Seattle to ink new trash-collection contracts worth $850M


The new 10-year contracts say the Recology and Waste Management trucks must be powered by 100 percent renewable fuels.

The City Council voted unanimously Monday to clear Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to sign new long-term contracts for solid-waste collection.

The 10-year contracts with Recology and Waste Management will see the city pay out an estimated $850 million and will require both companies to use only trucks powered by renewable fuels or electricity.

SPU last signed major contracts for solid-waste pickup in 2008, choosing CleanScapes and Waste Management. In 2011, CleanScapes merged with Recology, and the resulting company now does business as Recology.

The two contractors collect garbage, recyclables and compost from all of Seattle’s residents, garbage from all of its businesses and garbage and recyclables from city containers in public spaces.

In 2017, they collected a combined 418,000 tons of garbage, recyclables and waste, according to a council memo.

With the existing contracts set to expire in March 2019, SPU issued a request for proposals.  There were four bidders and an internal-evaluation committee recommended Seattle stick with the incumbents.

The new contracts together are about $5 million cheaper per year than the existing contracts, said Hans Van Dusen, SPU’s solid-waste contracts manager.

The contracts, which will begin in April 2019, say the companies’ primary fleets must by then consist exclusively of trucks no older than 2018 and powered by 100 percent renewable fuels.

Recology’s fleet will use diesel sourced from animal fats and vegetable oils. Waste Management will use natural gas certified as organic based on contributions to the natural-gas grid from landfills.

As of 2013, no trucks in the Recology and Waste Management fleets were powered by 100 percent renewable fuels, Van Dusen said.

Waste Management’s fleet now meets that standard, and Recology’s will soon, he said.

Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who chairs the council’s utilities committee, asked SPU in September to push for electric trucks.

Recology will deploy at least two electric collection trucks and Waste Management will use some electric route-management and street-crew trucks.

The companies will continue weekly garbage and compost pickup and every-other-week recyclables pickup, but the new contracts say SPU may at some point allow customers to choose every-other-week garbage pickup.

Seattle has other, separate contracts for garbage processing and disposal and for recyclables sorting and processing.  Most Seattle businesses do their own contracting for recycling and compost collection.

Source: The Seattle Times & WIH Resource Group

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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.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the rest of the Team of subject matter experts at WIH Resource Group.

For more information about WIH Resource Group’s diversified client services, and how we can best serve you, visit www.wihrg.com

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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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Why Expert Witnesses are Important For Your Legal Case


If you have watched any courtroom dramas in your life, you have heard the term “expert witness.” What are expert witnesses, and what role do they play in a court case? Why is it so important to have an expert witness testimony, be it criminal or civil? An expert witness is essential to your case, and here is why.

Expert Witnesses Have Practical and Court Experience

Expert witnesses are “expert” for more than one reason. They are always recognized experts in their field—an expert psychologist, for example, will have a lot of experience in his field and will be noted and credentialed in the specific area of psychology that your case is addressing. He, or she, will have published extensively and be known by any in his field as an expert.

In addition, expert witnesses will have experience in similar court cases. Not just any expert psychologist will count as an expert witness. An expert witness will have testified in similar cases before, which combined with their knowledge of the topic will enable them to present the facts of the case in a clear and concise manner that will help the jury and court understand what is going on. They know how to get around or explain complex jargon and get their point across.

Expert Witnesses Can Get Settlements

Nobody wants a court case to drag on for years of challenges, counter-claims and appeals, and nobody wants the initial proceedings to go on for months of painful testimony. Just the knowledge that an expert witness is involved alone can have a huge effect on settling a case without a lot of painful proceedings.

Expert Witnesses are Impartial

This is vital. Expert witnesses are impartial and unbiased. That means that while technically they can help either side of the case, their testimony will not be viewed as questionable in any way by the jury or court. Expert witnesses will be known to have blemish-free ethics and unquestionable morality. The witness will have no relationship with anyone involved in the case, and will have no motives to aid either side (though sometimes they may know one or the other attorney from having worked in prior cases). This impartiality will ease the court’s mind about any testimony the witness gives, reassuring them that the testimony is both valid and important.

Expert Witnesses Offer Insight as Well as Facts

Even if there is not a great deal of complex testimony and jargon to be explained, an expert witness can still be vital in offering insight into the case that other people might not consider. The testimony of an expert witness can often go a long way towards establishing things like motive or lack thereof, or the details of a circumstance that a lay person might not otherwise consider. Such insights can actually make or break a court case.

Choosing the Right Expert Witness

When choosing an expert witness you will want to make sure there are some key factors that we look for. Among these factors are:

  1. Professional experience and track record
  2. Strong history of court testimony in similar cases, as a representative for both plaintiff and defendant
  3. Current and active participation in his field of expertise
  4. Current credentials
  5. Articulate and Analytical

As an example, it does you no good to have an expert in surgery who does not have a current doctorate in their field, who isn’t currently practicing, and who just got their education last week. Nor will it necessarily be helpful if your witness has never before sat before a jury and testified—this experience cannot be undervalued.

The reason you want an experienced, active and recognized expert to serve as your witness is that someone with the right amount of experience will not be rattled when the opposing side in the case tries to discredit their testimony, which they will attempt to do. Even if an expert has decades of experience in their field, a lack of experience in court can lead to them being unprepared to face the litany of questions that will come their way, challenging their expertise.

Likewise, if a witness has a reputation for only representing one side, their testimony can fairly easily be presented as biased by the opposition.

Engaging, Articulate, and Analytical

Your witness should not only know their field inside and out, but they should be able to break down any situation into its component parts, and articulate that analysis of the situation in a manner that is easily digestible and engaging for the jury. These qualities will always be helpful when it comes to persuading the court of your argument.

Here at WIH RESOURCE GROUP, one of our top priorities in any case is to get the right expert witness from our team to assist you. We can find the expert witness who will have all the qualities above and more, to help you win your case.

Visit our website and contact us today to discuss your case and how we can best serve you and your client.

Source: Bart Beier, Beier Law

ABOUT WIH RESOURCE GROUP, INC. (WRG)

WIH Resource Group is global leader providing of diversified environmental (waste and recycling), financial, expert witness services, transportation / logistics consulting solutions to its Clients throughout North America and internationally.

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.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the rest of the Team of subject matter experts at WIH Resource Group.

For more information about WIH Resource Group’s diversified client services, and how we can best serve you, visit www.wihrg.com

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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 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.

ABOUT WIH RESOURCE GROUP

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?

Bob-Wallace

Bob Wallace, WIH Resource Group, Inc.

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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Source: Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) & WIH Resource Group 2018 All rights reserved.

Also check out this great book by Author Tracy Todaro Wallace: “Forget What You Think You Know“, now on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2Gf8ga3

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ABOUT WIH RESOURCE GROUP, INC. (WRG)

WIH Resource Group is global leader providing of diversified environmental (waste and recycling), financial, expert witness services, transportation / logistics consulting solutions to its Clients throughout North America and internationally.

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.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the rest of the Team of subject matter experts at WIH Resource Group.

For more information about WIH Resource Group’s diversified client services, and how we can best serve you, visit www.wihrg.com

Contact us today to see how we can best serve you at 480.241.9994 or admin@wihrg.com

Visit our new website!   www.wihresourcegroup.com

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YOUR GLOBAL LEADER IN CONSULTING

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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8 Foods That Increase Your Libido


Yes, this is an unusual post for a Waste Management Consulting Firm, however we found it interesting and useful and thought you might too!

Food is about more than just getting the nutrition we need to keep going. Nowadays, food is about the taste, display, greatness of it, and enjoying yourself. Food can be used for medicinal purposes, as well as the purpose of regaining or boosting your libido. Aphrodisiacs are certain types of food that will benefit your libido. You can either use them to boost your libido or serve them to someone you love and watch the sparks fly between you.

There tend to be nutrients provided via these foods that improve the health of the sex organs as well. The foods are said to increase sensations of arousal such as body temperature, heart rate or physical energy, making you feel more like having sex,” says sex therapist Kat Van Kirk.

Here Are 8 Aphrodisiac Foods That Will Boost Your Libido

1. Almonds

Even if almonds aren’t your favorite nuts, this food will still work as an aphrodisiac if you’re not interested in eating them. All you have to do is take a whiff of the almonds to get the potent aphrodisiac qualities of these particular nuts because they “are rich in the amino acids L-Arginine, which boosts the production of nitric acid in the body,” says nutrition expert Lisa Guy.

You can put the almonds out in a bowl to snack on, or just smell the almonds help boost your libido. Almonds and other nuts “… will increase the production of sex hormones, and promote a firmer erection and better sexual performance. Nuts are also an excellent source of essential fatty acids, which are healthy fats needed for male sexual health,” adds Guy.

2. Basil

Popular in a lot of dishes, basil is both a healthy leafy green and an aphrodisiac that works to make you feel more passionate in your day-to-day life. It works by helping your circulation, which can help your blood pump and your libido work.

Granted, it’s not the most obvious of food choices, however, bear with us! Basil can help increase circulation, stimulate the sex drive and boost fertility. And, surprisingly, the scent of basil (supposedly) drives us wild with desire,” says nutritionist Cassandra Barns.

Basil, as a natural remedy, can also help soothe headaches.

3. Chocolate

Everyone loves chocolate, and most people already associate chocolate with romance. That’s why Valentine’s Day treats always seem to include chocolate of some kind. But chocolate is more than just a tasty treat. In reality, chocolate is a source of serotonin, which boosts your mood and makes you feel happier. When you feel happier, your libido is easily boosted when it needs to be.

… choose chocolate made from 60-70 percent cocoa and eat 1-ounce servings. Dark chocolate helps release the same chemicals as those released during sex. Those feel-good chemicals will help build desire with your partner,” says dietician Rebecca Lewis.

So, when your date brings you chocolate, don’t be ashamed to take a few bites.

4. Eggs

When you’re getting ready for breakfast in the morning and pulling out the eggs for your omelet, you’re probably not thinking about the good that your breakfast can do for your libido. But, as it just so happens, eggs are a great food to help keep you feeling good and boost your libido.

Eggs have been considered as a sexual stimulant throughout history. This incredible food is high in vitamins B5 and B6. These vitamins balance our sex hormones. It also combats stress that inhibits good sex,” says expert on natural integrative treatments for metabolic prostate disease, Ben Ong.

This is why after you spend the night with someone you like a lot, you might want to make them some scrambled eggs to keep them hooked. Of course, eggs don’t always have to be a breakfast food. There’s plenty of other meals that can and do include eggs.

5. Chili Peppers

More than adding some spice to your food, chili peppers can also add some spice to your life – especially your love life.

Chili also makes the brain produce endorphins that help us relax and feel good. So, if you want to spice up your sex life, then spice up your food!” adds Ong.

When you’re having a dish that includes chili peppers, they will raise your heart rate and body temperature. Of course, when you’re feeling like this, you’re most likely going to feel like having a little bit of intimate fun with your partner. There’s plenty of dishes that include chili peppers to serve in the evening with your partner.\

6. Blueberries

Blueberries are good for your body in all kinds of ways. They’re delicious and healthy for snacks, and they can be used in all kinds of dishes from breakfasts to desserts. They promote good blood flow as well, which is always good for our body’s libido.

In addition, blueberries are loaded with fiber, which helps to push excess cholesterol out of the system before it can be absorbed and deposited into the arteries. Lower cholesterol and increased blood flow results in a surge of blood to the penis during sex, causing firmer and longer erections,” says Dr. R. Y. Langham, Ph.D.

Therefore, when you’re looking for a long-term solution to making sure your libido stays boosted, have some blueberries around for a healthy snack.

7. Vanilla

Vanilla is accessible in so many different ways, and its aphrodisiac qualities works when vanilla is both ingested and smelled. So, make sure you wash your hair with vanilla shampoo, use a vanilla body lotion and clean your clothes with vanilla scented laundry detergent!

Not only is the scent of vanilla a powerful mood-enhancer (some claim that inhaling it alone can increase libido) but when consumed, it aids the central nervous system leading to heightened stimulation,” states Stylist.

Having vanilla around is a great way to boost the libido of those around you. When your partner smells the sweet scent of vanilla on you, they’ll be compelled to lean closer and enjoy it.

8. Oysters

Seafood has always been known as being decadent and delicious, and there’s a reason that it’s associated with romance. Oysters are one of the most well-known natural aphrodisiacs. They have a great reputation for being good for fertility as well.

That’s because “they contain two amino acids, D-aspartic acid and N-methyl-D-aspartate, that have been found to increase sex hormones in men and women,” says weight loss expert and author Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

The next time you’re planning a date, make sure you take them out to a seafood restaurant if you want the end of the date to go well.

Final thoughts

Aphrodisiacs have been well-known throughout all kinds of cultures, and some cultures have different foods that are considered romantic or good for intimacy. These are some foods that, across the board, promote good health and good libido.

Source: Power of Positivity, LLC. All rights reserved

Also Read this great book by Author Tracy Todaro Wallace: “Forget What You Think You Know“, now on Amazon at https://goo.gl/1BBxm6

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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/health/body-soul-daily/7-foods-that-make-men-better-in-bed/news-story/f9afd1e605dc36e8074da3a586df6d70
http://metro.co.uk/2016/10/12/11-ways-women-can-boost-their-sex-drive-6188273/
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https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/recipes/the-worlds-most-erotic-food/38158

ABOUT WIH RESOURCE GROUP, INC. (WRG)

WIH Resource Group is global leader providing of diversified environmental (waste and recycling), financial, expert witness services, transportation / logistics consulting solutions to its Clients throughout North America and internationally.

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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6 Waste Industry Trends to Watch in 2018


Each day, waste industry workers perform vital functions that keep cities clean and communities healthy. Most of those functions remain fundamentally the same year-to-year: collect material, sort it, recover value and dispose of the rest.

And yet, there are shifts each year that change how the industry operates. Composting, glass recycling and the increasing use of compressed natural gas (CNG) helped shape 2016. In 2017, the conversations that moved the industry ranged from China’s ongoing policy changes to how the big companies in the industry responded to natural disasters.

In a short reader poll, we asked the Waste Dive audience to signal what trend is most likely to affect the industry in 2018. Nearly 50% of respondents said China would be the biggest story of the year, with other topics falling below 25% of the total vote.

Most readers voted for China as being the biggest story to watch in 2018.

Some of those trends will continue this year — especially when we consider how China’s policies, now coming into effect, will shift recycling markets. Other ongoing debates, like the meaning of “zero waste” and the idea of franchised collections, will undoubtedly be affected by the new Chinese policies and how the U.S. and industry organizations respond. Here are six trends that will be worth watching as 2018 kicks off.

1. The full enforcement and continued effects of China’s import policies

According to reader feedback, China’s new import policies continue to dominate the recycling conversation and will be one of the top stories to watch in 2018 — even if the country works with trade organizations to compromise, as some hope or expect. Now that the import restriction date has officially passed for the 24 banned materials, the pressure points will become even more clear. Companies and brokers have already begun looking to Southeast Asia in anticipation, and the situation at West Coast ports is shifting as a result.

Many are still just as concerned, if not more so, about the March contamination specifications. Meeting the slightly relaxed 0.5% standard without a major upgrade is still seen as nearly impossible. For those that already do single-stream, and may be having challenges finding a market for glass, the situation is additionally frustrating.

It’s possible that the tax reform windfall will free up funds to invest in new sorting equipment — including artificial intelligence — at MRFs. In the meantime, companies have also been staffing up and slowing down lines. Relying on staffing agencies to do that may have also gotten easier now that the BFI joint employer standard has been overturned and the industry hopes to reinforce that policy with legislation. How companies prioritize safety, and whether the addition of new employees coupled with slower work speeds affects injury rates, will be particularly interesting to watch.

2. The continued debate over franchising in cities across the U.S.

Uttering the words “franchise” or “zoned collection” is one of the easiest ways to strike fear in many of the industry’s smaller service providers. As consolidation continues, their ability to compete on price in an open market is one of the few guaranteed selling points they have left. Technology companies and brokers that rely on their relationships with these providers are also opposed to the concept.

Yet the industry’s largest companies have made no secret about their support for franchising — at the right price — and will have multiple opportunities to help advance it this year.

This will be the case as discussions continue from smaller cities such as Springfield, MO and St. Paul, MN to New York, and possibly Boston. Existing contracts in states such as California and Nevada can also be expected to receive ongoing attention. The Los Angeles recycLA system may be the most prominent example, spurring strong reactions from all sides. For environmental groups and franchise supporters, it’s a sign of what’s possible elsewhere. Though for detractors and real estate interests it’s already becoming a cautionary tale.

3. The continued and gradual deployment of technology in the industry

Perhaps as a sign of the year to come, the biggest company in the industry, Waste Management, hired its first chief digital officer as 2017 was coming to a close. Additionally, 2017 saw that company invest in fleet data capture and next-generation landfills. Penn Waste saw a big increase in efficiency by deploying artificial intelligence (AI) in a MRF and Lytx unveiled its newest video software.

These investments and experiments will continue into 2018 and likely beyond. While the waste industry is sometimes seen as slow to change, big players are continuing to put resources into tech to improve efficiency and safety. The gradual deployment of new tech in the industry will bring, as one leading voice said, “waves of change.” That change, in 2018, will likely look like the increasing use of electric or hybrid vehicles, increased interest in autonomous vehicles and, of course, continuing use of CNG for fueling vehicles.

These technologies and others, including the use of AI, could help improve efficiency and safety. While there were fewer fatalities in 2016 than 2017, refuse collection remains the fifth-most dangerous occupation in the country — so any improvements in safety could mean big outcomes for the industry.

4. The ongoing debate over how to define “zero waste”

As all of these more tangible trends play out, 2018 will also be a year of continued “zero waste” aspirations — and perhaps some reckoning. Nearly every major city has some type of “zero waste” or ambitious recycling diversion goal at this point. Fewer have a clear plan for how to achieve those goals or can agree on what the terminology actually means.

All supporters agree this means limiting landfill usage, but from there it has become a very adaptable concept. Some cities will be taking the European model of using waste-to-energy as an interim disposal solution. Others have shunned disposal technology of any kind — even though they still rely on it to some degree — and are holding out for a more viable circular economy solution around universally recyclable packaging.

Many packaging manufacturers have set lofty targets of their own, and found creative ways to demonstrate movement, but may not be ready to enact more meaningful changes. For many of the cities with their own goals that could also be the case. Diverting organic waste and finding ways to limit other types of traditionally unrecyclable packaging is a critical first step. Finding ways to keep that up on a consistent basis, and actually engage people enough to change their behavior will be another story.

With contamination an issue in many cities, and more harmful to the viability of scrap markets than it has been in years due to China, the “zero waste” movement could be overdue for a reality check. Progress is happening, and much more of it is possible, but all involved may need to be more honest about the systemic changes required to make that happen.

5. The industry affects of tax reform — and what that could mean for M&A

The industry has experienced rapid consolidation in recent decades. Based on what executives have been saying in earnings calls and interviews there could be much more ahead.

Now that President Trump has signed the largest corporate tax cut in recent history — without including some elements that concerned the industry in previous versions — companies will have a lot more capital on hand. Waste Connections CEO Ron Mittelstaedt has previously predicted an M&A “bonanza.” Others have been similarly bullish and the bill was a top priority for executives throughout 2017.

Whether this will lead to more high-profile deals like the recent Progressive Waste Solutions or ReCommunity acquisitions remains to be seen. Tuck-ins are already prevalent and smaller family-owned operations will continue to be popular targets.

In the short-term, this may mean national or regional companies can bring some of their more modern capabilities to small communities. That will be especially useful as collection efficiencies and recycling contamination continue to be big priorities. Communities could also see economies of scale by having access to larger networks of processing and disposal facilities. While drivers and other front-line workers remain in high demand, this consolidation could also mean lay-offs for employees in office or managerial roles.

This can all be expected to make financial analysts and shareholders very happy. Whether it will translate to the workers from acquired companies getting better pay, communities getting better service, and more material going to the highest and best use, will be key areas to watch.

6. The influence of the Environmental Protection Agency

Under Administrator Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency has offered some clarification on New Source Performance Standards for landfills and announced plans to aggressively target some Superfund sites for cleanup and remediation.

However, the agency has also been party to significant drama concerning the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). While RFS volumes are set for 2018, the political back-and forth is unlikely to come to an end. The EPA’s decision to enforce — or not to enforce — emissions standards could influence how landfills operate. The battle over the RFS could influence how biogas producers choose to invest in anaerobic digestion for food waste or other organic feedstock.

Pruitt’s commitment to getting the EPA “back to basics” and Trump’s deregulatory agenda could combine in 2018 to mean big shifts for how the waste industry is regulated at the federal level.

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WIH Resource Group is global leader providing of diversified environmental (waste and recycling), financial, expert witness services, transportation / logistics consulting solutions to its Clients throughout North America and internationally.

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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Top 10 Recycling Countries From Around the World


As disappointing as it is, in regards to recycling, the United States does not make the cut. At just a 34 percent success rate, the U.S. sends only 1/3 of its waste into the recycling pool—which is well below many other countries worldwide.

That stat got us thinking: What are the top recycling countries in the world? And, what traits do those successful recycling locations possess?

Austria sits with the highest recycling rate out of any country in the world: 63 percent of all waste is diverted from landfills. As recycling programs have evolved, Austria’s overall performance in terms of municipal solid waste recycling has been stable and at a very high level for the past decade, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).

“Austria has a long tradition of diverting waste from landfills and has a long-established recycling system. Most of the MSW (municipal solid waste) generated in the country is either recycled or incinerated,” as published in the Municipal Waste Management Report released by the EEA.

Furthermore, according to the Austrian constitution, the municipal waste management responsibilities are divided between the federal and the provincial governments. In addition to a handful of federal waste ordinances, a pivotal leg of the waste legislation is the 2002 Act on waste management, which established the bar for the country’s waste management practices.

According to a report compiled by Planet Aid—an organization that unites communities to bring about worldwide environmental and social change—Germany isn’t too far behind Austria. Germany sends 62 percent of its waste through the close-loop process, keeping it from landfills. And, Taiwan is keeping pace, hitting the top margin with a 60 percent success rate of recycling.

However, in an alternative approach, the recycling effort of the Zaballeen people in Cairo, Egypt, reflects even greater success than the aforementioned locations. With a metropolitan comprised of 60,000 people, you may be surprised to discover that the word Zaballeen is Arabic for “garbage people.”

As told in the 2010 documentary, Garbage Dreams, recyclers collect the urban waste and gather income from reusing, sorting, and reselling the articles they collect. The system has no established official or contemporary recycling facilities or sanitation services, yet, 80 percent of everything that is gathered is recycled.

“The Zaballeen have created the world’s most effective resource recovery system…they are actually saving our Earth. From out of the trash, they lifted themselves out of poverty and have a solution to the world’s most pressing crisis,” said Garbage Dreams Director and Producer Mai Iskander, as reported by Tom White for the International Documentary Association.

Likewise setting the recycling bar high—though, comparatively, with an established industry—Brazil recently broke global records for its aluminum recycling.

In 2014, the country recycled 98.4 percent of consumable packaging—and has been the number one recycler of consumer packaging in the world since 2001. In 2014, that high percentage equated to 289,500 tons of aluminum beverage cans out of 294,200 tons that were available in the market.

The country’s effort was linked to the economy—which was in recession—and the high cost of energy. Aluminum recycling requires less energy than producing new aluminum, so the cost-effective model created a natural incentive for the community.

Following Austria, Germany and Taiwan on Planet Aid’s list: another top recycling country is Singapore, sending 59 percent of its trash to be reused and recycled. Next up: South Korea recycles 49 percent of tossed goods. The United Kingdom hits the 39 percent mark with that percentage going into recycling. Lastly, closing out our top ten are Italy – recycling 36 percent of its trash – and France following closely behind with 35 percent.

The aforementioned locations are the top ten recycling countries in the world for varying reasons with their own unique approaches to the processes. As it seems, in order to implement a high success rate for a nationwide recycling program, the community requires one or all of these qualities: organization—be it through legislation, industry, or entrepreneurs—incentive: a personal motive or financial necessity, and cultural habit-building practices.

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5 Ways Business Improvement Process (BIP) Services Can Help Your Business


“Business Improvement Process services can help your company streamline operations and increase its bottom line.  In a highly functional business, everyone – from the janitor to the CEO – work towards common goals.”  – Bob Wallace, President – WIH Resource Group

The purpose of a business improvement process (BIP) strategy is to evaluate and develop processes within a business that boost productivity and maximize profits. Many small to medium-sized businesses often regard them as an unnecessary expense, reserved only for the big corporations; however, every company—regardless of size or turnover—could benefit from making a formal assessment of their operations every once in a while.

If you’re thinking about investing in a process improvement strategy, but aren’t sure whether or not you can afford it, the following benefits may sway you in the right direction.

1 – Identifies Common Problem Areas

No business is perfect. Even Apple, the most valuable brand in the world, could make improvements. Having said that, there’s a reason why they’re at the top of their game: because they’re constantly refining their business model. Tech giants like Apple, Tesla and Microsoft spend phenomenal amounts of money on identifying and rectifying problems in order to streamline their operation. While the costs may seem great, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure.

2 – Improves the Customer Experience

Contrary to popular belief the customer is not always right; however, they always think they’re right. Improving customer experience starts by studying their wants and needs, and then delivering a competitive advantage. Behind every genuine complaint is a broken business process. While polite customer service staff can help, they aren’t always a solution. Sometimes you need to look deeper in order to improve your company’s front-of-house.

3 – Reduces Response Time

When people pay for goods or services they not only expect to get their money’s worth, but also a delivery in a timely fashion. A satisfied customer will come back to you again and again. In fact, most businesses generate around 80 percent of their revenue from repeat business. If you aren’t seeing similar results, something could be wrong. By removing non-value-added tasks and re-structuring your organization, you could dramatically reduce response times without hindering quality. This will give you a major advantage over your competitors.

4 – Improves Asset Productivity

Assets are acquired for one reason only: to produce profits. Whether it’s staff, equipment, facilities, technology or any other form of intellectual property, few managers will measure how well these assets are performing. Process improvement methods for businesses will help you quantify this data in layman’s terms, showcasing what’s working, and most importantly, what’s not working. This information can then be used to implement beneficial changes.

5 – Drives Everyone Towards Common Goals

It’s surprising how many businesses start trading without knowing what they’re actually working towards. In a highly functional business, everybody – from the janitor to the CEO – will work towards common goals. You must define your mission statement in order to succeed. Part of process improvement is about identifying goals and ensuring everybody works towards them,.

At the very heart of it, good business isn’t just about profit margins, it’s also about providing a safe, secure and happy environment for your staff. If you’re eager to make improvements that work for everybody, devising a process improvement strategy could be the fastest and most effective way of generating results.

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