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Getting ‘round to circularity
in Construction and Demolition (C&D)

The built environment uses roughly half of all materials mined or otherwise taken from the crust of this planet. Each year, construction (including highway construction) extracts tonnage that is equivalent to two-thirds of Mount Everest. Construction creates an estimated third of the world’s overall waste, causing no less than 40% of carbon dioxide emissions.[1] A […]
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Three quick wins to launch a recycling program

The U.S. EPA presents a compelling case for recycling. Looking back a decade, their 2020 Recycling Economic Information (REI) Report found recycling and reuse activities that produced 681,000 jobs while contributing $37.8 billion in wages. For every 1,000 tons of recycled material, 1.17 jobs were created. Construction and Demolition waste provided the greatest employment benefits. […]

Two ways technology returns value from waste

Dollars and energy are being heaped onto landfills in the form of  agricultural and food waste. Composting could reduce landfill trash by 30 percent, but only 4 percent of food waste is composted. Innovative and effective use of today’s technologies can improve those numbers! Well-planned conversion of waste into renewable energy delivers significant bottom-line benefit. These clean development […]
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Where on Earth are plastic bags banned?

As plastic bags pollute shorelines, landfills, and the oceans, communities and entire countries are taking action. In the U.S., some states and localities have bans or limited restrictions. Worldwide, 77 countries regulate them. Here’s an update as of Q3, 2021: China led the way more than a dozen years ago when it outlawed thin plastic […]

Sustainability with both eyes open

Sustainability returns value to organizations of all types. A sustainability assessment can reduce costs and minimize waste. It also bring market advantage. A recent survey found that 88% of respondents preferred brands that helped them, as consumers, to be more environmentally friendly. Greater sustainability can bring the benefits of  improved environmental management to manufacturers as […]

Keeping recyclables three steps away from landfills

Approximately 4.5 trillion pounds of trash is generated annually, and it’s getting worse. Annual trash accumulation is expected to reach 7.5 trillion pounds by mid-century. Landfill trash pollutes water supplies and the atmosphere. Methane emissions from landfills are often overlooked yet they emit more Greenhouse Gas than 21.6 million passenger cars. To achieve the nation’s […]

Boost your cart smarts at this year’s Waste Expo

Waste Expo®, North America’s leading solid waste and recycling event returns in-person with health protocols in place on June 28-30, 2021. The Las Vegas Convention Center is this year’s venue. Spotlight sessions will discuss the future of reuse (and how that is being transformed!), plus refuse fleet electrification, and more. A Wednesday session, Cart Smarts: Changing Behavior […]

Better Solid Waste Management (SWM) in a circular economy

In a circular economy, recycling keeps waste materials out of landfills. Instead, the materials are available for valuable repurposing and reuse. Plastic packaging is seen along grocery store aisles, worldwide. One of the largest consumer products companies, Unilever, brings familiar brands to about 190 countries. In the U.S., their Dove, Hellmann’s, and Seventh Generation brands […]
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As the pandemic burdens landfills, greenhouse gases increase

Landfill waste and recycling burdens have significantly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent study found medical waste to have increased up to 425%, Other increases were seen due to discarded Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), home food waste, and plastics.[1] As of 2019, landfills were the third-largest source of US methane emissions, producing the equivalent […]