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Toxic release inventories, or TRIs (Form R), are due on July 1 st   from facilities that release, manufacture, or use EPCRA Section 313 chemicals above EPA thresholds (over 25,000 lbs). Facilities must report, using Form R, quantities of 313 chemicals used during the calendar year to the EPA, including chemicals in waste onsite and offsite, as well as accidental releases. Regardless of whether TRI reporting is applicable, the methodology and supporting calculations need to be established to prove reporting is required, or NOT required. Though they are experts in what they do, companies may not understand all the rules or have the reporting methodologies in ...
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Environmental emissions reporting can be an arduous task if you do not have systems in place to monitor what materials you use and in what quantities. Your SDS system is the root of the process, and is preferably one that works well with your emissions database for streamlined reporting.   Lippert Components , a supplier of components to the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing, trailer, bus, marine and heavy truck industries, has used DECA Environmental’s   Online SDS   and integrated Environmental Reporting systems for the past few years. According to Lippert’s Jason Demeter, the ease of use, flexibility, and integration of both systems has made ...
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Time to Celebrate Earth Day with Us! | Earth Day 2017 Mr. Squirrel wants to say “Happy Earth Day!” National Garbage Man Day supports Earth Day! Let’s do our part and contribute to the global effort to make our world more sustainable. We believe that our children and the generations to come deserve to live in a healthy world. Environmentally friendly To help you get started, check out  The Recycle Guide , a free resource packed with information to help you start preserving the Earth today! Here’s a bit of what you will learn from The Recycle Guide: What to ...
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National Garbage Man Day , Waste360 and Waste Advantage Magazine invite you to help rename National Garbage Man Day. Help us improve our celebration for everyone across the industry with your feedback. Tell us your best idea for renaming National Garbage Man Day . Caption Submit your name suggestions using the online form or visit the WasteExpo Booth #3106 at the 50th Anniversary WasteExpo show in Las Vegas. Enter to Win The new name will be revealed next week at WasteExpo’s 50th Anniversary Show in Las Vegas, April 23-26, 2018. In addition to unveiling the new name, we will announce the winner of a $100 Amazon gift card and ...
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Where Can I Recycle?

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Recycling centers are all over the United States! http://www.recycleguide.org/where-recycle-dispose-rolloff-dumpsters/ Getting started with recycling can seem overwhelming to some people, especially if you don’t know where to go. Understanding the differences in recycling centers, landfills, and dumps is an important step in taking care of our environment. We recommend checking with your local municipal government or commercial waste management company to see if recyclable materials can be picked up from your home. You can also use  Earth911.com’s  interactive search tool to find your closest recycling facility for specific materials.   Give it a try ...
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Sanitation Workers for Jesus It’s a dirty job. There’s just no way around it. Hot days and hard work are the necessary pieces of a sanitation worker’s job. As you go through your day today, stop and pray for these men and women who keep our communities safe and clean. Pray for their safety. Pray for their families. And if you see them out on the job consider telling them “Thank You!” If you’re in the Sanitation Industry and looking for some regular encouragement, check out  www.sanitationworkersforjesus.
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Science of Recycling

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http://www.recycleguide.org/science-recycling-dispose-rolloff-dumpsters/ The concept of recycling is one that has gained a lot of ground in the last 15 years. Finding ways to reuse older products in a way that will make them useful again can be as simple as using old boxes as containers, or as complex as breaking down large quantities of materials and adapting them for new products. Over time, methods of recycling has evolved with the discovery of more effective ways to recycle. Tires In 2006, Earthfirst! created a new way to recycle tires. Through their new method of reusing tires, it produced valuable resources such as steel, carbon, high energy ...
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Want to help start teaching someone else about recycling?   Recycle America   has some links that can help those interested in talking to students, family members, or even city council chairmen about the benefits of recycling.  http://www.recycleguide.org/teacher-resources-dispose-rolloff-dumpsters/ For Kids: The History of the Garbage Man  [Video] An exciting story to watch and learn! View this fun video online. EPA’s Environmental Kids Club Learn how to protect our environment (air, water, garbage & recycling, etc.) using interactive games such as EPA’s Office of Solid Waste Planet Protectors club for kids. Earth911.org Education Pick ...
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#takeoutthetrash About the Movement TAKE OUT THE TRASH is an initiative meant to be spread with pride and valor across the many aspects of the Sanitation Industry. Truck Drivers, School Teachers, Grocery Store Workers, Single Mothers, Fast Food employees and movie theater staff are just a few of the many examples of hard working Americans and if you think about it, we all, "Take Out The Trash." Though in different ways, we all share a similar task and that is to keep our surrounding areas clean. With today's uncertain economic stability, many of us would like to support our favorite teams but can not afford expensive seats at our ...
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www.recycleguide.org Grass clippings, food scraps and dried leaves make up 20 to 30 percent of waste. Instead of throwing away organic materials like these, try composting instead! Composting is a natural process of recycling that turns organic materials such as leaves and vegetable scraps into a dark, rich soil amendment. Composting   is a fairly easy process. In some areas, household waste haulers may even offer curbside pickup of compostable materials, which makes composting as simple as taking out your recycling or garbage. If curbside compost pickup isn’t available in your area, don’t worry. Getting started with composting is easy. Is it Compost? ...
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A school is a place where students learn reasoning skills, socialization, hard work and discipline. With so many materials going into a functioning school, it is a vital area that recycling should be taught as well as actively practiced. Did you know: The average school tosses 38 tons of paper, the equivalent of 644 trees, each year? In 2007, 23 percent of the solid waste received at landfills was recyclable paper? Food scraps make up an estimated 32 percent of a school’sgarbage? Food scraps plus compostable food soiled paper products can comprise more than 50 percent of a school’s garbage? Every ton of paper (or 220,000 ...
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Keep Calm & Recycle

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Passionate about protecting our environment. Committed to being a learning resource. Our goal with The Recycle Guide is to provide you with relevant, accurate, and unbiased information about recycling. We believe that at the core of recycling is an individual’s choice. Your daily choice to reduce waste, reuse various materials, and recycle items instead of throwing them in landfills is what makes recycling programs work. Let’s get started learning and working together! http://www.recycleguide.o
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What is Dumpster Dive 360? We at Dumpster Dive 360 invite all dumpster diving enthusiasts to come to a fun and friendly website designed specifically for and by dumpster divers. Whether you have just started dumpster diving or you are a seasoned pro looking for a nice place to chat with other divers and show off your finds, we welcome everyone with open arms, a smile, and an invitation to stay as long as they (you) like. Dumpster diving is legal in the United States except where prohibited by local regulation. According to a 1988 Supreme Court Ruling (California vs. Greenwood), when a person throws something out, that item is now the public domain. ...
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Waste haulers have an incredibly dangerous job, but in one very small way, they can count themselves lucky. The trash they’re collecting stays put. If the garbage bags were flying through the air at 15,000 miles per hour instead, it would be a bit harder to get them in the truck. Crazy as it sounds, that’s precisely the dilemma taking place just outside Earth’s atmosphere that John Arwood is hoping to solve. Arwood, the CEO of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Arwood Waste and the founder of National Garbage Man Day, is working to remove dangerous debris from Earth’s orbit through a new venture called Space Waste Solutions. “My whole thing is to come up with a solution ...
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A commitment to corporate responsibility and adhering to local, state and federal regulations drive both our team and our clients to pursue excellence in the environmental arena. Achieving that goal means taking a comprehensive view of your business process. DECA Environmental is your trusted partner in managing your above ground environmental responsibilities, from start to finish. We are more than record keepers – we offer a wide range of expertise to help you reach your environmental management objectives. Environmental Permitting From air and waste to stormwater and SPCC, the DECA Team guides you through the entire initial environmental permitting ...
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Recycling data and goals

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​Good Morning, We recently went to automated 36 gallon recycle carts for our contract service area, so far it has been successful. However, we are looking for reasonable goals to establish that match our population per square mile (or close) which is 326 homes per square mile. The data I am researching is how much material (percentage) of the waste stream is being recycled in similar size areas. We have roughly 43454 residents with 1 time week collection for garbage (96 gal cart), 1 time week recycle (36 gal cart) and 1 time week unlimited yard waste collection using rear load and boom trucks. Recycle is single stream accepting glass (clear, brown, green), cardboard, ...
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Tarping Machines

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Good afternoon,                  I am interested in landfill tarping machines. I know of Tarpomatic and Tarp Armor. Does anyone know of any other manufacturers? Thanks Adolf Adolf A. Korosec Sr. Landfill Supervisor Southern Solid Waste Management Center 28560 Landfill Lane Georgetown, DE 19947 Phone: (302) 735-803
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A challenge many companies face is the lack of a centralized safety data sheet (SDS) system. Businesses with multiple departments and work sites must juggle their regulated materials between them, providing each location with copies of their needed SDSs. However, this paper system has several drawbacks. Updating SDSs becomes a time-consuming task as every copy at each location must be replaced with the new SDS. New chemicals brought in by different departments may not communicate their recent purchases, and an SDS may not be obtained, resulting in an instance of noncompliance. In the opposite scenario, departments that stop using materials may not know they ...
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​ I am investigating opportunities to fully automate the Scale Management System at our Solid Waste Facility. The system I am envisioning would be similar to the pre-paid accounts currently utilized by toll roads & bridges in the northeast (similar to the EZ Pass). I am writing to learn if any of the solid waste professionals who read this blog site have any experience and / or contacts who are familiar with this type of system. The vendor which we use to maintain our Scale Management System recommended I contact SWANA for any guidance you could provide. Please contact me with any questions / comments you have regarding my inquiry.
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It was my experience with the challenges of keeping up with environmental monitoring and compliance that led me to DECA Environmental 18 years ago. Small, straightforward operations and large, complex facilities all struggle with creating efficient and accurate processes to keep them in compliance. There was and still is a need in the marketplace for outsourced experts. One of our long-time clients, Phil Williamson, Director Environmental Health and Safety for Autoneum North America Inc., recently spoke with me about the value he finds in the outsourced environmental compliance services we provide to his complex, multi-national organization. “We are a ...
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