Tag: waste and recycling

Recycling is a process to convert waste materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for “conventional” waste disposal and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to plastic production.

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SWANA’s Safety Ambassador Program Named “Safety Initiative of the Year” By Waste Dive

The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Safety Ambassador program has been named the winner of the 2016 Dive Awards: Safety Initiative of the Year by Waste Dive, a leading industry news publisher.

Across the waste and recycling industry,

A Finger on the Pulse of Collection Operations

A Finger on the Pulse of Collection Operations

There’s an old saying in the solid waste industry that a waste management company does not make money by picking waste up, so much as it does by putting it back down again. That is to say, the labor-intensive act of collecting waste is not as profitable as capital-intensive disposal

On the Ground and Underground

On the Ground and Underground

A lot of good things have been said about Frank R. Bowerman Landfill in Orange County, CA. It has recently powered up a major methane-to-electrical generation station to capture and reuse landfill gasses that some waste operations would be content just to burn off as waste. According to Robert Sjoquist,

The Elements of Waste Transfer Operations

The Elements of Waste Transfer Operations

Transfer trailers exist because of transfer stations. Transfer trailer trucks financially justify the building and operating of transfer stations, since their larger capacities achieve the necessary economies of scale that minimize the overall costs of over land bulk transport. Common sense and accounting show that it is less expensive to

SWANA Offers Free Student Membership

SWANA Offers Free Student Membership

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is pleased to announce that it now offers free membership for full-time undergraduate and graduate college students as a means to grow the future of the solid waste and recycling industry.

Beginning in 2017, eligible students now have a

Data Is the Missing Link in Municipal Waste Management

Data Is the Missing Link in Municipal Waste Management

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Today’s on-demand culture places pressure on businesses to deliver better services in less time, and for fewer dollars. While this is nothing new to the private sector, increasingly public services are being asked to do the same. Governments are responding by developing smart solutions that integrate

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Updates Industry Fatality Data

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Updates Industry Fatality Data

WASHINGTON, DC, December 16, 2016 – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today released 2015 final figures for industry and occupational fatality data. In its 2015 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, BLS detailed that refuse and recyclable material collectors, as an occupation, ranked fifth among American workers, with

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