NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. –Clean Energy Fuels Corp., (NASDAQ: CLNE) announced that it has been awarded a multi-year contract for Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA), which provides transit services to more than 4 million people across the National Capital Region. The contract covers two transit stations that supply over 580 compressed natural gas (CNG) transit vehicles and represent approximately 6 million Gasoline Gallon Equivalents (GGEs) per year.
Clean Energy also welcomes the passage of two major climate change bills in California last week. Senate Bill 32 and Assembly Bill 197, which will require the state to cut greenhouse gas levels to 40 percent below their 1990 levels by 2030, are both expected to be signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
By John Pizzimenti
Manager, Environmental Services
The greatest joy and reward resulting from my job responsibilities is re-purposing construction and demolition debris. These materials were formerly land-filled. Now, our company recovers material from these waste streams and provides a wide variety of products. Approximately 153,000 tons of material was recovered in 2014 & 2015.
Our recycled landscaping products are produced at our state permitted facility, Shoham Road Transfer LLC. There, the clean, untreated wood is separated and processed into the various products. The wood is ground to a particular size and colored with red, brown and black colorant. The colored recycled wood product is sold to mulch distributors. The smaller particles are screened and kept under cover to remain dry. This is then used for animal bedding.
Recycled wood is also used to produce heat and energy. Some of the clean, ground wood chip is sent to wood pellet manufacturers. It is then bagged and sent to retail distributors. Often, the mixed recycled wood is used as a fuel for renewable energy. These facilities generate electricity for distribution on the electric grid.
Asphalt, brick and concrete and residential asphalt roof shingles are also repurposed. These materials are processed at our state permitted Babylon Recycling Center. The asphalt and concrete is crushed to make reprocessed concrete. The product is sized to meet CT DOT specifications. It is used as a base under roads, parking lots and driveways. Red brick is also crushed and used as decorative landscape material. Red brick is crushed to make brick chips for landscaping. Residential asphalt roof shingles are segregated and tested for asbestos according to DEEP regulations. There has never been a positive result for asbestos in any of our shingles. The shingles are ground, screened and used in the production of new asphalt. The ground shingles can also be used in certain asphalt patch applications.
As you can see, our companies are proactive in saving the environment by re-purposing these discarded materials. Not only does it save on landfill space, it saves energy and raw materials. That’s why our colors are red, white, blue and green.
Somers Library hosted a Vehicle Day on June 29, 2016 as part of their summer reading program. USA Hauling & Recycling brought a rear load waste truck to go along with a fire truck, an ambulance, a plow truck, a school bus, an ice cream truck and more that were brought from other local companies and departments. The event gave kids and their families a chance to see the vehicles and meet with the drivers, as well as sit in the vehicles.
USA Hauling & Recycling presented a recycling demonstration on recycling and the importance of it to our community with one of their split body trucks at St. Francis School in Torrington, CT on Friday, May 20. Students and teachers sat in the truck and got to have their picture taken. Kids from the school were also able to load recyclables that they had been saving into bins that were collected by the truck so they could see it in action. Afterwards, Jim Rockwell and Glen Dietlin, of USA Hauling & Recycling, handed out educational recycling coloring books and stickers to all the students. The event was a great success and was a fun and educational event for everyone involved.
USA Hauling & Recycling has been named a finalist for the DEEP and Hartford Business Journal’s Green Circle Sustainability Awards. The finalists include an elite group of Connecticut businesses, government entities, individuals/groups, schools and universities who are doing their part to ensure that the business they conduct is environmentally responsible and sustainable.
To celebrate the achievements of all the finalists, and to announce the winners of the Green Circle Sustainability Awards, Hartford Business Journal and DEEP will be hosting the Green Circle Sustainability Awards Gala at Infinity Hall Hartford on May 23rd, 2016.
USA Hauling & Recycling participated and was a gold sponsor at the 47th Annual North Central Chamber of Commerce (NCCC) Home & Product Show CT, held on March 12 and 13th. The event took place at 69 Prospect Hill Road, East Windsor, Connecticut in the former Walmart location and saw “the most participants in 20 years,” according to Gary Cote, Show Chairman of the NCCC. USA Hauling & Recycling has been a partner of the NCCC since 1974.
On February 25, 2016, The Business Council of Fairfield County, through its Wellness Roundtable, identified 49 Connecticut employers who are doing something special to promote a healthy workplace and assist all employees to live healthier lives.
USA Hauling and its family of companies was recognized as one of those 49 with placement in the Gold Category of Distinction.
“As I have been involved with this program since its inception, I continue to be impressed with the level of commitment these companies have devoted to wellness within their workplaces,” commented Matthew Fair, First Vice President, First Niagara Risk Management Inc. and co-chair of the 2016 Healthy Workplaces Employer Recognition Program. “Regardless of company size, these honorees have used innovative approaches to not just engage, but to measure the effectiveness of their programs over the long-term.”
USA Hauling employees have been working hard to develop healthier strategies through increased efforts to quit smoking, lose weight, increase activity, and more. Those efforts have resulted in improvements in medical insurance metrics and in this recognition from the Fairfield County Wellness Roundtable.
In March, USA Hauling’s 2016 Wellness Campaign will kick off with our Know Your Numbers II, Biometric Event as we continue to work at improving our employees’ health and wellness.
USA Hauling & Recycling recently participated in a food and toy drive in Enfield and East Windsor, Connecticut. The toys will be distributed to the local police departments to supply their toy banks. Dozens and dozens of donated food and toys were collected this year, in USA Hauling & Recycling’s 16th year supporting the drive. Employees and their family and friends from all of USA Hauling & Recycling’s locations participated in the yearly event.
The 5th Annual Misfit Toys Throwdown was held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at CrossFit Revelation in Enfield, CT. USA Hauling & Recycling was the title sponsor of the charity event, which was hosted by CrossFit Revelation and Yankee Crossfit. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the “Gunny Sergeant Thomas Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund” in his memory.
Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan was a Springfield, MA native and the recipient of two Purple Hearts who also served two tours in Iraq. On Thursday, July 16, 2015 during a terror attack on the Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, TN, Sullivan saved the lives of 13 Marines and a sailor by bringing them to safety before returning to face an active shooter, and ultimately, giving his life while defending his country.
Three members from USA Hauling & Recycling, Frank M Antonacci, Chris Jez and Eric Fredericksen, all competed in the event, which included three WODs (Workout Of the Day) with the top teams competing in a fourth and final WOD. Last year’s event donated $6,000 to Last Call Fiundation in Boston, MA for fallen firefighter’s families and also donated hundreds of brand new toys.
Improving the health of our employees and their families has been our focus for some time. In 2014 we established a Wellness Committee to take that focus to a higher level. This effort began in March of 2015 with a “Know Your Numbers” biometrics event that was held at several company locations. From this event, we were able to determine the top factors that were negatively impacting our employee-family quality of life.
It turned out that hypertension was one of those negative factors. Armed with this information, the Wellness Committee explored what could be done in the workplace to begin to address this issue.
Annual summer picnics have been highlights for our employees at various sites between June and September. Historically, the fare at these picnics has been traditional – cheese burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, ice cream and the like. The Wellness Committee detected a correlation between that menu and the problem of hypertension among our employees.
Teaming up with Highland Park Market, the “Healthier Picnics” initiative was developed. In East Windsor, Berlin, South Windsor, New Haven, New Milford, Waterbury, Stratford, Winsted, and Hartford, employees were offered an alternative to the traditional and a more healthy perspective on food that can be good, good for you, and fun.
Highland Park’s menu consisted of tossed salad, grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, and grilled salmon. Sides of cucumber tomato salad, black bean salad, Italian-style cole slaw and fruit salad were available as were turkey, ham, and roast beef wraps. Frozen yogurt and healthy drinks rounded out the offerings.
Hundreds of our employees participated in “Healthier Picnics” and were overwhelmingly positive about their experience. Plans are in the works for 2016 to expand the number of “Healthier Picnics” and the menus offered.