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Bayshore Recycling Receives Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award

Bayshore Recycling of Woodbridge Township, NJ, was presented with the 2014 Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award at two ceremonies—the 99th Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference Luncheon and 6th Annual Sustainable Jersey Luncheon.

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – Bayshore Recycling (Bayshore) of Woodbridge Township, NJ, received the prestigious 2014 Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award from the New Jersey League of Municipalities (NJLM) Educational Foundation and Sustainable Jersey, at two separate luncheon ceremonies held on November 18th and 20th in conjunction with the 99th NJLM Conference in Atlantic City.

As a recipient of this award, Bayshore was recognized for its substantial contributions and support of these organizations. For twenty years, Bayshore has proven to be an award-winning leader in the recycling industry and champion for the environment, reintroducing materials into the economic mainstream while reducing the volume of material deposited in New Jersey’s landfills.

The company is a model of sustainability, where energy conservation and renewable energy are central to the company’s ultimate corporate vision of operating 100 percent green businesses powered 100 percent by renewable energy.

“We are so honored to receive this prestigious award from the League, the preeminent voluntary Association representing New Jersey’s 565 municipalities with distinction since 1915,” Valerie Montecalvo, Bayshore’s President said. “The League’s partnership with Sustainable Jersey has achieved tremendous success. The fact that 75 percent of New Jersey’s municipalities now participate in the program is amazing! The newest program to expand the SJ model to the 2,500 public schools represents a new and very exciting frontier, particularly as our young people represent the next generation and our hope for a more sustainable future. It is so important that we continue to educate our communities on greener, more sustainable living practices as we strive toward achievement of a more sustainable state for our 8.9 million residents.”

Beyond the day-to-day management of the 55-acre recycling company, Bayshore is dedicated to corporate responsibility, sound environmental management and sustainability. Valerie Montecalvo and senior members of the Bayshore staff sit on the Boards of Directors or management teams of 14 external organizations at the National, State, County and Local levels, as well as in the non-profit community. As an example, Valerie has served as President of the National Construction & Demolition Recycling Association for the past two years. Gary Sondermeyer, VP of Bayshore Operations leads Sustainable Jersey’s Waste Management Task Force which has made a significant contribution to Sustainable Jersey’s certification actions.

Bayshore Recycling (Bayshore), a WBE in NJ and NY, currently operates seven different NJDEP approved recycling businesses, all located on a 55-acre site in Woodbridge Township, NJ, making the company one of the most innovative and vertically integrated in the Northeast. Services include: Recycling of concrete, asphalt, brick, block and glass cullet into aggregate materials; remediation of petroleum contaminated soils; materials recovery of mixed construction and demolition debris into secondary products such as landscaping mulch and bio-fuel; full-service metal recycling; recycling of consumer electronics such as TVs and computers, and acceptance of dredge material via barge. For more information, visit


BHS Names Thomas Brooks Director of Technology & Product Development

Will lead technology development for BHS, Nihot, NRT and Zero Waste Energy

Thomas BrooksEUGENE, OR – November 3, 2014 – BHS has named Thomas Brooks to the position of Director of Technology and Product Development. Brooks assumes the newly-created position after serving as Engineering Manager for BHS subsidiary National Recovery Technologies (NRT). In this role Thomas will focus on leading new technology and product development efforts across the organization.

“Since launching Zero Waste Energy and acquiring Nihot and NRT, BHS has offered advanced technologies and integrated solutions,” said BHS CEO Steve Miller. “Our combined experience and collaboration make us greater than the sum of our parts. Our customers value not only the performance advantages, but also the ability to have one group stand behind its results and provide long-term expertise and support. By forming this position, we continue to strengthen this value. Thomas has a history of successfully leading cross-functional new product development teams, a skillset that we’re excited to add to our group,” Miller went on.

“My goal is to yield technology that is relevant and impactful to the industry, striving to create the building blocks to maximize the value from our material streams as we work towards zero waste,” Brooks said. “We have to understand not only the waste streams we see today but anticipate what our systems will be tasked with in the future. The solutions to the complex issues we face today have to come from integrated strategic systems.

“It’s fulfilling to advance equipment and processes that have such a real, daily impact on society,” Brooks went on. “It’s equally exciting to work with a group that has been a catalyst in this industry.  BHS and its family of companies have a reputation for developing best-in-class systems—a testament to the determination and ingenuity of the people that make up this forward-thinking organization.”

Brooks has served in management and new product development roles in the aerospace, industrial and automotive industries, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Tennessee Tech University in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on controls and fluid dynamics.

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. Wholly owned subsidiaries include Nihot (Amsterdam), NRT (Nashville, TN) and Zero Waste Energy (Lafayette, CA). Clients around the globe choose BHS because of its experience, dedication to cutting-edge technology, quality construction and durability, and unmatched customer service. BHS has built some of the largest and most durable MRFs in the world – and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery, and purity rates in the industry. For further information, contact Peter Raschio or Sally Hunt at 541-485-0999; or

Southern Waste Systems Employees Donate $7,000 to Forgotten Soldiers Outreach to Ship Packages to Our Troops Stationed Overseas

Lake Worth, FL, August 12, 2014 – The employees of Southern Waste Systems (SWS) reached out to support Forgotten Soldiers Outreach’s (FSO) recent plea for funds to ship packages sitting at the Outreach operations center. “It is the best feeling in the world to have a wake-up call from someone in our community saying, ‘We want to cover the full $7000 donation requested to help FSO mail “We Care” packages that are ready to be shipped,” said Lynelle Zelnar, Executive Director and Founder of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. She continued, “I could not believe my ears and had to listen to the message a couple of times. It just totally warms my heart to see the employees of a local business show compassion for our mission and want to help FSO send that little bit of home to our troops serving so many thousands of miles away from home. Many are putting their lives in harm’s way and many are on deployments from our own South Florida backyard. Patti Hamilton, Vice President of Southern Waste Systems, made my day with that call, in addition to many other donors from our community that have been making donations since the story aired.”

On Tuesday, August 12th, SWS employees presented a check for $7,000 to cover the cost of shipping after hearing of the organizations plight during a WPTV News 5 report on Saturday morning. The check was presented to Lynelle Zelnar, Executive Director of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, by representatives of the 750 SWS employees.

“Giving back to the community is an important part of our core values and our team is engaged in giving back to the communities where we work and live.” Said Hamilton. “We have many family members currently serving in the military along with a number of veterans who are a part of our team. This is the kind of program that is personal and important to us and we look forward to volunteering in addition to making the donation” The $7,000 received from SWS will ensure that FSO is able to ship out “We Care” packages currently ready for shipment and enable our new, first time recipients registered in August to receive their first welcome packages.

Postage is an on-going need for FSO, with a goal to send a package monthly, to everyone registered in the FSO database. FSO depends heavily on our community support and holds over 200 fundraisers throughout the year. Since the story aired, other groups and individuals have committed donations.

“The summer months are the most difficult time of the year to raise funds and we rely heavily on community partners such as Southern Waste Systems,” said Zelnar. “What a great example they have set along with other community members who have stepped up to contribute. Each and every penny received helps FSO continue their mission and continue to bring a smile to our Nation’s finest stationed overseas.”

Southern Waste Systems LLC is a full-service waste and recycling company based in South Florida with three separate business units—Southern Waste Systems, Sun Recycling and All Star Toilets. The company has over 50 years of experience in the solid waste collection, disposal, and recycling industry, and does business in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties. Sun Recycling is the state’s largest independent recycler of construction and demolition debris and yard waste, recovered materials and municipal solid waste operating facilities in West Palm Beach, Lantana, Pompano Beach, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach and Miami. With a focus on “Recycling for Zero Waste”, the company recycles up to 90% of the material it collects. In 2014, Southern Waste Systems/Sun Recycling received the national Construction and Demolition Recycling Association’s C&D Recycler of the Year Award. For more information on Southern Waste Systems, log on to

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. (FSO) is a South Florida-based nationally recognized organization that has been sending monthly “We Care” packages to our troops serving overseas since 2003, covering all world theaters and all branches of service. FSO’s mission is to simply reach out to those who do not receive any support from home by “sending that little bit of home, to assure they are not forgotten.” To date, FSO has benefited close to 350,000 of our military personnel. For more information on Forgotten Soldiers Outreach or for ways you can help, please visit the website at or call 561.369.2933.