Tag: MSW

Municipal solid waste (MSW), commonly known as trash or garbage in the U.S. and as refuse or rubbish in the UK, is a waste type consisting of everyday items that are discarded by the public. “Garbage” can also refer specifically to food waste, as in a garbage disposal; the two are sometimes collected separately.

The Landfill Manager’s Guide to the Airspace Balance Equation

The Landfill Manager’s Guide to the Airspace Balance Equation

For the savvy landfill manager, settlement is like money in the bank…only better.
Here is a real-life example: A municipal landfill—one of our long-time clients—had listed a new liner in next year’s budget. The amount? Three million dollars. So, what’s the deal? Does the typical landfill have massive airspace resources just

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

Material Sorting Systems

Material Sorting Systems

Municipal solid waste (MSW) operations face three primary goals in sorting material: the ability to do so in a manner that most efficiently saves time and money, the potential for generating the optimal post-sort revenue, and having a process that ensures safety.

Landfill Odor Control

Landfill Odor Control

While perhaps the increased emphasis on separate collections of organic wastes such as food scraps and other green waste has contributed to more odors, the development of neighborhoods closer to what was once a remote MSW operation is the overriding factor, say industry observers. Marc L. Byers, owner of Byers

The Costs and Benefits of Anaerobic Digesters

The Costs and Benefits of Anaerobic Digesters

Anaerobic digesters are a mature, proven technology. They take sludge, manure, and other organic waste materials and produce methane (natural gas) fuel. Nobody questions their technological capabilities. However, the question remains as to their economic benefits. In terms of dollars and cents, how much economic sense do anaerobic digesters make?

How to Spec a Trash Truck for Longer Life and Productivity

How to Spec a Trash Truck for Longer Life and Productivity

The cost and the complexity of collection trucks continue to increase. With deteriorating road conditions and higher pressure for performance, budget is no longer the only significant factor in a hauler’s purchase decision. Meeting the demands of an industry known for operating in the most severe conditions, a truck must

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

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

Has recycling in the United States stalled? How dire is the situation? 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 economical for them to process recyclables and market them to largely Asian markets,

Residential Organics Recycling: Discard, Storage, and Set-Out

Residential Organics Recycling: Discard, Storage, and Set-Out

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,

Landfill Gas Treatment Systems

Landfill Gas Treatment Systems

Prior to conversion, limited treatment is required for direct use of landfill gas (LFG) in boilers or engines. Primary treatment steps may include dehydration and filtration to reduce moisture and particulates, as well as hydrogen sulfide and/or volatile organic compound (VOC) removal.

Editor’s Comments: Making Progress

Editor’s Comments: Making Progress

According to the ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, there is “a lack of funding for research and for seed capital to help make recyclable materials more marketable and new ­innovative ways to manage MSW [municipal solid waste] for a useful purpose of benefit (i.e., waste to energy) or new technologies,

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