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.
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.