Category Archives: Recycling

Promoting Consumer Awareness to Recycling through the RECYCLE Act

The US Senate has passed a new bill that will require the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a consumer recycling education and outreach program. The aim of the newly introduced Act, known as the ‘‘Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education Act of 2021’’ or by its acronym, the […]

The Upcycle: Designing for Ultimate Sustainability and Abundance

The Upcycle advocates creating materials and products that can be reused endlessly such as the steel used to produce the shipping containers used in these upcycled shipping container apartments.

In the thought provoking book, The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability — Designing for Abundance, authors William McDonough and Michael Braungart propose that if we wish to become truly sustainable, we need to completely rethink the way we design materials, and that we should look to nature for inspiration on how to accomplish this. In natural systems, […]

Coronavirus Safety Guidelines for the Waste Management Industry

Coronavirus safety guidelines include wearing face masks to prevent the inhalation of droplets

Solid waste management and recycling trade associations issue coronavirus safety guidelines to ensure the health and safety of workers in the waste industry. Are Workers at Risk of Occupational Exposure to Viruses at Solid Waste Management Facilities? Workers in the solid waste management and recycling sector routinely face a high risk of occupational exposure to […]

Recycling Sewage Biosolids to Manufacture Sustainable Bricks

Recycling sewage biosolids into bricks

  Clay fired bricks containing recycled sewage biosolids could offer a sustainable solution for brick manufacturing and wastewater treatment. Sewage sludge is the byproduct that remains after sewage is processed at a wastewater treatment plant. These biosolids can be applied to soils as a nutrient-rich fertilizer, added to a biodigester to produce biogas, or it […]

Curbing the Flow of Plastic Waste Across the Planet

New Rules to Control the Export of Plastic Waste to Poor Nations

187 Countries Unite to Stop the Flow of Non-recyclable Plastic Waste into Developing Nations Following concerns that poor villages in developing countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia are rapidly turning into dumpsites, the United Nations recently announced that almost all countries across the world have agreed to restrict the shipment of non-recyclable plastic waste […]