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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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What are the Options?

What are the Options?

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At a recent press event in Newport, RI, I ran into John Meese, the Senior Director of Heavy Equipment for Waste Management Inc. His company has been testing various electric prototypes in various applications. I was able to interview him for this blog last July in Novato, CA, as they  … Read More

The Feeling is Electric…Again

The Feeling is Electric…Again

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Just before Waste Expo in April, I blogged about Volvo announcing its first all-electric truck for urban distribution and refuse operations and how the initial two vehicles would be deployed in Gothenburg, Sweden, and operated by the waste collection and recycling company, Renova, and trucking firm, TGM.

It was an exciting  … Read More

Now What? #ChinaWasteBan

Now What? #ChinaWasteBan

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A few days ago, I posted on this website’s “The Latest” page about the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI). They learned that the US operations of the China Certification and Inspection Group North America (CCIC) have been suspended for one month, effective May 4 through June 4. This  … 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

Speeding Up Weigh Ins

Speeding Up Weigh Ins

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Moving solid waste in and out of facilities quickly is highly valued within an industry that frowns upon any excess amount of downtime involved in the necessary weighing process. Even more detrimental than lengthy weighing is inaccurate weighing.  … Read More

The Process of Aerobic Digestion in Landfills

The Process of Aerobic Digestion in Landfills

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The US generates 251 million tons of solid waste annually, ranking it fifth in the developed world for waste production (behind New Zealand, Ireland, Norway, and Switzerland). Of the solid waste produced by the US, 32.5% is recycled or composted, 12.5% is burned, and the rest—roughly 55%—is buried in landfills.  … Read More

Nobody Likes These Statistics

Nobody Likes These Statistics

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Sometimes the best way to break bad news is to just come right out and say it. I look at having to bring up an unpopular fact in much the same way.

Solid waste industry fatalities in 2017 were 18% higher compared to 2016.   

The Solid Waste Association of North America  … Read More

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

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



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