Tag: garbage collection

Garbage collection is the systematic recovery of pooled computer storage that is being used by a program when that program no longer needs the storage. This frees the storage for use by other programs (or processes within a program). It also ensures that a program using increasing amounts of pooled storage does not reach its quota (in which case it may no longer be able to function).

Reader  Profile: Christina Hanson

Reader Profile: Christina Hanson

Christina Hanson, senior planner with the environmental engineering division for the County of Placer, CA, is described by coworkers as “dedicated and articulate.” In turn, she says she is proud to be part of a team providing residential and commercial garbage collection services to more than 39,000 customers covering about

A Finger on the Pulse of Collection Operations

A Finger on the Pulse of Collection Operations

There’s an old saying in the solid waste industry that a waste management company does not make money by picking waste up, so much as it does by putting it back down again. That is to say, the labor-intensive act of collecting waste is not as profitable as capital-intensive disposal

Women in Waste

Women in Waste

That was the title of the cover article in our July/August issue of MSW Management, an unfortunate decision on my part because the article as assigned and submitted by the author was titled “Women Behind the Wheel,” focusing on the line worker group that comprise but a bare fraction of

The Robot Garbage Collectors Are Coming

The Robot Garbage Collectors Are Coming

The Volvo Group released a video of a fun little experiment late last week: an effort to destroy the livelihoods of garbage collectors as we know them.

Well, not quite. According to the students who worked on the Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling (or ROAR) project, their self-driving, garbage-collecting prototype is just

Changes Coming in Onboard Scales and Collection Software

Changes Coming in Onboard Scales and Collection Software

Roger Edberg had an important mission in 2010. He’d just taken over as senior superintendent of the ground services department at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and one of his goals was to divert as much campus waste as possible from landfills.

Like many college campuses—and municipalities—UCSC is working to

New Directions for Food Waste

New Directions for Food Waste

City On Board With Food Waste As Separate Entity
Portland has over 1,000 businesses participating in food waste collection—something that’s been going on a while now. A lack of space for composting has been the biggest factor hampering development of Portland’s food waste program, says Arianne Sperry, coordinator of “Portland Recycles!”

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