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Getting Ready for the Next Full Moon

Getting Ready for the Next Full Moon

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To be honest I haven’t the faintest idea whether more bad things take place when Luna is at her most radiant than when she’s gone into hiding, but whatever the truth, tying her phase to disasters makes for a useful metaphor in reminding us that stuff happens, and furthermore that  … Read More

Blast From the Past

Blast From the Past

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In my slow but steady weekend activity of culling files from the long past, I came upon this posting filed in September 2001 on a mini storage tape diskette that was state-of-the-art for storage at the time. It was written in response to a question from a reader. In line  … Read More

A Grapple for Scrap Handling

A Grapple for Scrap Handling

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At Andersen Sales & Salvage in northern Colorado, one of the last things Vice President Dean Andersen wants to see happen is for one of his grapples to become scrap themselves—well before their time.

And yet he’s seen that happen in his company’s yards, which for 56 years has been the  … Read More

Food Waste Diversion: Defining Terms

Food Waste Diversion: Defining Terms

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Lawyers like words—defined terms—as you have probably experienced. When discussing food waste diversion, words have different meanings.

You may remember using defined terms such as “yard waste” or “green waste” in early source separation programs; then more broadly, “organic waste” as we developed different types of composting and processing facilities, and  … Read More

The Emerging Roles of Technology in Waste

The Emerging Roles of Technology in Waste

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As I wander the aisles at this year’s WASTECON, I can’t help thinking about the role of technology in waste management, a field that has always attracted ingenuity but been slower than many other industries to embrace it. Nonetheless, since the 1930s, we’ve seen a steady stream of advances in  … Read More

Magnets, Electromagnets, and Eddy Current Separators

Magnets, Electromagnets, and Eddy Current Separators

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Recycling is not an easy thing to do, and its difficulties increase with scale. For large communities and cities, industrial scale recycling operations are required. This further requires the adoption of industrial methods utilizing specialized machinery that can extract specific materials from the wastestream with sufficient capacity to manage incoming  … Read More



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