The Intelligent Water Systems Challenge

| The water industry is notorious for being risk-averse when it comes to implementing innovation. The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT), founded by The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), is a multi-pronged initiative to help bring new water technologies and practices to the field quickly and efficiently. Last year LIFT ... READ MORE

“You Think You’re Helping, But You’re Not”

| Snow and ice storms have recently hit the Midwest. When I scan through the pictures of snow on front lawns and roads and highways, I remember when I was growing up and became old enough to shovel snow off the driveway. I did it for a couple of years by myself until my little brother ... READ MORE

“The Lesser of Two Evils”

| When faced with a difficult choice, there’s ancient wisdom that advises us to “choose the lesser of two evils.” What if you’re having trouble deciding which choice is less evil than the other? While we’re having a difficult time trying how to fund the repair and/or replacement of our infrastructure, there’s never really been a ... READ MORE

Spider Sense

| As we’ve discussed many times here and in our sister publications, more cities, states, and countries are banning or restricting single-use plastic items—bags, straws, eating utensils, even plastic water bottles. Those efforts, intended to reduce plastic waste in waterways and landfills, are gaining momentum, but they beg the question “What are we going to use ... READ MORE

A Shell Game

| Predicting when global economies will reach peak oil demand has become something of a sport in recent weeks. While most predictions fall within the 2030s, new reports indicate that peak oil demand may take place as early as 2023, far sooner than many energy analysts and oil companies had previously imagined. A report by the Carbon Tracker ... READ MORE

Leaf Canopy and Drought

| It’s the chicken and the egg all over again. We know the importance of rainforests in sequestering carbon; an average tree in a tropical rainforest pulls in and stores about 50 pounds of carbon from the atmosphere each year. New growth and rapidly growing trees tend to absorb more carbon. However, changing weather patterns are ... READ MORE

Plastic Straw Police

| The first step is sometimes the hardest. It can often feel like the ultimate goal is so far away, it’ll take an eternity to get there. But all journeys start with that first step. Banning plastic straws may sound silly and trivial to people who don’t know what we know. We know where those straws ... READ MORE

Oxymoronic Infrastructure

| I have a love-hate relationship with oxymorons. I know exactly what they mean even though they defy the tenets of logic. “I’ll have an order of your jumbo shrimp, please.” I’ve seen almost all of the obvious oxymorons, but in a search for new examples of infrastructure around the world, I came across one that ... READ MORE

Global Growth

| The energy industry is amidst a historic transformation as it moves from a traditional grid framework to decentralized, decarbonized, and digitized systems. Energy storage has emerged as a critical component of these dynamic energy architectures. In November, global stakeholders gathered at Energy Storage North America (ESNA) to discuss this transition, its influence on emerging markets, ... READ MORE

Stream of Waste

| As the waste and recycling industry continues efforts to innovate in order to deal with new realities, National Geographic is embarking on a scientific endeavor to understand the flow of plastic from its source to the world’s oceans. The two co-leaders of the National Geographic Society’s “Source to Sea” plastic initiative are Jenna Jambeck and ... READ MORE

“A Water Sandwich”

| A group of students in New England is tackling a problem more and more of us will be dealing with—water from too many directions. Graduate students at the Conway School in Northampton, MA, are studying solutions for the coastal town of Mystic, CT, which is experiencing both higher-than-usual rainfall and a rate of sea level ... READ MORE

A Not-So-Fine Kettle of Fish

| We’ve seen many results of drought in the US over the last several years, from dwindling water supplies to more frequent and intense wildfires to dust problems. In Australia, drought seems to be the cause, at least indirectly, of another type of problem: eutrophication and lots and lots of dead fish. In the Darling River ... READ MORE


| Caterpillar Safety Services announces the development of Cat® Safety VR, a new virtual reality (VR) safety training module. Customized for paving applications, the new VR safety training solution immerses the trainee into a virtual four-lane rural highway construction site, so the employee learns to interact with coworkers and identify hazards in a safe and controlled environment. ... READ MORE

WaterSmart Software Launches Integration-as-a-Service Offering to Unlock Data Insights for Water Suppliers

| WaterSmart Software, the self-service and customer engagement platform leader for the water utility industry, today announced the introduction of an innovative new service offering known as Integration-as-a-Service (IaaS). Water utilities make substantial investments in data systems that run their operations. Unfortunately these systems often don’t share information, creating data silos that leave various departments without ... READ MORE


| New units are equipped with InfoHub™ and Amplify™ power management technology for improved control, streamlined diagnostics Briggs & Stratton Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of three new 12kW*, 17kW* and 20kW* standby generator units at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, February 19-21. The new units are enhanced with an improved controller ... READ MORE


| The 2019 product update package for Cat® M Series Medium Wheel Loaders (950M – 982M) includes technology advances that provide: lower operating costs via extended service intervals; enhanced operator comfort with new seats and suspensions; emissions control strategies to meet EU Stage V standards (EU only); added machine configurations (982M Forestry Machine and 982M High Lift); ... READ MORE

Volvo CE names Alta Equipment 2018 Dealer of the Year

| Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) North America has named Alta Equipment Company (Alta Equipment) the 2018 Dealer of the Year. The Detroit, Michigan-based company demonstrated outstanding performance over the last year, when it intensified its efforts to improve customers’ experiences and entered a new market, Illinois, reinforcing Volvo CE’s presence in the Midwest. Volvo CE ... READ MORE

CleanSpark Announces First International Contract Award for Microgrid Planning

| CleanSpark, Inc. (CLSK), a microgrid company with advanced engineering, software and controls for innovative distributed energy resource (DER) and microgrid deployments today announced its first contract executed outside of the United States. Costa Rica – Technical Consultant and Microgrid Control Vendor CleanSpark has been awarded a contract to serve as the technical consultant for a large industrial ... READ MORE

Johnson Controls Awards YORK® Product Distribution Rights for Western Canada to The Master Group

| The Master Group to become the exclusive distributor of YORK residential ducted systems and commercial rooftops for all of Canada  Johnson Controls announced today that The Master Group was awarded distribution rights throughout Western Canada for YORK brand residential and commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) products. Already the exclusive authorized distributor of the YORK ... READ MORE

Natural Power Appoints Drone Specialist

| Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy Natural Power, has appointed Andre Louis Ferdinand as a Senior Engineer in the inspections service team, based in North America. Andre joins from Ascent Technologies, a Texas-based firm specialising in developing software for commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Ascent Technologies was acquired by Natural Power earlier this month. Craig ... READ MORE

Siemens Introduces On-demand Mobile Resilience Transformer Leasing for Fast Outage Response

| Power generation companies can now lease an on-demand generator step-up transformer across numerous voltage ratings and configurations Siemens is introducing the company’s first U.S. offering that allows utilities and generation owners to lease a PRETACT® Plug & Play GSU Resilience Transformer when needed for outage or emergency response. With this on-demand access, asset owners can ... READ MORE

FHWA Awards More Than $10 Million to Seven States to Test New Ways to Fund Highways

| WASHINGTON — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced $10.2 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to seven states to test new ways to finance highway and bridge projects.  The program’s goal is to allow states to test user-based alternatives to support the Highway Trust Fund, which relies primarily on the federal ... READ MORE

SPX Cooling Technologies Introduces New Cooling Tower Control Panels for Efficient Operations

| SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, announces the availability of various control panels and monitoring equipment, which simplifies cooling tower installation, operation and data collection. Marley® control panels enable building management systems to conveniently communicate cooling tower conditions through ... READ MORE

ASV Debuts New Brand Strategy and Improves Customer Experience with New Website

| GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (Feb. 12, 2019) — ASV Holdings Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of all-purpose and all-season compact track loaders and skid steers, has introduced a new brand strategy highlighting the product features and qualities that make ASV an industry leader and allow customers to get more done in more places. The company also launched ... READ MORE

Intelligent Water Systems Challenge Launches for Second Year

| The Intelligent Water Systems Challenge is back for a second year to encourage participants to use innovation and data to help solve some of the most difficult issues facing water and wastewater utilities. The goal is to demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems to utilities and foster adoption of smart water technologies, as well ... READ MORE

Wastequip Honors Waste Equipment Inventors on National Inventor’s Day

| CHARLOTTE, N.C. [February 11, 2018] – Leading North American manufacturer of waste handling equipment, Wastequip, celebrated National Inventor’s Day by honoring its more than 40 patents and its employees’ achievements to the industry. Founded in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, National Inventor’s Day recognizes the contributions that U.S. inventors make to the nation and the ... READ MORE

Volvo CE expands ActiveCare Direct™ to pavers

| Owners of select models can now benefit from the 24/7 machine monitoring and reporting service that provides all the benefits of telematics without the burden of sorting through data and alarm codes. Originally launched in 2017 for excavators, articulated haulers and wheel loaders, ActiveCare Direct™ is now available on select Volvo asphalt pavers. Starting February ... READ MORE

H/Cell Energy Commended By Australian Energy Minister

| H/Cell Energy Corporation (OTCQB-HCCC) (“HCCC”), a company that designs and implements clean energy solutions featuring hydrogen and fuel cell technology, announced that through its Australian subsidiary, The Pride Group it has been commended on a solar and battery installation by the Queensland Australia Energy Minister, the Honorable Dr. Anthony Lynham. The installation takes advantages ... READ MORE

REHAU Expands and Improves MUNICIPEX® Municipal Water and Wastewater Line

| REHAU, a global supplier of polymer-based solutions and leading North American PEXa manufacturing company, is offering two additional crosslinked polyethylene PEXa pipes in their municipal piping program. In addition to MUNICIPEX water service line, the expanded product range now includes MUNICIPEX pre-insulated for cold-weather applications and MUNICIPEX force main for wastewater applications. From new construction ... READ MORE

Global Wind Service selected as preassembly partner for East Anglia ONE

| Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has contracted wind turbine installation and service company Global Wind Service (GWS) to assemble all 102 towers for East Anglia ONE Offshore Wind Farm in the UK. The towers will be assembled at the Norfolk port of Great Yarmouth, only half an hour drive from GWS’ office in Lowestoft, ahead ... READ MORE

Johnson Controls Brings Innovative Technologies to Data Centers

| Portfolio of products supports strategic growth in mission-critical market Johnson Controls announces a broad range of new, industry-focused products to support the unique needs of data centers. Developed in response to data center customers facing the challenge of complex environments and water scarcity, these advanced products help data centers lower power and water usage effectiveness ... READ MORE

Solmax-GSE becomes Solmax

| 11 February, 2019 – Montreal.   Solmax-GSE, now the world’s leading geosynthetics company, will henceforth be known as Solmax. The return to the Solmax name and brand follows the successful integration of the Solmax and GSE Environmental businesses to form a single strong global entity—one that will reshape the industry, says the company. “Solmax is a ... READ MORE

Solmax-GSE becomes Solmax

| 11 February, 2019 – Montreal.   Solmax-GSE, now the world’s leading geosynthetics company, will henceforth be known as Solmax. The return to the Solmax name and brand follows the successful integration of the Solmax and GSE Environmental businesses to form a single strong global entity—one that will reshape the industry, says the company. “Solmax is a ... READ MORE

Solmax-GSE becomes Solmax

| An industry leader with the clout to reshape the geosynthetics industry February 11, 2019 – Montreal.    Solmax-GSE, now the world’s leading geosynthetics company, will henceforth be known as Solmax. The return to the Solmax name and brand follows the successful integration of the Solmax and GSE Environmental businesses to form a single strong global entity—one ... READ MORE

SWANA Announces 2019 Award Winners

| Honorees to be recognized in February at SWANApalooza in Boston Silver Spring, MD – The Technical Divisions of the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) have voted to recognize two outstanding members and a company for achievement, volunteer efforts and leadership in 2019.  Distinguished Individual Achievement Awards are being presented to Michelle Leonard and Ivan Cooper.  Interior ... READ MORE

AdEdge Increases Operations in Chile, Adds AdEdge Chile Business and Technical Manager and Latin America Sales Engineer to Staff

| AdEdge Water Technologies (AdEdge) announced today its decision to increase operations in Chile, including the addition of Ignacio Faundez as the AdEdge Chile Business and Technical Manager and Paula Araya as a Latin America Sales Engineer. Latin America significantly advanced sanitation services provided to both the municipal and industrial markets in recent years. Water management ... READ MORE

Xylem Launches Enhanced Flygt 4460 Submersible Biogas Mixer

| New design offers greater reliability and performance in biogas media Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, has today unveiled its newly enhanced Flygt 4460 mid-sized biogas mixer. Designed in response to specific customer needs, the new submersible mixer delivers greater reliability and ... READ MORE

Honda Engines Expands GX Series V-Twin Model Lineup

| Fuel-Injected, Intelligent Computer-Controlled Lineup Delivers Versatile Power and High Performance for Commercial Applications The Honda iGX700/iGXV700 and iGX800/iGXV800 V-Twin general-purpose engines offer versatile power—expanding into larger and more demanding commercial applications for greater adaptability with excellent fuel efficiency in a compact package. The new engines, for sale to power equipment OEMs, expand the Honda V-Twin lineup ... READ MORE


| Production Begins in 2019 Strömsund, Sweden, February 6, 2019 – Engcon introduces an automatic quick hitch for excavators up to 40 tonnes. Engcon is the world’s leading manufacturer of tiltrotators – a kind of tilting and rotating quick coupler for excavators. The new product, dubbed EC-Oil 80, is an automatic hydraulic connector suitable for the ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Mildred Lee

| THE LEADERSHIP SKILLS of Mildred Lee, the solid waste and recycling manager for Greenville, SC, leave no doubt as to why the city’s solid waste operation is successful. Lee has helped secure more than $500,000 in grant funding to assist with public educational efforts, professional development opportunities, and equipment needs. One of the crown jewels in ... READ MORE

The Trotti Files: Earthrise December 24, 2068

| MY SUBJECT IS stewardship of our valuable and increasingly impacted natural resources, but I’m going to come at it from a novel direction. On Christmas Eve, I was engaged in last-minute Santa preparations when I was reminded that this was the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8’s historic journey…the first time humans had ventured away from Earth ... READ MORE

Advertiser’s Index

|   Air Burners Inc. BioBag Bomac Carts/Royal Basket Buffalo Turbine Byers Scientific & Manufacturing ClearSpan Fabric Structures Eriez Federation of NY Solid Waste Assoc Freightliner/Daimler Trucks North America LLC GOC Technologies Hallco Industries Inc Keith Mfg Mack Trucks Maren Engineering Corp ... READ MORE


|   Air Burners Inc. The PGFireBox is a portable system that can be disassembled and relocated in a couple of weeks to a couple of months. It requires no permanent facilities, like buildings and smoke stacks. In addition, the PGFireBox air curtain burner does not require secondary fuel sources like natural gas. This reduces the ... READ MORE

Project Profile: Iowa Waste System Thrives with Fabric Structures

| CREATING AND CONSTRUCTING buildings for waste handling isn’t always the easiest process. Waste handling facilities require superior ventilation and in most cases, the day-to-day workflow cannot be hindered by construction. However, whether it’s a municipal or private project, the major determining factor is going to be pricing. Getting projects completed at landfills, dumps, and transfer stations ... READ MORE


| SWANApalooza 2019 took place in Boston from February 25–28. Boston offered a premier backdrop for the event, leading the charge in zero waste initiatives and serving as an example for cities in the Northeast and across the country for environmental priorities. SWANApalooza is the Solid Waste Association of North America’s premiere technical conference that pushes ... READ MORE

The Current Worldwide WTE Trend

|   Over the past several decades, various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the Asian Development Bank, United Nations, World Bank, and international research agencies supported by various European nations have estimated that solid waste, which is generated worldwide, is estimated to be approximately 1.3 billion metric tons per year and expected to increase to approximately ... READ MORE

Markets and Marketability

| At a recent solid waste management conference, GBB observed a hole in its programming—reflective of the conversation writ large—markets. MARKETS! This is a BIG issue and one that we think is worthy of serious consideration. The industry has worked for decades on recycling collection, and it has made a significant investment in its collection infrastructure and communicated ... READ MORE

Keeping Road Worthy

| What’s in a word? Plenty! Some words are inspirational, some generate an emotional response, and others convey excitement or action. But then some simply invite apathy, and they’re just sort of, well, boring. When you hear the word “maintenance” you know this is true. It’s not exciting and not very evocative unless you include the overpowering ... READ MORE

Ruling the Reek

| As trash decomposes, it releases methane, greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, and odors. The more organic waste present, the more bacterial decomposition takes place—and the more landfill gas is produced…which means the more odors are produced. “Some of the toughest odor problems come from gas with low odor thresholds, such as sulfur-containing compounds—mercaptans ... READ MORE

Day to Day

| Originally intended as a way to minimize a nuisance or manage a potential hazard at a landfill, landfill gas (LFG) management systems have evolved into highly sophisticated engineering systems and a potential source of renewable energy. And while the engineering design and construction of a modern active landfill gas system is a technological achievement of ... READ MORE

Day to Day

| Originally intended as a way to minimize a nuisance or manage a potential hazard at a landfill, landfill gas (LFG) management systems have evolved into highly sophisticated engineering systems and a potential source of renewable energy. And while the engineering design and construction of a modern active landfill gas system is a technological achievement of ... READ MORE

Creating an Industrial Ecosystem

| The roadway to the circular economy, where material and energy wastes are minimized, has many lanes and much of the work to be done will lie outside of the traditional purview of solid waste management professionals. New classes of materials may be needed. Product and packaging designs must evolve. New technologies for manufacturing, recycling, and ... READ MORE

The Over-Under on ADC

| In the heavily regulated business of landfill management, where the daily cover of working cells is required, a 6-inch layer of soil is the standard for overnight cover. “It’s the expected solution,” says Joel Lanz, president, LSC Environmental Products LLC. “Soil is already approved and people are already using it.” But as with everything, there ... READ MORE

Designing for the Future

| Landfill gas collection and control system (GCCS) optimization works well to achieve both compliance and maximum recovery since the practice focuses on understanding various elements affecting production and recovery of landfill gas (LFG) and conditions under which these activities take place. LFG extraction engineering best practices in landfill GCCS operation, maintenance, and monitoring (OMM) programs ... READ MORE

Construction Quality Assurance

| Part 1 of the 3-part article series discussed essential elements of the piping system in a landfill gas collection and control system (GCCS). We discussed landfill GCCS design perspective and the benefits of designing landfill gas (LFG) headers outside of the waste boundary. In Part 2, we focus on construction quality assurance (CQA) services and ... READ MORE

The Tools and the Talent

| With severe weather events increasing solid waste amounts at landfills as well as increases in typical waste streams, achieving greater air space and attaining more efficiencies has become more critical. ... READ MORE

Across the Silos—The Emerging Art of Zero Waste Management

| On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse was seen in many parts of the United States. To many witnessing this event, this would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see such a full eclipse of the sun in North America. I happened to see this eclipse in San Diego, CA, while attending the 41st annual California Resource Recovery Conference and Trade Show (CRRA). To be able to witness this event was truly awe-inspiring. While looking at the crowd gathered outside, sharing an amazing celestial event, I was struck by how an event occurring out in the cosmos could mirror events taking place on Earth. ... READ MORE

Taming Slippery Slopes

| While skeptics may scoff, ardent followers believe a palm reader can examine your hand and reveal personal characteristics. But a visit to your local landfill (certainly a less mystical venture) is a revealing exercise of another kind that leaves little guesswork about your community. ... READ MORE

Winter Operations at the Frey Farm Landfill

| While many factors affect operations at a landfill, one of the most impactful and unpredictable is weather. With the winter season here, if you live and work in a region that experiences severe winter weather, you know that snow, ice, and freezing temperatures present some unique challenges in the solid waste industry, particularly for landfill operations. The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA), located in South Central Pennsylvania, knows well the labor of managing a landfill during variable, and often severe, winter conditions. ... READ MORE

Landfill Challenges Accepted

| Today's municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are much more than places to dump household trash. They're engineered facilities that are designed to hold and isolate the trash from the environment and are governed by both federal and state regulations. ... READ MORE