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 Trotti Files: Overcoming Stranded Political Investment

The Trotti Files: Overcoming Stranded Political Investment

Quality, quantity, timeliness, and public involvement are the basic ingredients necessary to operate a fully-functioning, effective materials management system, starting with its strategic basis, tactical alignment, practical implementation, and carrying all the way through to the broad acceptance by the various constituencies involved. So, where do we stand?

SWANA News

SWANA News

Excellence in 2017
Honorees recognized at WASTECON®
The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that demonstrate the highest practices through their commitment to using effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and

Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement

Waste collection does not stay constant. Like any other industry, it changes and grows with each new innovation in machinery or technique. Other industries consciously adopt the formal process of “continuous improvement” to advance their capabilities and improve the quality of their products and services. Waste collection is no different.

Adapting to the Technology

Adapting to the Technology

As technology and automation such as optical sorters, robotics, and controls play a greater role in modern MRFs, it calls for a different skill set in those who manage them and work with them.

Winter Operations at the Frey Farm Landfill

Winter Operations at the Frey Farm Landfill

While many factors affect operations at a landfill, one of the most impactful and unpredictable is weather. With the winter season here, if you live and work in a region that experiences severe winter weather, you know that snow, ice, and freezing temperatures present some unique challenges in the solid

Contains Artificial Intelligence

Contains Artificial Intelligence

When I first started working for MSW Management, the extent of my waste management knowledge was that I took our full bins down to the curb Tuesday mornings and then brought them back empty behind the garage in the afternoon. Of course, I learned on day one that there’s an

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,

Managing Daily Cover and Drainage at MSW Landfill Sites

Managing Daily Cover and Drainage at MSW Landfill Sites

Today’s municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are much more than places to dump household trash. They’re engineered facilities that are designed to hold and isolate the trash from the environment and are governed by both federal and state regulations.

Landfill designers and operators face two main challenges to the integrity of

Tackling Landfill Erosion and Leachate Challenges

Tackling Landfill Erosion and Leachate Challenges

Today’s municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are much more than places to dump household trash. They’re engineered facilities that are designed to hold and isolate the trash from the environment and are governed by both federal and state regulations.

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