It’s Possible to Change the World, No Matter Where You Are

By Duncan Watson, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Keene, NH & Member SWEEP Steering Committee A running joke circulated during my graduate school days that prompted critical thinking on complex issues- Question: “how many students does it take to screw in a light bulb?” Answer: “None because you can never reach consensus.” Such is […]

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Should We Recycle Everything? What is the Value System of Recycling?

Susan Robinson, Sr Public Affairs Director at WM and SWEEP Co-Chair From the earliest days of recycling we’ve seen a healthy conversation among cities, recyclers and product manufacturers over which materials to include in curbside recycling programs. Perspectives vary, and the vastly different types of curbside programs attest to the varied market conditions and priorities […]

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Don’t Forget About the Workers Who Process Your Trash and Recycling

By Michael Mignano, Senior Research Analyst, International Brotherhood of Teamsters The June 2015 report, “Sustainable and Safe Recycling: Protecting Workers Who Protect the Planet,” revealed the unique and sometimes fatal hazards that recycling workers face on the job. The study detailed 17 recycling worker deaths between 2011 and 2013 and examined the high rate of […]

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Recyclable Products Need Convenient Recycling Programs

By Adam Gendell,  Associate Director Sustainable Packaging Coalition, GreenBlue & SWEEP Steering Committee Member Of all the sustainability attributes that marketing departments consider putting on a package, none are coveted so much as recyclability. And fortunately for marketing departments everywhere, many types of packaging can be called “recyclable”. Throughout the packaging community, the Federal Trade Commission’s […]

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The Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act of 2017

By Bob Gedert, SWEEP Steering Committee Member and President of the National Recycling Coalition A key driver in the redevelopment of domestic recycling infrastructure is the opportunity to attract new green businesses in America and create new green jobs, spurring manufacturing economic development. This country has the ability to develop new businesses, including reuse and […]

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What We’ve Got Here, Is Failure to Separate (Part 3 of 3)

The Road to Sustainable Materials Management Does Not Go Through Business As Usual  By Rob Watson, Chief Strategy Officer, EcoHub; Founder & Co-Chair SWEEP Steering Committee Recap and Foreward In Part 1 of this article, we discussed how landfill diversion rates are stagnant, single stream contamination is growing, waste stream composition is changing and asked […]

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What We’ve Got Here, Is Failure to Separate (Part 2 of 3)

By Rob Watson, Chief Science Officer, EcoHub; Founder & Co-Chair SWEEP Steering Committee In Part 1 of this article, we discussed how landfill diversion rates are stagnant, single stream contamination is growing, waste stream composition is changing and asked the question: What can we do to make greater use of the more than 400 hundred […]

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