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  • Zero Waste - Zero Waste - Zero Waste

    The Planning Group of the Zero waste International Alliance defines zero waste as: “Zero waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for other use.” I recently posted this question on ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Landfills: considering the alternative

    The economic side of landfill management isn’t easy. Essentially there is a “product” being sold— airspace. Revenue is generated through tipping fees charged per ton. The more garbage taken in, the more income earned. From that perspective, selling space is good. However, as more garbage is taken in, less space remains and the landfill’s lifespan decreases. ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Landfills case study: Space heating with LFG: Small project-big savings

    On a typical January morning in Minnesota, a landfill operator is working on the compactor’s transmission. Despite the four inches of snow on the ground, he opens the garage doors in the maintenance building to let out some of the excess heat. Unlike previous winters, this year the operator can afford to crank up the heat in the building while working on equipment because the heat is being ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • The changing picture of greenhouse gas reporting for landfills

    With the implementation of Federal Mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting in 2010, landfill owners can find themselves subject to GHG reporting regulations at the federal level, and in some cases, also at the state or local level. This article will review the Federal Mandatory Reporting Rule (MRR) requirements for municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills subject to mandatory reporting under 40 ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Carbon offsets from organic waste conversion projects

    The Climate Act ion Reserve (the Reserve) has long had a protocol to give credit for the capture and destruction of methane emissions from organic waste in landfills, but they have now opened up the possibility of credits for projects that prevent that waste from entering landfills in the first place. In October 2009, the Reserve adopted the Organic Waste Digestion Project Protocol, covering both ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Update on Federal Air and GHG Regulations Affecting Landfills

    EPA’s recent regulatory changes are expected to alter the way landfills are regulated for the foreseeable future with a potential to add additional compliance costs for the industry.  The air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) regulatory framework at the federal level is currently in a state of flux with respect to landfills. The landfill industry awaits the issuance of a revised ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Santa Clara converts low concentration landfill gas to clean energy

    Landfills are an excellent source of methane-rich gas that can be used to generate renewable power. Methane is produced at a landfill as trash decomposes and can be used as fuel for a gas generator to produce electricity. Since 1986, the City of Santa Clara had successfully done this, and had been able to export power to a local utility. However, over time, gas production at a closed landfill ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Teaching the Importance of Waste Diversion

    Give a brief history of the program: In an effort to find new and exciting ways of reaching our youth, the Escambia County Recycling Summer Camp was created in the Summer of 2009. The recycling camp is a free program offered to area youth ages six to 12. The camp is a one-day excursion to the Escambia County Perdido Landfill where kids participate in funfilled activities designed to teach the ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • The Newton, IA Landfill: A Smooth Operation

    The Newton, IA landfill sta rted out as an old strip mine in 1945. When it first was created, trash was dumped at the site and whenever it was needed, the garbage was set on fire and pushed into the old strip mine. As the rules have changed throughout the years, the dump was transitioned into a sanitary landfill in the late 1960s. However, at that time the trash would still pile up and would not ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Enhanced waste-management practices reduce carbon emissions and support lower landfill taxes

    Landfill taxes and ‘enhanced waste management’ practices have been introduced to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill and to convert waste into useful products. This study investigated the interplay of these two policy options in Belgium, generating findings that could help Europe move towards a resource-efficient, circular economy. Landfill taxes and ‘enhanced waste ...

  • Landfilling of Pre-treated Waste - Consequences for the Construction, Operation and After-care of Landfills

    INTRODUCTION From the realisation of the German Waste Storage Ordinance (Ordinance on Environmentally Compatible Storage of Waste from Human Settlements AbfAblV, ANONYM, 2001) follows that in Germany from June 2005 on only pre-treated wastes are allowed to be furnished to landfills. In some parts pre-treatment will fundamentally change the physical, biological and chemical properties of the ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Sustainable management of household solid waste

    In most countries, the majority of household solid waste is landfilled because of associated low capital, operation and maintenance costs. However, many existing landfills have exhausted their handling capacities and new facilities are faced with the problem of siting. Alternatives to traditional landfill practice are required to achieve sustainability in managing solid waste. This manuscript ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT): The new kid on the UK waste management block

    Waste management in the United Kingdom (UK) has undergone a revolution in the past 20 years. In 1990, the UK landfilled more than 90 percent of its municipal solid waste (MSW), incinerated about 8 percent and recycled the remaining 2 percent. It had one the highest landfill rates in Western Europe and one of the lowest recycling rates, reflecting the UK’s mining traditions and aggregates ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • See how improvements in landfill processes and equipment increase profits

    Although an ever increasing amount of waste is recycled or burned for energy, the basic need for landfills as well as the best practices in landfill management remain the same. To operate a highly functioning landfill, you need to integrate the right technologies into smart processes. By optimizing the processes in management of waste streams and handling of waste, you can increase the life ...


    By Tana Oy

  • Casella Waste Systems: Moving towards zero waste

    Started in 1975 as a single truck operation in Rutland, VT, Casella Waste Systems now stands as one of the leading waste and recycling companies in the U.S., employing more than 1,700 people. The company owns and/or operates 31 solid waste collection operations, 29 transfer stations, 17 recycling facilities, nine Subtitle D landfills, three landfill gas-to-energy facilities, one landfill ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Waste in The EU at the Turn of the Century

    Abstract The major part of waste in the EU ends up at landfills. In the EU waste strategy, a hierarchy for waste management has been set up: minimisation, material recovery, energy recovery and, only as the last resort, landfilling. This hierarchy is not reflected in real life. In a discussion of how to reduce amounts of waste going to landfill it is important to look at the factors ...

  • Why the oil industry must take heed of new landfill directive # m governing hazardous wastes

    With the 16th July 2004 being the red-letter day forthe oil and energy industry. John Harrison, Managing Director. Surface Active Solutions Ltd. believes the industry faces problems with hazardous waste disposal unless it acts quickly, This day sees a tightening of the UK laws on 'special/hazardous' wastes. To give it its technical specification, 'the ban on co-disposal of waste pursuant to the ...

  • Being dense has its advantages

    At its root, the landfill business can be drawn down to a simple mathematical calculation. An operation receives a permit for a certain number of acres and is relegated to how deep it can dig and how high it can go. The result is the number of cubic yards of space that an operation has available to fill at the site. There is one key remaining variable—how the space is filled—and this ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Rebuilding compactor saves money and resources for Florida landfill

    Working with the local Caterpillar® dealer, the Volusia County, FL Recycling and Solid Waste Division has conserved money and resources by rebuilding its 836G compactor for a third life at the Tomoka Landfill. Ring Power, the Cat® dealer in northern and central Florida, performed the two rebuilds and maintains a close watch on the compactor as part of a Total Maintenance and Repair ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Synthetic turf system solves landfill erosion challenge

    After four years as landfill district manager for IESI Corp., Delaney Lewis was discouraged. Although one of the Louisiana landfills for which he was responsible exhibited ideal geology, the soil characteristics were not conducive to side slope maintenance. The soil of the LaSalle/Grant landfill was highly erodible, exhibited a high plasticity index and had a natural pH of 4.0. ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

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