As the Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board prepares to hire a new director, it should focus not just on reducing costs but also on setting a new direction for the agency.
VALPARAISO | The public works department needs to find a way to get rid of 30 years of accumulated street sweepings.
Few words inspire such a literal holding of noses as the word "landfill."
PORTAGE | Residents here saw drastic changes in how their trash and recycling was picked up in the last year.
LaPorte County officials are moving forward to turn a mountain of trash along Interstate 94 into a major tourist attraction with ideas of zip lines and slopes for sledding.
If every problem has a tipping point, Hammond residents should look at the tipping fees they're paying for garbage dumped in landfills.
LOWELL | The Lowell Town Council moved one step closer Monday toward expanding its boundaries to the west.
PORTAGE | Despite encouragement by city officials for residents to quit bagging their grass clippings, plastic and biodegradable bags keep piling up outside of the city's street department facility.
The Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board is looking for options for disposing the county's trash. The board should make sure it doesn't dispose money in the process.
If it's hard to teach old dogs new tricks, teaching old gardeners might be tricky.
Earl Powers' trash-to-ethanol plan sounded good in the same way that Star Trek teleportation sounded good. Maybe someday it would work out, but who really wants to be the test pilot for this new technology?
Tony Schroeder, division manager for Republic Services at the Newton County Landfill, shows one of several liners used at the the facility to form an impervious layer against pollution.
Two regional facilities produce enough electricity to power several thousand homes, or offset municipal power bills by hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
The methane-to-energy conversion plant at the Newton County Landfill produces enough gas to power about 10 small manufacturing facilities and currently pipes its gas to an egg carton manufacturing business bordering the landfill.
Republic Services official James Metros, a former Crown Point mayor, talks about the gas-to-energy operation at the Newton County Landfill.
A pump system removes methane from the Newton County Landfill, funneling it into a conversion plant. The gas is cooled and sent to the customer. The landfill powers a small egg carton manufacturing plant next door.
A "tipper" lifts a truck trailer to dump its contents at the Newton County Landfill, owned and operated by Republic Services. The landfill covers more than 400 acres just south of Indiana 114 and west of Interstate 65.
Trucks loaded with trash are weighed at the entrance to the Newton County Landfill.
A new cell for trash is being excavated at the Newton County Landfill.
Trucks line up with trash-filled trailers while a "tipper" dumps a trailer load in the background at the Newton County Landfill.
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