Posted on December 5, 2016 by Envirothink
San Francisco is known for many things, the Golden Gate Bridge among them. But its San Francisco’s recycling efforts that have brought this amazing city into the national spotlight.
In 2002, the City by the Bay passed legislation that set a goal of diverting 75 percent of its waste from landfills by 2010 and achieving “zero waste” by 2020. And so began its composting and food waste collection program.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: compostables, composting, innovation, landfill, Recology, recycling, recycling center, San Francisco, waste, zero waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 14, 2016 by Envirothink
Australia’s famed hardwood tree – the Eucalyptus obliqua – could be spared in favor of 3Wood
Waste is a terrible thing, particularly when it comes to the use of hardwood trees. The World Wildlife Fund says that about 46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year. That’s a huge amount of carbon released into the atmosphere from deforestation.
David Lewis, Australia’s Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science & Technology (CNST) Director and co-developer, says “if you take a big tree, only a small percentage of that becomes hardwood; the rest is chipped and burned.”
But there’s hope on the horizon.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: 3RT, 3Wood, deforestation, environmentally-friendly, forests, innovation, technology, waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 23, 2015 by Envirothink
If you’re not familiar with the phrase Extended Producer Responsibility, it’s time to learn.
EPR is the larger picture of what’s necessary and what’s possible going well beyond recycling. It requires manufacturers to be accountable for the products they produce – its complete life cycle from beginning to its final and responsible disposal. It’s a way to dramatically reduce what goes into our landfills and increase the amount of waste that gets recycled and/or reused.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: Allan Gerlat, California Product Stewardship Council, environmental, environmental regulations, EPR, Extended Producer Responsibility, landfills, product lifecycle, recycling, take-back programs, waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 14, 2015 by Envirothink
Large corporations are beginning to get that recycling – the 2nd of the “3 R’s” – can really pay back. With the launch of the new National Materials Marketplace, more than 20 companies with U.S.-based operations are avoiding waste by turning it into raw materials for other companies’ use.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: Armstrong World Industries, CO2 emissions, Corporate Eco Forum, General Motors, landfill waste, National Materials Marketplace, recycling, Reduce Reuse Recycle, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, waste, waste disposal, waste stream, World Business Council for Sustainable Development | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 28, 2015 by Envirothink
Landfill waste turned into musical instruments for Recology’s musical artist / composer Nathaniel Stookey
Music is the universal language. It soothes humans and animals alike. Its beauty inspires us, lifts us up. But what inspires composers to write their music?
Perhaps the last answer you’d ever consider would be trash. Yet that’s exactly what inspired composer Nathaniel Stookey to write his symphony, aptly named Junkestra.
Filed under: Fun and Educational too | Tagged: Artists in Residence, compost, composting, garbage, landfill, landfill waste, musical instruments, Nathaniel Stookey, Recology, recycling, symphony, trash, waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 27, 2015 by Envirothink
Carnival Masks by Dana Albany – made of wood, recycled paint and objects found at the landfill – were featured in a Recology exhibit at San Francisco Airport in 2013
25 years is an amazing anniversary to reach, but even more so for anything related to art made from landfill waste. If that statement doesn’t make sense to you, you don’t know about Recology and/or its Artist in Residence program, which turns 25 this year.
Filed under: Making a Difference | Tagged: Artist in Residence program, compost, curbside recycling, Dana Albany, education initiative, employee-owned, hyper-consumerism, Jo Hanson, landfill, planned obsolescence, Recology, recycle, Reduce Reuse Recycle, San Francisco, San Francisco Airport, sustainability, waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 28, 2014 by Envirothink
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produce about 4.4 pounds of garbage daily. That’s around 1,600 pounds a year!
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: garbage, landfill, landfill waste, recyclable, recycling, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, waste, waste stream, world’s population | 1 Comment »