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Single Stream Recycling Might Cost More Than Waste – Here’s Why

Normally there are two factors that incentivize businesses to recycle more of their waste; saving money on their waste bills, and reducing their carbon footprint. But with ever-changing and often challenging market conditions, this isn’t necessarily the case these days.

The Rise of Single Stream Recycling

Single stream recycling has been in practice since its inception in the 1990s and has become a popular option for businesses that want to recycle, without having to install a wide variety of containers for each recyclable material. Tossing paper, cardboard, plastics and metals together into one bin has increased nationwide recycling stats as it is much easier for businesses and households to do rather than sorting it separately.…

Is Waste Gasification The Future Of Waste Management?

About 130 million tons of waste per year go into landfills in the U.S, producing at least 130 million tons of CO2 equivalent emissions. Most of these emissions come in the form of methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Landfills aren’t just an eye sore of growing piles of waste; they can also be a major source of pollution. They emit by-products like dioxins and leachate (a toxic liquid that is formed when waste breaks down in the landfill and filters through waste), which, when left untreated, can leach into the soil, contaminating water sources, plants and even food for future generations.…

Diversion: Keeping Waste Out Of Landfills

Humans tend to have a huge problem with waste. Most of us don’t know what to do with it, and so we pile it up in landfills. Out of sight, out of mind! While that used to be an acceptable practice, times are changing. Whether we are paying attention or not, the fact is waste in landfills is breaking down, emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, seeping pollutants into soil and ground water, and disturbing ecosystems as we continually bulldozed them in order to make room for more junk. By continuing to follow this cycle of produce-consume-dispose, it seems a logical conclusion that the Earth could eventually be covered in garbage.…

A Circular Economy: How It Can Change Your Waste For Good

The US produces 718K tons of trash per day according to the EPA – and most of it is landfilled. Since businesses are responsible for a large majority of waste production, diverting trash from landfills through the use of sustainable waste disposal methods can have a major positive impact on our environment and our future. Your business has the power to turn from creating trash to trash innovators.

One rapidly growing segment of corporate sustainability strategies is the evolution of circular economies. This approach revolves around designing out waste and pollution by keeping resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them while in use, then recovering and regenerating materials at the end of their service life.…

Recycling Business E-Waste

You may already know that improper disposal of electronic waste is bad for the environment but do you realize how bad it is for your bottom line as well?

Do you know how your business is handling e-waste? Are you compliant with your state’s e-waste recycling laws? How do you know?

The size of your business may affect how e-waste needs to be managed before being recycled. Larger corporations may handle it in-house, while smaller and mid-size companies rely on local haulers for direction. And because e-waste recycling programs vary in cost and type, it’s important for business owners and operations managers to understand their options.…