Technical Assistance and Training (Solid Waste Association of North America)

GBB has developed five projects funded by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory, Municipal Solid Waste Innovative Technology Evaluation (MITE) program/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

  1. enterprise fund case studies;
  2. construction waste and demolition debris recycling primer;
  3. municipal solid waste compost facilities case studies;
  4. recycling drop-off collection study; and currently,
  5. solid waste and recycling collection technical guide.

GBB also developed and has taught a training course for solid waste professionals on Economics, Costs and Full Cost Accounting Methods for Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management Systems. The course was designed to instruct how programs are financed; what are the factors which, when incorporated into the planning, design, operation and management, reflect the true costs of such a systems; and the preferred approaches to account for those costs and to fund those costs.

The enterprise fund case studies report is used as a technical assistance and guidance document to help communities plan, develop and operated enterprise funds and includes narrative on how four communities implemented these programs. Construction Waste and Demolition Debris Recycling… A Primer provides an overview of C&D waste stream composition, processing and recycling systems and equipment, costs and the potential marketing opportunities for recyclables. The compost studies case studies document the technical and economic features of four compost facilities. The recycling drop-off collection study evaluates the effectiveness and costs of programs in selected communities in the United States and Canada. Broad trends among the program types and communities were identified, such as the potential impact of State-mandated recycling goals and disposal bans on recovery rates and system costs.

GBB prepared a Guide to Planning and Implementing Residential Solid Waste and Recyclable Collection. Case study communities were selected and descriptions prepared of the planning, implementation, and funding for collection services. Existing computer routing models were reviewed and evaluated, as well as information assembled on financing, costs, and rates.