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Sanitary dump ponds in landfills create a unique set of challenges.  The biggest being how to increase the evaporation rates to concentrate solids for composting at a fast enough pace to keep up with the inflow? RWI Enhanced Evaporation  is in pre-release for its Sanitary Pit Boss wastewater evaporation unit.  During pre-release you get discount pricing in return for RWI Enhanced Evaporation being allowed to use the data from the operation of the unit for Scientific Papers, white papers, and industry articles. These units handle any type of wastewater, but Sanitary Pit Boss is specifically designed to handle sanitary dump ponding.  No nozzle to clog, no pumps ...
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​ ADVERTISEMENT FOR RFP   Marion County   Solid Waste System Analysis and Feasibility Consultant   Sealed proposals will be received by Tom Kissinger, Contracts Specialist, c/o the receptionist, at Marion County Department of Public Works at 5155 Silverton Road NE, Building #1, Salem, Oregon 97305-3802, until 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 09, 2019 . Proposals must be labeled “ RFP for Solid Waste System Analysis and Feasibility Consultant C25102-PW574-19 .”   *Project Description*       Marion County Public Works – Environmental Servics Division (County) is currently seeking solid waste facility feasibility and ...
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Was curious if anybody is utilizing a harness system to access the top of front loaders? For instance: If you have laborers washing the trucks - do they access the top of the truck to clean cameras and such Do drivers access the top of the truck if trash doesn't make it into the hopper If you do have staff accessing the top of the truck via the ladder installed on the side of the truck or some other mobile rolling ladder - do you utilize a harness system? If so, can you provide specifics on what you use how it is attached to the truck/personnel what are the requirements for when it must be used If not, is there some other form of fall protection ...
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Landfill and Biogas plants produces some tough wastewater. With the APEX 2.0 down draft evaporation system; leachate from landfills or bio-gas operations is no longer a problem. Total plume control, total control of dry aerosol compound formation .... your shareholder value is protected and your wastewater problem is able to achieve zero discharge! All at less than a penny per 42 gallons evaporated on the OPEX! Three years of research and development went into Reducing the Carbon Footprint from 25 HP to 2.96 HP.  All while increasing evaporation rates by 16 percent.  (Average 1250 Gallons per hour per unit) The unique product now controls dry aerosol ...
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What gases are released by landfills? Landfills consist of a complex mix of gases and   VOCs , and are a source of major pollution, and potential revenue… which we will address later in this article. Dangerous gases like methane   (CH 4 ),   carbon dioxide (CO 2 ),   sulfides   (SOx), and   ammonia , are created by the decomposition and evaporation of organic compounds, as well as chemical reactions between waste components.   Methane and carbon dioxide   are the most prevalent, making up between 90 and 98% of all gases and VOCs released.  Why are these chemicals a concern? These gases and VOCs are considered greenhouse gases, and play a huge ...
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New SWANA Member

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​Good morning everyone, My name is Jon Wunder, I am the Safety/Risk Manager for MMT Insurance Services. Our agency specializes in the waste industry; we currently work with about 100 small, medium and large waste haulers and recyclers throughout California, Nevada, Utah and Idaho. My primary reason for joining SWANA was network and to share ideas and resources with others in the industry; I am not sales driven! I would love to add some new contacts, so if your interested in trading ideas and resources please drop me an email at: jon@mmtinsurance.com  Make it a safe day! Jon Wunde
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Insurance Rates

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Hello Everyone,  We are shopping all of our rates for insurance. We are looking for recommendations for insurance companies where you get the best rates for waste haulers. Work Comp, commercial liability, pollution, auto liability and umbrella. Thanks for any input.
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ICI Policy

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Hi Our organization is in the process of putting together an ICI Policy. Wondering if anyone out there would be kind enough to share their existing policy with us so we can have as wide a range of thoughts and ideas as possible. Any help would be much appreciated. Trent Quinton / Chief Operations Officer Western Regional Waste Management
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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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