The Adventure of a Recycled Electronic

Electronic waste is currently the fastest growing item in the municipal solid waste stream as more people get access to technology and update their existing phones, TVs, and video-game consoles.  Recycling your electronics is important not only because they are made of valuable minerals, but also because they contain components that can be hazardous if … More The Adventure of a Recycled Electronic

The Recycling Giant That Handles New York’s Metal, Glass, and Plastic

The uniqueness of New York City is what makes it a top international destination and the country’s centerpiece for economic and artistic creativity. Unfortunately, the amount of waste it produces is equally as unique, complicated, and costly. “About 14 million tons of waste are thrown out each year. It costs the city almost $400 million annually just to transport what it … More The Recycling Giant That Handles New York’s Metal, Glass, and Plastic

How Oregon Plans to Get More Out of Their 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 Their 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…