East End Market (EEM) is one of Orlando’s poster-children for sustainability, where people go to support local independent businesses and their products. It’s one of my favorite hangouts, and frequently has pop-ups featuring local artists and artisanal delicacies that are on the cutting edge of what’s hip. When given the choice to select a location … More Recap: Conducting a Waste Audit at East End Market Orlando
The room was packed with Lazy-moon pizza and wide-eyed looks as Jessica Wright and Charlie Pioli broke it down to the audience how Orlando organizations can reduce their waste and save money in the process. Overall, it was a good chance for the two local waste consultants to share industry knowledge with the crowd, and … More MSW Consultants and ecoPreserve present at Orlando’s Hive Meeting!
I had the pleasure of recently giving a presentation on the history of the solid waste industry at the Orlando Permaculture meeting Tuesday night. It wasn’t easy following #GreenCelebrity Rob Greenfield’s presentation, in which he spoke about his current project of only eating food that he’s grown or foraged. I started with some sobering statistics, … More Presenting at the Orlando Permaculture Meeting
Two years ago I began my position as an Analyst with MSW Consultants. The job blends a healthy amount of statistics, data analysis, and fieldwork in the trenches of America’s battle to reduce waste. Waste composition is our company’s bread and butter. The more experienced folks in upper management have participated in a countless number … More How to Conduct a Comprehensive Waste Audit
It was the second-to-last week of school before they broke for summer, and the second graders at Monarch Learning Academy, located in West Orlando, were looking pretty fidgety. A close friend of mine and teacher, Shelly, invited me into her class to give a short lesson on recycling for her kids. I was surprised by … More Are you Smarter Than a Second Grader…When Recycling?
Frankly, recycling glass has a relatively low environmental benefit compared to other materials like aluminum cans, paper, cardboard, or plastic bottles. The raw commodities that make glass; sand, limestone, soda ash, and feldspar, are more plentiful than those raw inputs for other materials, yet the Glass Packaging Institute still recommends to recycle your glass bottle … More The Adventure of a Recycled Glass Bottle
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
If you’re not going to recycle anything else, recycle your aluminum cans for god sake! A recycled aluminum exceeds all other materials in the amount of GHG emissions saved from the ozone, and overall energy savings versus smelting a new one from virgin bauxite. Not to mention aluminum can be recycled again and again without … More The Adventure of a Recycled Aluminum Can
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