Steven Viny, CEO of Envision Waste Services in Cleveland, OH, regards it as such: “We’re always going to need landfills. There’s a time and a place for a single-stream MRF [Material Recovery Facility]. There’s a time and a place for a waste-to-energy unit. There’s a time and a place for mixed waste processing.
“The industry has changed. The material we handle has changed. It’s lighter in weight, and that means organics are a bigger component. Of the material that remains, what’s the most cost effective way to deal with it and advance our industry to a point where we become a materials processing industry as opposed to a disposal industry? I think the dirty MRF is really the next frontier.”
Viny points out that there are a “bunch of moving parts right now that demand attention in the waste industry that is almost like a perfect storm.”