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Curbside collection encompasses many subtly different systems, which differ mostly on where in the process the recyclates are sorted and cleaned. The main categories are mixed waste collection, commingled recyclables and source separation. A waste collection vehicle generally picks up the waste.

Finding Your Way Home

No operation appears to be so simple as curbside collection of municipal solid waste (MSW). No technology is so basic as the truck that does the hauling. But high tech has transformed the practice of solid waste collection, and with it the waste management industry. Equipped with GPS, waste collection

Automating Bulk Trash Collection With Grapple Trucks

Automating Bulk Trash Collection With Grapple Trucks

Thirty years ago, Rochester, NY, collected its bulk trash the old-fashioned way-with a six-wheeled open truck, a driver, and three laborers who picked up whatever was left at the curb by heaving it over their shoulders into the truck bed. “In 1980 we went to two operators on a low-entry,

What Keeps Mayors Up at Night?

What Keeps Mayors Up at Night?

Mayors. As one public works director quipped: “I’ve seen them come, and I’ve seen them go. In my 30 years with the city, I’ve survived and occasionally thrived through five different mayoral administrations.” What do a current sample crop of mayors from cities of all sizes across the country see

Cleaner Streets, Cleaner Water

Cleaner Streets, Cleaner Water

Ask the average citizen about “street sweeping,” and chances are she’ll say, “It cleans up the trash people toss out of their cars.” This is, of course, true, and what most people notice. Minutes after Los Angeles’ 2013 Golden Dragon Parade ended, pedestrians quickly returned to Chinatown’s sidewalks as

Picking Up the Pieces

Picking Up the Pieces

The most recent figures released by the US Environmental Protection Agency, which has collected and reported data on the generation and disposal of waste in the United States for more than 30 years, indicate that Americans generated 243 million tons of trash in 2009. Municipal waste, which includes household, commercial,

Automated Collection Goes to Work

Efficiency, decreased costs in Worker’s Compensation and labor, increased recycling efforts, and more aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods on trash pickup day are the primary reasons why more solid waste managers are pleased with the results they’re getting from automated collection systems.

In the year that Bay City, TX, has automated its solid

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