Many organizations today rely on web-based software to communicate, collaborate, and organize information with unprecedented ease. While web applications are by no means a new innovation, they have become very sophisticated in recent years. It seems like there’s an app for just about everything these days, but why?
Web apps are designed to optimize workflows by automating tedious, time-consuming, and labour-intensive tasks. They’re also far more accessible than their predecessor – the desktop application, which is limited to being installed on one computer or network. Web apps, on the other hand, allow multiple team members to log in and work collaboratively from wherever they have internet access. This means that team members can easily collaborate; even at great distances from one another. As a result, organizations often experience a significant productivity boost upon switching to a web-based software application.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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