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Materials Management Sides with Science on Paris Agreement

International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) President Antonis Mavropoulos said of Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement, “that the US is leaving the Paris Accord is a decision that will create huge profits for the fossil fuels industry and huge costs for the whole planet, especially for the poorest and more vulnerable countries and populations.” ISWA described the decision as “an affront to science, our planet and to our future generations.” Zero Waste is one of the fastest, easiest climate action strategies that communities can implement today to immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Don’t Let it Go to Waste

Compostable packaging will play a significant role in achieving the EPA’s food waste reduction goal. While 7% of composters already accept compostable packaging, wider adoption is needed to divert additional material. With proper labeling on packaging through the new How2Compost label, contamination can be reduced.

Designing Waste

According to Lean Manufacturing, Japanese companies refer to waste in business as “Muda”, or “the Seven Wastes”. The two types of Muda that involve what we in the waste business typically term “trash” are: overproduction and defects. However, a substantial volume of business waste results from “rebranding” corporate images and lavish events.

Observations from Volunteering at a Food Bank

Today’s article is by Chaz Miller, Director of Policy/Advocacy for the National Waste & Recycling Association in Washington, D.C. In it he describes his experience volunteering at the Maryland Food Bank.

Food Waste Diversion Sen$e

Its International Compost Awareness Week! Composting can significantly reduce the nation’s waste stream, more than 50% of which is composed of organics—food scraps, brush, and soiled paper. Compost helps filter stormwater pollutants and sequester carbon. And, it creates jobs—just making compost employs twice as many workers as landfills, and four times as many as incinerators on a per-ton basis.

A Refreshing Closing the Loop Message

It seems that over the past several years we have failed to include in our messaging the true value of recycling; that is, the importance of taking “waste” materials and turning them into new products. A process that saves virgin materials for future generations, reduces energy use and pollution, and yes, creates jobs through recycling and manufacturing. Moreover, using recovered materials has become a vital component of the manufacturing process for many industries.

The Compost Story

This week's blog presents the Compost Challenge and the soon to be released video, "The Compost Story."

International Compost Awareness Week

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is a comprehensive educational initiative celebrated annually in the US and countries around the world during the first full week of May.

Making Glass Recycling Work, part 2

Today’s article continues to explore glass recycling success stories presented in the Glass Recycling Coalition and NERC’s recent webinar, “Partnerships to Make Glass Recycling Work”.

Making Glass Recycling Work, part 1

The Glass Recycling Coalition has brought together materials management companies, major glass users (such as brewing companies and insulation manufacturers), glass processors, and others to help solve some of the issues around glass recycling. NERC partnered with the Coalition on a recent webinar, “Partnerships to Make Glass Recycling Work”. The webinar provided an overview of glass recycling programs that are successfully handling the commodity.