Curbside Waste Articles

  • Women Leaders in Waste: Diana Grootonk of Labrie Enviroquip

    Hiring and retaining quality employees and identifying the right market opportunities for the business are always top of mind for Grootonk. When Myers Power Products Inc. acquired Labrie Enviroquip Group in January 2012, Diana Grootonk had not planned on taking on the role of chief executive officer (CEO) for Labrie, which manufactures waste collection vehicles for the North American market. But ...


    By Labrie Enviroquip Group

  • The Age of Steel: Recycling Ferrous Scrap

    Steel – which can be found in food cans, household containers, automobiles and office buildings—is the most recycled material in the world. Many of the products we see and use every day are made from steel, including containers, cans, automobiles and appliances. The average appliance is 75 percent steel by weight, and most cars are made up of about 65 percent steel and iron. ...


    By Tuffman Equipment

  • The Benefits of Paper Recycling

    One of the most common forms of municipal solid waste (MSW) recycling is paper recycling. Paper is a commonly used resource in the U.S. and recycling this material can significantly benefit the environment. Each ton of recycled paper can save 7,000 gallons of water, 3.5 cubic yards of landfill space, 17 thirty-foot trees and 4,100 kWh of energy. Unfortunately, paper is often tossed into the ...


    By Tuffman Equipment

  • 10 more memories from the TOMRA team

    As we wrap up our 45th anniversary year at TOMRA, the team at TOMRA Collection Solutions shares their anecdotes from working at the company. From across the globe and across teams, some have worked here for almost 40 years and some for just a few months – and here are their stories. Ingrid Tronstad, Project Manager Brand (Norway) Celebrating this year ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH

  • Recycling Myths Busted

    Like most industries, the recycling industry is not immune to popular myths that have perpetuated over time.  While not all are harmful, recycling myths become exaggerated and create false perceptions that can lead to bad business decisions or negative environmental impacts.  It is important to know the truth about waste handling and recycling processes and equipment so that we can all ...


    By Harmony Enterprises, Inc.

  • Product stewardship – recycling’s little helper

    Like many veteran recycling professionals, I have faced serious challenges in making the wish of recycling all materials come true.  Although paper, cardboard, cans and bottles have ready markets and collection infrastructure; computers, mattresses and other items did not.  They were the problem items that went into dumpsters because costs and lack of mechanism gave them little chance ...

  • Landfills have a huge greenhouse gas problem. Here’s what we can do about it.

    We take out our trash and feel lighter and cleaner. But at the landfill, the food and yard waste that trash contains is decomposing and releasing methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Landfill gas also contributes to smog, worsening health problems like asthma. Globally, trash released nearly 800 million metric tons (882 million tons) of ...


    By Ensia

  • Building A Long-Term Fleet Standardization Strategy

    By transitioning to Bridgeport’s Ranger Automated Side Loaders, TFC Recycling has lowered their operating costs and kept it simple. As the largest recycling company in the mid-Atlantic region, TFC Recycling, located in the Hampton Roads (Colston) area of Chesapeake, VA, operates a large MRF in Chesapeake, a smaller one in Richmond and a baling and transfer operation in Newport. The ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Why Rare Earth Recycling is Rare (and What can We Do About it)

    Earbuds, touch screens, CFLs with a warm glow, rechargeable batteries and power windows: Most of us take these things for granted. When we do, we also take for granted a group of elements called rare earth metals, whose special electronic and magnetic properties make them a key component of many 21st century technologies. These 17 elements are actually plentiful enough — you probably have ...


    By Ensia

  • I’m Guilty Of Illegal Dumping

    I live in downtown New York City, one block west of City Hall. My office is approximately 2 1/2 blocks north of City Hall. I point this out, because many demonstrations are held right outside City Hall with loud speakers for the protesters to announce their protests so everyone can hear them within a half-mile radius, they march or gather for blocks. During these demonstrations, it is common to ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • 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

  • CP Group earns MRF of the month with ReCommunity Beacon

    Located just 90 miles south Albany, Beacon, New York was once known as the “Hat-Making Capital of the U.S.,” with nearly 500 hat factories operating inside the city’s borders at one time. While those hat factories are long gone, the city is home to one new industrial facility – ReCommunity Beacon, a brand-new $7.5 million, 52,000-square-foot materials recovery facility. ...


    By CP Manufacturing, Inc.

  • CP Group earns MRF of the month with advanced disposal GA

    Serving metro Atlanta and located in Forsyth County, Georgia, one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S., the brand-new materials recovery facility in Alphretta is the 10th for Advanced Disposal, which operates throughout the Southeast. The $5 million, 34,000 square-foot facility built by the CP Group will process single-stream materials collected curbside from approximately 100,000 households ...


    By CP Manufacturing, Inc.

  • 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

  • Fabric structures as cost - Effective solutions in recycling applications

    With regulations becoming increasingly stringent and budgets continuing to shrink, recycling and other solid waste facilities are looking for innovative solutions for physical plant upgrades. In order to reduce processing costs and protect the environment, many treatment plant operators are choosing tension fabric buildings. Glass Recycling – Covered Containers Tension ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Joint working and efficiency gains

    The entire globe is suffering at the hands of the worst recession to hit since the 1940s, and this is not only a concern for the financial sector and people with savings and investments, but it is also a major worry for municipal authorities who are charged with delivering front line services that underpin our modern way of life—policing, health care, schooling and, of course, waste ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Giving back

    What are the CRRA Trash Museum and the CRRA Garbage Museum and where are they located?: The CRRA (Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority) Trash Museum, adjacent to a regional recycling processing center in Hartford, CT, opened in 1993 as a means of promoting curbside recycling, which had just been introduced in Connecticut. CRRA has operated the Trash Museum since its inception, and through ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • 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 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

  • Facts and Consequences

    Jon Entine’s case is compelling, and his article raises a fundamental question that has been largely lost in the bisphenol A debate. The question is how to balance the need to feed the world by maintaining a safe food supply system with the desire to be cautious in protecting human health from chemical exposures that may pose harm. As outside counsel to the North American Metal Packaging ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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