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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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We’re at War and Most of Us Don’t Seem to Care

We’re at War and Most of Us Don’t Seem to Care

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Last Sunday’s New York Times article, “It’s No Accident: Advocates Want to Speak of Car ‘Crashes’ Instead,” hit the nail on the head by suggesting that people, not some intergalactic demonic force, are responsible for all but 6% of the 38,000 roadway fatalities in 2015. What’s behind the 6% not  … Read More

Do We Really Care Where Our Stuff Goes?

Do We Really Care Where Our Stuff Goes?

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I do, so a question I’ve asked over the years is, “Why don’t municipalities make accurate accounting a contractual requirement?” To date, I’ve yet to receive an answer, which makes me wonder whether the public really give a darn. Perhaps the real question is whether I’m out of my proper  … Read More

Save Our Shabby Infrastructure…Please

Save Our Shabby Infrastructure…Please

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Infrastructure Week takes place next week, May 16–23. Its purpose is to make more people aware of the need to maintain and upgrade the nation’s infrastructure and of the role it elements play in just about everything we do. As Infrastructure Week’s website puts it, “Roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, pipes,  … Read More

Landfill Economics: Getting Down to Business – Part 2

Landfill Economics: Getting Down to Business – Part 2

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This series of three articles examines the costs involved in each stage of a generic landfill’s lifetime, shows how to do pro forma statements for profit and loss, and analyzes the tax and financial aspects of each stage of operation. In so doing, these articles illustrate the unique profitability of  … Read More

The Economics of Recycling in the US—Can It Pay for Itself?

The Economics of Recycling in the US—Can It Pay for Itself?

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In short, the common theme of these articles is that recycling in the United States has stalled, and the situation is dire. How dire is it? Industry executives have argued force­fully that prices for recycling commodities have largely fallen to the point over the past several years that it is not  … Read More

The Elements of Waste Transfer Operations

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Transfer trailers exist because of transfer stations. Transfer trailer trucks financially justify the building and operating of transfer stations, since their larger capacities achieve the necessary economies of scale that minimize the overall costs of over land bulk transport. Common sense and accounting show that it is less expensive to  … Read More

City of Los Angeles Multifamily Residential Recycling Challenges

City of Los Angeles Multifamily Residential Recycling Challenges

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Arange of collection and outreach methods were tested in various neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles (City). The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) already collects recycling, green materials, and trash in a three-bin system from 750,000 customer accounts that include multifamily complexes of four units and under. In  … Read More

Collection of Organic Wastes From High-Rise Buildings and Apartment Complexes

Collection of Organic Wastes From High-Rise Buildings and Apartment Complexes

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This article provides highlights from a research memorandum recently published by the SWANA Applied Research Foundation (ARF) on the collection of organic wastes from high-rise buildings and apartment complexes. This research need was identified by North Vancouver, British Columbia, and selected for investigation during FY2012 (July 2011 through June 2012).  … Read More

NuTerra Celebrates International Compost Week with a Brief that Details Environmental and Economical Benefits of a Large-Scale Composting Program

NuTerra Celebrates International Compost Week with a Brief that Details Environmental and Economical Benefits of a Large-Scale Composting Program

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 3, 2016—NuTerra, a designer, builder, and provider of services that help municipalities address capital and operating changes based on proprietary financial and risk analysis models, today announced the availability of a compost brief as part of International Compost Week. The brief details the environmental and economical benefits  … Read More

Everyone Knows What the Nose Knows

Everyone Knows What the Nose Knows

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We all know that once insulted, the nose has an elephantine memory, which is why, like the proverbial unlocked cattle gate, the key to a good odor control program is having it securely in place from the git-go.

An illustration of this near and dear to my heart is a situation  … Read More

Your Ticket to the Rolloff Container Roundup

Your Ticket to the Rolloff Container Roundup

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Rolloff operations are the meat and potatoes of the refuse business. While residential requires finesse and focus and commercial requires hustle, the rolloff business is the place where each stop makes a load and a dollar.  … Read More

Discard, Storage and Set-Out

Discard, Storage and Set-Out

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Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), municipalities are liable for hazardous waste contained in the municipal solid waste generated in their jurisdictions. Broadly, municipalities are “arrangers” under the law and “potentially responsible parties” for Superfund cleanup. (The most-cited case is B. F. Goodrich Company v. Murtha,  … Read More



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