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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China’s Impact on Recycling Worsens

By Christina Weiler, Colgate University, Founder of UCan Nonprofit Organization; Christopher Galantino, Cornell University, President Cornell Sustainability Consultants; Rob Watson, Chief Science Officer, Eco-Hub LLC. Founder & Co-chair SWEEP Standard Earlier this month, we published a piece based on Waste Dive’s excellent ongoing investigation of the effects of China’s material import ban on America’s recycling infrastructure. The analysis […]

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Recycling Disruptions Hit 75% of the US Market

By Christina Weiler, Colgate University, Founder of UCan Nonprofit Organization; Christopher Galantino, Cornell University, President Cornell Sustainability Consultants; Rob Watson, Chief Science Officer, Eco-Hub LLC. Founder & Co-chair SWEEP Standard Drafted by Thomas Jefferson and others in 1776, signed by 56 delegates of the Continental Congress, and ratified by Congress on July 4th, the U.S. […]

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No End in Sight to US Landfill Cost Increases — Pacific Region to Experience Highest Growth.

By James Thompson, Waste Business Journal, SWEEP Steering Committee; Rob Watson, Chief Science Officer, Eco-Hub LLC. Founder & Co-chair SWEEP Standard; Christopher Galantino, Cornell University, President Cornell Sustainability Consultants; Christina Weiler, Colgate University, Founder of UCan Nonprofit Organization America is faced with a perfect storm that risks accelerating growth in landfill costs: increased waste generation per capita, […]

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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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