Tag: municipal solid waste management

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.

Making Solar the Right Shade of Green

Making Solar the Right Shade of Green

The week before last, I was at the Solid Waste Association of North America’s Senior Executive Symposium in Phoenix, AZ, in connection with another of our publications, Municipal Solid Waste Management magazine. In the course of discussions, I asked if attendees were beginning to see solar panels or related PV

SWANA News

SWANA News

SWANA Safety Matters
SURGE OF WASTE-RELATED FATALITIES—UNACCEPTABLE
Arecent increase in fatal accidents involving garbage trucks is of great concern and is unacceptable. In March, SWANA’s safety tracking identified ten separate incidents in which someone in the United States has been killed in an accident involving a truck carrying garbage or recyclables.

SWANA has developed

Thousand Oaks Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Thousand Oaks Household Hazardous Waste Facility

The City of Thousand Oaks, CA, has operated a successful monthly collection event for the past two decades. As the monthly events were reaching maximum capacity, it was time for the City, a family-oriented community with a population of approximately 126,000 residents, to consider a permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

SWANA Private Sector Director Positions Now Open

SWANA Private Sector Director Positions Now Open

Seven private sector members sit on the SWANA International Board of Directors (IB). These members represent different private sector views (finance, services, consulting, sales, manufacturing, legal and materials recovery and diversion), and help the Board maintain a balanced view on municipal solid waste management. Individuals are elected to the positions

Back-to-Back We Face the Past

Back-to-Back We Face the Past

It started a couple of weeks ago when I detected a slight sagging in one of the boards on my back deck putting me face-to-face with a bunch of insatiable termites. This epiphany led to a visit to my local exterminator service, setting in motion the remedial activity involving tenting and

The Economic Development Benefits of Waste-to-Energy Facilities – Part 1

The Economic Development Benefits of Waste-to-Energy Facilities – Part 1

The long-term availability of a cost-effective, reliable and sustainable solid waste management system is an important component of the infrastructure needed by a local community to spur economic development. In this regard, municipal solid waste management (MSW) systems that utilize waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities to process nonrecycled waste for energy recovery

SWANA Awards Committee Search for Award Nominees

SWANA Awards Committee Search for Award Nominees

The SWANA annual Awards Program recognizes individuals and their organizations for their contributions to the association, to solid waste management and public health/environmental protection.

Each year we ask SWANA Chapters, Membership and staff to nominate individuals for the following:

Professional Achievement Award: Given annually, this award recognizes SWANA Members for valuable and

SWANA 2015 Professional Achievement Awards

SWANA 2015 Professional Achievement Awards

The Professional Achievement Awards program was developed to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the solid waste management profession through the course of their careers.

Each of the 2015 winners was recommended by the International Awards Committee, and each recommendation was approved by the Executive Committee (EC) during SWANA’s

Composting Renaissance

Composting Renaissance

Shannon Leavitt says he can’t produce enough compost to satisfy all of the customers who ask for it.
For 18 years, Leavitt has owned the Natural Fertilizer Co. in Wildorado, TX, which he says was started by Fletcher Sims, “the father of mass-production composting,” in the late 1960s.
Annually, the Natural Fertilizer

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