Tag: waste recycling

Waste 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.

Collection of Organic Wastes From High-Rise Buildings and Apartment Complexes

Collection of Organic Wastes From High-Rise Buildings and Apartment Complexes

This article provides highlights from a research memorandum recently published by the SWANA Applied Research Foundation (ARF) on the collection of organic wastes from high-rise buildings and apartment complexes. This research need was identified by North Vancouver, British Columbia, and selected for investigation during FY2012 (July 2011 through June 2012).

The Costs and Benefits of Anaerobic Digesters

The Costs and Benefits of Anaerobic Digesters

Anaerobic digesters are a mature, proven technology. They take sludge, manure, and other organic waste materials and produce methane (natural gas) fuel. Nobody questions their technological capabilities. However, the question remains as to their economic benefits. In terms of dollars and cents, how much economic sense do anaerobic digesters make?

Waste In, Energy Out: The Costs and Benefits of Anaerobic Digesters

Waste In, Energy Out: The Costs and Benefits of Anaerobic Digesters

Anaerobic digesters are a mature, proven technology. They take sludge, manure, and other organic waste materials and produce methane (natural gas) fuel. Nobody questions their technological capabilities. However, the question remains as to their economic benefits. In terms of dollars and cents, how much economic sense do anaerobic digesters make?

When Energy from Waste Makes Economic Sense

When Energy from Waste Makes Economic Sense

Quantum Biopower, a waste-to-energy company in Southington, Connecticut, is prepared to make energy and environmental history. Last spring, the company received approval from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to build a food-waste, anaerobic digestion plant. In June, the Southington Planning & Zoning committee gave its approval for construction. When completed—scheduled for

The Economics of Recycling in the US—Can It Pay for Itself?

The Economics of Recycling in the US—Can It Pay for Itself?

Has recycling in the United States stalled? How dire is the situation? Industry executives have argued force­fully that prices for recycling commodities have largely fallen to the point over the past several years that it is not economical for them to process recyclables and market them to largely Asian markets,

SWANA News

SWANA News

WASTECON® 2016:  Learning and Leadership Take the Midwest
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) welcomed nearly 2,000 industry professionals to downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, for its largest annual conference of the year. If you were unable to attend, you missed an exciting event that brought two organizations into a shared

SWANA NEWS

SWANA NEWS

Keep Momentum Going, Membership Growing.
New Membership Director, Darryl Walter
Darryl Walter comes to SWANA after successfully leading membership development efforts for associations such as The Wildlife Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Actuaries. Darryl thoroughly enjoys working for associations and interacting with members.

Maximizing Efficiency and Safety at MRFs

Maximizing Efficiency and Safety at MRFs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) points out on its website that while recycling is good for the environment, it can be dangerous for workers. Certain materials in the wastestream directly pose hazards to workers. Additional hazards include vehicle traffic, moving machine parts, unexpected machine startup, lifting injuries, slips,

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