How to Conduct a Comprehensive Waste Audit

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

Are you Smarter Than a Second Grader…When Recycling?

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?

The Adventure of a Recycled Glass Bottle

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

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

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