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In the Spotlight
City of Cambridge, MA Department of Public Works: On the Right Track
With a robust waste diversion program, expanding curbside organics collection, and effective education campaigns that result in lower contamination rates, the City of Cambridge’s Department of Public Works has adopted a successful Zero Waste Plan that is hitting a stride and will soon include process and policy changes to sustain and maximize the value of each of the new program offerings.
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MRFs: Keys to Building a Successful MRF: Before, During, and After
When building a MRF, the goal is to end up with a facility that operates efficiently, requires minimal repairs and downtime, and flexibility to accommodate future equipment upgrades and modifications. Actively seeking out and incorporating practices from experts who focus on design, building, and managing MRFs will elevate the final product of your new, successful facility.
Jeff Eriks, Evan Williams, Ashley Davis and Ryan Fogelman
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Waste Transportation/Logistics
Redefining Fleet Efficiency in the Waste and Recycling Industry
The next time a waste collection vehicle passes by, remember the vital role of the transport planner. They may work behind the scenes, but the impact of their work resonates across our urban landscapes, within the waste and recycling industry, and our planet.
Robert Hovhannisyan

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Landfill Gas Management: Optimizing Condensate Sump Sizing for Efficient Landfill Gas Management: Identifying Key Design Criteria
By considering various approaches in sump design, landfill operators can tailor condensate management to their site’s unique requirements, improving environmental control, and ensuring compliance with regulations.
Scott McGourty, PE
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Industry Trends
The Growing Clarion Call of Concern About Lithium-Ion Battery Disposal
As more lithium-ion batteries get discarded and improperly placed in curbside residential waste or recycling collection containers and bags, the safety risks related to their combustibility are increasing.
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Software: Steps to Seamlessly Implement Add-Ons to Existing Software
When deciding to implement add-ons to your existing software, these tools and features can help with employee retention and reduce stress on your drivers and your supervisor team by efficiently completing the routes on time.
Christopher Matesevac
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Cranes and Grapples
6 Crucial Things You Should Know Before Purchasing a Grapple Loader
While you may have many options when it comes to selecting a grapple loader, here are six tips that can help you find the best fit for your unique needs.
Tom Zwickle
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PFAS in Landfills: Charting a Path Forward for Waste Management Professionals
While the battle over PFAS in landfills is far from over, with continued research, collaboration, and innovation, waste management professionals can play a crucial role in protecting the environment and public health.
Lindsay Boone
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Fleet Management: Fleet Tracking and How Waste Fleets Can Benefit
Fleet tracking is becoming increasingly essential to the waste industry. With safety as a core value, the ability to continuously improve efficiencies and customer satisfaction can help companies of all shapes and sizes achieve overall operational excellence.
Ryan Brandos
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Waste Transportation: Improve Landfill Safety and Efficiency with Moving Floor Systems
Incorporating moving floor trailers in the landfill environment not only offers safety considerations and efficiency, but also the ability to haul a variety of materials and handle larger volumes, enabling operators to maximize the potential of the fleet through backhauling.
Mike Robinson
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Organics Recycling: Determining When and How to Tackle Your Organics Recycling Program
While your businesses’ needs may be complex, your organics recycling program does not have to be.
Melissa Modica
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Waste Management Logistics
Revolutionizing Waste Management Logistics: The Role of Advanced Technologies
By harnessing the power of technology, waste management stakeholders can move towards more sustainable and efficient practices, paving the way for a cleaner and greener future.
Tal Leemor
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Circular Economy: How Retailers Can Close the Waste Loop
Best practices for stores to become vital links in a more circular economy.
Kate Worley and Sam Liebl
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Embracing Data-Driven Efficiency: Transforming Waste Management Operations for a Sustainable Future
In the quest for a sustainable future, waste management organizations play a vital role in maintaining cleaner, greener, and healthier communities. By embracing data-driven efficiency through open-architecture software solutions, selecting the right “route planning partner,” and harnessing the power of high-quality data, organizations have the power to lay the foundation for a brighter tomorrow.
Jessica Cearfos
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Odor Control: Forecasting at the Landfill
Four steps to use hyperlocal weather forecasts for better odor management at landfills.
Andres Quijano
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Event Preview: Leading the Way at WASTECON® 2023
Get ready to advance waste management best practices and address emerging industry issues.
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Guest Commentary: Jurisdictions Seek The Help Of Organics Recyclers to Comply With SB 1383 Procurement
SB 1383 has many moving parts. One thing is certain: the state is relying on jurisdictions to reduce a large portion of organic waste in landfills. The jurisdiction-organic recycler partnership is the most effective means to achieve this objective.
Bill Camarillo
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Onboard AI Solutions are Helping Drive Safety Forward
While AI for driver behavior holds great promise in enhancing road safety and promoting responsible driving, a successful deployment is more like a marathon than it is a sprint.
Don Diego Padilla II

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