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Arturo Santiago

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SWANA Latest

| Rest In Peace Jim Considine. I know that this isn’t news to many of you but before the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) was SWANA, it was the Governmental Refuse Collection and Disposal Association (GRCDA). The GRCDA was born in a meeting on December 12, 1961, at the Huddle Restaurant in West Covina, ... READ MORE

“The Lesser of Two Evils”

| When faced with a difficult choice, there’s ancient wisdom that advises us to “choose the lesser of two evils.” What if you’re having trouble deciding which choice is less evil than the other? While we’re having a difficult time trying how to fund the repair and/or replacement of our infrastructure, there’s never really been a ... READ MORE

Plastic Straw Police

| The first step is sometimes the hardest. It can often feel like the ultimate goal is so far away, it’ll take an eternity to get there. But all journeys start with that first step. Banning plastic straws may sound silly and trivial to people who don’t know what we know. We know where those straws ... READ MORE

Oxymoronic Infrastructure

| I have a love-hate relationship with oxymorons. I know exactly what they mean even though they defy the tenets of logic. “I’ll have an order of your jumbo shrimp, please.” I’ve seen almost all of the obvious oxymorons, but in a search for new examples of infrastructure around the world, I came across one that ... READ MORE

Stream of Waste

| As the waste and recycling industry continues efforts to innovate in order to deal with new realities, National Geographic is embarking on a scientific endeavor to understand the flow of plastic from its source to the world’s oceans. The two co-leaders of the National Geographic Society’s “Source to Sea” plastic initiative are Jenna Jambeck and ... READ MORE

New Lightweight, Rugged Trimble T7 Tablet Elevates Productivity on the Construction Site

| SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 21, 2019—Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today the Trimble® T7 Tablet, a rugged, lightweight and versatile device for construction surveying applications. Using Trimble Siteworks Software for construction surveying, the Trimble T7 provides real-time data to visualize cut/fill levels, calculate material volumes, check grade and communicate work orders to increase productivity and enable better decision ... READ MORE

Slimline Manufacturing: Profiles In Innovation

| How a Landfill managed by a not-for-profit Association exemplifies progressive fiscal, environmental and community values. “Everything that comes here, stays here.” While it may sound a like a reference to Hotel California, our story comes from a place far north of Todos Santos, the small town on Mexico’s Baja peninsula, home to the hotel made ... READ MORE

In New Green Initiative, City of San Francisco Brings Waste Collection into 21st Century

| In partnership with Nordsense Technology, 1,000 Internet-Connected AI Powered Sensors to be Installed in Trash Bins along Major Commercial Corridors San Francisco, CA — February 20, 2019—Nordsense, an AI-based waste management technology company, today announced it has secured a contract with the City of San Francisco to optimize waste collection across the city. Beginning this spring, Nordsense will ... READ MORE

MSS Receives Patent for PrecisionFlow™ Eject Hood Design

| Patented hood for optical sorters works in combination with air-assist systems for precise material handling. NASHVILLE, TN (February 2019) – MSS, Inc., the optical sorting division of CP Group, announced they received a patent for their PrecisionFlow™ eject hood for optical sorters. When processing lightweight materials such as flexible plastic packaging or single sheets of ... READ MORE

SWANA CEO Appointed as ETTAC Rep

| Silver Spring, MD – The CEO and Executive Director of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), David Biderman, has been appointed again to the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC), representing the waste management and recycling segment of the U.S. environmental technology industry. ETTAC works with the Department of Commerce to promote environmental trade. ... READ MORE

Double Coin Makes Organizational Changes

| MONROVIA, Calif., February 20, 2019 – Double Coin and CMA, a leading tire manufacturer and marketer is pleased to announce three organizational changes, effective January 1, 2019. The changes were made to streamline operations and improve CMA’s overall customer experience. Teresa Galvan has been promoted to a new position within Marketing and Operations as CMA’s ... READ MORE


| Designed for the largest tiltrotator Strömsund, Sweden, February 20, 2019 – Engcon announces it has launched production of the GRD70 grab cassette. Engcon is the world’s leading manufacturer of tiltrotators weighing 1.5-33 metric tons. A tiltrotator is a kind of tilting and rotating quick coupler for excavators. Engcon has for some time been alone in ... READ MORE

Trackunit launches Eliminate Downtime 2025 Movement at ARA

| The construction industry is invited to sign up to change  Chicago, IL and Anaheim, CA – February 18, 2019 – Trackunit, a leading global innovator of telematics technology, has announced the launch of an industry-wide mission to eliminate downtime. The ambition of the movement is not only to recover the billions lost through budget and schedule ... READ MORE

Iyer Named President of LiuGong Construction Machinery NA

| February 18, 2019 – Katy, Texas – LiuGong North America (LGNA) has announced Mani Iyer as its new president, effective February 1, 2019. LGNA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of LiuGong Machinery which is a global leader in heavy construction equipment. Kevin Thieneman, LGNA Chairman, said “Mani Iyer’s track record in the equipment industry and his ... READ MORE


| Caterpillar Safety Services announces the development of Cat® Safety VR, a new virtual reality (VR) safety training module. Customized for paving applications, the new VR safety training solution immerses the trainee into a virtual four-lane rural highway construction site, so the employee learns to interact with coworkers and identify hazards in a safe and controlled environment. ... READ MORE


| The 2019 product update package for Cat® M Series Medium Wheel Loaders (950M – 982M) includes technology advances that provide: lower operating costs via extended service intervals; enhanced operator comfort with new seats and suspensions; emissions control strategies to meet EU Stage V standards (EU only); added machine configurations (982M Forestry Machine and 982M High Lift); ... READ MORE

Volvo CE names Alta Equipment 2018 Dealer of the Year

| Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) North America has named Alta Equipment Company (Alta Equipment) the 2018 Dealer of the Year. The Detroit, Michigan-based company demonstrated outstanding performance over the last year, when it intensified its efforts to improve customers’ experiences and entered a new market, Illinois, reinforcing Volvo CE’s presence in the Midwest. Volvo CE ... READ MORE

FHWA Awards More Than $10 Million to Seven States to Test New Ways to Fund Highways

| WASHINGTON — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced $10.2 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to seven states to test new ways to finance highway and bridge projects.  The program’s goal is to allow states to test user-based alternatives to support the Highway Trust Fund, which relies primarily on the federal ... READ MORE

ASV Debuts New Brand Strategy and Improves Customer Experience with New Website

| GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (Feb. 12, 2019) — ASV Holdings Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of all-purpose and all-season compact track loaders and skid steers, has introduced a new brand strategy highlighting the product features and qualities that make ASV an industry leader and allow customers to get more done in more places. The company also launched ... READ MORE

Wastequip Honors Waste Equipment Inventors on National Inventor’s Day

| CHARLOTTE, N.C. [February 11, 2018] – Leading North American manufacturer of waste handling equipment, Wastequip, celebrated National Inventor’s Day by honoring its more than 40 patents and its employees’ achievements to the industry. Founded in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, National Inventor’s Day recognizes the contributions that U.S. inventors make to the nation and the ... READ MORE

Volvo CE expands ActiveCare Direct™ to pavers

| Owners of select models can now benefit from the 24/7 machine monitoring and reporting service that provides all the benefits of telematics without the burden of sorting through data and alarm codes. Originally launched in 2017 for excavators, articulated haulers and wheel loaders, ActiveCare Direct™ is now available on select Volvo asphalt pavers. Starting February ... READ MORE

Solmax-GSE becomes Solmax

| An industry leader with the clout to reshape the geosynthetics industry February 11, 2019 – Montreal.    Solmax-GSE, now the world’s leading geosynthetics company, will henceforth be known as Solmax. The return to the Solmax name and brand follows the successful integration of the Solmax and GSE Environmental businesses to form a single strong global entity—one ... READ MORE

SWANA Announces 2019 Award Winners

| Honorees to be recognized in February at SWANApalooza in Boston Silver Spring, MD – The Technical Divisions of the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) have voted to recognize two outstanding members and a company for achievement, volunteer efforts and leadership in 2019.  Distinguished Individual Achievement Awards are being presented to Michelle Leonard and Ivan Cooper.  Interior ... READ MORE

Honda Engines Expands GX Series V-Twin Model Lineup

| Fuel-Injected, Intelligent Computer-Controlled Lineup Delivers Versatile Power and High Performance for Commercial Applications The Honda iGX700/iGXV700 and iGX800/iGXV800 V-Twin general-purpose engines offer versatile power—expanding into larger and more demanding commercial applications for greater adaptability with excellent fuel efficiency in a compact package. The new engines, for sale to power equipment OEMs, expand the Honda V-Twin lineup ... READ MORE


| Production Begins in 2019 Strömsund, Sweden, February 6, 2019 – Engcon introduces an automatic quick hitch for excavators up to 40 tonnes. Engcon is the world’s leading manufacturer of tiltrotators – a kind of tilting and rotating quick coupler for excavators. The new product, dubbed EC-Oil 80, is an automatic hydraulic connector suitable for the ... READ MORE

CASE Launches New Series of Small-Frame Vibratory Rollers

| CASE Construction Equipment has announced a new series of small-frame vibratory rollers. Available in both double drum and combination (front drum with rear pneumatic tires) configurations, these compact rollers are easy to transport and are ideal for working in residential and commercial construction applications where the operator may encounter tight quarters, curbs, structures and other ... READ MORE

Bobcat Company introduces new authorized dealer in Paris, Texas

| (PARIS, TEXAS – February 2019) Bobcat Company has expanded its dealer network with the addition of Bobcat of Paris as an authorized new and used sales, service, and parts provider of Bobcat® equipment. The dealership is located at 2720 N. Main St., Paris, Texas. Bobcat of Paris is the sixth dealership to operate in the ... READ MORE

B2W Software Expands its B2W Inform Heavy Construction e-Forms and Reporting Solution with Complimentary Form Templates Library

| Portsmouth, NH – February 4, 2019 — B2W Software, a leading provider of heavy construction management software, has further expanded its flexible B2W Inform solution for e-forms and reporting with a complimentary library of user-ready form templates. The templates make it easy for contractors using B2W Inform to replace paper forms with highly customized electronic ... READ MORE

The Digital Transformation Barometer

| Waste management critical of digital transformation progress: 60% give themselves a failing grade for the application of new technologies. The waste management and recycling industry is less than enthusiastic about its own success in making the digital transformation, according to AMCS’s Digital Transformation Barometer 2018. This is especially true for the application of new technologies, ... READ MORE

AMCS Announces Acquisition of Recy Systems

| LIMERICK, Ireland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AMCS, the world’s leading supplier of integrated software and vehicle technology for the waste and recycling sector, has today announced the acquisition of Germany’s leading recycling and waste management software specialist, Recy Systems (Recy). Recy has offices in Germany, U.S., U.K. and Slovakia. Their customers include some of the world’s largest and most ... READ MORE

ClearSpan Announces up to 35% off in Building Blowout

| ClearSpan is celebrating the new year with an extended sale on a special selection of buildings. Customers have the potential to save thousands of dollars on their purchase with discounts of up to 35%. Customers must act fast if they want to take advantage of these incredible savings. The sale has already begun and only ... READ MORE

ClearSpan Announces up to 35% off in Building Blowout

| ClearSpan is celebrating the new year with an extended sale on a special selection of buildings. Customers have the potential to save thousands of dollars on their purchase with discounts of up to 35%. Customers must act fast if they want to take advantage of these incredible savings. The sale has already begun and only ... READ MORE

Do More With Less

| In our ever increasing efforts to control, maintain, and manage our solid waste, one main strategy has been to avoid making waste whenever and wherever possible. Part of that is placing a greater emphasis on sustainability. Recently, Volvo Construction Equipment has laid out six sustainable building materials that we could be using in the future ... READ MORE

It’s All About the Grade Point Average

| Back in the day, I never really cared about establishing a high grade point average (GPA). Maybe because it told me how far I was from being “excellent” by telling me I was only “good” and at times that I was only “average” with a lot of work to do to be “good.” But then ... READ MORE


| Three new Cat® MP332, MP345, and MP365 Multi-Processor models are heavy-duty, high-production tools that accept multiple interchangeable jaws for taking on a variety of specialized demolition tasks. The new models, compared with previous models, can cycle 50 percent faster and generate up to 19 percent greater cutting/crushing forces. An innovative locking system enables a single operator to typically ... READ MORE

Hyundai Upgrades and New Attachments Focus of Exhibit at World of Concrete 2019

| Hyundai HX130LCR Excavator Model to be Shown for First Time NORCROSS, Ga., Jan. 17 – Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas will feature a variety of recently upgraded models and newly available third-party attachments Jan. 22 through 25 at its World of Concrete exhibit (Booth C7027) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company also is displaying ... READ MORE

CostTrax introduces world’s first time and materials tracking software with built-in cost-control and compliance

| Atlanta, Ga (January 17, 2019) – Construction project owners have a powerful new tool to manage cost-plus, time and materials, and force account construction projects. CostTrax, powered by EquipmentWatch, is a new software solution that streamlines reporting, automatically flags questionable expenses, and ensures every reimbursement request is 100 percent compliant. CostTrax is entirely web-based and ... READ MORE

I Should Be on the List

| Imagine you’ve cleaned yourself up nicely for a fancy evening event that is invitation only. You’re wearing your best “invitation only fancy evening event” duds. You may have even bought a new pair of shoes for the occasion. When you drive up, you pass the parking lot and go straight to valet parking. You tip ... READ MORE

Hyundai Construction Equipment Adds Butler Equipment LLC to Growing North American Distribution Network

| NORCROSS, Ga. (January 2019) – Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas announces the expansion of its North American authorized dealer network with the addition of Butler Equipment LLC. Butler Equipment is family owned and operated and can provide you with the latest and best in outdoor power products. Butler will be offering Hyundai Construction Equipment at their ... READ MORE


| DEARBORN, Michigan – (January 2, 2019) – Carhartt, America’s premium workwear brand since 1889, will launch its Carhartt Company Gear™ program on Jan. 16, 2019. With the new Carhartt Company Gear™ service model, the 130 year-old brand will provide a wide range of businesses with its familiar rugged, durable products. In addition to Carhartt’s most ... READ MORE

About This Shutdown

| I do not want to talk about how it came about or why, or who is ultimately responsible for the partial government shutdown. What I would like to mention is a headline for a recent article in The Washington Post titled, “Highway and Transit Projects Grind to a Halt as the Shutdown Continues.” According to ... READ MORE

New B2W Software Production Targets Capability Enhances Daily Field Performance Tracking Accuracy in Heavy Construction

| Portsmouth, NH – January 14, 2019 — B2W Software, a leading provider of heavy construction management software, has delivered a new B2W Production Targets capability that empowers heavy construction contractors to assess job progress more accurately at any given point in time. Using B2W Production Targets, contractors can easily set specific, variable targets for expected ... READ MORE

City of Cheyenne Selects Burns & McDonnell to Complete Solid Waste Management Plan

| CHEYENNE, Wyoming — The City of Cheyenne has selected Burns & McDonnell to develop and support the implementation of an integrated solid waste management (ISWM) plan. The project will help guide future activities and support infrastructure, programs and policies needed to manage the city’s solid waste. “To provide the most effective, high-quality service to residents ... READ MORE

Seemingly Out of Nowhere

| When the China Waste Ban went into effect, the recycling industry was turned almost completely upside down. That may be overstating it a bit, but let’s be honest, it was an extremely difficult pill to swallow. I declared that we needed to discover new ways of doing things and not just new markets for recyclables. ... READ MORE

New John Deere L-Series Utility Wheel Loaders Primed to Take Job Sites by Storm

| Moline, Ill. (Jan. 8, 2019) — After much anticipation and countless hours of product development, John Deere unveils three powerful and productive L-Series utility wheel loaders. The 524L, 544L and 624L offer customers an intuitive solution, ideal for projects that require agility and versatility on the job site or farm. Designed with the operator in ... READ MORE

The Storm Is Still Coming

| I really love finding out about all the new technology that’s going into heavy equipment these days. But I’ve always been wary of going too far with machine control, advanced telematics, artificial intelligence (AI), and predictive analytics. Every now and then in this blog I would sneak in a warning about how we could one ... READ MORE


| The ever-increasing awareness on the Russian territory of considering post-consume materials as a resource has lead AMUT ECOTECH, Green Division of AMUT GROUP, to take part to the “Waste Treatment Conference” organized by INVENTRA (CREON Group) on the 22nd of October, in Moscow.   Antonio Morona, AMUT ECOTECH Sales Manager, presented the topic “Waste collection integrated ... READ MORE

Thirst For First By Inga Rundquist

| This article first appeared in Hitachi’s BREAKOUT magazine, Winter 2018 issue. There’s something special about the brand-new Hitachi ZX345USLC-6 on the construction site in the Maple Ridge neighborhood of Vancouver, B.C. – in June it became the very first model of its kind to be delivered on North American soil. What makes this even more ... READ MORE

Project Minotaur Episode 1: Spare Parts

| CASE unveiled Project Minotaur at CONEXPO 2017 — a new machine category that brought together the performance attributes of a compact track loader and a dozer to create the industry’s first ever Compact Dozer Loader, the DL450. CASE has since evolved the concept and is taking it into the next stages of development. This series ... READ MORE

Acquisition Gives Morbark a Strong, Global Mulcher Attachment Line and Future Growth

| WINN, Mich. – January 4, 2019 – Morbark, LLC, announced that it completed the acquisition of DENIS CIMAF, Inc., based in Roxton Falls, Québec. This transaction represents the company’s second acquisition since private equity firm Stellex Capital Management LP acquired Morbark in 2016. The acquisition of Rayco Manufacturing in October 2017, brought a lineup of ... READ MORE

#SeeHerWork Campaign Launches Inaugural Event in Houston to Advocate for Gender Specific Safety Standards

| 150 women deaths attributed each year to performing work activities in ill-fitting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Houston, Texas – January 4, 2018 – SeeHerWork, a company that designs, manufactures and sells workwear, safety equipment, and other job-specific products for women, today announced the #SeeHerWork event series, taking place in Houston, San Francisco, Detroit and Washington, ... READ MORE

Fecon Introduces Stage-5 Compliant FTX300 Mulching Tractor

| (Lebanon, OH) Fecon introduces the latest addition to their lineup of forestry mulchers, the Stage-5 compliant FTX300 Mulching Tractor.  This low-ground pressure (3.9 psi) tractor features an oscillating undercarriage with 30” track shoes, providing balanced traction in hard or soft conditions.  A spacious cab features air suspension and a heated seat, as well as a ... READ MORE

MSW Management Looks Ahead to 2019

| As we look forward in 2019, change is in the air. First, in case you missed it, MSW Management and our sister publications were acquired by Endeavor  Business Media last month.  We’re excited to be a part of the Endeavor Business Media family, and our team will continue to bring you the quality content and events ... READ MORE

GX Contractor’s Best of 2018

| Before we close the books on 2018, let’s revisit GX Contractor’s top posts and stories for the year. This blog post received more comments than any other GX Contractor post published in 2018. Buried Alive “As Eric Giguere left for work on the morning of October 4, 2002, little was different in his daily routine other ... READ MORE

Go Out and Play

| I don’t know about you, but this time of year I tend to reflect on what’s taken place over the past 12 months. Just to name some of the highlights, I’ve seen new technologies emerge while others have been improved, infrastructure (or lack thereof) continues to be a hot topic, the skilled labor shortage continues ... READ MORE

12 Days of Garbage

| The solid waste and recycling industry has dealt with a lot of serious issues this past year. But instead of recounting and summarizing the highlights and low-lights, I’m going to trust that you all have them under consideration as we head into the New Year. And as you know, I’m fond of showing you videos: ... READ MORE

If Food Waste Was Snow

| I’ve been seeing pictures on social media that friends from the Midwest have posted of snow. They’re shots of snow on the patio furniture, photos of their dogs playing in the snow, and my favorite, grilling steaks out in the snow. The pictures I don’t like are the ones in which someone is holding a ... READ MORE

Improving Your Electric Game

| I have finally been able to establish my golf handicap index. According to the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) and the United States Golf Association (USGA), I have a 12.2 index. This is a small milestone for me since I haven’t had an official golf handicap since I was a teenager, which was decades ago. ... READ MORE

We Have a Winner!

| As it happens every year around this time, I’m beginning to schedule next year’s events that I plan on attending. Every year I go to SWANApalooza, which is in Boston, MA, from February 25–28, 2019. In adding this to my calendar, I’m pleased and honored to have been asked by SWANA to moderate one of ... READ MORE

Women in Construction…Discuss

| Not long ago, I was in a discussion with a colleague about young women with ambition. I was asked about how I advise and encourage my daughter (who is a senior in college) as she prepares to leave the world of academia and is in the process of formulating plans to achieve new goals as ... READ MORE

They Call It “Distributed Modular Gasification”

| Recently I’ve been seeing more and more stories on the news and websites and social media about how the world is drowning in plastic. I’m glad this is on the radar of an increasing number of media outlets so that they can spread the word and educate people on the reality of recycling and how ... READ MORE

Just Recycle the Carbon Dioxide

| The White House Administration recently released part two of its US Climate Assessment in which it details how climate change is affecting our nation more than ever and warns of future catastrophes from coastal flooding to crop failures in the Midwest. Heavy equipment manufacturers have been in the struggle for some time, investing a great ... READ MORE

New options for Cat® 918M Compact Wheel Loader include high-lift loader linkage, fusion coupler, guarding, larger tires

| Caterpillar now offers the 918M compact wheel loader with four new options: high-lift loader linkage, Cat Fusion™ coupler, five-piece guarding package and wider tires. High-lift linkage The new high-lift loader linkage option is designed specifically for applications in waste and recycling, agriculture, and construction that can benefit from increased lift height and increased reach of ... READ MORE

Design Refinements for New Cat® Articulated Trucks Address Operator Safety and Convenience, Enhanced Control, and Powertrain Advances

| Three new Cat® articulated trucks—730, 730 EJ (Ejector), and 735—have been extensively redesigned, enhancing the field-proven features and performance of their C-Series predecessors (730C2, 730C2 EJ, and 735C) with new operator stations—including innovative new controls, transmission-protection features, new hoist-assist system, advanced traction control system, new stability-assist system, and a fuel saving ECO operating mode. In ... READ MORE

It Takes No Skill to Feel a Chill

| I was recently at a press event in the Midwest for heavy equipment. It was cold. The temperatures were in the 30s during the day and in the teens and 20s at night. But there was something else that I understood to be even more chilling, so to speak. The event included a number of ... READ MORE

Is Malaysia the New China?

| When I was a kid, my friends and I used to find empty lots in or around the neighborhood and turn it into a temporary baseball field. Inevitably, the lot would be developed or someone would figure out it was our playground and fence it off. When that happened—when we were “banned”—we simply looked for ... READ MORE

Guess What Today Is

| The nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful has been around for decades. Its current mission is pretty simple. It is to “inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment.” When I hear the words “Keep America Beautiful,” I think of a crying Native American from a television public ... READ MORE

Frightening, But Not Scary

| Every year just after Halloween, I feel the need to explain to people that I don’t like or enjoy anything that scares me. That includes roller coasters, haunted houses, clowns, zombies, zombie clowns, and scary movies. Scary books are included in that list. I especially dislike scary movies. They give me nightmares. Scary movies with ... READ MORE

Trimble Unifies Business Center Software to Provide a Single Version for Survey and Civil Construction

| Complete Office Software Solution Lowers Operational Costs, Increases Productivity for Enterprises LAS VEGAS, November, 2018—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced version 5.0 of Trimble® Business Center, which merges two products, Trimble Business Center and Business Center – HCE, to provide both surveying and civil construction customers with a complete office software solution. Combining both products into one ... READ MORE

Fighting the Good Fight

| It seems like California wildfires regularly dominate the headlines as it seems each new blaze is more destructive and deadly than the last. It’s also becoming more apparent that one of the riskiest jobs in battling these fires is operating a bulldozer. One of the main tools being used to battle these monstrous blazes is ... READ MORE

Number One Bricks

| You know how scientists are always making everyday items out of not so obvious used materials? Well, maybe not “always” now that I’m trying to remember some of those things. But if anyone asks you, “What’s the weirdest thing a scientist has ever made out of a not-so-obvious used material?” you can tell them this: ... READ MORE

Something Good and Something Better

| This week I am in Las Vegas for Trimble Dimensions. That means that I’m going to fill this space with some good news and then a better piece of video for you to enjoy. First, I’ll give you the good news. According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), in the month of October, ... READ MORE

There’s a Will, Here’s the Way

| The European Parliament is the lawmaking branch for the institutions of the European Union (EU). There are currently 751 members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The MEPs recently voted overwhelmingly to approve a complete ban on single-use plastics across the union. According to the BBC, the measure still faces some procedural obstacles, but it is ... READ MORE

It’s Called “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018”

| 99 to 1. That was the nearly unanimous vote in the United States Senate approving America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 which the President signed into law. That amounts to nearly $6 billion for water resource projects and policies that will be administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers. According to CNN, “The America’s ... READ MORE

You May Be At Risk

| Like most boys growing up, one of the chores my brother and I were tasked with was the weekly ritual of “taking out the garbage.” Back then, it would entail toting out black Hefty bags from the garage to the curb. More often than not, my brother and I would forget about garbage day until ... READ MORE

Sit! Good Dog

| Construction sites have been the inspiration for numerous technological advances. The construction site has been the driving force behind telematics, machine control, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. It apparently is now the “birthing place” for a new breed of robot dogs. Robot dogs scare me. Maybe it’s because ever since I was a little boy, ... READ MORE

This Is No Laughing Matter

| One of my favorite cable TV stations is Comedy Central. Among the shows that I watch is “The Jim Jeffries Show.” I had it on the other day, but I wasn’t really watching because it was the time of day when everyone in my family is getting home from school or just finishing the work ... READ MORE

A New Recycling Learning Curve

| A handful of friends and I usually get together for a weekly Trivia Night at our local watering hole. At our most recent cerebral competition, as we were placing our drink orders, one of our teammates asked for a glass of water without a straw. Immediately, multiple conversations broke out about the banning of plastic ... READ MORE

Buried Alive

| Nearly two years ago in the November/December 2016 issue of Grading and Excavation Contractor, we published an article called, “Safety: Excavation and Trenching Dangers.” In that article is the story of Eric Giguere, a man who was buried alive in a trench collapse. “As Eric Giguere left for work on the morning of October 4, ... READ MORE

It All Adds Up

| I remember when I first started college. At the time, I was so sick of school that I announced proudly and quite emphatically to my parents that I was going to get through college in three and a half years. And I was able to do it. After about six years, I finally used the ... READ MORE

Major League Disappointment

| I’m not sure if this is going to be an accurate analogy, but it sure seemed like the Major League Baseball regular season felt like the struggle to get an infrastructure funding bill passed. Here’s what I mean. The MLB season is 162 games long. Usually, it’s easy to identify the teams headed for the ... READ MORE

Revisiting Right to Repair

| It’s been a while since I’ve discussed “Right to Repair” in this blog. The issue circles around the notion that owners of heavy equipment, those in agriculture who run tractors and combines or those in construction who operate dozers and excavators, should have access to, for lack of a better term, “hack” into their iron ... READ MORE


| Throw away your plastic bags. They say it’s okay. There’s no need to choose which bin is the appropriate one for them. There’s no need to stockpile them for future use. They say this is now the “new normal.” “They” is the County of Santa Barbara on California’s Central Coast. This is from an article ... READ MORE

180 Dump Trucks

| According to WUNC public radio, Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan says heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill near the North Carolina coast. The breach displaced about 2,000 cubic yards of ash. That’s enough ash to fill about 180 dump trucks. Officials are still trying to figure out ... READ MORE


| If you don’t remember the movie Cast Away, here’s a brief synopsis. Tom Hanks is stranded on an uninhabited tropical island following a plane crash. As he struggles to survive, a Wilson brand volleyball washes ashore. The castaway paints a face on the ball and names it “Wilson.” Wilson becomes a cherished friend. The castaway ... READ MORE

Where Has the Time Gone?

| I remember clearly the 2008 financial crisis. The broadcast industry was one of the first to react by laying off hundreds of reporters, producers, directors, and engineers, many of whom had decades of experience in the business. I was counted among them and lost my job. At least for me, a lot has changed in ... READ MORE

Lights…Camera…MRF Summit!

| One of the more anticipated keynote presentations at this year’s WASTECON in Nashville, TN, was the MRF Summit. The high-powered panel included Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) executive director and CEO, David Biderman; Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI) president, Robin Wiener; and the associate director of corporate research and development at ... READ MORE

Ball of Confusion

| I might be overstating it a bit with this title, but I do find the tentative US/Mexico trade deal, or as the White House calls it a “preliminary trade agreement,” somewhat confusing. The Administration says it’s going to submit the agreement that was reached last week to Congress and set up under the Trade Promotion ... READ MORE

Have You Tried the Road Diet?

| The ketogenic diet, or “keto” diet, is popular these days. I think there are still some people who are on the Paleo diet. And I have some big, burly friends who are on the Tom Brady diet (though I honestly don’t know what that entails). I do want to talk about a diet, just not ... READ MORE

Smaller Fish to Fry

| At WASTECON in Nashville, TN, there’s been much discussion of China Sword and the effects it’s had on the waste and recycling industries. More Southeast Asian countries are beginning to impose stricter waste import regulations. The trade war and retaliatory tariffs have now engulfed our industries. These are big problems that need to be dealt ... READ MORE

I Hope It Doesn’t Happen Again

| This week, the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, collapsed during a storm. At least 25 people were killed when 260 feet of the span came loose and dropped about 150 feet to the ground below. The search for survivors continues. The bridge is on a major highway that connects Italy with France. It was built ... READ MORE

Recent History Says We Can Do This

| Remember the Montreal Protocol? In 1987, nations around the world agreed to ban chemicals known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). It had been discovered that CFCs were destroying the ozone layer in the earth’s stratosphere. The ozone, as we know, protects the planet below from ultraviolet radiation. To the general public, banning CFCs meant giving up spray ... READ MORE

Editor’s Comments: Changing Times

| My first on-air reporting job was in 1995 in Flint, MI, at WEYI, the NBC affiliate. The first six months were spent on the overnight shift from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. Being the low man on the seniority ladder meant printing out scripts which were on 4-ply paper (for four copies), tape them together, and then run them on a conveyor belt through the teleprompter for the anchors to read. The scripts were hand-typed and the teleprompter was hand-cranked. Our equipment was dated and considered to be antique. ... READ MORE

A WASTECON Like No Other

| I’ve been making a list of the things I’d like to do in Nashville, TN, when I’m there for WASTECON 2018 this month. Of course I’d like to see the Grand Ole Opry. I like to wear black a lot so I want to visit the Johnny Cash Museum. Nelson’s Green Briar Distillery seems to ... READ MORE

Imagine What We Could Do with Cardboard

| One of my favorite comic strips is “Calvin and Hobbes.” And one of my favorite themes from the strip is Calvin using a cardboard box and turning it into a “Transmogrifier,” a machine that could turn him into an eel, a baboon, a giant bug, or a dinosaur. In an attempt to avoid doing his ... READ MORE

A Letter from China

| China’s Ministry of Commerce has, through its World Trade Organization (WTO) Notification and Enquiry Center, responded to comments from several WTO members including the US regarding the impact of National Sword. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) posted the letter from China on its website. The letter begins: “We appreciate the United States’ attention ... READ MORE

Hold the Anchovies

| I like my pizza with extra cheese, mushrooms, and pepperoni. Every now and then I go for a meat lover’s pizza. Once at a birthday party that was held at a winery, they had a wood-fired pizza oven and we baked our own mini pizzas with gourmet cheeses, meats, and vegetables. I love pizza so ... READ MORE

Stuck in the Mud Again

| In response to a question during a recent press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, “We’re going to continue to look at ways to improve the nation’s infrastructure, but in terms of a specific piece of legislation, I’m not aware that that will happen by the end of the year.” No ... READ MORE