As we look back on 2017, we’ve certainly had an interesting year. Before we close the books on 2017, let’s revisit MSW Management‘s top posts for the year.
This blog post received more comments than any other MSW Management post published in 2017.Managing municipal solid waste is more than landfilling: publicity, education, engineering, long-term planning, and landfill gas waste-to-energy are specialties needed in today’s complex environment. We’ve created a handy infographic featuring 6 tips to improve landfill management and achieve excellence in operations. 6 Tips for Excellence in Landfill Operations. Download it now!
The closer we get to the end of the year, the more we need to think about the China Waste Ban. Right now, I would like you to consider the thoughts of John Trotti regarding the subject.
The following is the editorial he wrote for the November/December 2017 issue of MSW Management magazine and although China’s impending actions are somewhat recent, Mr. Trotti has been on this track for many years. Click here to continue reading: Everyone Having Anything to do with Waste and Recycling Should Read This
Our two most read and shared stories from MSW Management in 2017 were:
Putting a stop to the stink; exploring landfill and compost operation odors
While perhaps the increased emphasis on separate collections of organic wastes such as food scraps and other green waste has contributed to more odors, the development of neighborhoods closer to what was once a remote MSW operation is the overriding factor, say industry observers. Marc L. Byers, owner of Byers Scientific & Manufacturing, notes that odor is an ongoing challenge for landfills and compost operations, but not because of biological changes. Click here to continue reading: Landfill Odor Control.
Anaerobic digesters are a mature, proven technology. They take sludge, manure, and other organic waste materials and produce methane (natural gas) fuel. Nobody questions their technological capabilities. However, the question remains as to their economic benefits. In terms of dollars and cents, how much economic sense do anaerobic digesters make? What are the economic benefits of an anaerobic digester fuel system? Under what scenarios do they make sense, and under what scenarios are they of only marginal benefit—or should not be considered at all? As a source of renewable energy, how is this energy applied? Can anaerobic digesters be used economically to provide grid-ready electrical power, or should they only be used to provide fuel for local, niche applications? Click here to continue reading: The Costs and Benefits of Anaerobic Digesters.