Tag: waste collection services

Waste collection methods vary widely among different countries and regions. Domestic waste collection services are often provided by local government authorities, or by private companies for industrial and commercial waste. Some areas, especially those in less developed countries, do not have formal waste-collection systems.

Collection of Organic Wastes From High-Rise Buildings and Apartment Complexes

Collection of Organic Wastes From High-Rise Buildings and Apartment Complexes

This article provides highlights from a research memorandum recently published by the SWANA Applied Research Foundation (ARF) on the collection of organic wastes from high-rise buildings and apartment complexes. This research need was identified by North Vancouver, British Columbia, and selected for investigation during FY2012 (July 2011 through June 2012).

Dealing With Oversize Waste

Dealing With Oversize Waste

According to Mildred Lee, solid waste and recycling manager for the public works department of the City of Greenville, SC, specialty collections comprise a small percentage of its overall curbside collection program. Per city ordinance, a limited amount of oversized items can be placed at the curb for collection on

The Future of AVAC in the United States

The Future of AVAC in the United States

How rapidly will the US market for urban AVACs develop? Likely not as fast as the European and Asian markets, according to Harry Pliskin, president of TransVac—a 40-year old AVAC system provider based in Denver, CO. He indicated that there are many factors that are different overseas than in the

Mixed Waste Materials Recovery Facilities

Mixed Waste Materials Recovery Facilities

While sustainable technologies such as anaerobic digesters are capturing the limelight in the solid waste industry lately, another sustainable facility, called a mixed material recovery facility (MRF), is playing a workhorse role largely behind the scenes. At the heart of the mixed MRF is a sophisticated, semi-automated system that typically receives

SWANA News

SWANA News

SWANA members let their voices be heard during SWANA’s 2015 elections from June 15 to July 15, 2015.

SWANA members voted on:

Election of International Board Officers
Bylaw Amendments
Election of Private Sector Directors

SWANA members voted to pass the Bylaw Amendment, which clarifies the membership status of retired members who may be seeking an Officer position. SWANA

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

Reader Profile: Debbie Fleming

Reader Profile: Debbie Fleming

Noticing that a significant amount of landfilled waste was comprised of organics, the Township of Langley in British Columbia, Canada, implemented in 2011 the Green Can Program, whereby residents were encouraged to include food scraps with the weekly collected yard trimmings. With 35% of the waste going to landfill still

Energy From Waste

Energy From Waste

While waste to energy is the third-most-preferred municipal solid waste approach behind source reduction/reuse and recycling/composting, some 29 million tons of MSW—12% of total generated—were combusted for energy recovery in 2011, according to “Municipal Solid Waste in the US: Facts and Figures.” The Energy Recovery Council—a national trade organization representing

Onboard Scales and In-Ground Scales: Use Both for Best Results

Onboard Scales and In-Ground Scales: Use Both for Best Results

Onboard scales and collection software, while productive tools for MSW districts, are still not perfect, especially the onboard scale part of the package. Steve Graham, vehicle segment manager with the Columbus, OH, office of Mettler Toledo, says that onboard scales can lose their proper calibration as waste trucks travel more

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