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JUNE 2021


In the Spotlight: ecomaine: Striving for Excellence
Newly-certified under ISO 45001 under OHSAS 18001, ecomaine is focused on moving ahead with even more employee involvement on safety, ongoing engagement by management and aggressive outreach and education on contamination issues.

Telematics: Adopting Next Generation Telematics: “COVID-19 and Beyond”
New technology is revolutionizing the power of fleet management and enhancing the speed of productivity, and fleet telematics has the potential to completely transform waste and recycling companies. Real-time communication between back-office and drivers helps reduce fleet downtime as teams are able to work together effectively and efficiently with more clarity over maintenance requirements.
Don Diego Padilla II

Insurance Issues: The “New Normal” – Insurance Version
If COVID has taught us anything, it is to be prepared for the unexpected. Change is inevitable and our ability to adapt is paramount.
Nathan Brainard

Facilities Planning and Design: Managing Risk for Your Next Construction Project
Working with your design/build team to manage risk to the schedule and budget during the construction process.
Jeff Eriks

Mergers and Acquisitions: Understanding EBITDA and Normalizing Adjustments When Selling a Business
The use of EBITDA to value a business may sound simple in theory, but it is essential that sellers thoroughly understand this calculation, as making these normalizing adjustments and “add-backs” to the historical EBITDA can directly impact the valuation that prospective buyers will initially put on their business.
Michael Hannon

Scrap Recycling: Scrap Metal Recycling with XRF: Best Practices for Alloy Sorting and Processing
Although handheld XRF analyzers are fast and easy to use, it is important to follow industry best practices to get full value for your investment. Consider maintenance, settings, training and testing to optimize this valuable tool.
Peter Faulkner

Food Waste Management: Choosing the Best Solution for the Disposal of Your Food Waste
Scale software and hardware are critical capital investments for any landfill or transfer station operation. Taking the time to issue separate RFPs and tailor the solution to your needs will inevitably pay off and, in the end, give you the best of both worlds.
Chris Butler

Leachates: Evaluating Potential Leachate and Landfill Gas Impacts to Groundwater at Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Often, a few additional parameters must be analyzed during subsequent groundwater sampling events, but the additional effort to collect the necessary data to prepare a mini-ASD is well worth the time and expense if it prevents costly Subtitle D groundwater assessment monitoring and potential corrective action measures.
Anne Melia, CHMM

E-Waste: The Rise of Lithium-Ion Batteries and Impacts to the Recycling Industry
As battery technologies continue to evolve, it is critical to understand disposal and safe handling practices.
Danielle Spalding

Industry Resources: The National Association for PET Container Resources: Focusing on the Future
With a mission of educating consumers about the value of PET, NAPCOR’s goal is to help promote and protect the PET molecule as well as protect the environmental sustainability and attributes of PET packaging. Alasdair Carmichael, Program Director for the organization, talks about its mission, Positively PET campaign and its annual PET Recycling Report.

Trash Treasures: Waste Pro Garbage Truck Museum: A Unique Visit to the Past
Located in Sanford, FL, Waste Pro’s Garbage Truck Museum focuses on the importance of remembering and preserving the waste and recycling industry’s past and boasts a collection of original and restored antique waste collection trucks that showcase the company’s rich history of innovation. Museum Curator, Scott Collier discusses its development, what visitors can expect to see on display and its impact on the community.

Commercial Automobile Insurance Rates: The Importance of Pre-and Post-Trip Inspections
Pre-trip and post-trip inspections help keep vehicles in service, lower Vehicle Maintenance BASIC scores, cause fewer accidents, and lower commercial automobile insurance costs.
Blair Koorsen and Tim Shannon

From the Experts: Making the Transition back to “Normal”
Let’s continue to shake off 2020 and the comfort zone of digital meetings. While useful in some applications, let us not make it the forefront of our meeting styles. We can stimulate this return to normal more than we may realize. In this process, large or small, we need to continue to share what made us successful.
John Paglia III

HHW Corner:
Second of Two Parts Should our Community have a Permanent HHW Collection Facility?
Permanent year-round HHW collection facilities are typically built due to increasing local demand stemming from a history of increasingly large HHW collection events. However, we also see that these facilities are not the exclusive domain of large metropolitan service areas. Since the first of these facilities were built in the mid-1980s, HHW collection facilities have been developed to serve local populations as small as a few tens of thousands.
David Nightingale, CHMM, S.C.