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 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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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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A Crisis Years in the Making

By Duncan Watson, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Keene, NH, President, Board of Trustees, Northeast Resource Recovery Association & Member SWEEP Steering Committee Trade journals and even the mainstream media is awash with articles about the impact of China’s National Sword policy, which took the 2013 Green Fence policy–the proverbial shot across the bow–and […]

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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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