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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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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

MSW—Reader Favorite

MSW—Reader Favorite

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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

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

Deadliest Catch Caught

Deadliest Catch Caught

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Earlier this summer I was among the thousands to attend Waste Expo in Las Vegas. Some of the more exciting moments come when a few of the exhibitors have a celebrity at their booth with which to shake hands and exchange a few pleasantries. One of my favorite shows is  … Read More

Maximizing Efficiency and Safety at MRFs

Maximizing Efficiency and Safety at MRFs

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) points out on its website that while recycling is good for the environment, it can be dangerous for workers. Certain materials in the wastestream directly pose hazards to workers. Additional hazards include vehicle traffic, moving machine parts, unexpected machine startup, lifting injuries, slips,  … Read More

DSNY: Large and In Charge

DSNY: Large and In Charge

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The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is the largest sanitation department in the world. It employs nearly 10,000 workers, has a fleet of close to 3,000 vehicles, and if collecting more than 10,500 tons of residential and institutional garbage—along with 1,760 tons of recyclables—every day isn’t enough, the  … Read More

Effective Dewatering – Part 1

Effective Dewatering – Part 1

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the November/December 2012 edition of MSW Management.

At a staff meeting some decades ago, we began talking about a potential expansion to one of our active landfills. There was a small tract of open ground adjacent to the landfill—actually it was within the buffer zone—that  … Read More

CTs: Why, Where, What, and When (Number 2)

CTs: Why, Where, What, and When (Number 2)

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Following the 2016 Southern California Conversion Technology Conference (SCCTC), put on by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACDPW) two weeks ago, I asked Jim Stewart, head of the BioEnergy Producers Association, to provide some background on the situation CTs face in helping fulfill the state’s aggressive organic  … Read More

Facts on Glass Recycling

Facts on Glass Recycling

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Recyclers typically do not want glass for several reasons. First, the market for recycled glass is poor to non-existent in most parts of the country. Second, glass breakage and cross contamination at material recovery facilities leads to increased processing costs and increased contamination of other recyclable materials, thus lowering the  … Read More

CTs: Why, Where, What, and When (Number 1)

CTs: Why, Where, What, and When (Number 1)

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Last week’s 2016 Southern California Conversion Technology Conference (SCCTC) put on by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACDPW) focused on the need for the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to rescind its exclusion from full diversion credit of thermochemical CTs for treating MSW feedstocks.  … 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

City of Montgomery Set to Buy Shuttered MRF From IREP

City of Montgomery Set to Buy Shuttered MRF From IREP

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If the deal goes through, the City of Montgomery, AL, and its waste authority will take title to the $35 million state-of-the-art Infinitus Renewable Energy Park (IREP) for $325,000…seemingly a bargain, but is it really?

IREP opened in April 2014, but its operators closed the doors 18 month later, claiming the  … Read More



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