How Oregon Plans to Get More Out of Products

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) introduced their “Strategic Plan for Reuse, Repair, and Extending the Lifespan of Products in Oregon,” in December 2016, which shifts the state away from waste management and towards a framework for sustainable materials management. Oregon realizes that product lifespan extension is significant in preserving the earth’s resources, and … More How Oregon Plans to Get More Out of Products

Advances in Industrial/C & D Waste Characterization

By Cynthia M. Mitchell and Charlie Pioli As more attention has turned to waste minimization, waste diversion and reuse over the past few decades, it has become of greater interest to understand what materials are filling up landfills across the country that could be used beneficially elsewhere. While it is feasible to manually sort through … More Advances in Industrial/C & D Waste Characterization

Columbia Ridge Landfill

Originally posted on The Trash Blog:
The trend in landfills is towards bigness. According to Richard Porter in The Economics of Waste, “At the start of the 1970s, there were 20,000 landfills in the United States, but by the end o the 1980s only 6,000, and by 1998 barely 2,000.” Small, municipally run landfills have…

Interview with Bob Gedert -Waste Reduction Guru

Bob Gedert has been in the sustainable materials management industry for over 40 years, and is a champion of waste reduction. While serving as Austin Resource Recovery department director, Mr. Gedert was responsible for a 400-employee operation that provided services to Austin citizens, including trash, recycling, yard trimmings collection, street sweeping, litter and dead animal … More Interview with Bob Gedert -Waste Reduction Guru