In the past few months, GBB has been selected for
several new assignments, including:
Transfer Station Procurement
Charles County, MD
Development and Implementation of a Solid
Waste Management Master Plan
City of Annapolis, MD
& Redmond Landfill Subsurface Investigations
Deschutes County, OR
Evaluation of Waste Disposal Technologies on
Behalf of Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
Ferrucci Russo PC
Solid Waste Management Plan Update
(GBB as subcontractor to J.R. Miller & Associates)
Marion County, OR
Single Stream MRF Feasibility Study
Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, GA
Private C&D Contractor, NC
(GBB as subcontractor to Booz Allen Hamilton)
We appreciate the opportunity
to assist these clients with their needs.
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Over 500 Responses to Rivanna Solid Waste Authority's
GBB Assisting Authority with Strategic Plan
Residents of Charlottesville
and Albemarle County, Virginia, have spoken: They want more opportunities to
recycle and they are eager to have a more sustainable solid waste management
system, even if it means paying more each month.
sentiments were one finding of a six-month strategic planning process undertaken
by GBB for the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA). The RSWA asked GBB to
examine solid waste and recycling services in the RSWA service area and explore
improvements to the Authority's facilities and services that the public will
support. Joining GBB for this project is Virginia-based Draper Aden Associates.
The objective of the process is to reach consensus among residents and elected
officials on a viable solid waste management system that better serves the needs
of residents of the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the Town of
Scottsville, as well as the students and faculty of the University of Virginia
and other institutions and businesses within the community.
A key question was: What kinds
of changes would the community support?
find out, GBB held more than 50 individual meetings with public officials,
community leaders, business executives and solid waste officials. In addition,
the company organized two community meetings in November and December 2007, and
conducted two online surveys. Based on GBB's in-depth assessment of facilities
and services operated by RSWA and benchmarking with similar communities around
the country, GBB presented five possible scenarios for consideration by the
community. These ranged from simply improving current facilities to a fully
sustainable option with expanded recycling, a materials recovery facility and a
facility that would burn non-recyclable solid waste materials for fuel or
electricity. The surveys asked residents for their opinions of current
facilities as well as their preferences among the five scenarios for the future.
RSWA received over 570 survey responses, which provided valuable
input for the draft strategic plan, currently under review by officials of the
RSWA service area. "It's quite simple to summarize the feedback we received
during the community meetings and via the online survey," said Harvey Gershman,
GBB president. "The message was loud and clear: do more, spending as little as
possible. Residents want to develop a new transfer station, provide curbside
recyclables collection to residences and businesses in urban areas, and build a
new MRF for recyclables and C&D material. As this is done, they want to start
exploring further the next step: a refuse derived fuel or waste-to-energy
facility for a sustainable system that could yield up to 93% diversion."
Videos of both public meetings, a PDF of the presentation made
during public meetings, and a link to the RSWA website are available at:
Solid Waste Management Plans / Strategic Planning Expertise
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Planning for Future Programs and Evaluating Current
Wake County, NC, Construction & Demolition Waste Assessment Updated by GBB
the fall of 2007, GBB completed a strategic review of the handling,
recycling and disposal of construction waste and demolition debris (C&D)
generated in Wake County, NC, the second-most populous County in North
Carolina with more than 817,000 residents.
As part of the assignment,
funded by the County and the City of Raleigh, GBB interviewed private sector
participants in the C&D industry, including commercial generators,
demolition contractors, haulers, C&D recyclers and public sector entities.
GBB also reviewed C&D waste generated, disposed and recycled in the County
and provided information on the collection and disposal system, including
permitted capacity, recycling system tipping fees and C&D landfill costs.
researched and provided benchmark information on other communities that have
successful C&D monitoring and/or reporting programs, with and without
regulatory requirements. The draft report, presented in late January 2008,
included key requirements and impacts of several C&D recycling model
ordinances used around the country.
assessment will provide us with a better understanding of the generation,
disposal and diversion of C&D materials in Wake County," said Jim Reynolds,
Solid Waste Director for Wake County. "The information gathered will be used
to evaluate current C&D initiatives and to plan for future programs."
C&D Projects Expertise
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Procurement of New
C&D Recycling Facility"
SWANA's Thinking Outside the Blue Box 2008 Conference
given by Bob Brickner (GBB Executive Vice President), addressed the challenge of
approaching the procurement of a C&D recycling facility from a strategic
standpoint, rather than a simple call-for-bids, to foster proposers'
participation and creativity in order to maximize the return on investment
for the public sector entity.
The presentation was made at SWANA's Thinking Outside the Blue Box
Conference held in February 2008 in Corpus Christi, TX.
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