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Curbside collection encompasses many subtly different systems, which differ mostly on where in the process the recyclates are sorted and cleaned. The main categories are mixed waste collection, commingled recyclables and source separation. A waste collection vehicle generally picks up the waste.

Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement

Waste collection does not stay constant. Like any other industry, it changes and grows with each new innovation in machinery or technique. Other industries consciously adopt the formal process of “continuous improvement” to advance their capabilities and improve the quality of their products and services. Waste collection is no different.

Extending The Range

Extending The Range

If you’ve ever been stuck behind a garbage truck in traffic, you’ve probably wished that diesels were banned. Asphyxiating exhaust fumes from these big Class 8 trucks rival the grating noise created by frequent stopping. But what if the noise and the diesel fumes were largely eliminated? You might still

Invisible Tech

Invisible Tech

Innovations seem to come at us at all corners, and at an ever-escalating pace—cell phones, new fuel cars, new efficient heating, and appliances that seem to do everything but feed your pets a balanced diet and mow your lawn remotely. The truth is, some gadgets actually do perform those functions.

Finding Your Way Home

No operation appears to be so simple as curbside collection of municipal solid waste (MSW). No technology is so basic as the truck that does the hauling. But high tech has transformed the practice of solid waste collection, and with it the waste management industry. Equipped with GPS, waste collection

Automating Bulk Trash Collection With Grapple Trucks

Automating Bulk Trash Collection With Grapple Trucks

Thirty years ago, Rochester, NY, collected its bulk trash the old-fashioned way-with a six-wheeled open truck, a driver, and three laborers who picked up whatever was left at the curb by heaving it over their shoulders into the truck bed. “In 1980 we went to two operators on a low-entry,

What Keeps Mayors Up at Night?

What Keeps Mayors Up at Night?

Mayors. As one public works director quipped: “I’ve seen them come, and I’ve seen them go. In my 30 years with the city, I’ve survived and occasionally thrived through five different mayoral administrations.” What do a current sample crop of mayors from cities of all sizes across the country see

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