Tag: hazardous waste collection

Hazardous waste is waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. In the United States, the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste is regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Hazardous wastes are defined under RCRA in 40 CFR 261 where they are divided into two major categories: characteristic wastes and listed wastes.

MRWMD Selects BHS for Mixed Materials Recovery Facility

MRWMD Selects BHS for Mixed Materials Recovery Facility

Monterey County, CA – October 7, 2015 – The Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) has chosen Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to design, manufacture and install its new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The multi-line system is scheduled to open in September, 2016 and will process more than 30

The Evolving MRF

The Evolving MRF

Because of how different the materials being handled were, these original MRFs were not considered solid waste facilities, and were instead deemed “clean MRFs.” In some areas, however, it became necessary to recover recyclables from a mixed wastestream, creating the need for “dirty MRFs.” As recycling emerged as a more

Guest Editorial: Winning Big by Hitting Singles

There’s a new ballgame in town-the environmental management system (EMS)-and it has the potential to bench the waste diversion metric of “disposal management” and shift the playing field to “environmental resource management.” Factoring in the entire wastestream cycle, EMS spurs innovation, increases smarter recycling, and produces greater environmental protection and

Hazardous Duty

Hazardous Duty

Handling household hazardous wastes (HHW) and bulky wastes is more costly, time-consuming, and subject to more regulatory oversight than other components in the wastestream. They require special handling. Additionally, they present quite the challenge toward some operations’ goals of achieving a near zero-waste goal. In an effort to provide residents

Guest Editorial: Taking the Diversion Initiative

Guest Editorial: Taking the Diversion Initiative

As the nation continues to wrestle with diversion goals and recycling rates in solid waste management, the state of Iowa is in the midst of an experiment that values overall impact on the environment. Employing an environmental management system, solid waste management is being revolutionized to provide added environmental protection

Sustainable Balance

By Scott Moranda

Sarasota County, located in southwestern Florida, has made a commitment to advancements in solid waste management and in establishing goals of protecting natural areas through land conservation. Nearly 70,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands, conservation easements, parks, and other protected areas are owned and managed by Sarasota County

Optimizing the Stream

By Matthew Franchetti and Alexander Spivak

The Lucas County Solid Waste Management District in Toledo, OH, is currently operating a program for collection of recyclable solid wastes from a number of sites throughout the county. The current program involves collection of three different streams of recyclables (paper, old corrugated containers, and

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