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Newly released! The Environmental Protection Agency published Report No. 21-P-0130: EPA Helps States Reduce Trash, Including Plastic, in U.S. Waterways but Needs to Identify Obstacles and Develop Strategies for Further Progress In this report see how the EPA is addressing improperly disposed waste in waterways, impacting marine ecosystems, environmental and human health, and providing recommendations for states.  This waste frequently consists of plastics, which poses a significant challenge to clean waterways, animal health and habitat, and can be costly to clean. This report, which directly works to support the efforts of the Clean Water Act, evaluates ...
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Safety Awards 2021

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Hi SWANA! SWANA is now accepting submissions for its  2021 Safety Awards . In your interactions with members, Chapters and Technical Divisions, please mention the program as appropriate. Obviously we want to get as many submissions as possible.      Public and private sector solid waste organizations can apply for consideration in one of three categories -  Best Safety Innovation ,  Biggest Safety Improvement , or  COVID-19 Response . This third category was added this year to honor outstanding efforts to protect workers and the public during the pandemic.   There is no fee to enter, but the applicant must be a SWANA member. Applications will ...
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DOT 12 Hour Logs

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Does anyone have or can send me a link to a good DOT Log Template in excel format. I have seen waste companies use these before. It can be challenging to get logs from driver's on a timely basis. Having done it this way in the past, it was easier to manage.
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As part of global efforts to combat climate change and dramatically reduce global emissions, there is a lot of talk about the potential of hydrogen to replace fossil fuels at some future time. But the fact is, hydrogen is already being used for clean mobility, power generation and other applications. Hydrogen is already happening now.   Get on the Hydrogen Train, Plane, Bus and more! Alstom , a European transportation company, has built a regional passenger hydrogen train called the Coradia iLint and is currently undergoing its testing phase in Lower Austria. The company has already successfully demonstrated ...
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CASE STUDY THERMAL OXIDIZER LANDFILL – BIOGAS  Industry:   Landfill/Waste Management Project Type:   Biogas Project Goal:   Building a biogas facility to develop pipeline quality natural gas Equipment Type:   Carbon Adsorber   and   Thermal Oxidizer EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Gulf Coast Environmental Systems was tasked with finding a pollution control solution that could handle two combined PSA reject gas vent streams. PROJECT OVERVIEW: In this case, Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) systems are cleaning biogas from a landfill. Potentially dangerous gases like   methane (CH4) , carbon dioxide (CO2) ,   sulfides , and   ammonia , are ...
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I'm the Solid Waste Manager for the City of Port St. Lucie, Florida. We have been experiencing an ongoing problem with hydraulic oil spills and glass spills on GSP side loaders.  With regards to glass spills, these trucks from my understanding weren't designed for recycling but rather, for the collection of solid waste. Is that true? The contractor is currently retrofitting these trucks to mitigate the glass spills. Regarding hydraulic oil spills, as I write this, we had a large hydraulic spill in a gated community. And I don't know why, but the gated communities seem to get the lions share of the spills. We have quite a few of them so I suppose the law of ...
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The SWANA Young Professionals (YP) group continues to grow and expand across the country. SWANA YP members have been busy this past year speaking at SWANA events, leading teams, mentoring students and making strides in every aspect of the industry. With more than 1,000 YPs, their accomplishments are certainly something to be very proud of. Meet this year's SWANA YP Spotlights! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Meet Lee Daigle, Senior ...
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Location:   MULTIPLE Industry:   Municipal   Wastewater  Treatment Project Type:   Sludge Dryer Exhaust Project Goal:   To Create Fertilizer from Biosolids Equipment Type:   Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer Executive Summary:   Gulf Coast Environmental Systems was tasked with finding the best available solution for sludge drying exhaust at a wastewater facility that allows for clean fertilizer production. Client Overview:   This client is a long-standing customer of GCES having purchased 7 units since 2014. They are an engineering firm that is active in 5 major industries: hydrogen, pulp and paper, metals, separation, and biofuels. With ...
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GPS Fleet Tracking

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Contact us today for your free quote on a GPS fleet tracking solution for your fleet. GPSHARRISBURG.COM
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Thermally-driven ammonia stripping was developed by Organics to offer an alternative route to that of pH adjustment for continuous-process ammonia stripping. With a thermally-driven stripper no chemical additions are required. I've started this blog post to gauge the interest within SWANA.  If it is of interest, we'll put together a multi-part series of posts covering ammonia removal, recovery and re-use options. The single important input for the thermal ammonia removal system is waste-heat with which to drive the chemical reactions. If waste-heat is not available, the fuel-cost can be as prohibitive as that of chemical additions or carbon source requirements. ...
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Hi,  I have been on the municipal side of the Solid Waste industry for 17 years.  I have worn many hats during this time, with the last 3.5 years being in management.  There are so many challenges that we encompass each day, as many others do, I'm sure.  Because the industry seems to have such a huge turnaround with drivers/helpers due to the pay and/or nature of the job, I feel it hard to build a good reliable team.  We collect solid waste 5 days a week, between trash, recycle yard waste and bulk for just over 4K residents.  We seem to have quite a bit of missed collections each day, drivers who call out often, drivers who just want to drive and go home and ...
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Damaged Carts

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With more tight budgets we are investigating repairing the cracked damaged carts at our municipality.  We are looking at the plastic weld system and are wondering if anyone else has tried this, or other methods to repair carts?  Has anyone had success with repairing damaged carts and if so what is the repair method used?
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Masks

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Just read a very nice article on SWANA ordering and distributing masks to area SW/Recycling organizations to keep them safe. Many states are now issuing mandatory face masks, Ohio included, how would I obtain free masks from SWANA to keep my employees safe?
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Can someone please help in guiding or providing samples of performance reviews for the above.  Please reach out to me at jsharma94066@gmail.com.  Jai Sharma.
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I m working on a business plan. Does anyone have a sample business plan to share or maybe refer me to people who can assist in writing one? Thank you
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Is there people on this network who can assist in writing a business plan or is there a business plan sample that can be shared. Please let me know.  Thank you
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Hello everyone, I am looking for any student from UC Davis specifically from the environment sector. I heard that students can assist with feasibility studies and other projects. Please contact me even if you are from another university.  I will appreciate very much
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Hello everyone, Is there a university that funds feasibility study in other countries when it comes to starting a collection of waste?
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