Tag: waste system

Waste and wastes are unwanted or unusable materials. Waste is any substance which is discarded after primary use, or it is worthless, defective and of no use.
The term is often subjective (because waste to one person is not necessarily waste to another) and sometimes objectively inaccurate (for example, to send scrap metals to a landfill is to inaccurately classify them as waste, because they are recyclable). Examples include municipal solid waste (household trash/refuse), hazardous waste, wastewater (such as sewage, which contains bodily wastes (feces and urine) and surface runoff), radioactive waste, and others.

Money Talks

Money Talks

In the November/December 2016 edition, we summarized a few leading issues in solid waste financial planning. Due to the length of the article, we were unable to cover a few topics that have bubbled up to the surface during the course of some recent financial studies. Here are a few

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

MRF Tech Is Rising, Bringing Financial Challenges

MRF Tech Is Rising, Bringing Financial Challenges

When people think of cutting-edge technology and how it is changing the way municipalities serve their residents, they probably don’t think much about the materials recovery facilities (MRFs) responsible for sorting and processing waste.

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

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

On the Road to Infrastructure Week

On the Road to Infrastructure Week

Infrastructure Week (May 16–23) is a national week of events, media coverage, education, and advocacy efforts to bring the woeful state of our infrastructure to the attention of all Americans. It is comprised of more than 100 affiliate organizations from all sectors of the nation’s economy and civil society. Forester

Controlling Erosion at Landfill Sites

Controlling Erosion at Landfill Sites

About Landfill Caps
EPA maintains strict guidelines with which municipal solid waste landfills must ­comply once a landfill has reached its maximum ­capacity, setting in motion its closure.

One of the requirements is that landfill ­owners must continue to monitor and maintain the landfill, typically for 30 years, to ensure that waste

Material Separation Practices/Equipment

Material Separation Practices/Equipment

Steven Viny, CEO of Envision Waste Services in Cleveland, OH, regards it as such: “We’re always going to need landfills. There’s a time and a place for a single-stream MRF [Material Recovery Facility]. There’s a time and a place for a waste-to-energy unit. There’s a time and a place for

Controlling Erosion at Landfill Sites

Controlling Erosion at Landfill Sites

About Landfill Caps
EPA maintains strict guidelines with which municipal solid waste landfills must ­comply once a landfill has reached its maximum ­capacity, setting in motion its closure.

One of the requirements is that landfill ­owners must continue to monitor and maintain the landfill, typically for 30 years, to ensure that waste

Is Privatization the Answer?

The decision by a governmental agency to self-perform versus outsourcing (privatizing) solid waste services is complex and should consider costs, as well as the following six major factors:

Continued level of service and rate control
Impacts to public employment
Impacts to waste reduction and recycling goals
Community pride and public perceptions
Organizational values.
Ability to respond

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