SWANA's Applied Research Foundation Releases FY 2013 Reports

February 28, 2014
Wendy Melis
Director, Marketing
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SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation Releases FY 2013 Reports

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation has announced the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2013 reports.

Created in the fall of 2000, the Applied Research Foundation (ARF) supports SWANA’s mission of “advancing the practice” of solid waste management through the conduct of collectively-defined and funded applied research projects that address pressing solid waste issues. To date, the ARF has published a total of 38 reports.

In FY 2013, three reports were developed with the support and guidance of ARF subscribers:

Practical Methods for Measuring Landfill Methane Emissions and Cover Soil Oxidation
This report provides solid waste managers with up-to-date information and guidance on practical methods for measuring the landfill surface emissions and cover soil oxidation of landfill gas. There have been a number of recent breakthroughs, with respect to measurement technologies, analytical methods and standard operating procedures for field assessments, which are documented in the report.

Source-Separation and Mixed Waste Recycling Systems: A Comparative Analysis
This report compares the cost-effectiveness of source-separation and mixed waste recycling systems for multi-family buildings. To conduct this research, published performance and cost data were analyzed for the cities of Seattle, WA and San Jose, CA.

Opportunities to Enhance the Benefits and Reduce the Costs of Waste-to-Energy Facilities
This report presents a series of case studies of successful innovations that have resulted in reduced costs and/or increased revenues and other benefits at WTE facilities in North America.

“These latest ARF reports address pertinent topics such as how to measure landfill gas emissions and cover soil oxidation, how to increase the benefits and reduce the costs of waste-to-energy and how single-stream recycling compares to mixed waste recycling,” said Jeremy O’Brien, director of the ARF.
He added, “I would like to personally acknowledge the technical and financial support of the 36 public and private sector organizations and their representatives who submitted and selected the research topics, guided the research, and reviewed the draft reports.”

FY 2013 ARF reports are now available for purchase on


About SWANA:
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is the leading solid waste association serving more than 8,000 members from both the public and private sectors, with the mission of promoting environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste in North America. For more than 50 years, SWANA has served industry professionals with technical conferences, certifications, publications, and a large offering of technical training courses.

About Applied Research Foundation:
SWANA's Applied Research Foundation (ARF) supports SWANA's mission of "advancing the practice" by conducting collectively-defined and funded research on pressing solid waste issues that are identified and selected by the Foundation's subscribers.


The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 60 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.

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