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MSW Management Weekly

MSW Management weekly news keeps you up-to date with the latest MSW waste topics and news.  With in-depth reporting on landfill management, waste sorting, waste management technologies, waste to energy, waste collection vehicles, waste diversion and waste regulations MSW Management is the official publication of SWANA, the largest professional organization of solid waste management professionals in the world.

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PET Peeves

PET Peeves

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In 2016, a naturally occurring bacterium called Ideonella sakaiensis was discovered in the soil at a recycling center in Japan. This bacterium appeared to subsist on an all-plastic diet—and not just any plastic, but specifically PET (polyethylene terephthalate).

After this initial discovery, a group of scientists from the University of Portsmouth,  … Read More

MSW—Reader Favorites

MSW—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Converting Biogas into CNG for Alternative Vehicle Fuels

Converting Biogas into CNG for Alternative Vehicle Fuels

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New technology is being developed in response to a growing interest in lower-cost vehicle fuel alternatives. One example is the patent-pending BioCNG biogas conditioning system invented by Cornerstone, which economically converts methane produced from the decomposition of organic waste materials—or “biogas”—into a renewable natural gas (RNG) suitable for use in  … Read More

The Feeling is Electric

The Feeling is Electric

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Ian Wright, the founder of Wrightspeed and co-founder of Tesla, once explained to me that having millions of electric cars on the road will only make a small impact on reducing carbon emissions because in the grand scheme of things, cars really don’t burn that much fuel and they’re already  … Read More

How MRFs are Adapting to the Modern Waste Stream

How MRFs are Adapting to the Modern Waste Stream

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As technology changes our lives, so too it changes our trash, necessitating new methods and new equipment in order to process it. Until the processes and equipment can keep up, challenges and issues will plague the industry.  … Read More

Processing Landfill Gas for Energy Use

Processing Landfill Gas for Energy Use

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Landfill gas (LFG) is getting lots of attention these days. It’s a greenhouse gas. It’s a renewable energy source. It’s also the cause of one of the most widespread regulatory issues in the landfill industry: LFG migration.  … Read More

Mark Your Calendar

Mark Your Calendar

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Earth Day 2018 is going to be on April 22. This year, the call is to end plastic pollution. The opening page of Earthday.org says:

“From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth  … Read More

I Am A Man

I Am A Man

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“I am a man!” was the protest cry in 1968 for some 1,300 African American sanitation workers in Memphis, TN. Their plight was for equal pay and safe working conditions. The events of that spring 50 years ago are woven into the fabric of municipal solid waste history as well  … Read More

Playing it Safe

Playing it Safe

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When I was working in my former life as a television news reporter, every year the time would come to start thinking about the Emmys. Reporters, producers, writers, and editors would all gather our best work from the past year and send them off to a distant local news market  … Read More

How Two Cities Deal With Oversize Waste

How Two Cities Deal With Oversize Waste

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According to Mildred Lee, solid waste and recycling manager for the public works department of the City of Greenville, SC, specialty collections comprise a small percentage of its overall curbside collection program. Per city ordinance, a limited amount of oversized items can be placed at the curb for collection on  … Read More

Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

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There is strength in numbers. This sentiment is at the heart of many military strategies. It’s seen in nature. Political strength is often measured in the number of supporters.

And so it is that the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has surpassed the 10,000 member mark. In its recent  … Read More

Making MRFs More Efficient

Making MRFs More Efficient

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There are two things on the minds of MRF operators, according to Scott Jable, director of North American sales for Stadler America LLC: labor reduction and material cleanliness. “Both are helped by automation,” he says.  … Read More



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