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Strategic Outlook: What Direction for Waste Collection Technologies?

Strategic Outlook: What Direction for Waste Collection Technologies? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
TOS#28: We explore the process of selecting waste collection vehicles and technologies for a city's waste collection system - where narrow streets, traffic and noise are some of the key factors to influence the decision making process. Our guest this week is project manager of Waste and Recycling at Copenhagen City in Denmark, Björn Appelqvist.
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What the Garbageman Knows

What the Garbageman Knows | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

As Sayyid Ahmed collects trash in Peter Hessler’s Cairo neighborhood, he reveals the contradictions of life in modern Egypt.

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Fascinating insight into the world of trash in Egypt, highlighting the unique waste collection system of Cairo, shaped more by tradition than laws or regulations. Chiefly run by the Zabbaleen people of Cairo, the garbage collection and recycling rates were some of the best in the world (up to 80% recycling) until civil unrest began in 2009. Just as Sayyid Ahmed does in this article, the garbage collectors of Cairo go out every day to knock on doors and ask for waste, negotiating their own contracts without the help of government.


Last year we spoke to Malcolm Williams on The Organic Stream about his trip to Cairo to work with the Zabbaleen, and his insight into the incredible workflow of the Zabbaleen, the hardships they’ve endured, and the reasons for their success in maintaining such a great recycling system. Take a listen here!

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New study on public opinion of PAYT systems indicates a high level of resident satisfaction with the schemes.

New study on public opinion of PAYT systems indicates a high level of resident satisfaction with the schemes. | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"For years, cities and towns that have considered adopting pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) to address the rising cost of solid waste disposal have needed to do so with little or no information on what people really think about the programs.


As with any public issue, many residents have questions, and sometimes a few vocal residents speak out against the program. However, it is not clear how many people those opponents actually represent. Conversely, it has been hard ..."

The Organic Stream's insight:

This study provides clear and concrete evidence that people are on the whole supportive of PAYT systems. Most interestingly, 80% of residents in the lowest income brackets see it as very or somewhat favourable, indicating support for the scheme from all sections of society.

 

This should encourage local governments and municipal leaders to start implementing PAYT schemes!

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Freeport Town sees food waste as compost opportunity

Freeport Town sees food waste as compost opportunity | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
FREEPORT - The town of Freeport is adding another tool for residents to participate in composting, which not only provides nutrients for gardens, but also reduces the amount of material going into the solid waste stream.
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Great to see more options for composting!

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MIT Study into Curbside Collection of Organics - describes conditions needed for success

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An in-depth analysis into what makes an organics curbside collection scheme work and why, taking a close look at case studies and outlines the steps needed to take to get started on designing the system.


Importantly, this study highlights the value of first setting up pilot programs to test various systems and to build a case for expansion, also giving examples of when (and why) these pilot schemes failed (skewed participation by allowing residents to sign up on a first-come, first serve basis, or lack of advertisement of the scheme, for example).


The study also reports that support from mayors, city council members and policymakers is vital to provide the leverage needed by waste managers in implementing and maintaining the system - which we completely agree with!

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