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MSW Management Weekly

MSW Management weekly news keeps you up-to date with the latest MSW waste topics and news.  With in-depth reporting on landfill management, waste sorting, waste management technologies, waste to energy, waste collection vehicles, waste diversion and waste regulations MSW Management is the official publication of SWANA, the largest professional organization of solid waste management professionals in the world.

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What a Waste Industry Leader is Doing to Stay at the Top

What a Waste Industry Leader is Doing to Stay at the Top

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Sometimes it can seem like the development of new technologies moves glacially slow. Then comes the day it actually arrives and the impatience of waiting suddenly falls away.

The idea of testing a prototype hybrid wheel loader at a landfill and transfer station in California came up two years ago when  … Read More

Hybrid Technology Winds Up in the Landfill

Hybrid Technology Winds Up in the Landfill

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I recently told you about the electric collection vehicle that was being tested by Los Angeles Sanitation (LASAN). The electric refuse truck was developed by BYD and Wayne Engineering and put through a four month pilot project this year on the same routes as LASAN’s regular collection vehicles. It delivered  … Read More

MSW—Reader Favorites

MSW—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Tree Mortality: California’s Wood Waste Explosion

Tree Mortality: California’s Wood Waste Explosion

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The Western slope of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range is known worldwide—famous for the 49er Gold Rush, Yosemite National Park, the world’s largest trees (Giant Sequoias), and Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental United States. But it is also—perhaps less famously—home to California’s fastest-growing wastestream.

No, we’re not talking  … Read More

Market Trends in Recycling

Market Trends in Recycling

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There have been ebbs and flows in the recycling market over the past 35 years. Price volatility in recycling markets is almost a universal truth across the globe. Being able to manage the ever-fluctuating changes in market prices can either produce success or break the community recycling program. Most recycling  … Read More

The Plastic Bottle Horror

The Plastic Bottle Horror

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Over the holiday I took time to watch a couple of horror flicks. One of them had an ending which left me with a sheer sense of dread. Probably because I bought into the premise of the movie even though it most likely will never happen.

The thing is, I now  … Read More

The Landfill Manager’s Guide to the Airspace Balance Equation

The Landfill Manager’s Guide to the Airspace Balance Equation

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For the savvy landfill manager, settlement is like money in the bank…only better.
Here is a real-life example: A municipal landfill—one of our long-time clients—had listed a new liner in next year’s budget. The amount? Three million dollars. So, what’s the deal? Does the typical landfill have massive airspace resources just  … Read More

Space Waste Detectives

Space Waste Detectives

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I love Star Trek. That includes the original series, Next Generation, and Voyager. Deep Space Nine not so much. I love Star Wars. I won’t list them all here. I binge-watched the entire Battlestar Galactica series reboot a few weeks ago. From my backyard, I can see rocket launches from  … Read More

Material Sorting Systems

Material Sorting Systems

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Municipal solid waste (MSW) operations face three primary goals in sorting material: the ability to do so in a manner that most efficiently saves time and money, the potential for generating the optimal post-sort revenue, and having a process that ensures safety.  … Read More

Recycling Household Hazardous Waste

Recycling Household Hazardous Waste

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Local efforts for recycling picked up steam when St. Charles County, MO, committed to an expansion of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection from residents. A suburb within the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, St. Charles County is Missouri’s third-largest county in population with more than 380,000 residents, and is the state’s  … Read More

Apples and Oranges Food Waste

Apples and Oranges Food Waste

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Here are a couple of clichés. “Measure twice, cut once.” “Don’t compare apples and oranges.” Both are appropriate in my mind when quantifying food waste. When talking about how much food is wasted, it makes sense to use the same metric and/or definition of food waste. Can a single organization  … Read More

Landfill Odor Control

Landfill Odor Control

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While perhaps the increased emphasis on separate collections of organic wastes such as food scraps and other green waste has contributed to more odors, the development of neighborhoods closer to what was once a remote MSW operation is the overriding factor, say industry observers. Marc L. Byers, owner of Byers  … Read More

It’s Electrifying!

It’s Electrifying!

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I’ve been telling you about the idea of running fleet vehicles on electric power; specifically collection trucks. The good news now is that the concept is not only moving forward, it’s evolving at tremendous speed and with a lot of torque.

The City of Los Angeles’ sanitation department, LA Sanitation (LASAN)  … Read More



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