curbside waste collection Articles

  • Food Waste Collection Innovations

    As more food waste diversion programs roll out in the residential and commercial sectors, manufacturers and suppliers are responding with new collection and container tools. The weight and moisture content of food waste have led to innovations in equipment design and operation. An increase in residential food waste collection programs — and the need to service curbside carts — are ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Food Waste Collection Companies Grow With The Flow

    On October 1, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ ban on landfill disposal of commercial organics from establishments generating one ton or more of food waste per week goes into effect. On the front lines of helping these businesses and institutions comply are organics haulers, many of whom have been offering their services for years. “Seven years ago, we were servicing about two dozen ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Expanding organics collection

    THE Region of Niagara, located in southern Ontario between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, has relaunched its curbside source separated organics diversion program for single and multifamily dwellings. The Region, which has an objective of 65 percent waste diversion from landfill by 2012, serves over 400,000 residents throughout 12 municipalities. Free 13-gallon green bins were provided to households ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Residential Organics Collection Options

    Untitled Document A suburb in Minnesota's Twin ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Finding the Best Organics Collection Systems

    Untitled Document AS HOUSEHOLD organics programs ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • New York City Organics Collection

    New York City’s (NYC) two-year pilot program to collect source separated organics — food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings — separately from refuse is now officially one year old. Through September 2014, this program, run by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY), has expanded its service to approximately 100,000 households and over 350 schools, in addition to a few ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • San Francisco Takes Residential Organics Collection Full-Scale

    After two and a half years of conducting a variety of pilot residential curbside organics collection programs that included food and soiled paper, the City and County of San Francisco (referred to hereafter as “the City”) and Sunset Scavenger Company are commencing a citywide rollout of the Fantastic Three Program. This new, innovative program will include the separate collection and composting ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Cart-Based Organics Collection. Citizens Drive 65 Percent Diversion System

    For better or worse, citizens opposing waste management projects usually end up being labeled as NIMBYs — not in my backyard. This could have been the case in Halifax, Nova Scotia but instead, the citizens took their opposition one step further, basically taking the design for an acceptable waste management system into their own hands. In the process, they laid out the foundation for an ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Mixed waste composting trends

    It's been about 25 years since vendors started marketing systems to process mixed municipal solid waste via composting in the U.S. Today, there are 13 plants, most fulfilling their niche in the communities they serve - whether managing MSW in high tourism areas, or processing residual organics from materials recovery facilities. Table 1 provides summary data on the 13 facilities. While we did not ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Food waste diversion promoted on the street

    In January 2009, collection trucks hit the streets of San Francisco with a bold message: look more closely at your garbage, because it is primarily made up of resources that should be composted or recycled. There are now about 20 trucks with 3D images of food waste or recyclables displayed on their sides, giving the illusion of glass panels that reveal the vehicles’ contents. Passersby see trucks ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Zero waste on San Francisco’s horizon

    Diversion rate of 77 percent (and climbing) is a reflection of sound policy, committed municipality and willing waste hauler. Part I WHEN BioCycle visited San Francisco in April, we were invited to tag along with a British film crew making a documentary on how the world deals with its trash. Hosted by Academy Award winning actor Jeremy Irons, the project had landed in San Francisco because of the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Nova Scotia´s Solid Waste-Resource Management Strategy Vision Becomes Reality

    The Nova Scotia Department of the Environment has a Solid Waste-Resource Management Strategy which is leading the continent. Recovery of beverage containers realizes an 80% return rate. Curbside recycling programs cover 96% of the province. 72% of Nova Scotians will have curbside collection of all compostable organic material. The number of solid waste disposal sites have been reduced by 50%. ...


  • Climate change impacts of food waste diversion to anaerobic digesters

    Treating food waste (FW) by anaerobic digestion to recover biogas and biofertiliser is a fantastic opportunity. The biogas is renewable, base-load, non-fossil energy. Using the digestate on land as biofertiliser completes nutrient cycles and conserves soil organic matter. The Part-503 rules protect health and the environment. Existing sludge digesters can be ‘turbo-charged’ by retrofitting ...


  • The City of Toronto rolls out its waste diversion program

    The City of Toronto is in the final stages of rolling out its multifaceted waste diversion program, which is now city-wide. Entitled 'Target 70,' the program's key objective is diverting 70 per cent of city-managed waste from landfill disposal. This represents about 250,000 new tonnes of diversion. As the plan takes effect, the city will become a North America leader in waste diversion. In ...

  • Using a direct method to characterize and measure flows of municipal solid waste in the United States

    ABSTRACTAlthough there are a myriad of sources of municipal solid waste (MSW) data in the United States, much of thesedata are not transparent and are also extremely difficult to find. In addition, the two major methods of quantifyingnational MSW flows—the BioCycle State of Garbage in America and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Franklin Associates’ MSW “Facts and Figures” ...

  • Home advisors: helping the public take responsibility for their recyclables!

    The UK is in a period of rapid transition as local authorities focus their attention on the need to divert significant proportions of their household waste from landfill so that their obligations under the EU Landfill Directive are met. This cannot be achieved without the support of the residents who must accept the strategies in place and use the services offered. Over the last decade a great ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Recycling recycling storm debris

    Hurricane Irene has come and gone, but strong winds and heavy rainfall left significant property damage in the wake of the storm. If you’re one of many East Coasters facing a yard full of storm debris, there is plenty you can do to clean up the mess the eco-friendly way. Many towns and cities are offering curbside collection or open-call recycling days for storm debris (check your ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • High diversion in the Alps (Italy)

    Award winning sustainability initiatives in Val di Fiemme help keep the popular valley pristine, while providing a worldwide role model for mountainous communities. VAL di Fiemme is a valley in northern Italy tucked in the Dolomite Mountains, a section of the Alps known for skiing in winter, and hiking in summer. In 2008 the municipality of 11 villages won an award for highest waste diversion in ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Organics cart and container trends

    WHEN it comes to figuring out what cities, states and provinces are still throwing away, food residuals from households, commercial businesses and institutions continue to top the list. And as more jurisdictions look to adopt Zero Waste goals and mitigate methane emissions from landfills, the obvious candidate to boost diversion rates is the food residuals stream. In cities and towns that already ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Recycling case study: Tale of three cities

    Greatly improving collection speed and reducing crew size to a single person are a couple of reasons to consider making the switch to a semitrailer refuse and recycling collection service. Two communities and a private contractor who use the system share their stories. The Public Sector Before switching to a semi-trailer refuse and recycling collection system, crews from the city ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

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