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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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​We stock and trade and it helps us offer more to the end users.
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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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Fleet tracking

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Good morning everyone. Please contact us if you are looking for a fleet tracking solution or if you already have one in place contact us to compare prices. We look forward to hearing from you. Www.gpsharrisburg.com or 717-554-7512
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GPS Solutions is now offering a tracking device for roll off containers.  If you are looking for an easy way to keep track of where your containers are and how long they have been at a location contact me Anthony Cristillo 717-554-7512
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Hello, My name is Keanah Turner and I am a graduate student in the Environmental Science and Policy Department at George Mason University. I am currently in the process of completing my master’s thesis which has focused on identifying problems associated with recycling program management at the local level. Understanding the factors that influence the management of public recycling programs as well as the role local governments can play is critical since it may reveal why the recycling rate has stagnated and identify areas for improvement. In the past 10 years waste management and subsequently recycling program management has experienced a shift in operations ...
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20-087P: Waste Management Project Issue Date: February 12, 2020 12:00 pm Close Date: May 14, 2020 04:00 pm The Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB) is soliciting comprehensive proposals for development of a Waste Management Project. The MSB anticipates that the scope of services to be provided for the Project by the contractor (the “Company”) will include responsibility for designing, permitting, financing, constructing, commissioning, acceptance testing, operating and maintaining the Facility(ies) and required support facilities for an initial Term. Following the initial Term, this agreement shall remain in effect with up to two 5-year extensions ...
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I am currently searching for research or people whom have explored using Cradle To Grave Laws to dispose of Ewaste. Ewaste traditionally has cost municipalities large sums of money to deal with at the solid waste disposal site.  My interest is if this can be collected and sorted by manufacturer and then sent back to the manufacturer for proper disposal under the cradle to grave rules. Understand my intent here is to make these producer come to the table with a "waste funded up front fee" to help deal with all this.  In our area I live rural enough that every weekend is toss you old computer in a field days! I have started small just collecting the items along ...
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Good Morning. I was wondering if any local chapters or any states are planning on offering the MSW Collection Systems Certification course. I have to get certified and I cannot seem to find a location that is offering the course. My hope is someone is planning this and has not made it public yet. I was hoping that it would be offered at SWANApalooza in Atlanta but from my understanding it will not be offered there. Please email me at sclark@largo.com if you have information. Thanks!
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Looking for Swana member

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I attended the Pheonix Swana Wastecon 10/21-10/24 and I am looking to speak with a gentleman I meet in the Recycling Partnership Curbing Containment Workshop on Monday from 1-4 pm. I did not get your name. We sat at the same table and did some group workshops together. I am not sure but I think you are from North or South Carolina and represented a city municipality. We talked about flow control and I have a question for you. You did all the writing for our group.  My name is Bob David and I am from Wyoming and my friend with me is Kevin. There was a total 5 of us at the table. Please contact me at wdsbob@gmail.com
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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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