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From Toilet to Tap: What Cities Need to Overcome to Make That Happen

By Sasha Harris-Lovett and David Sedlak Illustration: Drew Evans

In recent years, the idea of creating a circular economy—in which all of the resources coming into our cities are recycled after they are used—has taken hold. We now routinely recycle paper, glass and food scraps, as well as parts of demolished buildings and crumbling highways. Widespread sewage recycling could be the next frontier.


End of Waste Foundation’s new blockchain recycling concept starts with glass

By Cole Rosengren

The End of Waste Foundation (EOW), a California-based startup, is set to launch a software platform with blockchain technology that will track material from haulers to MRFs to processors to manufacturers. This will result in a certificate verifying tonnage, path to recycling and greenhouse gas emissions offset once the loop is complete.


As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling

By Michael Corkery Photo: Scott McIntyre for The New York Times

Recycling, for decades an almost reflexive effort by American households and businesses to reduce waste and help the environment, is collapsing in many parts of the country.


Tips from a pro: How you can live ‘zero waste’ in the Bay Area

By Dion Lim

As a part of Building a Better Bay Area, we’re looking at the complex issue of recycling.
San Francisco hopes to reach zero waste by the year 2020, meaning nothing will go to the landfill and everything will be reused, recycled or composted. But how realistic is it?


How plastics waste recycling could transform the chemical industry

By By Thomas Hundertmark, Mirjam Mayer

Reusing plastics waste could become an important driver of profitability for chemical companies. Incumbent players need to make the right moves now to tap this opportunity.


No time to waste: What plastics recycling could offer

By Thomas Hundertmark, Chris McNally, Theo Jan Simons, and Helga Vanthournout

Plastics waste is hurting the chemical industry as well as the environment. By taking the lead on recycling, chemical players could add a new dimension to the industry and help solve the problem.


Recycling Breaks Down: US Struggles to Keep Plastic From the Dump

By Noreen O’Donnell

China has implemented a new recycling policy called National Sword, halting all imports of recycled materials. The U.S. was sending about 40 percent of its recycled goods to china before the policy’s implementation which means there is a lot of recycled material with nowhere to go. See how the policy is affecting local recycling centers.


Blockchain boom hits waste industry

By Katie Pyzyk

Companies like Goodr and Plastic Bank are using blockchain to verify pickups and incentivize recycling programs.


6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong

By Livia Albeck-Ripka Photo: Scott McIntyre for The New York Times

Can you recycle coffee cups or greasy pizza boxes? If you’re tossing things in the recycling bin out of sheer hope, you might be an “aspirational recycler.”


Taiwan Shines a Light on the Benefits of Waste Separation

By Andrew Gallegos

Plastic bottles, paper packs, and paper containers — those are the three main recycling categories. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.” The classroom was hot and humid, the open windows only making the air hotter.