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Infrastructure, Incentives, and Safety Among the Considerations in Transitioning to Electric Refuse Collection
Although there are numerous considerations with transitioning to electric refuse collection vehicles, it does not need to be overwhelming. Proper planning and consultation with insurance companies, electric utilities, and manufacturers can assist fleet managers in developing a transition roadmap that allows them to take advantage of the many of benefits of eRCVs.
Optimizing Your Lubricant Technical Expertise
Through offering guidance and expertise on issues, such as oil change schedules, analyzing used oil data, and optimizing your lubricant selection, partnering with a lubrication technical expert can unlock efficiencies across your fleet and help contribute to a lower total cost of ownership.
How Biotechnology is Pioneering More Sustainable Waste Management Practices
Achieving a circular economy remains the ultimate goal. Embracing innovative technologies and altering our behaviors play a key role in reducing our environmental impact as a collective.
Dr. Stephen Wise
Looking Back at 2023
Solid waste companies and local governments faced an array of challenges over the past year. Unlike many recent years, there were no significant disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic or China’s National Sword. This provided a measure of much-needed stability to the industry, during a year of significant economic and other changes.
Why Government Support for Composting Programs is Essential to Growth
While it is easy to think about waste management as a nationwide problem, it is only possible to address at a city or county level. Municipal solid waste is a locally managed issue, and cities and counties have the most knowledge about their specific local challenges and how best to address them.
Understanding the Importance of Training
Growing challenges has led to new ways of learning and forced trainers to get creative in the classroom, both virtual and in-person. Educators play a significant role in how new products and technology are learned and, ultimately, adopted in the marketplace.
Embracing a Fully Integrated Payments Solution
How to unlock efficiency with seamless integration.
The Ultimate Showdown in Recycling: Belt Conveyors vs. Screw Conveyors
Whether tasked with the movement of bulk waste, packaged goods, recyclables, or even hazardous materials, belt conveyors are the ideal solution for ensuring the seamless and efficient flow of materials in the waste management process.
Leveraging the Past to Secure Our Future
The U.S. has the opportunity to establish itself as a front-runner in the new circular economy for textiles considering it is the second largest market for textiles in the world and currently only about 15 percent of collected textile waste in the country is being recycled. While taking advantage of this opportunity is no easy feat, the burden can be somewhat lessened by leveraging key lessons learned from how paper recycling has become mainstream in the last few decades.
José Gonzalez and Łucja Wanicka
Leveling Up Your Waste and Recycling for 2024: The Top Trends You Need to Know
With the new year just around the corner, here are a few new key areas and considerations to keep in mind for a successful (and sustainable) 2024.
Melissa Modica and Anthony “AJ” Diienno
From Bystander to Upstander: The Power of Collective Effort in Ensuring Community Safety
If we all do our part, think creatively, and act decisively, we can make a difference. We can build safer, stronger communities for ourselves and for future generations.
Organics Case Study
Future-Proofed: How Digital-Enabled Solid Waste Departments Were Prepared for Organics Legislation Years Ahead
Digital tools implemented today make it easy to flex for future changes in the regulatory environment.
Understanding Ergonomics to Advance Safety
Ergonomics is the study of the interactions between workers and the tools and equipment used to perform jobs. In the case of the waste collection, ergonomics focus on the driver, his or her truck, and the tools, equipment and process used to complete a route. Understanding employee interaction with tools and equipment provides valuable insight that can be used to protect workers with better design, engineering, and operations.
Why Oil Analysis Should be Part of a Vehicle Maintenance Program
Oil analysis can provide early warning about possible engine problems.
The Competitive Advantage: Crafting An Edge for Your Waste Company
In this information age, it is not just about doing the job. It is about communicating the unique value you bring to the table.
The North American Hazardous Materials Management Association: 38th Annual Conference Recap
Held in Tempe, AZ in September, this year’s NAHMMA was an exciting, fun, and informative event that drew attendees from across the U.S.