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Coverage of solid wastes since July 24, 2023.

Wildfire recovery in B.C.’s North Shuswap could be years in the making

"...Higgins said the recovery working group is approaching the process on three fronts: a social perspective that focuses on people’s unmet needs; an infrastructure perspective that focuses on redevelopment and rebuilding; and on a development services perspective, focusing on permitting and solid waste management..."

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Updates needed on Charlie Lake’s sewer system

"...McElhanney was hired by the Peace River Regional District to evaluate the existing sewer system, collection system, lift station and wastewater treatment plant and draft a capital improvement plan, including recommendations. ..."

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Landfill section nears capacity as CRD grants $11M for Hartland's next phase

"...The new cell is the first of three that will collect the region’s solid waste until around 2050. The transition to a new part of the landfill is another signal to the public that Hartland is a limited space with a limited ability to receive waste, said Russ Smith, senior manager of the CRD’s environmental resource management..."

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Waste-to-energy projects are premature in central Alberta: Red Deer city council told

"...Janet Whitesell, the city’s waste management superintendent, told council on Monday that the timing wasn’t yet right for the consideration of thermal treatment of municipal solid wastes. Among the reasons given was that the commercial technology “hasn’t found a comercially viable foot-hold in central Alberta yet. ”..."

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Kirk LaPointe: We need a regional government to address Metro Vancouver issues

"...Mostly its agendas involve its core services of drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. But it also regulates air quality, develops urban growth plans, takes care of a regional parks system and provides comparably affordable housing through its four corporate entities. These are not small-budget items..."

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Household hazardous waste project nets Wellington County an award Globalnews.ca

"...The county's solid waste services division was recently named a 2023 North American Hazardous Materials Management Association Award recipient. According to a news release, a local resident nominated the county's Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Depot service in the Programme Innovation category. The service provided the collection of household hazardous waste 155 days a year..."

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Essential workers head back early to Yellowknife to be ready for return of wildfire evacuees Globalnews.ca

"...The evacuation order for Yellowknife and the nearby First Nation communities of Ndilo and Dettah was issued on Aug. 16. Anyone who is not on the list of essential workers who have been asked to return now has been warned not to try to return early, although RCMP said they haven't had to turn anyone away and no arrests have been made under the Emergency Management Act..."

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PRRD increases contract with Tetra Tech by $50K for Bessborough Landfill investigation

"...According to B. C. ’s Ministry of Environment, a landfill cell is a “portion of compacted municipal solid waste enclosed by cover after a designated period..."

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Australia’s largest Antarctic research station has a pollution problem

"...“Antarctic research stations such as Casey are likely to pose a moderate level of long-term ecological risk to local marine ecosystems through marine pollution,” the research found. The study showed “there can be quite significant impacts from our stations locally,” said Jonathan Stark, the lead author and a principal research scientist at the Australian Antarctic Division. What people are reading Our forests have reached a tipping point By Barry Saxifrage | Analysis, Climate Solutions Reporting | August 21st 2023 Race Against Climate Change The sediment quality guidelines had been developed for temperate and tropical ecosystems, Stark said..."

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B.C. engineers study how repurposed plastic bottles could protect landfills

"...Past researchers have found nearly a hundred metric tons of microplastics produced each year, with only a few getting recycled – making landfills one of the largest sources of plastic waste..."

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Association of Yukon Communities clarifies involvement in waste management changes

"...The Association of Yukon Communities (AYC) has shared three letters to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB), clarifying that it was not involved in consultations regarding the future of solid waste management facilities in unincorporated Yukon communities..."

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RDN waste separation bylaw awaiting accompanying regulations

"...An RDN solid waste management select committee staff report noted the licensing bylaw will provide financial incentives to companies to ensure waste separation is maintained and achieved. Ben Geselbracht, committee chairperson, said the two bylaws will complement one another, and details, such as bin size, are still being worked out..."

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Jobs in solid wastes

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Labourer 1 - Solid Waste and Recycling - City of Burnaby (Burnaby, BC)

"...With this in mind, we hire people who share the same passion, those with the drive and determination to grow with and contribute to our already exceptional team..."

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Weighmaster (Transfer & Landfill) - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Cover letters should express interest and highlight additional information relevant to the position and resumes should include a tailored summary of skills and experience related to the position..."

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Landfill Supervisor ‐ Boundary - Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (Grand Forks, BC)

"...For more information on this position, please review the job description available on the RDKB Careers page..."

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Labourer 1/Truck Driver - Solid Waste & Recycling - City of Burnaby (Burnaby, BC)

"...With this in mind, we hire people who share the same passion, those with the drive and determination to grow with and contribute to our already exceptional team..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention solid wastes.

2/21/20 - Landfill Waste Up; Fishing Shanties

Duration: 02:25

"...Solid waste in Michigan landfills increased in 2019..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about solid wastes.

In Space, Every Poop Is a Floater: Why the New ISS Toilet Costs $23 Million

"...The space toilets today are a bit more advanced—similar to a toilet you’d find on Earth with some added function and a funnel to suck up any liquid waste, but solid waste is still deposited into plastic bags that are bundled with other trash before it is all shot back toward Earth to ultimately burn up in our atmosphere..."

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Waste Management, Recycling and Sustainability

"...Meidl, fellow in energy and environment, sits down with David Biderman, president and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America, to discuss how prepared the waste management system is to face the challenges of sustainability..."

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Stemming the Pollution Tide | Virtual Ocean Dialogues

"...The cost of polluting the ocean is not just to the health of marine ecosystems, but also to human health and economies..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about solid wastes relevant to the latest news.

Application of q-rung orthopair fuzzy based SWARA-COPRAS model for municipal waste treatment technology selection

"...The ranking of the alternatives followed the sequence as upcycling > recycling > pyrolysis > hydrolysis > biotechnological > core plasma pyrolysis > incineration > composting > gasification > landfilling..."

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A critical review on phytoremediation of environmental contaminants in aquatic ecosystem

"...This review, thus focuses on the various contaminants found in aquatic ecosystems, their treatment by various phytoremediation processes, some successful phytoremediation studies conducted so far for remediation purposes, and myriad types of constructed wetlands utilized for attenuating pollution levels in various types of wastewaters to bring them down to permissible levels..."

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Estimation of Short-Lived Climatic Pollutants (SLCPs) and Other Pollutants Generated from the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Sura

"...The various activities of solid waste management contributed to the emission of Carbon dioxide, Oxides of Nitrogen, Oxides of Sulphur, Particulate Matter and Short-Lived Climatic Pollutants (SLCPs) such as Methane and Black Carbon..."

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Eco-smart plastic waste to energy solutions for Indian railways: current scenario, challenges and future footprints

"...A recent report by the Central Pollution Control Board, Government of India revealed that most of the IR stations were unable to comply with the norms of solid waste management especially on treatment of plastic waste..."

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A Review of the Long-Term Viability of Municipal Solid Waste and the Impact It Has on People

"...The socioeconomic effects of improper waste disposal negatively affect society?s capacity to effectively manage resources, utilize the land, and safeguard public health..."

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COVID-19 and waste management policy practices in India: a systematic review

"...However, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country since early 2020, inadequacies of municipal solid waste management (MSWM), bio-medical waste management (BMWM), and plastic waste management policies have occurred with personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, such as facemasks, face shields, gloves, gowns, sanitizer bottles, and remnants of packaging goods from online shopping, putting the waste economy and ecology under further pressure..."

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Utilizing Plastic Waste in Construction Materials: A Review

"...Inefficient solid waste management of plastics and polymeric materials is one among the biggest challenges worldwide, resulting in environmental deterioration..."

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A Multi-Attribute Decision-Making Model for Selecting Centralized or Decentralized Municipal Solid Waste Management Facilities:

"...Thus, the outcome of the work will enable the appropriate selection of facilities in integrated municipal solid waste management systems (IMSWMS) for India and developing nations leading to the sustainable and efficient management of municipal solid waste..."

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Bioremediation of reverse osmosis concentrate generated from the treatment of landfill leachate

"...The moisture content of municipal solid waste (MSW) and local precipitation events lead to the leachate generation from MSW landfills..."

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Challenges of Municipal Solid Waste Management in Jalandhar, Punjab (India): A Case Study

"...Being the third most populous city in the state, the daily disposal of Municipal solid waste is not an easy task for the authorities involved..."

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An Assessment of Qualitative and Quantitative Municipal Solid Waste City Compost by Indexing Method

"...Globally, the disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW) is a significant environmental challenge..."

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