WIH RESOURCE GROUP SAYS STILL MORE EFFICIENCIES IN THE SOLID WASTE BUSINESS WITH BETTER TECHNOLOGY AND LOGISTICS


Bob Wallace, President of WIH Resource Group, was recently interviewed and featured in the Environmental Business Journal’s (EBJ) “Industry Overview 2018” Issue and the contents of the interview follow.

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WIH Resource Group (WRG) is a global provider of professional, technical, and busines management support consulting services in a broad range of market sectors including waste management, recycling, financial, operational improvement, alternative fuels for fleets, route auditing, safety, transportation, mergers and acquisitions, expert witness, facilities, environmental, and renewable energy for both private sector businesses and government clients alike. As President of WIH Resource Group, Bob Wallace brings WRG’s clients more than 28 years of operational strategy and improvement expertise in all WIH service areas

INTERVIEW WITH BOB WALLACE OF WIH RESOURCE GROUP

EBJ: The municipal solid waste business is about 2/3 private industry and 1/3 public sector. Do you think it will remain the same? Or do you think there will be different trends in landfill ownership vs. collection networks?

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Wallace: The ownership division will remain virtually the same. As public sector landfills close across the country, alternatives are reviewed, and in most cases, municipalities are not bearing the cost of building new landfills. Instead, they enter into long term transport and disposal (T&D) agreements with large, privately owned, regional landfills.

EBJ: When you say the public-sector portion of the industry will remain about the same, does that mean it is unlikely that many major cities that still have municipal collection assets are unlikely to change? So, has the pace of privatization slowed or stagnated there?

Wallace: Correct, it is unlikely that major cities that have their own municipal owned and managed collection assets will change. However, we may see some additional privatization efforts in some cities, or at least more contract or franchise agreements with private companies like we’ve seen with the City of Los Angeles, where they instituted contract/franchise agreement for commercial collection (WIH Resource Group was part of the team over the past several years that consulted on that transition).

EBJ: In your opinion, which are the main challenges that the country faces in terms of solid waste management and how can the private and public industries contribute to its solution?

Wallace: The US government and industry need to determine if finding a viable, sustainable, profitable and long-term solution (business / industry use) to beneficial reuse of our stateside generated and collected recyclables can be achieved in the US without having to rely on countries like China that now dictate and control the recyclable commodity markets here.

EBJ: We know the number of landfills in the USA has declined, although the pace of decline has slowed. Do you think the numbers will continue to go down for some time or will we reach a sort of equilibrium?

Wallace: I think it will remain steady with some minor changes. As an example, we know of a several municipalities in the western US that are facing closure of their landfills in the next 2-5 years and are currently contemplating their alternatives – one in Oregon and in Colorado.  We anticipate this will result in them utilizing larger, regional, privately owned landfills, not building new municipal owned landfills.

EBJ: Why do we keep seeing a high number of small to medium size companies within the solid waste industry?

Wallace: There are a lot of former employees in the marketplace from the larger publicly traded companies, as well as out-of-industry players that find the waste and recycling sectors intriguing and figure out ways to do things differently and a bit better. In addition, while equipment is somewhat expensive, there are always niche business service segments that large companies overlook or can’t best serve with their business models. These gaps leave some opportunities for smaller players who can provide excellent customer service at a fair ROI to themselves and / or their investors.

EBJ: What impact can the tax reform bill have in the industry?

Wallace: It may allow smaller companies to benefit in buying newer or later model equipment with the tax savings and/or allow them to offer a bit higher pay to attract drivers and staff to compete with larger companies. The large companies will of course benefit too as their vertical integration will reap increased profits with lower tax rates, yielding greater return to stockholders – a great reward for the waste industry.

EBJ: How is technology shaping the industry? Which are these technologies? What opportunities do you see in technology and automation?

Wallace: As we know, and following the trends in the electronics technology arena, the word “smart” is the new buzzword in the waste and recycling industry today as it is applied to cities, garbage trucks, container management, route optimization, onboard fleet management, telematics, alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and robotics in the MRFs, among other things that utilize technology to collect data and manage waste and recycling operations – both in the public and private sectors. The waste industry has made great progress towards the future of collecting, transferring, separating, managing and the disposal of waste through technology.

While all of these added technologies are great, WIH Resource Group has encountered that more data does not necessarily lead to greater productivity and efficiency. It all depends on how the data collected it is utilized, managed and how both management and operators are held accountable for their actions and roles in their performance. A true strategic approach to the data management and repeated use of it to improve both performance and productivity is required in order for the results to drop to the top and bottom lines of any organization – public or private.

EBJ: What transportation, logistical and operational issues are companies struggling with the most and how do you suggest they overcome them?

Wallace: One issue is queuing / waiting times at transfer stations, MRFs and disposal sites to unload both collection trucks and transfer trucks. This has been, and continues to be, a productivity time waster for the industry. There doesn’t seem to be a “magic bullet” for overcoming the issue and in many cases, it depends on the site owners and how receptive they are at working on enhancing their site’s capacity to handle fluctuating volumes of garbage and transfer trucks throughout a typical work day.

One observation is that quite often, garbage truck drivers or transfer truck drivers tend to like to leave the main truck yard or transfer station in groups and at or around the same time, creating a pool of trucks arriving at the destination – MRF, transfer station or WTE facility, AD facility or landfill, all at the same time. Management of collection trucks and transfer trucks need to hold route supervisors, dispatchers and operators accountable for this behavior in order to improve their own bottom line and that of the receiving facilities.

EBJ: Your comments on queuing are intriguing. We have heard the solid waste business is like ‘Fedex in reverse’ or effectively a logistical equation of vehicles, routes, timing and personnel to maximize productivity. Do you agree, and is it the smaller companies or municipalities that suffer lack of sophistication here? Or is it TS or LFs that take waste from all sources so they can’t integrate data?

Wallace: It’s a combination of both. It’s interesting to talk about data integration and technology in the waste industry. Back in 2004, before I left Waste Management, we were integrating onboard computer technology, GPS, routing software and other fleet management optimization tools, and here we are 14 years later — and to a degree — things are largely still the same. Waste and recycling collection is always driven by the following primary factors: operator / driver on route productivity (homes serviced per hour), off route travel time to and from the transfer station, MRF or disposal site & related facility queuing times, and truck downtime (due to maintenance or accidents).

These are very basic factors that aren’t really going to improve, even with a lot of technology added to manage the drivers and fleet. Driver productivity, driver accountability, good fleet maintenance (reduced fleet downtime), driver safety and route manager accountability (through driver ride-alongs and regular and frequent route audits) and quick queuing times at facilities, are the real key drivers in operations being profitable and providing a good ROI for both public sector and private companies.
As the old saying goes, where we focus our attention, we see improvement.

All the technology being used is only as good as the people managing it and utilizing the data to improve their operations. There really isn’t one “silver bullet” to fix any operation. If the data provided by the use of technology isn’t used properly, and drivers and managers aren’t held accountable, no improvement to the operations will result. – Bob Wallace, WIH Resource Group

EBJ: What do you think have been some of the more important M&A transactions in the waste management business in the last 12 months or so? What should we expect in terms of industry consolidation?

Wallace: Republic Services’ acquisition of ReCommunity was the big one of 2017. The industry will continue to see small to medium size plays in terms of M&A deals and will most likely continue to see private equity investors placing bets (investing) in the industry as the waste and “environmental” industries always have strong curb appeal to private equity firms with industry profit margins offering stable and reliable return to investors. In 2017, we saw how a private investment firm bought the glass recycler, Strategic Materials, along with other smaller investments in the industry by private equity firms that are continuing into 2018.

EBJ: Could you provide some information regarding the Chinese ban on solid waste? Which are the types of waste included in the ban?

Wallace: The regulation was announced in July 2017 and bans 24 types of waste under four categories: certain types of mining slag, household waste plastics, unsorted waste paper and waste textiles. It came into effect on January 1st, 2018.

EBJ: How can this ban impact various industries in the United States (solid waste, recycling/scrap, manufacturing or other)? What could be some possible outcomes?

Wallace: Less recycling and more landfilling of materials that could otherwise have been recycled or beneficially reused. While China enacted these laws that impose strict purity-demands on certain materials, along with outright bans on other materials, this trash must now go somewhere else, so where is it going? To put it in simple terms: trash that cannot leave the country, must be disposed of within the country. Larger waste companies will benefit from this as disposal fees at landfills yield a higher margin for the waste companies than their return on the MRFs.

Also, the China ban on the import of 24 types of waste will send a wake up call to waste exporting countries and increase pressure to find more sustainable ways to dispose of and recycle waste, as well as tackle the issue at source by reducing the production of plastics and other disposable goods.

EBJ: What role does globalization play within the solid waste industry? How does it compare to other environmental industry sectors?

Wallace: The obvious one significant “play” point is the China ban affecting the U. S. recycling markets. In terms of other areas such as technology and equipment, the overseas barriers – shipping, warranty, customer service support, span of coverage, etc. – provides a competitive advantage for U. S. manufacturers of traditional equipment and technology to that of overseas competitors making solid waste more of a local issue and less global.

One area to watch will be the development and potential for EV garbage trucks to come to the US. These trucks are already growing in use in China. While there are a few EVs pilot programs in certain US cities, and a few private companies utilizing them, the Chinese are a bit ahead of us and their EVs appear to be more reliable and cost effective than their US counterparts.

EBJ: What is your personal belief about the U. S. data on per capita generation plateauing at 4. 4 lbs/day and the ‘recycling rate’ plateauing at 34% in EPA’s latest stats. What trajectory do you see most likely for these figures or possible scenarios?

Wallace: Any significant increase in recycling and reduction in per capita waste generation is only largely changed by local government and state mandates, such as California, to increase waste diversion and recycling – often and largely subsidized by government with incentives.

In other states and communities, the rates seem to have plateaued. Even California jurisdictions “recycling / recover rates” are skewed as they include items that really should not be considered true diversion or recycling. The individual jurisdictions aren’t really to blame as the State mandates have forced cities and counties to become creative to meet the State standards, so the posted recycling / recovery rates are inaccurate by national EPA comparative figures for other states.

In other words, better standards need to be agreed upon to obtain accurate data collection and reporting of recycling rates.

EBJ: Are there better macro-stats to measure and monitor trends?

Wallace: Not at present and only when national agreed upon standards could be applied for each State so that true comparisons can be made as to the real recycling / waste diversion rates on a State by State basis.

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WRG provides solutions to complex challenges to its clients in the areas of environmental, alternative fuel fleet conversion studies, customer satisfaction surveys, fleet management matters, equipment and assets valuations, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), landfill gas management, renewable energy, waste & recycling collections, business process improvement, procurement services assistance, waste management operations, recycling processing, transfer stations, operational performance assessments (OPAs), recycling facilities (MRFs) studies, transportation and other feasibility and related financial analysis.

Formed in 2005, WRG’s Team consists of subject matter experts from the waste, recycling, alternative fuels, and transportation industries from both the public and private sectors.  WRG’s Team of experts have over 150 years of combined experience.

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The Story of the Fourth of July


We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

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But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).

It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).

And it wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn’t happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).

So what did happen on July 4, 1776?

The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.

In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!

How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.

By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.

After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.

Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.

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Celebrating a decade in business, WIH Resource Group is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including waste management, recycling, financials, transportation, M&A due diligence and support, alternative fuel fleet conversions, facilities, environmental, energy for private sector business and government clients.

WIH Resource Group is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. WIH Resource Group provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments.  WIH Resource Group serves clients in more than 175 key markets internationally.

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7 Tips To Increase Your Productivity


With more demands, and what seems like less time, we are all looking for ways to increase productivity during our work days. Here are 7 simple tips to give you back some control in your work day and help you become more productive.
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1. Create a To-Do list
Before you start each day, make a list of your must do items. This keeps you on task and can bring you back to focus when you keep your list in front of you while working. We suggest you make it a paper list so it is visible at all time.
2. Take breaks
We all seem to overwork ourselves and don’t realize when we need a break. Allow yourself to take breaks when you find that you are getting overwhelmed, stressed, if you start losing concentration, or just need to clear your mind for a few minutes. Step away from your desk take a walk around the office or just stand up and stretch.
3. Weed out distractions
Social Media, push notifications and today’s technology make it easy to have constant distractions. Turn off the notifications on your phone and computer except for crucial appointment reminders so you are not constantly distracted. It is easy to get side tracked from one text or notification and realize 20 minutes later that you have completely lost focus.
4. Designate time to read emails
Allow yourself to check emails in the morning, after lunch and before you leave the office. When you are constantly checking your inbox and reading or replying to every email, it sucks down your productivity time. If you are sending out emails and need them to be responded to promptly, assign a Priority tag to them.
5. Sleep early and get up early
Take a look at every top executive, CEO or successful businessperson and you will find that they all have one main thing in common – they wake up early. Waking up early gives them time to get their morning started without being rushed, stressed and limited on time. Going to bed early ensures they are rested and recharged to start the next day.
6. Focus on one thing at a time
We have all heard that multitasking is detrimental for productivity. It reduces the performance of any task that we do when not being fully focused. Studies have shown that our brain is strained when we are constantly shifting between multiple tasks at one time. Would you rather complete one task with excellent results, or 3 things with mediocre results?
7. De-clutter and organize your environment
When you are working in a cluttered environment, it creates unnecessary stress on your mind and body. It is like having a stack of unopened mail that you know you need to get to. Not to mention, it is a distraction. Clean up your workspace so you can stay focused and more productive.
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Celebrating a decade in business, WIH Resource Group is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including waste management, recycling, financials, transportation, M&A due diligence and support, alternative fuel fleet conversions, facilities, environmental, energy for private sector business and government clients.

WIH Resource Group is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. WIH Resource Group provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments.  WIH Resource Group serves clients in more than 175 key markets internationally.

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WIH Resource Group Launches New Dynamic Website


Phoenix, AZ — March 28, 2016—WIH Resource Group, Inc. (http://wihrg.com/) has kick-started its 2016 marketing campaign with a new, vibrant, and fully revamped and informative website.   “We’ve worked hard to deliver a website that can inform and inspire across our diverse client base and we are delighted with the results. We hope it answers a lot of the questions that we are commonly asked, and goes a long way to demonstrating the firm’s capabilities, expertise and experience” said Bob Wallace, President and Founder of WIH Resource Group.

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WIH Resource Group was founded in 2005 and is renowned for its exemplary service and industry individuality. Wallace explains, “We are a professional, innovative organization that focuses on giving our clients a high-quality, personalized customer experience and we want that level of care to remain synonymous with the WIH Resource Group name.”

“Our broad range of services allows us to offer our clients a full service package. We wanted a new website that reflects our professionalism, specifies our accreditations, introduces our exceptional team and gives some insight to our current clients, our meaningful partners, and our diverse areas of expertise. We’ve more than met that in the new website, which sums up the WIH Resource Group ethos perfectly.” said Wallace.  It also features downloadable Industry White Papers http://www.wihrg.com/onlinestore.html

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WIH looks to establish long term relationships with their clients where they are called upon regularly to assist in developing viable and sustainable solutions.

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What the Tax Credit Extension Means for the Waste Industry’s Conversion to CNG


The waste and recycling industry may move more aggressively into compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks, now that federal tax credits for initiatives including alternative fuels have been officially extended by Congress and President Obama.

Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH) Dec. 18. The PATH Act includes a broad range of tax extenders, including those for alternative fuels, which were strongly supported by two of the industry’s primary associations, the Washington-based National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Silver Spring, Md.-based Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

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The NWRA worked on three provisions affecting alternative fuels, says Kevin Kraushaar, vice president, government affairs & general counsel for the association. PATH will extend the federal tax credit of 50 cents a gallon for CNG, as well as liquefied natural gas, propane autogas and other alternative transportation fuels.

The second credit covers up to 30 percent of infrastructure installation.

The third involved facilities that produce energy from certain renewable resources, such as landfills and methane gas.

“I think it provides further incentives and support for the industry’s move toward cleaner-fuel burning vehicles,” Kraushaar says. “A lot of the companies were moving in that direction anyway, and obviously, for a lot of reasons: cost effectiveness, efficiency, and just to create a cleaner footprint in the environment.”

SWANA backed the tax credit extension as well, providing a letter in support of the move.

“I think this this is going to continue to encourage local government and haulers to more closely consider natural gas trucks and infrastructure in the coming year,” says David Biderman, SWANA executive director and CEO. “There had been uncertainty about whether the tax credit would be in existence this year, and between that and the low price of diesel, those had been challenges for some to overcome. But I think the renewal of the tax credit is going to continue to encourage those that have not yet transitioned to do so.”

One of leading CNG conversion firms, Newport Beach, Calif.-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp., has lauded the passage of the extension. However, it could not quantify how much it might save the industry, according to Jason Johnston, public relations manager for the company.

Will the extension speed up the industry’s conversion to CNG? “This is an industry that’s culturally conservative, and sometimes people in the industry need to see it working for others before they are willing to adopt it,” Biderman says. “And that was probably true for things like automated trucks, changing over from manual to rear load. And when you change over from diesel fuel to gas fuel truck, you’re introducing a whole set of new maintenance and operational changes associated with these types of trucks.

“I think some of the skeptics are now looking at these trucks differently given the fact that so many of their competitors are using them, and there are true cost savings associated with using these vehicles and looking at it over a 10-year cycle.”

Kraushaar sees it as continuing the industry’s shift toward alternative fuel. Even with gas prices down significantly, the trend has continued. “I think the companies want to prepare for the long haul, and they’ll continue these investments despite the temporary downward trends of gasoline prices.

“This (the tax credit extension) again is a tremendous assistance to them in making the conversion to cleaner energy. It promises to be a more stable source of energy over the years to come.”

With the tax credit bill the NWRA also monitored three other provisions of interest to the industry. One involved food waste and charitable deductions; a provision on active-duty military personnel; and one for bonus depreciation. The first two became permanent; the third was extended through 2019.

Kraushaar says the association did three things in support of the extension. It prompted members and other supporters to make individual calls to Congress. The association itself reached out to members of both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee in support of the provisions.

And the NWRA worked a number of associations such as the National Association of Manufacturers and the Natural Gas Vehicles of America that also were supporting the bill.

“This is probably one of the most heavily lobbied bills in Washington I’ve seen in a long time,” he says.

The credits are extended only through 2016, Kraushaar says.

“Congress will have to take another look at this next year to determine whether or not this is the appropriate public policy moving forward; obviously we hope they will, that it is the right policy.”

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Bob Wallace, MBA is the Founder and a Principal of WIH Resource Group, Inc. and has over 27 years of experience in waste and recycling collections programs management, transportation / logistics operations, alternative fuels (CNG, LPG, RNG, LNG & biodiesel), Fleet Management, Operational Performance Assessments (OPAs), Waste-by-Rail programs, recycling / solid waste operations, transfer stations, landfills, planning and development. Mr. Wallace has extensive experience in working with clients in both the private and public sectors. Prior to WIH Resource Group, Mr. Wallace served as the Director of Transportation & Logistics for Waste Management, the largest provider of waste management and recycling services in North America. He can be reached at bwallace@wihresourcegroup.com or 480.241.9994. For more information visit http://www.wihrg.com

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WIH Resource Group is a global leader and provider of comprehensive waste management consulting, recycling, transportation / logistical and business solutions, specializing in, among other services, waste management operational performance assessments, financial analysis. transportation / logistics, alternative fuel solutions, solid waste planning, waste and recycling market studies, business development, business valuations, due diligence and Mergers and Acquistions (M&A) transactional support and environmental services.

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10 most bizarre waste and recycling stories of 2015


The waste and recycling industry has much to offer — From important discoveries to amusing professionals, the industry is full of exciting activity, most of which was captured in the media throughout this year.

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Here are the editor’s picks for the 10 most interesting, shocking, and downright crazy stories of 2015:

1. 18,000 cakes stolen from landfill, resold to public in Serbia

To kick off the year with a true waste oddity, it was reported in January that 18,000 heart-shaped fruit cakes were stolen from a landfill in Kragujevac, Serbia then resold to the black market, according to BBC News. City Mayor Radomi Nikolic had pointed fingers at an “organized group” for the heist, noting that the cakes showed up “in suspicious places and at suspicious prices,” according to B29.

Once the theft was discovered, the National Organization of Consumers of Serbia posted a photograph of the cakes to warn consumers to not buy them.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons; Ecelan

2. To infinity and beyond: Scientists point laser at space waste

Some junk is too out-of-this-world for the average waste hauler to handle, which is why scientists took matters into their own hands this year to combat space junk. In April, it was reported that a panel of international scientists are developing a system to destroy space debris with a fiber optic laser. Project leader Toshikazu Ebisuzaki dubbed the proposed concept as accurate, inexpensive, and fast, in comparison to other methods.

Just as ocean debris has created hazards for wildlife and the overall marine environment, space debris presents alarming dangers to satellites and important equipment in space. According to Vox, there are about 19,000 pieces of trash larger than a softball orbiting Earth, each of which could cause damage to satellites or the International Space Station.

3. UberRECYCLE offers pickup in troubled Beirut

Beirut’s trash crisis has been one for the books in 2015, as the issue enters its sixth month in the Lebanon city. Mounting garbage piles began building up around the city as a result of political dysfunction in Beirut, when the public “discovered that the cost of garbage collection in Lebanon far outstrips that of any other country in the region,” according to The Washington Post. As “You Stink” activists took to the streets to protest the city’s political system, Uber took a different approach.

The ride-booking service partnered with Live Love Beirut and Advanced Car Rental to collect recyclable waste around the city for free, before handing it over to a sustainability company for processing. Through the Uber app, Beirut residents were able to request a van will stop by to pick up recycling in sealed bags. Although the promotion only lasted from July 27 through Aug. 4, it was a heartfelt movement from the company — and a good look into the possibility of on-demand trash pickup.

4. Food waste wedding banquet served as couple ties knot

While most couples offer over-the-top fish or steak dinners at wedding receptions, this newlywed couple had a unique, more sustainable idea for their celebratory meal. English couple Zoe Chambers and Charles Loughlin turned to FoodCycle, a charity that turns discarded food scraps into meals for people at risk, to cater their wedding.

The dishes? Moroccan-style mixed vegetables using ingredients past their best-before dates, along with a panzella salad made of discarded potatoes, tomatoes, and bread from supermarkets.

“Had that food not been used for our wedding it would be all gone in the bin,” said Loughlin to Mirror. “All the guests were aware and it went down really well, everyone loved the food and everyone loved the idea.”

A few months later, a London couple served food waste dishes at their wedding reception, sparking surprise and even a round of applause during the dinner.

5. The early worm gets the foam: How mealworms may solve Styrofoam waste

In a year when Styrofoam has caused major controversy throughout the industry, a Stanford research engineer discovered a species that may help take a bite out of the issue: mealworms.

Wei-Min Wu co-authored two studies suggesting that mealworms, the larvae form of the darkling beetle, can live off of a diet of Styrofoam, proving to be as healthy for the worms as a regular diet. In the research, 100 mealworms ate between 34 and 39 milligrams of Styrofoam each day, resulting in excreted, biodegraded waste that appeared safe to use as crop soil.

“There’s a possibility of really important research coming out of bizarre places,” Stanford professor Craig Criddle said in the report. “Sometimes, science surprises us. This is a shock.”

6. Meet Totes McGoats: Niagara Falls’ new recycling mascot

Call him cute, call him creepy, but whatever you call him, make sure you address him by his proper name: Totes McGoats.

Totes, a goat-human hybrid, was introduced to Niagara Falls, NY in 2014 as a new mascot to encourage children to recycle. “I guess you would say Totes is a cute animal mascot, kind of scary actually. But having an animal mascot we think is one of the ways that you can reach out to kids and get their attention,” Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster told Buffalo News.

Despite a mixed reaction to his unique features, Totes began gaining attention in October when it was reported that Niagara Falls’ recycling participation rate grew from 4% to 23% since Totes was announced as mascot.

7. Ford seeks recycling inspiration from … lizards?

While geckos may have inspired funny car insurance advertisements, it is unusual for any type of lizard to spark innovation in the waste industry. However, Ford broke boundaries in October when it announced plans to work with Proctor & Gamble to create gecko-inspired adhesives, which will in turn help Ford recycle autoparts.

Currently, separating plastic and metal autoparts from foam that is glued to materials causes recycling to be almost impossible for automakers. By researching the science behind a gecko’s toe pads — which have the ability to stick to surfaces without liquid or surface tension — and working with The Biomimicry Institute, Ford may be able to develop adhesives that drastically increase recycling rates across many different industries.

8. Q&A with Baltimore’s “Mr. Trash Wheel” jumps to No. 1 on Reddit

Mr. Trash Wheel, Baltimore’s $750,000 water wheel that uses solar energy and water currents to clean trash from the city’s harbor, has made quite a splash in 2015 as it collected tons of pollution from the water. Yet there’s one place that Mr. Trash Wheel may have been more popular this year than in the harbor: on Reddit.

In October, Mr. Wheel (accompanied, of course, by Clearwater Mills and the Healthy Harbor Initiative) turned to the social networking site to launch an AMA — short for “ask me anything” — titled, “I am Mr. Trash Wheel, the first invention of its kind that has removed 331 tons of garbage from Baltimore’s harbor.”

Despite Reddit’s warnings that the Q&A may not be popular with site users, more than 1,000 comments and questions caused it to soar to the top of the discussion boards, surpassing a thread about the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie. The surge in discussion about the wheel proved the concept’s popularity among the general public.

Credit: Adam Lindquist/Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore

9. California man survives 2 cycles of compaction inside garbage truck

A homeless man in Fremont, CA escaped death early in December when he was dumped into the back of a trash truck while taking a nap in a dumpster. The man went through two cycles of compaction in the truck before miraculously climbing out and being transported to the hospital.

“Preventing homeless (or drunk) people from going to sleep in a dumpster is difficult, and to hear them over the noise generated by the truck is equally challenging…Drivers and helpers should keep their eyes and ears open for a possible person in the dumpster when the container is lifted and dumped,” NWRA Safety Director John Haudenshield said in a statement following the incident.

10. Sacramento recycling plant employees rescue kitten from conveyer belt

A lucky kitten was able to keep one of its nine lives in Sacramento, CA when a recycling center employee spotted it among the recyclables and waste on the facility conveyer belt. Tony Miranda, the loader operator, was able to grab the kitten off of the quick belt before it was swept into the compactor.

“It’s just amazing to see a little kitty survive through all this,” said Miranda. The shift supervisor, Heather Garcia, adopted the kitten and named her “Murphy,” after MRF (materials recovery facility).

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