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Plastic is a material consisting of any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organics that are malleable and can be molded into solid objects of diverse shapes. Plastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass, but they often contain other substances. They are usually synthetic, most commonly derived from petrochemicals, but many are partially natural. Plasticity is the general property of all materials that are able to irreversibly deform without breaking, but this occurs to such a degree with this class of moldable polymers that their name is an emphasis on this ability.

Guest Editorial: A Global WasteCon

Guest Editorial: A Global WasteCon

For much of the past year, SWANA’s hard working staff and leadership have been promoting the very unique WASTECON taking place in Baltimore on September 25–27. What makes it unique? We are co-hosting our big annual conference with the ISWA World Congress, for the first time in nearly 20 years.

SWANA News

SWANA News

SWANA Announces Winners of the 2017 Safety Awards
SWANA is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 SWANA Safety Awards selected by SWANA’s Technical Divisions and the SWANA Safety Committee for their excellence in solid waste safety.

This year, SWANA expanded its Safety Awards program and selected winners based on SWANA’s 7

It’s Not Just a Matter of Size

It’s Not Just a Matter of Size

Commercial waste pick up is not just a matter of size. Though certainly larger than residential carts and waste cans, commercial containers come with additional features made necessary by the volume and weight of their waste loads. Commercial containers are made with different materials, often with reinforced structures to manage

Separate, But Not Equal

Separate, But Not Equal

As technology changes our lives, so too it changes our trash, necessitating new methods and new equipment in order to process it. Until the processes and equipment can keep up, challenges and issues will plague the industry.

Walking on Water: Floating Islands

Walking on Water: Floating Islands

Need more land? You might soon be able to create your own. Dutch engineers are experimenting with floating islands that can support buildings, farms, and other amenities.

The Dutch Maritime Research Institute has built a prototype of a floating island made up of dozens of interlocking triangles that can move

Methods to Handle Organic Waste: Compost and Kilowatts

Methods to Handle Organic Waste: Compost and Kilowatts

In 1915, a tragic farm accident reported in The Fruit Grower and Farmer was a mere footnote of local news. Patients from the State Hospital in Athens, OH, whose job was “to tramp down the silage comprised of corn stalks and leaves” were found asphyxiated in a tower silo. The report says

Geosynthetics for Roadway Construction

Geosynthetics for Roadway Construction

Ever since the Romans used palm fronds and other plant fiber matting to reinforce the sub-bases of their famous roads, fabrics have been used to improve road longevity and performance. Modern road construction methods rely on a family of materials called geosynthetics to achieve the same results. But these more sophisticated materials can

Control Methods for Odor and Dust in MRFs

Control Methods for Odor and Dust in MRFs

In many ways, material recovery facilities (MRFs) are harsher work environments than landfill working faces. During both operations, the protection of human health and the environment are primary concerns. While not exposed to the elements, the management of waste in a confined building has its own hazards. Enclosed facilities that

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Revegetating After a Wildfire

Revegetating After a Wildfire

It was in June 2013 that the 3,200-acre Royal Gorge fire broke out near Cañon City, CO, situated about 45 miles southwest of Colorado Springs. The wildfire destroyed almost everything in its path (48 out of 52 structures in Royal Gorge Park were lost), although surprisingly it spared the Royal

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