Category Archives: Materials

Spotlight on 3 Innovative Solid Waste Research Projects

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is dedicated to advancing sustainable waste management practices. One of the ways it accomplishes this goal is by supporting scientific research and educational initiatives. Its broad goals include increasing knowledge within the waste management industry and improving the public’s understanding of waste management.… Read More…

Watch Out for These 6 Common Recycling Mistakes

Watch Out for These 6 Common Recycling Mistakes

For the recycling industry, there’s good news and bad news when it comes to consumers’ household recycling habits. The good news is that more households than ever have access to – and participate in – curbside and drop-off recycling programs. According to a 2016 report from the Recycling Partnership, curbside programs currently serve more than… Read More…

What You Need to Know about Single vs. Dual Stream Recycling

What You Need to Know about Single vs. Dual Stream Recycling

Today, curbside recycling programs are a well-established fixture in the vast majority of communities all across the US. But while few municipalities would disagree with the idea that recycling is an extremely important service, the question of which recycling method is best can be a surprisingly divisive issue. To understand why municipalities, recycling companies, and… Read More…

Meet the Winners of the 2016 Food Recovery Challenge

Meet the Winners of the 2016 Food Recovery Challenge

Is your organization looking for innovative ways to reduce waste? Why not try participating in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge (FRC)? A key component of the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program, the FRC encourages businesses and institutions of all kinds to embrace sustainable food management by preventing and diverting wasted food in their… Read More…

An Introduction to the Waste Reduction Model

An Introduction to the Waste Reduction Model

For waste management professionals, calculating the full environmental impact of waste is a complex task. Not only are there obvious physical factors to be considered—like what type of waste one is dealing with, how much of it there is, and where it’s going—it’s also important to take into account questions like how much energy different… Read More…

9 of the Best Apps That Are Helping America Recycle

9 of the Best Apps That Are Helping America Recycle

Most of us understand the importance of recycling in helping divert waste from the landfill and keep waste management practices sustainable. However, it’s not always easy to find the practical recycling information you need in your daily life. Fortunately, that’s now changing thanks to the introduction of a number of new and innovative mobile apps… Read More…

Spotlight on the Unique Challenges of Waste Management for Airports

Spotlight on the Unique Challenges of Waste Management for Airports

Managing your own household waste can be challenging because it involves maintaining a separate bin for organic waste, keeping recyclables properly sorted, and disposing of hazardous waste correctly. Imagine what it must be like to be in charge of waste management and recycling at an airport. These facilities are trying to find ways to sustainably… Read More…

A Look at the Costs and Benefits of Bioreactor Landfills

A Look at the Costs and Benefits of Bioreactor Landfills

Could bioreactor technology be the innovation that eliminates our current dependence on traditional landfills? That’s a question that all kinds of organizations, from waste management professionals to the Environmental Protection Agency, want to know the answer to. While there’s certainly no question that bioreactor landfills offer many benefits over conventional ones, they are not without… Read More…

What You Need to Know about the Plastic Industry’s Joint Declaration

What You Need to Know about the Plastic Industry’s Joint Declaration

Even the plastics industry won’t deny that plastics are a problem for the ocean. Plastic bags, food containers, and packaging make up the largest percentage of marine debris, with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comprised mostly of microplastics. This material causes a clear problem for marine life and, ultimately, the human food chain. Luckily, the… Read More…