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GBB will be
present at the following industry events. We look forward to seeing you there!
SWANA Senior Executive Seminar
February 22-24, 2007
Tim Bratton, Moderator "Identifying Solutions to Your Challenges as a Solid
Thinking Outside the Blue Box Special Waste and Recycling Conference
February 26-27, 2007
Bob Brickner, Speaker
”RFID tagging and GPS accountability in Pasadena, California”
Frank Bernheisel, Training Course Instructor
Managing MSW Collections Course (3-day course)
Southeast Recycling Conference
and Trade Show
Orange Beach, AL
March 12, 2007
Tim Bratton, Speaker
2007 SWANA Georgia Chapter Spring Conference
April 4-6, 2007
Frank Bernheisel, Speaker
"Keys to Successful Pay-As-You-Throw Program"
Virginia Recycling Association 2007 Annual
Conference Williamsburg, VA
May 1-2, 2007
Bob Brickner, Speaker
"RFID tagging and GPS accountability in Pasadena, California"
May 7-9, 2007
October 16-18, 2007
conference / tradeshow
section of our Website for an updated list!
Achieves 50% to 70% Lower Collection Rate Increase than Surrounding
GBB Assists 3rd Largest Pennsylvania City in Successful Procurement Process
July 2007, a new collection contract will kick in for the City of Allentown, PA,
providing improved services, incentives for increased recycling, and a
substantially lower rate increase than in surrounding municipalities. GBB
assisted the City with strategic planning and the preparation of the Invitation
for Bids (IFB), resulting in three competitive bids for the services. A
five-year contract, with options to extend, was ultimately awarded to incumbent
Waste Management of Kutztown. In addition to promoting increased recycling, the
challenge for the City was to limit the impact on resident rates of rising
collection prices due to the high cost of fuel, the increases in truck costs due
in part to the new, low-emission engines and the increased federal regulation of
truck drivers, and rising labor and insurance costs. Those have added to
haulers' expenses in the years since Allentown and area municipalities last
signed trash contracts.
The final result
is a rate increase 50% to 70% lower than in surrounding municipalities that
recently had contract renewals. Based on the budget approved by the City
Council, residents of Allentown will see their annual solid waste bill increase
26%, from $228 to $287, while Easton, (16 miles to the northeast), and Bangor
(30 miles to the northeast) saw increases of 60% and 100%, respectively.
''I'm pleased —
it could have been a lot higher,'' said Betsy Levin, the City's Director of
Community Development. “Frank Bernheisel of GBB was extremely knowledgeable and
helpful in the City of Allentown’s collection contract bid revision process
which resulted in a substantially lower increase than expected. He was also able
to meet some very tight deadlines in our process. I highly recommend GBB.”
In order to
minimize the cost increase but make other desired improvements, the City and GBB
introduced changes to the current collection system as specified in the IFB, the
most substantive being:
trash collection reduced to once-a-week with a limit on the size of the
recycling by transitioning from a dual-stream paper and newspaper recycling
collection to a single mixed-paper collection and by adding cardboard and
semi-automated cart collection of the expanded mixed paper;
restricted to 5 bags of trash per collection to reverse a three-year trend
of rising trash volumes and reduce solid waste collection time and disposal
except for yard waste collection, required at start of contract to provide
residents with state-of-the-art collection equipment;
recyclables to a City facility rather than directly to a remote Materials
Recovery Facility, to reduce travel and waiting time; and
collection of Freon-containing appliances.
miles north of Philadelphia, encompasses approximately 17 square miles and is
Pennsylvania’s 3rd most populous City with an estimated 2005 population of
106,992, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As part of the 5-year agreement,
the contractor will provide collection of municipal solid waste, recyclables,
appliances and bulky scrap metal, and yard waste from approximately 36,600
households and 470 business/commercial establishments, and disposal of waste
collected by the City. Disposal of the approximately 45,000 tons of MSW
collected per year will also be the responsibility of the contractor.
Now that the City
has successfully completed the collection procurement process, the next
challenge will be to closely monitor its recycling rate and take appropriate
proactive measures, as required, to ensure the reversal of the trend of rising
Related Web Links:
City of Allentown -
Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste Website
Annual NRC "Duck Soup" Softball Game!
The annual "Duck Soup" softball game
was held Tuesday, October 24, 2006, at Garr Field in Chastain Park, Atlanta,
during the National Recycling Coalition's 25th Congress and Expo.
The event, sponsored by GBB and
Environmental Packaging International, was once again a great success despite
the unusually cold weather in Atlanta. Spectators and players alike got the
opportunity to take a break and join in this networking and social event. The
friendly competition was played in the fun "Duck Soup" tournament format, where
the rules change from inning to inning.
Thanks to all the participants! We
hope to see you at next year's event in Denver!
Related Web Links:
the Event and Duck Soup Rules
GBB assists many
communities in procuring facilities and services that yield increased
efficiency, reduce and stabilize costs and/or provide revenue enhancement, and
substantially elevate waste diversion to reuse and recycling. Below are RFPs
currently active by GBB clients:
City of Santa
- Solid Waste Transfer
Design/Build and/or Services for recycling and disposal of residential,
multi-family, and commercial materials
- Collection of Municipal and
Commercial Solid Waste
here to view the RFPs
Connecticut Resources Recovery
Design, Upgrade, Retrofit, and
Operation/Maintenance Services for the Stratford Intermediate Processing
here to view the RFP
Develops Orleans Parish Disaster Debris Demolition Plan
In late 2006, GBB
made public a study entitled “Orleans Parish Disaster Debris Demolition Plan”
that was prepared for the Citizens Coalition, an ad hoc group that opposed the
reopening of the Chef Menteur Landfill in New Orleans, LA. One of the study’s
findings is that there is more than enough space at existing Metro New Orleans
landfills to handle debris from Hurricane Katrina, rebutting previous arguments
by supporters of the controversial disaster debris landfill operated by Waste
Management of Louisiana.
primarily authored by GBB, concludes that the remaining debris from Hurricane
Katrina could easily be accommodated at two landfills on the west bank of the
Mississippi River in nearby Jefferson Parish. The GBB report also says that
state officials’ claims drastically underestimated available space at those
locations. In addition to proving that new landfill capacity is not needed,
GBB’s report highlights that the delays in moving debris out of New Orleans can
be reduced by more rapidly processing the City-related permits that will be
needed for the thousands of building demolitions expected over the next 18
months to two years.
The GBB study, as
a proactive measure, lays out an alternative plan to speed up debris collection
by creating interim transfer areas in nine of the City's 13 planning districts
that contain the most damaged buildings. Smaller trucks would move debris from
demolition sites to these interim transfer areas, which could be on concrete
parking lots in abandoned strip malls. Much larger trucks would then move the
material to landfills, possibly at night when traffic is reduced, resulting in
fewer accidents and lower costs.
Related Web Links:
GBB Experience - Construction Waste and Demolition Debris Recycling