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From the Can: Digital Destiny

In June print issue we unveiled our new name, our new look and honestly, a new attitude informing everything we do. As I emphasized then, it is a mission that extends well beyond these pages, encompassing waste360.com, our e-newsletters, our world-class events, and our digital products and webinars. It is all of a piece, designed to bring news and information to you faster and in formats easily converted into applicable business intelligence.

On that note, I am very pleased to announce that we recently increased the frequency of our flagship e-newsletter, Waste360 Wire, from weekly to daily. This gateway to waste360.com, our core news gathering product, is now more immediate, more vital and more useful than ever before.

Despite this digital expansion, rest assured that we remain committed to serving you across all channels — in print, in person and online — as evidenced by this issue. While we will occasionally be combining print issues, you can still count on Waste360 magazine to regularly bring you vital content in an engaging form, working in finely tuned harmony with our digital and events offerings to help you chart the course to sustainable materials management.

You’ll notice a strong undercurrent of recycling recently. From our feature profile of ReCommunity, the largest “pure play” independent recycling company in the United States, to a look at Portland, Ore., and its success adding organics to its curbside recycling repertoire, to recycling jetliners, what once was waste is now a resource. This philosophy is borne out by the latest EPA data, which shows that despite the end of the recession and increasing population, total and per capita waste generation declined in 2011 (see our breakdown of the data, and a look at research focused on facilitating a better measure of recycling volumes).

I also urge you to check out our expanded 2013 Truck and Body Report, highlighting the best and newest equipment available to shuttle waste and recyclables, along with the philosophies driving its development. We’ve partnered with our sister publication, Fleet Owner, and the vendors themselves to bring you the stories behind the gear that drives our business.

As always, I welcome your comments and questions. Please e-mail me at steven.averett@penton.com

TAGS: Recycling
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