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GBB consultants come from varying backgrounds and experience but share a passion for the environment in general, and solid waste management in particular. Our new blog, The GBB Circular, will help us to further contribute to the dialog and knowledge base in the industry by sharing ideas, observations, concerns and words of wisdom. We hope the blog will provide food for thought and spark important industry discussions.

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Scaling Up Composting to Cut Costs: Cities Grapple with Residential Food Waste Collection

Composting

Residential compost collection programs are quite expensive upfront until a threshold in reached with economies of scale. This GBB Circular blog entry discusses the challenges, dilemmas and opportunities faced by cities throughout the country.

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Reshaping the U.S. Solid Waste Paradigm in the Era of Infrastructure Legislation

Reshaping the U.S. Solid Waste Paradigm in the Era of Infrastructure Legislation

Is the U.S. ready to shift its solid waste paradigm to reach the new national recycling goal of 50% by 2030? In Waste Today, Paige Davis talks about the importance of pivoting towards a more sustainable system by integrating circular economy and zero-waste principles.

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Where are GBB-ers? Women’s History Through Today in Our 5 Home States

Throughout the United States and the world, women have consistently contributed to the advancement and improvement of solid waste management and environmental protection in communities. Women are playing a more influential role in the environmental movement than ever before. To celebrate this achievement, GBB is spotlighting female environmentalists from each of the five states that are home to current GBB staff.

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The Next Phase in the Climate Change Fight

The Next Phase in the Climate Change Fight

In his column in Waste Today Magazine, Wyatt Williams (GBB Engineer I) talks about the next phase in the climate change fight. GBB’s sustainable materials management hierarchy is mentioned as part of the discussion on the need to minimize the use of landfills in favor of resource recovery facilities with a lower climate impact. Opportunities in recycling and sustainability are also brought up along with the example of a community leading by example!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to recycle!

Recycling

Despite a downturn in the recycling markets in 2018-2019, the prices and demand for recyclables from municipal curbside recycling have rebounded and are now experiencing record highs! Understanding why they have gone up that much is important, though.

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Airports Face Holiday Travel Rush and Resulting Waste

Airports Face Holiday Travel Rush and Resulting Waste

Managing the waste generated at an airport is both a major challenge and an opportunity — especially during the holiday season — and travelers can play an important role in supporting airports’ waste diversion efforts. Morgan Turner, GBB Senior Project Manager, is an airport waste strategies expert who has authored several waste management plans for airports around the country. In Waste Today Magazine, she discusses how passengers can stay off the naughty list by following Santa-approved sustainable practices.

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Lessons Learned from New State-of-the-Art Mixed Waste Recovery Facility in Utah

Mixed Waste Processing Facility - Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District, UT

In June 2020, operations began at the Davis Material Recovery and Transfer Facility owned by the Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District, in Layton, Utah. While this successful operation is impressive, the journey leading to one of the industry’s newest mixed waste processing facilities is of particular interest to industry professionals. Let’s peak behind the curtains!

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Two Key Milestones Reached Towards Sustainable Business Park in Kent County, MI

Visit of Kent County Sustainable Business Park site

With a bold and ambitious goal to divert 90% of trash generated in the county that goes to landfills by 2030, Kent County, MI is planning to build an innovative Sustainable Business Park. The initiative will significantly reduce trash buried in landfills and attract investment and jobs from companies that can convert waste into usable products. The Sustainable Business Park is now several steps closer to becoming a reality after several recent announcements.

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19 Innovative Recommendations for Baltimore County, Maryland

Final Report of the Baltimore County Solid Waste Group

In mid-September 2021, Baltimore County, Maryland released the Final Report from its Solid Waste Work Group. The report included 19 recommendations, grouped into five categories, on implementing innovative industry practices and waste diversion strategies to reduce the overall volume of trash produced in the County.

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