Why Some Landfills are Becoming Privatized, While Others Remain Public


Nearly half of landfills today are privately owned, with industry controlling 85 to 90 percent of permitted capacity. Increasingly, more municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are becoming privatized, now controlling the bulk of waste in the U.S. Today, about half of them are privately owned, with industry controlling 85 to 90 percent of permitted capacity, … More Why Some Landfills are Becoming Privatized, While Others Remain Public

The No. 1 Lifelong Habit Of Warren Buffett: The 5-Hour Rule


I remember the first time I heard that Warren Buffett spends 80 percent of his time reading and thinking, and has done so for his entire career. I was even more surprised by how Buffett’s long-term business partner describes his weekly schedule: You look at his schedule sometimes and there’s a haircut. Tuesday, haircut day. That’s what … More The No. 1 Lifelong Habit Of Warren Buffett: The 5-Hour Rule

Solid Waste Ratemaking: The Whys and How


Cost of service studies are an essential tool in managing a solid waste agency in these uncertain times. They provide opportunities for introduction of smart technologies, cost optimization, improved customer service and long-term financial planning. Doing more with less has become a mantra within public-sector agencies. As a result, managers and other decision makers face … More Solid Waste Ratemaking: The Whys and How

Recycling is Big Business, but is it Profitable?


The news doesn’t appear to be good for the recycling industry. The front page of the Business & Finance section of the May 14, 2018, issue of the Wall Street Journal carried the headline, “Recycling Firms Hit by Crushing Economics,” and wrote in a sub-headline, “plunging prices for scrap paper, plastics prompt cities to send some … More Recycling is Big Business, but is it Profitable?