About the Author

Lori Lovely

Winner of several Society of Professional Journalists awards, Lori Lovely writes about topics related to waste management and technology.

Articles by Lori Lovely

Water Reuse Technology

Water

Water Reuse Technology

Recycling and reuse of water have been in practice since shortly after the earth was formed, using natural methods, cycles, and filters. In recent decades, technology has been incorporated to speed up the natural processes in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for clean water. Natural processes in water reclamation

Attention is Mandatory

Waste

Attention is Mandatory

It’s a well-known fact that trash trucks operate in one of the dirtiest, most severe environments. Because of this, keeping up-to-date on routine and preventative maintenance is even more important than in other industries. One day of unscheduled downtime is worth $780–$1,000, estimates Michael Thompson, inside service manager, Autocar LLC—and

Big and Tall Haul

Construction

Big and Tall Haul

Fluids are essential to machine health but are too often overlooked and under-prioritized. Also, many only learn basic or general fluid maintenance information, and this, plus some misinformation, often leads to less optimal machine productivity and longevity and can lead to catastrophic failure.

Tank Linings and Coatings

Water

Tank Linings and Coatings

Because water tanks are susceptible to corrosion, they benefit from a liner or special coating. The choice can depend on what material the tank is composed of, its location, condition, and cost.

Whatever material is selected, it should create an impermeable barrier, fully adhere to the substrate, and seal all the

Integrated Building Management Systems

Energy

Integrated Building Management Systems

Most commercial, industrial, and retail buildings today use some level of intelligent system, most commonly in lighting, HVAC, or security. Because the technology is advancing so rapidly, it’s now possible to collect more data and use it to accomplish many more tasks.

Collection Containers for Organic Waste

Waste

Collection Containers for Organic Waste

At least five states have imposed bans prohibiting the disposal of organics in landfills. Some states and cities imposed mandatory organic waste recycling laws that target generators of anywhere from 1 ton of food waste per week to 104 tons of food waste or more per year.

Building Automation for Efficiency

Energy

Building Automation for Efficiency

As recently as 10 years ago, building automation systems were little more than a method of overseeing the operation of building control systems. Today, building automation systems manage and integrate different types of applications such as HVAC, lighting, and blind controls to become smarter, improve user comfort, and increase efficiency.

Waste Collection Vehicle Maintenance

Waste

Waste Collection Vehicle Maintenance

When it comes to maintenance, the basics still apply, says Curtis Dorwart, refuse product manager for Mack Trucks. “Don’t forget the basics! The life of a truck can be 10 to 15 years with proper maintenance.”

Smart Grid Technology

Energy

Smart Grid Technology

Since the electric grid was built in the 1890s, technology has changed just as significantly and almost as rapidly as demand has increased. According to the Department of Energy, our current grid consists of more than 9,200 electric generating units, with more than 1 million megawatts of generating capacity connected