Tag: MSW management

The municipal solid waste industry has four components: recycling, composting, disposal, and waste-to-energy via incineration. There is no single approach that can be applied to the management of all waste streams, therefore the Environmental Protection Agency, federal agency of the United States of America, developed a hierarchy ranking strategies for municipal solid waste. The Waste Management Hierarchy is made up of four levels ordered from most preferred to least preferred methods based on their environmental soundness: Source reduction and reuse; recycling or composting; energy recovery; treatment and disposal.

The First Domino Falls

The First Domino Falls

Here’s something you never think about that I’m going to make you think about. Falling dominoes. I’m talking about those gigantic kinetic displays that show thousands of dominoes standing side by side in a row, in a spiral, in a circle, in a pattern, and even in multi-level structures. You

Not Quite Circular but Loopy

Not Quite Circular but Loopy

During a recent visit to the Oxnard Del Norte Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Oxnard, CA, I took a selfie and posted it to social media with the caption, “My office for the day.” I ended up getting 50 likes and a few comments.

MSW Management Editor,

The China Waste Ban: Be Part of the Solution

The China Waste Ban: Be Part of the Solution

The mid-July headline from Reuters read, “China says it won’t take any more foreign garbage.” China informed the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it would not be accepting any more imported waste such as plastics, paper, slag from steelmaking, ash, etc. In its filing with the WTO, China said, “We found

Large Carnivorous Birds

Large Carnivorous Birds

NOAA is predicting a larger-than-usual dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay this summer. The usual causes of these hypoxic areas are excess nutrients—nitrogen and phosphorus—in stormwater runoff, which lead to algae blooms that decompose and deplete oxygen levels, harming aquatic life and wreaking havoc with fisheries.

It’s not just the

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play

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

Want to Get a Fix on the Emerging Regulatory Environment?

Want to Get a Fix on the Emerging Regulatory Environment?

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

And the Winner Is…

And the Winner Is…

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

Proceed With Caution

Proceed With Caution

At the end of the month, the solid waste industry will be gathering in Reno, NV, for SWANApalooza 2017. As there has been in the past, the conference will include the Road to Zero Waste Conference, the Landfill Gas & Biogas Symposium, the Landfill Symposium, and the Landfill Methane Outreach

Less Than Six Degrees of Separation

Less Than Six Degrees of Separation

Recently I covered CONEXPO-CON/AGG for our sister publication, Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine. Much of what was talked about was infrastructure. Infrastructure relates to all of Forester Media’s publications, including MSW Management. It’s hard to write an MSW Management blog without turning to the subject of the nation’s infrastructure, especially with Infrastructure

What Is in Store for EPA?

What Is in Store for EPA?

We’ve been having discussions in the editorial offices of Forester Media in regards to strategies on how to cover the new White House Administration. One recent event was the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Of course, any changes that take place at EPA

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