Emerald City goes green with new contracts

SEATTLE – The Emerald City’s latest set of solid waste collection contracts continue its commitment to using cleaner burning fuels. They also push two large companies – Recology and Waste Management — one step closer toward an electric-powered fleet. “It’s an exciting opportunity for all of us,” said Hans Van Duzen, Seattle Public Utilities’ contracts manager, as he presented the … Read More

National Sword, Recycling Contamination and Local Government

It’s no secret that I think people in the solid waste and recycling business are really in the local government business (background here, here, and here). If industry members are trying to sort through the impact of China’s National Sword policy as well as broader recycling contamination issues, they’d better be paying attention to what local governments are doing. China’s decision to restrict … Read More

Compromise may keep Twin Falls’ recycling program alive

TWIN FALLS, IDAHO — Recycling trucks will continue to collect mixed paper, plastic, and metal cans from this city’s 48,000 residents. But rather than finish their trips at the city’s recycling center, they’ll head straight to a transfer station where the items they carry will be tossed out with the rest of the trash. This new arrangement — which the … Read More

What Florida’s Recycling Contamination Bill Would Mean for Haulers

The Florida legislature this month approved a bill, SB 1308, which requires hauler contracts executed or renewed on or after July 1, 2018, to address one of the biggest issues in recycling today: contamination. SB 1308 will become law if governor Rick Scott signs it. The language of SB 1308 is a little confusing, so I thought it would be … Read More

Privatization of Solid Waste Services from a City Councilor’s Perspective

The recent 5-3 vote by the Bloomington, IL City Council against privatizing solid waste services raises the question of why this privatization effort failed, while others succeed? As the Waste Dive article linked above describes, privatization is popular in general, but on a city-by-city basis it can be a difficult undertaking. In the case of Bloomington, the no vote appears to have been … Read More

What does it mean to put local government first?

Local government officials are solid waste companies’ true customer, and many companies miss this fact (more on that in the blog post: Who’s your customer? The Generators vs. the Regulators). So what? What can you do to change your business to capitalize on this fact? Plenty. Successful businesses are successful because they please their customers – they give them more … Read More

Who’s your customer? The Generators vs. the Regulators

In an earlier blog post, “Local Governments Must be Top Priority for Solid Waste Companies“, I argued that most solid waste and recycling companies fail to prioritize local government relations, in spite of local government’s role in defining those companies’ success or failure. Why is this the case? The waste industry is populated with very smart people who know their … Read More

Local Government Must be Top Priority for Solid Waste Companies

Solid waste and recycling businesses are, for better or worse, connected at the hip with cities, counties and special districts. Every step of the waste stream from hauling, to disposal, to processing, to landfills, is typically defined by local ordinance. In business terms, each local government defines nearly every aspect of the solid waste and recycling market within its boundaries. … Read More

Big Differences in Solid Waste Policies Reflect Red/Blue Divide

When we monitor local government meetings for clients we track which meetings did and which meetings did not contain a solid waste and recycling topic for discussion or action. Then we organize those results into categories to spot trends and analyze patterns. Something we’ve noticed, and were able to confirm after the Waste Alert 2017 Q2 report, is the national … Read More