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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

Award-Winning Safety Starts at the Top

Award-Winning Safety Starts at the Top

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Safety matters. Does it matter to you?
Ensuring employee health and safety should be a no-brainer for any organization—both inside and outside of the waste industry—but it’s shocking how often it gets undervalued or simply overlooked.

Safety needs to be management’s top priority, and making sure all employees can go home at  … Read More

A Tribute to Stephen Hawking

A Tribute to Stephen Hawking

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On March 13, 2018, the world received the news that renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking had passed away at the age of 76. Hawking was arguably the most brilliant mind of my generation. I know it’s a stretch to try to relate his life and accomplishments to the waste and  … Read More

Here’s Something to Chew On

Here’s Something to Chew On

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There is an alley in downtown San Luis Obispo, CA, called “Bubblegum Alley.” The walls of the alley are covered with discarded chewing gum. It’s one of those odd places that you could live a full and happy life without ever seeing, but if you ever find yourself in downtown  … Read More

“Trash Girl”

“Trash Girl”

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When I tell friends who are unfamiliar with the waste universe that I’m the editor of MSW Management, most of them ask, “What does MSW stand for?” Of course I would answer, municipal solid waste, and go on to explain that…

“Trash?” the friend would interrupt in a pious and  … Read More

Turning Plastic into Lumber

Turning Plastic into Lumber

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For most of my adult working life, I’ve faced deadlines. I’ve had to make them as a reporter, as a writer, and as an editor. They’ve become such an integral part of my existence and I’ve been able to meet them time and again so that I don’t feel any  … Read More

Of Rats and Men

Of Rats and Men

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According to Vox.com, rats cause an estimated $19 billion of damage in the US every year. On top of that, they can carry a scary number of seriously dangerous diseases. The article asserts that, “Improper trash disposal, not maintaining our infrastructure, and not taking preventive measures are just a few  … Read More

A Detailed Summary

A Detailed Summary

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Would you consider the phrase “mechanical biological treatment” as somewhat of an oxymoron? Does it rank up there in the big leagues with the likes of “jumbo shrimp” and “deafening silence” and “Hell’s Angels” and “found missing?”

Mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facilities, as you know, combine mechanical waste sorting with a  … Read More

Collection Containers for Organic Waste

Collection Containers for Organic Waste

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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.  … Read More

“Do It. For the Love of the Game”

“Do It. For the Love of the Game”

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I’ve never been the kind of person who got into baseball statistics. Jackie Robinson’s slugging percentage was .474. Dwight Gooden’s earned run average was 1.53. A baseball weighs 5 ounces. I had to look that all up. I suppose I’ve always simply enjoyed either watching or playing the game. And  … Read More



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