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MSW Management Weekly

How Many Solar Panels Does It Take to Cover a 500-TPD WTE Plant?

How Many Solar Panels Does It Take to Cover a 500-TPD WTE Plant?

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China is building the world’s largest waste-to-energy plant near the city of Shenzhen. The Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy plant—nearly a mile in circumference—will be capable of incinerating up to 5,000 tpd of MSW. In addition, two-thirds of the facility—roughly a half million square feet—will be covered with solar panels providing a  … Read More

Waste to Energy Facilities: Factors for Success

Waste to Energy Facilities: Factors for Success

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Over the last several years, European countries have been phasing out landfilling. Similar inititavies are going on in Asia, too. Nickolas J. Themelis, Director of the Earth Engineering Center and chair of the Global Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT) Council notes, “China offers a $30 credit per megawatt-hour of  … Read More

Installation and Testing of Landfill Liners

Installation and Testing of Landfill Liners

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The material used for liners and caps is only as good as long as it’s installed properly, says Doug DeCesare, the solid waste section manager in HDR Engineering’s Nebraska/Iowa engineering department.

Installation is critical for the effectiveness of geomembranes in landfills in not enabling water to stream through tears or pinholes,  … Read More

Trade Show Season Off and Running at a Gallop

Trade Show Season Off and Running at a Gallop

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“Have an awesome day,” the waitress said as I paid for breakfast and turned my mind to the several hours remaining of a six-day, coast-to-coast trip to attend two very different events: AHR (Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration) in Orlando, and the US Composting Council expo in the relatively-nearby Jacksonville,  … Read More

Scale Software’s Role in Waste Transfer

Scale Software’s Role in Waste Transfer

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The Function of Scale Software

Scale software translates physical deformation into usable data. Its job is to read and interpret the stains induced to the load cells and evaluate this physical change into an accurate weight measure. The software then takes these individual weight readings and provides useful context in the  … Read More

How to Interview to Win Projects

How to Interview to Win Projects

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So you’ve been shortlisted for your dream engineering project or position? Congrats! But…with the herds of applicants, how can you successfully deliver your ideas AND standout from the crowd?

Join returning speaker Dr. David T. Williams as he outlines the secrets to a successful interview – from preparation to answering the  … Read More

Number 64, You’re Cleared to Land at the MRF

Number 64, You’re Cleared to Land at the MRF

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I’m comparing what I think the future holds in store for waste to what I’m seeing in other industries, most notably construction where telematics has gone in the space of a decade from a tool for knowing where equipment is, to knowing what it’s done or doing, to today where  … 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

Are Win-Win Solutions for Municipalities and Haulers Impossible?

Are Win-Win Solutions for Municipalities and Haulers Impossible?

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The on-demand format means that you may attend the sessions at your leisure, learning on your own at home and online, or with a group. Forester University’s Master Series is designed as an interactive experience with the leading experts in the field.

Take the Municipal Solid Waste Management Master Class Series  … Read More

A Different Kind of Operation

A Different Kind of Operation

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When most people think of waste collection, they think of the weekly waste pickup at the curb outside the home. For most of us, the typical waste collection truck loaded by men picking up individual trash cans and dumping them in the back of the truck is all there is  … Read More

Landfill Waste Compaction Strategies-Tools and Techniques

Landfill Waste Compaction Strategies-Tools and Techniques

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The municipal solid waste deposited at a landfill has a density of 550 to over 650 pounds per cubic yard (approximately 20 to 25 lbs per cubic foot). Costs and economics are the primary metrics for determining which method or methods should be used. It some cases, operating costs and  … Read More



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