Benchmarking the Performance and Costs of MSW Landfills

SWANA Applied Research Foundation

Guest post by: Jeremy K. O’Brien, P.E., Director of Applied Research, SWANA

In 2017, the SWANA Applied Research Foundation conducted a benchmarking project to develop and analyze solid waste landfill performance data. SWANA surveyed 61 Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfills to collect performance and cost benchmarking data. The goal was to standardize benchmark parameters and protocols to facilitate fair comparisons among the benchmarked landfills. As a result, the SWANA MSW Landfill Benchmarks Database is positioned to become the industry reference for MSW landfill owners and managers across the United States and Canada. In fact, Re-TRAC Connect’s Facility Reporting solution may well benefit from this valuable landfill benchmarking data.



3 Highlights from the Measurement Matters Summit

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Thank you to the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Southeast Recycling Development Council for organizing a very successful Measurement Matters Summit.

Professionals from across North America converged in Chattanooga, Tennessee to discuss measurement issues and opportunities, data collection strategies, and effective data analysis. The event’s success proved that people working on sustainable materials management recognize the importance of having good data and using it to measure progress, improve programs, and inform public policy.



9 Reasons to Attend the Measurement Matters Summit

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Consistent and accurate measurement should be at the heart of every materials management system. Measurement is critical to the effective management of resources, efforts, and results. It’s also important that industry leaders and program managers speak the same language.

Register to attend the Measurement Matters Summit to learn new reporting strategies, network with industry leaders, and discuss metrics to improve waste & recycling programs. Leaders from across North America will meet at the Downtown Marriott Event Center in Chattanooga, TN to discuss the future of measurement in materials management systems.

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ASK RE-TRAC | Holiday Edition [VIDEO]

We asked our Twitter followers to send us questions for the ASK RE-TRAC session. Watch the video above to see how we answered your holiday recycling questions.

From everyone here at Re-TRAC Connect, Happy Holidays!



The New & Improved Re-TRAC Connect Experience

Updated Re-TRAC User Experience

At the end of 2016 we updated the Re-TRAC Connect brand and introduced a new logo and colour refresh. It was around this time that we decided to give our software a fresh new look. But modernizing the interface was only a small part of the project. We also sought to optimize workflows, improve language, and simplify reporting.

It should come as no surprise that we believe the best way to start any project is to collect data and then analyze the results before making any decisions. We started this project by launching a campaign to collect feedback from our clients and their program participants. The resulting feedback was invaluable to the process because it put the spotlight on some of the challenges we needed to solve.



Communities Recycle More Plastics and Reduce Contamination through Improved Education

Communities recycle more plastics and reduce contamination through improved education

By: Tonya Randell, More Recycling

As recycling professionals who work in recycling education, we know how hard municipalities work to educate their residents about how to recycle more and recycle right, especially when it comes to plastics. Over the years, we’ve seen more plastics entering the recycling stream as packaging evolves and more products come in plastics instead of other materials. And because there are so many different types of plastics—and which ones can be recycled varies from community to community—there’s potential for plastics to end up in the wrong bin.

We’ve seen that better communication with residents can lead to more and better recycling. Yet, often education materials are only updated when absolutely necessary, like when a recycling program changes what items it accepts, since updating education materials can be resource-intensive.

So, is there a program to help communities improve recycling education for plastics that is easy, economical, and effective? Three communities used a new resource—the Plastics Recycling Terms and Tools—and found that the answer is: yes!



Join us at the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference

2017 Resource Recycling Conference

The Resource Recycling Conference, in partnership with the National Recycling Coalition and in alliance with Waste360, the Recycling Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota chapter of SWANA, is the must-attend conference for the recycling industry’s most influential policy leaders, CEOs and government officials. The conference, now entering its seventh year, is your opportunity to network with clients, prospective partners, vendors and top materials management decision-makers all in one location, saving you precious time and travel expenses. The conference’s lineup of education sessions will offer attendees the latest on materials processing trends, tactics to boost diversion rates, legislative talking points, market analysis and much more.

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The Secret to Managing a Successful Mandatory Recycling Ordinance [Webinar]

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Boost your compliance rate!

Does your community use mandatory recycling to support its waste diversion goals? This presentation will teach you how to work with your community to increase recycling, improve compliance rates, and monitor progress. Register to attend this webinar to discover how local governments use technology to manage and measure their mandatory recycling programs.


After attending this webinar, you will:

  • be ready to apply the 3E Strategy to optimize your MRO
  • be equipped with best practices to improve compliance rates
  • be motivated to implement proven systems to help you manage your MRO
  • be armed with valuable lessons from experienced communities


The Ultimate Guide to Writing a Mandatory Recycling Ordinance [Webinar]

How to Write a Mandatory Recycling Ordinance

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Mandatory recycling in your community

Is your community looking for a new way to increase recycling and reduce disposal? How about regulating costs and extending the life of landfills? Register to attend this free webinar to learn how to plan, write, and implement a mandatory recycling ordinance in your community.


After attending this webinar, you will:

  • be ready to start planning your own mandatory recycling ordinance
  • hear stories that will help you avoid common pitfalls
  • be equipped with best practices to ensure your ordinance is practical and fair
  • receive a free Roadmap to Mandatory Recycling Planner to stay organized


Queen of the CASL

CASL: Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation

Imagine a castle.

You probably imagined a fortified structure surrounded by a vast and beautiful landscape. Its stone walls are built strong and tall to keep out unwanted guests. You might have imagined its tenants: a royal family, a stately lord, or even a noble.

Like a castle, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, or CASL for short, keeps spam out of your inbox. The law ensures marketers treat your inbox like royalty.