Partnership Will Accelerate Growth, Expand Depth of Services in Southeast

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, December 31, 2020 (PRNewswire) — Terra Nova Solutions, Inc. (“Terra Nova” or the “Company”) a provider of industrial, waste, and environmental services announced today the acquisition of Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. (“Pinnacle”).

Founded by Mike Watts in 2008 and based in Greenville, South Carolina, Pinnacle is a provider of diversified, programmatic waste management solutions to a broad array of businesses in the southeastern United States.

“We are excited to partner with Pinnacle to continue its outstanding track record of providing integrated waste management services to customers and to support several exciting growth initiatives,” said Terra Nova Chief Executive Officer Bill Hunter. “The addition of Pinnacle strengthens our waste processing and industrial service offering while also better positioning us to serve our growing client base in South Carolina and Georgia.”

“Bill and the Terra Nova leadership team share our vision for the next evolution of Pinnacle,” said Pinnacle President Mike Watts. “From the start, it was clear that they share our commitment to combining compliance and customer service with an emphasis on Health and Safety. They also understand our Total Waste Management Plan business model and are prepared to support our continued growth initiatives.”

As part of the transaction, Pinnacle will partner with Terra Nova’s existing operations in High Point, North Carolina. Mike Watts will continue to serve in a leadership capacity with the Company. The transaction is the second acquisition by Terra Nova Solutions.


Terra Nova is a vertically integrated provider of industrial, waste, and environmental solutions to the manufacturing, chemical, energy, transportation, and utility industries. For more information, please visit

Terra Nova Solutions, Inc
Bill Hunter, CEO

Fiberglass has a wide range of uses and applications in global manufacturing. Cars and boats are among the world’s largest producers and users of fiberglass products. Fiberglass is common in many manufacturing processes and products and while it serves them well it is not environmentally friendly. Fiberglass products like boats have an end of life point when they can no longer be of use and have to be terminated. And termination typically means going to a landfill. Statistics vary, but even if you take a conservative number it’s estimated that as many as 25+ million boats are nearing the end of their life cycle in a given year and destined for a nearby landfill. Unfortunately, it can take up to 400 years for fiberglass to decompose in landfills making it a predatory and generational environmental hazard. Pinnacle Environmental Services Inc., is certified in cutting-edge fiberglass recycling, repurposing, and waste. Our technicians and partners are trained in fiberglass recycling with the goal of zero landfill waste

Manufacturers producing fiberglass products store a lot of their resin for production, which is considered a highly flammable hazardous material, in bulk tanks. Our partner is a preferred provider of specialized tank cleaning services for structures holding this and other heat-sensitive materials. We utilize a highly experienced crew and specialized equipment including a boiler trailer to remove a variety of hardened resins, often greatly reducing the personnel exposure to confined space conditions. Our team can manage your fiberglass waste including resin tank management and cleaning.

Resin and other hazardous waste associated with the boat and automotive industry often is collected in drums or bulk. The safe and effective removal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste requires professionally trained and certified personnel. At Pinnacle Environmental Services we have the people and the resources to remove your waste in an environmentally safe manner that meets local, state, and federal requirements by combining compliance and customer service,

Contact us today to discuss your fiberglass manufacturing or production process and controlling the waste to save our landfills!

Waste is basically anything that is discarded and no longer available for its original use or intent. Your waste can be residential, agricultural, industrial, or manufacturing. Each stream of waste has its own guidelines and determinations for recycling, renewable, landfills, biodegradable, etc. Think of old tv’s or computers (E-waste), household trash, sewage, industrial waste to be converted to energy, cardboard, plastic, restaurant grease for biofuel conversion, etc.

There are basically four waste streams:

  1. MSW-Municipal Solid Waste (your trash)
  2. Hazardous Waste (Commercial and residential)
  3. Non-hazardous Waste
  4. Recyclable/Renewable Waste

Most businesses and industries have waste stream plans that seek to convert waste into renewable energy forms, or recyclable products. However, many companies are still out there with no intentional plan that has identified their waste stream and the necessary action to act upon it. Our future depends on every home and every business having an intentional waste reduction plan that includes recycling, repurposing, composting, conservation of existing environmental hosts such as water, etc.

Companies that undergo a waste audit through a professional environmental services company are more likely to realize annual cost savings, reduction in pollution of many forms, and conservation of resources in addition to “giving back” through recycling efforts with the goal of zero landfill waste.

In the U.S. our corporate and personal lifestyles of the ‘50s to the late ’70s have caught up with us. We can no longer afford to burn trash that often includes dangerous vapors of the waste being burned, or haul old medicines, batteries, and e-waste to the dump to leach into ground systems and impact the environment and our water supply. Things as simple as low-flow faucets and toilets help conserve water. On-site recycling efforts minimize the amount of paper, plastic, and aluminum/metal waste we throw out. As a country, we have come so far both residentially and commercially, but we need to be ever vigilant of our waste streams the potential impact upon the environment.

Your company could be saving a ton in money, and resources through a simple waste audit. A professional environmental consultant can help you identify specific types of waste, appropriate streams for them, and places you can realize economic and environmental savings. A waste audit is often a wake-up call for management in industrial and commercial settings.

Whether your company deals with toxic waste, electronic, paper, chemical, or some other form of solid waste rest assured there are appropriate applications and places for it to be recycled, repurposed, or disposed of in an environmentally appropriate manner.

At Pinnacle Environmental Services Inc., waste is our business! We are committed to the goal of zero-landfill waste and seek unique and creative solutions to help our clients convert, recycle, save, and contribute to the environment in healthy ways. It’s what we do! We want to help you become a good steward of the environment! Contact us today to talk about a comprehensive waste audit and let’s see how we can help you save time, money while helping the environment.

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.

The longer we battle COVID-19 the more we are learning about it from prevention, disinfectant, and treatment standpoint. From the onset, there has been a lot of confusion over products that will kill the virus on surfaces, approved hand sanitizers, and various preventive measures. Separating myth from fact and science is very important with any type of pandemic or virus.

The EPA and the CDC have both released updated guidance protocols to help businesses, manufacturing, schools, churches, and families disinfect their facilities and homes. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler notes that “these cleaning and disinfectant protocols will help incur the health and safety of everyone in our homes, schools, offices, and businesses.”

The best way to see if your cleaning/disinfection product is approved for COVID-19/SARS/CoV-2 is to go to EPA Covid-19 and enter the “EPA Reg.” number on the product you want to know about. It’s important to remember that these products are not for human consumption or ingestion, but are recognized as products that will kill the virus/bug that causes Covid-19 on surfaces, not humans, pets and other animals.

Cleaning v.s. Disinfecting

Not all disinfectant products clean and not all household/commercial cleaning products will disinfect. Surfaces need to be cleaned and disinfected. Dirty surfaces once disinfected can be a return breeding ground for all kinds of viruses, mold, etc. The EPA has established guidelines for the proper way to disinfect and clean here. Both tT\he CDC and EPA encourage everyone (business, schools, in the home, etc.) to develop a plan for cleaning and disinfecting. Once you develop a plan stick to it and make sure you are using the products per the label instructions. Wearing gloves, masks, and eye protection. Update your plan as necessary.

Not So Safe Hand Sanitizer

Recently the FDA ruled on several hand sanitizers that contain potential harmful and cancer-causing agents such as methanol. Make sure your hand sanitizer at home, work and in public is 60% ethanol/ethyl alcohol. To get a list of the brands you should not use go here.

If your company is using an environmental services provider to clean and disinfect make sure you have their scope of work and plan in writing. Ask the types of products, their intended schedule, safety protocols, downtime to provide services, and when the rooms, buildings, equipment, etc. can be used upon cleaning and sanitizing. For example, a room or surface where a confirmed Covid-19 case has inhabited has different timetables and protocols for cleaning, disinfecting, and how soon it can be re-occupied, or used again. Professional services want their clients to know exactly what they are doing and the full scope of work.

The CDC and EPA are still recommending:

  • Reduce your exposure to Covid-19 as much as possible
  • Report any suspected exposure whether family, friends or in the workplace
  • Practice thorough hand-washing
  • Social distance 6’ minimum
  • Wear a mask outside of your home in public, work school, etc.

Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc., is an environmental services company focused on customer service and compliance. We provide a diverse portfolio of services including but not limited to hazardous and non-hazardous waste recovery, solid waste disposal and recycling, e-waste, chemical recycling, waste audits, recycling, and total waste plans that have the goal of zero landfills. Our primary goal during the pandemic is to provide safe workspaces, materials, and supplies for our team and customers.

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.

Many people do not understand the different types of waste designated through the Environmental Protection Agency. Hazardous and Non-Hazardous waste has very specific handling and removal regulations.

Solid waste includes garbage, trash, wastewater treatment, and water supply treatment facility sludge, and air pollution control facility waste. It also includes discarded material whether solid, liquid, or semi-solid, and gases that come from industrial, agricultural, mining, and commercial applications. Solid waste can be broken down into two categories: Municipal Solid Waste which is your garbage; and Industrial Waste which is produced by manufacturing, industrial, and production sources. Solid waste can be hazardous, or non-hazardous.

Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous for the environment and public health. Hazardous waste can be liquid, gas, solid, sludge, chemical, and other byproducts from commercial, industrial, and manufacturing companies.

The EPA breaks hazardous waste into different categories or lists. There are four: F-list, K-list, P-list and the U-list. F and K list apply to manufacture and industrial processes. F-list wastes are from non-specific sources. They include wastes from solvents, metal finishing, electroplating, dioxins, wood preservation, wastewater sludge from petroleum refinery wastewater, and multisource leachates.

The K-list is waste from specific manufacturing and industrial sources. There are 13 categories that run the gamut from explosives, petroleum refining, iron and steel production, coke from coal mining, aluminum production, pesticide manufacturing, and more. Both the F and K lists have assigned EPA hazard codes for the specific waste on each list. They are:

T- Toxic Waste
H- Acute Hazardous Waste
I- Ignitable Waste
C- Corrosive Waste
R- Reactive Waste
E- Toxicity Characteristic Waste

P and U lists waste is related to specific chemicals that are unused pure and commercial grade formulations. To be on both lists the wastes have to conform to three characteristics:

  1. It must contain one of the chemicals listed on either the P or U list.
  2. The chemical in the waste must be unused;
  3. It must be in the form of a commercial chemical product.

The EPA designates a commercial chemical product for both lists as a chemical that is either 100% pure, technical/commercial grade, or the sole active ingredient in the chemical formation.

Handling, storing, moving, and disposing of all waste whether hazardous or non-hazardous is serious for the sake of our environment and public health. Thanks to education, research, and regulations for public health the safe removal, transport, and disposal of this kind of waste has vastly improved. Having an environmental services partner certified, licensed, and trained in hazardous and non-hazardous waste is critical to any production, manufacturing, industrial, and commercial services.

At Pinnacle Environmental Services Inc., our goal is a zero-landfill waste. We are vigilant in our pursuit of reducing carbon footprints, effective waste stream management, and recycling for the environment and our customers. We are committed to helping our customers save money, reduce waste, recycle, and properly dispose of other forms of waste into renewable energy and other forms. Our services are personalized with a custom-designed plan for your business, or organization. Our comprehensive audit not only helps reduce waste-and its cost to your operations- but it also identifies the optimal disposal and recycling options for all that remains.

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services,

PU’s (polyurethanes) are used in a variety of products and materials. Everything from shoes, insulation, furniture, bedding, sealants, adhesives, vehicles, house materials, and many more products contain it. Over time the products break down and create waste. Think about how many mattresses you have had in your lifetime. Typically, we simply replace these products with new ones containing PU’s. The most common type of PU products is foam inside furniture, vehicle seats, and bedding. These petrochemical resins can be harmful to the respiratory system causing asthma and other respiratory ailments. Recycling PU’s has been a challenge for the industry. Most products containing PU’s cannot be fully recycled and are typically cycled down to create materials that aren’t very useful, or of the same quality as the original product that contains them.

Polyurethanes are polymers made of multiple organic compounds connected by urethane links. PU’s are thermosetting polymers that do not respond to heat which is necessary for recycling other plastics. The collection of strong polymers held together through chemical bonds won’t liquidate when heated. You never burn a mattress because of the VOCs and other toxic fumes the flame will put off.

Scientists and researchers have developed a new method that is more favorable for recycling PU’s. This groundbreaking research will be a watershed for the goal of zero landfill waste and manufacturers. The researchers discovered a way to saturate the PU in a solution that allows the material to be reformed into similar, or better products. According to a paper published in (ACS Central Science) the team applied diverse crosslink exchange chemistry combined with processing methods to recycle traditional PU foams into rubber and plastic.

The process is called a “twin-screw extrusion” methodology. This figure explains the process from the ACS Central Science article. Researchers are doing this with PU foam and converting/recycling them into films with properties that closely mirror the properties of other films from similar compounds.

At Pinnacle Environmental Services Inc., our goal is zero-landfill waste. We are vigilant in our pursuit of reducing carbon footprints, effective waste stream management, and recycling for the environment and our customers. These efforts and similar ones by scientists and researchers is helping us keep the planet green. We are committed to helping our customers save money, reduce waste, recycle, and properly dispose of other forms of waste into renewable energy and other forms. Our services are personalized with a custom-designed plan for your business, or organization. We meet with our customers and do a walkthrough of their facilities/operations to develop a customized plan that meets your budget and needs. We recognize every waste stream is a cost to your company. Our comprehensive audit not only helps reduce waste-and its cost to your operations- but it also identifies the optimal disposal and recycling options for all that remains.

Mike Watts, President

Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.


One positive thing that has emerged from our battle with Covid19 is the resurgence of hygiene, hand-washing, sanitizing workplaces, eco resurgence, recycling, waste, and water systems. A strong segment of the U.S. is also taking on more personal responsibility as we think about others and our potential risks to the most vulnerable, ourselves, family, and neighbors. These are good things despite the horrible tragic loss of life and those infected. Every life matters. Every business matters.

As we return to a modified, or “new” normal there are things businesses need to consider and do in order to be ready for the public. Having a solid plan for receiving the public, or being onsite with customers, and starting to gather again is not optional. Every restaurant, pharmacy, bar, bank, coffee shop, manufacturer, and all businesses resuming public interaction need to be prepared and ensure the safety of all.

Repeated hand-washing for servers, cooks, clerks, etc., must remain in place. Wiping down hard surfaces with disinfectant multiple times a day is not a suggestion. Checking temperatures, wearing PPE where needed, and self-reporting to our employer is something we can all do.

One of the biggest concerns is the return of businesses that have been shut down or dormant. Water systems are a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria, disease, and germs. After being off, or little-used during “stay in place” water pipes, filtration and HVAC systems can be contaminated.

In South Carolina, we are working hard to help customers and staff help get the word out about these potential hazards as we return to the market/workplace. Change air filters, wipe down air returns, flush your plumbing system, and have a professional inspect your HVAC to prevent any possible bacteria that’s been growing during the lengthy shutdown. Clean and disinfect all traps and food preparation ventilation.

Review your OSHA, DHEC, and EPA protocols for handling hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Contact a professional environmental services provider to review your place of business and develop a game plan that not only includes recycling, waste removal but will identify key areas where you can improve the health, safety ad welfare of your customers and employees.

We are all eager to return to doing what we love, work, and gathering again, but we need to be smart about it. There is a right way to return so we can ensure the safety and welfare of everyone.

At Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc., all of our employees have had Awareness Training and we have a strong Covid19 plan in place to protect our customers and team. Our top priority through all of this is the health and wellbeing of our staff, customers, and vendors. Be assured that we are taking every precaution recommended by the CDC, local, state, and federal governments to protect our customers and employees from Covid19.

We take the health and welfare of our customers and team seriously which is why we have invested in the proper training and response to Covid19. Our industry has strict regulations and compliance already in place, but we believe going above and beyond during this pandemic is the right call. It’s an investment in our people and customers.

Pinnacle Environmental Services is an environmental services company focused on customer service and compliance. We provide a diverse portfolio of services including but not limited to hazardous and non-hazardous waste recovery, solid waste disposal and recycling, e-waste, chemical recycling, waste audits, recycling, and total waste plans that have the goal of zero landfills.

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.

Every October Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. provides free RCRA/DOT training at the Madren Center on the campus of Clemson University. Participants receive required and certified training regarding the disposal, handling, and transportation of hazardous waste.

If your company produces hazardous waste RCRA/DOT requires specific training for employees. Employees learn the proper way to manage and dispose of hazardous waste. Improper disposal or mismanagement of hazardous waste can result in huge fines. The free training provided by Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. is designed primarily for EHS managers, chemical site managers, and plant engineers.

Attendees learn vital information such as:
● Proper labeling for shipping hazardous waste drums
● How long you can keep waste in a warehouse
● DOT label requirements
● What size of a generator is your company/business
● Waste inspections

Attendees receive a free buffet lunch and certificate upon completion of the one-day training event. Pinnacle Environmental Services is a non hazardous and hazardous waste consulting firm specializing in the disposal and transportation of industrial waste. We focus on waste elimination/minimization, sustainability, zero-landfill and converting waste to energy. The 2020 date to be announced soon!

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.

Many companies, churches, organizations and homeowners have live Christmas trees for the holidays. Live trees are a personal preference and can add an unmistakable fragrance to your place of business, or home. However, at the end of the season you can’t just put it back in a box like an artificial tree. You need to consider some viable options to disposing of the tree properly instead of trying to toss it in the garbage, or the nearby woods where it can become a fire hazard later in the year.

There are several options for your live tree:

  1. Recycle- if your area provides curbside recycling pick up for you tree you are all set. Take advantage of it. The tree is biodegradable and it’s a great source of mulch. If you don’t have curbside options check with your local recycling center and see if they grind your tree up if you drop it off at a local center.
  2. Firewood-use your tree in an outdoor fire pit/fireplace. Do not burn live trees in an inside fireplace. The creosote in your tree could cause a fire and a lot of smoke inside. Remove the ornaments and shake it off outside. If you can cut the branches off and then cut the tree into logs. You can burn all of it in your outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Just make sure you aren’t burning the dried out tree when there is “no burning,” or high winds in your area as burning embers can travel up to a mile. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, or water hose nearby when you burn the tree in sections, not all at once.
  3. Make Mulch-cut up your tree and spread the mulch in flower/shrub beds, or around your trees. Pine needles are an excellent source of mulch.
  4. Volunteer Organizations Collection-in many communities there are volunteer drop off centers for organizations that recycle, mulch, or compost Christmas trees. Google your city and see if anyone is offering the service.
  5. Compost-use the tree as a base for a new compost pile if you compost. The branches and evergreens are perfect to build a new compost pile upon. You can then add in your meal waste, vegetable and fruit scraps to the pile. Compost is a great fertilizer and planting mix.
  6. Fish Magnets-People that fish have known the value of a sunken Christmas tree for years. The trees are a great attraction for Crappie, Bluegill and Bass. Make sure you have permission to put them in your lake. If you don’t have a lake contact a pond owner in your area, or your local DNR office to see if they would like your tree to attract fish. Make sure you remove any decorations from the tree. Christmas trees provide excellent forage and breeding spots for fish.

Whatever you do, please don’t dump a Christmas tree into the woods, or on the side of the road. While it’s fully biodegradable, landfills are not the place when there are so many other options that can get far more use out of the tree than breaking down in a landfill. Be sure to vacuum the area where your tree has been when you take it down. Check fabric, rugs, nearby flooring and furniture for sap that has leaked onto them from the tree. Live trees produce sap despite having been cut down and the sap can spread. Let your tree give back to the environment by being responsible with its disposal.

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.

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If your company is presently enrolled in an active waste management, or recycling plan you know how to recycle and conserve. Leading companies are recognizing that a strong carbon imprint is not something you want to leave succeeding generations. Instead, they are environmentally conscientious and want to leave the next generation with viable options for waste. Many companies have undergone Total Waste Management audit and developed a TWM plan for their company. They cover the gamut from hazmat waste to the disposal of cardboard, plastic, water management, etc.

How are you doing in your home? Do you participate in curb recycling through your waste management provider, or city services? Companies exercising judicious actions in regard to recycling and waste management efforts are committed to the future. However, there are far more homes, apartments and single family dwellings than there are companies across the country. If every home participated in some form of recycling we would be far ahead of the game in terms of a commitment to zero waste.

Does your family recycle plastic, paper, cardboard and other recyclable designated packaging? What about water conservation in your home? Are you brushing your teeth without a running sink? Are you careful about the amount of water you run when doing dishes, or cleaning? Do you make sure the dishwasher is full before running a cycle? Here are some home recycling materials to consider:

  • Newspaper – 4ft. stack of recycled newspaper will save a 40ft. Fir tree
  • Magazines, newspaper insert ads, phonebooks, mailers, can be put together
  • Corrugated cardboard is a gold mine for recycling. Stack it, or bunch together separately at the curb. Try to keep it dry, so if it’s going to rain the night before your pickup, set it out in the morning.
  • Plastic-lined drinking cartons are acceptable by most municipalities now.
  • Plastic goods are assigned different numbers to grade them for recycling: #1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE) for containers, #4 (LDPE) for bags, #7 for mixed plastics such as polycarbonates that are not recyclable. Almost all recycling centers accept plastics #1 and #2.
  • Plastic bottles are typically made of #1 PET plastic which can be spun into fleece fabric.
  • Plastic grocery bags are a Type-2 recyclable plastic. Check with your grocery to see if they accept used bags to recycle. Glass-many municipalities have stopped collecting glass because the recycling of glass costs more than the donations received. Simply put it boils down to simple economics. However, many grocery stores receive glass bottles (clear, green, blue) in separate collection bins. Save your bottles and drop off to glass friendly recycle collector.
  • Lightbulbs like CFL’s are welcome at most home hardware/service centers. Most of the large box stores receive these in bins at their locations. Separate these glass products from your bottles, or jars. (Recycle tips by
  • Aluminum cans are one of the best recycling materials. Save flip-top tabs for your local NICU hospital unit, or the nearest Ronald McDonald House.

By simply making an effort to recycle at home you will enhance your total carbon imprint and help improve the environment as opposed to doing nothing. Get your kids involved and make it a game to collect recycling. Reward your children when they get it right! Recycling and waste management is a lifestyle and it has to be taught, caught and applied. Our future depends upon it.

Grass clippings from your yard can be used for compost piles. It’s even better if your neighborhood has a community compost pile and everyone contributes, but you can do this on your property alone. Compost is spectacular for future growing seasons for flower and vegetable beds. Turn in used oil from lawn mowers and other landscaping equipment to be recycled. If possible, conserve lawnmower exhaust by using an electric mower, or share a mower between several neighbors.

Turn lights off in unoccupied rooms to conserve energy. Brush your teeth and shave without using running water. Instead of letting your shower heat up try stepping into the shower as soon as you turn it on. The wakeup factor will be more than worth the effort and you will conserve water. Make sure you take electronic waste (monitors, old tv’s, etc.) to your local recycling center. Turn in old cell phones to your provider.

Contact your waste management contractor or municipality to learn more about your local recycling options.

Having a plan at home will only help the environment and teach your children to be good environmental stewards for the future.

Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.

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