fiber and other commodities. More information about the chapter is available at www.pa-perstockindustries.org.
AF&PA seeks 2010 award nominees
The American Forest & Paper Association is seeking nominations
for its 2010 Recycling Awards.
The AF&PA said the awards program is designed to increase recycling rates of paper. The organization estimates that in 2008, 57.4%
of the nation’s paper was recovered for recycling. The industry has
set a recycling goal of 60% by 2012.
Awards are given for business, community and K- 12 school programs. Entries must be submitted no later than Feb. 9. Award winners will be announced in March. Winners will be featured in the
AF&PA’s publicity programs and also will receive a cash prize.
More information is available at www.paperrecycles.org.
Firms join to produce renewable fuel
Two energy companies have formed a new joint venture with the
goal of producing renewable fuel and energy.
Pacific Renewable Fuels of Sacramento, Calif., and Red Lion Bio-Energy of Toledo, Ohio, will form Synterra Fuels.
The new company will operate bio-refineries producing synthetic
diesel fuel and renewable electricity from waste biomass.
“Red Lion Bio-Energy and Pacific Renewable Fuels have invested
many years and significant resources in the development of next-gen-eration thermochemical and catalytic conversion technologies,” said
Alex Johnson, who will serve as CEO of Synterra Fuels. “The marriage of our two technology platforms is an ideal fit.”
Synterra will operate a fully integrated pilot bio-refinery at the University of Toledo. A commercial plant is planned for Gridley, Calif.
“Synterra’s plants will help our nation meet its long-term goal of
producing clean, renewable fuels from the nearly 1. 2 billion tons of
waste biomass that is generated in the U.S. annually,” said Robert
Schuetzle, who will serve as president of Synterra Fuels.
Despite spill, TVA
posts $726M income
By Amanda Smith-Teutsch
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Even with cleanup costs associated with the December 2008 spill
from a coal ash pond in Kingston,
Tenn., the Tennessee Valley Authority generated a net income of
$726 million for fiscal year 2009
compared with net income of $817
million for the previous fiscal year.
The TVA, which does not make a
profit, reinvests net income in its
power business, specifically on
projects that expand and improve
TVA’s infrastructure, such as new
generation, environmental controls
and transmission improvements.
The TVA’s fiscal year ended
Sept. 30. Total operating revenues for 2009 were $11.3 billion, an 8.4% increase from last
year. While power sales decreased 7.1%, the increase in revenue was due to increase in rates
Emory River, which the authority hopes to have completed in
2010. All other work will be completed by 2013, the TVA forecasted in its annual report.
The full report is available at
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“TVA faced several
lenges in fiscal year
2009 that impacted
results of operations
and our financial
Chief Financial Officer
Tennessee Valley Authority
for electricity and fuel cost adjustments, the TVA reported.
“TVA faced several significant
challenges in fiscal year 2009 that
impacted results of operations
and our financial condition,” said
TVA Chief Financial Officer Kim
Greene. “Despite the challenges,
TVA also experienced some positive business developments during the year, a decrease in purchased power and natural gas
prices, increased hydroelectric
generation as drought conditions
eased, continued 99.999% relia-bility of the transmission system,
and economic development announcements by Hemlock Semiconductor and Wacker Chemie of
plans to invest more than $2.2 billion in capital investments and
create an estimated 1,000 jobs in
the TVA service area.”
So far, the TVA has spent $231
million to clean up the spill from
the coal ash pond. On Dec. 22,
2008, 5 million cubic yards of water and coal fly ash of coal sludge
burst through a dike at the site
destroying three homes and
damaging nine others.
Fly ash is a coal combustion
product of a coal-fired plant.
Kingston used wet ash containment impoundments for fly ash.
Cleanup costs for the spill are
currently estimated to cost between
$933 million and $1.2 billion. In its
annual report, the TVA noted 14
lawsuits connected to the spill have
been filed in federal court.
Of highest priority, the TVA
noted, is ash removal from the