Tag: MSW management

The municipal solid waste industry has four components: recycling, composting, disposal, and waste-to-energy via incineration. There is no single approach that can be applied to the management of all waste streams, therefore the Environmental Protection Agency, federal agency of the United States of America, developed a hierarchy ranking strategies for municipal solid waste. The Waste Management Hierarchy is made up of four levels ordered from most preferred to least preferred methods based on their environmental soundness: Source reduction and reuse; recycling or composting; energy recovery; treatment and disposal.

You Make the Call

You Make the Call

Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, I used to listen to Detroit Tiger baseball games on the radio while cleaning the garage, or sitting by the lake, or working a summer job. The voice doing the play-by-play was Ernie Harwell. He used what we now call “Harwell-isms” in describing

MSW—Reader Favorites

MSW—Reader Favorites

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.

Now What? #ChinaWasteBan

Now What? #ChinaWasteBan

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

Nobody Likes These Statistics

Nobody Likes These Statistics

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

Playing it Safe

Playing it Safe

When I was working in my former life as a television news reporter, every year the time would come to start thinking about the Emmys. Reporters, producers, writers, and editors would all gather our best work from the past year and send them off to a distant local news market

Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

There is strength in numbers. This sentiment is at the heart of many military strategies. It’s seen in nature. Political strength is often measured in the number of supporters.

And so it is that the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has surpassed the 10,000 member mark. In its recent

Finding the Right Shade of Green

Finding the Right Shade of Green

Okay, let’s look at this one more time, but from a different angle: I’ve been beating the plastic drum lately, writing about such things as single-use plastic straws and the potential bans on them that some jurisdictions—possibly the entire European Union—are considering. An article in the March 3 Economist is

“Trash Girl”

“Trash Girl”

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

Sponge Cities

Sponge Cities

You may have read recently about China’s “sponge cities.” They’re an approach to what we commonly call green infrastructure—an attempt to reduce flooding and infiltrate stormwater runoff in some of the areas most affected by rapid urbanization. China has spent $12 billion so far—with federal and local governments and private

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