Waste Diversion needs Organics Diversion, and Organics Diversion Needs Compostable Packaging

by Adam Gendell, Associate Director Sustainable Packaging Coalition, GreenBlue & SWEEP Steering Committee Member There is no shortage of ambitious waste diversion goals, and several major cities are currently working towards 2020 milestones for high diversion or “zero waste” goals. Typical tactics for achieving these goals address construction & demolition waste, yard waste, and recyclable […]

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Fitting the Pieces Together: Waste Management’s 2017 Sustainability Report

By Susan Robinson, Senior Public Affairs Director, Waste Management; Co-Chair, SWEEP Steering Committee Last week, Waste Management released its 2017 Sustainability Report. This is an annual update to our biannual full report and indicates our progress toward our sustainability goals, along with other key metrics. Thirteen years ago, we began to report on our overall […]

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Waste Industry Sees Record Safety for Some; Recyclers Still Vulnerable

By Michael Mignano, Senior Research Analyst, International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Member, SWEEP Steering Committee Newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that 2016 was one of the safest years in recent memory for the American solid waste and recycling industry as a whole. However, this good news was not shared by […]

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The 20th Anniversary and History of America Recycles Day

By Bob Gedert, SWEEP Steering Committee Member and President of the National Recycling Coalition America Recycles Day (ARD) is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. ARD is celebrated annually on November 15. (Source: Wikipedia) Recently, recyclers around the nation celebrated America Recycles Day on November 15th. […]

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SWEEP Announces New National Standard Development Committees

By Rob Watson, Chief Science Officer, EcoHub LLC; Founder & Co-Chair SWEEP Steering Committee The SWEEP (Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol) Steering Committee is pleased to announce the formation of national standard development committees for the SWEEP Industry Standard and the SWEEP Municipal Standard. Although there are zero waste and sustainable materials management certification standards […]

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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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The Best We Can Do?

By Duncan Watson, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Keene; President, Board of Trustees, Northeast Resource Recovery Association; Member, SWEEP Steering Committee* I was watching a show on television recently about the Hubble telescope. After they fixed the lens that had a microscopic defect, the heavens that we had heretofore been blind to suddenly came […]

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The US Waste Industry–By the Numbers

By Jim Thompson, Principal—Waste Business Journal; Member SWEEP Steering Committee For many people, their knowledge of the waste industry extends about as far as seeing their garbage and recycling bins emptied every week or so and most would be very surprised to learn that activity is part of a $70 billion industry in the United […]

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China’s Import Policy Changes will make Recycling Stronger

Susan Robinson, Sr. Public Affairs Director at WM and SWEEP Co-Chair 危机 “WHEN WRITTEN IN CHINESE, THE WORD ‘CRISIS’ IS COMPOSED OF TWO CHARACTERS. ONE REPRESENTS DANGER AND THE OTHER REPRESENTS OPPORTUNITY”             —John F. Kennedy When I first started working in the recycling industry many decades ago, the municipality I worked […]

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