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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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You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play

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Did you know there is a competition for extreme ironing? People climb up the side of a cliff, and halfway up unfold an ironing board, pull out an iron, and proceed to iron a shirt. Extreme ironing can also take place on ice, and even underwater.

Foot wrestling is another strange  … 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

Waste Collection Vehicle Undercarriage Inspection and Maintenance

Waste Collection Vehicle Undercarriage Inspection and Maintenance

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What you can’t see can indeed hurt your operation if no attention is paid to the undercarriage of solid waste collection vehicles. The operator has a significant daily impact on the condition of the undercarriage. The core of any good maintenance program is the inspection, points out Clinton S. Maryonovich,  … Read More

Software and Mechanical Automation Innovations in Trash Collection

Software and Mechanical Automation Innovations in Trash Collection

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Innovations seem to come at us at all corners, and at an ever-escalating pace—cell phones, new fuel cars, new efficient heating, and appliances that seem to do everything but feed your pets a balanced diet and mow your lawn remotely. The truth is, some gadgets actually do perform those functions.  … Read More

No Fly Zone?

No Fly Zone?

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At this year’s SWANApalooza, I sat in on a session in which Jay Hatho, the CIO and senior vice president at SCS Engineers, explained that the widespread use of drones in the waste industry is still years away.

Waste management is, however, embracing the benefits of big data, and one  … Read More

Want to Get a Fix on the Emerging Regulatory Environment?

Want to Get a Fix on the Emerging Regulatory Environment?

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That’s the task our mighty Forester University has placed on its webinar platter for next week, calling upon well-known and respected MSW attorney, Constance Hornig, to plumb the murky depths of such agenda-laden organizations as OMB, EPA, and Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works (EPW).

Are you interested in what  … Read More

Food Waste Diversion: Defining Terms

Food Waste Diversion: Defining Terms

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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 now adding “food waste” as we move on to food waste diversion programs. What is the  … Read More

How Two Cities Deal With Oversize Waste

How Two Cities Deal With Oversize Waste

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According to Mildred Lee, solid waste and recycling manager for the public works department of the City of Greenville, SC, specialty collections comprise a small percentage of its overall curbside collection program. Per city ordinance, a limited amount of oversized items can be placed at the curb for collection on  … Read More

And the Winner Is…

And the Winner Is…

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I’m at SWANApalooza this week. The number of experts in the fields of zero waste, landfill gas and biogas, landfills, and the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) is astounding. It would take way too long for me to go through all that I’ve seen and learned, but I believe I  … Read More

Leachate Collection Pipe Construction

Leachate Collection Pipe Construction

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Permitting lateral and/or vertical expansions is the way for the landfill operators to remain in business, and that has resulted in permitted landfills becoming larger and taller. There are currently permitted landfills in the state of Florida or in other states with a maximum waste thickness exceeding 300 feet. Landfills  … Read More

Changes and Improvements in Onboard Scales and Software

Changes and Improvements in Onboard Scales and Software

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Anyone who has been in the solid waste industry for some time appreciates just how far scales and software have come in increasing operational efficiencies and accuracies. In the analog world, onboard scales—specifically wheel loaders—used to be static, “meaning the operator would need to stop and weigh, slowing down the  … Read More



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