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RE: [greenyes] FYI Waste Management and Recycle America Alliance
Eric,
The question is about WM's approach to the recycling industry.  The EPA
reported a $14 billion dollar profit for last year's recycling efforts in
the US last year.  My impression with the "trash' companies taking over
recycling is that they also see the opportunity to increase their own bottom
line.  Their continued push to have recycling use the single stream is the
proof for me that regardless of what they call themselves they are using a
trash collection method to obtain recyclable materials.  Its a waste-to-
landfill effort when you see what the final product actually becomes.
Instead of designing new systems to recycle and reuse, they seem to focus on
taking the cream off the top and discard the rest.  Not an efficient system,
a wasteful effort, maybe that's why they call themselves Waste Management.

-----Original Message-----
From: bet danse [mailto:betdanse@no.address]
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 5:12 PM
To: Eric Lombardi; greenyes@no.address
Subject: RE: [greenyes] FYI Waste Management and Recycle America
Alliance


Eric

The question was about WM and recycling...are they
serious about recycling, or is the bottomline solid
waste ?  This article tells they are doing a lot of
recycling nationwide.

The question previously posted was about dropping
glass and adding plastics 1-7.  There are lots of
pros and cons.  

I just spoke with a WM director who travels
around the country.  He is advocating for us
that we use a 3 sort system and later go to a single
stream facility.  He is working on a deal to get 
a glass crusher close enough to several counties
so it would help them all.

Just thought this WM recycling info would help in
understanding how they are recycling in most of the
places in this country ! 

Since they are in court more than out, it does make
you wonder where their heart is...or should I say
wallet....

Bette

--- Eric Lombardi <eric@no.address> wrote:
> This is very old news ... or am I missing something
> here?
> 
> Eric Lombardi
> Executive Director
> Eco-Cycle, Inc
> Boulder, CO
> 303-444-6634
> www.ecocycle.org
>  
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: bet danse [mailto:betdanse@no.address] 
> Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 1:58 PM
> To: greenyes@no.address
> Subject: [greenyes] FYI Waste Management and Recycle
> America Alliance
> 
> 
> > 
> > Recycling Today Online :: :: > WMI Creates
> Recycling
> > Alliance
> > 
> >             Recycling Today > News > 
> > 
> >             WMI Creates Recycling Alliance
> >            
> >             
> >                   
> >                   1/13/2003  
> >                          
> >                        
> >                   
> >            
> >            
> > 
> >       Rumors have been bouncing around the
> > marketplace over the past several months over big
> > changes to Waste Management's recycling division.
> > While various sources noted the possibility of
> > selling its recycling division outright, the
> result
> > was a move to spin off its recycling business into
> a
> > consolidated subsidiary. At the same time, the
> newly
> > formed company has combined its business with one
> of
> > the largest privately owned recycling companies in
> > the United States.
> > 
> >        
> >       The newly formed organization, Recycle
> America
> > Alliance, has been created to optimize the
> capacity
> > and improve the profitability of the company's
> > recycling line of business by combining assets and
> > operations with a number of other key domestic
> > recycling processors and marketers. Recycle
> America
> > Alliance will be a majority owned and consolidated
> > subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc. The newly
> > formed alliance will not be a spin off. Rather,
> the
> > company will be a consolidated subsidiary of Waste
> > Management.
> > 
> >       Waste Management also announced that the
> first
> > partner in the alliance is The Peltz Group, based
> in
> > Milwaukee, Wis. Peltz handles more than 2 million
> > tons of recovered fiber a year.
> > 
> >       "We see this alliance as a great opportunity
> > for Waste Management and other premier recycling
> > processors and marketers to join together to
> improve
> > efficiencies at their facilities and strengthen
> > their marketing efforts," said A. Maurice Myers,
> > chairman, president and CEO of Waste Management.
> "We
> > anticipate welcoming other important recycling
> > processors into the alliance during the coming
> > months, and we are very pleased to have The Peltz
> > Group  - a     company with a long history of
> > integrity and value - as an initial partner."
> > 
> >       "By combining operations, including both
> > facilities and personnel, we believe we will be
> able
> > to increase capacity utilization, in part by
> > rationalizing our facilities. The recycling
> industry
> > is still very fragmented in the United States, and
> > processing capacity far exceeds demand," said
> Steve
> > Ragiel, vice president of Recycling for Waste
> > Management. "This alliance reinforces Waste
> > Management's commitment to leadership and
> innovation
> > in the recycling business, and it is expected to
> > assist us in providing the best and most
> > comprehensive recycling services to our customers.
> > We believe that rationalizing costs and increasing
> > capacity utilization directly leads to an increase
> > in the sustainability of recycling in the U.S. and
> > Canada."
> > 
> >       Harry Pelz, president and partner and
> partner
> > of Peltz Group, said, "We are excited to be the
> > first partner in the new Recycle America Alliance
> > and take advantage of the opportunities that lay
> > before us.  Waste Management has an outstanding
> team
> > of people in place, and is a company with a proven
> > track record of success.  These are two strong
> teams
> > coming together, and we look forward to working
> with
> > them on this venture."
> > 
> >       Under the agreement, Waste Management will
> > combine the majority of its recycling processing
> > assets with The Peltz Group's assets to form a new
> > company that will provide recycling, materials
> > brokerage services, container processing and
> > trading, a service that allows customers to
> > stabilize the price of their commodities.
> According
> > to Sarah Voss-Simpson, WMI presently has 190 MRFs
> in
> > the United States and Canada that will be a part
> of
> > the new alliance.
> > 
> >       While at the present time both companies
> will
> > maintain the names, over the long term the plan
> will
> > be for the newly formed companies to bring their
> > name out, while phasing out the previous name.
> > 
> >       Under the present setup, Waste Management
> will
> > own 90 percent of the newly formed alliance; The
> > Peltz Group will own the remaining interest. The
> > company will operate as a consolidated subsidiary
> of
> > Waste Management and will be directed by a
> > management team made up of former officers and
> > managers of both companies.
> > 
> >       Heading the operation will be Steve Ragiel
> of
> > Waste Management. Other members of the management
> > staff include the following: from Waste
> Management,
> > Tom Riek, David McAdam, Victor Gaylor, and Bruce
> > Jensen; from The Peltz Group, members of the
> > management team include: Harry Pelz, Brian
> Fielkow,
> > Arnie Peltz, Jonathan Vosburg, and Shawn Lavin.
> > 
> >       As the alliance seeks out other partners,
> the
> > percentage ownership will change, although WMI
> will
> > continue to control a majority of the ownership in
> > the company.
> > 
> >       Recycle America Alliance will have
> > approximately 3,300 employees; will handle more
> than
> > 8 million tons of commodities per year; will
> operate
> > 80 recycling plants and provide marketing
> > responsibility for more than 190 locations in the
> > U.S. and Canada. In addition, RAA will operate
> seven
> > container processing facilities, one plastics
> > recycling facility, and four electronics recycling
> > facilities. 
> > 
> >       Waste Management's recycling business is the
> > largest collector of recyclable materials from
> > businesses and households in North America and
> > operates material recovery facilities in the U.S.
> > and Canada that, prior to the formation of the
> > Alliance, processed more than five million tons of
> > recyclable commodities each year. Of the five
> > million tons of recyclables handled, about four
> > million tons are fiber-related.
> > 
> >       The Peltz Group's Brian Fielkow said that
> the
> > combination of Waste Management and The Peltz
> Group
> > will give the alliance a well-rounded package to
> > deliver to customers. Additionally, the alliance
> is
> > diversified with plenty of non-fiber materkals.
> > 
> >       The Peltz Group currently operates the A-1
> > Recycling Center in Milwaukee, Wis.; The Peltz
> Group
> > plant in Menomonee Falls, Wis.; the Madison
> > Recycling Center in Madison, Wis.; the Paper
> Valley
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> > 
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