April 28, 2016

SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation Releases New Report Focused on Recovery of Food Waste from MSW

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation released a report concluding that: a significant amount of additional food waste processing capacity will be required to achieve national, state, provincial, and local food waste diversion goals. The report also emphasizes the need for local decision-making in ...

April 27, 2016

An operational perspective of technology in the solid waste industry

Can Computer Technology Enhance Safety and Environmental Protection? Just when you thought we had gone as far as we could, now there is remote monitoring and control technology. Did you know that you can have live access to monitor equipment and data in real time from your living room? ...

April 25, 2016

Developing a Strategic Business Plan to Address Solid Waste Infrastructure

Operational expenses such as replacing collection vehicles, considering and implementing recycling programs, and the impact of stricter environmental regulatory programs can all affect collection fees and the quality of service. Strategic business planning solves the ongoing process whereby an organization determines where it is going… plus how it will get ...

April 21, 2016

How Does a Community get to Zero Waste in the 21st Century?

Zero Waste does not mean “zero trash”, but rather a “Zero Waste” of resources.   By Michelle Leonard, Solid Waste Planning and Recycling; Sustainability National Expert The term describes the desired end-state and a call-to-action rethinking what we regard as trash as potentially valuable resources. The overall goal of zero ...

April 19, 2016

Cocomposting: How one county in Florida is successfully managing their program.

A Florida county conducts a pilot project to gauge its ability to manage yard trimmings and biosolids using internal resources – and to confirm marketability of the finished compost. Read the Biocycle article by Beth Schinella and Bruce Clark  Composting Services

April 14, 2016

Jim Walsh Surveyed by MSW to Highlight Upcoming “Infrastructure Week”

Infrastructure Week (May 16–23) is a national week of events, media coverage, education, and advocacy efforts to bring the state of the nation’s infrastructure to the attention of all Americans. Forester Media, the publisher of MSW Management magazine, is an Infrastructure Week affiliate. John Trotti, MSW Managing Editor recently surveyed ...

April 14, 2016

Expert Advice – Mixed Waste Material Facilities

Despite the recent controversy associated with a few new mixed MRF facilities, the processing systems do an excellent job of what they are supposed to do: maximize the separation of like materials.   Taken as a whole, mixed MRFs have operated well since their reincarnation in the early 1990s ...