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Smarter Single-use Options Do Exist

In the latest episode of our NothingWasted! Podcast, we chat with Jane Prior, chief marketing officer of All Market Inc. (AMI), who was recently named to Forbes “CMO Next” list. AMI is one of the largest privately owned beverage companies in the world with brands including Vita Coco and Runa. The company recently launched Ever & Ever, an aluminum-canned water alternative to plastic.

We spoke with her about the plastics challenge, trends in sustainable packaging, a brand’s social impact and more.

Waste360: Could you tell us more about the Ever & Ever launch and what was the catalyst in creating this?

Jane Prior: It’s been a roller coaster, but it actually started about 18 months ago when we went from a one-brand company—originally just Vita Coco—to a multi-brand company. And, as we looked at the evolution of our business, we realized we needed to take a harder look at sustainability. We’ve always had social impact programs, primarily focused on the farmers from which we source our coconuts, but we didn’t have a real environmental plan or focus. So, we teamed up with Lonely Whale, which advocates for ocean health. And, together, we really wanted to neutralize the impact of our packaging by creating an alternative to plastic water bottles for consumers who are on the go. As an entrepreneurial-minded company, we were able to get this on shelves within four months.

Waste360: What kind of feedback are you getting from customers and stakeholders?

Jane Prior: The feedback has been amazing. That said, there’s still quite a lot of education required. What’s really special about aluminum is that it’s infinitely recyclable. So, as long as a consumer uses and disposes of it correctly, it can essentially live forever—75 percent of all the aluminum ever made is still in circulation today, since 1888. That’s a pretty amazing thing. And a new can is able to be back on the shelf in 60 days. This is very much the inspiration for the brand, and this education piece is very important.

Waste360: Could you tell us about the Vita Coco Project?

Jane Prior: We started this 16 years ago. Our coconuts are sourced from all over the world—from Brazil to the Philippines—and we really rely on all of these communities. We’ve always felt a responsibility to invest in these communities and families from whom we get our coconut water. The Vita Coco Project is a combination of programs that includes an array of educational opportunities for both farmers and their families and access to tools such as intercropping. 

Listen to the full interview with Prior below and more episodes here. Read transcript here.

MassDEP Releases Draft Solid Waste Master Plan

MassDEP Releases Draft Solid Waste Master Plan

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued the Draft 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan. The proposal seeks to increase diversion of food material, textiles and bulky waste items, provide financial and technical assistance for municipal waste and recycling programs and enhance compliance and enforcement of waste disposal bans.

A public comment period on the draft runs through Friday, December 6, and includes five public hearings across the Commonwealth.

“The Draft Solid Waste Master Plan proposes aggressive goals for reducing our waste in the next decade and beyond,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg in a statement. “The draft plan outlines a mix of regulatory, financial and technical assistance to move toward these goals, improve the Commonwealth’s waste management system and provide important environmental and economic benefits for Massachusetts.”

The Solid Waste Master Plan establishes the state’s policy framework for reducing and managing solid waste that is generated, reused, recycled or disposed of by Massachusetts residents and businesses. The Draft 2020-2030 Plan proposes a broad vision for and strategies on how the state will seek to manage its waste over the next decade and beyond.

From 2008 to 2018, Massachusetts’ per capita disposal dropped by 18 percent. The new plan proposes to build on this progress and further reduce the current annual total of 5.7 million tons of solid waste disposal by 1.7 million tons, or 30 percent, by 2030. The plan also proposes an aggressive longer-term goal to reduce trash disposal by 90 percent by 2050.  

Initiatives included in the draft plan will:

  • Increase requirements on the diversion of commercial food material from disposal.
  • Improve the performance of recycling facilities handling construction and demolition materials.
  • Provide financial and technical assistance to enhance municipal solid waste and recycling programs.
  • Target the reuse and recycling of textiles, mattresses and other bulky waste items.
  • Enhance compliance and enforcement of existing waste disposal bans and pursue additional bans on target materials.
  • Advance adoption of extended producer responsibility systems for select materials. 

The draft plan takes a balanced approach to meeting Massachusetts’ capacity needs for waste materials. This approach includes fostering opportunities to reduce waste upfront through source reduction and reuse, growing in-state capacity and markets to manage recyclables and food materials and maintaining the moratorium on additional municipal waste combustion capacity. 

MassDEP has scheduled the following public hearings:

  1. Wednesday, October 30, at 5 p.m. ET at the MassDEP Central Regional Office, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester.
  2. Wednesday, November 6, at 5 p.m. ET at the MassDEP Northeast Regional Office, 205B Lowell Street, Wilmington.
  3. Thursday, November 7, at 10 a.m. ET at the MassDEP Headquarters Office, 1 Winter Street, Boston.
  4. Tuesday, November 12, at 5 p.m. ET at the Springfield City Library, Sixteen Acres Branch, 1187 Parker Street, Springfield.
  5. Tuesday, November 19, at 5 p.m. ET at the MassDEP Southeast Regional Office, 20 Riverside Drive, Lakeville.

MassDEP will accept comments on the draft plan through 5 p.m. ET on Friday, December 6.

Copies of the draft plan are available here.

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NYC City Council Could Vote on Waste Zoning Bill by End of October

NYC City Council Could Vote on Waste Zoning Bill by End of October

New York City Council Member Antonio Reynoso is considering making revisions to the part of his commercial waste zoning bill that would require private trash collectors to bid on 20 zones within the five boroughs, with a goal of having a single company operating in each zone.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Reynoso said the City of New Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has other offerings that can “speak to the environmental justice piece that doesn’t necessarily mean we need to do exclusive zones.”

According to the report, those incentives include making sure half of the private carter industry’s trucks are electric by 2030 or giving more points in the bidding process to more environmentally friendly haulers.

Back in May, Reynoso introduced his version of a bill to create a citywide commercial waste zoning system that would authorize the city to create a commercial waste zone system that would divide the city into at least 20 zones with each zone serviced by one carter. This was much different than the plan initially unveiled in 2018 by DSNY, which stated the city would be divided into 20 zones, each served by three to five carters selected through a competitive process.

According to the report, Reynoso hopes the bill will go to a full vote in the City Council by the end of October. It would then need to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Right now, there are three landmark bills in front the New York City Council that aim to improve street safety. On September 30, advocates and elected officials are rallying to demand the passage of Speaker Corey Johnson’s Streets Masterplan Bill (intro 1557), Councilmember Reynoso’s Commercial Exclusive Waste Zone Reform Bill (intro 1574) and Councilmember Brad Lander’s Reckless Driver Accountability Act (intro 971).

The Wall Street Journal has more:

A bill that would create exclusive zones for the commercial-waste industry across the city could change before it is voted on next month, its sponsor said.

City Councilman Antonio Reynoso said he is considering taking out a portion of his bill that would require private trash collectors, or carters, to bid on 20 zones within the five boroughs, with a goal of having a single company operating in each zone. The legislation seeks to address environmental and worker-safety issues in the current system.

“We have other things that the sanitation department wants to offer or to talk about that can really speak to the environmental justice piece that doesn’t necessarily mean we need to do exclusive zones,” Mr. Reynoso, a Democrat who represents neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, said in an interview.

Read the full story here.

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Waste Pro Files Suit Against Belle Isle, Fla., Mayor

Waste Pro Files Suit Against Belle Isle, Fla., Mayor

Florida-based Waste Pro is suing the mayor of Belle Isle, Fla., after he made disparaging comments about his personal experience with the company during a public meeting.

The lawsuit, which was filed last month in an Orlando Circuit Court, claims Mayor Nicholas Fouraker “intentionally and maliciously” made disparaging and defamatory false comments about Waste Pro and its CEO John Jennings. Waste Pro alleges that the comments were made to prevent the company from winning the city’s waste collections contract.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Waste Pro’s contract bid was ranked initially as the preferred option for a five-year garbage and recycling contract the City Council ultimately awarded to J.J.’s Waste & Recycling. However, the mayor, a non-voting member of Belle Isle City Council, weighed in on Waste Pro before the vote, expressing his concern with the company’s leadership before accusing Jennings of lying and the company of failing to live up to a signed contract.

According to the report, Waste Pro’s lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages from the mayor, not the city. It also claims the mayor was motivated by “personal contempt” to sway the City Council away from awarding the contract to Waste Pro.

Orlando Sentinel has more:

After losing a bid to haul Belle Isle’s garbage, Waste Pro and its CEO have sued Mayor Nicholas Fouraker, alleging his trash talk cost the company a city contract.

The lawsuit, filed last month in Circuit Court in Orlando, accuses Fouraker of “intentionally and maliciously" making disparaging and defamatory false statements about Waste Pro and John Jennings, the hauler’s chief executive officer, to prevent the Sanford-based company from winning the city’s $600,000-a-year, sanitation-services contract.

Read the full story here.

WFTV 9 has more:

Waste Pro and its CEO are suing the mayor of Belle Isle after comments he made about his personal experience with the company in a public meeting.

A lawsuit filed Thursday, claims Mayor Nick Fouraker slandered the company and hurt its reputation.

Waste Pro said Fouraker sabotaged its chances at a meeting on June 4 to get a contract, causing it to lose money.

Read the full article here.

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Houston Disciplines 68 Employees from Solid Waste Department

City of Houston Twitter Houston Disciplines 68 Employees from Solid Waste Department

The city of Houston has disciplined 68 employees from the city’s Solid Waste Management Department for violating recycling policies. A KHOU 11 investigative report also reveals that the department’s director, Harry Hayes, was not one of the individuals punished.

According to the report, a five-month-long investigation revealed that 2.6 million pounds of recyclables were landfilled rather than properly processed at a recycling facility. Four deputy assistant directors received two-week suspensions without pay for failing to comply with the mayor’s order.

In addition to the suspensions, 11 supervisors received probation, ranging from six to 12 months for violating recycling policy, and 48 truck drivers received probation.

KHOU 11 has more:

A total of 68 employees at the city of Houston Solid Waste Management Department were disciplined for violating recycling policies, but the man in charge of the agency was not punished, according to personnel records obtained by KHOU 11 Investigates.

Our five-month long investigation revealed a whopping 2.6 million pounds of recyclables were dumped at the landfill instead of processed correctly at a recycling facility.

Read the full story here.

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Recology Receives MRC Grant to Boost Mattress Recycling

Recology Receives MRC Grant to Boost Mattress Recycling

San Francisco-based Recology received a $10,000 grant from the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) to fund equipment and infrastructure improvements aiming to increase the recyclability of discarded mattresses.

MRC has awarded more than $120,000 in grant funding to 15 mattress collection sites throughout the state of California. The funds will be used for equipment and infrastructure improvements to increase the recyclability of discarded mattresses and box springs by providing weather protection, or to achieve other efficiencies such as lowering costs and improving safety.

Projects to be funded through the grants include the construction of weather coverings and cement pads to protect mattress integrity, mobile loading ramps to help with transportation and storage of mattresses and additional storage space to house and protect mattresses.

Times-Herald has more information:

The San Francisco-based Recology, a trash collection company, is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), it was announced.

The council, which operates the Bye Bye Mattress Program in California, has awarded more than $120,000 in grant funding to 15 mattress collection sites throughout the state.

The funds will be used for equipment and infrastructure improvements to increase the recyclability of discarded mattresses and box springs by providing weather protection, or to achieve other efficiencies such as lowering costs and improving safety, officials said.

Read the full article here.

Five Themes from First-ever Zero Waste East Conference

Zero Waste East Instagram Five Themes from First-ever Zero Waste East Conference

Zero Waste East, a new conference put on by Companies for Zero Waste, was held last week at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J. At the two-day conference, waste, recycling, organics, energy and government leaders discussed industry issues and solutions.

Companies for Zero Waste, the central hub for policy changes, innovation and strategic investments, aims to educate on policy changes, drive investments into waste technology and accelerate the shift into the circular economy. According to its research, $4.5 trillion of new capital will be allocated into the circular economy by 2030.

“I founded Companies for Zero Waste in January 2019 after seeing the struggles that my friends were facing running recycling companies in New York and New Jersey,” Scott Donachie, CEO and founder of Zero Waste Events, told Waste360. “I had a vision of catalyzing a greater pace of innovation by connecting investors, policymakers, sustainability directors and waste experts. My thoughts were if Wall Street and policymakers could get behind this waste crisis, then we could drive real change.”

Below are five themes that were explored during the two-day conference.

Circular Economy

While the concept of a circular economy isn’t new, it’s still very much a topic of interest in a variety of industries across the globe. More and more companies are making an effort to think about a product’s end of life in the early stages of the design process, and more and more industries are joining forces to make the concept of a circular economy a reality. But despite this, there is still some confusion about what defines a circular economy and how it can actually be achieved, especially since there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.

According to Nicola Tagliafierro of Enel X, an energy management software company, “people believe a circular economy is just recycling and reuse, and that’s a limited version of a circular economy. It’s much more than that. A circular economy is to arrive at the end of life and do everything possible not to arrive at recycling and reuse. To be truly circular, we must follow five business models: circular supplies, product as a service, sharing platforms, product life extension and resource recovery.”

According to Wiley Rhodes of The Newpoint Companies, which designs and manufactures a full range of modular gas processing and treating units as well as provides operations support, consulting and management of gas plant processing facilities, “you can create a closed loop system, but you have to create value at every point.”

Five Themes from First-ever Zero Waste East Conference

One company exploring a closed loop system is TerraCycle, a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle materials and integrating waste back into products. Through its new endeavor, Loop, customers can responsibly consume a range of products in customized, brand-specific, durable packaging that is collected, cleaned, refilled and reused. The content, if recoverable, is also either recycled or reused.

“If you can unlock the economics, then everything can become recyclable,” stated Tom Szaky, TerraCycle CEO and president and a 2019 Waste360 40 Under 40 award recipient. “Everything can go circular—clothing, toys, electronics, etc.—and part of what we do is to find out how.”

Szaky went on to say that it takes a leader to create one of these circular systems, and the “leader is almost always female.”

“Sustainability is really driven by women—91 percent of our leaders around the world who run these programs are females between the ages of 25 and 60, so please think about the female voice because it’s the one that cares, demographically speaking. Even in my company, 75 percent is female.”

Adding to that, Szaky said it’s also important to get consumers excited about reducing waste. He said the industry focuses way too much on the steak and often disregards the sizzle, but if you blend the two together, magic can happen.

Five Themes from First-ever Zero Waste East Conference

Legislation and Regulation

Over the years, more legislation and regulation have been put in place to better manage waste and to change behavior. One of the most notable is China’s National Sword, which bans the importation of certain types of solid waste, as well as enforces strict contamination limits on recyclable materials. Since China’s implementation of National Sword, other countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam have followed suit by creating policies of their own. These actions have pushed the U.S. waste and recycling industry to clean up its recycling streams, create more domestic infrastructure and adjust the way it currently handles materials.

“There are 10,000 local governments in the U.S. managing recycling, and there’s a perception out there by the national media that recycling is experiencing some sort of crisis. If you want to see a crisis, go to a country like India and Thailand and look at how they handle solid waste. Look at their dumpsites and their waterways,” said David Biderman, executive director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America. “What we face here [in the U.S.] are tremendous challenges because of the fact that the value of materials in a MRF [materials recovery facility] have declined in value by about 50 percent.”

“Governments are responding to this in a variety of ways,” he added. “Some local governments are going back to dual stream, and some local governments are raising costs of waste and recycling collection.”

Five Themes from First-ever Zero Waste East Conference

Adding to Biderman’s thoughts, Chaz Miller, longtime veteran of the waste and recycling industry and columnist for Waste360, stated that “many states have laws or requirements around recycling in the states themselves, and many states like South Carolina and Michigan are investing in recycling programs and infrastructure because they can smell opportunity.”

As far as the overseas bans go, Miller questioned how long those bans will last. “American waste paper has tremendously good fiber in it and that fiber is an important raw material to paper mills around the world, so we’ll see how long some of these bans continue.”

Recycling

Recycling was a common theme amongst speakers at the conference. Some mentioned milestones and best practices, while others expressed a need for change.

“Right now, our recycling system is based on convenience,” said Martin Wolf of Seventh Generation, a company that sells cleaning, paper and personal care products. “We should instead create systems that keep the integrity of the materials.”

Consumers across the globe expect recycling to be an easy concept, and according to many speakers, it’s the job of haulers, recyclers, municipalities and government leaders to make recycling simple yet effective.

Many municipalities and companies have stopped accepting certain materials like glass and specific types of plastic, but some of those changes are leaving consumers confused about what can and cannot be placed in their bins.

To combat that issue, many industry leaders are ramping up education efforts and taking the time to work with consumers to change their behaviors and overcome their confusion.

“If [recycling] is going to work, it’s going to take everyone pulling in the same direction,” stated Ron Bergamini, CEO of Action Environmental Group.

Five Themes from First-ever Zero Waste East Conference

Food Waste and Organics

Food waste and organics are an issue that many industries are working to tackle. Some are developing new packaging to extend the life of certain foods, some are capturing food that would otherwise go to waste to feed the needy, some are utilizing composting methods and some are using food waste as a fuel to create energy.

Shawn Kreloff, CEO of Bioenergy DevCo, a developer of anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities, spoke about AD, stating he thinks it has an advantage over landfilling and incineration not just because it’s sustainable but because it’s much less intrusive.

“Landfills are on hundreds of acres, but you can put an AD plant much closer to a source, reducing transportation costs and closing the source as much as possible,” he said. “We work with haulers to make that happen, and we’re working to locate digesters close to transfer stations so we can intercept the material before it goes to landfill. We’re also working to locate plants near natural gas pipelines so we can inject gas back into the pipe and near sandy gravel so we can mix the digestive with sand to make top soil.”

Addressing composting, Bergamini said Action has been doing composting for more than 12 years and that disposal capacity is one of the biggest problems today. Action has been trying to scale up and build new facilities, but it has not been an easy task.

“We’ve all heard the phrase ‘not in my backyard,’ but I heard a new one recently, ‘not on planet Earth’ or NOPE,” he said. “Until we have the scale, economics really can’t catch up. Some think the cost of recycling and composting always has to be less than the cost of solid waste, but that’s just not the reality right now. The economics will eventually come up, but the uncertainty has left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.”

Action Environmental TwitterFive Themes from First-ever Zero Waste East Conference

Waste Management has also been composting for more than 10 years. According to Dan Hagen, Waste Management director of business development for CORe, from an organics perspective, Waste Management has processed about 3.6 million tons of organics across its facilities.

Both Action and Waste Management, along with the City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and others, service the boroughs of New York City.

DSNY receives 10,000 tons of trash a day, one-third of which is organics suitable for composting. DSNY is working to compost that material via its organics collection program and local policy.

The recently passed Food Recovery and Recycling Act requirements are as follows:

  • All businesses that generate 2 or more tons of food waste per week at a single location are required to donate unsold but edible food whenever possible.
  • Businesses that both meet this waste generation threshold and are within 25 miles of an organics recycler with sufficient capacity are also required to recycle their food waste.
  • Subject businesses can request to be exempt from these requirements based on “undue hardship,” including by showing that the cost of processing food waste is not reasonably competitive with the cost of disposing of waste by landfill. 
  • Exempt businesses automatically include all businesses within New York City, which must comply with the city’s existing food waste recycling law, as well as hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities and elementary and secondary schools.

DSNY is celebrating its 30th anniversary of recycling in New York City this year and, according to Bridget Anderson, deputy commissioner, recycling and sustainability for DSNY, it has the leadership and direction needed to continue to expand its recycling and composting efforts.

Renewable Energy

The second day of the conference focused primarily on energy, exploring topics like technology, waste-to-energy, solar and renewable energy. The speakers discussed some goals set in place by municipalities and the impact that renewable energy could have on the world’s future.

Henk Rogers, founder of the Blue Planet Foundation, spoke about his four missions: ending the use of carbon-based fuel, ending war, making a backup form of life by going to other planets and finding out how the universe ends and doing something about it.

While some of those missions may seem impossible, he is making some headway on ending the use of carbon-based fuel.

“The biggest accomplishment of the Blue Planet Foundation is we got Hawaii to have a mandate of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, which was not an easy thing,” he said. “… 2045 is the 100th anniversary of the United Nations, so what better outcome for the United Nations than to have solved climate change on their 100th anniversary.”

Five Themes from First-ever Zero Waste East Conference

For other states looking to follow suit and set renewable energy goals of their own, Rogers said to first create and implement a mandate and then have the people in your jurisdiction figure out how to do it. “So many of us are trying to achieve the same thing, but we’re yelling in individual silos. It’s time for us to get out of the silos and work together to fight climate change like we did the World War.”

According to Daniel Sandel, founder and CEO of iNeighborhoods, renewable energy and zero waste are all about the people, organizations and resource alignment and getting people out of their silos to make things happen. “Start small and then grow organically to meet your larger goals,” he noted.

In terms of waste-to-energy, Michael Van Brunt of Covanta said there’s still significant room for energy recovery in the U.S., and energy recovery could very well look very different 10 to 20 years from now.

“The facilities brought online today are more efficient, and one thing we’re looking at is how to capture more value from what’s left over from our waste stream,” he said. “Every year, we’re recovering the equivalent of about six Golden Gate Bridges and 3 billion aluminum cans of metal from the ash that goes to our facilities. Metal isn’t the only piece; there’s also nontraditional metal value from ash like smaller pieces of aluminum and ferrous metal that we can’t pull out today. We hope to use technology to go finer and finer and to pull those materials out of the stream.”

Looking forward to the future, he said it’s important to note that there isn’t one solution and that the industry needs to be prepared to go in one direction and learn that direction was wrong.

“We need to be flexible and prepared to meet the challenges of the future while at the same time figuring out how to minimize impacts,” he stated. “I would love to think the waste sector is ruling the world, but we’re not. We, unfortunately, have to take what we get sometimes.”

September 2019: Products that Power the Waste and Recycling Industry

Waste360 Product News highlights new and exciting products designed to enhance the waste and recycling industry.

This month's edition features 10 products, which include technology solutions, sorting solutions, scales, shredders, tires and more.

Flip through this gallery to view this month's featured products, and subscribe to Waste360 Product News here.

Interested in being featured in Waste360 Product News? Please send your product descriptions and photos to Waste360 Editorial Director Mallory Szczepanski at [email protected].

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NWRA, SWANA Form National Alliance with OSHA

NWRA, SWANA Form National Alliance with OSHA

During a ceremony on September 27 with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) signed an alliance agreement with OSHA to promote workplace safety.

Drivers and operators from the waste and recycling industry were on hand to witness NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith and SWANA Executive Director and CEO David Biderman formally sign the agreement to enter into an alliance with OSHA. The alliance agreement is for two years and will help NWRA and SWANA coordinate with OSHA on how to make the waste and recycling industry safer.

“I am pleased to stand here today with our industry colleagues and formalize our alliance with OSHA,” said Smith in a statement. “NWRA is committed to workplace safety and wants every employee to come home safely at the end of his or her shift. That commitment is reflected in our partnership with OSHA.”

“I am very pleased that OSHA has recognized SWANA as a key stakeholder in ensuring the safety of solid waste workers throughout the United States,” Biderman told Waste360. “This alliance provides an opportunity to reach both private and public sector employees in our unrelenting effort to improve the industry’s safety performance, including getting waste collection employees off the list of the five most dangerous jobs in the country. Nothing we do at SWANA is more important.”

The alliance agreement commits OSHA to collaborate in safety training and education efforts with a focus on backovers and distracted driving; slips, trips and falls; needlestick injuries; cold and heat stress; and musculoskeletal injuries.

“The alliance will allow us in the industry to work with OSHA, so we can better understand each other,” Kirk Sander, NWRA's chief of staff and vice president, safety and standards, told Waste360. “Through the alliance, there will be an official dialogue between the industry and OSHA about what’s happening outside of the inspection process. OSHA inspectors may be inspecting a nail salon one day, a steel facility the next day and a recycling facility the day after that. They cover a lot of ground, so this alliance is our way to provide insight on our industry and to work with OSHA to make our industry safer.”

“We also want to work with OSHA, and other alliances, on data sharing, identifying trends and finding ways to resolve common issues,” adds Sander. “It will be a two-way street of communication, and we look forward to working with OSHA.”