June 26, 2015

Compatibility of Recycling Goals and the Continued Development and Operation of Integrated Waste Management Facilities, Including Landfills

By Kevin D. Yard, P.E., BCEE, Marc Rogoff, Ph.D., with contributions from SCS’ Environmental Consultants In view of recent media coverage about the costs of recycling, perhaps it is time to take a “fresh look” at the compatibility of waste diversion and ultimate waste management, i.e., landfilling.  Whereas some ...

June 24, 2015

Conducting Solid Waste Rate Studies and Business Plans

Most agencies conduct an annual rate study to evaluate the cost of providing solid waste, recycling, and composting curbside collection services. The study is used to develop recommended rates for these services for each new fiscal year, and to maintain uniform services with a variety of service level options ...

June 9, 2015

Solid Waste Collection Route Optimization Can Save You Money

By Bob Gardner, PE, BCEE For many municipalities, the solid waste collection budget represents a significant portion of its overall solid waste budget. Qualitative and material savings can be realized by focusing on optimizing a municipality’s solid waste collection routing. A routing analysis involves assessing the performance metrics of ...