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March 2008 - In This Issue


Material and Cost Tracking & Reporting Software

Business Intelligence for the Waste Industry!

  • Compiles cost and tonnage data into a full cost accounting model

  • Provides quick access to cost and tonnage reports

  • Improves ability to track performance and monitor operations

  • Facilitates management of contracts

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The January/February issue of MSW Management features an article by Chace Anderson, GBB Vice President:

"Have You Heard
The Latest About Automated Collection?"

Read article

Related Web Links:
Chace Anderson's Profile

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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 Conference
Lake George, NY
May 4-7, 2008

Bob Brickner, Speaker
"Saving 15% & Beating High Fuel Collection Costs"

North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
Philadelphia, PA
May 19-21, 2008

Recycling and
Sustainability Summit
Recycling Alliance of Texas

The Woodlands, TX
August 16-20, 2008

Research and Technology Council Annual Meeting

New York, NY
October 16-17, 2008

Wastecon 2008
Tampa, FL
October 21-23, 2008

Visit the conference / tradeshow section of our Website for a continuously updated list of events!

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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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GBB Assisting Cayman Islands with Waste-to-Energy and Solid Waste Management Planning
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.

Cayman Islands

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.

Cayman Islands

Primary screening 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 requirements.

"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.

Related Web Links:
>> Press Release
>> Selected GBB Waste-to-Energy Projects Expertise
Selected GBB Solid Waste Management / Strategic Plans Expertise

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New 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 analysis.

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 operation.

Related Web Links:
>> Selected GBB Transfer Station Projects Expertise

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