The January/February issue
of MSW Management features an article by Chace Anderson, GBB Vice President:
"Have You Heard
The Latest About Automated Collection?"
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GBB will be present at the following
industry events. We look forward to seeing you there!
Federation of NY Solid Waste Associations
Lake George, NY
May 4-7, 2008
Bob Brickner, Speaker
"Saving 15% & Beating High Fuel Collection Costs"
North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
May 19-21, 2008
Recycling Alliance of Texas
The Woodlands, TX
August 16-20, 2008
Research and Technology Council Annual Meeting
New York, NY
October 16-17, 2008
October 21-23, 2008
Visit the conference
/ tradeshow section of our Website for a continuously updated list
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Snow in Maui
New Global Cooling Trend?
This photo of snow on top of Haleakala mountain in
Hawaii was taken on January 29, 2008 as GBB works on updating Maui County's
Solid Waste Management Plan. The snow melted too fast to amend the scope of work
to include snow removal!
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Assisting Cayman Islands with Waste-to-Energy and Solid Waste Management
Expertise in Unique
Issues of Island Communities a Key Factor in GBB’s Selection
GBB was selected by the Cayman
Islands Government’s Department of Environmental Health (DEH) to provide
Waste-to-Energy (WTE) and Solid Waste Management Consulting Services. Joining
GBB on this project is Cayman Islands-based APEC Consulting Engineers, Ltd., a
Civil and Structural engineering consultancy with the expertise and background
to complement GBB’s experience and capabilities.
The Cayman Islands, with a
population of 45,000, are a British territory located in the western Caribbean
Sea, comprising the islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. The
islands are situated about 480 miles south of Miami.
Cruise ship with landfill
site in background on Grand Cayman.
GBB’s experience and
understanding of the unique issues that islands present - gained from having
worked with other island communities such as the County of Maui, Hawaii, and the
U.S. Virgin Islands - were key factors in GBB’s selection.
"The GBB Project Team combines
a unique blend of extensive solid waste management, procurement, and
incineration / waste-to-energy expertise, engineering know-how, and local
knowledge and presence," noted Sean McGinn, DEH's Assistant Director for Solid
Waste. "In addition to exploring avenues to increase recycling and improve our
solid waste management operation, our priority is to develop a WTE facility. We
look forward to working closely with GBB and APEC on those important projects."
The scope of the project
includes implementing WTE for both current waste and burnable waste that can be
mined from landfill areas; mining the landfill areas; using stockpiled tires as
a supplemental fuel with the mined waste to raise its energy content and to
remove the tire piles; implementing recycling processing for mined material,
disaster debris, C&D materials, and other recyclables; and advancing the
implementation of recycling opportunities for waste generated by residents,
resorts, businesses, government, and tourists.
equipment includes: Excavator & bucker loader in use during mining
field tests at George Town Landfill.
The initial focus of the
assignment that started in October 2007 is the development of a waste-to-energy
facility to be located on a site adjacent to the George Town Landfill on Grand
Cayman. Keeping in mind the Cayman Islands Government’s desire to bring about a
paradigm shift from the current disposal system to a sustainable and
environmentally superior solid waste management system, the objectives for this
future incineration system are to: maximize diversion; allow for materials to be
mined from George Town Landfill for materials and energy recovery; convert
remaining combustible waste to energy products; and minimize land disposal
"The future solid waste
management system for the Cayman Islands needs to change from one of taking and
disposing of essentially all materials to one that processes and maximizes
diversion of both current and past landfilled/stored materials. This will be a
significant challenge to implement," said Harvey Gershman, GBB President.
Selected GBB Waste-to-Energy Projects Expertise
Selected GBB Solid Waste Management / Strategic Plans Expertise
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Transfer Station to be Built in Charles County, MD
GBB Assisting with Procurement Process of Turnkey Construction Project
Following GBB’s study on the
feasibility of developing a transfer station at Charles County’s existing
landfill and contracting for operation, transport, and disposal services,
the County has elected to move forward with the procurement process for the
turnkey construction of a transfer station.
As part of the initial
feasibility study, GBB visited the landfill site and reviewed existing
County landfill operations and cost data. An economic analysis of the
capital and operating costs of a new transfer station was then prepared,
followed by the final Feasibility Report which included the economic
analysis, certain considerations, issues, and needs associated with
privatization and the procurement contemplated by the County, certain
factors in the region that may impact the procurement, and other findings,
conclusions, and recommendations from GBB’s review of data, research, and
As the procurement process
is initiated, GBB has been retained to draft and finalize the RFP and
related documents. GBB staff will also participate in the pre-proposal
meeting and take the lead in drafting an initial response to technical
questions asked by potential proposers.
Over the years, GBB has
provided solid waste management consulting services to most counties and
cities in the Washington Metropolitan Region, and most of the counties in
Maryland. In addition, GBB has extensive knowledge of the County’s solid
waste landscape having previously assisted Charles County through
preparation of the County Recycling Plan, an assessment of Household
Hazardous Waste Program Feasibility, and a Regional Waste-to-Energy Project
Feasibility Study in which the County was a participant. GBB also advised
Charles County when it was considering privatization of its landfill
Selected GBB Transfer Station Projects Expertise
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