A Solid Waste of a Summer: A Millennial’s Perspective Part 2

By Christopher Galantino, Cornell University, President Cornell Sustainability Consultants     In Part 1 of this article, we described challenges posed by the aging structure of the recycling industry, the disconnection of a generation, and the changes in society’s attitude toward sorting waste. As my team works to implement SWEEP at Cornell and I juggle […]

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Pacific, West and Northeast are hit hardest by rising recycling costs and disappearing end markets

By Christina Weiler, Colgate University, Founder of UCan Nonprofit Organization China’s material import ban continues to wreak havoc the United States recycling industry. In previous posts, we explored the worsening effects on recycling infrastructure in individual US States, based on Waste Dive’s ongoing investigation. In this post, we analyze industry impacts by region. Based on Waste […]

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A Solid Waste of a Summer: A Millennial’s Perspective Part 1

By Christopher Galantino, Cornell University, President Cornell Sustainability Consultants, SWEEP Intern During my junior year at Cornell, I got involved with the Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol (SWEEP) after SWEEP Founder, Rob Watson (who also created the LEED standard), came to Cornell for the annual Business Impact Symposium. I was offered a summer internship with […]

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Recycling: Hang Together or Hang Separately

Reports of the death of recycling are greatly exaggerated. There is great chaos under heaven and the situation is excellent. Crisis equals opportunity. The oxen are slow, but the earth is patient. The only good recyclable is a dead recyclable. Wait, what? A few weeks ago I wrote a blog talking about the current crisis […]

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Time is Running Out: The U.S. Landfill Capacity Crisis

By James Thompson, Waste Business Journal, SWEEP Steering Committee & Rob Watson, Chief Science Officer, Eco-Hub LLC. Founder & Co-chair SWEEP Standard. A pair of interrelated storm clouds looms over the waste industry, providing perhaps a gray lining to the rosy 2018 Q1 earnings reports released by most of the major waste companies. The first, […]

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It’s past time to address the safety and dignity of our sanitation workers

By Bob Gedert, Past-President of the National Recycling Coalition & SWEEP Steering Committee Member This article was originally published by Resource Recycling. On Feb. 1, 1968, two City of Memphis garbage men, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death by a malfunctioning truck. Twelve days later, frustrated by the city’s response to the latest […]

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Measuring Carbon Savings is the Answer! What was the Question?

By Adam Gendell, Associate Director Sustainable Packaging Coalition, GreenBlue & SWEEP Steering Committee Member If your state reported that their waste diversion practices resulted in prevention of 1,802,794 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, would you be impressed? That’s a big number. What if you learned those savings equated to removing 379,535 cars from the […]

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The Importance of Assessing Recycling Audit Residuals

By Jordan Fengel, Environmental Services Program Coordinator, Georgetown, TX. Member SWEEP Municipal Standard Committee The act of recycling is necessary, and that is a simple fact. Through recycling, local, regional, and global economies are created enabling used and discarded consumer goods to be collected, reprocessed and reused. All of this allows for finite resources to […]

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Look on the bright side: Chinese recycling import ban is very good news for our oceans

By Adam Gendell, Associate Director Sustainable Packaging Coalition, GreenBlue & SWEEP Steering Committee Member “China Fallout Continues” reads a newsletter subject line that just popped in my inbox – yet another headline addressing China’s import ban on foreign waste that has dominated recent news in the waste and recycling industry circles. It’s safe to say that everyone […]

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